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    35 Impactful Movies That Changed Lives For The Better

    "The raw power I felt watching Wonder Woman was indescribable, and I was so proud to be a woman."

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which movies changed their lives. Here are the movies that left the biggest mark:

    1. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I have never felt more seen and more normalized as an Asian-American woman in my entire life. To be able to watch a rom-com and see people of my ethnicity living the glamorous 'fairytale' story that white people have always been the stars of... well, it was super refreshing. It's a huge step forward toward representation in Hollywood."


    2. Up (2009)


    "My husband and I went through several years of fertility treatments and at one point gave up. Up inspired us not to put off our dreams for too long and 'adventure is out there' became our motto. Eventually, our adventures led us to an amazing fertility clinic overseas — and that clinic helped us conceive our son."


    3. Forrest Gump (1994)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I was bullied pretty bad in middle school, and one day in 8th grade I got so upset that I thought I was just going to break down. An image of Forrest running popped into my mind and I bolted down the street and kept going until I ran right into my mom. It was maybe not the smartest idea to sprint out of my school, but I've never been so sure that everything would be OK and that I was loved than in that moment."


    4. Dead Poets Society (1989)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    "Like Neil, I deal with a controlling parent and I'm terrified to stand up for myself. But, when Keating talks to Neil in the movie, I imagine he is talking to me — encouraging me to be strong, stand up for myself, be myself, and seize the day."


    5. Love, Simon (2018)

    20th Century Fox

    "It showed me that it’s OK to be uncomfortable, but you should find a way to work through it. Although I’m not out as bi to anyone yet, I still think this movie will make it A LOT easier when I do come out."


    6. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)


    "I’ve always lived in this fantasy world writing out my fears and frustrations into letters. This movie showed me that there’s nothing wrong with living in a fantasy world, but there’s also nothing wrong with putting down the pens and pieces of paper and living a little."


    7. Wonder Woman (2017)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The raw power I felt watching this movie was indescribable, and I was so proud to be a woman. It was almost an out-of-body experience."


    8. Twilight (2008)

    Summit Entertainment

    "It introduced me to the concept of unhealthy relationships. It made me realize that I was in an unhealthy relationship with a guy who was too possessive. I slowly realized that I was dating a version of Edward Cullen."


    9. Interstellar (2014)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I went to see it one year to the day after my dad died from cancer and I was barely making it through each day. After leaving the movie though, I had a sense of peace that I hadn't felt in over a year. Interstellar made me realize that even when your family can't be with you physically, they are always there for you."

    —Sarah Noelle Davis, Facebook

    10. What Dreams May Come (1998)

    Universal Studios

    "When I first saw this, I was a young teen being raised strictly Catholic and in Catholic school. But I was extremely conflicted within myself on how my own views on life, God, heaven, hell, and a lot of other concepts strongly differed from my designated faith. This movie helped me see so many things in such different ways and has changed my life forever."


    11. A Dog's Purpose (2017)

    Universal Pictures

    "My dog passed away due to cancer and my grandpa took me to see A Dog's Purpose in an attempt to cheer me up. That movie helped me get over my grieving and make my way to acceptance. I still miss her, but that movie eased my pain."


    12. Iron Man 3 (2013)


    "It showcased Tony's anxiety in such a raw and powerful way that I haven't seen in any other movie so far. It actually showed me that heroes aren't just picture-perfect and you can aspire to be one because you're not broken."


    13. Hugo (2011)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I think the line, 'So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason,' might have actually saved my life when I was 14 and struggling."


    14. The Princess Diaries (2001)


    "Mia resonates with me so deeply with her journey to accepting herself. I have bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder and I always looked at it like a gigantic flaw I had to hide, but I’m learning to accept that this is what I have been dealt and I have nothing to be ashamed of."


    15. The Star Wars series (1977)

    20th Century Fox

    "The Star Wars series gave me so much confidence and trust in my abilities, even when I felt small and insignificant. I grew up poor, unpopular, and I thought I was destined for failure. I pulled myself out of that rut — in part because of how powerfully those films affected me as a child."


    16. Lilo & Stitch (2002)


    "I deeply connected with Lilo, as we were both outcasts, acted out, and did not have many friends during childhood. Plus, the entire story revolving around family and the sense of belonging actually helped me create a clear view of how I want to shape my future."


    17. Enough (2002)

    Columbia Pictures

    "It was the first movie I remember watching as a young girl where a woman turned herself into a total badass to combat her abuser and took matters into her own hands. I didn’t know it then, but that was a kickstart to my deeply rooted feminism."


