Movie Marathons and Life in a PG: Living in a PG is so much more than just ‘eat sleep repeat’! It is a life-changing experience. Living in a PG, away from home, you develop friendships and bonds that can last a lifetime! The best part is, the journey of actually developing these friendships is even more fun! Students living in a PG have the time and energy to explore their friendships and enjoy the best of them by engaging in numerous activities! Watching movies together is one of the most popular choices in this aspect! Whether you’re a groupie or a lone wolf, this list of the 9 Best Motivational Movies for students should be on your watchlist! So, dive in!
1. Good Will Hunting (1997)
2. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
3. October Sky (1999)
4. Stand and Deliver (1988)
5. The Breakfast Club (1985)
6. Nil Battey Sannata (2015)
7. Theory of Everything (2014)
8. The Blind Side (2009)
9. Udaan (2010)
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Summary: Good Will Hunting is based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor who inspired his students to challenge Harvard at the debating championships. This is a good place to start your journey of becoming self-motivated!
Prominent Cast Members: Denzel Washington
Director: Denzel Washington
Producer: Oprah Winfrey
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
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Summary: Based on the life of entrepreneur Chris Gardner, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is a biographical American drama movie about fulfilling the American Dream. This is another great movie if you’re looking for some motivation in chasing your dreams!
Prominent Cast Members: Will Smith, Jaden Smith
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Producers: Will Smith; Todd Black; Jason Blumenthal; James Lassiter; Steve Tisch
IMDb rating: 8/10
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Summary: This movie is based on a true story of a boy from a small town who dreams of becoming a rocket scientist. It is considered one of the best family movies. It is timeless and definitely the one to watch if you’re looking for motivation to achieve in life, despite unfavourable circumstances.
Prominent Cast Members: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen
Director: Joe Johnston
Producers: Charles Gordon; Larry J. Franco
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
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Summary: This movie is based on a true story of a high school mathematics teacher named Jaime Escalante who supports his dropout-prone and uninterested students to study by adopting unusual teaching methods. This movie sure should be your choice if you’re looking for some push for your semester examinations this exam season!
Prominent Cast Members: Edward James, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan
Director: Ramón Menéndez
Producer: Tom Musca
IMDb rating: 7.3/10
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Summary: This amazing all-time movie is about 5 students from different backgrounds who eventually end up together for detention. During this time, a strange unexpected friendship blooms among them. This movie is a great example of how you can develop the strongest bonds in the most unexpected places. This movie is exceptionally a great watch for students living away from home in co-living PG spaces like Your-Space. The most unexpected beautiful friendships take birth in healthy environments – much like what we at Your-Space offer!
Prominent Cast Members: Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez
Director: John Hughes
Producers: Ned Tanen; John Hughes
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
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Summary: This amazing piece of cinematic art is a story about a single mother who works four different jobs to try and make ends meet while her daughter is an unmotivated student who is also weak in studies, especially mathematics. Through a chain of events, the movie depicts how the mother enrols herself in her daughter’s class to learn mathematics so that she can tutor her daughter at home. This then gives way to a ripple effect of motivation to the daughter and shows how both of them walk toward success in life! Living away from home, under the immense pressure of succeeding in life, this definitely is one of the Best Motivational Movies to Watch in your PG, if you’re looking for a nudge towards positive thinking!
Prominent Cast Members: Swara Bhaskar, Pankaj Tripathi, Ratna Pathak Shah
Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Producer: Aanand L. Rai; Ajay G Rai; Alan Mcalex
IMDb rating: 8.3/10
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Summary: This Movie brilliantly depicts the story of physicist Stephen Hawking. It shows how Hawking, as a student, shockingly finds out that he is suffering from a motor neurone disease and has just 2 more years for him to live. He defies all medical predictions, fights through the challenges and goes on to live for 76 years of age! This movie, thus, is an inspiration for all students everywhere. This movie makes you believe that there is no limit on what you can achieve with what you have. So, the next movie all-nighter, pick ‘Theory of Everything’ – and recharge yourself for chasing your dreams!
Prominent Cast Members: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Jane Hawking, David Thewlis
Director: James Marsh
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
IMDb rating: 7.7/10
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Summary: This beautiful light movie is based on the true story of footballer, Michael Oher. The movie shows how he was adopted by a loving family which offered him shelter for a day and extended their welcome indefinitely. They discovered Michael’s strengths and helped him refine them. This helped Michael a long way and the movie shows how he became a successful football player, despite going through some rough patches in life. This movie with this story and the marvellous depiction of the details of Michael’s story is not only an inspiration but also a beautiful piece of art. Students who go through a struggle of understanding their strengths, be it academic or extracurricular, should definitely give this movie a watch for an extra push of motivation!
Prominent Cast Members: Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Lily Collins, Jae Head
Director: John Lee Hancock
Producer: Broderick Johnson; Andrew Kosove; Gil Netter
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
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Summary: This gem of a Bollywood movie is one of the absolute Best Motivational Movies to Watch in your PG. This marvellous award-winning movie portrays the life struggles of an Indian boy named Rohan, who wants to become a writer but is forced into Engineering by his abusive father. The movie beautifully captures the emotions of a boy who faces the wrath of his stone-hearted father while striving to follow his yearning to become a writer. Unfortunately so, but this situation is not very fictional – as it should be – instead this is a very common culture in Indian households. Young students are forced to abandon their genuine calling for a career and pushed into something more mainstream and more widely accepted in the name of success and wellbeing. Students looking out to pursue a career of their choice, or struggling to ‘convince’ their parents around it should definitely gather hope from this movie – you can be who you want to be!
Prominent Cast Members: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor, Manjot Singh
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Sanjay Singh, Ronnie Screwvala
IMDb rating: 8.2/10