10 Movies to Watch for Self-Development Inspiration

We’ve all had the experience of walking into the movies, and then walking out feeling like different people.

Movies have the potential to inspire and influence our decisions about life. And why wouldn’t they?

We’re all familiar with the work of Woody AllenJames Cameron, and Quentin Tarantino. Three of a great many writers and directors who know how to emotionally impact an audience.

Sometimes a movie could be our motivational bridge to the success we truly desire.

Movies tell all kinds of stories and spread amazing messages. Films can help us in different aspects of our lives, including personal growth. The movies we’re going to be showing you in this article are valid examples of how films can portray good personal development, both personally and professionally.

In addition, you could never go wrong with a movie marathon with all your friends and family. Take this opportunity to discover interesting films and share common interests.

The Pursuit of Happyness

This is a great movie for personal growth starring Will Smith. It tells the story of Chris Gardner. Smith’s role in this movie made him receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In the movie, Chris Gardner is a divorced father who tries to get a better life for himself and his son. 

Both of them will face a series of obstacles while searching for happiness and also trying to fulfill their dreams of a better life. In this story, we can see how a man faces his daily life in a continuous fight for success. A fun fact is that this movie is based on real-life events.

Fight Club: Materialism And Detachment

”You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.”


Fight Club is a movie that offers more than a few lessons in success. However, one of the greatest lessons we can benefit from this movie is that of Materialism and emotional detachment.

According to Tyler Durden: Fight Club is about freeing yourself from the shackles of modern life, which imprisons and emasculates you. By being willing to give and receive pain and risk death.

Fight Club is one of those movies that can be watched over, and over again, finding something valuable to take away every time.

The Social Network: Entitlement

Everyone should be familiar with The Social Network movie, and the success of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

The Social Network is a movie that will inspire anyone to feel deserving of success, whilst also showing some of the drawbacks that being successful can have with the creation of backstabbing and legal rows.

Yes Man: Opportunity

Yes Man, is a fun movie that anyone can appreciate.  Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, who lives and average and unfulfilled life.

He finds himself at a self-help seminar called ‘Yes’, and soon, his life makes an interesting shift. This movie will have you thinking about all the opportunities you may have missed by saying ‘no’ to things.

Good Will Hunting

This film is another excellent example of a great movie for personal growth. It tells the story of Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a young rebel and troublemaker who’s really talented at mathematics and physics. Despite his teacher’s efforts to motivate him to strive for a better life, he’s his biggest obstacle.

La Vita è Bella (Life Is Beautiful)

This amazing film focuses on the conflicting environment of World War II. A Jewish father and son are sent to a concentration camp. In the camp, the father tries to maintain a positive attitude and convince his son that nothing around them is actually real and that they’re just participating in a contest.

Roberto Benigni, the lead actor, and director of the film tries to protect his son from the horrors and barbarities of what used to be Nazi Germany. A very interesting fact about this movie is that it’s based on the story of Benigni’s father, who spent three years in a concentration camp.

3 Idiots

It is not every day that a crazy friend of yours’s leaves you with the greatest lessons of life. While the film was high on funny one-liners, it was everyone who realize that it is important to prioritize what you want than running behind what is expected of you. As Aamir Khan says, ‘Bachcha Kabil bano, kabil … kamyabi toh saali jhak maarke peeche bhagegi”


One phrase that defines Hrithik Roshan starrer Lakshya is ‘Never give up’. Everyone tends to be aimless at a certain point in life but who wakes up at the right moment and works hard to come out of it is the real man.

Forrest Gump

One of the most famous movies for personal growth is Forrest GumpIt tells the story of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a man with a slight mental impairment who also has an amazing personality and an enviable vitality.

The film tells the life story of the main character during a very significant time in the history of the United States, including the Vietnam War. It mixes this character with some famous historical figures in a funny and curious way.

The Wolf Of Wall Street

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that demonstrates some of the things money can buy, and what it cant.

One can’t help to watch this film and feel empowered by DiCapprio’s performance. The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that will make you revaluate your current life, and have you aiming for the finer things.

So, today we wanted to share just 10 of the movies that we believe you should watch to fuel your self-growth and personal development journey. If you were to come up with a list, what movies would you add?


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