Here are the 7 best movies to watch to learn English if you are a beginner. Language teachers have been using films in their classes for decades, and there are a number of reasons why film is an excellent teaching and learning tool.
Learning from films is motivating and enjoyable. Also, films provide authentic and varied language, they give a visual context. These films can help anybody who is trying to learn English have a good time. Kids, teenagers and adults can all choose between these 7 selected films so no one gets bored.
Which one will you choose? Enjoy!
The life of Brian
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), also known as Life of Brian, is a British religious satire comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by one of them, Terry Jones.
Sinopsis: Brian Cohen (played by Chapman), a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah.
If you want to laugh then do not miss this funny and satirical film by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The life of Brian is one of the greatest comedy movies of all time. Thanks to the group’s long history in theater, in the film you can hear a perfect English diction. Also, it is a cult movie you have to see it al least once in your life. It was accused of blasphemy and some countries, including Ireland and Norway, banned its showing.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) is a rock opera. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life.
The music with its lyrics will help you learn without any effort. What a easy way to learn a language! Despite the fact it looks like this is not a serious way to practice your English, watching movies is one of the most effective ways, and one of the most entertaining.
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz (1939) is an American musical comedy-drama fantasy film with Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale. Notable for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters, over the years, it has become an icon of American popular culture. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It did win in two other categories, including Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow” and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.
The songs, the vocabulary, the images, the accents… Everything is prepared for young people to understand this crazy adventure inside the imagination of a young lady. Be aware, you are going to love it. It is also a great option for the whole family to watch.
The Goonies (1985) is an American adventure comedy film where a band of pre-teens who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, attempt to save their homes from demolition, and, in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the entire adventure, they are chased by a family of criminals, who also want the treasure for themselves.
Pirates, monsters, a lot of adventure… The vocabulary is easy and rich, you are going to learn how to use plenty of words you never knew before that will then become indispensable.
Finding Nemo (2003) is an American computer-animated adventure film about the story of the overprotective Ocellaris clownfish named Marlin who, along with a regal blue tang named Dory, searches for his abducted son Nemo all the way to Sydney Harbour. Along the way, Marlin learns to take risks and comes to terms with Nemo taking care of himself.
Forrest Gump (1994) is an American comedy-drama film with Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. The story depicts several decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama who witnesses, and in some cases influences, some of the defining events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States; more specifically, the period between Forrest’s birth in 1944 to 1982.
Have you seen it yet? If not do not miss the opportunity to watch it in English. This movie is culturally, historically and aesthetically significant. The expressions and the vocabulary is easy and you will understand more about North American culture and history.
Does this movie need to be presented? Titanic (1997) is an American epic romance-disaster film. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.
One of the most famous films ever, with very different accents and an easy plot to follow. If you have seen it twice, this third round will be the best. Keep a notebook with you and write down all the vocabulary you didn’t know and the one you knew but you never use. With this movie you will learn how to express your emotions in English, talk about sailing and fear, and what is much more important learn English while having fun.
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