Entertainment
4.6k voters

The Most Inspirational Movies Ever

Updated February 18, 2021 29.2k votes 4.6k voters 482.2k views188 items

List RulesVote up the films that inspire you the most.

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.

...more
  • Forrest Gump1
    1,550
    584

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Amazon buy button

    More Forrest Gump 

    16 Extremely Messed Up Things About Forrest Gump That'll Change How You See It#27 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

  • Saving Private Ryan2
    706
    544

    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Amazon buy button

    More Saving Private Ryan 

    12 Small - But Accurate - Details From 'Saving Private Ryan'#3 of 50 The 50 Highest Grossing '90s Movies, Ranked

  • Up3
    165
    248

    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

    Amazon buy button

    More Up 

    Small But Poignant Details From Pixar's 'Up' That Deserve The Ellie Badge#6 of 542 The Best Animated Films Ever

  • Philadelphia4
    732
    313

    Philadelphia

    Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    Amazon buy button

    More Philadelphia 

    #553 of 661 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#43 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

  • 12 Angry Men5
    77
    117

    12 Angry Men

    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman

    Released1957

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Amazon buy button

    More 12 Angry Men 

    #6 of 247 The Best Whodunit Movies#10 of 261 The Best Ensemble Movies

  • Miracle on 34th Street6
    55
    83

    Miracle on 34th Street

    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson

    Released1994

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Amazon buy button

    More Miracle on 34th Street 

    #23 of 127 The Best Christmas Movies of All Time#49 of 75 The Best '90s Family Movies

  • The Sting7
    37
    57

    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1973

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Amazon buy button

    More The Sting 

    #16 of 92 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture#165 of 456 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

  • An Officer and a Gentleman8
    58
    89

    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Richard Gere, Debra Winger

    Released1982

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Amazon buy button

    More An Officer and a Gentleman 

    #136 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#44 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time

  • Babe9
    138
    137

    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

    Amazon buy button

    More Babe 

    #404 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time#143 of 164 Live Action Movies With The Best CGI Effects

  • Star Wars Franchise10
    237
    358

    Star Wars Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

    Directed byGeorge Lucas, JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand

    Amazon buy button

    More Star Wars Franchise 

    #6 of 103 The Very Best Movie Franchises#4 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies

  • The African Queen11
    145
    220

    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Amazon buy button

    More The African Queen 

    #59 of 75 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way#26 of 102 The 100+ Best Movies Streaming On The Criterion Channel

  • The Shawshank Redemption12
    729
    1,102

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    Amazon buy button

    More The Shawshank Redemption 

    Behind The Scenes Of 'The Shawshank Redemption,' And The Making Of An Unlikely Classic#2 of 126 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

  • Mr. Holland's Opus13
    60
    48

    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Alicia Witt, William H. Macy

    Released1995

    Amazon buy button
  • The Wizard of Oz14
    104
    159

    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

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

    Amazon buy button

    More The Wizard of Oz 

    The Original 'Wizard of Oz' Books Are Shockingly Violent Compared To The Judy Garland Classic#12 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

  • Rocky Franchise15
    Amazon buy button

    More Rocky Franchise 

    The 'Rocky' Series Was More Intense Behind The Scenes Than A Swift Punch To The Jaw#15 of 45 The Greatest Action Film Franchises, Ranked

  • Brian's Song16
    69
    58

    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

    Amazon buy button

    More Brian's Song 

    #37 of 85 The Greatest African American Biopics#48 of 101 The Best Bromance Movies

  • Good Will Hunting17
    274
    413

    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Amazon buy button

    More Good Will Hunting 

    #25 of 246 The Best Rainy Day Movies#9 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the '90s

  • Field of Dreams18
    93
    141

    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Amazon buy button

    More Field of Dreams 

    #3 of 102 The All-Time Best Baseball Films#124 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

  • Stand by Me19
    109
    167

    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Amazon buy button

    More Stand by Me 

    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Stand By Me' That Prove The Film Shaped The Child Actors#38 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies

  • Cinderella Man20
    86
    79

    Cinderella Man

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger

    Released2005

    Directed byRon Howard

    Amazon buy button

    More Cinderella Man 

    #33 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made#50 of 150 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

  • The Truman Show21
    237
    360

    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Amazon buy button

    More The Truman Show 

    Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'The Truman Show'#74 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies

  • October Sky22
    53
    40

    October Sky

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Amazon buy button

    More October Sky 

    #16 of 84 Great Movies That Take Place in Autumn#39 of 47 The Best Historical Movies from the '90s

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest23
    183
    278

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Amazon buy button

    More One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 

    #19 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#10 of 369 The Best Movies Based On Books

  • Glory24
    70
    61

    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Amazon buy button

    More Glory 

    #2 of 28 Civil War Movies List#10 of 99 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

  • Invincible25
    117
    177

    Invincible

    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2006

    Directed byEricson Core

    Amazon buy button

    More Invincible 

    #4 of 76 The Best Football Movies Ever#10 of 101 The Best Movies About Underdogs