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Overcoming Challenges


12 Years a Slave (2013)
About a Boy (2002)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Bodyguard (1992)
Book Thief, The (2013)
Bend It Like Beckham (2003)
Bounce (2000)
Captain Phillips (2013)
Cast Away (2000)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Chocolat (2000)
Cider House Rules (1999)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Emperors Club, The (2002)
English Patient, The (1996)
Fighter, The (2010)
Fisher King, The (1991)
Footloose (1984)
Frida (2002)
Fugitive, The (1993)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Gravity (2013)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hearts of the West (1975)
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003, TV)
Horse Whisperer, The (1998)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Joy Luck Club, The (1993)
Lion King, The (1994)
The Lord of the Ring Trilogy (2001, 2002, and 2003)
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
March of the Penguins (2005)
Monuments Men, The (2014)
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Music Within (2007)
North Country (2005)
Pelican Brief, The (1993)
Philomena (2013)
Pianist, The (2002)
Piano, The (1993)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Ray (2004)
Rocky (1976)
Rudy (1993)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Shine (1996)
Shipping News, The (2001)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Stand and Deliver (1988)
Terminal, the (2004)
The Sting (1973)
This Boy's Life (1993)
Twister (1990)
Unbroken (2014)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
War Horse (2011)
Water for Elephants (2011)
Wild (2014)

Following the Call

Billy Elliot (2000)
Chariots of Fire (1981)

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Erin Brockovich
Fame (1980)
Flashdance (1983)
Good Will Hunting
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Motor Cycle Diaries (2004, in Spanish)
October Sky (1999)
Pay it Forward (2000)
Ruby in Paradise
Shine (1996)
Whale Rider (2003)