The Best Inspirational Movies

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List Criteria: 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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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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


    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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


    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Awakenings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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

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    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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


    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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

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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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

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    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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

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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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

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

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    Seabiscuit is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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