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7 Movies about Life – Life Changing Movies

Updated on December 12, 2012

Not every film is made with the sole purpose of entertainment and fun. There are many life changing movies that carry a very strong, philosophical and meaningful message in them. It is a common belief that a movie is as good as the story is. Not every person may find these sorts of intellectual movies attractive and entertaining, but yet still, they hold a vital place in the film cinema.

Below is a list of some of the most amazing and meaningful messages that I have come across. There is a strong probability that I might have missed some of your favorite life changing movies, but I compiled the list among the movies that I have seen so far. So, following are the top 7 movies about life and its meanings. You may find your life changing movie in the following list:

7. It’s Kind of a Funny Story:

It’s Kind of a Funny Story was released on 10th October, 2010 in the USA. Starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts in the lead roles, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is actually a light-hearted take on some ‘inside-the-head’ issues. The tag line says it all:

“Sometimes, what’s in your head isn't as crazy as you think.”

The main protagonist of this story, Craig, is a high-school junior student, who is suffering from the clinical depression disorder. When he finds out that he has suicidal tendencies, he wanders around a psychiatric ward at a hospital for some medicines, etc. to feel better, so he could go to school the next day in a more positive frame of mind. However, contrary to his belief, he gets admitted for a week. And since, the youth ward is under the renovation process, he has to join the adult’s ward and spend a week there. In this time duration, he meets many different people and befriends them. Everyone has their own set of problems, yet none of the characters are sugar-coated. All the characters are believable and totally relatable to some of the persons we know in our actual life. The movie couldn’t fetch many awards or nominations, yet still, it is one to watch because of its creative storytelling, genuine screenplay, loveable characters and some powerful performances.

It's Kind of a Funny Story - Trailer HD

6. Click:

Adam Sandler and Kate Beckinsale starrer ‘Click’ is an Oscar-nominated movie, which was released on 23rd June, 2006 (My birthday!). Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is an architect, who never manages to find enough time to take care of his work and family simultaneously. He is a workaholic lad, who is seeking a reasonable promotion in his firm.

Ultimately, he finds a unique remote control, by which he can actually pause and fast-forward his life and control the way he wants to spend it – by actually working more than what he was doing. He ends up being the CEO of his organization, by pausing and fast-forwarding some of the very important moments of his life. However, in the meanwhile, he misses some of the most important aspects of his life, because the remote control had its own side-effects and consequences, which Michael accepted when taking it.

In the end, you actually find yourself feeling for the character. The movie has some very emotional moments – especially the ‘father’ one. With Adam Sandler, you can expect some extremely hilarious moments. Kate Beckinsale is beautiful as always.

The best part of this movie is that every working person can relate to its message, and it is important for us to understand what the movie has to see. The story may seem a bit childish, but in the end, you will take back your words when the climax of the movie gets revealed. It is a must watch for everyone.

Click - Movie Trailer HD

5. Bruce Almighty:

I mean, who doesn’t know this movie?

The famous Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman starrer ‘Bruce Almighty’ was released in 2003 and is known for many reasons. The two veterans ensured that the performances will be top-notch. In addition to these two, Jennifer Aniston is a great addition.

Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is an ever-complaining guy. According to him, if God wants, He can change his life – to a better one – in a couple of seconds, yet he does not do it. When things reach beyond his limits, Bruce rages in anger and God responds. The God gives all the power to Bruce Nolan to make him realize how hard it is to manage a world. The movie has some of the most brilliant acts of comedy and humour. However, the main message is to thank the God for whatever he has bestowed upon you, to be content in what you have and work hard for what you desire – without complaining.

By the way, who can miss the famous newscaster scene!

Also check out these Top 10 Jim Carrey Movies.

Bruce Almighty - Trailer HD

4. The Pursuit of Happyness:

The Pursuit of Happyness is a true story of a person named Chris Gardner. Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith, is a struggling salesman, who has invested much of his time and resources in a ‘bone-density scanner’ device that does not go well in the market. In an effort to sell those devices, Chris loses his home, his wife, all his credit and friends. Chris and his only son, Christopher (played by Jaden Smith), has to go out and live in the streets, while Chris inducts himself as an intern, in an effort to become a stockbroker.

The movie is a beautiful reflection of the hardships of life. And anyone, who needs to learn about motivation, hard-work and dedication, must definitely watch this movie. It has been nominated for Oscar and 18 other nominations. Moreover, the movie also fetched 10 other awards in different categories.

The Pursuit of Happyness is a kind of movie that teaches you something about life. Moreover, you will find yourself a changed person – in a more positive way – after you watch this life changing movie.

The Pursuit of Happyness - Trailer HQ

3. The Bucket List:

The 2007 adventure-drama, The Bucket List, stars Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholsan – two of the most impact actors in the Hollywood cinema. Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) is an intelligent mechanic, and Edward Cole (Jack Nicholsan) is a billionaire. Both are diagnosed with cancers, and are now spending the last days of their lives. They meet in a hospital room, where they are being treated. Despite their contrasting personalities, both the lead characters become strong friends of each other and start to create a bucket list – containing all the things that they desire to do before death embraces them.

During the journey, they start to heal each other, and eventually, find the ultimate joy of life through adventure, compassion and friendship. This movie belongs to a sophisticated category of intellectual films that leave a long-lasting impact on the way you live your life. In fact, this life changing movie is a perfect reflection of the following quote by Bob Marley:

“Love the life you live; live the life you love.”

