We all agree that the traditional classroom teaching isn’t enough to motivate your kids. Given the fact that children love entertainment, inspirational movies are an easy and effective way to help motivate kids. So here 10 biopics that you can watch with your little ones.
- Good Will Hunting (1997) : The American film written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon is a story of a 20 year old genius. Our character is gifted in mathematics and chemistry however doesn’t realise what his potential can offer. Although not strictly a biopic however worth the watch.
- Forrest Gump (1994) : A truly inspirational story starring Tom Hantks that is about a man with low IQ who achieves a great deal of success in life. His journey covers getting a Medal of Honor for bravery, becoming an expert ping pong player, discovering Elvis Presley’s dance and finally becoming a shrimp tycoon. Again not a biopic, but too silly to miss out on.
- Theory of everything (2014) : This movie is about the life of the greatest cosmologist and physicist of our time, Stephan Hawking. When he learns about his motor neurone disease, doctors give him 2 years to live. How he defies medical calculations and lives up to 76 years of age. The movie inspires all kinds of students and especially the ones with special needs.
- A beautiful mind (2001) : This film stars Russell Crowe where he plays the brilliant but asocial mathematician John Nash. Our character accepts secret work in cryptography and that’s where his life takes a different turn. Watch it to find out what happens.
- Ray (2004) : This movie is a must watch for all the musically inclined kids. It’s the story of Ray Charles who is a legendary rhythm and blues musician. It starts from his humble beginnings where he becomes blind at the age of 7 to his rise to stardom during the 50s and the 60s.
- The Blind Side (2009) : For all the kids who love sports this is a visual treat. It’s the story of Micheal Oher, a homeless and a tratumatised young boy who becomes an all American football player and gets selected at the NFL draft pick with the help of his adopted family.
- Invictus (2009) : This is an African-American biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood. It follows the story of the World Cup winning South African rugby team starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
- Gandhi (1982) : Ben Kingsley plays Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a lawyer who studied in South Africa and returned to British India. He began the nationwide campaiggn of non violent resistance against the British Raj, eventually leading to India’s independence.
- Hidden Figures (2016) : This is a film about a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. This is a must watch for all those kids aspiring to become an astronaut.
- The Great Debaters (2007) : This film is drama based on the true story of Melvin Tolson, a professor at Wiley college in Texas. In the year 1935 he inspired a bunch of college students to form the school’s first debate team which eventually went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
Now honestly I haven’t done justice to this article. There are a lot of other films like Ali (2001), Glory road (2006), Selma (2014), Lincoln (2012), Peaceful Warrior (2006), The man who knew infinity (2015), The pursuit of happyness (2006) among so many others. Watch these films, have discussions with your kids and you never know what you may uncover.