There are some powerful movies out there about life and humanity which shows that it’s possible to live with passion and purpose and that love is the most powerful force there is. Here are 5 of them that really resonate with me and are a joy to watch.
Yedinci Kogustaki Mucize (2019) During coup d’état days Memo lives with his beloved little daughter and grandmother in an Aegean town. Memo is a shepherd with a mental deficiency but he lives happily in his small world. In 1983, when Memo is framed with the murder of the martial law commander’s daughter, his life is turned upside down. He’s sentenced to death and gets locked up in ward seven.
There he has little chance of staying alive as he is being sentenced to death. The inmates treat him hatefully at first and sentence comes closer.
WHY SEE THIS Heartbreaking, heartwarming it’s all in this movie, for me it shows how powerful love can be. Get your tissues because you will need them.
The Blind Side (2009) “The Blind Side” depicts the story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.
WHY SEE THIS: A powerful story about taking care of each other and pay attention to what is happening around you and acting on these observations. Based on true events.
Erin Brokovich (2000) Erin Brockovich (Roberts) is a single mother of three who, after losing a personal injury lawsuit, asks her lawyer, Ed Masry (Albert Finney), if he can help her find a job. Ed gives her work as a file clerk in his office, and she runs across some information on a little-known case filed against Pacific Gas and Electric. Erin begins digging into the particulars of the case, convinced that the facts simply don’t add up, and persuades Ed to allow her to do further research; in time, she discovers a systematic cover-up of the industrial poisoning of a city’s water supply, which threatens the health of the entire community.
WHY SEE THIS A story about community, being human and honesty. And based on a true story, with Julia Roberts as the main character this movie will take you on a rollercoaster ride through a corporate cover-up.
Hotel Rwanda (2004) In 1994 in Rwanda, a million members of the Tutsi tribe were killed by members of the Hutu tribe in a massacre that took place while the world looked away. “Hotel Rwanda” is not the story of that massacre. It is the story of a hotel manager who saved the lives of 1,200 people by being, essentially, a very good hotel manager.
WHY SEE THIS A true story that cries out for the good and bad in humanity. Even though a situation seems get worse, there is always hope.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) The true story of Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss’s trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge.
WHY SEE THIS: Heaven and hell on earth are unleashed but the human spirit cannot be broken, with love for fellow human beings we can do seemingly impossible things.