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Best Motivational Movies of all time

Updated on August 9, 2014

List of the Best Inspirational and Motivational Movies of All Time

You will find the best movies that inspire, motivate, and help teach us life's lessons. The following films have stood the test of time with their ability to enliven us to make all our dreams, however daunting, a reality. You will find movies from Miracle to The Pursuit of Happyness to Pay It Forward .

For me, I love watching a rags to riches story, good hearted story, or someone truly using their gifts to benefit all. Feel free to add to this list or post it in the guestbook and I will add it.  We may not agree that all of these are "motivational" but the best will rise to the top.

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#1 and #2 Ranked Movies

Rudy (Special Edition)
Rudy (Special Edition)

This is a classic "out of nowhere" story where Rudy wanted something so bad he wasn't going to let anyone stop him. Based on a true story.

The Secret (Extended Edition)
The Secret (Extended Edition)

Not a movie but it will inspire and motivate you to that you can be or do anything. Many teachers come together to teach the Law of Attraction.


My Favorites -- The Blind Side, Rudy, Miracle, and Pay It Forward

"You're changin' that boy's life" Beth

"No. He's changin' mine" Leigh Anne Tuohy:

— From the Movie Blindside

I want to say thanks to you the visitor. Many of your suggestions have become my "new" favorite motivational movies.

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      Varon Channel 2 years ago

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      Neil 3 years ago

      Great collection indeed!

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      Lolol 3 years ago

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      Love shayari 3 years ago

      Great post and all videos are suoerb.

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      Richard 3 years ago

      Great list!

      I'm not sure what the name is of this movie, but you should add it to your list if you can find it. It's with Keanu Reeves and a group of inner city kids. Here is a snippet of a video that I saw it in.

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      Rachid 3 years ago

      What about peaceful warrior (

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      Jess 3 years ago

      My most favorite motivational movie is The Secret. Here're wonderful quotes by Esther/Abraham Hicks (one of the main characters of this film) -

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      daniel drony 3 years ago

      Nice Share...

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      yayang0405 lm 3 years ago

      I like The Replacements by Keanu Reeves.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      I like Blind Side. Will watch movie next time.

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      yassine-jb-5 4 years ago

      nice post

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      Evelina 4 years ago from London / Frankfurt / Vilnius

      I always find it difficult to find a movie that I really like. I will try to look into your list and hopefully at least one of the movies I am going to like :)

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      Sure Temp 4 years ago

      good movies

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      Urosevic 4 years ago

      Great list !!! "Pay It Forward" is my pick...

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      Vantis 4 years ago

      Great lens. I haven't seen most of them yet, but from now on its only a matter of time :)

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      Joebeducci 4 years ago

      Great list, I also love Forrest Gump, La vita è bella, Billy Eliot, Good Will Hunting and Trainspotting as inspirational movies. Greets, Joebeducci

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Most of the movies I have watched so far from this movie list. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Mark-Nehs 4 years ago

      @girlfriendfactory: Add your own this list was made by people like you and then all of us vote.

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      A few good ones yes, but what about "Seraphine" or "Rendition" or "50/50" or "The Way Back" or "A Good Year" or even something as goofy as "Larry Crowne." I can find motivation in so many places. "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "The Blindside" are two favorites, though! My son loves "Radio."

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      harmanrainu 4 years ago

      Great collection mate, Rudy is like a great great inspiration.


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      phoenix1491 4 years ago

      Miracle! If you loved it too,then do watch Chak De India! it's a bollywood flick.

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      huluplusvsneflix 4 years ago

      the 300 man awesome awesome

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      MythYes 5 years ago

      Maybe Glory Road? Such a great movie especially for me... basketball fan :)

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      I've seen most of those in your list...definitely inspiring, which is my favorite kind of movie!

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      Underrated 5 years ago

      For me none movie is more inspirational than Rocky. Even the soundtracks are so inspiring.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey This is a nice collection ....

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      uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

      I have watched The Secret many many times!

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      laurenrich 5 years ago

      This is an awesome lens. "The Great Debaters" is one of my favorite movies. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      AllenCruise 5 years ago

      I absolutely love The Pursuit of Happyness. A few days ago, after hearing a lot (and I mean, A LOT) about the movie, I finally watched A Beautiful Mind. Fabulous movie I have to say! I liked Slumdog Millionaire too, but not too much. I guess I have not watched most other movies in this list, so I've bookmarked this page. Thanks for taking the time to create this list. Keep writing and inspiring. :)

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      ProsperityFairy 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Just popped this on my FB page

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      OmarAndWill 5 years ago

      All these movies are great! I personally loved peaceful warrior as it influenced me in so many ways. Definitely hope to see it number one =-)

      - Will

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very interesting lens i have read it three times thanks for sharing

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      sibian 5 years ago

      @Jake_2525: Hi there Jake_2525,

      you don't do thos here, you need to go to the forum mate.

      It is rude to use someone else's comments to promote your stuff.

      Useless too, may do more harm than good.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      I got to see rUDY

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Agreed, Rudy is my favorite and the most motivational film ever made. Great lens!

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      It has to be "Forrest Gump." Nothing compares.

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      TV-Tech 5 years ago

      Rudy would have to be my all time favorite.

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      AnthonySunderland 5 years ago

      Couple come to mind, what about Michelle Pfeifer in Dangerous Minds, and Sandra Bullock in The Blindside?

      I'm counting down the list of best songs that either inspire creatives, or talk about the struggle and journey to reach our dream -

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      Jake_2525 6 years ago

      Hey guys, I'm new to squidoo and I'm asking you to check out my lens over The Artist, a silent film featuring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bojo. So check it out guys. Leaving comments would be appreciated especially if it is how to make my lens better. Thanks guys I hope you enjoy.

