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The Deer Hunter. Best movie I ever saw. I managed to avoid Vietnam, but that movie brought home the horror of it all
The movie was “Truly, Madly, Deeply”. It showed me that we can hold onto grief for so long, we don’t realize we’ve started healing.
The movies that have opened my heart and/or mind a little more:
Room with a View, Sophie’s Choice, Saving Private Ryan, Get Out, Interstellar, The Piano, Parenthood, Schindler’s List and Ben Hur. I’m sure there are more but these came to mind.. Each taught me something new about life and relationships.
Oh, thank you for reminding me of Parenthood! What a wonderful movie. Steve Martin as NOT the funny guy was brilliant. So many great actors/actresses in this.
Several movies I enjoyed so much that I have watched several times.
The Shawshank Redemption: best line for me, “he had a quiet way about him, something inside nobody can touch “hope”.
Favorite line, ‘Remember that Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of good things and no good thing ever dies.
“Pride and Prejudice 1995 version: title depicts what each lead character needs to work on. My favorite line, “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” The dialogue throughout movie is poetic and delicious.
Seabisquit: true story, the message of courage and wonder, to never give up on your dreams, no matter the barriers in the way.
My favorite line said, once for the horse and once for the partially blind jockey. “You don’t throw a whole life away cause your banged up a little.”
Anne of Green Gables: true story of young orphan girl with ADHD, message, don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.
My favorite line “ Dear Old World, you are lovely and I am glad to be alive in you.”
Thanks for the question and the reminder of what I needed
I love Pride and Prejudice too:)
Children of Men. It brought me to tears and not many movies do that. Back when it was released it seemed to me as a warning of what the future might hold. Sadly so much has happened in recent years that many aspects of the movie are facts of life today. Decreased fertility rates, worsening immigration issues, awful immigrant ghettos and detention centers, and senseless acts of terrorism. But a silver lining does emerge and for a brief moment there is a sense of awe and hope for a better brighter future. I had read the book by PD James before the movie was released and it did haunt me. I usually find movies a let down after having read the book, but this movie did not fail and really impacted me.
I’m loving the book,
The Beauty of Dusk
On Vision Lost and Found
By Frank Bruni
No movies worthy of mention come to mind.
When I think about it, the movies that affected me had more to do with what I was going through at the time.
-Little big man
-The great beauty
I’m sure there are more, but these come to mind. I love movies and they have been a big part of my life, but mostly, they are a great distraction. A way to get out of my own head for a while.
I love movies and I know some have left me sitting in silence, crying or processing. Trying to think of them right now I’m coming up short, for some reason. I have to start by saying The Princess Bride would be my “cast away on a desert island but somehow with electricity so you can watch it” movie.
Several have mentioned It’s a Wonderful Life. That gave me the realization at a young age that everyone touches many lives and we may not even recognize the effect we have on others. I lose sight of that at time so it’s good to be reminded.
12 Angry Men reinforced that you should stick up for what’s right even if many voices tell you you’re wrong.
The Elephant Man taught me not to judge people based on appearance.
Gran Torino told me never to give up on an old racist–they may still have room for change.
District 9 didn’t change my perspective but is such a powerful portrayal of racism and again, someone’s capacity for change when they learn to see another as worthy of respect.
West Side Story taught me that when humans divide into packs based on perceived differences or affiliations, tragedy ensues.
Lots of science fiction and a bit of horror taught me never to go into the empty house or the dark hallway, not to assume aliens are friendly, and to be ready for the zombie apocalypse. (If I really were ready for the zompoc I’d also be fully prepared for the earthquakes that are likely in my part of the world, the Pacific Northwest, so that’s not a bad takeaway.)
I also thought of West Side Story how love brings two different sides together:)
The Stephen Spielberg historical movie “Amistad” which tells the true story of 53 free Africans captured with the intention of selling them into slavery.
The incident began In February 1839 when Portuguese slave hunters illegally seized 53 Africans in Sierra Leone, a British colony, whom they intended to sell in the Spanish colony of Cuba.
However, the slaves revolted while on the schooner Amistad, killing its captain and cook, and directing the planters to sail the ship to Africa. Instead, the planters steered the ship north, where it wound up at Long Island Sound. The U.S. Navy spotted the vessel and took its occupants into custody.
The plantation owners were freed and the Africans were imprisoned on charges of murder. Although the murder charges were dismissed, the Africans continued to be held in confinement and the case went to trial in the Federal District Court in Connecticut.
After two district courts ruled in favor of the abolitionists, Then U.S. President Martin Van Buren immediately instructed the U.S. attorney general to appeal. Abolitionists hired John Quincy Adams, who some referred to as “Old Man Eloquent,” to argue for the Africans’ freedom in the Supreme Court.
