The 23 Most Inspirational Movies

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1.
Ram Dass, Fierce Grace (2001 Documentary)
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After Richard Alpert was fired from Harvard in 1963 for conducting psychedelic drug research, he journeyed to India... (93 mins.)
Director: Mickey Lemle
 
2.
The Dhamma Brothers (2008 Documentary)
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East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's... (76 mins.)
 
3.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
 
4.
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
 
5.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
6.
Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
 
7.
How to Cook Your Life (2007 Documentary)
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A Zen priest in San Francisco and cookbook author use Zen Buddhism and cooking to relate to everyday life. (100 mins.)
Director: Doris Dörrie
 
8.
Food Matters (2008 Documentary)
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Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy. (80 mins.)
 
9.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
10.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
11.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
 
12.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
13.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts. (92 mins.)
 
14.
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
15.
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
 
16.
The Last Airbender (2010)
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Follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must master all four elements and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water Tribes and the Earth Kingdom. (103 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
Yoga, Inc. (2007 Documentary)
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Yoga has become big business, but can it survive with its good karma intact? (73 mins.)
Director: John Philp
 
19.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011 Documentary)
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The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash. (80 mins.)
Director: Constance Marks
 
20.
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.)
 
21.
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
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A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast. (120 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
 
22.
Liquid Crystal Vision (2002 Documentary)
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This 60 minutes wake-up call to the world reaches the public as a global peace prayer. It addresses as serious human rights issues the freedom to dance at trance parties and the right to get high. (60 mins.)
 
23.
Yogawoman (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows some of the women at the forefront of today's yoga movement. (84 mins.)