Have you ever been through that phase in your life where everything seems out of place and you really need something to cheer you up? Some listen to their favorite song, some take a walk, some read their favourite book etc.
In my opinion, the only way to get over a sad story is to learn from a happy one. When I get upset, I watch movies that have inspired me always and given me hope to move ahead in life. So here, I have compiled a list of films which you can watch to regain lost hope in life. And no matter how many times you watch them, it’ll just get better every single time.
1. Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction was directed by Quentin Tarantino and is considered to be his best work and one of the best movie of all time. The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. Tarantino weaved a patchwork of crime film history into something shiny and new. Spiced up with great moments eaten up by actors working at the top of their game (Travolta, Willis and Thurman had never been better) Pulp’s witty writing, pop culture-surfing, gleeful amorality, cult and energy has redefined the crime genre for the foreseeable future.
2. Fight Club
Fight Club, based on the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk and directed by David Fincher, is a head-scratching psychological thriller. The character of Tyler Durden is still as relevant as ever. An ordinary employee meets a soap salesman and they develop a complicated bond after deciding to fight each other. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, then stop everything you’re doing and go watch this movie, for it serves you great performances, stunning visuals and never seen before plot.
3. Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro, follows the story of an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran who works as a taxi driver in New York City, and is driven to save a pre-adolescent prostitute from her pimp in an effort to clean the city of its sleaze. From the fog-soaked, fire-and-brimstone opening credits on, Martin Scorsese’s landmark film is an exercise in immersive subjectivity, creating a rotten underbelly of a world as seen through the eyes of an angry, uneducated, and sexually disturbed man with a violent and mysterious past and an even more violent future.
4. To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird was directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck. It is a story of the characters’ fight against racism. It a time capsule. It expresses the liberal minds of a more innocent time, the early 1960s, and it goes very easy on the realities of small-town Alabama in the 1930s. One of the most dramatic scenes shows a lynch mob facing Atticus, who is all by himself on the jailhouse steps the night before Tom Robinson’s trial. The mob is armed and prepared to break in and hang Robinson, but Scout bursts onto the scene, recognizes a poor farmer who has been befriended by her father, and shames him (and all the other men) into leaving. Her speech is a calculated strategic exercise, masked as the innocent words of a child; one shot of her eyes shows she realizes exactly what she’s doing.
5. The Great Dictator
A political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced and scored by and starring Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator doesn’t need any introduction. An amnesiac Jewish barber and World War I hero is persecuted by, then mistaken for, fascist leader Adenoid Hynkel.
6. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape follows the bitter sweet journey of a young man torn between his love and responsibilities towards his family. It is a story of people who aren’t misfits because they don’t see themselves that way. Nor does the film take them with tragic seriousness. It is a problem to have a retarded younger brother. And it is a problem to have a mother so fat she never leaves the house. But when kids from the neighborhood sneak around to peek at the fat lady in the living room, Gilbert sometimes gives them a boost up to the window.
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Buadapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson, is a colorful work of art with brilliant cinematography and acting. Leading the charge is Ralph Fiennes, in a role that he performs with zest and joy. Fiennes and the much younger Tony Revolori play characters who feel like they can be read as dual-halves of Anderson’s brain. Fiennes as Gustave is whimsy and old-school properness bottled, yet he sometime cannot resist crudely dropping an S-bomb or F-bomb, while Revolori as Zero is wide-eyed, yet understandably insecure and of a boyish mindset. The pair’s friendship is all the more entertaining for it – and more than a bit touching, in its own peculiar way.
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