Sometimes entertainment is not only meant to entertain, but to inspire. You now what kind I mean, the ones that upon watching you get up out of your seat, feeling light, yet powerful like you could conquer the world. More specifically, there are movies geared towards fostering creativity; for example, for the writer.
I have chosen five movies that I feel inspire freelance writers to create their own work, just from reaching into their own unique imaginations. I have organized this list in the order the movies were released, because I could not choose a “best” out of the five. You will need to make that decision for yourself!
1. Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
This movie stars Robin Williams as an English teacher at a conservative private boy’s school in Vermont. Through his unique teaching methods, Williams shows his students to love poetry, and also inspires them to “seize the day.” The boys are impacted by their teacher’s devotion, causing them to carry down his legacy to others.
2. Finding Forrester (2000)
This unique movie tells the story of a young black basketball player who is also an aspiring writer. This young man wins a scholarship to a prestigious prep school in Manhattan where he meets an older white man who is a novelist. The two characters form an unlikely friendship and not only help each other with their writing, but with their own lives. This story shows how the love of writing can bring two people together to only strengthen their passion for the written word.
3. Wonder Boys (2000)
This comic drama chronicles a college professor (Michael Douglas), who has a bad case of writer’s block. Several of his own life stressors aren’t helping his creative juices flow either. This is a scenario that every writer can understand, but watching this film will not only leave you laughing, but will cure just about any kind of writer’s block.
4. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Will Ferrell plays in this comic drama and finds his life interrupted by a strange voice that narrates the events in his life. He doesn’t know what to do so he meets with a Literature professor who suspects that Ferrell might be a character in a novel being written at that every time. That is, in fact exactly what is happening to him! This is a funny, enlightening movie that will inspire all writers to think outside of the box when they are creating their stories.
5. The Freedom Writers (2007)
Hillary Swank plays a high school English teacher who inspires her class of at-risk students to write their stories. She also teaches them to how to accept and love each other as they are. By the end of the movie, many of them have healed from emotional pain through the tool of writing. The result from these students proves positive, validating the power of writing. This movie is based on a true story, which makes it even more inspiring.
All five of these movies, even with their differences, are geared towards inspiring freelance writers. I would encourage you to check them all out if you haven’t already. You won’t be disappointed, and you will leave feeling nothing short of creative!
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