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The Most Inspirational Movies Ever

Updated February 18, 2021 28.9k votes 4.6k voters 482.1k views188 items

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This inspirational movies list, 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. The greatest uplifting movies on this list 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 Gump1
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Saving Private Ryan2
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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Casablanca3
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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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  • Cocoon4
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    Cocoon

    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard

    Released1985

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • The Sting5
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • The Lord of the Rings film trilogy6
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    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

    Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan

    Released2001 - 2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Ten Commandments7
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

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  • Field of Dreams8
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

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  • Good Morning, Vietnam9
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    Good Morning, Vietnam

    Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker

    Released1987

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner10
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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier

    Released1967

    Directed byStanley Kramer

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  • Rocky Franchise11
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  • Philadelphia12
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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • Lean on Me13
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    Lean on Me

    Morgan Freeman, Tony Todd

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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  • Sergeant York14
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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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    #19 of 24 Brutal War Movies That Absolutely Got It Right#33 of 70 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1940s

  • Gladiator15
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • Top Gun16
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    Top Gun

    Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan

    Released1986

    Directed byTony Scott

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  • Babe17
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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

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  • Stand by Me18
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • October Sky19
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    October Sky

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    #19 of 84 Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn#20 of 47 The Best Historical Movies from the '90s

  • Glory20
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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  • An Officer and a Gentleman21
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    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Richard Gere, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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  • Mr. Holland's Opus22
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

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  • The Wizard of Oz23
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    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

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  • Brian's Song24
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    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

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  • Thelma & Louise25
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    Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon

    Released1991

    Directed byRidley Scott

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