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List Rules 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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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584 523
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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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366 318
The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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353 325
A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
RobLein added A League of Their Own Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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98 54
Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Sleepless in Seattle Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

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329 292
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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280 256
Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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505 568
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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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358 347
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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433 427
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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

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550 581
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Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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285 259
Big is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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684 785
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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429 513
The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
MikeAbuel added The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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456 541
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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever

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99 94
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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241 259
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
harmoniaclaire added The Fault in Our Stars Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

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64 68
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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235 258
The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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101 105
Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

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119 127
Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
punksnotdead added Hachi: A Dog's Tale Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen

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133 132
Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

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281 302
The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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176 198
Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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236 272
King of Kings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
RobLein added King of Kings Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

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128 151
The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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51 48
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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266 289
The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Little Mermaid Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll

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258 280
Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

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51 49
Up is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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96 105
Invincible is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Invincible Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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44 34
Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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155 180
City Lights is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
City Lights Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill

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255 283
Shane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Shane Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd

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37 35
Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
RobLein added Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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174 192
The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The African Queen Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

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34 32
Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
sageantone added Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

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154 171
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Norma Rae Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle

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87 110
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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64 66
The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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82 91
The Incredible Journey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Incredible Journey Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie

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30 26
A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Lean on Me Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor

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Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith

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30 27
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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35 34
An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
An Officer and a Gentleman Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett

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26 23
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire

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74 95
The Color Purple is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Color Purple Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne

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134 161
Babe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes