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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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    Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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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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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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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 Rubeš, John Drainie

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    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard, Brian Dennehy

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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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    On the Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger

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    Bruce Willis, Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling

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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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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, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    June Foray, Mike Douglas, Verna Felton

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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    Abigail Breslin, James Garner, Brian Dennehy

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Harry Shearer

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    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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