The Movies that "Save" Us

I recently wrote a blog post talking about the profound impact that the movie “Good Will Hunting’ had on me in the most difficult year of my life.  I believe it is safe to say that GWH “saved” me in some very real ways:

The post was surprisingly popular, so I thought I would throw the question out to my world on Facebook:

“Has there ever been a movie that has impacted you so deeply (almost beyond MV5BMTk0NjY0Mzg5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzM1OTM2MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_explanation), so much so that you could say the movie “saved” you in some way? I would love to know what your movie is.”

Here is the list.  These are the movies that have “SAVED” us:

  • “Good Will Hunting” (5 times mentioned)*
  • “The Shawshank Redemption” (2 times)*
  • “Saved”
  • “The 5 People You Met When You Get to Heaven”
  • “Garden State”
  • “The Fisher King”
  • “Magnolia” (2 times)ShawshankRedemptionMoviePoster
  • “The Way Way Back”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “The Color Purple”
  • “Tender Mercies” (2 times)
  • “The Lives of Others”
  • “Babette’s Feast” (2 times)
  • “The Mission”*
  • “Titanic”
  • “Empire Strikes Back”
  • “Fried Green Tomatoes”
  • “Ponette”
  • “Walk the Line”*
  • “Life is Beautiful” (2 times)*
  • “What Dreams May Come” (2 times)
  • “Dead Poet’s Society”*the-mission-poster-artwork-robert-de-niro-jeremy-irons-liam-neeson-small
  • “Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
  • “The Illusionist”
  • “Schindler’s List”
  • “Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story”
  • “Stand By Me”
  • “Sling Blade”
  • “Seven Pounds”*
  • “Hood to Coast Documentary”
  • “Crash”
  • “Driving Miss Daisy”
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird”
  • “Glory”*
  • “For Colored Girls”
  • “Radio”
  • “Running On Empty”300px-Glory

This is quite a list.  I think I need to go fill in some of these on my NetFlix queue… You may want to as well.

A couple of observations:

  • A GREAT list.
  • Many Robin Williams movies. Obviously we are all in a nostalgic mood with his passing.
  • Several of these films are on my “All Time Top 40 Films”.  I will go back through and mark those films with an asterisk (*).


10 Responses to “The Movies that "Save" Us”

  1. A great list Tony. One that had a profound impact on me is The Snow Walker – A Canadian film that I think has a profound message about death and resurrection

  2. A Beautiful Mind.

  3. I love the movie It’s A Wonderful Life.

  4. Oh, I love the idea of sharing these with others. I have 2: “Children of a Lesser God” and “City Slickers”. Both changed who I was and made me who I am.

  5. As odd as it may sound Requiem For A Dream was huge for me. And I wasn’t even into drugs ever. Just an honest look at human frailty.

  6. The Mission (1986) is the film that probably most “saved” me. It presents three clear Christian paths: The empire path, the revolutionary path and the sacrificial path. It made the paths clear and helped me know which path I would follow.

  7. These are all great additions. Keep them coming. BTW, Steve, the mission (first watched it in a dorm room in 1990) and is still one of my all time favorites.

  8. Elizabeth Chapin August 17, 2014 at 20:53 Reply

    Sound of Music and Blade Runner.

  9. “To End All Wars”

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