Movie Themes



As with texts movies tend to make use of a small number of very common themes which occur over and over again. Here are some examples of common themes and the movies which make use of them.


The pure and good of heart will eventually overcome those who are evil and selfish.

Harry Potter

The Lord of the Rings

The Chronicles of Narnia

Star Wars

The Exorcist



Appearances can be deceptive and the ‘true’ value of a thing is somehow intrinsic, internal and hidden from view.


Beauty and the Beast

Cinderella Story

Forrest Gump


The pure, good, meek and lowly will eventually attain their goal through hard work and diligence while those who take short cuts or break the rules will eventually achieve nothing or achieve only things of little value.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


The Longest Yard

Bring it on!


Fate ensures that two people who were meant to be together do in fact end up together despite initial problems in the relationship.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 days

10 Things I Hate About You

She’s All That




Enduring hardships makes the individual who experiences them calmly and with resignation a stronger, better and wiser human being. Suffering is good for you!

The Pianist

A Beautiful Mind

A Love Song for Bobby Long

The 10 Commandments

The Passion of the Christ


Success for a man or woman involves finding someone to love and, no matter how successful they may otherwise be, they are in some sense incomplete until they have found that person.

Sleepless in Seattle

You’ve Got Mail

Something’s Gotta Give

Pretty Woman


Nature / natural life is more pure and ‘real’ than the cold, lifeless, artificial life that we have created for ourselves in cities and modern societies and a ‘good’ person must struggle, fight or travel to find, rediscover or regain that purity.

King Kong

Rabbit Proof Fence

American Beauty

Fight Club

The Matrix

Garden State

Lost in Translation