15 Great Movies You Should Watch If You Want to Change Yourself

There are a few times in life when we pause, take a step back, and question our actions, thoughts, and even more rarely, our beliefs. For the introspective ones, it can happen on-the-go, but for the rest it is mostly an external force which pushes them to do so. And for the ‘cinemaholics’ such as us, that questioning in the pursuit of changing ourselves can be a matter of a movie experience! Yes, certain movies can totally transport us to the hidden places in our minds which we had never visited earlier, and help us bring about that transformation that we needed. This list is dedicated to a few such movies that you should watch if you want to change yourself for good. Happy transforming!


1. Samsara (2011)

This no-narration documentary, shot in twenty-five different countries over a period of five years, has its own quiet effect on the minds of its viewers. The mind is led to wander freely and explore, as the scenes take us through the aspects of our daily, modern life. It gives us an in-depth view of the mundane things that we do and live on, from technology to cosmetics to processed food, and leaves us with the taste of doubt in our mouths. Later, it gives us a view of some of the most simple and miraculous wonders of life. The scene, where a bald-tattooed father rocks his baby-daughter while she sleeps, will bring you a serene kind of a joy. Such is this movie’s silence. It will stay with you, and will hopefully leave you to question it all i.e. the ‘Samsara’ which means the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.


2. The Terminal (2004)

When director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks come together to tell an inspiring story through a comical-drama, it is bound to be nothing short of brilliance. ‘The Terminal’ was partially based on the story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who apparently had to stay in the Terminal 1 of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France, from 1988 to 2006 (18-long years). The mere imagination of the situation would have left us horrified but, the adaptation of the story and the endearing performance by Tom Hanks will reinstate your faith in innocence and in a man’s will to find a silver lining in his darkest cloud. This story can help us change our outlook towards all the tough situations that we face in life, from ‘why me’ to ‘what is the best I can do now’.


3. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

One of the most inspiring movies of all time, this one doesn’t need much reasoning to be on this list. This biographical drama based on the struggle of entrepreneur Chris Gardner, is a tale of perseverance and faith. Will Smith’s own grit as an actor is evident as he does a both powerful and touching portrayal of Gardner’s lowest time in life before he made it as the owner of a million dollar firm. Chris’s character would leave you with an inspiration to look into the eyes of every hardship, to fight it back, to never give up, and most importantly to hold your head high while you are at it.


4. The Secret (2006)

‘The Secret’ is a documentary-style movie which explains the ‘law of attraction’ and the power of your thoughts in creating your life. It showcases a series of interviews where people share how visualization can actually help you manifest your reality just the way you want it to be. It may not explain exactly how the science works, but it will definitely show you examples of how certain people, including some of the most successful ones, have reached where they are. This documentary will leave you with an idea, at the least, that your thoughts are the most powerful tools that you have, and that the awareness of those thoughts that you create ALL The Time is utmost crucial in shaping your life.


5. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Certain sequences of this sci-fi thriller might give you shivers, but if you connect it well with the actual ‘chaos theory’ then you can definitely take away a sort of creepy insight into how our little actions play a major role in the larger scheme of things. Evan (Ashton Kutcher) finds a way to go back into time to change certain things in his past, so he can have a different present. He time travels only to realise that each time he tries to play with his destiny, the effect of it worsens either his or someone else’s present. After watching this movie, you will have two things to remember: 1) your life today is a result of your actions in the past. So, make those choices wisely as there will always be an effect to the cause and that the scope of that effect is much larger than just you. 2) Do not try and change the past simply because you cannot.

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