If you're like me, you love true stories. There's nothing as inspiring as a person who achieves truly great things by leaping over one obstacle after another.
My picks for this week are just that: Inspirational true stories that you can watch with your whole family.
These movies won't just make you cheer. They'll make you wonder, "How did I miss these movies?"
Plus, keep reading for a bonus movie! It's inspired by Hollywood's glamorous Golden Age from the 1950s. And, guess what? It's hysterically funny!
1. The Finest Hours
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, elsewhere. (From $4.99.)
Overview: Starring Casey Affleck (photo above), Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Chris Pine; from Walt Disney Studios
In real life, there are heroes. We don't often get to see them for ourselves, except in the movies. That's OK, especially when the movie is thrilling.
It's based on a true story from the 1950s. Four U.S. Coast Guard soldiers battled a truly epic storm to rescue the crew of the oil tanker SS Pendleton, which had been ripped in half in the storm off the Massachusetts coast.
The story follows the men before the storm, onshore where you see they've got a lot to lose, like young fiances and promising futures. It's at sea, though, that "The Finest Hours" is at its best, with incredible images of 60-foot waves crashing over the men and their tiny boat.
Mini-Review: "Story of an improbable true 1952 Coast Guard feat offers riveting excitement." (The Charlotte Observer.)