6 movies we love to watch when we need to feel empowered

Movies are amazing when you just need to veg out and let your mind escape, but that’s far from their only purpose. Some of our greatest stories and most inspirational moments can come from film, and it’s important to remember that, like all art, movies can be a tool for empowerment. Whether it’s seeing a story that feels universal, learning about a historic struggle, or re-visiting a classic that you loved as a child, movies can pep us up and get us raring to go.

We asked some of our amazing HelloGiggles writers to let us know the films they turn to when they need a serious kick in the pants, and they came through. If you’re feeling blue this weekend, one of these flicks is guaranteed to pump you up.

1. Returning to the classics.

"I love watching Mulan or Hercules whenever I need some motivation. Disney knows how to make me shed a tear but feel really good at the same time. I guess that's why they are so magical." — Dasha F

2. Serious girl power!

"Romy + Michele's High School Reunion. Also a good one for fighting back and standing up for yourself!" — Jen H.

3. Learning to be happy and sad.

"Little Miss Sunshine is the most bizarre and hilarious and uplifting movie as far as I'm concerned." — Rachel L

4. All 8 of ’em

"I really love watching the Harry Potter movies when the world gets me down. Something about the good guys standing up to the baddies makes me feel empowered." — Brittany B

5. Vaycay is always the answer.

"Doesn't even matter the time of year, Christmas Vacation always makes me feel good." — Jill L

6. Mark Watney. Space Pirate.

"The Martian has become my go-to for inspiration. The idea that really smart people working together can solve any problem is something I need to believe in right now."— Jessica E.

There you go, guys. 6 movies to get you through a bad day, week, or even a year. Get watching!

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