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    21 Movies That Really Changed People's Viewpoint On Life

    We all have that one special movie in our hearts!

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which movie changed their viewpoint on life. Here are some of their responses!

    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

    Summit Entertainment

    "When you're a teenager you meet people who seem like they'll always be in your life – but they won't and that's okay. It was comforting to watch at 17, and it really resonated."


    2. Legally Blonde (2001)

    MGM Distribution Co.

    "It’s not just Elle’s determination that's admirable, but that she's kind to everyone – even to those are awful to her. She isn't a pushover, and she never changed who she was to get to the top."


    3. Stand by Me (1986)

    Columbia Pictures

    "The movie tells of a group of kids who are all different from one another and struggle in different ways. It shows a good mix of fate and self-determination, and that friendships may not last forever, yet the length of a friendship doesn't determine the strength of the friendship when it's active."


    4. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "As kids we all wish we could grow up and be adults and do the things we'd always wanted to do, but this movie showed me that not everything is easier just because you've grown up. It showed me that the future is really in our hands, and that nothing is impossible!"


    5. Miss Congeniality (2000)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Miss Congeniality really changed my views on pageants and models. I always thought of them as ignorant, pretty girls who couldn't give a shit about anyone else other than themselves, but Miss Congeniality showed me the other side of those girls."


    6. Roman Holiday (1953)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I watch it whenever I feel miserable and it shows me, no matter what the situation I should be able to have fun!"


    7. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

    Columbia Pictures

    "I realised I need to be aware of the suffering and wrong in the world, even if it stresses me out, because knowing means maybe I can do something to change it. Choosing not to know is choosing not to care: if I turn a blind eye, I contribute to the problem."


    8. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "Whilst the family is unusually dysfunctional, the overarching message really hit home: family life will never be perfect; you, your parents, grandparent(s) and siblings are all flawed; but the most important thing is being there for each other and having each other’s back."


    9. Eat Pray Love (2010)

    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "The movie beautifully shows Liz’s adventures and the life-changing journey she goes through. Putting herself first after being so hurt, stopping everything to get the life that she wants – but in such a kind, wise, and genuine way. It really made me feel like with that attitude, the world could be a warmer place."


    10. Spirited Away (2001)

    Studio Ghibli

    "Spirited Away is such a beautiful movie, and its message still sits with me today. It not only gave me a fierce young female lead that I could relate to, but also taught me the importance of identity and what makes you, you!"


    11. Labyrinth (1986)

    TriStar Pictures

    "Apart from the inevitable sexual awakening, it showed me that you can and should change, and that you are in control of your own life. It's up to you to make the right choices, even if it's tempting to take the easy path instead."


    12. Forrest Gump (1994)

    Paramount Pictures

    "It taught me a lot about love and the different kinds of love we experience through life. Forrest loved so many people in his life – his lifelong friend Jenny, his mother, his friends Bubba, and Lieutenant Dan. He loved and cared for them all so strongly in completely different ways, and he was never afraid to show how he felt."


    13. Dead Poets Society (1989)

    Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    "We watched it in a psychology class and were instructed to analyse it and write a paper. I got an 'A' and the teacher specifically mentioned my paper. It was a long paper but I had so much to say. Beautiful yet sad movie."


    14. Hustlers (2019)

    STX Films

    "It changed my viewpoint on sex work and stripping. These women screwed over the men that had seen them as just a vagina and not a real person with real feelings. It was an incredibly clever movie and had great acting."


    15. Last Holiday (2006)

    Paramount Picture

    "Georgia learns to speak up for herself, and lives each day as if she’s going to die. She isn't afraid to be herself, and takes all the risks she wouldn’t have before. It made me so grateful for each day that I’m alive."


    16. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

    Paramount Pictures

    "I was diagnosed with a degenerative muscular disease shortly before I saw it for the first time. Now I find myself in certain situations looking around and appreciating life as per the famous quote. Additionally, it encourages me to be adventurous and carefree despite the physical barriers I might face."


    17. Paper Towns (2015)

    20th Century Fox

    "I was going through a major depression when I watched this film, and it had a huge impact on me. It taught me to stop telling myself that I was going to be happier when I did what everyone else wanted from me."


    18. Love, Rosie (2014)


    "Love, Rosie taught me the value of being honest with your feelings for someone. If you like someone, you better tell them right away, 'cause if you get rejected, at least you'd have your answer already and can start the process of moving on, rather than thinking of what could have been."


    19. Beautiful Thing (1996)

    Sony Pictures Classic

    "As a gay boy coming out in 2001, I idolised the kind of romance that the two main characters found with each other, while also coming out! It’s one thing to come out, but it’s a whole other ball game to find love, so it really gave me hope."


    20. Marrowbone (2017)

    Universal Pictures

    "I didn't realise until I watched Marrowbone, that I had never actually accepted my brother's death. When he died I sort of shut it down and moved on. Marrowbone accidentally forced me to face up and accept his death, which allowed me to move on for real."


    21. He's Just Not That into You (2009)

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "It taught me to stop picking terrible men that had no interest in me, and to actually pick someone who loved me for me."


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