inspirational movies

Movies have the capacity to evoke emotions in us. They can scare us, make us laugh or cry. They can also inspire us to do things and live better lives. There are many genres of movies.

Examples of these are horror, comedy, romance, action, thriller and inspirational movies. Some of the most memorable ones come from the inspirational genre. Watching a character survive through difficulty and emerge victorious is attractive to everyone. Inspirational movies show love, strength, perseverance and acceptance.

These are qualities that we can apply in our own lives to overcome challenges. Some movies in this genre were so inspiring that they stood out above the rest. They remain points of reference in popular culture and motivational conversations around the world.

Read on to discover the 10 most inspirational and motivational movies ever made.

Forrest Gump

The movie is based on a very simple man Forrest Gump who does everything with full heart and loyalty. Though, people used to think that a guy like him can’t do anything in his life but he proves everyone wrong by accomplishing certain things which others can’t even think of.

The movie inspires you and restores your belief in the fact that nothing is impossible if you give it your 100%

IMDB Rating : 8.8

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is highest rated movie on IMDB’s list of top 250 movies of all time. The movie is about Andy Dufresne, who was found guilty of his wife’s murder and got two back to back life sentences even though he claimed to be innocent of the crime.

The movie depicts 19 years of his life in prison in the most realistic way, plus the narration by Morgan Freeman makes it even more inspiring.

IMDB Rating : 9.3

The Pursuit of Happyness

This movie is based on the real life story of Chris Gardner, who invested a lot of money in a device which he thought would do great in the market but it turns out to be his biggest mistake. His wife leaves him, he had to leave his home as well and had to go through a lot of troubles before he finally meets success. It is certainly one of the most inspiring movie I have ever seen.

IMDB Rating: 7.9

The Blind Side

This is a movie about bringing out the hero inside you. It tells the story of Michael Oher’s life. He is an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. The Blind Side documents the challenges that he overcame to get to the National Football League (NFL) and the adoptive parents who helped him get there. This movie teaches us the moral of letting your work and your effort speak for you. It also shows the strength of compassion. It is one of the most inspiring sports movies of all time.

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List is based on the true story of a German businessman, Oskar Schindler who employed around one thousand Jewish people to work in his factory in Poland during World War II and later saved their life as well.

IMDB Rating: 8.9

It’s a Wonderful Life

Have you ever thought what would have been the life of people around you if you never existed. This movie answers the exact same question for you. Amazingly good movie.

IMDB Rating: 8.7

The Wolf of Wall Street

The movie is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, who is now a motivational speaker. But, earlier he was a very successful stock broker who faced charges against stock market manipulation crimes and served 22 months in prison.

Though, the movie has already set the world record for using the ‘f’ word maximum number of times but that doesn’t take away the message of the movie. If you are in the business of stock market, this movie is a must watch for you.

IMDB Rating: 8.4

The Social network (2010)

The social network is an inspiring story of Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook at the age of 19. The story begins from his college dorm room and concludes at Facebook becoming world’s largest social networking site. Though, the story is not 100% accurate but it does inspire the younger generation to create something of their own and work for a start-up which can touch lives of millions of people.

IMDB Rating : 7.8


This is an inspirational story about a boy called Rudy. He is short and skinny but he has dreams of playing in the Notre Dame university football team. His journey is long and tough. Rudy is not smart enough for the university. Therefore, he goes to his local community college so as to get the grades required for Notre Dame.

Rudy doesn’t give up and eventually plays for the Notre Dame team while in his senior year at the community college. The movie indicates that you will eventually get where you want to go if you stick to your plan and be determined.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This fantasy movie proves that the biggest responsibilities in the world can fall on the smallest shoulders. A pair of hobbits are given the responsibility of destroying the One Ring and save the land from a powerful evil. The little hobbits brave dark swamps, sheer cliffs and various evil monsters so as to achieve their mission.

The movie shows how a bond between friends can be stronger than that of family. It shows how friends can lay down their lives for each other to accomplish the common good. It is a very powerful, inspiration movie.