Movies are a great way to teach and inspire children. They love movies and they pay undivided attention to them. Children can learn about different cultures, experiences, and much more through one movie.
So, here are the top 10 educational movies that will inspire your child by providing an impactful message to them.
#1. The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)
Will Smith never fails to impress. His movies always have a message that other people can learn from. In this movie, he plays the role of an entrepreneur who is going through a period of depression. This is because he has a kid and he needs to find a job so that he can provide for both of them. Read more on Wikipedia's The Pursuit of Happyness page.
This is the journey of a man who didn’t even have five dollars at first but then he goes on to become a multi-millionaire. This is a great movie to show kids because it teaches them that failing sometimes is okay and important for being successful in the future.
So, if your kid is down in the dumps and needs something motivational then this movie is perfect. It will teach them the importance of trying in the face of adversity and always pushing for success in every field.
Watch it on Netflix: The Pursuit of Happyness
#2. Dead Poets Society (1989)
This may be an old movie but it is a brilliant classic that everyone should watch at least once in their lifetime. The movie is set inside a conservational elite boarding school known as the Welton Academy and the late Robin Williams plays the role of an English teacher, John Keating.
Check out IMDb - Dead Poets Society page.
The performance of Robin Williams in this movie is extraordinary as he challenges the norms of teaching. The movie has a beautiful message as it teaches us to pursue our dreams no matter what despite the pressure society puts upon us.
This is because in the end what matters is the feeling of satisfaction we get in what we do. So, this is a great movie to show your child and inspire them so that they can have the motivation to pursue their dreams no matter what.
After all, this is what every child needs right now. Some motivation and a little push to help them do what they have been dreaming of doing for a long time.
#3. The Imitation Game (2015)
The movie focuses on a scientist and cryptanalyst named Alan Turing. It is set during WWII when the allies were on the losing side because of ENIGMA (an unbreakable code machine).
However, a few scientists including Alan Turing were given the task of decoding ENIGMA so that they could win. The team faced a lot of harsh criticism and backlash as time was limited and many people were dying.
In the end, Turing and his team finally decoded the machine and saved many lives during this time. Every child should watch this movie because it shows a hardworking mindset.
Turing and his team did what they had to do despite the harsh backlash they faced from other people. It is a message to everyone to manage time, utilize whatever resources you have to your maximum capacity, and take pride in teamwork.
It teaches everyone to cooperate and work together because Turing wouldn't have been able to decode the machine without the help of his fellow partners. So, it is a great lesson in cooperation and teamwork to inspire your child.
#4. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Success doesn't come easy. You have to work hard to gain it and maintain it. Behind every successful personality, there is a story of many ups and downs that helped the person reach this successful stage in their lives.
This is the story of A Beautiful Mind. The main actor in this movie is Russel Crowe who plays the part of an amazing mathematician with an unparalleled genius mind. His character's name in the movie is John Nash who is in the vigorous pursuit of an idea that he has in his mind.
The message of this movie is that success also has a price. It doesn’t just happen in a day and takes a long time for a person to reach the successful heights they aim to reach in their lives. However, hard work always pays off in the end.
So, if your child needs some motivation to work harder then this is a great movie to show them for inspiration. It will teach them the importance of hard work and hardships in life.
#5. Inside Job (2010)
Does your child love learning about finance? Well, this movie will teach them everything they need to know about stock markets. The film depicts the global financial crisis that hit the world in 2008.
During this time, millions of people lost their homes, jobs, and the U.S economy went into the worst recession it has ever seen in its history. This movie takes a deep dive into that crisis and examines what caused these events to take place.
It examines all the events that led to the crash of the stock market and does a great job in identifying all the key political and financial players involved in this market crash.
Inside Job won an Oscar and rightly so. It does wonders in depicting what happened during that time and it takes an analytical approach by investigating the story through many angles and lenses.
So, if your child wants to learn about the stock market or anything related to finance then this is an inspirational movie they should watch and learn from.
Watch Inside Job on Amazon now.
#6. Wall-E (2008)
This movie was way ahead of its time and it is a great movie to watch for both adults and children alike. It teaches us what the Earth will look like if we stop taking care of it and keep destroying it the way we are right now.
It is a lesson in taking care of our planet the way it has been taking care of us for millions of years now. The movie is inspirational and it teaches children social responsibility. It provides them with the motivation they need to take care of our planet.
This is why every child should see this movie and if you haven't shown your child then do it now. Instill this responsibility in them from an early age so that they can take care of the planet for future generations.
Watch the Trailer: Wall-E
#7. The King’s Speech (2010)
This film depicts the real-life struggle of King George VI. The character is played by Colin Firth and he does an excellent job with his performance. The movie is a beautiful lesson on the fact that we should never let our shortcomings be the reason for our failure.
He is compelled to speak in front of the world even though he has a stammering problem. There comes a point in the movie where the king doesn’t know how to get over this problem but eventually he asks for help.
Read also: Rotten Tomatoes review on The King's Speech
This is something every kid should know about. They should know that they can ask for help anytime because no one is supposed to be burdened with problems all alone and we all have a support system we can reach out to.
Another great lesson we can get from this movie is that being vulnerable is okay. We all have our vulnerabilities and they only make us stronger. So, if your child has any insecurity or feels low confidence then show them this movie and inspire them to be themselves no matter what.
#8. The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Breakfast Club is a classic movie that everyone should watch once in their life. It is about students from different cliques in school that end up in detention together. However, they have a strict principle that is keeping an eye on them the whole time.
This doesn't stop them from doing anything. Instead, they use this time to get to know each other by sharing stories from their personal lives. In the end, they all realize that they are not different from each other after all and all of them are going through something or the other.
It gives us the lesson that there is a world beyond stereotyping and people are not what they appear to be. All of us are going through something and this is why we should be more kind and compassionate towards each other.
Every child needs to be inspired by this movie and learn this lesson so that they can look at the world through a different lens. Stereotyping is not okay and they should learn this early on.
So, if you want your child to be inspired and learn a lesson of a lifetime then this is the perfect movie to make them watch.
Watch the Breakfast Club trailer on Youtube.
All these movies can be played inside the classroom or in your home. Every child needs to watch this movie to become inspired and take the beautiful lessons that these movies have to provide. So, what are you waiting for? Educate your child through these movies starting today.