1. 3 Idiots (2009)
‘3 Idiots’ is not just a film it’s a Bible for every young man out there who wants to chase their dreams and desires. It is also a film that we regularly recommend to our parents to watch it so that they might have a change of heart regarding their strict policies that we should we always look for security in our jobs.
Link to YouTube trailer: 3 Idiots Official Trailer
2. Udaan (2010)
There are coming of age films and then there is ‘Udaan’. The film shows the journey of a boy into a man with a little help from his abusive father, his curious half-brother and the constant surprises that life throws at us regularly. ‘Udaan’ teach us that life sucks but it goes on anyway.
Link to YouTube trailer: Udaan Official Trailer
A biopic on Milkha Singh, the Indian sprinter who took the world by storm, was long overdue. When Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra decided to make a film on the flying Sikh he focused not only on his achievements but also on his personal journey and the incidents that shaped his never say die attitude. Milkha Singh was not only portrayed as a man of steel but also one with desires and fears of his own.
Link to YouTube trailer: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Official Trailer
4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption tells the tale of banker Andy Dufresne’s 19-year term in prison. The film gives a strong message of friendship and perseverance and lets us have an insight of the lives at Shawshank. The film just doesn’t end with innocent Andy’s escape but also his mate, Red’s redemption making it an inspiring story of hope, faith and bonding.
Link to YouTube trailer:The Shawshank Redemption Official Trailer
5.The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
The Pursuit of Happyness is drama film based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner‘s nearly one-year struggle being homeless. He, who raised himself out of poverty and became a successful stock broker. Will Smith as Gardner, was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Glode for best actor.
Link to YouTube trailer: The Pursuit of Happyness Official Trailer
6. Into the Wild (2007)
Movie is about story of top student and athlete Christopher McCandless, who rejects his conventional life by destroying all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000 to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Link to YouTube trailer: Into the Wild Official Trailer
7. Mary Kom (2014)
Every biopic based on a sporting icon is inspiring but the struggles of a few of them stand out for the mere impossible situations they came from and how they turned their cons into pros. The story of ‘Mary Kom’ is one of such tales of how passion, determination and grit can enable one to achieve things that once seemed so farfetched to even dream about.
Link to YouTube trailer: Mary Kom Official Trailer
8. 127 Hours (2010)
127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston who becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. Movie was well received by critics and audiences, and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
Link to YouTube trailer: 127 Hours Official Trailer
9. Guru (2007)
Mani Ratnam’s ‘Guru’ capitalized on the anticipation and the buzz surrounding the film when the press got a hint that the film is based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance industries. Abhishek Bachchan’s weight gain for the sake of the role also made headlines.
Link to YouTube trailer: Guru Official Trailer
10. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The movie tells a story about mathematics genius and Nobel laureate John Nash who struggle with the terrible illness of schizophrenia, which began to effect him while a student at Princeton in the early 1950s. He made a great discovery very early in his life and was about to be internationally recognized. But suddenly he gets on a path which takes him to a self-discovery journey, which is painful and harrowing.
Link to YouTube trailer: A Beautiful Mind Official Trailer
11. Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Aamir cast Darsheel Safary in the role of a dyslexic child Ishaan whose parents sends him to a boarding school both as a punishment and with the hope that it will change him. The film encourages discussions on the topic of Dyslexia and how it can be overcome with proper guidance and care. There is so much positivity in the film that one cannot help but shed tears of joy towards the end when Ishaan slowly but surely comes to his own.
Link to YouTube trailer: Taare Zameen Par Official Trailer
12. The Theory of Everything (2014)
The Theory of Everything tells Stephen Hawking’s story from his early years as a astrophysics student at Cambridge university. This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. For his performance as Professor Hawking, Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar.
Link to YouTube trailer: The Theory of Everything Official Trailer
13. Swades (2004)
‘Swades’ deals with the concept of brain drain in a very subtle and matter-of-factly manner. A well educated Mohan Bhargava, played by Shah Rukh Khan, works at NASA and leads a materialistically content life. But his heart is in India and he desires to be among those people who shaped him to be what he is today. On a trip back to India he finds his purpose of working for the betterment and advancement of the rural areas of his country.
Link to YouTube trailer: Swades Official Trailer
14. Chak De! India (2007)
The personal struggles and the constant scrutiny from the society that the girls have to deal with at the top of their professional commitment and pressure and how they overcome all this to emerge champions will motivate even the most lethargic of beings. The success of the film brought about a cultural revolution of sorts as people started focusing on sports other than cricket.
Link to YouTube trailer: Chak De! India Official Trailer
15. Iqbal (2005)
‘Iqbal’ is about the spirit of never giving up even in the face of adversity. A young boy in a small village nurtures a dream of playing for the Indian cricket team one day. He keeps his passion alive even when his father discourages him by calling his passion an impossible dream.Sometimes one just needs the courage to dream and the universe takes care of the rest.
Link to YouTube trailer: Iqbal Official Trailer