The Best Inspirational Movies Films

The Best Inspirational Movies

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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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    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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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    Babe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Mr. Holland's Opus Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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    Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Seven Pounds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Seven Pounds Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson

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    Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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    The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    The Pride of the Yankees Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    The Right Stuff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Stand and Deliver is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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

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    Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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