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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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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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    Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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    It's a Wonderful Life


    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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    Schindler's List


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Rocky


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    To Kill a Mockingbird


    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    Saving Private Ryan


    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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    Apollo 13


    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

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    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Miracle on 34th Street


    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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    Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy

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    Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


    James Stewart, Claude Rains, Jean Arthur

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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    Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, Jessica Tandy

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    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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    Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins

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    All the President's Men


    Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford

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    The Right Stuff


    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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