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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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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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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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Sheen, Ben Kingsley

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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Andy García, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos

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    12 Years a Slave

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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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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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Terrence Howard, William H. Macy, Richard Dreyfuss

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

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    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Patrick Malahide

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    added by byronhb21 Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth

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    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Walter Catlett

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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