If like so many of us these days, you’re feeling somewhat unmotivated, there is no need to despair. We all have moments of lethargy at times, where it feels difficult to not only get stuff done but to figure out what it is we actually want to get done in the first place. If you’ve lost your motivation behind the sofa or are searching for a little bit of oomph in life, there is no better place to turn for inspiration than cinema.
For time immemorial, Hollywood has been churning out inspirational films, often based on the lives of those who overcame all of the odds to follow their dreams and change the world. So, if you’re in need of a little pep in your step, we have got you covered. Make sure to check out these classic inspirational movies that will help you get your groove back.
1. Shawshank Redemption
If anyone knows about inspiring, feel-good moments, it’s the team at Lottoland, which deals in prizes every single day. Their top pick in their round-up of motivational movies is none other than 1994 hit The Shawshank Redemption, which looks at a tale of a man falsely imprisoned who overcomes all odds to improve the harsh world he is thrown into, before attempting to strike out in a cinematic blaze of glory.
2. Pursuit of Happyness
Sometimes, the most truly inspiring stories come from real life. This is perhaps best demonstrated in the 2006 feel-good film Pursuit of Happyness, which portrays the life of Chris Gardner, a formerly homeless single father who went on to become a Wall Street multimillionaire. This film is one of Will Smith’s best roles to date, one in which he masterfully portrays the resilience and can-do attitude of someone who perseveres despite seemingly having the very worst of life’s trials and tribulations thrown at him. This is one film that will get you moving.
3. Forrest Gump
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why Forrest Gump is so many people’s go-to when they are in need of some cinematic inspiration. The film follows a fictional man from Alabama with additional needs who is pushed by the winds of fate into some of the most consequential events of the 20th century, including the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the birth of Rock ‘N Roll, and the Dot Com bubble. It’s an uplifting epic that highlights the sheer variety and beauty of life, if only you are willing to reach out and grab it by the horns.
4. Bend It Like Beckham
For someone who has not seen this film, which stars a very young Keira Knightley, it might not seem obvious why a film about a small-town football team could be one of the most inspiring cinematic experiences ever created. However, this is a story with a core message of doing what you believe in and what rouses your passions, no matter what your parents, society, or anyone else have to say about it. This classic film is girl power personified.
These are our favourite inspirational films that are guaranteed to light a fire under your feet. Give them a watch if you need a little bit of uplifting.