24 June, 2009

Your Most Inspiring Movies.

Yesterday I started a conversation on twitter (follow me there)
that started like this:

In case you're interested, here's the list of movies I received (in alphabetical order) via twitter, facebook and email. I was not discriminative. Any movie that was mentioned is listed. . . Except for Mean Girls which I was informed was intended as a joke.

* Amelie
* August Rush
* Australia
* Beaches
* Benjamin Button
* Benny and June
* Big Fish
* Charlie
* Chocolat
* Dances With Wolves
* Dead Poet's Society
* Dear Zachary
* Defiance
* ET
* Edward Scissorhands
* Elf
* Forest Gump
* Forever Strong
* Gattaca
* Ghandi
* Gladiator
* Gone With the Wind
* High School Musical 3 (I know)
* Hotel Rwanda
* I am Sam
* It's a Wonderful Life
* Life is Beautiful
* Little Man Tate
* Love Actually
* Mall Cop
* Mary Poppins
* Mr Magoriums Wonder Emporium
* My Girl
* Newsies
* Now and Then
* On Golden Pond
* Patch Adams
* Phenomenon
* Pride
* Radio
* Remember the Titans
* Roots
* Rudy
* Saving Private Ryan
* Schindler's List
* Secret Life of Bees
* Shawshank Redemption
* Shindlers List
* Shine
* Slumdog Millionaire
* Star Wars
* Steel Magnolias
* Stranger than Fiction
* The Color Purple
* The Diary of Anne Frank
* The King of Kong
* The Miracle Worker
* The Notebook
* The Pursuit of Happyness
* The Sound of Music
* The Unsinkable Molly Brown
* Twilight
* UP
* Under the Tuscan Sun
* Unstrung Heroes
* Whale Rider
* Whats Eating Gilbert Grape
* Wild Hearts Can't be Broken
* Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
* Xanadu

I'd add: Castaway, The Truman Show, Remember the Titans and Narnia.

Anything you'd add?


Bruce Walker said...

I'd add Groundhog Day and Run, Lola, Run.

Amelia Kate said...

A lot of good movies on that list, I would add
Seven Pounds and Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley

Heather said...

Finding Forrester. Oh, and Mean Girls is right up there too :)

Anonymous said...

Pay it Forward.

Parthavi said...

I second Pay It Forward.

Lindsay De McBride said...

Dan in Real Life, Everything is Illuminated, Hotel Rowanda,Henry Poole is here, Royle Tenenbaums

Johanna said...

Hey Sweet Cousin!

I would have to add "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." It seems like a weird pick for "inspiring movies" but I think it has a good message about love.


algreig said...

I've always liked The Neverending Story

Also, thank you for sharing all that you do on your blog, your openness and honesty, (not to mention beautiful pictures!) are always neat to scroll through.

Bruce Walker said...

I forgot to mention one: The Visitor

Hi! My name is Janet. said...

I was about to mention Henry Poole is here, but someone beat me to it! Since you're going to add Narnia, I'm thinking The Fellowship of the Ring trilogy should make the list. It's pretty inspiring.

Oh, and also, Unleashed. It wasn't what I expected. I sometimes give people lectures about why they should watch this movie, but I'll spare you :)

MWilson said...

The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
We Are Marshall

Both incredibly inspiring based on true stories!

Anonymous said...

Can I play even though I don't know you? I would add Turtles Can Fly (which reduced me to convulsive sobbing), Spanglish, Rent, Sweet Land and Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, Oh and one more White Squall.
I loved peeking at your blog, it's lovely. I found it through your Mom's blog which I frequent.

Leslie Houx said...

I love movies, so I have to add a favorite of mine...
Dirty Dancing

Libbers said...

The Count of Monte Cristo. It's the ultimate "when life gives you lemons" story. You got a crap life? Well break out of it and build yourself a better one. Don't necessarily go and ruin your enemies' lives... but, hey.

Annie Link said...

Can the list be complete without Galaxy Quest??? or what about the ever culturally important Foul Play?

Annie Link said...

OK. Now I'm serious. Add 'The Painted Veil' and 'Finding Nemo.'
For any parent who has ever had to learn to love and let go, add Finding Nemo.

Lisa Webb said...

i'd add serendipity, say anything and back to the future, these make me so happy!

are you sure twilight wasn't a joke as well!

The Price Family said...

Meet the Robinson's. Is one of the most inspiring movies I have seen. I liked how the motto of the movie was "keep moving forward" or something like that.

Glenda said...

Shawshank Redemption but it's already here on the list. I'd add With Honors and The Bucket List.

Anonymous said...

I would like to add 'My cousin Vinny' and 'The Mask' to your list! I have watched them a number of times and every time they make me laugh :)

Anonymous said...


karlee said...

1st. Take Mall Cop off that list now. LAME

I second the Visitor.. Great movie.. really makes you think about immigration.

Defiance and Boy In the Stripped Pajamas are both new so insightful to the Holocaust and WW2

ricka said...

Mad Hot Ballroom.

Anna-Karina [siebaecktgern] said...

I would really add "A beautiful mind"

Unknown said...

Seven pounds without a doubt

Vanessa said...

Breakfast at Tiffanys with Audrey. She loved and lived so carelessly and freely and with all her heart. Love.