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10 Inspiring Movies for College Students

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Academic performance largely depends on motivation. Students become better at their college subjects when they have a source of inspiration. It can be an exciting story or a role model that can set an example. In fact, different things can fuel our aspirations. Watching a movie is one of the activities that transform your attitude to education. It is both entertaining and inspirational.

Whenever you feel off, take some time to watch a good movie. A film is a combination of pleasure and a valuable lesson at the same time. It can help you to get a fresh start and develop a new perspective on life and your priorities. Movies introduce you to concepts, ideas, and perspectives you have never thought of before. Watching characters overcome obstacles exposes you to new experiences. It can help you to reevaluate yourself and the world around you. Films support learning through social and moral insights. They can remind people of the value of education. According to the survey conducted by Film: 21st Century Literacy, 99% of teachers confirm that movies can spark interest, motivation, and enthusiasm in students. Therefore, films can be used to broaden and encourage learning.

A movie can become a vehicle to inspire your creativity. As a result, imaginative thinking and artistic expression stimulate your academic performance, with the help of such essential skills as writing and critical thinking. Besides, movies can enhance your creative narrative and storytelling skills. You become prepared to complete any task, such as a gun control essay, rhetorical analysis, fact-based presentation, etc. However, to get the above-mentioned benefits, you need to be selective when it comes to the choice of a movie. You should pay attention to the plot, main messages, and creators.

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Here are 10 motivational movies that you should add to your watchlist.

1. Freedom Writers (2007)

This inspiring drama supports diversity and inclusion as fundamental pillars of successful education. Hilary Swank plays the role of Erin Gruwell, a visionary teacher who manages to imbue students with respect for learning. Her commitment and idealism inspire collaboration and unity of people from different backgrounds.

2. Rudy (1993)

How to believe in yourself when nobody else does? Rudy dreams about playing football at the University of Notre Dame and overcomes hurdles on the way to his goal. The movie emphasizes that a person can achieve even the most impossible aim when he or she is perseverant and determined enough.

3. The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side demonstrates a very moving portrayal of Michael Oher’s life story. At a young age, he is adopted by a caring and supportive family who helps him to discover his talents and become a successful football player.

4. The Emperor’s Club (2002)

Michael Hoffman’s movie has a multi-layered script that examines morality and virtue. It addresses ethical issues and shows that every decision we make can significantly impact other people. The movie will inspire you to reevaluate your choices and worldview.

5. The Great Debaters (2007)

This is a remarkable drama directed by and starring Denzel Washington. It is full of wonderful characters. The story unfolds in Wiley College, where Melvin B. Tolson inspires his students to overcome social stereotypes and take part in the debating championship against Harvard University.

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6. The Internship (2013)

The Internship is a light and funny comedy about two salesmen who start their internship at Google. The movie shows that it is never too late to learn skills and respond to opportunities. The performance of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson adds a lot to the film.

7. The Ron Clark Story (2006)

Starring Matthew Perry, the movie shows that inspiring and dedicated educators can make a difference and change people’s lives. The plot is based on the real-life story of a teacher, Ron Clark, who works with students from underprivileged backgrounds. He proves that perseverance and a positive attitude create an environment that stimulates personal growth.

8. The Social Network (2010)

This movie is about the power of innovation. You will learn more about Mark Zuckerberg and his path to creating a giant social media platform, Facebook. The Social Network has earned critical acclaim and a bunch of prestigious awards. Well-scripted, ironic, and witty, this movie definitely deserves your attention.

9. The Theory of Everything (2014)

This is an expertly directed biographical drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. It describes the life of Stephen Hawking, who was one of the greatest theoretical physicists. Yet, the main focus of the film is not on his works but on the power of the human spirit, faith, and love.

10. Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash is the impressive debut of Damien Chazelle. The director creates a must-see movie about a first-year conservatory student. The price of greatness and ambitions rise as the two main themes in the film.


Film education has the potential to enhance learning with entertainment and artistic expression. It motivates students to develop new skills as well as boosts their literacy and confidence. Movies can equip them with a positive mindset and a range of values and conducts to inspire their success in education.

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