7 Movies That Will Profoundly Change You

Ever since cinema established itself as a form of art, countless films have been created; countless superb and strong and awe worthy films. That is one of the reasons why the choices on this list were so exceptionally hard to make. But there are some films that touch us in a secret, intimate place, deep within our heart, and after we leave the theater we are never, ever the same, not completely.

They change the way we perceive things; they change the way we see the world and the way we feel; in a way, they change our lives. So without further ado, here are the 7 films that will leave deep and lasting marks on your very soul.

1. Magnolia


Back in 2000-2001, PTA said that he believed “Magnolia” would be his best film ever. And he had a point. A study on luck, coincidences, and the invisible forces that drive and join people, “Magnolia” is a funny, strange, and heartbreakingly human film, in which all the characters struggle for the same things we all do: happiness, redemption, and freedom.

2. No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men

It would be overly ambitious of me to try and fit an adequate interpretation of the Coen brothers’ film into one paragraph, so all I can say is that this is a movie that has level upon level of meaning. With Xavier Bardem fleshing out the inevitability of death and the randomness of chaos in one of his strongest performances, this movie will slam into your head one simple fact: You can’t stop what’s coming.

3. The Tree of Life

 the tree of life

Terrence Malick’s largest and most ambitious project to date won the Palme d’Or and divided critics. Like all of his films, it’s worth watching simply for the stunning visual beauty. However, “The Tree of Life” is much, much more than just a beautiful film. It is a cosmic, transcendental film. It searches for the meaning of life, from the beginning of creation to the a small family. And it asks all the right questions.

4. Grave of the Fireflies (“Hotaru no Haka”)

Grave of the Fireflies

This movie will not present you with existential, or large scale questions, or philosiphical musings. But it will change your heart. It is the story of two siblings being orphaned and left to fend for themselves during WWII in Japan. Any further descriptions will not do the movie justice.

5. Fight Club

fight club

Ah, “Fight Club”. Where do I even begin with this one? The movie that revolutionized the way many, many men see the world. The first shock comes when you first watch it; you realize the pretentiousness and meaninglessness of consumerism and materialistic self-absorption. The second shock comes when you realize that the ensuing “revolution” is, itself, a satire, mercilessly taunting itself. The movie will get you thinking. What am I doing? What is it that defines me? How can I liberate myself? Will it have meaning, or is everything still just a copy of a copy of a copy?

6. The Fountain

the fountain

Darren Aronofsky has given us some wonderful features, that linger and haunt us long after we’ve watched them. “The Fountain” is a little gem that, because of its grandness, can easily be misunderstood. In its core, it is a love story. One man trying across time and space to get back his love from the clutches of the inevitable; death. At the same time, it is an exploration of how we come to terms with death; decay; and our own perishing. This balance between love and death, along with the stunning visuals, will give you an unforgettable experience.

7. Life is Beautiful

la vita e bella

Buongiorno, principessa!“. Decades after Roberto Benigni’s film about a father who tries to shelter his son and family from the horrors of WWII in a Nazi concentration camp, “Life is beautiful” remains relevant as a lesson on optimism, and preserving one’s humanity and childlike innocence safe and intact from anything life might throw at us.

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I am an undergrad Law student moonlighting as a writer and aspiring to one day gather enough experiences and turn them into ink and paper. The inctricacies of the human mind and its peculiar ways have always fascinated me, and urged me to explore more, not only the human mind, but humans and humanity as a whole, hopefully leading me to interesting findings. Literature, music and movie geek to boot.

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By | 2017-01-13T21:51:46+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Categories: Arts & Movies, Food for thought, Personal Development, Self-Improvement|Tags: |77 Comments


  1. StephanieStroh December 9, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of presentation.

  2. John Davidson April 25, 2017 at 1:00 am - Reply

    3 movies you missed are PERFUME (the story of a murderer), INSTINCT with anthony hopkins and DEADMAN (Jim Jarmusch film).

  3. msv May 2, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    in to the wild

  4. Espen May 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Watership down could also be here

  5. S Byrne May 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Sofia, in your work, have you found disappointment with humans?

  6. Aubrey May 3, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply


  7. al hel May 4, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    !!! Enter The Void by Gaspar Noë !!!
    Irréversible by Gaspar Noë —
    Obviously STANLEY KUBRICK’s 2001, Clockwork, Barry Lyndon et.al. —
    WERNER HERZOG’s Documentaries —
    INGMAR BERGMAN (Hour Of The Wolf! Persona!) —

  8. Andrea May 4, 2017 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I Daniel Blake ?

  9. Will Staten May 4, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

    My List:

    12 Monkeys
    Higher Learning
    Do The Right Thing
    The Matrix 1
    The Godfather
    Pursuit of Happyness

  10. Nina May 4, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Once Were Warriors, Big Fish, The Bucket List, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, 12 Years A Slave, Apocalypse Now

  11. not hater, just disappointed May 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Hello there! Thanks for nice recommandations, but I have to say, I saw many influencing movies, and many of them were more touching than these… And Magnolia doesn’t give me anything, but a bad feeling of 3 wasted hours. Hollywood produced a lot of trash, but I can’t believe I spent 3 hours of my existance, waiting for some hidden revealing point. It was so long, slow, boring and empthy! I wish I had not seen it in your list, so I wouldn’t start watching it. 3hours of my life has been wasted 🙁

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