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      Ahdilarum 6 years ago

      You have provided here, lot of movies, I am totally confused, which to select

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      NUTZFORdBUCKS 6 years ago

      The Blind Side was an amazing movie!

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I've only seen a few of these, so I'll definitely check out some others, as I love "feel good" movies.

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      ernad18 6 years ago

      great lens...

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      LodisClutchWallet 6 years ago

      Rudy is definitely one of my most favorite motivational movies. I really resonated with his Discipline and stubborn will to succeed.


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I watched all the movies. Really amazing list... thanks for sharing.

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      clintsow 6 years ago

      awesome list! thanks a ton

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great list. My favorite is The Shawshank Redemption. Happy New Year!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      great lens w/great selections.. I can't make up my mind on one.

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      aivsiur 6 years ago

      These movies are definitely from "You Must See" category :)

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      HERBMASTER 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed your site. I have seen all but 2 movies. I will order one I missed here. I have watched some corny inspirational movies that have perked me up on low days! If you ever feel a need to ! raise your spirits, come on over!

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Excellent Lens! Thanks.

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Great list - also love "Hope Floats" :)

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      Frank Edens 6 years ago

      @aquarian_insight: Oh yes - Even the last part is so true movie and inspirational....

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      Frank Edens 6 years ago

      Great lens, thank you!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      Wow! Who doesn't need a motivational film now and then! My favourites are the Rocky movies.

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for such a comprehensive list Well done.

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      squidshe 6 years ago

      I liked Good Will Hunting

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      kjbranch77 6 years ago

      Rudy gives me chills every time...

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      plrallecontent 6 years ago

      Nice movies. I hope more and more people will watch them. Some of them changed my life.

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      A few of these I have never watched.I have to correct this mistake.Thanks for the great Lens

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Thumbs up, great lens

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Nice list

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      Julip 6 years ago

      Some good ones on the new DVD releases this past few weeks

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      friendshipquotes 6 years ago

      good to find the useful list..

      i want your view on

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      Mark-Nehs 6 years ago

      @moonlitta: Thanks for the Blessing!! I have enjoyed so much the movies everyone has added. Many have become my favorites.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Yes, movies are meant to inspire:) Angel Blessed!

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      kimpaul 6 years ago

      wonderful suggestions

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      manfield3 7 years ago

      hubby loves the movie Rudy!!

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      dani3l lm 7 years ago

      nice list of movies

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      Norbert Isles 7 years ago from Philippines

      Just the kind of list I am looking for; some I have seen, but much more yet to see. This is just great.Thank you so much.

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      Wow! Love it!

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      lostreview 7 years ago

      great movies - very informative!

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      tt1998 7 years ago

      Good idea for a lens.

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      marckq 7 years ago

      Very nice, thanks for the information. I like The Blind Side, I never tire watching it.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Great movie selection - Forrest Gump will always be a favorite -:)

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      peetred lm 7 years ago

      Great lens! I love many of those movies and will have to watch more!

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      jacquelyndunn 7 years ago

      In love your lens. it looks very well thought out and organized. Like the topic.

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      garyrh1 7 years ago

      Rudy is a great choice. Also, Independence Day should get a mention due to the great motivational speech by Mr. President.

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      Teri Villars 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I know it wasn't a movie, but Chris Farley as Matt Foley needs a mention! ha! Cool lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We all need motivation

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Great topic for a lens. Well done.

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      Tom Fattes 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great List. Some of my favorites are on there. I'm adding Lucas to your list, I may be partial to it since it was filmed in my hometown.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      I love motivational -- wherEVER I can get it.

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      gwenbcog 7 years ago

      I personally love The Legend of Bagger Vance.

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      tdpierceall2002 7 years ago

      Rudy is great. (Did you mention Hoosiers? It predates Rudy and is a great sports underdog movie.) Another one I really liked is 7 Pounds (Will Smith, Rasario Dawson). Very good and well written.

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      tintin79 7 years ago

      Nice list of movies, most i have seen, but just realised i have not seen Rudy as yet.. Will check it out soon.

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      Good choice of movies~

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey Really nice collection of movies.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey Really nice collection of movies.

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      jolou 8 years ago

      Pursuit of Happyness and Shawshank Redemption are my favorites.

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      Mark-Nehs 8 years ago

      @Niche-Diva: I will need help. I am not much of a movie guy. I wait until a few people recommend the same movie to me and then I watch.

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      Niche-Diva 8 years ago

      I thought of doing this a wile ago!! LOL. Love it. Will certainly try to promote this lense. PLEASE continue to increase the list!

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      SallyBeam 8 years ago

      Thanks for the list. Jerry Maguire is also one of my favourite inspiring movie.

      You may like to see inspiring tv ad in thailand lens.

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      I loved the movie Rudy and also some of the others you have chosen to list here. Great lens.

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      Mark-Nehs 8 years ago

      @brittanyshaf: Everyone reading this "Facing the Giants" is a great movie. Click on the YouTube link to get a glimpse into the movie -- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you blind fold yourself and just keep going in the right direction.

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      brittanyshaf 8 years ago

      thanks for posting this! good job! i love facing the giants. definitely one of my favorites! it's a very encouraging movie! i serve an amazing God!

      i made a lens about motivational posters, and i linked to this lens! hope you'll check out my lens on motivational posters and tell me what you think! thanks!

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      sciencefictionn 8 years ago

      Thank you for your lens: these films give light to our lives. Excellent job.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      A very nice selection! Have still not seen The Secret or The Astronaut Farmer or Akeelah -- and some others that I did not even know to be motivational movies. The Peaceful Warrior was very good as was What The Bleep and others that I've seen from your collection. ...Long time, no see! Hope you are doing well.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Gandhi really got to me. Such an inspirational life and a great movie too.


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