The 12 Most Life-Changing Movies of All Time (Seriously)

Sometimes a great movie goes past entertainment and leaves a lasting impression on its viewer. Whether it’s thought provoking or inspirational, there are some truly life changing movies out there! If you’re needing something in your life or just want to watch something profound, check out these movies that viewers say changed their life for the better after watching them.

Don’t take our word for it, though – we pulled these answers from online communities to share real stories of how movies changed people’s lives.

Arrival (2016)

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Arrival is a movie about 12 alien ships that land on Earth but don’t seem to be doing anything. In an attempt to communicate with them, the military puts a linguist on the case.

Without giving away too many spoilers, one of the main themes in the movie has to do with living our lives to the fullest with the time we have even if that means having some pain and suffering that comes with that.

Multiple viewers found Arrival to be profoundly comforting when dealing with loss or fear. One said it was a “truly cathartic experience” in helping them sort out their feelings after losing a partner.

Another said their wife has stage 4 breast cancer and found that “the main point of this movie is answering a question that I’d asked myself an uncountable amount of times.”

Needless to say Arrival is high on the list of movies that changed the life of its viewers for the better even at times of profound sorrow.

The Color Purple (1985)

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If you aren’t familiar with it, The Color Purple is an emotionally intense film (and book) about the trials a young African-American girl undergoes in North Carolina during the early 1900s.

Multiple people said they caught it (age inappropriately) as children after seeing the cast and assuming it an action or comedy film.

One person who watched it when they were 7 said: ”it was the first time I thought outside my own perspective and that other people had it way worse than me.”

Someone else said, “I saw it when it came out in the theater when I was nine years old and yeah, it changed my life.”

Truly this isn’t surprising, though; you haven’t seen or read The Color Purple, it’s a must for everyone.

The Truman Show (1998)

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I actually remember seeing The Truman Show when it came out on VHS and completely agree with how profound this movie feels when you watch it as a child, although I definitely understood it from another perspective after re-watching later in life too.

Regardless of how you first experience it, The Truman Show deals with heavy themes of morality and consumerism that will sit with you long after the story’s ended.

Dead Poets Society (1989)

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It’s hard not to watch a movie that’s centered around inspiring young people to fulfil their dreams and live life to the fullest and not feel at least a little inspired yourself in the process.
Especially if you watch this one as a teenager!

Groundhog Day (1993)

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I think the most accurate description of Groundhog Day’s “life changing” aspect is this quote from a fan who said: “It’s a great film. It’s as profound as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.”

Let me explain: while you might think of Groundhog Day as a Bill Murray comedy film (especially if you haven’t seen it), it’s a story of a bad person who learns to be kind. It’s a good message for all of us: if you want things to change, change yourself first!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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Another Jim Carrey movie for this list which proves he’s not just a great actor, but one that aligns himself with some pretty spectacular films!

In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Carrey’s character has just broken up with the love of his life (played by Kate Winslet) and she’s undergone a procedure to erase him from her memory. After finding this out, Carrey’s character gets it as well.

It’s a movie about letting go, especially when it comes to relationships. For some, that message is life-changing: it completely changed how they felt about their past relationships and trauma in general.

Contact (1997)

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Long before Arrival came Contact, another movie about making first contact with an alien race. But what makes it life-changing, you ask?

“The religious implications vs scientific truth aspect really changed my perspective” one person wrote of Contact’s main theme.

Without giving too much away, the point of the movie is an attempt to ease the tension between the search for alien life and religious ideology by challenging the idea of “faith” on both sides of the argument.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
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I think this is one that’s pretty hard to argue with; few people have watched The Shawshank Redemption and not at least had some kind of life changing takeaway from it.

This quote from the movie pretty much sums it up: “Get busy living or get busy dying”

Office Space (1999)

Office Space.
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Now for something a little lighter. Office Space is a funny movie and while poignant it’s hardly profound, but that hasn’t stopped it from changing the lives of some people for the better.

Office Space made me start my own business” one person commented. Good for them!

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Good Will Hunting.
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Good Will Hunting deals with some heavy themes, particularly when it comes to overcoming childhood abuse and trauma.

There’s plenty of life changing inspirational speeches and moments in the movie, but one scene in particular stood out to fans: when the therapist (Robin Williams) tells the main character (Matt Damon) that his childhood trauma isn’t his fault.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

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If you haven’t seen this rollercoaster of a movie it’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you want to understand why folks call it a life changing film. At its core, it’s about a mother relentlessly learning to connect with her teenage daughter.

“[it] made me realize that just because nothing matters doesn’t mean nothing should matter to us.” one person said.

Several others replied saying that either their kids hugged them after watching it or they reached out to their own parents.

Pumping Iron (1977)

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Best for last? Yes and no. Pumping Iron is a documentary covering the 1975 Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competitions, and most notably features Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Truly inspiring, this movie has inspired countless people to try weightlifting (which has so many life changing benefits), but also to work hard at achieving their dreams in general – whatever they might be.

12 of the Most Annoying TV Show Characters of All Time, According to the Internet

Orange is the new black.
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There are plenty of characters on TV that just plain irk you, but a few are written so irritating that it actively detracts from the show. We tracked down some fan answers with what they thought the most annoying TV show characters of all time was and these were some of the most popular answers.

A few characters were written annoying on purpose but others seem to be the victim of bad writing or poor acting. Either way, they sure make some of these shows hard to watch!

12 of the Most Annoying TV Show Characters of All Time, According to the Internet 

13 Cancelled Netflix Shows That Are Still Worth a Watch

Altered Carbon.
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Netflix is notorious for canceling shows, but just because a show was canceled prematurely doesn’t mean it is not worth watching.

A discussion on the Internet recently highlighted which shows were cut short but still deserve to be watched “as-is.”

Here they are!

Netflix Cancelled These 13 Shows, But They’re Still Worth Your Time 

20 TV Shows That Were Canceled for Reasons That Still Baffle Us

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People get seriously attached to TV shows. They invest time, emotions, and memes into them. And when a show gets canceled, it feels like a piece of their world is crumbling.

Social media explodes with rants, petitions, and hashtags. Fans might even stage elaborate campaigns to bring the show back from the dead- it’s a digital rebellion!

20 TV Shows That Were Canceled for Reasons That Still Baffle Us

12 Movies Where the Bad Guys Won Instead of the Heroes

Hereditary (2018).
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We all love to root for the villain every now and then! On that subject, we rounded up some of the best movies where the bad guys won instead of the heroes. I can’t believe how many great answers there were to this question from movie buffs!

12 Movies Where the Bad Guys Won Instead of the Heroes 

12 Movies That Are Just Plain Awful, But We Love Them Anyway

Van Helsing (2004).
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It’s OK to like bad movies. You don’t need to defend your choices or agree with what the critics say. Movies are subjective, after all! To make you feel better about your questionable favorites we gathered up some movies that are just plain awful, but we love anyway.

12 Movies That Are Just Plain Awful, But We Love Them Anyway 


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