5 Movies to Watch Before Taking the ACT

Published on Friday, June 17th, 2016 by

These movies won’t give you any secrets or tips for the ACT, but they will inspire you not to give up when the studying gets hard, if you don’t make the score you wanted the first time around, or when the whole ACT just feels overwhelming.

Take a study break and get a fresh boost of encouragement.



Not only is the Rocky movie series full of inspiring quotes, but the storyline itself is about a guy who refuses to give up on his dream, no matter what happens. If you’re feeling particularly discouraged or overwhelmed by ACT testing and college applications, spend some time with Rocky.

The Gabby Douglas Story



When she was 16 years old, Gabby Douglas competed as a gymnast for Team USA in the London 2012 Olympics. She became the first African-American woman to win gold medals in the individual all-around competition and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the first all-around and in team competitions. Gabby’s story shows that the road to success is not easy and sometimes quitting looks much more attractive. Be inspired by Gabby’s resilience so that you, too, can continue to push forward to reach your goals. Bonus: you can see real footage from the London Olympics.

Pursuit of Happyness



Based on a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness demonstrates the power of holding onto a never-give-up attitude in the face of adversity. This is a movie to keep around for whenever you need an emotional pick-me-up and be reminded that you can achieve your dreams.

Bend It like Beckham


For something a little different with plenty of feel-good, try Bend It like Beckham. Jess Bharma struggles with growing up in a traditional Indian family in modern-day Britain. Even though she’s talented at soccer, Jess’s parents refuse to let her play, afraid of the discrimination and rejection she could face. With the help of a teammate, Jess navigates her way to be her own person and win her parents’ approval at the same time. This movie shows the value of a support system and friends who can cheer you on.



 42 tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play for Major League Baseball. Robinson took a stand against racism at a time when the country was deeply segregated. He gave hope to the generation after him and the leaders of the civil rights movement. His ability to overcome the odds stacked against him is sure to encourage you in all the obstacles you face.


So there you go! If you need a little encouragement and inspiration during your studying this week or to relax the night before you take the ACT, check out one of our recommendations. (Just make sure you start early so you don’t stay up late!)