Top Ten Most Inspirational Movies of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Forrest Gump

I just finished watching it and I was so inspired I wanted to go own a shrimp company I wanted to go be in the Vietnam war and go compete in a ping-pong tournament one of the best movies of all time

It was a complete life Forrest Gump had - rockrockmountain

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Filled with a lot of emotions. I was tensed, I laughed, I cried. Loved every bit of it. - mdfaiz

Totally awesome!

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2 The Shawshank Redemption

Some Awesome quotes
"Get busy livin, or get busy dyin"
"Fear makes you prisoner, hope can set you free"..
And most of all can't deny the acting of Tim Robbins and Andy Freeman.. You will never regret watching this movie.

Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker whose life changes drastically when he is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940's, the film shows how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. - Crispy085

Shawshank Redemption is better than any other movie on the list. The acting by Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins had outclassed the others actors in the contemporary world. The most inspirational movie ever.

Get busy living or get busy dying

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3 The Pursuit of Happyness

Few days ago I watched this movies by suggestion of one of the my friend who is working in accenture so I think it is one of the best inspirational movie I ever watched. This will give a lots of thing which is change my life.

The best inspirational movie in the list according to me and easy to understand also.

This is one of the best movies, I loved this movies, it inspire me a lot & guide me a lesson whatever the situation will occur you have to face without complain. Sometimes life will too harsh to teach us a lesson but we are not aware of that aspects. I must be a changed man after seeing this movie... Must watch it :-)

Want to see this movie

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4 Rocky

A true american classic. A film that embodies the true essence and amazement of the human spirit! Never back down, never give up!

People who have not seen this movie may think that it's about boxing and all...However, believe me it's much more than Boxing. It's about relationship with people. It's about how to keep on moving in life. One of the movies from which you can learn a lot of things. Must watch...

it's really great movie, which I have ever seen. Hats off for this movie and silvester for such wonderful role...

"I always watch these movies once a year, because they are one of the greats, you want inspirational, this is where its at. Never seen anyone try to hard, and put there heart into something so much, until I watched this. Really shows you to never give up, just keep on going."

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5 3 Idiots

Really Awesome must watch it truly inspirational movie... It shows the life of three student which are also good friends. One nice quote " Don't go beyond the success go beyond excellence success will definitely come behind you".

It gives you big message which is "LEARN TO KNOW"
Students study so that they can pass the examination and get a job and earn money and have good life style but that is not it.
This movie really deserves a position in the top 10 and I urge everyone who has not watched it to watch.

Awesome movie about passion and finding goal in life.

3 idiots is an awesome movie
And it is good example for all the students.
And I'm speechless

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6 The Blind Side

Everyone can make a difference.

Great movie.. This is one which teaches us that let your work speak for you. And everyone has a hero within him only thing you need to bring that out. Explore the hero within.

This movie is just great, ain't nothing else I can say about it.

OK, these are some great movies, but the blind side is a true epic movie, the storyline, the characters, the moral it is all amazingly wonderful

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7 Braveheart

How can you not put this movie in your top 10 inspirational movies list when you have a warrior like William Wallace Defending his country against the much bigger country like England but Wallace was able to give England the fight of there history when the scotts fought for there freedom. - johnspera

Absolutely worthy of this list.

This movie actually fits me quite well. It's about sticking with your principles. Doesn't have to be about current events to relate to current life. It's the message behind the story that is the true motivator. Forget he's standing up for his country. Imagine he's standing up for his family or friends. He's fighting for freedom of everything he believes in. Which we as a human race, as a whole, should all be free to have.

The most inspirational movie of all time.

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8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Proof that size doesn't matter when a two young hobbits barely 3 feet tall prove to the world that they bow to no one by destroying the one ring and freeing middle earth from the forces sauron and his orcs, this and the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit are simply amazing.

Friends who gave no oath lay down each their lives for the greater good, even in defeat. It shows the best of people, no contest one of the greatest films ever made.

Tolkien is one of the best authors ever he put Bible references in Lotr (like Aragorn's prophecy as the King remember Jesus he was prophesied to be king over all which he is) he put lessons like the smallest person on Earth can do one of the greatest things the world has ever seen

Excellent movie, with wonderful Christian elements and themes. Peter Jackson did a wonderful job adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's novel! This is my favorite movie!

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9 127 Hours

Real story based! Very inspiring...! I just loved this movie.. This teaches a lot of things.

Things like patience, taking the right decision!

