There is a saying, ‘Life is full of ups and downs. Without the downs, the ups would mean nothing.’ This is exactly as it means. Life gets its meaning when you overcome the downs and enjoy your triumphs. Most of us don’t have the courage to fight life alone and more often than not, we find an accomplice in a variety of ways. Some have parents, others have siblings, some others have friends, while some enjoy the companionship of books and some immerse themselves in movies. Whatever be the case, life is beautiful and better when you share it with the world. Aiding you through your tuff times, here is my list of 10 movies to watch when you are down.
10. It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
Directed By: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Lauren Graham, Zach Galifianakis.
This is one of my personal favorites. Starring Zach Galifianakis in a completely distinctive role you have seen, its a light-hearted comedy about a teenager finding love and friendship in the unlikeliest of places, a psychiatric hospital after getting admitted there out of his own will.
“If you’re not busy being born, you’re busy dying.”
More often than not, it’s in the unlikeliest of situations do we find real friends who give us peace of mind and memories to last a lifetime and it’s never the end of the world, but a beginning for a new opportunity. So, never lose hope.
Movie Tip: Watch it alone or with your significant other.
09. 500 Days of Summer
Directed By: Marc Webb.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
The one movie that always stands out from the crowd, be it for its innovative screenplay or for its wonderful cast. An award-winning movie in many festivals which not only had us in splits but got us to think about things way beyond LOVE. A heartfelt movie that not only had a high emotional quotient but a high intelligent quotient as well.
Summer: “People change. Feelings change. It doesn’t mean that the love once shared wasn’t true and real. It simply just means that sometimes when people grow, they grow apart.”
A movie solely made for all the Romeos who have lost faith in life only coz the love of your life ended up not being the love of your life. Well here’s a movie that you can relate to so well that you actually learn to not only overcome the personal tragedy but get to a position that would make you laugh looking at the past!
Movie Tip: Watch it whenever you feel like you need someone in your life!.
08. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon.
Now this is a movie suitable for all genres and generations, from Kids to Grandparents, it reverberates alike. The theme for all of them is still the same. LOVE. With an ensemble cast, the movie has you in splits and makes you wear your thinking cap at the same time.
“I will never stop trying, because when you find the one…you never give up.”
Its a definite must watch for all those who feel let down in their love life. Ultimately, love always triumphs over anything and the only thing you need to be worried about is losing yourself.
Movie Tip: Watch it with your family and closest of friends.
07. Cheeni Kum.
Directed By: R. Balki.
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal.
A completely different style of filmography was introduced in this movie. A style to take a superstar and ask him to perform the most eccentric character he has ever performed. R. Balki not only shot bull’s eye with this movie but also showcased the wonderful acting versatility of Amitabh Bachchan.
“Life mein insaan ko ek galati maaf hai”
Applying the motivating factor in the movie to your real life, you would be able to achieve what you are really focused. From a personal point of view, this movie did help me in understanding the craft of filmmaking and how they can be applied to our day to day lives.
Movie Tip: No restriction on the companionship, but preferable to watch it with family.
06. Munnabhai MBBS
Directed By: Rajkumar Hirani
Starring: Sunjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Bomman Irani, Gracy Singh.
Although its the debut movie of Rajkumar Hirani, his years of experience in the media domain proves that cinema is just another medium of communication and a well-written story could have a lasting impact on the minds of the audience. Sunjay Dutt’s comeback movie seems like it was tailor-made for him and only him, showcasing his acting skills and his humanitarian skills.
Munnabhai: “Life mein jab time kam rehta hai na … double jeene ka, double.!”
How can a message ‘Love conquers all’ showcased so dramatically yet seems to connect with us so easily? The main reason for the movie to be added on to the list was for the simple reason that adding humanity into anything is the ideal way to deal with life.
Movie Tip: Watch it with your family.
05. Finding Nemo.
Directed By: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, and Willem Dafoe.
An animated movie telling the tale of a father trying to find his lost son in the vast ocean. Its forays into the seldom ventured father-son relationship and how both the son and the father come to terms with reality and accept each other.
Dory: “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep SWIMMING.”
Although it’s an animated movie, it’s not confined only to the children. The concept of a father-son is universal and its one of the few movies that would make you laugh and cry both at the same time.
Movie Tip: Please, please watch it with family.
04. The Shawshank Redemption
Directed By: Frank Darabont.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton.
What more can be told of a movie that is always in the favorites amongst critics and general audience alike? This 1994 movie tells the tale of an unusual friendship that blossoms between two inmates serving multiple life sentences and how they overcome their greatest downfall at the unlikeliest of times. This is the movie that got the world to realize that a human possessed the voice of God.
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
This is definitely a movie that needs to be watched as this showcases how everyone would face the most unusual circumstances and yet come out clean. My personal favorite quote ‘Andy Dufresne, who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.’ This is both metaphorical and realistic to our lives.
Movie Tip: Watch the movie alone, preferably without any breaks.
Directed By: Pete Docter
Starring: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai.
Anytime when I get asked to name a real romantic movie, it would always be ‘Up’. Its the story of how love triumphs over everything, even time! The movie conveys so much in such a little time frame, without even a single word being spoken! To top it all, this is also not the primary story arc of the movie.
“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”
Life as we know it is not a piece of cake, but it’s not a bed of nails either. It is a metaphorical example of a ‘Rose’. In order to enjoy the flower, you need to be careful with the thorns that form its stem. Anyone who wants to know the realities of life, please do watch this movie.
Movie Tip: The only companionship for this movie is your Significant Other.
02. Jerry Maguire
Directed By: Cameron Crowe.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger.
By far the best performance by Tom Cruise introduces us to the then unknown world of Sports Agents. It’s the story of a sports agent who has an epiphany to develop a conscience in the field of a sports agent. After losing his job, love and insurmountable consequences to the sudden change in his life, he overcomes it against all odds to become a better person.
“There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
The major aspect that Jerry Maguire ended up being a classic is because it could connect so well with the audience. Almost anyone facing any major or minor life crisis could relate to it. And just like Jerry, we too are capable of conquering the peaks in our lives despite everything.
Movie Tip: Watch it with everyone i.e. family, extended family and friends. IIt’sworth all the effort of putting together everyone.
01. The Pursuit of Happyness.
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino.
Starring: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith.
There is always one question that pops up in our mind whenever we go through a sad phase in our lives, Why me?. Well, here’s the thing, it’s not only me, but everyone we know is fighting a battle we know nothing off and asking the same question, WHY ME?. Some of their battles are not just nightmares, but things that we wouldn’t want to wish upon our greatest enemy. So rather than cribbing about our bad luck, go out and conquer the world. The sole example of how to overcome your damp phase is ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’.
“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.”
Inspired by the real-life story of Chris Gardner who not only overcame the unlikeliest of situations but went on to become one of the most successful people in the 20th Century. Every minute of the movie is a message to everyone. If you think you have a bad day, Chris had a bad life. Everyone would agree when I mention that we are very much thankful to God for not pushing us to those extremes suffered by Chris.
Movie Tip: Watch the movie at any cost!