One of the first things we learn as children is that if you believe in something, it can happen. Even though you probably didn't get that pony you wished for way back when, who's to say that you're a nutjob for thinking it still might come galloping into your life? Some fantasies prove that your faith and dedication to something is strong enough to move mountains. Other times, those ideas turn into delusions and only the men in white coats can save you.
Crazy or not, filmmakers and screenwriters love these characters because we identify with them and always want to root for the underdog. The true believer in cinema faces incredible odds and obstacles -- making their vindication all the more gratifying when it finally comes.
The holidays are a season for believing -- a time when dreams can and do come true, not matter how long the odds. In celebration of this special season, we've selected 13 films that highlight the power of belief. Sure, some of these characters have a few loose screws, but each of them teaches us something about keeping the faith and holding on to our dreams. Judge for yourself after the jump. [spoilers ahead]
Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet... Read More
In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races... Read More
The Sixth Sense
Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. Cole is frightened... Read More
Into the West
Impoverished in Dublin, youngsters Ossie (Ciaran Fitzgerald) and Tito (Ruaidhri Conroy) live with their... Read More
Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) wants to play football at the University of Notre Dame, but has neither the... Read More
A Beautiful Mind
A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography... Read More
While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind... Read More
Cloak and Dagger
With his mother dead and his father, Hal Osborne (Dabney Coleman), busy working, 11-year-old Davey (Henry... Read More
Brian (Fred Savage) isn't scared of the monster living under the bed. On the contrary, when he gets to... Read More