7 Films That Offer Essential Life Lessons

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Dead Poets' Society (1989)

Robin Williams' inspirational hit Dead Poet's Society offers up a legion of life lessons that have changed many lives, the most prominent is Carpe Diem! Keating stresses on how building your legacy is upto one person- you. So "seize the day boys, and make your lives extraordinary."

Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane is regarded by critics as one of the greatest films of all time, hailed highly for its unique cinematography and the elusive symbolism. Kane's character teaches us that in the end, it is not about what you're surrounded with, but who you're surrounded with."

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par was a groundbreaking film that shed light on relentless Indian parents and the downplay of disabilities in children. It teaches all of us that everyone is a star, in their own way. And it shows what good mentorship can reveal in people.

Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out, at its core, is about emotions. It is about the various emotions that a child encounters as she grows up. This film teaches us an important lesson which is to validate our emotions. Emotions are meant to be felt, and expressed, not hidden away at the back of our minds.

Lion King (1994)

This Disney classic gives us countless lessons to carry through our lives; lessons of love, death, betrayal, envy, friendship among others. The most popular one, quite easily, is Hakuna Matata, which translates to there are no troubles. It is a reminder to not worry about things outside a person's control.

Peaceful Warrior (2006)

This movie is about a kid that has it all, yet can't find happiness. He then meets a guide who helps him on a journey of self-discovery. There is a prominent theme that is perfect for people losing their passion and looking for meaning. "There is never nothing going on. There are no ordinary moments."

Whiplash (2014)

This unconventional film is a love (or hate) letter to drummers everywhere. But the constant running theme that is also a lesson is to never give up. Neiman faces a path riddled with obstacles that seem insurmountable, but what he always does, is pick up those drumsticks. And that's how you achieve a dream.

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