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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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    Tom Hanks, Haley Joel Osment, Kurt Russell

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    Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Robert MacNaughton

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Sheen, Ben Kingsley

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    Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    12 Years a Slave

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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Andy García, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edward James Olmos

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    added by jschro1861 Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Al Michaels

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    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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    new! & added by csosa Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Terrence Howard, William H. Macy, Richard Dreyfuss

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    added by csosa Robin Williams, Robert De Niro, Vin Diesel

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    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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    added by eilish Michael Douglas, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen

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    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    added by byronhb21 Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth

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    Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Patrick Malahide

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Richard Nixon, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

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    Mel Blanc, Cliff Edwards, Walter Catlett

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