Among the seemingly many tasks films are supposed to accomplish for us as an audience, including entertaining us, making us laugh, making us think, scaring us, and exciting us, another important role that films seem to have acquired is that of inspiring us. These inspirational films might be incredible true stories of a select distinguished individuals who dared and withstood great personal peril and emerged victorious in the face of great odds, or simply fictional movies narrating a great tale of kindness, bravery and unbridled dedication. The after effects of watching such a film include a hair rousing sense of positivity, a wide grin, a lump in the throat, an adrenaline rush, and more often than not, all of these at once.
All of this being said, I think we can all agree that movies that are especially inspirational in troubled times such as these are overwhelming experiences, and all the more needed for the inherently positive values they bear. After all, one doesn’t always go the cinema to be deeply affected or have their eyes opened to a social calamity. The films that follow inspired many with their thoughtful retelling of some of the greatest true stories this world has seen, and even fictional ones that made us realise how sorely the world needs more of these. So, without further ado, here is a hybrid list of the best motivational movies of 2018. On this list, you will find inspiring movies based on true stories and also inspirational sports movies.
10. I Can Only Imagine
If you are a person of faith, look no further for this might just be the inspirational film of the year for you. I admit that it took a bit of research in landing the film and knowing the story behind it, and that it required me as a reviewer to keep an open mind given this being a completely new genre of film for me to get my head around, but once it ended, I realised that Christian or not, this film should appeal to you as a simple story of forgiveness, redemption, and coming to terms with any faith. The movie charts the journey of Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian Gospel band MercyMe, right from his early days as a child with an abusive father, to eventually struggling and coming out with the song this movie is named after, ‘I Can Only Imagine’ widely regarded as one of the best Christian songs of all time.
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9. Hichki (Hiccup)
‘Hichki’ (or hiccup) is a delightful little film with a big heart. The story is about a woman with Tourette’s Syndrome who aspires to be a teacher and serve her alma mater with the same, except that the syndrome causes her to make noises that she can’t control, often sounding like a hiccup, and mostly seen as a disability by her peers and the underprivileged students she eventually teaches, becoming the butt of jokes and several pranks that they play on her. Despite that, Naina, played with charm and efficacy by a feisty Rani Mukerjee in her comeback film, fights through and inspires her students to rise up and warm up to her, even performing exceedingly well for the school to recognise them the way it does other students. Yes, most of it is formula, predictable, and maybe even too utopian and do-good-be-good, but sometimes for a seemingly regular story to be inspiring, that is what is needed, rather than a hint of realism.
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