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The Best Movies About Not Giving Up

Updated December 21, 2020 2.7k votes 763 voters 44.8k 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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    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

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  • The Pursuit of Happyness2
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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

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  • Cast Away3
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  • Apollo 134
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    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

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  • A League of Their Own7
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    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

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    Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson

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  • Rudy9
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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

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    Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson

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    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

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  • Cinderella Man13
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    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

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  • Braveheart14
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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

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    J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

    Released2014

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman

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  • 127 Hours21
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    James Franco, Kate Mara

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  • Life Is Beautiful23
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