In a recent article, Douglas Howe (a blogger on "Idol Chatter") commented on the upcoming Academy Awards. He state the following: The Academy Awards honor the Best Producer, the Best Writer, the Best Actors, the Best Director, all the way to the Best Cinematographer. Why not honor the film that has that ability to do what films do best: inspire us to higher ambitions, or deeper convictions, or just a better effort? There are many great films that didn't win awards the year they were released, but have had a lasting impact on their audience, in our culture, and in the world of cinema. Howe lists the following 14 films as the Most Inspiring films of our times.
I want to see some action from my readers. Read his list and in the Comments section, list the movies that you feel belong on the list of Most Inspiring films.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Sting (1973)
Day of the Dolphin (1973)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Working Girl (1988) Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver were stars at the top of their game, but it was Melanie Griffith's character (Tess) who stole the film and showed a generation of young women they could believe.
Field of Dreams (1989) The fantasy of a baseball field—and the even greater fantasy of marital partners free to pursue their dreams—never gets old! I still want to travel to Iowa to see the field.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Schindler's List (1993)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) While an older generation was still quoting "Caddyshack" and "Stripes," along came a non-comedic, non-gratuitous film that is still quoted today. This was about everything, including hope—the most dangerous thing!
Shakespeare in Love (1998) Just a wonderful epic; it's beautifully crafted and musically captivating. Gwyneth Paltrow played four parts and we rooted for a historical figure we never knew. I walked out believing the sappiest of messages: that true love can triumph over anything.
Gladiator (2000) A man was honorable and loyal. He turned blind with vengeance and then turned savior and sacrificer for the good of a country, a boy, and a mother. The film's consideration of the afterlife—while not consistent with my personal view—was as inspiring as it was beautiful.