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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
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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Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 5 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 Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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Big is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Hachi: A Dog's Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie - The Hate U Give is a 2018 American crime drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 20 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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A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Homeward Bound: The Incredible... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach - Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 25 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 26 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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King of Kings is listed (or ranked) 27 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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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 28 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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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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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 30 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 Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris - The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more

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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn - The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more

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An Officer and a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Lean on Me is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Shane is listed (or ranked) 35 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 Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
harmoniaclaire added Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch - The Book Thief is a 2013 American-German war drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is based on the 2005 novel The ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin - The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness - Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more

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The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Good Morning, Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 40 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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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 41 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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42 is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire - Rocky Balboa is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone who reprises his role as the title character. The sixth film in the Rocky ...more

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Babe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes - Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more

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City Lights is listed (or ranked) 45 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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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane - The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester - Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...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 Incredible Journey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Inspirational Movies Ever
Rex Allen, Jan Rubeš, John Drainie - The Incredible Journey is a 1963 live-action Walt Disney film based on the novel, The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford. Narrated by Rex Allen, the film follows the adventure of three pets, ...more

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The Sting is listed (or ranked) 50 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