Can you please tell me names of movies that actually changed your life or even the way you look at things? Thank you in advance xx
Modern Times (1936) - after Fantasia, it was the next film I saw that really made me appreciate silent films.
Fantasia (1940) - the first time I fell in love with the movies.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - my all time favorite film. Gave me an appreciation for character development, which is why I’m always harping about this in any movie I watch.
Harold and Maude (1971) - one of my all time favorite movies because it deals with life and death in a unique way.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - watched this and decided I wanted to be like Indiana Jones. Initially majored in Anthropology because of it. It broke my heart when my Anthropology professor said the first day of the 101 class: “Real life archaeologists are not like Indiana Jones”.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) - Any time I feel like I’m in a rut, I ask myself “What would Ferris do?”
The Land Before Time (1988) - first encounter with death in the movies - traumatizing experience as a child.
Cinema Paradiso (1988) - well duh.
Dead Poets Society (1989) - still pretty inspirational, even after all this time. Carpe diem! Suck the marrow out of life!
It (1990) - fostered my crippling fear of clowns. Tried to rewatch it a decade later and was immediately reminded of how scared I was that I cried at the opening credits.
Bata, Bata Paano Ka Ginawa (1998) - a fantastic Filipino film that challenged gender roles in the Philippines. I remember watching this and loving the way it explored the traditionally patriarchal society in the Philippines.
The Matrix (1999) - first time seeing something that was wildly entertaining but also thought-provoking, forcing me to ask great philosophical questions about the nature of reality, whether ignorance really is bliss, etc. I remember being really obsessed with this movie while at the same time suffering a mild existential crisis. I was 12.
Bowling for Columbine (2002) - had not really seen a whole lot of documentaries that were informative but also engaging, evocative and provocative. This got me into documentaries.
The Life of David Gale (2003) - had never really contemplated the justice in the justice system until I saw this movie. Actually, now that I think about it, A Time to Kill probably also falls under this category of reasoning.
Magnifico (2003) - a film that I think perfectly encapsulates Filipino culture and spirit. Inspiring and with great social commentary.
Control Room (2004) - a fantastic, eye-opening documentary about journalism and the media, and brings up great questions about bias and reporting.
Into the Wild (2007) - I think it’s got a great message. “Happiness is only real when shared”. I think it took the image of the meandering twentysomething and gave it an interesting spin. Yeah, backpacking in the wilderness seems like a fantastic, soul-searching experience, but there are ways to still do this without completely severing your connection with society.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012) - truly inspirational. As cheesy as it sounds, it really gave me a different perspective on life.
There are many more films that are transformational, but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head right now.
What’s in your list of life-affirming or transformational films?