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The Inspirational Films Thread

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This is a thread for listing films that inspire you!

My list:
Wizard of Oz
Rocky
Rocky II
Rocky Balboa
Creed
The Breakfast Club
Karate Kid
Pretty in Pink
Forrest Gump
Stand By Me
The Shawshank Redemption
A Hard Day’s Night
Woodstock
Boys Don’t Cry
Philadelphia
Good Will Hunting
The Great Dictator
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Off the top of my head I can’t think of any more but I’ll add them if as I think of them.

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TV’s Frink said:

Hang on, I like ST VI, but inspirational?

Same question for Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.

I’ll explain. ST VI depicts overcoming prejudices that you’ve held your whole life in order to find common ground and help people that used to be your enemies. The Cold War metaphor is powerful and I find that inspirational. Also, Kirk’s character arc is basically overcoming racism. At the beginning he wished death on all Klingon’s and by the end realized how awful that was and became a hero. I’ve always really loved that movie and I think it’s the most intelligent of the ST films.

Pretty in Pink is a personal favorite. I was a poor kid in a rich school and was self-conscious about it. I guess inspirational may not quite be the most accurate word for this one, but I still feel inspired by it.

The Breakfast Club inspired me and still inspires me to empathize with people that are completely different than me.

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TV’s Frink said:

The Room has inspired me like no other film.

Oh hi Jango

“I think you’re the reason why some people sleep with a gun under there pillow”

“Ryan Gosling staring off into the distance”

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I think Rocky II handles the sequel trope of repeating the first film in an intelligent way. Rocky struggling to find work is sad but his victory over Apollo is, in my opinion, as inspiring as the stalemate in the first.

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I didn’t know that piece of trivia. The story of Rocky, the movie, is pretty inspiring in that Stallone wrote it and it was his first real film and it cost under a million dollars to make and went on to be one of the most iconic films ever and even winning Best Picture at the Oscars.

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Because someone had to say it (and because it was the first one that came to mind):

Star Wars

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Here are a few that I find inspiring or otherwise overwhelmingly emotional.

Imitation of Life
Superman: The Movie
The Iron Giant
As Good as it Gets
The Princess Bride
Cinema Paradiso
My Dinner with Andre
Close Encounters
Five Easy Pieces
In the Heat of the Night
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Days of Wine and Roses
The Misfits
The Hustler
La Notte
Spartacus
The Ten Commandments
Bad Day at Black Rock
Brigadoon
Roman Holiday
Casablanca
Gone with the Wind
The Wizard of Oz
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

“After a time, you may find that having, is not so pleasing a thing after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.” - Spock

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