9 Movies That Teach Us To Move On and Begin Again

"Letting go doesn't always have to mean bidding a sad farewell to what could have been-sometimes it's just being brave enough to allow yourself a new beginning."
by Daryn Agapay   |  Feb 3, 2016
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When we were young we've been taught that with the right amount of patience, practice, and hard work, we can achieve anything our bright young minds can ever dream of. As we grow older however, we realize that there are a lot of things in this world that we can't change, no matter how hard we try—and simply moving on and allowing ourselves a new beginning becomes the wiser, more practical choice. We're not saying that moving on is easy. Heck, even the act of letting go almost seems like an impossible feat. But it has been done, and it is possible. Letting go doesn't always have to mean bidding a sad farewell to what could have been—sometimes it's just being brave enough to allow yourself a new beginning. Here are 9 movies that will teach you how to move on and begin again.

  1. The Best of Me (2014)

    You're probably wondering how a Nicholas Sparks story made its way to the list of movies that clearly says "movies that teach us to move on and begin again," well here's the main reason: Nicholas Sparks kills off the soulmate and leaves the readers in an emotional heartbreaking literary wreck! How do you move on from that?! In this particular film however, it follows star-crossed high school lovers Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) and Dawson (James Marsden) as they have a bittersweet reunion following the death of an old friend. Seeing each other again after 20 years reignites the love they've never forgotten, but the problems they had in their past still affects them even well into their 30s. Will the lovers rekindle their relationship? Or will they move on with their own lives prior to crossing paths? Brilliant, moving, and heartbreaking, this isn't your usual garden-variety romance story.

  2. The Toy Story Trilogy (1995, 1999, 2010)

    Is there really any other movie that perfectly encapsulates the emotional, mental, and physical struggle of moving (literally) and moving on better than the Toy Story movies? Not bad for a kids movie, eh? Even as we grow older though, the message and lessons from each film continue to hit home. The plots themselves have no need for an introduction, but there's always something about growing too old for playtime and Andy’s own commitment to his own toys that hits us every single time. Great job, Pixar.
  3. Inside Out (2015)

    We all know this movie, the one wherein a bunch of colorful little creatures control our every thought and emotion and even our long term memories. There's Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. Don't even get me started on that cotton candy dolphin cat Bing Bong. At the beginning of the film we see Joy doing her best to keep Riley happy every single day. Which leads her to exclude Sadness, the emotion in charge of Riley’s, well, sadness. Along the duration of the movie however, when Joy and Sadness get sucked out of headquarters, Joy’s plan is to head back up there to make Riley happy again; seeing Sadness as a nuisance the entire journey back. But Joy eventually learns to accept Sadness after realizing her role for Riley, and how Sadness can help Riley bloom into a strong and beautiful young lady.

  4. Silver Lining Playbook (2012)

    Is there anything sadder than watching someone struggle to let go of that horrible ex? This is exactly what makes Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and Pat's (Bradley Cooper) relationship so difficult. A definite must-watch if you're stuck in the denial stage of ending a romantic relationship. Don't worry Candy Girl, we've all gone through our fair share of bad relationships.

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  5. Up (2009)

    "Adventure is out there!" is a recurring theme in Disney-Pixar's Up. Famous for one of the most heartbreaking 5-minute montages ever seen on a kids’ movie, the story follows a now elderly Carl as he pursues the dream he and Ellie had that never came to be: to build a house on Paradise Falls. When Kevin is kidnapped and Russell chases after him, Carl realizes that he can't hold on to Ellie forever, and goes forth on a new adventure–to save Russell and Kevin before it's too late.

  6. The Others (2001)

    We know what you're thinking. "Why on earth is a horror movie in this list?!" Okay, let us explain. Other than the creepy music and psychological horror going on, the film is really centered around moving, moving on, accepting what is, and starting your life anew from there (no, seriously). If you're the thrill-seeking type of person who can take a few jump scares and eerie background music, then this ‘moving on’ movie is definitely for you! 

  7. Life After Beth (2014)

    Zach (Dane DeHaan) is left devastated after the death of his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza). To cope with his loss, he starts spending more time with Beth’s parents Maury (John Reilly) and Geenie (Molly Shannon) until one day, they stop contacting Zach. Curious, Zach starts sneaking around Beth's parents' house only to discover that the recently deceased Beth has magically come back from the dead. A horror comedy film featuring romance and zombies, watch as how Zach slowly realizes that there is a very fine line between refusing to let go of what's gone and leaving the past to be buried six feet under.

  8. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

    Salesman Chris Gardner (Will Smith) has invested his entire life savings into portable bone density scanners. But the lag between sales and demand pushes him and his family into financial instability, causing his wife to leave despite them having a 5-year old son. Further financial grappling forces Chris and his son Christopher (Jaden Smith) to be evicted from their apartment and become homeless. Throughout everything however, Chris refuses to give up and eventually becomes the owner of a multi-billion dollar company. This story is based on an inspiring true story of how one man started his life anew despite how nothing around him was going right.

  9. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

    Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) discovers that when he reads his old journals, he can travel back in time and alter some parts of his childhood—as well as those of his friends. Seems pretty cool, huh? But changing the past drastically alters the present, thus forcing Evan into multiple nightmarish alternate realities. The Butterfly Effect redefines letting go of the past and looking forward to a brighter future.

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Daryn Agapay
Candymag.com Correspondent
As a certified Candy Girl, I constantly push myself out of my comfort zone to experience all the adventure life can bring and to pour my heart out into everything I do. If I'm not writing, you may find me obsessing about cats, latte art, fashion, books, or french fries.
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