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There is more than enough doom and gloom around at the moment to make even the most optimistic person feel down. So with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of five great movies to make you feel inspired and happy. These uplifting tales will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. We’ve covered the whole gamut of goodness from Horse Racing to Nasa!
The true story of how a jockey diagnosed with cancer and a horse plagued with injuries went on to win the world’s toughest horse race. John Hurt stars as jockey Bob Champion. When doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of beating cancer, Bob Champion reacted with typical stubbornness. The cure was not easy on his body. A large-scale infection nearly claimed his life. However, the dream of riding in the Grand National drove Champion to overcome the odds.
In 1981 he finally realized his lifelong dream, he teamed up with an 11-year-old horse called Aldaniti for Grand National. The horse had suffered three serious career injuries and had battled back to fitness, not unlike his jockey. Punters speculated that the pair would be lucky to get around the formidable Aintree course. A track which consists of 30 jumps, including the infamous ‘Becher’s Brook’ fence with its hair-raising 6ft 9in drop on the landing side.
These two survivors melded on the racecourse that day in 1981. Their win was one of the most memorable and emotional moments witnessed on a racecourse. The story has been immortalized in this stunning movie from director John Irvin. Great performances from a star-studded cast which includes John Hurt, Edward Woodward and Kirstie Alley.
The Pursuit Of Happyness
Real-life father and son duo Will & Jaden Smith star in this bittersweet story based on the true experiences of entrepreneur Chris Gardner. The movie details how an aspiring salesman becomes homeless with his five-year-old son after his marriage breaks down. The father and son team are engaged in a daily struggle to eat and find somewhere safe to sleep.
This all sounds rather depressing, right? And it is to a point. But ultimately this is a rags to riches tale. Through sheer hard work and determination, Chris is able to pull himself and his son out of the grinding poverty that few of us can imagine.
When he lands an internship at a brokerage firm his life starts to turn round. Today it is estimated that Gardner and his businesses are worth $60 million. Although, his true worth is surely his inspiring tale of determination over adversity.
The protagonists in Hidden Figures are a group of women working for NASA in 1961. The movie focuses on the three African-American women – Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. It follows their lives working for NASA in a mostly white and male-dominated space program.
Despite segregation still being legal at the time, each of them proved that the prejudices of the time would not hold them back. Their intellect and commitment got them through the obstacles of the day and played an essential role in launching astronaut John Glenn into space.
Totally uplifting film with a pumping soundtrack to boot!
The Little Prince
This classic French children’s story gets the big screen treatment from director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda * SpongeBob SquarePants). The movie is about a young girl being raised by an overworked single mother. The young girl becomes friends with an elderly neighbor who regales her with stories of his adventures with The Little Prince.
Stop-motion animation is mixed with CGI to produce a beautifully animated story. The film feels timeless, kids and adults will love this movie which has a heart of gold.
‘Long Shot’ is a life-affirming, feel-good documentary. However, it raises serious questions about the integrity of the LAPD and state prosecutors. If not for a random twist of fate, Juan Catalan would now be sitting on death row awaiting execution. This is an amazing story which will leave you questioning the criminal justice system.
Director Jacob LaMendola takes the talking head approach to this incredible true story. This story is so fascinating that it doesn’t need fancy cinematography to keep you engaged. This is not a long drawn out doc-series like Making of a Murder. With a running time of just 40 minutes, it is brief enough to keep even the most casual viewer hooked.