Do you want to be inspired? Inspirational Movies mean so much to the people who relate to them. Of course, different people will be touched by different inspirational movies, but some films are universally awe-inspiring. Depictions of love, strength, acceptance, and perseverance can help get you through hard times. These movies also teach us the importance of hard work and never giving up. If you want to achieve a goal, set out a plan for it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.These movies made me feel grateful for the life I have, they taught me to work harder and make no excuses. I’m certain that they will leave you thinking about yourself and how important it is to consider aspects of life that sometimes elude us. Here are some of the best inspirational movies out there right now, so see if your favorites made the list!
This inspirational movie, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller, follows a half-blind ex-boxer (Tobey Maguire), a mustang breaker (Chris Cooper) and a millionaire (Jeff Bridges) as they bring their knobby-kneed, undersized racehorse, Seabiscuit, to win Horse of the Year honors in 1938. But the movie is not just about a horse; the horse’s personal story of triumph over tragedy mirrors that of our nation in that era. It is a story about how someone like a horse can teach people to bear with setbacks and still move with life succeeding at last.
9. FORREST GUMP
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get….” Forrest Gump is full of memorable and heart-warming quotes that many people can relate to. Forrest has an IQ of around 75, and is a little “slow”. However, the film demonstrates that this is no reason for having a hindered life. Forrest’s innocence and simplicity takes him on a series of epic adventures and to touch the hearts of everyone he meets. He makes self-reflecting portrayals about the purity of life and is an eye-opener to the power of unconditional love and kindness.
8. THE BLIND SIDE
It is based on the true story of Leigh-Anne and Sean Tuohy, a husband and wife who take in a homeless African-American teen, Michael Oher. Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. He has had little formal education and possesses few skills to help him get along with the world. Leigh-Anne soon takes charge, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him. They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him improve his grades. It taught us that anybody can find a family. There are plenty of people out there just like Michael. I’m glad that this film was there to teach that.
7. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town. But on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire, Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family, and friends would turn out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away? This movie helps us realize that our life holds value and giving up over petty failures is not the best decision.
6. THE BUCKET LIST
Two terminally ill men met at the hospital and found each other with cancer. One of them is rich and owner of the hospital, while the other one is a mechanic with a very low income. The mechanic wrote down a list of things he would love to do before his final day and the rich guy discovered the list and together decided to go on a journey of adventures. This movie will inspire you to create your own bucket list and to start living as the architect of your magnificent destiny. “Life is too short, live it like every day is your last.”
5. NEVER BACK DOWN
A new kid in a new school is an outcast. Martial arts is the major source of popularity in this school. The kid fancies a beautiful, blond girl that happens to be the girlfriend of the school bully. This bully then takes the initiative of welcoming the new guy by beating him up publicly for LOOKING at his girlfriend. This kid then takes up martial arts in order to ‘fit in’. He studies under a mysterious guru. The young man finally sees the way and eventually confronts the bully in a major tournament and defeats him and achieves glory and acceptance from the school population. It tells us that everyone has his/her own fight in life.
4. CINDERELLA MAN
This film is based on the life of the early 20th century boxer, James J. Braddock. This man was a talented and accomplished fighter during the height of the Great Depression. This film follows the ups and downs of his life and his family’s struggle with poverty. All throughout the film, Braddock has a calm dignity no matter what his circumstances, and faces death and hardship regularly to make sure that his family has a place to sleep and food to eat. Eventually his persistence pays off, and he wins a very big fight against the world heavyweight champion.“Cinderella Man” manages to tug on your heartstrings while at the same time showing you an important message about life, family, and hardship.
3. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Wrongly convicted, Andy Dufresne (Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in in Maine’s Shawshank prison for the murders of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940’s, the film shows how Andy learns to get by in the brutal confines of prison, even earning the respect of his fellow inmates, most notably the longtime convict “Red” Redding. It shows us how two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Very inspiring.
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect, while at the same time he finds love in the arms of a shy, reclusive girl who works in the local pet store. It’s not just a tale of a champion but it also depicts the inner struggle of a human being. Fighting the external and internal fear and standing against all odds and beating your opponent no matter what.
1. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS
Based on the true story of Chris Gardner. He invests his family’s savings in portable bone-density scanners which he tries to sell to doctors. This investment breaks the family, bringing troubles to the relationship with his wife that leaves him alone with his son. He takes an unpaid internship to become a stockbroker, fighting against his peers for a position in the firm. He goes from challenges to challenges. Chris’s story shows what it takes to succeed regardless of the difficulties. It give us an idea of happiness being abstract. It is something you can only pursue and not achieve. Most of all it give us a message “You have a dream, you gotta protect it”. The story of an underdog a normal man with no special skills someone we can all relate to, his biggest struggle is his “Life” and biggest fight “Poverty”. Greatest tenacity story ever!