Do you ever watch those movies and get on this super inspired high for like a week… or a day? You know the movies I’m talking about. The ones where the nobody, the broke, the misfit, goes on this incredible journey to become a somebody, a business owner, a boss? Even though the inspiration that comes from these cinematic adventures might be short-lived, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE MOVIES. I think it should be it’s very own genre because “Drama” just seems to broad for such a special group of films.
- 19 Must Read Books For Every Girlboss
- 5 Signs You Need to Take On More Clients
- 3 Reasons to Start Freelancing Today
- What it Really Costs to Start a Blog
I’ve taken it upon myself to jot down these super motivating movies down as I watch them or remember them. Why? Because when I’m in need of a break and a serious pick-me-up, I’ll put one of these gems on, grab some wine, and cuddle up on the couch ready to become the same kind of amazing that are featured on screen. There are still so many I’ve yet to watch but trust me, they will be added as I come across them. Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!
If you’re currently working a job you hate and have much bigger plans for yourself, this one is for you. Watch as this struggling young mother, Joy, takes an idea and turns it into an empire. Based on a true story, this will not only have you sobbing but leave you feeling like there isn’t anything you can’t accomplish.
Every time I watch this movie, I’m stuck trying to decide which character motivates me the most. You’ve got Meryl Streep’s icy persona giving off all kinds of glorious boss vibes but at the expense of her personal life, Anne Hathaway’s zero to hero story line, and Emily Blunt’s fantastic hustle and sarcastic wit. Who’s your favorite girl boss in this classic?
Speaking of girl bosses, I just had to include this Netflix original on the list. I know it’s a show and not a movie BUT I am so in love with it. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been renewed for a second season but the first is well worth the binge. You can also read the book (I have and it’s even better) and will forever be in awe of Sophia Amoruso’s rise from eBay seller to the queen of vintage and owner of Nasty Gal clothing company.
If climbing out of mediocrity is your kind of thing you NEED to see Emma Stone’s and Ryan Gosling’s characters crush their goals in award winning La La Land. I love how much this one depicts all of the personal sacrifice required to making your dreams come true. It’s not just the long hours you spend working but the struggle to balane personal relationships on the way to the top.
Who says you can’t start a company while attending an Ivy League school? If you haven’t seen what it took for mastermind Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook, you should set aside a couple hours to watch The Social Network. I will admit this one is a little harder to relate to since ya know, I’m no genius.
I think Anne Hathaway must have been some ultra successful businesswoman in another life because she kills when it comes to making career inspiring films. Personally, I love a good behind-the-scenes look into the life of a successful entrepreneur and that’s exactly what you get in The Intern as you witness the young owner of an internet clothing shop gain perspective from an older, and wiser intern.
Don’t forget to laugh during your hustle. No matter how bad it got, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn maintained a sense of humor through losing their jobs and an intense Google internship. Watch this if you need a reminder that anything is possible no matter your background, age, race, gender, etc.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this movie. I actually had to buy it and watch it as I wrote this blog post. “Stuck” in the SanFernando valley, Zac Efron’s character and his friends show us you’re never too young to make things happen for you. Success is available for you no matter who you are so go out and get it.
Where there’s a will there’s a way. Brad Pitt reminds us of this in Moneyball. For all you non sport fans, this isn’t a sports movie. Not really anyway. This is a movie about finding a new way when it seems like there is no way.
An oldie but goodie. You can never go wrong with Will Smith amiright? If you’re feeling like you can’t come back from failure, think again. In The Pursuit of Happyness a salesman and father has hopes for something more and with a lot of courage and perseverance (and sleeping in a public bathroom), he gets it.
We all know it, we all love it. Who to show us better that now matter what you can still be whatever you want, than Elle Woods? Pretty in pink, Reese Witherspoon’s loveable blonde character proves just that as she kills it at Harvard in the classic Legally Blonde.
When I first saw this movie, I played it every night for like, a week. Yep, it’s that good. When Life magazine threatens to lay off a large number of employees, Ben Stiller’s then cowardly and quiet character, goes on a life changing journey to keep his job.
What are your all time inspirational movies? How many have you seen on this list?