While it is always exciting to see films reflect real life and tackle gritty themes, the big screen is arguably at its best when it provides a pure dose of escapism.

Movies give us a chance to dream a little and, if you’re a massive film enthusiast, the idea of living your own dream might mean taking a chance on making movies yourself.

Living the dream

However, how much money would you actually need to make that happen? Well, Lottoland looked into the issue and has provided some key figures on blockbuster budgets and the lottery wins you would need to match them.

The site found that the most expensive movie from Bollywood, 2.0, cost $80 million to make, so anyone looking to produce something similar would need to win the jackpot on the Millionaire game. Alternatively, the budget of the most expensive anime Steamboy – $20 million – is equal to a win on the Mega-Sena.

Having the riches to make your own film might remain a pipe dream for many of us, but at least we have the consolation of being able to watch characters live out their hopes and wishes on the big screen. With that in mind, here’s our pick of three inspiring moments from modern movies where people got to do just that. Be warned, there may be spoilers ahead.

A Star is Born (2018)

A classic Hollywood tale, A Star is Born was given an incredible new lease of life by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. One of the pivotal moments in the film is of course when Gaga’s Ally gets her first opportunity to sing in front of a massive crowd with Cooper’s Jackson. The goosebumps-inducing performance features Shallow, which went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song.

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

One of the most devastating elements about Captain America being frozen at the end of his first movie is that he missed out on a life with Peggy Carter. The epic Avengers: Endgame was jam-packed with satisfying moments, but few rival the final minutes when Steve Rogers gets to head back in time and live with his lost love.

Inception (2010)

It is remarkable that Christopher Nolan managed to make a massive film like Inception in the middle of his work on the Dark Knight trilogy. An intriguing movie about dreams, it featured Leonardo DiCaprio as a man hoping to tackle a heist and return home to his children. He appears to achieve his goal, but a clue as to whether he is still in a dream is left tantalisingly unresolved. Sites including Collider have devoted entire pages to theories related to what the ending means.

Incredible moments

The incredible movie moments featured above are just a few examples of great scenes in modern films when dreams undoubtedly came true for characters.

Each of us has our own favourite movie moment, and we hope our look these big-screen successes inspires you to reminisce and remind yourself of specific scenes that you love.