When we think about the life we ‘feel’ collectively everything. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ‘ moments we have experienced. Many a times we wonder what life is. It’s a summary of all the moments and feelings we experience? Or life is a never-ending adventurous trip with ups and downs? I believe for many of us films play a very vital role in life. Personally, for me, it’s just not movies, it’s an essence of experience which we all must feel and share. This list speaks about those films which will give us a warm reminder of the life which we are missing and forgetting.
1. Into the Wild (2007)
The word “wild” gives us a feeling of an uncontrollable free spirit, a visual of wilderness and creatures far away from the human world. Being out there in the wild is a passion for few and for them it’s a getaway for the real life which they always dream to live. This film tells the true story of Christopher McCandless who choose to discard every drop of materialism in search of his real life (or his real dream) in the rawness and virgin land of Alaska. The movie starts with Alaska’s stunning visuals and music of Eddie Vedder. This movie takes us to some great mountains, countryside and uninhabited landscapes.
This movie gives a reality check on how we forget the nature and beauty in simple things around us where we are just stuck with the notion that we can find happiness in our life only by working hard. We feel guilty if we don’t work hard and feel we don’t deserve to be happy because we are not working hard. But life is not demanding anything from us anytime other than happiness. Life is just a free flow and not a race to reach any destination. This movie is an epic experience which reminds us of the joy and freedom of life which we are missing or never felt. If you are confused to pick one movie out of this list,then this is highly recommended.
“Happiness is only real when it’s shared.”
“The core of man’s spirit comes from experiences.”
2. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Journey brings us joy, moments of laughter and tears. An experience which is going to be written in our mind book. But for someone their journeys become life or they get their meaning of life in their endless journeys. This film is a true story one of the most influenced men in this world Che Guevara who choose journey as a way of exploring life. Set in 1952 where Ernesto Guevara (Che Guevara) and his friend take a journey from Argentina to America on a motorcycle. It stuns us with beautiful visuals of Latin America from one border to another border with never-ending mountains, green jungles, river between mountains and wild rural landscapes. As the story ends (or as their journey ends), this travel around the continent changes Ernesto in a way that he becomes ‘che’ as we all used to know. This movie portrays romance, friendship, and adventures from a life-changing journey and experience. It reminds us of going out on a journey that will open a new way and meaning for our monotonous life.
“This is not a story of heroic feats, or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.”
“What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two, melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.”
3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
This film tells the story of a middle age man working as a negative assets manager for Life magazine with entertaining daydreaming fantasy. Walter Mitty finds a threat to his job that leads him to an unexpected adventurous journey. The film carries us to some of the exotic locations in the world like Iceland, Greenland, and the Himalayas. This movie brings the ‘adventure’ spirit of a common man remarkably. We need something to inspire us to plan our little adventurous journey. Even if it is solitary, we have a company of our own enthusiasm, excitement and journey buddies.
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
“I just live by the ABC’s – Adventurous. Brave. Creative.”
4. Forrest Gump (1994)
We have often heard going with a flow, wherever it takes us. We learn about the infiniteness and never ending mysteries of life in that flow. Forrest Gump, with IQ of 75 and often called stupid never had any complaints about flowing with the flow of life. He was encouraged by his mother for everything. Forrest eventually finds his purpose and meaning in life and proves that despite what everyone say, he is capable of achieving success in almost everything he tries. From becoming a college football hero, getting the Medal of Honor for Vietnam War, getting attention for his excellent ping pong skills, from being shrimp boat captain to millionaire stockholder to running all around America, the movie beautifully represents an incapable man doing extraordinary things by keeping his honesty, innocence, and positive attitude.
He’s doing what he likes. This approach helped him accomplish success in everything. This movie takes us to the innocence which once we are blessed with. Something nature to the core of our being. The movie shows us how we achieve great success by just following the process and believing in it. And it does not matter what others think of us as long as we enjoy doing what we really want to do.
“Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
“I don’t know if we each have a destiny or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both.”
