Top 10 Heartwarming Messages in Movies
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Top 10 Heartwarming Messages in Movies

VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton
These heartwarming messages inspire us to keep going, love harder, keep fighting for things you believe in, believe in your dreams and learn from your past. We've included movies such as Cast Away, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, The Shawshank Redemption, The Great Dictator, It's a Wonderful Life, The Pursuit of Happyness and Good Will Hunting.
Top 10 Heartwarming Messages in Movies
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These heartwarming messages inspire us to keep going, love harder, keep fighting for things you believe in, believe in your dreams and learn from your past. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration in your life, check out these heartwarming messages in these movies. We’ve included movies such as Cast Away, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, The Shawshank Redemption, The Great Dictator, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Persuit of Happyness, Life is Like a box of Chocolates, Love always wins and Good Will Hunting.

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Top 10 Heartwarming Messages from Movies.

These themes are sure to inspire awe and lift up your spirits. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picksthe Top 10 Heartwarming Messages from Movies.
For this list, we’re looking at big screen moments that may make you re-evaluate your life as well as dream bigger and better.

#10: Keep Breathing
“Cast Away” (2000)

After Chuck’s plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, he washes up on an uninhabited island. He spends the next four years fighting the elements and trying to get home to the love of his life, Kelly. But when he finally escapes, he finds that Kelly has moved on with her life. This leads to an incredibly heartbreaking scene when Chuck realizes he has to let the “idea” of Kelly go. What’s the message here? You have to get up every day and keep breathing; who knows what the tide could bring. It was a hard lesson to learn, but this film gave us an inspiring message of love and hope.

#9: Love Always Wins
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2” (2011)

After many heartwarming messages about friendship, loyalty and the power of magic, the last instalment of the Harry Potter series gave us the most beautiful message of all - “Love always wins.” We finally understand why Professor Snape had been such a mysterious creeper to Harry after all this time: he was in love with Harry’s mom, Lily - always – and this spoke to the heart of all things. Snape proved love always wins by always trying to do the best for Harry. Snape, Snape, Severus Snape; what a romantic he was.

#8: Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates
“Forrest Gump” (1994)

As Forrest Gump navigates his way through life by showing Elvis how to dance, becoming a Vietnam War hero and being the most successful shrimp fisherman in the world - we see a simple man accomplish extraordinary things by listening to the wise words of his Mamma. He approached his life like an assorted box of confectionary candy - knowing that there may be some surprises, but you have to do the best with what life gave you. This message has it all – encouragement, inspiration and of course – chocolate. Simply delightful.

#7: Keep Fighting for Your Dreams, No Matter How Impossible They Might Seem
“Rudy” (1993)

In this biographical sports film, aspiring football star Rudy tries to be admitted to Notre Dame so he can play for the famous football team. With hard work and sublime dedication, he gets the opportunity to run the field, even if it is only for mere moments. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the right size, shape or if everyone keeps telling you “no”. If your heart is big enough, you can achieve almost anything. What more could you want from a movie like this?

#6: You Can Either Run from the Past or Learn from It
“The Lion King” (1994)

Damn, that monkey is wise. The Lion King brought us all types of wonderful messages, but one of the biggest lessons comes from Rafiki. He smacks Simba on the head so that the big cat can learn from his past – but then when Simba takes Rafiki’s stick, it’s all a big drama. But the lesson ultimately gets through to Simba and the lion decides to come back home to reclaim his anointed land. In addidition to Rafiki dispensing wise words, “Cloud Mufusa” also gave Simba important advice: “Remember who you are”.

#5: If You Want Something, Go Get It
“The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006)

The road wasn’t easy for Chris Gardner. As he struggles to survive on the street with his small son, life did not hand him any freebies. What makes this film even more moving is the fact that Will and Jaden Smith play father and son on screen and their connection is so palpable. So when their characters have a heart-to-heart on a basketball court, it is especially poignant. After Chris tells his son he can’t play basketball professionally when he’s older, he quickly reneges on his own advice: “Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me”. By instilling in his son the values of being true to himself, he produces a truly inspiring and tear-jerking moment.

#4: It’s Not Your Fault
“Good Will Hunting” (1997)

Will is a math genius, but he battles with his past and he is constantly getting introuble with the law. In walks therapist Sean Maguire who dishes some home truths to the misguided Will. Sean finally breaks through to him when he tells the janitor it wasn’t his fault he was abused as a child. In other words, you are so much more than your past. Will was finally able to be honest with himself after he met someone who really challenged him – and after some crying and forgiveness, we can’t help but find ourselves moved to tears as well.

#3: Hope Is a Good Thing
“The Shawshank Redemption” (1994)

In prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit, Andy Dufresne learns to live a life he shouldn’t deserve. In a moment of despair, his best friend Red tells him that having hope in prison is dangerous. But later, in a full-circle moment in the film, Andy writes a letter to Red that says “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” With an incredible story about defying the odds, along with an unforgettable poster of Rita Hayworth, The Shawshank Redemption is one big stirring message of love and friendship. You can’t help but weep while watching this film - so be sure to grab the tissues first.

#2: Let Us All Unite & Free the World
“The Great Dictator” (1946)

What makes this film and its message so incredible is that it’s still relevant decades after it first screened. Charlie Chaplin stars as fictitious dictator Adenoid Hynkel who is bent on creating a Jew-less society. But through a case of mistaken identity as a result of a poor Jewish barber looking exactly like the dictator – and who also happens to be played by Chaplin, the nation is ultimately addressed by the barber disguised as Hynkel. In his speech, he speaks of coming together as one, instead of dividing and destroying the world. This powerful message is made even more powerful considering Chaplin’s bravery in calling out a dictator in the middle of the real-life Hitler regime at the time of film’s release.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

A ‘Nobody’ Can Become a ‘Somebody’ If You Go the Distance
“Rocky” (1976)

Don’t Regret the Things You Didn’t Do
“Empire Records” (1995)

#1: Your Life Has Purpose
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

It’s a wonderful life and it has a wonderful message – “your life has purpose.” In this 1946 classic, George is a grumpy businessman who takes his life and family for granted. On Christmas Eve, an angel comes to earth and shows George what life would be like without him. In a night filled with revelations, he realizes that he has actually done many wonderful things with his life and affected so many people in the process. This inspiring lesson reminds us that life is a gift, and that we shouldn’t forget that our lives matter to the people around us.
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