Top 30 Most Inspirational Movies Of All Time

Most Inspirational Movies of all time

There are infinite things that shapes our life. From our own untold stories to the narrated one’s, we’re very much affected on a day-to-day basis. What we see and feel is what we aspire and achieve. To set things in motion we need two things, inspiration and action-driven implementation. We’re heroes of our own life, no one can ever imagine the struggle that hold us. 

The ironical line that is worth mentioning is that there exists too many inspirational movies that touches our very heart and soul. You’re not alone, they have got you covered. The best part about watching movies of these sort is that, you can never get enough of it. They are directed in the way that the corner of our life is touched and healed. They inspire us in the manner never possible before. 

We’re all on board to start our journey to discuss about the top 30 most inspirational movies existing in the world. 

Top 30 Most Inspirational Movies In The World

30. Pursuit of Happiness 

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This epic one-of-a-kind film is the story of a homeless salesman who is depicted as financially unstable inspite of his efforts. He invents a portable bone-density scanner and his hope of getting them sold becomes a dream. Co-star Jaden Smith appears as Christopher Jr. The lead role Gardner with his charisma always had a perfect hideout for his problems. Finally, all the problems seems to be wiped out when he stands well on the deal with Mr Frohm. 

29. Mahatma Gandhi – 20th Century Prophet 

Mahatma Gandhi 20th Century Prophet

The pillar of Indian Democracy has always been a greater source for inspiration. It is a documentary film about the life of Mahatma Gandhi directed by Stanley Neal. The documentary contains rarest video footages of Mahatma Gandhi. Every single footages is surely an inspiration to the entire world. Recently the documentary has been digitized with the help of National Gandhi Museum. 


28. Field of Dreams

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This 1989 American movie is a thought provoking film that rests on the idea of dreams coming true. The lead artist is a married man who has a corn field and dreams about building a baseball field. He wanted to ease issues with his gather, a baseball fan. This film is labeled as sentimental and a mix of fairy tale making it one of the most inspirational movies in the world. 

27. High Noon 

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This is certainly an action-packed, inspiring film directed by Fred Zinnemann. The film depicts two ironical situations, either to move on with your new life or provide resistance to the things left behind. The newly married couple Kane and Amy is caught up in the past. The past is nothing but Miller’s revenge against Kane. Amy suggests Kane to forget about everything but Kane is a man of decision and ability. The inspiring part is when Amy comes back to save her husband and then they live happily ever after. 

26. The Wizard of Oz 

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This fantasy, musical score is an epic story of the wizard featuring lead appearance Dorothy Gale and her dog. They board safely on the land of Oz, when swept away by tornado. The entire movie is based on mystical believes and black magic. They encounter three characters, Scarecrow who wants brain, Tin, who wants s heart and a lion who wants courage. Everyone has their dreams fulfilled and Gale and her dog safely returns home. The movie is an inspiration for those who wish to return their home. 

25. Sullivan’s Travels 

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Described as ‘most brilliant picture’, this critically acclaimed film is the story of a Hollywood Director who wished to portray the societal problems in his film. In his journey, he meets a young actress Veronica Lake, a hopeless Hollywood aspirant. The inspiring takeaways form this film is certainly the understanding amd accepting of realities. 

24. National Velvet 

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This culturally, historically and aesthetically oriented movie is a direction of  Clarence Brown. The film showcase Velvet as a teenage girl with her fancy dreams about horses. One day she finally wins s horse and decides to train him for championship. She is aided by Mi Taylor and they travel to the Grand National Championship. Both of them rides the horse and wins it the way no one did before. This is an appealing film and certainly one of ghe most inspirational movies in the world. 

23. The Shawshank Redemption

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Everyone has to accept things in the most convenient way. This Award winning film highlights the  story of a former banker, Andy who is imprisoned for tje offence he never committed. He meets his counterpart Red and they get along very well. Andy had the vision and ways to resist the torturous prison life. The story ends with these friends finally meeting the beach living the best of their life. This movies is surely an inspiration to many. 

22. The Pride of The Yankees 

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This 1942 direction is purely a tribute to the legendary sportsperson Lou Gehrig, a baseball player who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and was one among the America’s Film Institute’s list. Gehrig decides to play for New York Yankees to pay his mother’s hospital bill and gradually becomes audience favourite player. Later, with his increasing ailment he finds himself in a position to retire from the team and carrer. 

