The BetterMan list of Inspirational Films
As voted for by the BetterMan Brotherhood Facebook group. An engaged group of like-minded individuals sharing wins, loses, advice, articles, motivation and inspiration on a daily basis.
Films are an escape from our daily lives, they allow us the freedom to switch off and become engrossed in the stories and lives of characters, both fictional and real.
Films can move us with great direction, inspire us with complex characters and motivate us with a swelling score.
That is why we asked the BetterMan community to vote on their favourite 2/3 films that inspire them.
I have linked each to IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) so you can read further reviews and decide for yourself before you chose to watch any.
Director – Gabriele Muccino
Writer – Steve Conrad
Stars – Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton
IMDb Description – A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavour.
IMDb Rating – 8.0/10
Director – Martin Scorsese
Writer – Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)
Stars – Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie.
IMDb Description – Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
IMDb Rating – 8.2/10
Director – Boaz Yakin
Writer – Gregory Allen Howard
Stars – Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris
IMDb Description – The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
IMDb Rating – 7.8/10
Director – Ridley Scott
Writer – David Franzoni (story and screenplay)
Stars – Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen
IMDb Description – When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
IMDb Rating – 8.5/10
Director – Zack Synder
Writer – Zack Synder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay)
Stars – Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham
IMDb Description – King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
Director – John Lee Hancock
Writer – John Lee Hancock, Michael Lewis (book)
Stars – Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw
IMDb Description – The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
Director – Thomas Carter
Writer – Mark Schwahn, John Gatins
Stars – Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Ricjard Ri’chard
IMDb Description – Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
IMDb Rating – 7.2/10
Director – Francis Ford Coppola
Writer – Mario Puzo (screenplay), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)
Stars – Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
IMDb Description – The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
IMDb Rating – 9.2/10
Director – David Fincher
Writer – Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)
Stars – Jesse Eisenburg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
IMDb Description – Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
Director – John G. Avildsen
Writer – Sylvester Stallone
Stars – Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
IMDb Description – Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
IMDb Rating – 8.1/10
Here are the other great films, as voted by you:
If you have a film that HAS to be added then pop it into the comments below…
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