Wisdom Movies (Positive Psychology of Perspective)
I don’t know about you, but of late I’ve been feeling a need to broaden my perspectives, to up my wisdom and to develop my view on life, and what better way to do so than through the movies?
The following is Arolemodel.com’s pick of the absolute best movies for developing wisdom and broadening your perspective on life. These movies will develop your wisdom and perspective in two key ways: firstly by revealing important truths about people / humanity / the world / life that enlighten the viewer and secondly by showing a character(s) benefiting from the development of their wisdom. Without further ado, let’s get dim the lights and light up the screen.
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Lord of the Rings
There is no possible way in which anything written here could do justice to the amount of wisdom offered by The Lord of the Rings. Every single character in the movie (and of course the book too) goes through a transformational journey that changes their lives and the world around them, that develops their wisdom, broadens their perspectives and leaves you, the viewer, in meditative silence as you realise you’ve just watched one of the most amazing films ever. That’s an understatement though. Here’s the reality: if, somehow, you have not yet seen the Lord of the Rings (and lord only knows how that could be possible) but if you haven’t, go and watch it right NOW. Seriously, don’t read the rest of this article, don’t go to the washroom, do not pass go and DEFINITELY do not collect 200 pounds (or dollars), just go and sit in front of the TV right now and watch all three films.
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Baraka
How can a movie with no story, not plot, no actors and not even any dialogue or voice over possibly be on this list of wisdom movies?! By featuring some of the best cinematography ever. This is what motion pictures should be. The way Baraka captures the essence of life in silent film is breathtaking and spell-bounding and will leave you so much the wiser. Watch this; you will not forget it!
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Star Wars
Use the Force and you probably won’t need much wisdom, but Star Wars will give it anyway, mostly through the genius of that tiny green lovable Jedi Master Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi. Now, let’s forget the fact that Obi Wan was dumb enough to leave Anakin alive at the end of Episode III and that Yoda ran away for years whilst old Palpetine led the galaxy to ruin. . . let’s forget that and remember the brighter times of this, the original trilogy, in which each film is crammed full of spiritual and philosophical life lessons that have inspired millions all around the world.
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Stalker
Stalker is a science fiction film from 1979 directed by Andrei Tarkovsky and written by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. Stalker is based on the Strugatsky’s novel Roadside Picnic and tells the story of an exhibition led by The Stalkerr to bring his two clients to a site known as the Zone, which has the supposed potential to fulfill a person’s innermost desires.
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Antonia’s Line
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Crash
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Harry Potter
What more can be said about Harry Potter that hasn’t been said already? Not much. You already know the story and you likely already know that the valuable life lessons Harry Potter teachers make it more than worthy of a spot in this list of the best wisdom movies. All that’s left to do is to find the time to watch them all!
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Peaceful Warrior
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: Life As A House
Life as a House is a film written by Mark Andrus and directed by Irwin Winkler that tells the story of a man who is anxious to repair his relationship with his ex-wife and teenaged son after he is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Best Wisdom / Perspective Movie: The Fountain
The Fountain is a 2006 fantasy / history / religion / sci-fi film about a romance—so that”s quite a lot for starters— and was directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. The Fountain comprises three storylines where Jackman and Weisz play different sets of characters: a modern-day scientist and his cancer-stricken wife, a conquistador and his queen, and a space traveler in the future who hallucinates his lost love. The storylines—interwoven with use of match cuts and recurring visual motifs—reflect the themes of love and mortality.
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