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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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    The Blind Side

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Gandhi

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Brian's Song

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    12 Years a Slave

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Patch Adams

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    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    The Color Purple

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Secretariat

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    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Miracle

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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Norma Rae

    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    Awakenings

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    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson

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    Akeelah and the Bee

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    Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer

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    Stand and Deliver

    Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Shane

    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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