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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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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon Vin Diesel

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Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington Julius Erving

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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard Ed Harris

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth Tim Robbins

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams Matt Damon

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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton Jaden Smith

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed Lionel Barrymore

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman Valeria Golino

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Dead Poets Society Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke Lara Flynn Boyle

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe Ron Howard

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier Burgess Meredith

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau Brendan Gleeson

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins Kathy Bates

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The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer Eleanor Parker

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker Scott Eastwood

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin Jon Favreau filmography

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman Hilary Swank

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling Denzel Washington

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The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio Pat Morita

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Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor Marion Cotillard

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington Matthew Broderick

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Amadeus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Amadeus Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon Christine Ebersole

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

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley Martin Sheen

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Kevin Costner

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Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams Vin Diesel

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Secretariat Diane Lane, John Malkovich James Cromwell

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

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Slumdog Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Slumdog Millionaire Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor Irrfan Khan

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Patton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden Paul Frees

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden Jack Hawkins

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Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell Miriam Margolyes

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger Aaron Eckhart

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Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson Ken Dryden

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak Debra Winger

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Invictus Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon Langley Kirkwood

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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper Barbara Hershey

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Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd Regina Taylor

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Miracle on 34th Street Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara Thelma Ritter

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Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman Monica Potter

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Inspirational Movies
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart Peter Lorre

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Mr. Holland's Opus Alicia Witt, William H. Macy Terrence Howard

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

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

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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender Benedict Cumberbatch

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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson Ashanti

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito Christopher Lloyd