By Jay Hunter – Need a hand getting back into the swing of things after eating too much turkey and drinking one too many beers over the holiday season? We got your back. Whether it’s getting back on your feet, working toward new goals or looking to change a really big aspect in your life, January is often a difficult month. But if you ever need that extra push, why not pop in one of these movies to give you that get up and go?
10. The Wolf of Wall Street
Not for a second are we saying start a corrupt business that scams people out of millions of dollars, parade a bevy of prostitutes through your offices and do copious amounts of hard drugs on your private yacht. But never the less, the story of Jordan Belfort’s rise to power has to be admired in some aspects, just tweak his moral code and you’re off to a good start.
Because if Laurie Strode can survive Halloween, you can survive Monday.
8. Cast Away
Telling the story of adaptability in times of extreme change and stress, Cast Away stars a showcase performance from Tom Hanks. Washed up on a desert island, Hanks explores human survival after life changing events.
7. Forrest Gump
Tom Hanks makes it a brace in our list, this time for Forrest Gump. Despite it’s over sentimentality and questionable message, you can’t help but love Forrest’s thirst for life and new experiences. If you need motivation to do that 5K this summer, just remember Forrest ran 30616K over a three year period.
6. The Social Network
Whilst it takes liberties with the truth, Social Networks impeccable script acts as a vehicle for any aspiring entrepreneur. Exploring the life of Mark Zuckerberg, who went from algorithms in a dorm room, to being worth $48.4 billion.
5. Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams dialled back approach as John Keating, an idiosyncratic educationist showcases the power of passion and art. Providing new thought processes for his students, Keating goes on to introduce his students to the world of poetry and liberal thinking, having profound effects on each of the boys.
4. Glengarry Glen Ross
Now this one is more to do with a specific scene, that is so powerful it saw Alec Baldwin pick up numerous award nominations for just seven minutes of screen time. Admittedly, Baldwin’s speech may only motivate certain types of people, there’s plenty of sane people who would tell Baldwin where to go after being called “F*cking f*ggots”.
3. Slumdog Millionaire
The movie that captured the worlds heart and imagination back in 2008 that culminated in a host of Academy Award wins for the 81st Academy Awards. Telling the story of Jamal Malik played by Dev Patel, Slumdog guides us through his upbringing in India as we learn about life, love and loss.
2. Chariots of Fire
A spiritual and patriotic classic, Chariots of Fire is best remembered for it’s motivational music often forgetting it’s grand inspiring themes of triumph in the face of adversity. A truly compelling classic, correctly taking habitation in the highest pantheon of cinema.
Could it be anyone else? Rocky Balboa has been a stalwart of cinema for over four decades now. Despite the movies increasingly bombastic and implausible notions, any time we need motivating we stick our earphones in, play Eye of the Tiger and pretend we’re running through the streets of Philadelphia. Whether it’s his humble beginnings in Rocky one, or fighting cancer in Creed, Rocky will always be a symbol of fighting back from unwindable situations. “Get up you son of a b*tch…because Mickey loves you!”
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