The avenues of entertainment have become more diverse than ever. The next move is just one click away. Where the social media is allowing us to interact from one corner of the world to the another making us the hero of our own story, movie tickets can cost us more than a week’s grocery and you don’t even know how the movie will turn out. So, why do we watch movies? We watch movies because they can make us experience moments that are practically not part of our lives but help to explore feelings. They allow us to step into the shoes of a soldier and witness the horrors of war, walk in the rain with a couple falling in love and fly a plane to break the speed record. Movies have the power to transport us from the time of prehistoric hunters and gatherers to futuristic space travelers.
We watch movies because they matter. Because they let us relate to other people and help us understand the world. Also, they allow us to grow and maintain our professional life by providing us the opportunity to look at possibilities around. Discussing the same, here are 6 hitting psychological movies people find driven towards learning life lessons.
- Pursuit of Happiness (2006) – When you think of a great father-son movie, you picture Will Smith’s character as Chris Gardner in ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ for sure. A struggling salesman, father of a 10-year-old boy poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavour. Inspired by his own struggle, when he looks around and finds people happy with whatever they are doing in their life, and he asks himself “Why couldn’t I look like that?”
The movie tells to devote yourself into your dreams. Without excuses, protect your dreams. If there is really something you want to do, you have no excuse not to pursue it. Be progressive and productive every day.
- Whiplash (2014) –A promising young drummer, ready to break his silence against any failure dragging material. ‘Whiplash’ features a lot many incredible scenes and some of them are very emotional and magical, moments. Protagonist Andrew mentored by an instructor (Fletcher), a character who’s never going to stop discouraging you until you get freaking out of your mind or end up realizing who you really are. And that’s what happened at the end when Fletcher realizes that Andrew can overcome any form of discouragement, he started weaving the web for him to catch and let him struggle the most till he conquers.
Your dream requires you to be immersed in your respective disciplines. You must endure suffering and sacrifice in order to reach your goal. Be an obsessed dreamer.
- Catch Me If You Can (2002) –Now learning from the movie ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and applying them to hunt the business down seems risky and sometimes fun. Frank Abagnale Jr. played by Leonardo DiCaprio inspires few lessons that you must take away if you’re holding up a business.
- Be confident – Frank has the confidence to be anybody he wanted to with developed charming and romantic qualities that he uses with everybody he meets. People want to be around him, believe him. He appears as the happiest person in the world.
Not everybody is going to like you, but if you have self-confidence people will try to talk and drawn to you. You don’t have to trick people. Be yourself. Make valuable connections. And enhance the lives of those you meet.
- Be truthful – Frank lived a life that most people have only dream about. He had everything, a beautiful wife, a good repo, and fortune but in the end, all the dodging work he had done become a burden on the shoulders. Somewhere deep inside he had guilt and knew he was living a lie.
The best thing you can do to yourself is never break the faith of the connections you have made. People want to believe you’re telling them the truth.
- Be a quick learner – When an FBI agent (Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty) enters Frank’s hotel room suspecting and points his gun towards him. Frank with his gifted being so confident in this obvious situation makes him calm and talking, turns Carl listen and let him leave the room.
The thing is, you don’t have to pretend to be an expert. You’re an expert on hunting. However, you’ll need to learn how to ask questions and learn about the things around.
- It’s never too late – Frank gets caught. And somewhere he knows what his life is destined to a mistake. Mistake to tell lies when he was sixteen. He never had a chance to be successful as a con artist. However, he developed valuable skills.
One lesson can learned from the movie that people are forgiving. Even if you have made mistakes and dishonest with your connections, people will forgive you if you work clean and show your true self.
- Nightcrawler (2014) –One of the greatest psychological movies ever made as it shows the society’s true reflection equally subtle and disturbing. Now some of you might be thinking that this movie has nothing to do with motivation, especially in the corporate world. However, Louis Bloom, the protagonist with his clever and dominant nature made every action, a business oriented. The character played by Jake Gyllenhaal, stumbles upon the world of local T.V news. He drives himself when he successfully blurs the line between observer and participant only to become the star of his own story. Louis is motivated, clever, and a sociopath. The character lacks of empathy somehow leads him to take unforgivable actions. Yet he remains the hero of the story that makes him a likable protagonist. It means we empathize with Louis and understand why he does what he does; it allows us to partially displace the moral-judgment.
Here, Louis isn’t the problem but the real problem is the society that creates a character like this and rewards a character like this and this is the reality. He was simply fulfilling the supply that we, society demands. Sometimes society needs people like Louis and it works. So, be desperate, have a clear vision, believe in yourself, take risks, and be in control.
- Wall Street (1987) – We hit the list with the most obvious movie. ‘Wall Street’ is not for boys. If you want to succeed, you have to be tough. You have to be ruthless. The entire movie tells repeatedly ‘Money never sleeps’. When Bud falls in with Gordon Gekko, he finds the man to help him achieve the greediest of all his goals. They are brutal in the business world and somehow that turned them play their business world spectacularly. The cold-blooded Gekko actually inspired generations of one to become investment bankers. Many people inspired and found this movie the single reason to get into the business.
It’s been 30 years of its release after which several incidents like a couple of economic crises, share markets down, the long boom of the 1990s and many current collapses had taken place but still, business people found this movie relevant. Be above money, greed, and glamor to dilute the cost of perfection.
- Black Swan (2010) – ‘Black Swan’ examines how far one woman (Nina) pushes herself in order to achieve perfection. Throughout the film, we constantly see mirrors that are great for storytelling techniques, show off self-reflection. However, it also extends beyond that. Mirrors here used as a way to show off the internal struggles that Nina This is a movie that looks at ‘what must be done’ in order to achieve your dream and a lot of it is not literal exactly how much you want to take at surface value is up to you. Nina wants to be a great ballet dancer and is willing to put herself through pain and discomfort however as she soon learns that pain and discomfort are not enough for her to be as great as she wants to be.
People find this movie horrific as compared to above psychological movies. Throughout the film, montages show imperfections of characters along with concluding perfections of the protagonist. Focuses simply about growing up realizing how people can choose when they want to be mature. The movie teaches sacrifices, emerging as something else, self-awareness, passionate intensity, and undeniable mastery over work.
Audience loves and supports films that drive their life in some way. Whether it’s personal life or professional, some psychological movies are gems that not only give thrilling but inspiring lessons too. People appreciate these movies made by the creators to truly grasp the attention and blows away with their incredibly written scripts and delivery that are powerful enough to thrive, viewers’ life.