Movies that motivate

Inspiring, optimistic and touching coming of age/feelgood-movies that are easy to absorb.
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1.
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
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A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. (101 mins.)
 
2.
Sidewalls (2011)
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Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don't notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together. (95 mins.)
Director: Gustavo Taretto
 
3.
Valentin (2002)
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An 8-year-old boy, raised by his grandmother, is surrounded by problems in his family he finds only himself capable of solving. (86 mins.)
 
4.
Loose Cannons (2010)
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Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s... (110 mins.)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
 
5.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
 
6.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
7.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
8.
The Man Who Copied (2003)
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André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her... (123 mins.)
Director: Jorge Furtado
 
9.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
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In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister. (91 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
 
10.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
11.
Micmacs (2009)
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A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. (105 mins.)
 
12.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
13.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
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In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
 
14.
Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
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Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved. (100 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
 
15.
Amélie (2001)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
16.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
 
17.
Juno (2007)
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Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child. (96 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
18.
High Fidelity (2000)
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Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
19.
Beginners (2010)
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A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Mills
 
20.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
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A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (118 mins.)
 
21.
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
 
22.
Big Fish (2003)
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A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
23.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
24.
Across the Universe (2007)
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The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (133 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
25.
Sound of Noise (2010)
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A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. (102 mins.)
 
26.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
 
27.
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
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Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
28.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
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A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
29.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (97 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
 
30.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
31.
That Thing You Do! (1996)
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A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
 
32.
Heartbreaker (2010)
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Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. (105 mins.)
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
 
33.
Dan in Real Life (2007)
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A widower finds out the woman he fell in love with is his brother's girlfriend. (98 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
 
34.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
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Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars. (102 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
35.
Adam's Apples (2005)
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A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest. (94 mins.)
 
36.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
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High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
 
37.
I Heart Huckabees (2004)
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A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means. (107 mins.)
 
38.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
 
39.
Snow Cake (2006)
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A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident. (112 mins.)
Director: Marc Evans
 
40.
The Black Balloon (2008)
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All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother? (97 mins.)
Director: Elissa Down
 
41.
My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)
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Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s. (100 mins.)
 
42.
Chocolat (2000)
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A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (121 mins.)
 
43.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
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Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)