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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    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever

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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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    Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

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    Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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    Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie

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    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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    Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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    Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    John Goodman, James Cromwell, Anthony Edwards

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    Paul Muni, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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    On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Gene Reynolds

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    Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Harry Shearer

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    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

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    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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    June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

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    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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