21. In the Heart of The Night 

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This one of the most inspirational movies in the world exhibits the story of a Black Police detective from Philadelphia who is in-charge of a murder investigation. It is preserved under the National Film Registry by Library of Congress. Tibbs, the policeman is portrayed as one of the finest officers in Philadelphia with his excellent Investigative strategy. 

20. Philadelphia 


This 1993 epic and thought provoking film rests entirely on the subject of acknowledging HIV AIDS. The story certainly describes about  Beckett, a senior associate at the largest law firm in Philadelphia. He has the utmost need of representing his client before the Court. Devoid of attorneys willing to represent him, despite the fact that he is diagnosed with a disease, he had to present his case. The story ends with the inspiring take away with his death amidst the trial. 

19. The Right Stuff 

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This non-fiction film portrays the lives and struggles of  Space Heroes. It was directed by Philip Kauffman in 1983 starring 7 Mercury Astronauts who were clueless of running a space program. The story begins with their induction in the Edwards Airforce Base in California. Chuck Yeager and Gordon Cooper is the central theme who did a daring job by successfully landing on Mercury – Atlas 9. 

18. The Diary of Anne Frank 

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This Pulitzer Prize winning narrative is directed by George Stevens in 1959. Otto Frank is the lead role where he begins to narrate his youngest daughter’s story written in her diary. It dates back to 1942 where Anne along with Van Daans and Peter. The entire story outline picturised World World II where Jews was had to hide from Nazis. Anne and Peter fell in love and stood still even with with their encounter with arrest. Winning 3 Academy Awards, the film is one of the most inspirational movies in the world. 

 17. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

The lead appearance of Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy is depicted as a mentally unstable patient. His closest friend inside the asylum prison is Chief, and he promised not to leave the prison in solitude. McMurphy is last visible in his bed with scars and is finally laid to rest.  

16. Norma Rae 

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This 1979 American Film is directed by Martin Raitt and leaded by Sally Field as Norma Rae. She is portrayed as a factory worker who later becomes part of the Trade Union to support her counterparts form poor social and working conditions. It basically depicts the major labour movements and for its contribution claimed two Academy Awards. 

15. The Miracle Worker

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This epic is a narrative from Helen Keller’s ‘ Story of My life’ and is one of the most influential movies in the world. The central idea concerning the movie is  the limitless life of Helen Keller despite being blind and deaf. Another lead figure is her teacher Annie Sullivan who never gave up on Helen. The central theme of tjis epic movie would be “Miracles are inside us, we don’t need to find of anywhere”. 

14. The Bridge on the River Kwai 

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This fictional epic was directed by David Lean in 1957 and was certainly the highest grossing film of that era. This ‘sought of a war’ film focused upon individual military life instead of favouring or disfavouring wars. The storyline begins with the arrival of British Prisoners of War in Burma. Entire story describes about Nicholson, Joyce, Saito and the Bridge which was demolished as part of their strategy.  It was one of the most inspirational movies in the world.

13. Hoosiers


This is an epic film about the high school Basketball team and their coach Norman Dale. Who doesn’t want redemption? Norman Dale is the lead role portrayed as the basketball coach for Hickory Huskers who needed a comeback. Another appearance is that of the Shooter, Dennis Hopper, team’s Assistance Coach. The entire story is in line with the story of Milan High School in their 1954 State Championship making it one of the most inspirational movies in the world.

12. Apollo 13

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An extract from “Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13” is an epic space docudrama film depicting the aborted mission and safe landing of three NASA’s Personnel. This film may certainly be inspiring for those who always finds a way out. These three space veterans finds themselves in trouble when one of the liquid oxygen tank explodes. While they were brought home safely by a helicopter, they are welcomed as heroes of the space and US soil. The movie is indeed one of the most inspirational movies in the world. 

11. The Best Years of our Lives 

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Tje story outlines the lives of three US serviceman returning home from service at the end of World World II. It is directed by William Wyler where he tried showcasing how re-adjustment after a havoc is tiring amd frustrating. The film received seven Academy Awards and was the highest grossing film of that era. The three characters are Fred Derry, Homer Parrish and AI Stephenson. This film depicts inspiring demonstrations of human fortitude amd realism.  

