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

forrest gump represents the best in people!

Forrest is goat

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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.

The best movie ever. MASTERPIECE!

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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 :-)

One of the best inspirationnal movie indeed. The only flaw in this movie is that it focus a little bit too much on the professionnal side of life, wich is very important but not everything. I truly understand that if you have nowhere to sleep and are completly broke, your financial success mean your survival. awesome movie anyways.

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4 The Blind Side

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.

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

Based on the life of Michael Oher who is is in the NFL and plays for the Baltimore Ravens at Offensive Tackle

The best

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5 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...


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6 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.

best movie

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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

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.

EZ vote

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8 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

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

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

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9 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?

AFI rated it No. 1 and we put it down to 19th. It's happening only because people don't have a choice of movies and are sunk on new ones; shame on these people!

Just watched the movie and may I request that this movie goes right to the top of the list. It made me beg for forgiveness immediately for being at times an ungrateful human being.

This inspiration of this movie comes closer to home than that of Forrrest Gump.

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10 127 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

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

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

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The Contenders

11 The Help

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

Love everything about it, so inspiring

AMAZING! Incredibly inspiring

Truly inspiring

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12 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

Β€œIt's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings - Tolkienite

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13 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

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!

Real men cry when they watch this movie.

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

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14 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

This movie is amazing and perfect in every way, only surpassed by the 2015 remake of Le Petit Prince

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15 Good Will Hunting

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!

Deserves in top five along with 3 idiots

Puts a smile on my face every time I see this name.

You know what, its awesome personal touch

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16 Slumdog Millionaire

This movie make you belive impossible is nothing..

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.

A dream will always be a dream, not a judgement.

Must watch movie

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17 We Are Marshall

Deserves to be in the top 5!

Definitely should be in the top five!

Superb acting with a wonderful message

Motivate to grow from ashes...

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18 Saving Private Ryan

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

Not only one of the most inspirational movies of all time but one of the greatest movies of all time. Can't believe it's this far down.

A movie that will touch your souls, bless your hearts and inspires all. I have watched this about ten times now and each time I cry, I am truly moved.

Love this movie...Earn it..!

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19 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

This movie rocks!

Watched three series learned a lot

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20 One Flew Over the Cuckoos' Nest

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.

Superb movie, must watch it.

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21 Titanic

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.

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

I know this movie is greatest. It holds the record of earning highest money until avatar but it earned such money around 20 years before avatar. But its not one of the best inspirational. It shouldn't be in at lest top 30.

pure love

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22 Freedom Writers

Overall inspirational movie! Should at least be in the top ten!

Best. every teacher should watch

One of the best movies out there

Tough, tough woman. amazing film

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23 The Dark Knight

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

Its Chiris Nolan


Best ever!

24 Big Fish

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

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

Inspirational movie presented in a Fairy tale like fashion.

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25 Groundhog Day

The most inspiring movie I have ever seen.

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

Feel good movie

26 Up

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.

This movie is great, one of the best Disney movies

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

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27 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!

28 Unforgiven
29 The Secret Life of Bees

This movie is about love and growth! Love it!

The book and movie both are absolutely amazing. Inspiration at its finest.

One of the best movies ever

This movie is very boring - Ihateschool

30 The Green Mile

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.

The best movie ever watched. so touchy. I cried

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31 Radio

Made me cry a lot. Beautiful

32 A Beautiful Mind

This movie is very inspirational... Its about John Nash, probably the best mathematician of 20th century. The movie is about his life and how her wife helped her... Surely boosts you up after watching, very good movies for science students.

Great and very inspirational movie so far I have watched, that tell you that tell you man with a mind of very serious problems could turn to be noble prize holder with keeping his focus on real things and avoid fantasies..

Captures the heights human beings can reach in the face of profound struggles when surrounded by a loving community.

It moved me.

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33 Almost Famous
34 Back to the Future

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..

35 The Terminator
36 Rain Man

This is what I was searching my whole life

Really good movie! Dustin Hoffman at his best!

Best drama movie I have ever watched

Awesome movie

37 Battle of 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.

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.

38 Happy-Go-Lucky


Bla bla bla...

39 Three Fugitives
40 Grosse Pointe Blank
41 Reservoir Dogs
42 Schindler's List

Defiantly the best movie ever made. Period.

Powerful, moving, and a must watch for generations for to come.

One of the great inspirational movies I had ever seen..


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43 Billy Elliot
44 Soul Surfer

Love it! She is my absolute hero. Also like dolphin tale. Never seen rocky, but mom, I'm her hero, calls me rocky. Love the blind side. Watch this movie, read the book, and follow your dreams! Sorry, got kinda cheesy!

When I was watching this movie I thought this is going to be a shark movie like Jaws and Megalodon but it turns out to be a true story of girl who lost her arm in a shark attack. It's also inspiring to see amputated people have skills. Screw Jaws! I'll recommended it.

One of my favorite movies! AnnSophia Robb is my favorite actress! Why is this only 46 on the chart? It should be at least top 15! I mean come on, its about a girl named Bethany Hamilton that lost her arm in a shark attack, and continued to surf and follow her dreams of becoming a pro surfer!

Love it she is such an inspirational person and will always be my surfer hero

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45 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

46 Black Hawk Down

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

47 Dead Poets Society

An amazing & inspiring film! Williams plays the role of a professor who really teaches & cares for his students. Students should be able to think for themselves & get to share their voices. He taught the students to see things from different perspectives. Teaching should be more open than as restricted as it is.

Deserves to be in at least he top 20. Brilliant story of a teacher who shows its more than just a job

The movie gives you the goosebumps. Never watched something so inspirational.

Fighting for justify

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48 Casablanca

My absolute favorite movie of all time

Just watch this movie

49 Lawrence of Arabia
50 Toy Story 3

I just loved the Toy story trilogy.

Its worth to watch movie.


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