Here are movies which address things that are so important that one would hope them to be common knowledge, self-explanatory or a given, though that may not always be the case.
This is just a small list of movies which represent that, or include such aspects, for me. I consider each one of these eight a must-see.
I didn’t want to include any trailers, they mostly ruin the fun of discovering a movie, and reveal too much, too soon. If you are interested in the storylines, follow the imdb links, provided with each recommendation. I’ve tried to keep my descriptions to a minimum.
A movie about faith, in oneself, one’s dreams and goals, against any and all odds. Determination and spirit. As above, so below.
The Matrix (1999)
Impossible to choose any one quote or any one part. The Matrix is deliciously stuffed with wisdom and life-altering advice. It has everything, and it is a movie for eternity.
– Is that all you want ?
– No, l want to finish this.
– Finish what ?
– Telling you what l know.
– What makes you think what you know is any different than what other people know ?
– l had different teachers.
Primarily a dialogue movie. On control. On freedom. Magnificent.
The Man from Earth (2007)
Another dialogue movie. Slow. Beautiful.
The Wave / Die Welle (2008)
What good are the lessons of the past? The story of an experiment.
American History X (1998)
“Has anything you’ve done made your life better?”
An incredibly powerful movie.
The Last Supper (1995)
How far would you go for your convictions? A group of friends explores this topic, in depth. Surreal. Twisted.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
The fine line between genius/creator and madman/destroyer. Also on trust and love.
Into the Wild (2007)
“I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.”