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Inspirational Movies For Hard, Tough Times

Updated on June 5, 2017

If you are facing a job loss, heartbreak, loss of friendship, hard economic times, problems in your marriage or any other relationship, facing an illness, the loss of a loved one, here are some movies with people who have been through difficult tough times and how they have coped and got through it.


Stand Strong

This is movie for the entire family. It is about a family may appear to have it all, meaning the money to get anything they want, except each other, but through some rough times, they have to undergo some changes in their lifestyle and taught the hard way what’s really important.

Pursuit of Happyness

The True Story of Chris Gardener who was homeless while trying to take care for his young son and make it through a stockbroker internship. When his girlfriend Linda takes off, Chris has to raise Christopher on his own. This movie tells of a man who is very desperate, has no certain prospects, no money or home for his young child. It is a story of showing the hard places of one's life, the lowest to the low you can be, but also one of love, perseverance, never giving up and determination in spite of what's going on.

Hard Times with Relationships


This is a great movie filled with lots of drama. It stars Kirk Cameron as Caleb, who is firefighter, but his marriage is suffering from a lot of problems. His wife Catherine is very overwhelmed because of the conflicts and misunderstandings in their marriage. He is faced with an impending divorce, but Caleb's dad give him an alternative plan to save his marriage. This is the 40 day love dare challenge which is aimed to help him understand love, respect and things to do to get his wife back. Through the counsel and encouragement of friends and family, Caleb once again begins to humble himself and see the faults in himself and what he needed to do to restore his marriage.

An Uphill Battle

This is a very inspirational movie of a mother who goes through hard battles with an unfaithful husband involved in pornography. She has to help her children who is suffering from the effects of it all. Through this difficult time, they gradually move forward into something new. Though she may have appeared independent and strong, she still struggled to get free from the devastating memories of her first marriage. She vows never to never trust again, but then meets Michael and goes on a date with him. It's a movie of hope, a new beginning and healing.

Tara Road

This movie is about two women who experienced loss in their lives. One of the women is from Ireland and other from the United States. They never met before, but decided to trade houses. Ria the mom from Dublin found out her husband is in love with another woman and he got her pregnant. Marilyn finds comfort in Ria's garden. Ria comes out of dependence on her husband and starts venturing out in small ways. They both came to a realization that when they were in different environment, they were able to face their loss and embrace life again.


Gimme Shelter (2013)

This movie is based on a true story of a teen’s struggle for survival from an abusive mother who is an addict and a prostitute. Apple chose to run away from her mother and attempts to track down her father whom she has never known or met. Her father has a family of his own of which she does not feel a part of. Despite not having the love and nurturing from her biological family, she receives the love and compassion from strangers and fresh start. Vanessa Hudgens stars in this movie.

Kings Faith

King’s Faith is the story of Brendan who had no family and was in and out of foster homes. He got involved with the bad crowd which led to him making bad decisions. Then he was placed in juvenile penitentiary. While he was in there, his life changed. When he got out he has one last chance at living with a caring couple. His old Friends do not like the new Brendan and tries to influence his life in a different direction. It's a movie filled with action, suspense and drama. It is very entertaining and will capture your heart and attention.

If You have a Sick Child

Letters To God

A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God and inspires the lives of those in his neighborhood and those he comes in contact with.

The Heart of Christmas (2011)

This movie is based on a true story of hope. It is about Austin and Julie Locke who are devastated when their son is diagnosed with cancer. But with courage and faith, their son Dax is given a one last Christmas in October. When the community learns of Dax diagnosis, they extend their hand of support, care and compassion. Candace Cameron Bure and Matthew West stars in this amazing movie.

Death & Loss

Love's Abiding Joy

This is the fourth movie in the Love's Comes Softly Series. It shows how Missie and Willie set up their home to raise their family. Missie's father finally comes to visit his daughter and grandchildren. But then tragedy strikes. Their baby daughter died in her sleep. Both Missie and Willie were overcome with grief, but through the strength of Clarke, he was able to help them in the midst of it.

For Love’s Sake (2013)

It is the true story of a young English lay preacher who was killed in a motorcycle accident. His wife Mary cannot deal with what has happened. As a result she was not fit to take care of her two young boys. They are placed in a children’s home at first and then moved to temporary living with their grandparents. But in the midst of it all, Mary gains courage, strength and a hope beyond herself.


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    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thank you. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great choices and I so enjoyed watching most movies listed here.

    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much teaches12345 for taking time to read my hub. I appreciate your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I have seen a few of theses movies listed and was inspired. Pursuit of Happiness was wonderful, but it is one that I found sad and now am unable to watch again. Fireproof is a great movie and very much what is needed for those facing divorce issues. Thanks for the title list. I am going to look up some of these at the library.

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      5 years ago

      I appreciate you too janellegems! I noticed the movie Fireproof too! I love that movie! Great Picks!

    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for stopping by to read my hub. I appreciate you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      All these movies sound great. I will try to see as many of them as possible. Quite a creative and useful hub. Thank you.

    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Well thank you. I try to. You just made my day.

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      5 years ago

      You are a very resourceful writer. I notice that you write from the core of your heart. Very good Janellegems!

    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for taking time to read my hub. I appreciate your comment.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the great movie reviews. I really want to see that first one, Stand Strong. They all sound very inspiring.

    • Janellegems profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United States

      Thank you. Thanks for reading my hub. I also loved and enjoyed Pursuit of Happyness. Hope you will enjoy the rest of the movies the same way. I really hope they do not make you cry until you get headache. Thanks for your comment.

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      5 years ago

      Great Article! I loved Pursuit of Happyness! To think that this movie is based on a true story is very humbling. I just don't like being too sad because it takes me awhile to shake it off. But I will try to watch some of your suggestions... but I can tell I will cry until I get a headache :-(

      Great Job!


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