5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
This movie is about true story of a Japanese dog born in the monastery and shipped to the United States. The puppy gets lost and reaches to the train station, where he catches the attention of Parker Wilson a professor getting off from the station. He takes him home for the night and after a few days stay with him he names the dog Hachi. As the movie goes, the bond between the professor and the dog takes new dimension. They both create pure and sincere generosity which you will be witnessing. Moments where they both are sitting on the couch munching popcorn while watching baseball, really tells their unconditional boding. Hachi was so devoted to the professor so much that he used to go every day to the Railway station with the professor. Then wait for him at the station on his way back home. Just like a regular day, Hachi waits in the station for the arrival of his friend. But he did not come due to his unexpected death. Now waiting turns to be the purpose of life to Hachi. Happily Hachi accepts that. Every day Hachi comes back to the station and wait for his master arrival till he gets old.
This is a movie is for all. Even if you are not a dog lover.This movie has some fantastic chemistry between the master and his dog. The movie gives us revisit about part of our life with animals, our bond, and affection towards them. This real-life movie shows us the most exceptional human and animal relationship, their loyalty, emotions, and selfless love.
“I’m a lot older than you but I tend to think that there’s an element of music that cannot be captured. Life cannot be captured. Human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting.”
“I understand how you feel. Hachi, my friend, Parker is never coming home. But if Hachiko wants to wait, then Hachiko should wait. Have a long life Hachi”
6. Crossing Bridges (2013)
We wonder many times what has made our city we live right now. Is that the people that make a city or city make people? This film takes us far away from the city buzziness to the deafening and dull silence of a vilage in Arunachal Pradesh (India) where an ethnic group called Sherdukpen live. The movie tells the story of a mid-aged man Tashi, who is visiting his home town after eight years as a result of losing his job and failed relationship. Tashi is visiting friends and family, trying to adjusting with village life, culture, and food. He is attempting a way in for his city life. As time passes Tashi begin rediscovering his roots, which he had not noticed earlier. Tashi also falls in love with a school teacher. The impact of the village and culture slowly changes him and helps him retrieve it. When Tashi gets the way out which he was looking for, he rejects it and stays in his village.
This movie carries some beautiful self-made roads with fantastic landscapes, and mountain range views with a natural simplicity. This gives us a pleasant look at the culture and life of tribal villages around mountains their plainness, and calmness towards life. The movie shows us a very different way of life that we have not experienced. This movie takes us of the life we have forgotten in the light and noise of the city. It gives us a needed warm reminder of visiting our roots and simplicity it carries.
“I think you should stay here now. How long you will stay outside.”
“Everyone has to come back home sometime.”
7. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
When we think of war, we think of courage and blood. The earth has witnessed countless war around the world and we have heard endless war stories it carries. This film is one of the unique and outstanding true war hero stories of Medal of Honor awarded Desmond Doss. The film tells us a story of a young Desmond Doss who had trouble with family life and outrageous anger. Which nearly killed his brother later, he finds a way by devoting himself to God by being a true believer of the Ten Commandments. He firmly believe, “Thou shall not kill.” He joins rifle company and becomes outcast by fellow soldiers over his wish not to carry a gun. This has titled him as a coward and mockery for his beliefs. His beliefs made him court-martialed from the army, but that not gave up his hope. He decides he will serve not by killing but by saving life being a medic.
As the story develops during the bloody siege on Hacksaw Ridge, the army has to retreat. Desmond stays there at the wartime. He look for the injured soldiers and carry them over his shoulder to the cliff. By lowering them down with a rope, he drops them to safety in that one night. He saves 75 soldiers, including those who have humiliated him for his beliefs. Again next day, he returns to his company and demonstrates the postulation over his courage again. This movie carries some of the most significant moments of ordinary men with extraordinary choice over their belief and faith. This movie is a true inspiration for the courage and power of believing our self-partiality. This movie also carries some Great War sequences.
This film gives us recall of the faith and belief we doubt or left. This story reminds us if our faith and reliance are strong, we can come over all situations and hard times. This remarkable story is a must-watch.
“With the world so set on tearing itself apart, it doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little bit of it back together.”
“I don’t know how I’m going to live with myself if I don’t stay true to what I believe.”