Inspirational Movies

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1.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
2.
Rocky (1976)
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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
 
3.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
4.
War Horse (2011)
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Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. (146 mins.)
 
5.
Dolphin Tale (2011)
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A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. (113 mins.)
“ An injured dolphins courage becomes an inspiration to handicapped people. ” - jwoehr
 
6.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
7.
Rudy (1993)
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Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
8.
Lucas (1986)
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A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other. (100 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
9.
The Bucket List (2007)
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Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. (97 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
10.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
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A self-centered lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team. (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
11.
Groundhog Day (1993)
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A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
12.
The Lion King (1994)
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Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ Everyone has a destiny and it's important not to run away from it. ” - jwoehr
 
13.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor. (117 mins.)
 
14.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
 
15.
Seabiscuit (2003)
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True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. (140 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
 
16.
Pay It Forward (2000)
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A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance. (123 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
 
17.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
18.
Schindler's List (1993)
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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
 
19.
Stand and Deliver (1988)
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The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. (103 mins.)
Director: Ramon Menendez
 
20.
Glory (1989)
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
21.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
22.
Men of Honor (2000)
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The story of Carl Brashear, the first African American, then also the first amputee, US Navy Diver and the man who trained him. (129 mins.)
 
23.
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
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A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher. (143 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
24.
The Mighty (1998)
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This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size... (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
 
25.
Rain Man (1988)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
26.
The Fisher King (1991)
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A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake. (137 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
27.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
28.
Field of Dreams (1989)
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An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
 
29.
Breaking Away (1979)
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A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
30.
The Man Without a Face (1993)
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Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher. (115 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
31.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
32.
The Blind Side (2009)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
 
33.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
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A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
34.
Working Girl (1988)
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When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job. (113 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
35.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
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Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon. (102 mins.)
 
36.
The Natural (1984)
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An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
37.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
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Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate. (95 mins.)
“ Keep moving forward. ” - jwoehr
 
38.
Ratatouille (2007)
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A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. (111 mins.)
“ Anyone can cook, inspirational if you....want to cook but suck at it lol. ” - jwoehr
 
39.
Free Willy (1993)
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When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale. (112 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
 
40.
Project X (1987)
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An Air Force pilot joins a top secret military experiment involving chimps, but begins to suspect there might be something more to the mysterious "Project X". (108 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
41.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
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The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus. (76 mins.)
Director: Bill Kroyer
“ If you don't believe in cutting down trees. ” - jwoehr
 
42.
United 93 (2006)
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A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
43.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ An expensive lesson about not cutting down trees and preserving the homes of wildlife. Same lesson Ferngully taught, but was less money to make lol. ” - jwoehr
 
44.
Babe (1995)
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Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
 
45.
Tomorrowland (2015)
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Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. (130 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ Dreamers can save the world. ” - jwoehr
 
46.
Whiplash (2014)
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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ Don't give up on your dreams even if your teacher is a prick. ” - jwoehr
 
47.
The Theory of Everything (2014)
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A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. (123 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
 
48.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
49.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
 
50.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
 
51.
Hoosiers (1986)
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A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
52.
Life of Pi (2012)
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee