8 Best Movies to Teach Teamwork
Sometimes simply talking about a subject does not work; you need to demonstrate in order to teach. There are several pros and cons as well as important fundamentals of teamwork which is a crucial lesson and requires to be taught in schools, in organizations, in small businesses and in every enterprise or community where teamwork is exemplary. Long lectures are boring, motivational talk might work on some, and simple talk about the benefits of teamwork mostly falls on deaf ears. But there are certain movies which are not only engaging and entertaining but drive home the merits and implications of sound teamwork quite effectively. Listed below are the 8 best movies to tech teamwork.
1. Glory (1989)
Winner of 3 Academy Awards, ‘Glory’ is the story of Robert Gould Shaw who is the leader of the US Civil War’s first volunteer regiment comprising solely of blacks. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of how he manages the entire team while fighting resistance in the form of prejudices and opposition from the Confederates as well as his own Union Army. ‘Glory’ teaches how to overcome obstacles like prejudice and backward thinking through organized teamwork.
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ is the story of a World War II British Commandeer who is taken prisoner in Burma along with his troops. He settles his differences with the Japanese Prisoner-of-War camp Commandeer, and proposes to build a railway bridge for them along with his men. This movie teaches lessons of teamwork, its values and ethics, the dangers of pride and essential leadership qualities like vision and foresight.
3. Remember the Titans (2000)
‘Remember the Titans’ tells the story of a newly appointed African-American coach of a high school team. Based on a true story, this movie is about the building of an effective team in times of absolute adversity and resistance on the basis of prejudice.
4. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
‘The Dirty Dozen’ is the story of a US Army Major who trains twelve murder convicts to form a team and execute the mass assassination of German officers during World War II. This movie is about a group of society misfits who have nothing to lose and yet form a team, learn the importance of teamwork and loyalty, the glory of a shared vision, working together in times of extreme adversity and developing a fellow mentality within the team members in order to achieve a common goal.
5. The Incredibles (2004)
‘The Incredibles’ is a Disney animation movie about a family of superheroes who hide their superpowers in order to fit into society. While leading the lives of commoners, they are compelled to face an adversary which brings their superpowers to the fore so as to save the world. It teaches us important lessons like the acceptance of one’s talents, using them in times of need, and working together to achieve a common goal.
6. Apollo 13 (1995)
When a lunar mission goes terribly wrong following an unprecedented on board explosion, the team of astronauts race against time to figure out the extent of damage to the craft and make every effort to take everyone back to earth alive and safe. ‘Apollo 13’ teaches us important teamwork lessons like decision making, crisis management, handling pressure and working towards meeting a deadline. It also teaches us about the importance of innovation and risk taking.
7. The Great Escape (1963)
‘The Great Escape’ is the story of hundreds of prisoners-of-war who make a plan, form a team and execute the “great escape” from a German camp during World War II. This movie teaches the importance of being resourceful, having necessary skills and building avenues to achieve something, and the need to establish specific roles within a team.
8. Miracle (2004)
‘Miracle’ is based on the true story of Herb Brooks, ex-player, who coaches the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team and leads them to victory by defeating the then apparently invincible Russian team. This movie teaches essential teamwork qualities like loyalty and rapport, which is as crucial as skill and effort.