There are many lists of movies for teens out there. But until now, I hadn’t thought of writing a list of movies that inspire. There are so many inspirational and motivational movies that I have seen and loved, but when choosing movies for this list, I included only movies that I think teens will enjoy. I also did not include any R movies on this list of feel-good movies for teens.
Jennifer Wagner's 10 Inspiring, Feel-Good Movies for Teenagers:
1. The Blind Side (2009)
A semi-biographical story of Michael Oher, football player for the Ravens. The movie follows his youth of poverty, foster care and living on the streets, until Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Oscar-winner, Sandra Bullock, takes him in and makes him part of her family. This act of kindness changes his life.
2. Dead Poets Society (1989)
Robin Williams stars as an unorthodox English teacher who inspires his students at a boys prep school. Famous movie quote: ”Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Highly acclaimed movie!
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
Tom Hanks stars in this Oscar-winning movie as Forrest Gump, a slow-witted man, who things just seem to work out for. He manages to be present for many of the defining moments of the 1950s-80s and sometimes even influences them. Extra stars for the music.
4. Groundhog Day (1993)
Who says comedies can’t be inspirational? In one of his best movies, Bill Murray’s character learns to be a better man by being forced to relive the same day over and over and over again until he gets it perfect.
5. Karate Kid (1984)
Ralph Macchio (Daniel) is the new kid in high school and is being tormented by a group of students using a vicious form of Karate. Mr. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing and teaches him Karate and life lessons. The finale is a classic underdog vs. The big bad guy.
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