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The Most Inspirational Movies Ever

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List Criteria: Feature films that portray characters in situations where they overcome hardships; films that inspire you

This inspirational movies list, with videos, includes some of the most uplifting films of all time. Inspiring films do not come by very often, but nevertheless, there are many inspirational movies in Hollywood. This list of the most inspirational movies ever includes classics like It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as well as newer films like Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, and Unbroken. 

What are the most uplifting movies of all time? Only some Hollywood movies with inspiring storyline have made it to this list. You can copy this list of top 100 most inspirational movies ever to make a list of your personal favorite inspirational movies. These movies will definitely make you feel good about yourself. Some may even motivate you to look at the world in a different way, or to go out and try to change it. If you're looking for some great motivational movie time, try one of the flicks on this inspiring list.
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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Rex Allen, Jan RubeŇ°, John Drainie

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    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Gene Reynolds

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    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Paul Muni, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

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    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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    Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger

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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Abigail Breslin, James Garner, Brian Dennehy

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    George C. Scott, Paul Sorvino, Edward Herrmann

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    June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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    Greer Garson, Teresa Wright, Walter Pidgeon

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    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

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    Kirsten Dunst, Elizabeth Banks, James Franco

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