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List Rules Movies about not giving up on your dreams. Vote up the best films about sticking it out.

There’s nothing more inspirational than hearing a story of a person surviving against all odds, holding on to hope with all their might, and making it through the dire straits of difficult situations. Many uplifting movies have been made that highlight the tenacity, strength, and triumph of the human spirit. What are the best movies about not giving up? Vote up the best films about not giving up below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list are some of the best in movie history. Many of these films feature real life stories that have inspired us for years and left us feeling encouraged and hopeful. Whether you’re in the mood for a drama, a thriller, comedy, or romance movie there is sure to be a movie on this list for you.

This list features the best movies about not giving up including, Cinderella Man, 300, Life Is Beautiful, Braveheart, Lone Survivor, Freedom Writers, Good Will Hunting, The Notebook, and Million Dollar Baby. Vote up the best films about perseverance below or add one you love that isn't already on the list!
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Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Not Giving Up
Cast Away Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth

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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Not Giving Up
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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The Pursuit of Happyness Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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Unbroken Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell

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300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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

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Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

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Taken Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

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Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch

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12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

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127 Hours James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan

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The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

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8 Mile Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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Whiplash J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Miles Teller

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Bucket List Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes

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Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton

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Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis

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Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

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Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

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12 Angry Men Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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The Replacements Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

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The Mighty Ducks Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli

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Hitch Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Paula Patton

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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The Crossing Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché

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Vision Quest Madonna, Forest Whitaker, Linda Fiorentino

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The Edge Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson

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Peaceful Warrior Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Paul Wesley

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Don Juan DeMarco Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway

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

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Runaway Bride Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni

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Lilies of the Field Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson, Lilia Skala