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The Most Inspirational Movies Ever

Updated February 18, 2021 29.2k votes 4.6k voters 482.2k 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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    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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  • Philadelphia3
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    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

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  • 12 Angry Men4
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    12 Angry Men

    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman

    Released1957

    Directed bySidney Lumet

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  • The Goonies5
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Ben-Hur6
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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  • Miracle on 34th Street7
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson

    Released1994

    Directed byLes Mayfield

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    Star Wars Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

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  • The Shawshank Redemption9
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    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • The Sting10
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    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • An Officer and a Gentleman11
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    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Richard Gere, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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  • Babe12
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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

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  • The African Queen13
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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

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  • Good Will Hunting15
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • Mr. Holland's Opus16
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

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  • The Wizard of Oz17
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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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  • Field of Dreams18
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

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  • Brian's Song19
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    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

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  • Cinderella Man20
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    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

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  • October Sky22
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    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

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  • Stand by Me24
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

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    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg

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