Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Documentaries, Animated and the list could go on forever. Today, we are talking movies, Yes movies! I am just as excited as you are. Cue the 20th Century Fox movie intro, grab your popcorn and enjoy this article. Here are 5 movies that every creative should watch.

Disclaimer: These are in no specific order. This list was chosen by asking a number of creatives about movies which sparked a sense of creativity in them or inspired them to continue on their journeys, below are the top 5 most popular answers.

The Hate U Give (2018)

The Hate U Give

The Hate You Give was released in 2018. It focuses on a teenager, Starr Carter who is faced with immense pressure from many individuals when she tries to stand up for what is right after witnessing the unfair shooting of her best friend. The movie highlights the struggle to stand for what you believe when everyone else seems to be against it. This movie is one to watch because it inspires revolution, standing up for change, believing in your vision and not being swayed by the fear of others. It is important as a creative to stand firm in what we believe in and fight for change. This movie will inspire you to do just that!

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

The Pursuit of Happyness


This movie is one of my personal favourites. This movie was released in 2006 and is a biographical film that showcases the life of Chris Gardener. Chris Gardener had lost all his life’s earnings after selling a product he invested in and has to take an unpaid internship at a brokerage firm. His wife also divorces him and he is left with custody of his son. The movie highlights the themes of determination, father and son relationships and conflict with yourself. From this movie, creatives can learn that true happiness is not found in assets or money, how to find encouragement and fulfilment from what you do even when others try to discourage you and finally, life will not always be perfect but the storms never last, everything has to come to an end.

The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple

Based on the book, this classic movie showcases the life of Cecile, a young black woman who gets impregnated by her father at 14 years old. The movie takes us on her life journey. We examine how she deals with her hardships in life. Creatives can draw multiple life lessons from this movie. Some of which include: how to find who you are regardless of your hardships and how to be confident in that, the importance of relationships and finding a true connection with those around us.


Frida (2002)


Frida, Frida, Frida. One of the most iconic artists to ever live. This 2002 biopic showcases the complex, colourful and intriguing life of Frida Kahlo, who was a Mexican painter. Aside from being taken on a journey of her life, we also get to see where Frida gains her inspiration. We learn a lot from her journey. We learn about relationships, that we can have more than one interests, where we can look for our inspiration and how to be unapologetically creative.


Us (2019)


At this point, you’re probably wondering how a psychological horror film can be beneficial to you as a creative. I know it’s crazy but creativity can be drawn from different things in so many ways. If you don’t believe me, you can just google some of your favourite artists and their inspiration behind what they create. You will find that as a creative that you’re able to think deeply on a lot of things or even find a way to make something simple into something extraordinary just by putting your own little magic on it. Whatever it is, Us will definitely be a fun watch. This film analyses a family of four with the main focus being placed on the mother, Adelaide, who was haunted by a traumatic experience as a child and constantly fears that something bad might happen to her and her family. It turns out that she was not wrong, four masked strangers appear on her doorstep and reveals themselves as the family’s doppelgangers. Crazy right? What can you learn from this? As the film progresses you get to understand that often times we are in a constant fight with ourselves, whether to try and heal from certain situations or just to fight our own freedom in more ways than one, we oddly relate to both the normal family and the doppelgangers. This is definitely a film you have to watch more than once in order to see the various themes that the director alluded to. However, this film will definitely have your creative juices flowing.



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