5 Must-Watch Movies To Develop Yourself

5 Must-Watch Movies To Develop Yourself

Movies have a lot to offer. I have enjoyed watching a lot of movies related to personal development. The movies I have discussed here still gives me goosebumps. These movies are like transparent glass, reflecting the fact of our daily situation. 

Most of the movies I have included here are based on real-life stories. 

While watching these movies, I have gained an absorbing profit. I decide to share it with you as it’s worth more than a million values.


  1. The Pursuit of Happyness
  2. The Shawshank Redemption
  3. Life is Beautiful
  4. The Intouchables
  5. Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth)

1. The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the true story of Chris Gardener who struggled with homelessness while taking care of his young son.

Working as a salesman, he was unable to sell the much expensive bone-density scanners. It came to the situation that he didn’t have money to survive. The financial instability puts fire in his relationship with his wife, Linda. 

The Pursuit of Happyness broadcasts the ups and downs a man had to face. Despite his dismal circumstance, Chris didn’t lose hope. He learns the importance of patience not just for him, but also for his son too. 

Most of the time, he has to battle with every conflict of his life. Either it is personal, professional, or moral conflict. Even in the darkest situations, he tries to keep his son happy.

The best part for me is while he is outside his office, he sees every passing person happy. But when he enters his office, it’s completely opposite. All the employees are in a rush to make that sales call. 

The movie has extended my view on personal growth. Back to my life, I considered the unbreakable difficulties of existence against me. But I was wrong. I could have chosen to live accepting all the irregularities and start flourishing. 

It’s not late though. I have taken much from the movie and am inspired by the true story of Chris Gardener. I am applying the movie lessons and hope to do the same in the years to come by.

One thing you will take out from the movie is to not lose hope, even when the odds are against you.

If you haven’t watched the movie yet, then what are you waiting for?

During this Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, grab your chair and watch it. I promise that you will not regret watching this movie.

“This part of my life, this part right here. This is called happiness.”

Chris Gardener


2. The Shawshank Redemption

The highest-rated movie in IMDb, The Shawshank Redemption has gained huge publicity.

The story begins with the main character, Andy. He’s convicted of killing his wife and her boyfriend. He is sentenced to life imprisonment and is sent to a prison called Shawshank.

As a smart man, he finds ways to resist his suffering in the prison.

During such difficult circumstances, he chooses to bring light into the darkness of prison.

Risking his life from time to time, he struggles to improve the deteriorating conditions of the prison. Notably, he works to improve the decaying condition of the prison’s library.

Red, a skeptic person, sees life blown on the blink of an eye. There is no hope for him in life.

But, Andy believes that there’s always a hope.

For him “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies.”

This movie reminds me of the story of a bird inside the cage waiting for the day of freedom to hover into the sky. The case is the same for Andy. This movie made me imagine a situation where there seems no hope in life at all. But as Andy said, “There’s always hope.” 

I get to find the truth that even a single person can lead to change. From this movie, you can know about yourself and attain a successful journey.

Whenever we confront adversities, let’s lead like a game-changer while enjoying our personal growth.


“Get busy living or get busy dying.”



3. Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is based on the true story of Rubino Romeo Salmoni, an Italian Jew who was sent to a concentration camp during the 2nd World War.

The movie starts with happy moments and comedy scenes.

However, the fictional character Guido and his son Giosue are later sent to the concentration camp with the outbreak of World War II. Not able to leave them alone, Dora, Guido’s wife, decides to go together.

The man conceals about the reality of the concentration camp to his boy falsifying it as a complicated game. He says that in the game, the boy has to score 1000 points to get a fighter tank.

The boy expects to collect 1000 points by having patience, struggling with hunger, and hiding from the guards. His eagerness to win the game stops him from breaking the rules his father had created.

Whenever soldiers find Guido breaking rules of the camp, they catch him. He winks at his child to fake out the reality. The innocent boy then believes this as a game. 

The man narrates happiness to the boy even in such critical circumstances.

It conveys different emotions and characters that are inside the man. It is of the true being and living a simple yet beautiful life. This movie could be fruitful to Millennials as it shows how to accept Challenges in Personal Development.

While watching the movie, I found myself in the position of Guido and saw life from his perspectives. This movie has taught me to accept whatever comes in being and become a person of words.

When we choose to live happily, nobody can stop us from doing so.

Life is so clear and beautiful that there are no requirements for its definition.

Challenges and sufferings are part of our growth.

These are the areas where many people give up. There are many opportunities to grow for us.

Within this time frame, let’s live our life to the fullest and erase all the negativism.

The movie is so true about our way to accept things on survival, I can’t wait to watch it again.

So when are you planning to watch this movie?

“Each man is questioned by life, and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”

Victor Frankl


4. The Intouchables

When it comes to friendships, The Intouchables is the best movie I have ever seen. The film is inspired by the true story of a disabled person, Philippe, and his caregiver, Driss, whose relationship slowly develops into a deep, meaningful friendship.

Philippe believes in that strange person though his friends find Driss committing a crime. The movie also portrays the poverty of Driss. When he enters Philippe’s home, he is astonished to see such gigantic wealth there.

The disability of the man didn’t become a barrier to their friendship. Rather, it made a strong foundation of friendship between them.

