Movies aren’t always the product of filmmakers’ wild imaginations. A lot of movies we see today are actually based on real-life events, and oftentimes, they become some of the most unforgettable films ever made.
If you need a kick of inspiration or some encouragement for whatever is bothering you right now, here are seven films inspired by true stories.
(Just a tip, you might want o grab a box of tissues as you marathon these heartwarming movies)
1. The Pursuit of Happyness(2006)
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino
Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith
Chris Gardner is a driven salesman trying to make ends meet for his son Christopher Jr. Homeless with a slim chance of selling the remaining bone density scanners he invested his entire life savings on, he didn’t let his guard down and entered a top brokerage firm in San Francisco as an intern, hoping he’d land a paid position eventually.
Memorable Quote: “You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”
2. Freedom Writers (2007)
Directed By: Richard LaGravenese
Starring: Hilary Swank
When dedicated and enthusiastic young teacher Erin Gruwell enters the halls of Woodrow Wilson, a formerly high-achieving school, she is met by much distaste by her multi-racial class composed of students who have divided themselves according to their backgrounds. Instead of feeling discouraged, Erin goes up to the challenge of bringing hope to her deeply troubled students.
Memorable Quote: “Everybody thinks you should be happy just because you’re young. They don’t see the wars that we fight every single day.”
3. Millon Dollar Arm (2014)
Directed By: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal
Struggling sports agent J.B. Bernstein flies to India with an unconventional recruitment strategy that involves searching for the country’s most talented young cricketers, who can be groomed into major league baseball players in the United States.
Memorable Quote: “For everyone who said you can’t, show them that you can.”
4. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks
At the young age of 17, cunning Frank Abagnale, Jr. is living the high life of a con man, posing as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for the Pan American World Airways. Meanwhile, FBI bank fraud agent Carl Hanratty is hunting Frank down to put an end to all his trickery once and for all.
Memorable Quote: “Dear Dad, you always told me that an honest man has nothing to fear, so I’m trying my best not to be afraid.”
5. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
Directed By: Ryan Murphy
Starring: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Gilbert is living the good life. She has a home, a husband, and a successful career. Things go awry, however, when her marriage spiraled down to a divorce. Feeling lost more than ever, she takes a life-changing trip across the globe in search of the true meaning of happiness.
Memorable Quote: “Sometimes to lose balance for love is part of living a balanced life.”
6. Unbroken (2014)
Directed By: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Jack O’Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson
World War II, 1943, bombardier and former Olympian Louis ‘Louie’ Zamperini spends a torturous 47 days marooned in the Pacific Ocean after a near-fatal plane crash. He is then found bu the Japanese navy and thrown to a prisoner of war camp ruled bu the tyrannical Mutsuhiro ‘The Bird’ Watanabe.
Memorable Quote: “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”
7. The Blind Side (2009)
Directed By: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock
This moving film follows the story of Michael Oher, an impoverished young man living in the streets, who earns a spot in the National Footbal League (NFL) with the help of his caring and compassionate adoptive family.
Memorable Quote:”Sometimes you might not even know why you’re doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that’s the real reason for you either do something or you don’t.” (Andy Flores)