I caught the end of BILLY ELLIOT last night and was choking up before I even realized it. I actually own the film, but somehow catching it unexpectedly like that as I was looking for a laugh before bed, sandbagged me, emotionally.
Movies like that inspired me when I was young, often based on true stories with plots that involve someone from a working-class background overcoming the odds to achieve some unlikely goal.
Now, at a later age, they just move me, sometimes because they remind me of some of my own struggles and how they were overcome, or not.
So, I thought I’d make another alphabet movie list (I have the feeling I’ve done one like this before) of movies that used to inspire me to push on with my own attempts to transcend my background and circumstances and now choke me up with emotional satisfaction as I watch them and sometimes see some of my life reflected in them.
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and APOLLO 13
BILLY ELLIOT and BREAKING AWAY
COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER and CHARIOTS OF FIRE
DANCES WITH WOLVES
FIELD OF DREAMS
GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED and GLORY
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
KILLING FIELDS, THE
LEAN ON ME and LUCAS
MY LEFT FOOT, MIRACLE and MISTER HOLLAND’S OPUS
ON THE WATERFRONT
QUIET MAN, THE
RUDY, REMEMBER THE TITANS, ROCKY and ROCKY BALBOA
SEA BISCUIT, STAND & DELIVER and SCHINDLER’S LIST
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and 12 ANGRY MEN
UPSIDE OF ANGER, THE
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
ZERO FOR CONDUCT