It’s a Wonderful Life

“Each man’s life touches so many other lives,” says Clarence Odbody, Guardian Angel. “When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), the timeless, inspiring classic movie, directed by Frank Capra, illustrates how gratitude, the emotion of expressing appreciation for what one has, can give you a new […]

The Shawshank Redemption

  Virtue movie illustrates: Hope “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies,” says Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) in a letter to his friend Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) in the movie The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Both men served time at Shawshank State Penitentiary in […]

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

  Virtue movie illustrates: Honesty Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) is a wonderful movie about a young boy named Charlie who lives with his mother and grandparents in poverty. He wins a golden ticket, along with several other children from around the world, to tour the famous and magical, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. […]

Pursuit of Happyness

  Virtue movie illustrates: Determination The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) is a true story based on the life of Chris Gardner, an African-American man living in San Francisco who is troubled by a failed marriage, financial problems and the responsibility of raising a young son. He uses determination, along with humor, hope, love, happiness, and […]