Everyone has a reason for choosing to be in the entertainment industry. Recently, I was talking to friends about why we decided to pursue this business and the ideals we all share. Personally, I went into the entertainment industry because I want to change the world through my art and be able to be part of films and shows that change the lives of others in a positive way. I found that I wasn’t the only person in the group that shared this sentiment. In addition, most people that I know have at least one film that inspired them so greatly that after watching it they decided they wanted to pursue their dreams in this industry. After hearing everybody’s stories, I decided to make a list including the films that have inspired me and my colleagues over the years. Believe me, if you haven’t seen one on this list you are missing out.
In no specific order:
Most people have seen this film or at least quote it. Everything from the acting to the cinematic score to the cinematography is magnificent.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Director Blake Edwards
This is such a classic. The two main characters are charming and by the end you are crying with Audrey Hepburn when she can’t find Cat.
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas you will believe in Santa Claus after this movie. A precocious little girl and a single mother find love and magic all in one holiday season.
- Stand By Me, Director Rob Reiner
This film defined the “coming of age’ genre. Everyone who was ever a child can relate to the characters and situations.
This film defines action and adventure. It has everything from, exotic worlds, heroism, bad guys and epic chase scenes (including a huge rock). Believe me, this movie will have you cheering by the end.
- Casablanca, Director Michael Curtiz
This film has some of the most famous lines from film; “Here’s looking at you kid”, “We’ll always have Paris”, “Round up the usual suspects”, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. There is a reason why everyone quotes this movie.
This film introduced Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to the world. And of course, let’s not forget Robin William’s amazing performance that won him “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar.
- On the Waterfront, Director Elia kazan
Two words: Marlon Brando. While, the famous actor had many noteworthy roles, this is my personal favorite.
- Forrest Gump, Director Robert Zemeckis
Tom Hanks is revolutionary in this epic film based around the human spirit in American society during a tumultuous time.
10. Short Term 12, Director Destin Daniel Cretton
This is the newest addition to my list. While there are a couple of films from 2014 that left me with wonder, this is the one that shock my core. An amazing exploration of humanity and what it means to love.
“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.”
– Uta Hagen
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