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These Inspiring Hollywood Movies Will Make You Feel Good This Holy Week

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forrest Gump
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Holy Week is a time for prayer, reflection, and yes, spending hours in bed watching your favorite movies. Though The Passion of The Christ is a staple around this time of year, here are some films that will help you find peace and positivity this season.

For those who feel like they’re stuck in a hopeless situation.

A list of inspiring movies wouldn’t be complete without The Shawshank Redemption. The story revolves around banker Andy Dufresne, a man falsely accused of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Instead of moping in a corner and accepting the abuse, he finds ways to be productive, builds connections, and also eventually exposes the corruption within the prison system.

For those who don’t think they can overcome their addictions.

Being a shopping addict may seem harmless, but Confessions of A Shopaholic shows us how it can ruin one’s life--and how we can bounce back from it. Not only does Rebecca Bloomwood overcome her addiction, but she also turns it into something positive.

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For those who think their illness or flaw limits the possibilities.

Despite being born with a crooked spine and having a low IQ, Forrest Gump was able to do more and be more than what everyone expected of him. An iconic line in the movie is when he says, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get,” and this film shows us exactly how to play the cards we’re dealt.

For those who have lost their faith in humanity.

The story of Amélie reminds us that there are still people out there who do good things for others just for the sake of it. The titular character helps a blind man “see,” enables her father’s dreams, and plays matchmaker to a colleague, among other good deeds, without expecting anything in return.

For those who no longer believe in love.

Love Actually shows us all kinds of relationships, from the seemingly perfect to the ones that go against all odds. It’s a far cry from your typical love story, but it reminds us that love, actually, is all around.

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For those who are ashamed of being different.

Wonder is a reminder that being different isn’t always a bad thing. Despite having “mandibulofacial dyostosis,” August “Auggie” Pullman finds a loyal, lifelong friend, deals with his bullies, and is rewarded for standing out.

For those who feel like they’re going nowhere.

The Pursuit of Happyness is anything but your typical rags-to-riches story. With his sheer determination, willingness to break rules, and love for his son, Chris Gardner is able to turn his life around and make something of it. The film also happens to be based on a true story: Gardner is the founder and CEO of Gardner Rich & Co, a private stock brokerage firm.

For those who are tired of the system.

Of course, there had to be a Disney movie on this list! Going against gender roles? Having an active role in fighting for your country? Not following the rules for the sake of family? Mulan has done it all.

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