Life can be hard and when the going gets tough the women who make a mark in their careers, their life, and even the world, go from good to great. Even if you’re not dealing with extraordinary circumstances it can be hard to stay motivated to achieve your dreams. Maybe your go-to motivational method involves meditation or a private dance party before work or maybe it entails feeding off the energy of gusty and courageous women who wouldn’t take “No” for an answer. If you’re ready for the next level but aren’t sure how to get there, read on. Here are The Union’s favorite inspirational movies that motivate us to greatness. What movies give you an extra helping of motivation?
The film tells the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts, a down her luck single mother who tenaciously investigates a cover-up by a California power plant.
Motivational Lesson: Dressing for success starts in the mind, not on the body.
This movie is female empowerment at its finest and it's also an ode to the '80's. Did someone say, "Shoulder pads?" Melanie Griffin plays Tess McGill, an overworked and under-appreciated secretary who takes a risky bet on herself that pays off in spades.
Motivational Lesson: Always bet on yourself.
What's Love Got to Do With It?
This semi-autobiographical film of Tina Turner's life, powerfully portrayed by Angela Bassett, recounts how Anna Mae Bullock, Turner's real name, overcomes abuse by Ike Turner (played by Laurence Fishburn) and learns that she has the voice, the will, and the legs of a superstar.
Motivational Lesson: It's not where you start but where you end up that matters.
The Hunger Games
You think you have problems? Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen who is in the fight of her life in this dystopian tale of a society where every year, two young people from each district in the country fight to the death.
Motivational Lesson: What makes you different will make all the difference.
Did you know that a team of African American women were an instrumental part of NASA's space program? This film tells the true and untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monaé), three of the women who led advances in the fields of mathematics and engineering at NASA. Johnson's calculations were a major part of helping to send John Glen into orbit.
Motivational Lesson: You'll only achieve true greatness if you come out of hiding.
Under the Tuscan Sun
Recently divorced and verging on depression France Mayes, played by Diane Lane, embarks on a tour of Tuscany and ends up buying a villa. Hilarity and life lessons ensue.
Motivational Lesson: Be open to new ideas because sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to be the best.
Need some more motivation? Check out our list of Iconic Female Action Heroes. Or maybe it’s time for a reboot altogether.