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15 movies about emotional intelligence that you should see

15 movies about emotional intelligence that you should see

May 9, 2021

Have you ever wondered why there are actors who show so much sympathy in a feature film? They are interpreters who know how to master their emotions and transmit them.

The big screen offers us a collection of stories and stories where emotions play an important role . Relationships between people are complicated, and these films offer us practical tools to learn to establish much better links.

15 films about emotional intelligence (that you have to see as soon as possible)

Even if you do not know how to explain it, you know it's like that. The communication, the body language or the tools of persuasion that some actors use in their characters have a great influence on our unconscious.


Below you will find a list of 15 films that will help you to better delve into the pillars of emotional intelligence and social skills.

Do not stop reading this article: "What is Emotional Intelligence?"

1. Looking for Eric | Need to ask for help

The protagonist of this film is a divorced postman who lives in the English city of Manchester. His life is not exactly rosy, and he is mired in severe depression. His fondness for football and the bad habit of smoking marijuana cause him to appear, in a psychedelic trance, the image of Eric Cantona , a famous retired footballer. Together with Cantona his situation will begin to improve ostensibly, thanks to his advice and his complicity.


This movie portrays very well the changes that learning can mean to ask for help , defend individual rights and communicate feelings correctly. Highly recommended

2. The King's Speech | Scenic fear

When his father dies and his brother abdicates, Prince Albert becomes King George VI. However, the new monarch suffers from an annoying problem: his stuttering has led him to develop a terrible phobia of public speaking . Through his visits to the speech therapist, he begins to prepare for one of the most momentous speeches for his nation: the declaration of war against Nazi Germany before a large crowd.

The King's Speech is a film that shows us the most relevant secrets when speaking in public, such as the synthesis of the message, the practice, the visualization exercise, etc.


3. Hitch | Attraction and flirting

Will Smith plays a seduction coach specializing in getting men of professional success but with problems to link manage to find their better half. A full-length film with a quite adequate final moral: the best skill is the confidence to be yourself . Fully recommended if you are a little worried about your seduction skills.

4. Inside Out | Emotions ... in general

The film is a Pixar feature film about the five basic emotions that all human beings have. Sadness, joy, fear, disgust and anger are embodied by five tiny and very disparate characters, who manage the brain (and therefore the emotions, sensations and behavior) of Little Riley, a young adolescent She faces an identity crisis, as she has just moved from town with her parents and faces a totally new life.

The movie explains in a very didactic way the influence of emotions in our day to day and it will make you understand that the "toxic" emotions we try to suppress, such as fear or anger, have an adaptive role in nature. Everything, of course, with a lot of sense of humor.

5. Jerry Maguire | Friendship

The film Jerry Maguire offers us a very complete vision about the marketing applied to a small business . Jerry (who is played by a very young Tom Cruise) is a sports representative who ends up losing a lot of his clients because of a rather absurd quarrel ... and he loses practically nothing.

From that moment on, Jerry's life changes, and in what way. He will embark on a hard road to return to have a good professional prestige, having to fight against a host of adversities, thanks to his ability to attract and communicate with the people around him. If you want to learn to communicate in a more empathic way and improve your social skills, Jerry Maguire is a movie that you should see as soon as possible.

6. Die Welle (The Wave) | Handling

In a week of projects that aims to teach the benefits of democracy, a professor who must explain what a dictatorship is decides to conduct an experiment creating a youth movement of military inspiration called "The Wave".

At the beginning everything goes well, the students are very involved in the activity and learn how the world of politics works.But The Wave begins to be noticed by acts of violence, all behind the teacher's back, which ends up losing control of the situation.

A good social critique where it is shown as a fascist and demagogic discourse can influence small groups and corrupt the emotional intelligence of people who are still building their identity.

7. The method | Argumentation and discourse

In a context of economic crisis, a group of senior executives present themselves in an office to get a management position in a large multinational .