    18. Pretty in Pink (1986)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I can relate to Andie Walsh because I grew up with one parent and I was always bullied by popular kids for being poor. Looking back, their opinion didn't matter and I eventually had enough confidence to stop caring. Plus, Pretty in Pink is the main reason why I go by the shortened version of my name: Andie."


    19. Mulan (1998)


    "I was really struggling to live up to my immigrant parents' expectations, on top of dealing with a bit of an identity crisis between cultures. I was also a bit of a tomboy. It was the first time I had seen any character on screen talk about how they felt like they didn't belong or fit the norm. Also, she was a badass and I aspire to be like her to this day."

    Grace Evelyn Morales

    20. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "People think it's a rom-com, but it really isn't. It's the story of a guy who becomes 100% positive this girl is his soulmate even though she isn't. He really romanticized and idealized his relationship with her. I did the same thing with a guy and I didn't get over it for FIVE YEARS until I realized that I was the Tom in the situation, and he was my Summer, and we weren't meant to be together."


    21. The Harry Potter series (2001)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "It brought me into a magical world filled with heartache and joy, which helped me through my own heartache and helped me find my joy in my own world."


    22. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    Focus Features

    "It changed the way I viewed relationships, and it made me realize it wouldn't always be a fairy tale. I don't think that I would be the same person or be in the wonderful, sometimes messy, and complicated marriage I'm in if I hadn't seen it."


    23. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

    Summit Entertainment

    "I struggle with anxiety and depression that are linked to some traumatic childhood events similar to what happened to Charlie. Seeing him go through something similar and undergo the journey of recovery with friends (and even a significant other by his side) gave me hope that I could too."


    24. Jackie (2016)

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "It's such an incredible perspective on grief. I watched it during a really dark period of my life, and honestly it made me want to keep fighting to be happy, and to not let events out of my control consume me."


    25. Teach Us All (2017)


    "It's a documentary on Netflix about how segregated our school systems are in the U.S. One of the people interviewed who really fought for equal education in New York City was a hijabi: Hebh Jamal. I'm also a hijabi from NYC and I have anxiety, so it's really hard to stick up for what's right sometimes. Watching her and that documentary helped me run for student council and join the diversity committee. It boosted my confidence and made me a better activist."


    26. Hush (2016)


    "Finally seeing a Deaf person on screen as such a strong character was life-changing. A lot of times we’re not main characters, let alone even side characters, so seeing a mainstream movie with one us as the leading role is super important."


    27. Pride (2014)


    "After I watched this movie with my friend, I built up the courage to come out to her. She was the first one I told. It also taught me to fight for what I believe in."


    28. Lady Bird (2017)


    "I struggled to express how i felt in high school, especially my senior year. I couldn't articulate what it felt like and this movie did that for me. My relationship with my mom felt mirrored on screen by Lady Bird and her mother."


    29. Gravity (2013)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "I was struggling to recover from depression at the time...I saw it with my sister who’d seen me struggling with depression and she basically marched me to a therapist’s office. We both cried."


    30. Big Hero 6 (2014)


    "...As a woman I felt like if I wanted to be a scientist, I had to put on this tomboy-like persona...Honey Lemon really showed me that I could enjoy a 'boys' subject and still be traditionally feminine, not to mention the fact that the fabulous voice actress is a Latina woman (like myself)."


    31. The Martian (2015)

    20th Century Fox

    "We watched it right after we found out my grandma was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. The movie was so engrossing, it took my mind off of my broken heart. It reignited my love of space, and truly made me appreciate the little things, and the time I had left with Grandma."


    32. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

    Miramax Films

    "As an overweight teen with bitchy 'friends' who would put me down in front of people, a member of a dysfunctional household with an abusive parent, and someone struggling to get anywhere education/career wise, Muriel was an inspiration. I took my cue from her, moved away, and cut the poison out of my life."


    33. Inside Out (2015)


    "This movie came out right after I had moved when I was 15 and was seriously struggling with major depressive disorder (MDD). It was and still is a perfect representation of my depression. The only difference between myself and the movie was that I didn’t get on a bus to run away, I tried to kill myself. For my struggle be so perfectly reflected in this movie, and then years later to see my recovery reflected as well...I learned that I can be sad and happy and me, and who that I am is changing and it’s OK."


    34. The Cove (2009)

    Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions

    "I cried, I was angry, depressed, upset, and felt utter hopelessness. It was instrumental in my decision to become a vegetarian. It really hit me hard how badly we abuse animals."

    —Megan Price, Facebook

    35. Spirited Away (2001)

    Studio Ghibli/Toho

    "I was completely blown away by how beautiful and brilliant of a film it was. After that, I gained a great love and appreciation for the Japanese storytelling style, and I ended up studying Japanese language and culture in college. That one movie really opened up my world."

    —Samantha Hoover, Facebook

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