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List Rules Vote up the greatest movies that leave you 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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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Stand and Deliver Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

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In the Name of the Father Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

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Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell