There are movies that can touch the hearts of anyone, regardless of age or gender. The kind that leave a long-term impact on you, change your perception of life, and make you want to be a better person.
We put together a list of five powerful and inspirational films with important life lessons for us to learn.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, this movie has one of the most compelling stories in the history of cinema. A bond of love and loyalty join this dog and its owner. They met by chance, and now their lives are inseparable. Every day Hachiko waits for the return of his companion at the train station, until one day a tragedy forever changes Hachi’s life, but not his devotion and love.
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars is based on John Green’s bestseller by the same name. Hazel Grace, a 16-year-old girl with an aggressive form of stage IV thyroid cancer, spends most of her time at home rereading her favorite book. Hazel’s mom sends her to a support group where she meets an exceptional and optimistic young man named Augustus, who has been in remission for over a year. Immediately drawn to one another, they begin a relationship.
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Emma and Dexter meet on July 15, the night of their university graduation and become friends. Emma is a hard-working girl who dreams of becoming a writer. Dexter is a wealthy playboy, who serves only his own pleasures. For the next 20 years, the two reunite on the 15th of July to share their dreams and see where they are — until they discover that what they were searching for has been there for them all along.
My Life Without Me
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Ann is a 23-year-old mother who lives in a cramped trailer in her mother’s garden with her two kids and husband. Ann’s life takes a dramatic turn when her doctor tells her that she only has two months to live. She decides to keep this a secret from everyone, and she lists ten things she is determined to do before she dies.
Million Dollar Baby
Frankie Dunn is a boxing trainer reaching the end of his career. Maggie Fitzgerald is a 31-year-old waitress who decides to pursue her dream of becoming a boxer. Dunn refuses to train Maggie, as he believes that boxing is not for women. But after much persistence, Maggie gets Frankie to train her, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both.