10 life-affirming films about overcoming difficulties

1. The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

  • USA, 1994.
  • Drama.
  • Duration: 142 minutes.
  • IMDb: 9.3.
Shot from the film “The Shawshank Redemption”

Andy is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife and her lover. Now he has to face all the horrors that are happening in prison . However, in inhuman conditions, Andy not only tries to save face, but also strives for development. And most importantly – not for a second does not lose hope of breaking free.

Directed by Frank Darabont, the film is based on a novel by Stephen King. The powerful tandem of two masters ensured immortality for The Shawshank Redemption. At the moment, the picture takes first place in the rating of “250 best films of all time” according to the authoritative website IMDb .

2. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

  • USA, 1994.
  • Drama, melodrama, comedy, history, military.
  • Duration: 142 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.8.
Shot from the movie “Forrest Gump”

The film tells the story of the life of a mentally retarded man, Forrest Gump. Fate has prepared for him many unimaginable events: from a reception at the White House to meeting Elvis Presley. And most importantly, meet your true love.

The film became a legend of modern cinema. He earned 38 awards from various film awards, convinced everyone of the genius of Robert Zemeckis as a director and Tom Hanks as an actor. Quotes from the film became catchphrases, and the soundtrack collection was included in the top 100 best-selling US albums of all time.

The life story of Forrest Gump can inspire and reassure even hardened pessimists.

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3. The king speaks!

The King’s Speech

  • UK, USA, Australia, 2010.
  • Drama, biography, history.
  • Duration: 118 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.
Shot from the film “The King’s Speech!”

Duke George VI suffered from a stutter since childhood. The best specialists in Great Britain could not help him, and then a certain Lionel Logue was recommended to the wife of the protagonist. This Australian speech therapist uses very unusual ways of treating his patients. Lionel begins to study with the duke, and in passing helps him solve deep personal issues.

The film starred very strong actors of our time: Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. And besides this, the picture conquers the British sophisticated aesthetics and beautiful musical themes.

4. Pursuit of happiness

The Pursuit of Happyness

  • USA, 2006
  • Drama, biography.
  • Duration: 117 minutes.
  • IMDb: 8.0.

Chris Gardner is trying in vain to make money selling x-ray substitutes. Realizing that this does not allow him to pay rent and feed his family, the hero decides to become a broker. However, this path is long, and difficulties are already emerging. Chris’ wife leaves and he becomes a homeless single father. But nothing can make the hero give up and give up.

Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, played father and child in the film, which is why their relationship on screen looks so convincing and touching. The film is based on the true story of Chris Gardner, who went from a poor loser to a millionaire.

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5. Life of Pi

Life of Pi

  • USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada, 2012.
  • Fantasy, drama, adventure.
  • Duration: 127 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.9.

Screen adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi. Pi Patel is the son of a zookeeper and also a menagerie worker. During the water transportation of animals from India to Japan, a storm causes the ship to sink. Pi is the only one from the whole family who manages to get into the lifeboat. However, refugees from the camp of pets joined him, and now the young man will have to surf the ocean in the company of a tiger, zebra, monkey and hyena.

“Life of Pi” is a bright representative of the Robinsonade genre. Its main task is to show how a person changes in natural conditions and in isolation from society. Throughout the film, we watch as Pi rethinks his life and completes the journey with a completely different person.

Images of animals leave a special mark after watching the film. It is rare to see a realistic movie in which animals are full-fledged characters on an equal footing with people.

6. The man who changed everything


  • USA, 2011.
  • Biography, sports, drama.
  • Duration: 126 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.6.
Shot from the movie “The Man Who Changed Everything”

Billy Bean is the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. He wants to lead a weak team to success, and this requires personnel changes. Talented economist Peter helps Billy in this difficult task. He suggests that the manager use the formula for calculating the success of players before inviting them to the team.

There are not many spellbinding scenes of the game in the tape: the action is mainly focused on the dialogues in the offices. Yes, and baseball for the Russian audience is a distant and incomprehensible sport. But the main character is so captivating with his confidence that the movie wants to be reviewed repeatedly. Even if you don’t know a single baseball term.

By the way, the film is based on a true story. And so he is incredibly motivating.

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7. Terminal

The Terminal

  • USA, 2004
  • Drama, melodrama, comedy.
  • Duration: 124 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.4.

Victor Navorsky flew to the USA. But while his plane was in the air, a coup took place in Victor’s homeland. And now he can neither fly home nor leave the airport. The man stays to live in the terminal, makes friends, earns and helps people.

Steven Spielberg directed an incredibly inspiring story about fortitude. Despite the big name and skill of the director, critics around the world reacted rather coolly to the picture of the master. However, this did not prevent “Terminal” from becoming the favorite film of many viewers.

The film was inspired by a true story. One Iranian citizen spent 18 years in a French airport due to missing documents.

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8. The Incredible Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • USA, UK, 2013.
  • Comedy, adventure, fantasy, drama, melodrama.
  • Duration: 114 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

Walter Mitty is an illustrator for a major magazine. He is a decent but very timid man, and his lifestyle is boring and dull. However, in his own imagination, Walter is a real hero, getting into all sorts of troubles. One day life challenges him. And now Walter has to be as brave in reality as in his dreams.

This film is the brightest and most worthy work of director Ben Stiller, who played the main role in the film. Steve Conrad is the screenwriter. He is best known for The Pursuit of Happyness and The Miracle, which are just as inspiring as Walter Mitty.

9. Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

  • USA, 2000
  • Drama, biography.
  • Duration: 126 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.
Shot from the film “Erin Brockovich”

Erin is a single mother with three children. She gets into an accident and sues the culprit, but loses the case because of her arrogant disposition. Realizing that there is no other way out, the heroine gets a job with her lawyer. Together with him, Erin investigates the case of the negligent attitude of a large corporation towards the townspeople.

At least three components account for the film’s wild success. Firstly, the picture was shot by the famous American director Steven Soderbergh, a master of dramatic cinema. Secondly, the endlessly beautiful and talented Julia Roberts (and Erin Brockovich became one of her best works) played the main role. And finally, the tape was based on a real story about how a woman human rights activist fought to the last with a large corporation, saving the townspeople.

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10. Wild


  • USA, 2014.
  • Drama, biography.
  • Duration: 115 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.1.

Cheryl Strayed recently experienced a series of tragic events. Having fallen into a severe depression, she became addicted to drugs and began to lead an unworthy lifestyle. However, at some point, something turns in the mind of the girl. She is going on a hike and wants to go through a difficult path alone. Cheryl believes that such a test will allow her to become a new person.

Reese Witherspoon starred in the film. The comic potential did not prevent the actress from revealing all the facets of talent in a deep dramatic film. That is why six different film awards nominated Reese for the award for best actress.

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