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The Best Movies About Redemption

Updated March 6, 2020 3.6k votes 891 voters 102.7k views54 items

List RulesFilms about redemption and forgiveness. Vote up the best redemption films.

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 redemption movies including, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Shawshank Redemption, Les Miserables, The Magic of Belle Island, A Beautiful Life, It’s A Wonderful Life, Seven Pounds, The Dark Knight Rises, Crazy Heart, and Cinderella Man. Vote up the best movies about redemption below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Green Mile is a 1999 American fantasy drama film directed by Frank Darabont and adapted... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Les Misérables

    John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

    Released2000

    Directed byJosée Dayan

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    Cast Away is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Cast Away

    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Léon: The Professional is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Léon: The Professional

    Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman

    Released1994

    Directed byLuc Besson

    Léon: The Professional is a 1994 English-language French action thriller film written and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

    The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

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    Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Rain Man

    Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1988

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Rain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Bad Times at the El Royale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

    The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Invictus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Invictus

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

    Released2009

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    "From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    A Warrior's Heart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    A Warrior's Heart

    Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael F. Sears

    A Warrior's Heart is a 2011 romantic/sports drama film directed by Michael F. Sears and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Everything Must Go is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    Everything Must Go

    Will Ferrell, Laura Dern

    Released2010

    Directed byDan Rush

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    The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber

    Released1999

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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    V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Redemption
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2005

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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