I was bored and wanted to watch a movie to inspire me for the upcoming new year, so I look up the most inspiring movies and up comes this website with this movie at its tenth spot. I started watching it waiting for the man to get trapped and as it happens out of nowhere I solemnly think of how I would cry my eyes out if I got punch a couple of times in the ribs, THIS GUY however had to cut off his hand and a bit of his arm! I might be rambling, sorry that's just how I am, anyhow this 127 hours of brutal pain for aron, I would never be able to do it, he deserved to live, I don't

Very boring and in every way mediocre film, while the true story is certainly unique.

This is the best inspirational movie which I ve ever watched beside 300, Aron Ralston became my superhero after I've watched this...

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10 Remember the Titans

Worth a watch! Loved it!

Well the cool part about this movie is it was based off events that happened under 20 miles from where I live

I watched it three times and was inspired all over again.

Love this movie. It teaches moral values and the importance of having each other whether our differences.

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The Contenders

11 It's A Wonderful Life

Heart warming and inspirational makes you think what could have happened if I wish I were never born huh blows your mind away right?

Great movie. It helped me realized that even though bad things did happen in my life, a lot of good things also happened as well. I t also showed me that life is better with me in existence.

Epic movie, but at times it may get slow and may seem boring to you. But believe me watch it completely and you'll know it is the most motivational and beautiful movie ever made.

Arguably the best inspirational movie I have watched

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12 Saving Private Ryan

Best war movie

This movie is just not upto the mark and there is no storyline. waste of time

Love this movie...Earn it..!

It's the best warfare movie I have seen so far

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13 One Flew Over the Cuckoos' Nest

Superb movie, must watch it.

Excellent, goes on to reveal that streak of madness exists in everyone. Only some get classified as insane, others don't.

Don't know why blind side is there, but not the classic jack nicholson

As deep as it gets, the choice is yours.

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14 The Godfather

One of the most important film form filmmaker points of view and it's give you the view making a film

Greatest movie in cinema history

Watched three series learned a lot

This movie rocks!

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15 Titanic

Best romantic movie in the: -
1. Titanic
2. Veer Zaara...

A movie for all time. The way it has touched my heart no other movie did before. This has to be the no. 1 of this list.

pure love

Ah! So sweet, adorable and cute. Just watched it for the first time ever great romantic movie, love story, classic, and ( NO OFFENSE) oldISH movie, watch it right now! GO

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16 Edward Scissorhands

Beautiful film that has a heart-felt powerful meaning that anyone can relate :) Tim Burton's masterpiece!

This is one of the best story I ever watched.

I love this movie it's the most romantic one you'll ever see and the character is very relatable too! - Yorkshire2001

My heart grew 5 sizes when I watched this movie

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17 Good Will Hunting

You know what, its awesome personal touch

It changed my life. I'm a college dropout, and I don't regret it after watching this movie.

I watched this yesterday, the emotion it held was just unbelievable and beautiful in general and the thought of this young man who finally went through enough found the person to give him the thing he needed that broke him and repaired his heart all at the same time that sent him on the journey he deserved was just amazing!


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18 Dead Poets Society

Really define the true meaning of life a must watch movie

Excellent life lessons

Fighting for justify

This one is one of the best movie. "ohh captain, my captain"

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19 The Help

Truly inspiring

Its an inspirational movie for sure. I liked it a lot

AMAZING! Incredibly inspiring

Love everything about it, so inspiring

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20 The Dark Knight

It is awesome thrilled movie

Thanks for giving it a consideration because these trilogy movies are also motivational how an ordinary scared man with no help can save tons of people


Who can't love a Batman movie like this? The ending is damn thrilling and emotional.

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21 Big Fish

Think Big! This movie tell us that we're meant for something bigger in life, that we can accomplish anything. Must watch.

A classic! Some might think that this movie is too far fetched, but the story is told through the eyes of a child and his imagination of his fathers stories, brilliant movie!

I love how this movie puts more emphasis on how you feel than what you are

My oh my, this piece will enthrall you all your life!

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22 Groundhog Day

The most inspiring movie I have ever seen.

Comedic and philosophical. One of the best movies ever made.

Feel good movie

23 Black Hawk Down

Required watching for everyone who lives in the U.S.A. and therefore benefits from the heroism of our military.

24 Casablanca

My absolute favorite movie of all time

Just watch this movie

25 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Make you energetic right away. You no need special ability to do something. Just do whatever you love. And you can make difference.

Best Moviee Ever!

26 Unforgiven
27 The Green Mile

Beautiful movie from start to finish

Amazing movie to watch...

Its not just awesome its more than that...tom hank movie is always inspirational

This made me cry like a baby. Watch it and be inspired.

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28 Lawrence of Arabia

One of the most scenic movies I have ever watched.
This shows how interesting desert can be. Moreover the acting was amazing. I would recommend everyone to watch this movie

29 Field of Dreams
30 Up


Very nice movie viewing psalm of life. It is deserved to catch top 10.

Best animated movie ever, a story about journey of life and achieving what you dream when you are very close to the end of life and its almost over and you have nothing to loose.

This movie is inspirational. its about a man that goes on a adventure to go to paradise Falls. The boy found a dog that talks with a device and the boy is also a Boy Scout. I think that movie is cute.

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31 Coach Carter

This is most convincing movie of change I had ever seen

Amazing movie awesome it made me cry

Awesome movie

Carter was a wonderful man that's all I can say.
a great movie to watch

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32 We Are Marshall

Motivate to grow from ashes...

Superb acting with a wonderful message

Very inspirational movie ever!

Deserves to be in the top 5!

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33 Radio

Made me cry a lot. Beautiful

34 Almost Famous
35 Back to the Future

The best movie ever always enjoying watching it again and again

My favorite movie series!

A lovely series of movies!

In my opinion marty mcfly is the coolest character ever...his courage and confidence and his willpower to protect his family truly inspiring.
Simple but great of my favourites..

36 The Terminator
37 Rudy

A movie about a guys dream to one day play football at the college of his dreams Notre Dame. Rudy was a long shot because of his size and ability but he was an all star when it came to heart. Rudy never gave up on his dream even though he was not smart enough to get into notre dame so he had to go to holy cross a junior college to get the grades for notre dame. Finally in his senior year Rudy is able to attend notre dame and plays on the practice squad. Because of Rudys heart the coaches took a notice of him and let him stay on even though his lack of size and ability. Rudy then gets his wish in the last game of his career to not only dress and march out onto the field but also to get in for two plays and makes a tackle in one of them. - johnspera

The best movie ever this movie helped me to believing in myself

One of the most inspiring movie ever..

THIS IS THE BEST INSPIRATIONAL MOVIE EVER! If you can't get motivated by this, then believe me.. You can't get inspired by movies!

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38 A Beautiful Mind

My absolute fave movie. Russell Crowe was robbed of an Oscar for his portrayal of John Nash. He was superb.

Far more inspirational than Forrest Gump.

One of the Best movie all the time.


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39 Rain Man

This is what I was searching my whole life

Best drama movie I have ever watched

Really good movie! Dustin Hoffman at his best!

Awesome movie

40 Battle of Britain

The Blind Side or Battle of Britain? One has some some big black gentle giant playing for the Baltimore Ravens, the other has a band of daring RAF pilots defying all odds to successfully repel a superior Luftwaffe (Nazi air force) assault on Britain.

This was the story of how the RAF managed to repel the superior Luftwaffe assault on Britain to mark a key change in the war. Hitler's "Operation Sea Lion" was a failure thanks to the brave RAF.

41 Three Fugitives
42 Grosse Pointe Blank
43 Reservoir Dogs
44 Billy Elliot
45 Glory

This is the most moving and inspirational movie of all time. No arguements

46 Slumdog Millionaire

Great Movie, Showing the Bitterness of Life Hidden From Child with Caring Parents. You will Start Loving & Respecting Your Parents More For the Degree of care they Provide without Expected anything in Return.

He chases his destiny and his destiny chases him. In the end, they both win.

This Movie is very inspiring because it talks about a story of a boy who goes onto a game show and gets asked all these questions and knows all the answers. But behind every question there is a story telling them how he got the correct answer. If you are reading this I think you should watch it and show you the story of this wonderful movie.

Must watch movie

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47 Toy Story 3

This movie was fun and had a lot of energy. My daughter loves it and she couldn’t stop watching it.

I just loved the Toy story trilogy.

Its worth to watch movie.


48 The Matrix

A movie with several layers depending on your own awareness. "Now tell me, the red pill or the blue? "

Great movie, great work by director

49 8 Mile

This film is amazing mainly because Eminem is in it and it also inspired me to write my own rap lyrics and express my feeling and thoughts through them.

Eminem is there! It tells everything...

Realistic portrayal of the grind that is living in poverty while trying to rise up against all odds, where its easier to just give up on a dream. Gritty.

I don't know.. it feels real... And that's y

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50 Gran Torino

Unbelievable acting in this film from Clint Eastwood.Truly a to watch before you die

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