Cinema Therapy – Inspiration challenges

Overcoming Challenges
12 Years a Slave (2013)
About a Boy (2002)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Bodyguard (1992)
Book Thief, The (2013)
Bend It Like Beckham (2003)
Bounce (2000)
Captain Phillips (2013)
Cast Away (2000)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Chocolat (2000)
Cider House Rules (1999)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Crimes of the Heart (1986) 
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Emperors Club, The (2002)
English Patient, The (1996) 
Fighter, The (2010)
Fisher King, The (1991)
Footloose (1984)
Frida (2002)
Fugitive, The (1993)
Good Will Hunting (1997) 
Gravity (2013) 
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hearts of the West (1975)
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003, TV)
Horse Whisperer, The (1998)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Joy Luck Club, The (1993)
Lion King, The (1994)
The Lord of the Ring Trilogy (2001, 2002, and 2003)
Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
March of the Penguins (2005)
Monuments Men, The (2014)
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Music Within (2007)
North Country (2005)
Pelican Brief, The (1993)
Philomena (2013)
Pianist, The (2002)
Piano, The (1993)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Ray (2004)
Rocky (1976)
Rudy (1993)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Shine (1996)
Shipping News, The (2001)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Terminal, the (2004)
The Sting (1973)
This Boy’s Life (1993)
Twister (1990)
Unbroken (2014)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) 
War Horse (2011)
Water for Elephants (2011)
Wild (2014)

Following the Call

Billy Elliot (2000)
Chariots of Fire (1981)

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Erin Brockovich
Fame (1980)
Flashdance (1983)
Good Will Hunting
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Motor Cycle Diaries (2004, in Spanish)
October Sky (1999)
Pay it Forward (2000)
Ruby in Paradise
Shine (1996)
Whale Rider (2003)

Gaining hope and encouragement:
About Time (2013)
Bagdad Cafe (Out of Rosenheim) (1988)
Beaches (1988)
The Big Chill (1983)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Boys on the Side (1995)
Casablanca (1942)
Cemetery Club (1993)
Chances Are (1989)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Cider House Rules (1999)
Clara’s Heart (1988)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

The Color Purple (1985)
Corrina, Corrina (1994)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Do the Right Thing (1980)
Elephant Man (1980)
The Emerald Forrest (1985)
Enchanted April (1992)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Forever Young (1992)
The Four Seasons (1981)
Gandhi (1982)
Ghost (1990)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Gravity (2013)
The Great Santini (1979)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Joy Luck Club (1993)
Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
A Home of Our Own (1993)
Hustle and Flow (2005)
The Lion King (1994)
Little Big Man (1970)
Local Hero (1983)
Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
Marvin’s Room (1996)
Moonstruck (1987)
Mr. Mom (1983)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Music Box (1989)
My Family (Mi Familia) (1995)
My Life (1993)
Nell (1994)
Norma Rae (1979)
Nothing in Common (1986)
On Golden Pond (1981)
One Trick Pony (1980)
Queen of Hearts (1989)
Resurrection (1980)
Ruthless People (1986)
The Searchers (1956)
Seabiscuit (2003)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

Serving in Silence (1995)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Stand By Me (1986)
Starting Over (1979)
Stealing Beauty (1996)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
A Thousand Acres (1997)
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
A Town Like Alice (1981)
Trading Places (1983)
Three of Hearts (1993)
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991)
Twins (1988)
Two for the Road (1967)
Ulee’s Gold (1997)
Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Untamed Heart (1993)
The Waterdance (1992)
The Way We Where (1973)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Zorba the Greek (1964)

Uplifting/Feel Good
Amélie (in French, 2001)
Cacoon (1985)
Cocoon: The Return (1988)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Ghost (1990)
Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
Hope and Glory (1987)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
King of Hearts (1966)
Mr. Deed’s (2002)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Mulan (1998)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Sister Act (1992)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
The Waterboy (1998)
Zoolander (2001)

Laughter works as medicine:
Annie Hall (1974)
Analyze This (1999)
Analyze That (2002)
The Associate (1996)
Babe (1995)
Best in Show (2000)
The Birdcage (1996)
The Brothers McMullen (1995)
Denise Calls up (1995)
The First Wives Club (1996)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1997)
The Full Monty (1997)
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Mother (1996)

My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Patch Adams
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Sister Act (1992)
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
There’s Something about Mary (1998)
The Truth about Cats and Dogs (1996)
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
What about Bob (1991)

Searching for Meaning

About a Boy (2002)
American Beauty (1999)
The Apostel (1997)
Being There (1979)
Cider House Rules (1999)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Groundhog Day (1993)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Short Cuts (1993)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2002)
The Truman Show (1998)
The Visitor (2007)

