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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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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Andy García, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    new! Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Sheen, Ben Kingsley

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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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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Patrick Malahide

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston

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    Terrence Howard, William H. Macy, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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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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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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    12 Years a Slave

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Walter Catlett

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