With the right synergy among our friends, we can march towards our personal growth.

One thing you could take out of the movie is that when there is mutual trust between people, then that bond lasts forever. 

5. Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth)

An award-winning Indian movie, Like Stars on Earth narrates the story of an eight-year-old boy, Ishaan, who is suffering from dyslexia. It’s a rare condition in which victims feel difficulties learning despite normal intelligence.

Unaware of his condition, his parents portray this as his excuses for laziness.

Later, Ram, an art teacher, becomes Ishaan’s tutor. Ram researches a lot about Ishaan’s condition. He then explains it to the class, inspiring his students.

Even though the movie displays the child, the ideas are still applicable to everyone. At the time of adversity, it is difficult to figure out the problems.

The movie clearly characterizes the need for personal development. Even more, the time you use to Invest in Yourself later result in fruitful conclusion. With the tutor, the boy finds the way to live life creatively.

For personal development, we might not have to hire a mentor. What we do need is to have our desire to explore our hidden treasures.

Ishaan’s story shows the path to personal development and favors success in continuous thriving.

Why wait for the opportunities to come in life?

Why not create that opportunity ourselves? 

Let’s rise like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Let’s have the time for our personal growth. We can reach the enlightened stage of learning from movies like these. 

What other movies can you add to this list that I may have missed?

This Post Has 52 Comments

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for your words!
      Yup, such an inspirational movie, isn’t it?

  1. Peshy Jums

    Great read! I have watched the pursuit of happyness and taare zameen par and both are inspiring and also good if you need to cry 😂

    1. Pro Investivity

      Peshy, Thank you for going through my site! I appreciate your time and effort!
      It’s great to know that you have watched those movies. Yeah definitely, inspirational as well as emotional!

  2. Casey Lee King

    Responding in kind. I’ve decided to follow you as I like the flow of information, plus we share a like minded vision to help others grow and learn.

  3. nhi.do

    I really liked your values in this and how you related it all back to developing yourself! I think the messages behind movies and media are an essential element of enjoying it! I honestly have never seen any of these movies, but I’ll be sure to check them out!

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for going through my site! I appreciate your time and effort!
      Your words are very true, my friend!
      I hope you will enjoy the same as much as I did.

  4. Lynh

    The pursuit of happiness is a great movie. It would always be on my Favorite list

  5. Jay

    That is a really compelling summary of the Shawshank redemption. Thanks for this post, I’m adding it to my movie list 🙂

    1. Pro Investivity

      Jay, Thank you for your kind words!
      I love that you enjoyed the summary of the Shawshank Redemption. I hope you will enjoy the movie as well!

  6. Marcela

    Excellent choices! The only movie I haven’t watched is Like Stars on Earth.

  7. Aniket

    Having read every book on the list except The Intouchables I can vouch that these movies are indeed very good and you’ll get to learn a lot.
    Also, Life is Beautiful is my favorite!

    1. Pro Investivity

      Great to learn that you have watched most of these movies.
      Indeed, Life is Beautiful is such a fantastic masterpiece, isn’t it?

      1. Aniket

        Yeah it is!! I love how Guido has a completely different perspective towards the concentration camp, and how this perspective saves his child from the adversity.

        1. Pro Investivity

          Exactly! The tenacity shown by Guido is simply inexplicable, isn’t it?

          1. Aniket

            Surely it is!

  8. S

    I love these movies!

  9. nndeo

    Great recommendations! I was surprised to see “Taare Zameen Par”, but since I grew up with Bollywood cinema, this made me very happy.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Thank you for going through the article! I appreciate your time and effort!

      Taare Zameen Par is such an ever green and inspirational movie, isn’t it?

  10. Pamela

    Great post! Movies are very motivating to me. I’ve seen the pursuit of happiness and the Shawshank redemption. Life is beautiful has been on my list for a very long time… I’ll check out the other two as well. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Pamela, Thank you for your wonderful comment!
      I’m sure you will love those movies as well. Do let me know once you watch them!

  11. E Omah

    I’ve seen like stars on earth (taare zameen par) and it’s a really great movie. I’ve always believed there’s a lesson to be learnt in every movie (good ones) even cartoons. Movies have a great way of teaching you without you even realising it. Great article though, I love your content.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Yup, I absolutely agree with your words!
      I’m glad that you enjoyed watching Taare Zameen Par.
      Movies indeed are a great way to teach us involuntarily, isn’t it?
      I hope to see you around, E Omah! 🙂

  12. Kelvin Paschal

    Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll try to see some of them

  13. Marcin Bogucki

    Hello. Your web is absolutely positive and useful, and your blogs I can use for my future inspiration and present education. Thank you for your hard work and for sharing the content.

  14. Neel

    I’ve watched Taare Zameen Par…I could relate to it, because some children are slow in reading and writing you just need to be patient, show positivity and guide them to the right paths.

    1. Pro Investivity

      Absolutely correct! We have to show them the bright side of things. I could not agree with you more.
      Thanks for your warm comment, Neel. I hope you enjoyed watching Taare Zameen Par

  15. B.Jane

    What a great collection I’ve seen 3 of 5. I better get watching!

  16. Anonymous

    I have watched almost all the movies that you included here. These are very motivating.

  17. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  18. SMS

    Thanks so much for the blog post.

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