10. Saving Private Ryan 

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This epic Eorld War II influenced film was directed by Steven Spielberg in 1998. This film was awarded several awards such as Golden Globe awards, Director Guild of America snd Critics’ Choice Awards among others. The storyline speaks of the invasion of Normandy snd a successful intervention by the US Army. Miller and Ryan has been portrayed as a lead role. Ryan is depicted as a missing personnel of 101st Airborne Division and Miller was responsible to find Ryan.  It was one of the most inspirational movies in the world.

9. Miracle on 34th Street 

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This Christmas comedy drama, directed by George Seaton is one of the most inspirational movies in the world. Kris Kringle plays the role of Santa Claus  and fulfilsbthe wish of Susan as a Christmas gift. Kris had to face legal consequences for the alleged insanity but he is defended by a lawyer. This Oscar award winning film one of tje preserved Films by the Library of Congress.  It was one of the most inspirational movies in the world.

 8. Breaking Away

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This sports comedy-drama film portrays The four high school students as ‘cutters’, local Indiana Limestone industry workers. The entire film is based on Dave, one among them, who is very much obsessed with cycling. Owing to uncertain clash for Dave’s admiring nature towards Katherine, the  University President invites Katherine’s boyfriend in the bicycle race. Dave is enough capable of handling his lost ground and wins the match keeping up tje spirit and pride of the ‘cutters’. 

 7. The Grapes of Wrath

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Considered as Culturally fit and aesthetic film, Grapes of Wrath is based on the novel of the same title. It is directed by John Ford starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell. It outlines the story of an Oklahoma family at their worst during the Great Depression of 1930s. Tom is portrayed as a man of ability and endurance. As they migrated in lieu for a better livelihood, they are welcomed by errors. Tom decided to give his everything to bring social reform for the farmers.

6. E. T The Extra Terrestrial 

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This Science Fiction film is a story of an alien Botanist who certainly visits earth with his peers who unfortunately gets left behind. It features another appearance Elliot Taylor, a ten year old boy who helped this alien botanist overcome his hurdles. The film portrays how humans can feel and perceive aliens and treats them as one amongst us.  It was one of the most inspirational movies in the world.

5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 

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A controversial, yet inspiring  political Comedy drama is a story of a Senator who took a firm stand to fight against corruption in the political system. It was directed by Frank Capra in 1939 and is based on a short story ‘Gentleman from Montana’. Smith is a Senator who had the courage and legislative tactic to turn the corrupted politics upside down. This awe-inspiring movie claimed 11 Academy awards and an Oscar. 

4. Rocky 


This film is a receipent of Oscar and  a dream- provoking epic dilm directed by John G. Avildsen. It is based onnthe story of a poor, small-town American boxer, a limitless personality. Besides being high grossing film of 1976, it is one of the most inspirational movies in the world. From a club based boxer to winning a title, Rocky Balboa is indeed an inspiring icon in the this one-of – a-kind sports film. 

3. Schindler’s List 

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Based on ‘Schindler’s Ark’, a novel written by Thomas Keneally is an epic movie showcasing the humanitarian crisis during the World War II era. It is directed by Steven Spielberg and the lead appearance being Oskar Schindler. The lead actor is portrayed as a Nazi Officer, ironically messiah for the local Polish Jews in Krakow, Russia.  It was one of the most inspirational movies in the world.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird 

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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Directed by Robert Mulligan Shown in front, from left: Gregory Peck, Brock Peters

This three Oscar award winning film is directed by Robert Mulligan in 1962. The lead role, Gregory Peck  portrayed as Atticus Finch is a lawyer, a defence counsel for Tom Robinson. This film showcased its firm stance on how people should be treated fairly. It is entirely based on the novel ‘To kill a Mockingbird’ which is also a Pulitzer award winning novel. The deep background of this film makes ot one of the most inspirational movies in the world. 

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

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The most probable theme of this classic 1946 film is “Hold on and don’t give up”. This film showcased the mental hurdles and anguish of the survivors of World War II. It was directed by Frank Capra and starred by James Steward as George Bailey. It is  entirely based on ‘the Greatest Story’, a short story written by Philip Van Doren Stern. George Bailey is portrayed as a selfless and kindhearted personality. This influential movie has won 5 Academy Awards for its message to the world. 

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