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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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    James Whitmore, Paul McCrane, Bob Gunton

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    Haley Joel Osment, Gary Sinise, Bobby Richardson

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver

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    Tim McGraw, Ray McKinnon, Sandra Bullock

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    Frank Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David

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    Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Tom Sizemore

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    Jon Favreau filmography, Vince Vaughn, Charles S. Dutton

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    Hayden Panettiere, Kate Bosworth, Nicole Ari Parker

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    Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise

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    Erika Eleniak, Peter Coyote, Mitch Suskin

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    Brian Cox, Ian Bannen, Brendan Gleeson

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    Charles Lane, Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains

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    Gene Hackman, Bobby Plump, Barbara Hershey

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    Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

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    Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, John Cunningham

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    Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah Paulson

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    Mary Steenburgen, Ann Dowd, Bradley Whitford

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    Trevor Howard, Bernard Hill, John Gielgud

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    Vincent Schiavelli, Louise Fletcher, Anjelica Huston

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    Edmund Gwenn, Jerome Cowan, Robert Gist

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    Laurence Fishburne, Dana Ivey, Adolph Caesar

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    Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg

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    Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Vanessa Marquez

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    Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper

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    Patricia Clarkson, Jim McKay, Sean McCann

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    Jay O. Sanders, Bob Gunton, Raymond St. Jacques

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    Barry Levinson, Jonathan Stark, Valeria Golino

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    Sam Shepard, Ed Harris, Kim Stanley

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    Arthur Kennedy, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn

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    Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Miriam Margolyes

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter Coyote, Harve Presnell

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    George Stevens, Ben Johnson, Jack Palance

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    Olympia Dukakis, Terrence Howard, Glenne Headly

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    Walter Brennan, Gary Cooper, Ward Bond

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    Teresa Wright, Fredric March, Cathy O'Donnell

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane, Seymour Cassel

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    T. R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Toby Huss

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    James Luisi, Beau Bridges, Gail Strickland

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    Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton

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    Jack Thompson, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Roddy McDowall, Red Buttons, Gene Hackman

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    Humphrey Bogart, Curt Bois, Claude Rains

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