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Top 10 Youth Inspiring Movies (Based on True Stories)

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Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published May 18th 2015
Movies celebrating human spirit and determination
1.The Pursuit of Happyness
Running Time: 1hr 57 mins

Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, the movie depicts the struggle of a man against all odds to establish himself professionally through an unpaid internship while tying to be a salesman and a dotting father to his son, all at the same time. Will Smith and Jaden Smith are brilliant in the playing the characters of Chris Gardner and his son Christopher.

The Pursuit of Happyness, copyright Columbia Pictures
The Pursuit of Happyness, copyright Columbia Pictures


2.My Left Foot
Running Time: 1hr 43 mins

With an electrifying performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as the protagonist, the film is an adaptation of the autobiography of Christy Brown. The fictionalised true story depicts the everyday battle of a strong-willed young man born with cerebral palsy and control only over his left foot which he uses to draw and write.

My Left Foot, copyright Miramax Films
My Left Foot, copyright Miramax Films


3.October Sky
Running Time: 1hr 48 mins

Sometimes it takes a rocket to launch your dreams, which is exactly what happened when young Homer Hickman (a former NASA engineer) saw Sputnik I cruising through the night sky. The biopic explores his journey. Driven solely by the desire to see his own rocket fly, Homer (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal) a coal miner's son, with the help of some friends and encouragement from his science teacher (played by Laura Dern) ventures into building and launching rockets against strong opposition from his father.

October Sky, copyright Universal Pictures
October Sky, copyright Universal Pictures


4.Peaceful Warrior
Running Time: 2hrs

The movie is based on the fictional autobiography of Dan Millman. The story revolves around an over-confident, egotistical and troubled college gymnast (Dan Millman as played by Scott Mechlowicz) whose perspective of life and success completely changes after meeting a stranger (played by Nick Nolte) who becomes his spiritual guide.

Peaceful Warrior, copyright Lionsgate Universal Pictures
Peaceful Warrior, copyright Lionsgate Universal Pictures


5.Temple Grandin
Running Time: 1hr 47 mins

A TV-movie, it is the biopic of Mary Temple Grandin. Through sheer determination and hard work, she (portrayed by Claire Danes) as a student of animal science shows livestock ranchers and a slaughterhouse owners a scientific and humane approach of handling panic stricken animals.

Temple Grandin, copyright HBO Films
Temple Grandin, copyright HBO Films


6.Searching for Bobby Fischer
Running Time: 1hr 49 mins

Based on the biography of chess prodigy Joshua Waitzkin, the film tells the story of a boy chess genius who goes on to show his teacher that playing is not about a fight between opponents rather the spirit of the game.

Searching For Bobby Fischer, copyright Paramount Pictures
Searching For Bobby Fischer, copyright Paramount Pictures


7.Spare Parts
Running Time: 1hr 23 mins

The film revolves around four illegal migrant Hispanic boys from a countryside high school in America who, with little money, an unbreakable zeal and strong moral support from their new teacher, chase the coveted National Robotics Championship against leading Universities.

Spare Parts, copyright Lionsgate
Spare Parts, copyright Lionsgate


8.Men of Honor
Running Time: 2hrs 9 mins

The film tells the true story of Carl Brashear (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) who overcame all odds, including racial discrimination to become the first African American (and also the first amputee) Master Diver in US Navy.

Men of Honor, copyright 20th Century Fox
Men of Honor, copyright 20th Century Fox


9.Soul Surfer
Running Time: 1hr 46 mins

Based on the autobiography of Bethany Hamilton, the film rejoices in the triumph of a young girl(played by AnnaSophia Robb) over her own fears and handicap to get back to her beloved sport after a life shattering shark attack.

Soul Surfer, copyright TriStar Pictures
Soul Surfer, copyright TriStar Pictures


10.Chasing Mavericks

Running Time: 1hr 56 mins
The movie scales the undying surfing spirit of Jay Moriarity (played by Jonny Weston) that rises higher than the famed Mavericks.

Chasing Mavericks, copyright 20th Century Fox
Chasing Mavericks, copyright 20th Century Fox

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