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List Rules Feature films that portray characters in situations where they overcome hardships; films that inspire you

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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
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field - Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon - Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel - Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins - The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The ...more

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen - Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell - Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick - The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman - Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Big is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins - Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen - Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Lee ...more

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack - Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy - WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving - Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by ...more

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
sageantone added Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti - Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill - Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
RobLein added Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams - Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 20 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 and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore, with Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh, ...more

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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T - Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner - The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story ...more

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Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 24 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 Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 25 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