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The Best Movies About Redemption

Updated December 23, 2020 4.9k votes 1.6k voters 108.6k views59 items

List RulesVote up the best redemption movies.

Some of the most beloved movies of all time feature the theme of redemption. These are the stories that motivate us to hold on to hope, fight to survive, always believe in the best, and recognize that anyone can change. This theme reminds us that life is a series of choices, and for every act of injustice there is justice around the corner! What are the best movies about redemption? Vote up the films you think are the best below and see where your favorites rank!

The movies on this list all have the common theme of redemption, from movies that have been inspired by real life events, completely fictional inspirational movies, and movies that were created based on a classic literary work. No matter what genre you’re craving there is likely a film about redemption, forgiveness, and second chances for you.

This list features the best movies about second chances, including Disney movies about redemption. But which one is the best? You get to help decide. Vote up the best movies about redemption below.

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    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

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    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

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    Directed bySam Mendes

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  • It's a Wonderful Life5
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    James Stewart, Donna Reed

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    Directed byFrank Capra

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  • Groundhog Day6
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    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

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    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

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    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

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    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • Gran Torino11
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    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

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    Directed byTom Hooper

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    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    #62 of 88 The Goriest Movies Ever Made#3 of 91 The Best Movies With Christian Themes

  • Léon: The Professional16
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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird17
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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  • Cinderella Man18
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    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • Rain Man19
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

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    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

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    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Will Ferrell, Laura Dern

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    Released1999

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    Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael F. Sears

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