Top 10 Inspirational Movies of all Time

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“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”

Movies have always been a source of entertainment, there are some movies that you just watch and then there are some movies that moves you, motivates you and energizes you to something with a new confidence and thinking, so let us take a look at top 10 of these inspirational movies of all time.

10. Braveheart (1995)

The movie depicts that there is more to life than just living, something so valuable that it leads people to sacrifice their life for it. Braveheart shows what it means to fight for someone or something you truly believe in.

“Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!!” This speech remains one of the most inspiring speeches of all time.

9. Stand and deliver (1988)


Based on a true story Stand and deliver is an American drama film released in 1988. The movie is about a maths teacher Jaime Escalante who had faith in his students who themselves had no hope about their future. His unconventional teaching methods seem funny but effective, he teaches his students calculus and leads them to a path to pass the rigorous Advanced Placement exam, but because of the reputation of the school and its students in previous years, they are accused of cheating and are forced to give a re-exam and the students again pass in the exam and thus prove their innocence.

In December 2011, movie was deemed as culturally, historically and aesthetically significant by the United States Library and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. They said the film was “one of the most popular of a new wave of narrative feature films produced in the 1980s” and it “celebrates in a direct, approachable, and impactful way, values of self-betterment through hard work and knowledge.”

8. Dead Poet’s Society (1989)


Voted as the greatest school film and often cited by viewers as one of the most inspirational films of all time. The movie is about an English teacher who inspires his students to a love of poetry and to see things differently, even though it may be wrong and teaches them to not just live another day but to “seize the day”. Movie has very uplifting messages and it showcases about embracing poetry as a way toward positive self-expression.

7. Scent of a woman (1992)

The movie is straight and simple, a student gets caught as he saw a mischief take place in front of him and is forced to give the name of the student responsible for it and for that he is given a week to think about meanwhile he meets Col. Slade, who has lost his vision and is being taken care of of by him.

The inspirational and the best part of movie comes at the time of climax, when Col. Slade(played by Al Pacino) delivers a speech to save him from being expelled, the speech is so impeccably written and delivered, that it changes the whole perspective of the situation and provides with a true meaning of leadership and sacrifice. If someone are looking for inspiration he must watch this speech.

6. Gandhi (1982)

Set in post independent India, this biopic is about the struggle of Mahatma Gandhi (father of our country) for freedom against british rule with his methods of peace and non-violence. The character of Gandhi is impeccably portrayed by the Indian origin actor Ben Kingsley. The film follows Gandhi’s life from a defining moment in 1893, when he was thrown off a South African train for being in a white only compartment, to the moment of his assassination and funeral in 1948. It is the journey of a common Indian lawyer Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to becoming a Mahatma.

It was nominated for Academy Awards in eleven categories, winning eight, including best Picture, Best Director, and Ben Kingsley for Best Actor.

5. Rocky (1976)

The debut movie of Sylvester Stallone an inspirational movie about a small time boxer, majorly working as a debt collector for a loan shark who eventually gets a rare shot at the world heavyweight championship and hence commences the journey of “nobody” to becoming “somebody”.

The story behind the movie is also as inspirational. Sylvester Stallone was a struggling actor who was fed up for getting refused inspired by a boxing match he wrote the story for the film Rocky just in two days. His script was easily accepted and producers offered him $50,000 but even though he was broke at that time he refused it because he wanted himself to be casted as the leading actor. A few days later his demand was accepted and the movie proved to be a huge hit grossing $225 million, highest grosser of its time, winning three Oscars and spawning over five sequels.

4. October Sky (1999)

Once again film a based on a true story of Homer Hickam whose father works in a coal mine and also wants the same from his son. In October 1957, everything changes when he watches the first artificial satellite, Sputnik travelling into orbit. Inspired from it, Homer decides to learn how to build rockets. With the help of his friends and nerd of class he begins his expedition. But his father always thinks that he is wasting his time. His high school teacher, the only person in town who has faith in him tells them about the national science fair providing college scholarships as the prize. Now they have to overcome many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.

Because of his continuous efforts in 1981 Homer lands his carrier as an aerospace engineer in NASA.

3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Appreciating the service of military and the sacrifice they made for ordinary people during world war II Saving Private Ryan is an American epic war film that captures it alI. The film follows the search for a paratrooper, Private James Francis Ryan, who is the last-surviving brother of four servicemen. It is an inspiration and a reminder to thank any soldier who has served or is currently serving in military. Including Best Director for Steven Spielberg, the movie has won five Oscars.

2. The pursuit of happyness (2006)

Based on the true story of Christopher Gardner who made a wrong decision in choosing his professional life and thus struggling from poverty his wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards and is forced to live in the streets with his son. Desperate to find a job he takes an internship job as a stockbroker but this is not a paid internship and he won’t even receive any certificate which he can show to another company for a job. So now he has to sell devices (earlier job) to carry on his life and have to clear the internship in order to get the job while taking care of his only child.

The movie is so emotional that it brings tears to the eyes of viewers, to see the struggle of one man who has lost everything, has to face such hardships but is still holding on to his hopes and just wouldn’t let go.

In the film title, “happiness” is incorrectly spelt as “happyness” because of sign Gardner saw when he was homeless.

1. It’s a wonderful life (1946)

A timeless classic on Christmas drama which has reached the cult status like A Christmas Carol, the film is about a man who has given up all his dreams in order to help others and due to some incident he contemplates about suicide on Christmas Eve which leads to coming of an angel down to earth who shows him all the lives that he has touched in his life and how different their life would have been had he never been born.


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