Keyword: overcoming adversity

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (2012)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 142 minutes Release date: 03/22/2012
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained...
Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 117 minutes Release date: 12/14/2006
Chris Gardener is a family man struggling to make ends meet. Despite his valiant attempts to help keep the family afloat, the mother of his five-year-old son, Christopher, is buckling under the constant strain of financial pressure. No longer able to cope, she reluctantly decides to leave. Chris, now a single father, continues doggedly to pursue a better-paying job using every sales skill he knows...
Fighter

The Fighter (2010)

Rated: R Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 12/09/2010
Up-and-coming boxer Micky Ward always lived in the shadow of his half-brother Dicky, who was a boxing hero. Dicky eventually ruined his career by getting involved with drugs and crime and now works as Micky's trainer. Together, the two brothers work to win a title bout that would redeem each of them, unite their family, and bring pride to their town.
Truman Show

The Truman Show (1998)

Rated: PG Runtime: 102 minutes Release date: 06/04/1998
The film that made critics sit up and take notice of Jim Carrey's dramatic chops, the legendary funnyman is Truman Burbank in "The Truman Show," director Peter Weir's satirical look at a man raised from infancy to adulthood in front of television cameras. Unbeknownst to him, Carrey lives in a bubble where actors have played his family and cameras have followed his every move since the day he was...
When the Game Stands Tall

When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 08/21/2014
Football coach Bob Ladouceur takes the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game, 12-year winning streak that shatters all records for any American sport. Based on the non-fiction book "When the Game Stands Tall" by Neil Hayes. Inspired by a true story.
Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur (1959)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 212 minutes Release date: 11/29/1959
When rich Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur is framed for a crime and sold into slavery, he escapes and comes back for revenge in this Academy Award-winning Biblical epic. With Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, a cast of thousands and the greatest chariot race ever put on film.
Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 121 minutes Release date: 12/24/2013
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in...
Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Rated: R Runtime: 144 minutes Release date: 12/27/2001
The true story of the United States' involvement in Somalia during an ill-fated humanitarian mission. On October 3, 1993, U.S. soldiers entered Somalia on an exercise that was supposed to take less than an hour. The mission turned into a nightlong battle against thousands of heavily armed Somalians. Eighteen U.S. soldiers and more than 500 Somalians were killed as a result of this conflict.
Help

The Help (2011)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 137 minutes Release date: 08/09/2011
At the dawn of the civil rights movement, three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss, and her mother won't be happy until she finds a husband. Aibileen, a wise African-American maid and caretaker, suffers after the loss of her own child. And Minny, Aibileen's sassy best friend, struggles to...
42

42 (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 128 minutes Release date: 04/11/2013
In 1946, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and...
King's Speech

The King's Speech (2010)

Rated: R Runtime: 118 minutes Release date: 11/25/2010
After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist...
12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Rated: R Runtime: 133 minutes Release date: 10/17/2013
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will...
Railway Man

The Railway Man (2014)

Rated: R Runtime: 116 minutes Release date: 04/10/2014
When Japanese forces overrun Singapore in 1942, thousands of soldiers are taken prisoner. Eric Lomax, a 21-year-old engineer and railway enthusiast, is sent to work on the construction of the notorious Death Railway in Thailand, where Eric witnesses unimaginable suffering and is tortured for building a secret radio. After the war, he returns home, haunted by the face of one young Japanese officer...

Bleed for This (2014)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 09/17/2014
Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 109 minutes Release date: 09/18/2014
A decorated Army medic and single mother returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan to discover that the bond with her five-year-old son has been shattered. In her absence, the boy has attached to his father and his new girlfriend. As she struggles to reclaim her son's affection and reintegrate into civilian life, she meets a mechanic with whom she becomes romantically involved. Just as...
One Chance

One Chance (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 103 minutes Release date: 10/09/2014
This is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for "Britain's Got Talent." Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win the talent competition and the hearts of millions.
Better Angels

The Better Angels (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: 94 minutes Release date: 11/06/2014
At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation's greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Using black and white cinematography to conjure an America where the land was raw, the film sheds new light on the formative years of the future president and the two women who...
From the Rough

From the Rough (2014)

Rated: PG Runtime: 97 minutes Release date: 04/24/2014
This is the inspirational, true story of Catana Starks from historically black university Tennessee State, who became the first African-American woman ever to coach an all-men's team at the collegiate level. Through grit and determination, she overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice from all corners to guide a rag-tag group of golfers to an all-time record championship season.

McFarland, USA (2015)

Rated: PG Runtime: N/A Release date: 02/19/2015
In a poor rural town outside Bakersfield, California, a coach forms a cross-country track team that overcomes physical and socio-economic challenges to become champions. Based on a true story.
Touching the Void

Touching the Void (2004)

Rated: None Runtime: 102 minutes Release date: 01/22/2004
Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to climb the west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. It was 1985 and the men were young, fit, skilled climbers. The west face, remote and treacherous, had not been climbed before. Following a successful three-and-a-half-day ascent, disaster struck. Simpson fell a short distance and broke several bones in his leg. With no hope of rescue, the men...
Theory Of Everything

Theory Of Everything (2014)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: N/A Release date: 11/06/2014
Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde fell deeply in love while students at Cambridge. A healthy, active young man, Hawking receives an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in...
Only Real Game

The Only Real Game (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 82 minutes Release date: 06/05/2014
This is an exploration of the power of baseball for people in a remote and troubled place. The once princely state of Manipur, in volatile northeast India, defies gun violence, drug trafficking and HIV/AIDS through a surprising passion for America's national pastime. Manipur entered the Indian Union under protest in 1949, triggering a corrosive separatist conflict. For decades baseball has...
Dir: Mirra Bank
With: N/A
Angels Sing

Angels Sing (2013)

Rated: PG Runtime: 86 minutes Release date: 11/14/2013
As a child, Michael Walker wished every day was Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for Christmas, despite encouragement from his playful wife and well intentioned parents. But when his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick gives Michael a gift...

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 85 minutes Release date: 10/10/2013
For over 50 years, Gahan Wilson has been known for his ghoulish, twisted visions that combine horrific elements with comedy, as well as political and ecological cartoons. His cartoons have appeared in Playboy Magazine, The New Yorker, National Lampoon, The New York Times, Colliers and Look. This documentary takes an intimate look at Wilson's bizarre and personal inspirations, the inner workings of...
Revenge of the Nerds II

Revenge of the Nerds II (1987)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 92 minutes Release date: 07/09/1987