The Bucket List - Official Trailer HD

DVD with English Subtitles

2. Guzaarish:

Guzaarish is a Hindi movie (from India) and is one of my personal favorites. Guzaarish is an Urdu word, which means a ‘Request’. Guzaarish was released in 2010 and stars two of the most influential personalities of Bollywood: Hritihik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan) was once a successful magician. After an accident – during one of his magic tricks that goes horribly wrong – he becomes a quadriplegic patient. In an effort to lead a happy, progressive and an influencing life, he becomes a radio jockey and lives and works from his home, where Sofia (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), his caring nurse, takes care of his every need.

However, after spending the last 14 years on the wheelchair, he now files a petition in court seeking permission to end his miserable life. The rest of the movie focuses on his efforts to seek the permission to end his life honorably and legally, while fighting against his friends and the rule of law.

The movie leaves you with a thought that how beautiful the life is (which is directly mentioned a lot of time by the main protagonist in the movie). Moreover, it also leaves you to think whether a person – under search harsh circumstances – should be allowed to end his or her life?

If your answer is no, wait until the scene when Ethan demonstrates the opposition lawyer by locking him in a small box.

It is a must watch if you can have the relative subtitles for the movie (if you do not understand the language). The movie, itself, has some powerful performances, especially from Hrithik Roshan as the paralyzed Ethan Mascarenhas.

Guzaarish - Trailer HD

1. Cast Away:

‘Cast Away’ is one of those movies that challenge your grit, determination and motivation. Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is a Fed-ex Executive, who is stranded alone on an island. With little or no accessories, he transforms himself mentally and physically in order to compete with the harsh realities of the island.

With the will to meet again his wife, he often attempts to flee the island. The whole effort of Chuck Noland, from the island to get back into his own civilization, leaves you astounded. The film brought 2 Oscar nominations and is regarded very high by viewers and critics alike.

Many questions were asked about the idea behind the ending of the movie. However, it was the most logical and sensible ending for this movie. I hope you will understand it.

Cast Away - HD Trailer

If you haven't seen any of the above-mentioned movies, it is highly recommended that you go for them. Depending on your tastes and preferences, you will definitely like at least a couple of them. Overall, all of these life changing movies are brilliant and exceptional in their own ways. I hope that our cinemas keep making such brilliant films that change our lives in better and more positive ways.


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    • Josiah Morton profile image

      Josiah Morton 

      2 years ago from Knoxville

      If you like It's Kind of A Funny Story, you should check out Fundamentals of Caring. Available on Netflix, it is also dramatic movie following a disabled young man and his caregiver. Their story is emotional and thought-provoking with a solid comedic underlay.

      Cast Away is an incredible film, and just a perfect demonstration of the illustrious talents of Tom Hanks. Acting alone is such a difficult task, and connecting with the audience through his isolation is too perfect.

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      Josh Robert 

      5 years ago from PA

      Casting Away is my favorite! Although I'm a major Tom Hanks fan, so that might have something to do with it?

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      Jason Marovich 

      5 years ago from United States

      You've compiled a rather unique list of movies here. Bruce Almighty is a clever comedy for its subtle message about self and spirituality. Cast Away is one of the most amazing movies I've seen; Tom Hanks's solo scenes are amazing to watch. Thanks for this fun romp through movies past.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Great list of movies. I have only seen one on the list, but definitely will have to watch the rest of these. Thanks for the trailers and thorough summary of these movies.

    • Hunbbel Meer profile imageAUTHOR

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @iguidenetwork: You will definitely like both of these movies. Do let us know :)

    • Hunbbel Meer profile imageAUTHOR

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Amy Becherer: I will definitely watch some of the movies that you mentioned here. Thanks for your contribution :)

    • iguidenetwork profile image


      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      I haven't seen any of these films yet, but "In Pursuit Of Happyness" and "Cast Away" (it looks like "Survivor"), from their synopses, sound good to start with. Thanks for the wonderful hub. :)

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Your movie choices all look like great ones. I've only seen Castaway from your list, but I'd like to see each one. I enjoyed the list and the corrolating trailers. I couldn't help but think of some movies I've seen that were also, rich food for thought, being, Eat Pray Love, The Green Mile, Forrest Gump, Million Dollar Baby and The World According to Garp. I'm anxious to view your selections, Hunbbel. Well done!

    • Hunbbel Meer profile imageAUTHOR

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Jools99: I agree with you. All of these movies are very entertaining, yet very meaningful :)

      I wish you guys take your time off to watch Guzaarish as well. It is a wonderful life-changing sort of film!

    • Hunbbel Meer profile imageAUTHOR

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @SubRon7: I hope you are doing great! And what a co-incidence, Morgan Freeman is one of my top favorites as well :)

    • Hunbbel Meer profile imageAUTHOR

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Paradise7 and Mhatter99: Thank you :)

    • Hunbbel Meer profile imageAUTHOR

      Syed Hunbbel Meer 

      6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Sunshine: Thanks for stopping by. The Wilson thing was, indeed, one of the most thought-provoking dimensions added into the movie. It seemed a bit awkward when it was first introduced, but later, I realized that it was the most logical and heart-wrenching master-stroke of the film.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Some interesting choices here Hunbbel - I love Castaway. I have seen it a few times now and never get tired of it. I have also seen Pursuit of Happyness , Bruce Almighty and Click. All very entertaining movies.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The Bucket List is my favorite movie on the list, followed closely by Cast Away. I think "Wilson" made that movie. When that ball floated away it was devastating!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this list and your brief explanation.

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      James W. Nelson 

      6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Hunbbel, my friend, long time no see. I'm sorry to say I did not read your hub (because of the time element) but I did scroll through it and I agree with several of your choices. The one movie I have seen is Castaway with Tom Hanks. Then there are two more favorite actors: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

      I have kept your hub, though, for when I do have more time.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good job. I've seen most of these movies and couldn't agree with you more, Hunnbel.


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