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The Best Movies About Not Giving Up

Updated December 21, 2020 2.7k votes 784 voters 47.1k views74 items

List RulesMovies must contain themes of perseverance and 'not giving up.'

There’s nothing more inspirational than watching one of the best "never give up" movies about underdogs that Hollywood has to offer. Because watching a story about a person surviving against all odds, holding on to hope with all their might, and making it through the dire straits of difficult situations can make you feel good. Many uplifting movies have been made that highlight the tenacity, strength, and triumph of the human spirit. A few of them are even Disney movies about Perseverance. But which ones these films are the best movies about not giving up? You get ot help decide, 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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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

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    Unbroken

    Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson

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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

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    The Mighty Ducks

    Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson

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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

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    Whiplash

    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

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    8 Mile

    Eminem, Kim Basinger

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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

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    12 Angry Men

    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman

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    Life Is Beautiful

    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

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    127 Hours

    James Franco, Kate Mara

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    The Bucket List

    Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman

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    12 Years a Slave

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

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