On February 24, 1841, former President John Quincy Adams begins to argue the Amistad case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. A practicing lawyer and member of the House of Representatives, John Quincy Adams was the son of America’s second president, founding father and avowed abolitionist John Adams.
The Africans had designated one of their own to represent them and accompany Adams to the Supreme Court hearing. Adams did win the case and the Africans were freed but when Adams met with the designated leader of the 53 Africans before the hearing, he tried to prepare him for a challenging day in court, reminding him that he would probably not be well received. Telling him, he would definitely be standing there alone. The African looked Adams in the I and said, “I will not be alone. I will call on the strength of my ancestors and they have to come.”
The African’s words struck me so forcefully and for me, they rang true. I can’t tell you how many times I have called on my ancestors and claimed their strength in times when anxiety strikes and they always come. Creation is one.
Thank you, Carol – what a treat your posting is. And then the Africans went on the Underground Railroad to Farmington CT and then eventually to Africa, says Wikipedia.
I’m going to mention an OLD movie.
For many, To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck is a movie they will remember, that addresses racism, and indeed it is still an immensely popular book.
But for me, another, lesser known movie with Gregory Peck, Gentleman’s Agreement, is a masterpiece. It teaches us about racism, but not in the usual, stark way, but instead shows the layers and insidiousness of it. How sometimes racism is obvious, and sometimes it is like a subtle, slimy, odor. This movie, when I watched it as a young woman, taught me much, and I was gripped by the story. It says something about a movie when decades later, I still remember and treasure what it gave me.
Les Miserables– innate capacity once awakened enables a compassionate approach to life; that coming to this understanding needs to be nurtured by others/ community/society; that is it difficult; that we need to use our strengths; when we fail each other in this; their suffering will be our suffering. And the truth in – we cannot truly love in the absence of understanding.
Not sure any movie has had that power, but certainly there are many that have been impactful and key building blocks. To name one – Luther – great movie that depicted Martin Luther’s fight for truth amidst the misguided leadership of the Roman Catholic Church – demonstration of the will it takes to pursue truth and the ease with which masses can be misled.
The Wizard of Oz, to witness Dorothy’s awakening only to descend into chaos; she’s challenged to unite her mind, heart, courage, and intuition to overcome and integrate the forces of evil and corruption. The journey raises her Kundalini (the yellow brick road), and she trades in superstition and a misplaced faith in an external god (Professor Marvel\the Wizard of Oz) for actualization and self-reliance. She was always perfect and pure and now conscious.
There are many great lessons in that movie, including how Dorothy had the power to go home all along, but, “You wouldn’t have believed me,” said Glinda. 🙂
We are all that vulnerable child, inside, who doesn’t believe has any power, but we do!
Wow! I had forgotten all about this movie, but years ago I watched Cookie’s Fortune. It changed my perspective completely. To Kill a Mockingbird is another one. Kinky Boots is another. I watched the DVD before it became a hit. Dead Poets Society as well. Star Wars was another one. So many! It’s a Wonderful Life. Up. Quite a few! I could go on and on, but will stop for now….good memories-thanks!
Oh, wow. Apollo 13, for the miracles that were accomplished with slide rulers and early transistors. American Graffiti, for the capturing the magic and promise of a summer night. Star Wars (1977), no more needs to be said. Saving Private Ryan, the terror and horrors of war and the known and unknown sacrifices others make for us. Many others but too numerous to list.
Oh, so many, including some that have been named by others…
The Sea Inside. Eat, Pray, Love. The Notebook. Beaches. Dead Poets Society. It’s a Wonderful Life. The Endless Summer. My Octopus Teacher.
The Way, The Wizard of Oz, The Blind Side, The Sound of Music, Driving Miss Daisy, Mr Holland’s Opus, Finding Forrester, The Magic of Ordinary Days, We Bought a Zoo, Secretariat.
Forest Gump.. I’ve watched it at least 5o times.. the memories of growing up during those times, the music and the meaning and lessons learned by Forrest.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Zorba the Greek
The Lion King
oh wow, so many. My mind wants to pick all my favorite movies, but I’m trying to stay focused on the question of which ones changed my life or perspective…The Notebook – on how terrible dementia is and gave a perspective on that. The Amityville Horror – perspective on paranormal and the unknown. Under The Tuscan Sun – faith, friendships and not giving up. I’m sure there are more… I will sit with this one the rest of the day. Looking forward to reading everyone’s responses.
After I watch the movie The Shawshank Redemption, I sat very still for a while. I was so impressed with the movie. It was about hope, friendship, perseverance, inner strength……….
Christine, The Shawshank Redemption is truly a powerful movie.
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