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The Most Inspirational Movies Ever  

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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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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
punksnotdead added Richard Gere, Jason Alexander, Joan Allen
Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a 2009 drama film. Based on the true story of a faithful Akita Inu, the titular Hachikō, it is directed by Lasse Hallström, written by Stephen P. Lindsey,Kaneto ...more
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King of Kings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
RobLein added Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan
King of Kings is a 1961 American biblical epic film made by Samuel Bronston Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Nicholas Ray, the film is a dramatization of the story ...more
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Mr. Holland's Opus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
RobLein added Alicia Witt, William H. Macy, Terrence Howard
Mr. Holland's Opus is a 1995 American drama film directed by Stephen Herek, produced by Ted Field, Robert W. Cort, and Michael Nolin, and written by Patrick Sheane Duncan. It stars Richard ...more
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Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker
Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture
Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Mark Wahlberg ...more
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An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett
An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American drama film that tells the story of a U.S. Navy aviation officer candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who is the ...more
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42 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
RobLein added Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie
42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more
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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
harmoniaclaire added Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern
The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more
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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh
Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 American comedy film written by Mitch Markowitz and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in Saigon in 1965, during Vietnam, the film stars Robin Williams as a radio DJ ...more
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Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more
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The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley
The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The ...more
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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson
A Few Good Men is a 1992 American legal drama film directed by Rob Reiner, based on the play by Aaron Sorkin. Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) defends Marines accused of ...more
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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
sk06 added Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper
October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's ...more
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Shane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Alan Ladd
Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount. It was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name ...more
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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie
The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd, Regina Taylor
Lean on Me is a 1989 dramatized biographical film written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis ...more
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Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer
Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim ...more
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Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
harmoniaclaire added Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch
This film is a 2013 American-German drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is about a young girl living with her ...more
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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had ...more
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Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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City Lights is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, Virginia Cherrill
City Lights is a 1931 American romantic comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin's Tramp as he falls in love with a blind ...more
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Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Dylan McDermott
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John Hughes, and directed by Les Mayfield. It stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, ...more