A good chick flick is able to motivate, inspire and encourage us to change. I believe that the five pieces below are the best movies about self-discovery made for women. These next films can be useful for you and your personal growth. I wish you all a fantastic journey of discovering yourself. Maybe finding your way means going to exciting places or trying new approaches to live your life or diving into the world of a movie about self-discovery.
1) Eat Pray Love (2010)
Based on the bestselling autobiographical novel of Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love (2010) follows a woman named Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts). After realising that having a husband, a beautiful house and a successful career is not enough for her to be happy, Liz embarks on a year-long journey of self-discovery. She travels to Italy, India, then Bali and learns a life lesson at every stage. It’s important to understand that hers is the story of a privileged Western woman. Only a tiny fraction of the population can afford such an excursion. Nevertheless, Liz’s feelings of finding herself lost and her search for meaning are universal. Also, the implications of her journey ring true to millions. We can identify with Liz and understand her quest of self-discovery, even if we come from very different backgrounds.
2) Wild (2014)
Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon), the heroine of Wild (2014), goes one step further. After the death of her mother, with her life falling to pieces on all levels she decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. The movie is based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling autobiographical novel of the same title. With no experience, but sheer determination she forces her way through more than a thousand miles of the PCT. We witness Cheryl’s fight with nature and her inner demons on a journey that reinvigorates, strengthens and ultimately heals her.
3) Tracks (2013)
My favourite within the category of best movies about self-discovery, Tracks (2013) is an adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name starring Mia Wasikowska in the lead. It chronicles the author’s nine-month journey across the Australian desert that ends with her reaching the ocean and getting “reborn.” In 1977, Robyn travelled more than 2,700 kilometres from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean with her dog and four camels. A photographer (Adam Driver) from National Geographic documented her journey. This story is important for me because it’s about a young woman who decided to accomplish something that hasn’t been done before. Robyn took the courage and attempted something that could potentially have been impossible, and succeeded against all the odds. By the way, she found herself in the end. But that wasn’t the main reason to start. I would love to see more women’s stories like hers.
4) Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) is a movie about self-discovery with a lighter, more comedic tone. Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) is a thirtysomething San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. She goes through a divorce that leaves her depressed, and she faces writer’s block as a consequence. As an impulsive decision, Frances buys a villa in the Tuscan countryside and starts anew. As she restores the old house, her life also finds its new building blocks including friends, family and newfound love.
5) Thelma & Louise (1991)
I try to include Thelma & Louise (1991) in all my movie lists because it’s a rare tale of women finding self-realisation not through a romantic relationship or a relationship with oneself, but a female friendship. Two best friends suppressed housewife Thelma (Geena Davis), and the independent waitress (Louise) set out on an adventure. But things quickly turn bad when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to rape Thelma. Hunted by the police they decide to flee to Mexico, but escaping the expectations of society seems impossible. I love how they still take their chances and just go for it.
So this is my list of the “5 Best Movies about Self-Discovery” with a female lead. What are your favourite films about women on journeys of self-discovery? What do you think about these 5? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so feel free to leave some comments below.
Source of Featured Image: Eat Pray Love (2010)