This past weekend, while my husband was out of town for yet another bachelor party, I spent both Friday and Saturday evenings parked out on the couch watching movies with my dog. (Easy A, The Back-Up Plan, 50 First Dates, and Zombieland, if you were curious.)

Lo and behold, all of that movie watching inspired me to write a blog post about the movies that inspire me!  So here they are, in no particular order:

Mr. Holland's Opus

Growing up, I owned the VHS tape of Mr. Holland’s Opus and watched it all the time.  I wanted to be just like Rowena, the ingenue who had such a beautiful voice and inspired Mr. Holland’s composition.  But now that I’m all grown up, Mr. Holland inspires me to be a better teacher, and to get my students excited about music.

Field of Dreams

Every knows the most famous line from Field of Dreams: “If you build it, he will come.”  Everyone thought Ray Kinsella was crazy for turning his farmland into a baseball field, but he did it, witnessed some pretty amazing things, and even made a living out of it by turning it into a tourist attraction.  I can sort of relate, with my journey from music major (which plenty of people thought was a crazy idea) to music therapist with a soon-to-be full time private practice.

Moulin Rouge

I first saw Moulin Rouge (five times in the theater) as a high school graduate, getting ready to move far away for college and pursue my dreams of performing.  So naturally this movie was inspiring; lots of creative, talented people pursuing their dreams of putting on a show.  It didn’t hurt that I had a huge crush on Ewan McGregor :)  The love story, the songs, and the visual effects are stunning, and I can feel my creative juices pumping every time I watch it.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada might very well be one of my favorite movies of all time.  Not only do I love the main cast (Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Stanley Tucci), but I think the way they portray the inner workings of a fashion magazine is so interesting.  And even though Andy (Anne Hathaway’s character) lets her job negatively affect her attitude as she climbs the ranks, she finds her way back to her true self and purpose in the end.

Julie & Julia

Duh, Julie & Julia had to be on this list! After all, it’s about a blogger who writes about her passion…sound familiar?!  And although I’m not getting movie and book deals (unless you count my songbook) I’ve had lots of cool stuff happen because of Listen & Learn.  Also, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci are in this movie — see above.

I find inspiration in some of the strangest and most unexpected places, but I think movies are a pretty common source of it.  I would love to hear about the movies that inspire you.  Please share them in the comments!