Movies with Meaning – Movies that make you FEEL !

Weekly series. Please send in your movies via email, twitter etc. Our format  :

  • Three movies with meaning (and movies you love and recommend!)
  • One sentence on the core meaning you take from it
  • Send a link to a YouTube clip from the movie that speaks to that meaning

Recently I wrote “Be Brave, Own It ! – Keala’s “This is Me” Moment” about bravery and “owning it” and centred around the beautiful video where Keala Settle announced herself to the world through a video at a movie workshop.

Every time I watch that video, I first get goosebumps, then cry, then jump up and feel like dancing.

So, I got to thinking two things. First, I HAD to go and watch the movie that the song was in.  Secondly, I reflected on the post I wrote (with three video clips, of course) around “Cogito Ergo Sum, or Sentio Ergo Sum ?“. Is it our thinking or our feelings that makes us human ? through which we make decisions ?

I put it to you that, as leaders, we pay far too little attention to the power of moving people through feelings. Considering the power of movies to move us through feelings is a great reminder !

So three movies that MOVE me ! Ok, three movies that make me cry. Yup, feelings, people have them, including at work and with those you lead !

The Greatest Showman (2006)


This movie is a phenomenon. The critics didn’t like it. It didn’t launch well, yet it kept building momentum. It has “legs” and is in fact one of the top ten “leggiest” movies of all time. The soundtrack is approaching one billion streams, and they have now released a singalong version and you can watch it in cinemas at special showings.

I smiled all the way through it, and might just go back for a singalong soon !

Plot ? Not much, just enough to get you between the songs, but oh what songs !

Go watch it, smile, cry, sing !


Field of Dreams (1989)

For those of you outside the Americas, you may not know this movie, yet it is a favourite of mine. It is about one man’s crazy vision, and you may know the line “if you build it, they will come”, voiced by the sonorous tones of the character played by James Earl Jones. A movie about an Iowa corn farmer plowing up his fields to build a baseball diamond where the ghosts of players of the past could come for closure or redemption.

Now, plot spoiler coming. This is also a male “weepie”. Kevin Costner’s character, Ray Kinsella, had gaps in his relationship with his father, a minor league player who never made it big but was away from his family a lot.

This scene is their scene. Yup, I cry at this one too.

In “A league of their own”, Tom Hanks manages a women’s pro baseball team and has the famous line “there’s no crying in baseball!”. There is with this scene.


Goodwill Hunting (1997)

This is one of my favourite movies of all time. I’ve already written about it inspired by a favourite scene in “How do you like them (bitcoin) tulips ?

Today another scene. If you haven’t seen the movie, please do, then come back and watch the scene.

If you have seen it, just watch the scene. Robin Williams at his very, very best. He won the Oscar, and the pinnacle of the performance was the nuance in this scene.

Will Hunting has an IQ off the charts, but he is human too. He has feelings.


Also published on Medium.

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