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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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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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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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

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

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Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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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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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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

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Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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

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Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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Invictus Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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

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

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre