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List Rules 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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood

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Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

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Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan

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Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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In the Name of the Father Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

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

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Stand and Deliver Andy Garcia, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips

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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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Billy Elliot Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Zoe Bell

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Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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Invictus Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

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Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams