I’ve always rooted for the underdog — the one who gets picked last, the nerd, the new kid, the outcast, the person who just doesn’t quite fit in. Perhaps because I myself have always marched to the beat of my own drummer, as the saying goes.

If you can relate, then you must check out these 6 inspiring movies about misfits.6 Inspiring Movies for Misfits


The Greatest Showman – Warning: after you watch this one you’ll likely want to buy its soundtrack. It didn’t win the Golden Globe for Best Original Song (“This is Me”) and top iTunes charts in 77 countries for nothin’! It tells the tale of not only P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, but also his star performers, who the rest of the world sees as freaks and curiosities. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been deeply moved by this movie’s message about staying true to yourself and your dreams.

Serenity – Have you ever met a fan of Serenity or the TV show it served as a continuation of (Firefly)? I have, and let me tell you something, they are RABID, DEDICATED FANS. Director Joss Whedon’s (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cabin in the Woods) work tends to have that affect on people. Serenity follows a gang of space rebels who agree to let a fugitive aboard their ship … and then suffer the consequences. You know you’re curious about why people love these guys so much!

The Goonies – This ‘80s classic is one of the best for capturing the kind of camaraderie young misfits can find in each other. As well as the kind of trouble they can get into, especially when they decide to search for pirate treasure in a complex underground labyrinth with a family of criminals is in hot pursuit!

Napoleon Dynamite – Pretty much everything and everyone is weird in this breakout 2004 indie about three high school outcasts who go to great lengths to achieve popularity. If you don’t know why this became a cult favorite, you better watch it as soon as possible so that you at least know what a “liger” is. And don’t forget to Vote for Pedro!

Glee the 3D Concert Movie – No TV show in recent memory did more for helping kids and teenagers feel like it was OK to be a geek. Or in this case, a “gleek.” I wasn’t even a big fan of the series but I LOVED this concert movie for its mix of great songs and real-life fans who talk about the positive impact the show had on their lives.

The Breakfast Club – And of course I can’t leave out this beloved John Hughes film about “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal” who are all forced to spend a day in detention together. See why Entertainment Weekly deemed it to be the #1 high school movie of all time!