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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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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  17. 17
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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Patch Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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

    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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

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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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

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    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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

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    Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson

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    Billy Elliot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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    Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Stand and Deliver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

    Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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