The Best Inspirational Movies Films
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The Best Inspirational Movies

List Criteria: Movies that leave the viewer feeling inspired

This is a ranked list of the best inspirational movies as voted on by men and women. This inspirational list includes sports movies, romantic movies, family movies, biopics, and dramas. Movies make us want to believe, be inspired and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. But what are the best inspirational movies?

Whenever you are looking for motivation or courage you can watch one of these movies and it will be sure to inspire you. This list of most inspiring movies includes such titles as Rudy, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 12 Years a Slave, and The Shawshank Redemption. These movies vary in their genre but they all have the ability to lift our spirits and inspire no matter how many times we’ve seen them.

Whenever we are lost, the films on this list have the ability to provide that extra needed boost. After each viewing they will leave you feeling invigorated and as though you can achieve your dreams.

Vote up your favorite inspirational film below or add one that always lifts your spirits if it isn't already on the list.
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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Sheen, Ben Kingsley

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    12 Years a Slave

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Andy García, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos

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    added by jschro1861 Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Al Michaels

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Terrence Howard, William H. Macy, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    added by eilish Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen

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    added by csosa Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, Vin Diesel

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    new! & added by csosa Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Patrick Malahide

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    added by byronhb21 Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Walter Catlett

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