The Best Inspirational Movies Films

The Best Inspirational Movies

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List Criteria: Vote up the greatest movies that leave you 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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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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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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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Dead Poets Society is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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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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    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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    Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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    The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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


    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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


    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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


    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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


    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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    As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    42 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan

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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Stand and Deliver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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    Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    12 Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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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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    Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard

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    In the Name of the Father is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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


    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

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    Flash of Genius is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tatiana Maslany

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

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    U;Nee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Seung-hyun

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    Miracle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies

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    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard

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    The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies


    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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