Spirituality

Bee Season (2005)
City of Angels (1998)
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Malcom X (1992)
Powder (1995)
Resurrection (1980)
The Third Miracle (2000)
What the #$*! Do We Know!? (2004)
Wings of Desire (1987, German with English subtitles)

Transformation and Renewal

The Full Monty (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Lantana (2001)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Magnolia (1999)
Pieces of April (2003)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Schindler’s List (1993, emotionally challenging)
Something Gotta Give (2003)
The Station Agent (2003)

Support Groups and Friendships
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
The Big Chill (1983)
Circle of Friends (1995)
City Slickers (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)
Peter’s Friends (1992)
Star Wars (1977 – 2002)
Steel Magnolias (1989)

Role Models

Apollo 13 (1995) 
The Chorus (2004, in French)
Erin Brockovich (2000) 
Field of Dreams (1989)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Gandhi (1982)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Rudy (1993)

Personal Courage

Babe (1995) 
Braveheart (1995, emotionally challenging)
Chariots of Fire
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Door to Door (2002)
Do the Right Thing
Endurance (1999)
Field of Dreams
Forrest Gump
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Gandhi (1982)
Gattaca (1997)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Gravity (2013)
The Insider (1999)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Julia (1977)
Contender, The (2000)
Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959)
Gladiator, The (2000)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Little Big Man (1970)
Mask (1985)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The Monuments Men, The (2013)
Norma Rae (1979)
Out of Rosenheim (Baghdad Café) (1988)
Open Range (2003)
Philomena (2013)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Rudy (1993)
Saving Private Ryan (1998, emotionally challenging)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995, TV)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Silkwood (1983)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Town Like Alice, A (1981)
Untouchables, The (1987)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

Developing Inner Resources
Castaway (1986)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
First Wives Club (1996)
Norma Rae (1979)
Rain Man (1979)
Silkwood (1983)

Self-Esteem: Questioning negative beliefs about yourself and rediscovering your strengths:

Billy Elliot(2000)
Children of a Lesser God(1986)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Erin Brockovich(2000)
Field of Dreams (1989)
The Full Monty (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
Forrest Gump (1994)
It’s a Wonderful Life
Little Women (1994)
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
My Left Foot(1989)
Rain Man (1988)
The Other Sister (1999)
The Paper (1994)
Parenthood (1989)
Places in the Heart(1984)
Powder(1995)
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Secrets and Lies(1996)
Shine (1996)
Sliding Doors (1998)
The Turning Point

Vocation, Career, Success

Baby Boom (1987)
Entrapment(1999)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
High Fidelity (2000)
In Good Company (2004)
Jerry Maquire (1996)
Nine to Five (1980)
Working Girl (1988)

Searching for Meaning

About a Boy (2002)
American Beauty (1999)
The Apostel (1997)
Being There (1979)
Cider House Rules (1999)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Grand Canyon (1991)
Groundhog Day (1993)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Short Cuts (1993)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2002)
The Truman Show (1998)
The Visitor (2007)

Spirituality

Bee Season (2005)
City of Angels (1998)
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Malcom X (1992)
Powder (1995)
Resurrection (1980)
The Third Miracle (2000)
What the #$*! Do We Know!? (2004)
Wings of Desire (1987, German with English subtitles)

Transformation and Renewal

The Full Monty (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Lantana (2001)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Magnolia (1999)
Pieces of April (2003)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Schindler’s List (1993, emotionally challenging)
Something Gotta Give (2003)
The Station Agent (2003)

 

Support Groups and Friendships
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
The Big Chill (1983)
Circle of Friends (1995)
City Slickers (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)
Peter’s Friends (1992)
Star Wars (1977 – 2002)
Steel Magnolias (1989)

Role Models

Apollo 13 (1995) 
The Chorus (2004, in French)
Erin Brockovich (2000) 
Field of Dreams (1989)
Finding Forrester (2000)
Gandhi (1982)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Rudy (1993)

Personal Courage

Babe (1995) 
Braveheart (1995, emotionally challenging)
Chariots of Fire
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Door to Door (2002)
Do the Right Thing
Endurance (1999)
Field of Dreams
Forrest Gump
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Gandhi (1982)
Gattaca (1997)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Gravity (2013)
The Insider (1999)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Julia (1977)
Contender, The (2000)
Diary of Anne Frank, The (1959)
Gladiator, The (2000)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Little Big Man (1970)
Mask (1985)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The Monuments Men, The (2013)
Norma Rae (1979)
Out of Rosenheim (Baghdad Café) (1988)
Open Range (2003)
Philomena (2013)
Places in the Heart (1984)
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Rudy (1993)
Saving Private Ryan (1998, emotionally challenging)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995, TV)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Silkwood (1983)
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Town Like Alice, A (1981)
Untouchables, The (1987)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

 

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