Netflix isn’t just great for binge-watching awesome TV series. It’s also great for binge watching movies.
But if you’re going to keep Netflix rolling until it meekly asks you, “are you still watching?”, you may as well learn something in the process, right? Right.
Thankfully, Netflix has some brain stimulating movies scattered throughout its library of chick flicks and comedies. Here are seven that are worth watching with a pen and notepad handy.
1. Good Will Hunting (1997)
“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” — Sean, Good Will Hunting (Tweet This)
Although your high school English teacher most likely rolled this one out in front of your class just before Summer break, Good Will Hunting is an iconic movie worth another watch.
Matt Damon plays Will Hunting, a genius janitor at M.I.T. who gets help from a psychologist portrayed by Robin Williams. Will is smart, but he’s angry, rebellious, and directionless.
‘Good Will Hunting’ is all about the pursuit of purpose, with love playing its role throughout.
2. Groundhog Day (1993)
“Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.” — Phil, Groundhog Day (Tweet This)
‘Groundhog Day’ is about an egotistic weatherman who comes to realize that he is living the same day over, and over, and over again.
It’s a fun concept at first glance, but the questions that are eventually raised by the mindless repetition of each day almost drives Phil Connors, the main protagonist, crazy.
In particular, his attempt to make the best of an odd situation by living recklessly and hedonistically — which eventually leads to a state of depression — gives a very relevant lesson.
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” — Andy, The Shawshank Redemption
‘The Shawshank Redemption’ portrays the bond between two inmates during their years together inside prison. They find solace in each other, and that ultimately leads to them achieving their goal, of sorts.
It’s a movie of harsh realities, hardships, hope, and the having to deal with the hand that you’re dealt; no matter how bad it is.
There’s plenty of lessons to take from this movie. Aside from the obvious glimpse inside prison life, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ has a lot to say about loyalty, taking chances, and perseverance.
4. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
““I’ve worn it so long, I don’t feel secure without it.” — Philippe, The Man in the Iron Mask
If you’re looking for a lesson on perseverance against the odds, then this one is for you.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Philippe, the twin brother of the evil King Louis of France (who is also played by DiCaprio).
In his quest for power, Louis throws his brother Philippe in prison for six years, locking his face away in an iron mask to ensure that nobody sees his face.
It’s an iconic movie of self-discovery a overcoming obstacles. Plus, it gives you an insight into medieval France, if you’re into that kind of thing.
5. Beasts of No Nation (2015)
“Sun, why are you shining at this world? I am wanting to catch you in my hands, to squeeze you until you can not shine no more.” — Agu, Beasts of No Nation
As brutal and harsh as it may be, Beasts of No Nation has leadership and pioneering stories to tell. And of course, it shines a light on the harrowing plight of child soldiers in disrupted parts of Africa.
Idris Elba plays the role of a rebel faction commander who takes matters into his own hands. He then does a fine job of demonstrating the pitfalls of going solo.
His journey roughly mimics that of an employee venturing out into the business world alone. He has to forge his own way, and think up his own solutions. And sometimes they don’t work.
6. Forrest Gump (1994)
“My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” — Forrest, Forrest Gump
The famous scene where little Jenny yells, “Run, Forrest, Run!” is the line that everybody recalls from this family favorite. But there’s so much more to Forrest Gump’s story.
Forrest Gump, portrayed by Tom Hanks, is one of the most caring, honest, trustworthy, loyal and loveable characters in film history. He isn’t very intelligent, but he is extraordinary.
He embarks on countless iconic journeys, giving each chapter of his life his undivided dedication. And yet, he still finds time to chase love.
Forrest Gump has a lot to teach us about how we view ourselves in the context of wider society. By the end of the movie, you’ll be questioning the entire concept of normalcy.
Netflix and Learn
Everybody knows that movies are entertaining, but not everybody realizes their potential as sources of wisdom.So, the next time you fire up Netflix, think about learning, instead of chilling.
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