Tension and nerves can be felt in the room. after a while they realize that they have locked them , and from there they will have to carry out several eliminatory collective tests, centered in the argumentation on the part of the participants.

A film that cruelly presents argumentation and wild competition through group dynamics. A sign that social skills are a double-edged sword and that they are not always used for good.

8. Wall-E | Non-verbal communication

Wall-E was released in 2008 as a product of the Disney-Pixar animation factory. In the film, set in an apocalyptic future, a cleaning robot is still active on Earth after the planet was abandoned by the excess of garbage .

When he meets EVE, a state-of-the-art robot that has been sent to Earth to look for signs of life, he falls in love with it and follows it inside a large spaceship where the remains of humanity survive.

The film hides many morals: from the dangers of over-reliance on technological automation to the problem of consumerism and waste management. However, one of its main interests lies in the fact that communication between the protagonist robots takes place only through body language and the emission of robotic sounds. Wall-E will help you to deepen non-verbal communication through the microexpressions of its protagonists and the gestures they use to communicate with each other.

9. A Beautiful Mind (A wonderful mind) | Self-improvement

A Beautiful Mind (An amazing mind in Spain) is an American dramatic film from the year 2001. The film narrates the first years of life of a young mathematical genius called John Nash (Rossell Crowe), who begins to develop a paranoid type schizophrenia and suffer delusions, which brings problems to their social environment. Against Dr. Rosen's advice, Nash decides not to take the medication again, believing that he can cope with the symptoms in another way. Finally, and thanks to his effort, he wins the Nobel Prize.

The movie shows masterfully how one can self-overcome in the most adverse personal conditions , a true journey through the most introspective aspect of emotional intelligence.

10. Diplomacy | Persuasion

Set in World War II, a Swedish consul meets in the Hotel Meurice with Dietrich von Choltitz, the Nazi military governor of Paris. The consul goal consists of convince the general not to execute the order to blow up the most representative monuments of Paris .

This film illustrates the great relevance of emotional intelligence in politics and war: negotiation, persistence, caution, social skills, etc.

11. The Shawshank Redemption (Perpetual Chain) | hope

A unique and unforgettable film: Tim Robbins Y Morgan Freeman They are two prisoners in a state prison. Even though Andy (Robbins) is innocent, see how his future is reduced to malvivir in a prison controlled by corrupt .

With the help of another inmate, Red (Freeman), they will share moments of company in these terrible living conditions. Luckily, Andy's optimism will allow him to invent a way to escape from hell, based on an incredible dose of hope and desire to live.

12. Angel-A | Self esteem

The story of a man on the verge of suicide who decides to take another chance to meet Angela, a woman who will teach him how to love himself again. This film by French director Luc Besson is a curious mix of comedy, romance and essay. In addition, his scene in which the protagonists are in front of the mirror has become a viral video on the Internet.

13. The mechanics of the heart | Affective ties

An animated film about Jack, a young man who instead of a heart has a cuckoo clock, which will continue to work as long as he does not fall in love. His life changes when he meets Miss Acacia, someone who will take you out of your comfort zone .

14. How to train your dragon | Friendship

In a Viking village, a teenager will get to form a friendly relationship with one of the creatures that pose a greater danger to their own: a dragon. Both characters complement each other exploring their strengths reciprocally . One of the best films to teach emotional intelligence to boys and girls.

15. The Iron Giant | Construction of one's identity

A film that at the time went unnoticed but that over time has become a work of worship. It tells the story of the friendship between a young man and a giant robot, technically designed to destroy worlds, and the way in which decisions can take us beyond the roles that others give us. The identity itself is constructed by oneself, but, at the same time, it is constructed through the way in which we choose to relate to the environment and to those who inhabit it.

Some conclusions ...


This list is a good example of how psychology can (and should) be expressed through the seventh art. And you do you think? Would you remove or add another movie? Leave us your comment and follow us on social networks.


Documentary on Emotional Intelligence: What is your emotions not telling you? MUST WATCH (May 2021).


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