Best Movies About Life

Best Movies About Life

In this article we bring you fifteen best movies about life (in no specific order). These are the movies that will hit you deep and make you think about love, life, mortality and reaching your potential.

So let’s get started…

Into the Wild (2007)

Into the Wild is American movie based on a true story. It is biographical adventure drama directed by Sean Penn. It’s based on the book Into the Wild written by Jon Krakauer and it tells a story of Christopher McCandless, or as he calls himself, Alexander Supertramp.

After he graduated from Emory University, Christopher McCandless who was top student and athlete abandons his possessions and donates his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and leaves his home in order to hitchhike to Alaska so he can live in the wilderness. On his journey he encounters a series of characters and embarks on many adventures all which shapes his life. McCandless sets up a camp in an abandoned bus and lives in isolation enjoying the beauty of nature and peace.

Actor Emile Hirsch plays Christopher McCandless, Marcia Gay Harden plays his mother, William Hurt his father.

The movie won the award for Best Original Song: “Guaranteed” performed by Eddie Vedder. It was nominated for two Academy Awards and was also nominated for two Golden Globes.

Best Movies About Life

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is American beautiful, warm, adventure, comedy drama, about Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) who is a negative assets manager at Life magazine and he lives alone in New York City.

Mitty is chronicle daydreamer and he has a secret crush on his coworker Cheryl Melhoff played by Kristen Wiig, but is too shy to do anything about it. But when he and his colleague are about to lose their jobes, Walter takes action and embarks on an adventure of a lifetime.

The movie is adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939’s short story of the same name and was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten movies of 2013.

Yes Man (2008)

Yes Man is a 2008 American romantic comedy about a bank loan officer Carl played by Jim Carrey, who became quite withdrawn since his divorce and has a negative outlook on his life.

One day Carl decides to take an advice of an old colleague and attends a motivational seminar which encourages people to seize the opportunity and seize the day by saying yes to everything and Carl decides to pursue this method.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

A British movie with story set in India about Jamal (Dev Patel), a Mumbai teenager who is a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”.

Just as he is about to open the ₹20 million question, he is accused of cheating and detained and tortured by the police.

His amazing journey through life is shown through a series of flashbacks which show us how certain events in his life provided him with each answer.

The movie has won eight Academy Awards in 2009 out of ten that it was nominated for.

Best Movies About Life

Life of Pi (2012)

Life of Pi is an amazing adventure, drama, fantasy movie based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel.

It tells a story about Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) a young man who survives a shipwreck at sea and is thrown into an epic journey of adventure and (self) discovery. The other survivor is fierce Bengal tiger with which he forms a strong and unexpected connection.

The movie was huge success and grossed over $609 million worldwide. It had eleven Academy Awards nominations, and won four.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness is a true story starring Will Smith as a lead role in which he plays Chris Gardner, a homeless salesman who takes custody of his son just as he starts a life-changing professional career.

It’s an American biographical drama written by Steve Conrad that shows us that we are capable of anything when we set our minds to it.

For his performance in this movie Will Smith was nominated for an Oscar in 2007.

Forrest Gump (1994)

No list would be complete without a huge ‘must see’ movie like Forrest Gump.

It’s an American fiction drama-comedy-romance directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth.

The movie has won six Academy Awards.

The plot depicts several decades in the life of main character Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks), a slow-witted with (IQ of 75), kindhearted guy from Alabama who accidently influences some of most defining historical events in the 20th century in the United States.

It’s an amazing journey about love, respect and simple things in life which most of us take for granted.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The highest rated movie on IMDB since 2008 is a drama based on Stephen King’s short novel “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”.

Tim Robbins plays a banker Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to life in prison in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, although he claims he is innocent.

During his time in prison Andy makes few friends and enemies, but forms a special bond with fellow inmate named Red who is played by Morgan Freeman. Through acts of common decency the two men find solace and eventual redemption.

Pay It Forward (2000)

Pay It Forward is an American drama directed by Mimi Leder, with Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt in lead roles.

The plot is set in Las Vegas, and it tells a story about a young boy named Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) and launch of his idea – a goodwill movement known as “pay it forward”, through which he tries to make the world a better place.

The Intouchables (2011)

The Intouchables is a French biographical comedy-drama written and directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano.

François Cluzet plays Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, a French aristocrat and a millionaire who became quadriplegic after a paragliding accident.

He eventually hires a strong, young man from the projects named Driss (Omar Sy) to take care of him and the two form a very special bond becoming amazing friends.

Wild (2014)

Similar to the movie Into the Wild, Wild is also an American biographical-adventure-drama, with Reese Witherspoon in lead role where she plays Cheryl Strayed.

It’s a (true) story of one woman’s journey on 1,100 mile solo hike which was her way of recovery from a recent personal tragedy.

Cheryl, who had no hiking experience, leaves her home on a journey of self-discovery and healing. During the movie a series of flashbacks show us her memories of her childhood and of her mother who died of cancer.

The death of her mother took quite a swing at Cheryl and sent her into a deep depression. She tried to fight her depression with heroin and sex with strangers which eventually destroyed her marriage. After she found out she was pregnant Cheryl got an abortion and decided to take the hike in order to find herself again.

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind is biographical drama about John Nash (played by Russell Crowe) who was a brilliant mathematician, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Abel Prize winner.

In 1959, Nash began showing clear signs of schizophrenia and spent several years at psychiatric hospitals. This movie shows us his struggles in life fighting this cruel mental illness.                                                                                                                          

The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four.

The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Showstars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, a man who was adopted by a major television network to be the star of a reality TV show, in which his entire life is recorded and watched by an audience of millions through a series of hidden cameras.

Eventually Truman starts noticing that things aren’t quite as they appear…

Crash (2004)

Crash is a 2004 drama that shows us complexity and everyday struggles of few L.A. citizens with entirely different lives which are eventually interwoven. It teaches us how everything is connected.

The movie stars Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Thandiwe Newton, Michael Peña, and Ryan Phillippe and the movie has won an Academy Award for best picture in 2005.

Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day is an everlasting classic in which television weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) travels to town Punxsutawney for his annual coverage of the Groundhog Day festivities. Only this time he gets trapped in a time loop, forcing him to relive the same day over and over again (February 2nd).