• Chirag Sawarn

5 must-watch, soul crushing movies

Here's a list of movies that will change your perspective about some things in life.

Each movie is unique in it's own way. The descriptions are to the point and there are no spoilers. Enjoy reading!


1. Requiem for a dream

(IMDb: 8.3/10, RottenTomatoes: 79%)

Dreams may or may not become a reality. So, is it sane to neglect everything that matters right now, and chase them?

Requiem for a dream, is a movie about dreams that we knit with our eyes open.

While watching this movie you will question your aspirations and realize how much we lose in the process of attaining them.

The movie casts Jared Leto (as Harry) who is a Heroin addict and dealer who wants to move up in the drug trade to change his life for the better. This movie shows how his ambitions change the lives of the people around him.


2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(IMDb: 8.3/10, RottenTomatoes: 93%)

Have you ever had that feeling that you wish you never came across a person?

Well, this movie is just about that. In this story people have the option of erasing whoever they want completely, from their mind.

Though this sounds appealing just after you've had a breakup. This story beautifully brings out how much memories mean to us as humans. Irrespective of us calling them a burden when we are down.

This movie will definitely make you appreciate the time and presence of other people in your life.


3. Good Will Hunting

(IMDb: 8.3/10, RottenTomatoes: 97%)

Good Will Hunting is a movie about a genius with the name "Will Hunting", who despite of his intelligence, struggles with letting people in; due to his past .

You may read all the books in the world and still be unhappy. It's because there is more to life than knowing what books can encapsulate.


"One can't sum up how bad life can be as an orphan, just by reading Oliver Twist."


It is hard to understand why people behave the way they do. But it is only after people face their demons, they can be truly happy. This movie makes an attempt to take you through that journey.


4. The Shawshank Redemption

(IMDb: 9.3/10, RottenTomatoes: 90%)

The Shawshank Redemption movie is about hope. Before watching this movie I used to abide by this famous quote by Brent Weeks, “Hope is the lies we tell ourselves about the future. ”

But it is difficult to lead your life with that idea forming a belief, keeping you away from hope.


In the movie, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the double murder of his wife and her lover. However, only Andy knows he didn't commit the crimes.


This movie will teach you the only way there is to survive the worst of misfortunes. Which is,

1. Don't leave everything in the hands of God to save you.

2. Put in the work and believe that God will save you.


5. Fight Club

(IMDb: 8.8/10, RottenTomatoes: 78%)

Fight club is definitely not a movie about boxing. It's a story about the rat race and the fantasies of corporate drones.

We ignore our callings all the time with all sorts of excuses.

We all wish things were like this or that.

Fight club is that tight slap that one needs to wake up from this dream that someday one's life will magically become how one always imagined it to be.

We all have limited number of days on this planet and we seem to forget every morning we wake up, we are one day closer to death. One day less of the time we could have used to lay a brick to build our dream castle. Fight Club can be your wake up call.

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