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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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    It's a Wonderful Life

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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