10 Movies About Confidence That Will Make You Feel Like Magic

movies for confidence

I used to suffer from self-esteem issues so bad I locked myself in my room for five years and never spoke to anyone.

Gaining self-confidence is hard. But there are some seriously good exercises you can use for self-confidence [Here is how I personally regained my self confidence]. And believe it or not, one good option is to enjoy a view uplifting films.

Just as we can watch movies to inspires weight loss, we can also watch them to help with self-confidence. For instance, kids can watch inspiring animated films like The Lion King, and adults can watch spiritual movies]

Here are the top 10 movies for self-love and confidence.

Confidence Movies List

1: Forest Gump 

Forest Gump is a great movie to watch when you need a confidence boost.

The story of how Forest Gump lives an amazing life despite his disadvantages is so inspiring. If you ever feel like you can’t achieve something, Forest Gump will prove you wrong. 

2: Star Wars 

The story of how a little lost farm boy, Luke Skywalker, grows up to be the most powerful Jedi and the saviour of the galaxy. And it is one of the most popular movies of all time. 

Actually, you might be surprised, but there is a lot in this movie about confidence. Star Wars teaches us that we can achieve amazing things no matter where we are right now.

3: The Lion King  

If you watch the story of Simba going from losing everything to reconnecting with himself and finally rising back up to strength, you will have no choice but to feel warm inside.

If you’re anything like me, though, you will cry like a baby when Simba’s father Mufasa dies.  Thankfully, you can also sing along with songs like “Hakuna Mutata” and “Just Can’t Wait To King”. 

4: Harry Potter  

Harry Potter feels the way a lot of us feel: he’s an outcast (an orphan) who feels like he doesn’t belong. But then he goes on a magical journey and discovers himself. And through his journey we see reflections of ourselves,  as we go from feeling alone and outcast to finding our place in the world.

5: Bolt    

“It’s the super bark!”

Bolt is one of the most underrated Disney movies. It’s brilliant. One of their best. If you’re like me and you love dogs and Disney, you will absolutely love this movie. 

In Bolt, all three of the main characters (Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino) learn about themselves and discover their true strength. You might cry when you hear Mitten’s backstory though. Just giving you a heads-up. 

6: Aladdin  

Hands up who feels like they don’t have enough and aren’t good enough?

Yeah. I know. I’ve felt that way too. And so did Aladdin.

But Aladdin went on to become a Prince and to save the kingdom from the evil Jafar. If this isn’t a great movie about confidence, I don’t know what is!  

7: The Pursuit Of Happyness  

The Pursuit of Happyness is a masterpiece. When Chris Gardner, a man who was facing poverty and struggling to support his family, finds his inner strength, it is so inspiring.

As you watch Chris Gardner bravely become a millionaire you will cry with joy.  

8: Lord of the Rings  

Lord of the Rings is one of the best movies for confidence. And not just because a bunch of halflings end up saving the world. Actually, the whole trilogy is packed full of reassuring messages. Like Sam’s speech: 

LOTR The Two Towers - The Tales That Really Mattered...

9: Rocky  

Rocky is basically the number one feel-good movie for any sports lover. And when Rocky cheers, “Adrian…!!!” at the end, when he’s won the belt, we all feel… just chipper.

10: BFG 

BFG is a great movie for anyone who is feeling a little lonely. It’s a classic tale of an orphan girl who finds her best friend: the Big Friendly Giant. The new version of this movie is excellent (IMO–some people gave negative reviews but I personally loved it).

This Book Explains How Movies Build Confidence

In Positive Psychology At The Movies, psychologists Ryan Niemec and Danny Wedding reveal how movies train the mind.

This book shows you which movies to watch for different benefits. For instance, if you want to watch a movie for self-confidence, you can flick to the corresponding chapter and the book will show you which movies to watch.

This book is awesome because:

  • It shows how movies change our minds
  • It tells you which movies to watch
  • It basically turns movies into a tool for personal mastery
  • It reveals the science of how movies give us confidence 

Science has also proven that there are many benefits of watching positive movies.

Movies inspire the mind to create positive thoughts.

For instance, when we watch Star Wars we see a farm boy (Luke Skywalker) who has to find independence to leave his home. Having found independence he becomes more powerful and is therefore able to save the day.

Watching Star Wars teaches us that being independent leads to self-discovery, which leads to self-empowerment.

This is a positive thought sequence. We see how certain actions lead to positive outcomes.

 The more positive thought sequences we build, the more positive we will be.


  1. Watch positive movies
  2. Absorb positive thought sequences
  3. Train the mind to be more positive
  4. Feel positive 

What movie have you watched that made you feel amazing?

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