Fan Of Birdman of Alcatraz? Add These 7 Movies In Your Watchlist

Some days you want to watch a film that is about redemption and self-discoveries. These kinds of films offer a tour of the mind of people who have suffered tons of pain or have inflicted tons of pain on others. They are serious, entalling, and will keep you hooked. It may make you feel too many emotions at the same time, but they also leave you with hope that there are some good people in the world most of the time.

Let’s check this list out.

1.      Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

It is a story about redemption and getting a second chance. When a prisoner Robert Strout played by Burt Lancaster, murders a guard and is thrown into isolation, it changes him. The loneliness gets him until he finds an injured parrot and nurses him back to health.

It sets him on the path to becoming an ornithologist and achieves something inside the prison that gives him a second chance at life.

It received tons of Academy award nominations and is one of the best classic movies of all time. Visit here to find more films similar to Birdman of Alcatraz.

2.      Atonement (2007)

This romantic war drama starring Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, and James McAvoy is about a young girl played by Ronan who witnesses a sexual incident between her sister (Keira) and the boy who works for them (James). Not understanding what is happening, she accuses the boy of sexual misconduct, which in turns, destroys his life and his budding romance with her sister.

The movie shows her journey to atone for her sin, while the other two try to find each other and hope.

It is a subtle drama and inspires people to never accuse someone when they don’t understand what is happening. It is a beautifully written redemption drama, and Saoirse received tons of awards for the same.

3.      Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Starring Clint Eastwood, this thriller movie is about a convict who persuades two other inmates to escape from the highly secured prison Alcatraz. This island prison was known to be one of the most impenetrable prisons. Based loosely on true events, the Alcatraz prison closed forever after the incident.

The screenplay, writing, acting, and direction of the film were marvellous, which made it one of the best films of the year.

4.      To kill a mockingbird (1962)

Starring Mary Badham and Gregory Peck, this movie which is an adaption of the novel by Harper lee of the same book is a masterpiece. It follows a lawyer who defends a black man who is prisoned for raping a white women. The movie’s storyline in its beautiful narratives tackles issues like prejudice and racism and the fear people have due to their prejudices.

A social drama inspiring people is what makes it worth watching.

5.      Wild (2014)

The movie is a biography of Cheryl Strayed and stars Reese Witherspoon in the lead role. The film follows Witherspoon who decides to go a hike of 1100 miles which will take her almost 94-100 days to complete.

Even though she has no experience, she does this after one problem after the other shatters her life. Throughout the journey, she experiences flashbacks to her mother (Laura Derma) and her ex-husband (Thomas Sadoski).

It is an inspiring movie about the tribulations of life and the path we have to go on to discover our true self. If you are feeling lost or just want to watch an exquisite piece of art, don’t miss this film.

6.      Killer: A journal of murder (1995)

The film stars James Woods as a sympathetic prison-guard and Robert Sean Leonard as an inmate carl. After witnessing Carl beating another prisoner, the guard asks him to write a journal about his criminal ways. The movie is about introspection and unveiling the mind of a criminal. It is intriguing and captivating, a perfect picture for your weekend.

7.      Mask (1985)

It is a biography of a boy named Rocky Dennis who had a face deformity known as lionitis. Played by Eric Soltz, the story follows Rocky as he makes an identity for himself and leads a normal life despite his deformity. It is an inspirational movie and shows the power of love and sheer will.

Most of these movies have a happy ending and promotes the saying, ‘that everyone deserves a second chance’. Some of the characters truly changed themselves for the better, which gives us hope that care and love towards others and yourself can change people.

About RJ Frometa

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