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Best inspirational movies for students

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With exams around the corner, all students need is a bit of push that can help them finally get out of their brain freeze and start preparing for the exam season.

No two minds work the same; not everyone can get motivated just by seeing excessive amounts of review pile up, so it might be the best kickstart for them to watch a movie that thrills their mind and energizes their bodies to start working. Here are some of the best inspirational movies for students!


Good Will Hunting (1997)

It is a 1997 film starring Matt Damon and Stellan Skarsgård. The story revolves around a twenty-year-old boy named Will Hunting, who is a self-taught mathematician and has a genius level of I.Q. but works at M.I.T. as a janitor. He mostly wastes his free time with his friends, clearly misguided.

One day, Professor Gerald Lambeau puts up a difficult math problem to challenge his senior students, and Will solves it anonymously. When Professor Gerald Lambeau discovers his hidden talented boy, he decides to help this astray young man find his way back to a possible brighter future.

This is a must-watch as everyone has experienced feeling stuck at some point in their lives, but they must keep moving forward with what they have learned and use it. 


Freedom Writers (2007)

A young teacher (Erin Gruwell) gets the job of teaching a class of at-risk students who had a tough time learning. She notices the students had racially distributed groups, and those gangs often had fights among them, making the school experience terrible for all.

As dedicated as she is, she puts her heart and soul into making learning more attainable for her students, trying different forms of learning to make it interesting for those teens. Erin uses a racist drawing made by a student to teach the class about the Holocaust.

She introduces a game to them that eventually makes them all aware of each other’s traumatic experiences, bringing them all closer to each other. The students create a diary through their journey of finding a better version of themselves, led by Erin Gruwell. 


The Great Debaters (2007)

Professor Melvin B. Tolson, a teacher at Black Wiley College, decides to start a debate team, which was not a common thing at all in any black institutions back in 1935. In the American South, he aspires to put his team on the same level as whites, and he does everything in his power to make that happen.

After battling a series of obstacles, he creates a black debate team, and eventually his team defeats one of the most prestigious debate teams at Harvard University. This movie conveys a great message: anything is possible if one sets their mind to it and faces their challenges head-on.


The Social Network (2010)

It is an American biographical drama centered on the life of Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) a Harvard student. As he develops Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is sued by the Winklevoss twins, who say he stole their idea, and by the co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, who was eventually forced out of the company.

In summary, the film tells the tale of Facebook’s founder and follows a college student as he embarks on a journey to create one of the most influential social media apps. 


These movies were listed hoping that a little bit of a movie night might get students determined to do well on their upcoming assessments and exams. The stories revolve around trying and bringing out the best possible outcome by utilizing patience, persistence, and an optimistic outlook towards everything. Make sure to check out at least one that sounds good!  

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Iffat Nafisa is a contributor for the Kingsley Voice. She has been a part of the team since 2023.

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