20 Most Inspirational and Motivational Movies Ever Made

11. The Slumdog Millionaire

After its release in 2008, this movie became one of the biggest ones in the world. It grossed hundreds of millions across the globe. It documents the life of a poor Indian boy called Jamal who answers questions in the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" After getting the answers right, he wins millions in rewards. It shows how he overcame the challenges of living in the shanties by doing odd jobs until he hits the jackpot. It also indicates how his brother Salim lives a life of crime and suffers the consequences. It is a must-watch inspirational movie.

12. Rush

This is a sports movie set in 1976. It captures the Formula 1 season in that year. Niki Lauda and James Hunt are two drivers who are bitter rivals. They both want to earn the World Title of the sport and will go to any lengths to get it. Lauda gets involved in a terrible accident while in pursuit of this title. However, he fights through his injuries and competes to win the biggest title in the sport. It inspires perseverance and strength.

13. Braveheart

The war between England and Scotland is depicted in this movie. Led by an inspiring warrior known as William Wallace, a group of amateur Scottish warriors dedicated their lives to fight for the freedom of their country from the invading English forces. In the ensuing battles, they gave a fight of historical magnitude. The bravery, passion and patriotism of the characters in Braveheart are inspiring to us. They teach us to fight for what we love, even if it costs us our lives. 

14. 300: Rise of an Empire

Spartans are known for being the best of the warriors there is and 300 shows the power, determination, commitment, ambition and the honour that these soldiers had. If you are looking for a movie that is filled with action and is meant to ignite within you a fire of motivation and ambition, watch it. You will see how a handful of man tackle the greatest challenges of war.


15. To Kill a Mockingbird

This is an inspirational movie that is based on a novel written by Harper Lee that was published in 1960. It indicates the value of family love. It also covers racial differences and the reality of rape. Moreover, it shows how children can learn from watching the actions of their parents. The character known as Atticus Finch teaches integrity to his children through his upstanding actions. It is definitely one of the greatest inspirational movies ever made. 

16. The Diary of Ann Frank

This movie is based on the true story of Anne Frank. She is a girl living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands during Nazi occupation. Her family goes into hiding in their attic to avoid detection and imprisonment by the German forces. Over the course of two long years, she writes a diary documenting their daily experiences from their first day in the attic to the day they were eventually discovered and captured in August, 1944. There are various versions of this movie. Each one captures the hope and innocence of Anne Frank during their time of doom and inspires strength in the face of adversity. 

17. Schindler's List

Released in 1993, Schindler's List is a tear-jerking, inspirational movie. It is set during the Second World War. In the movie, the main character, Oskar Schindler is a businessman who moves to Krakow, Poland in pursuit of a fortune. He joins the Nazi party and hires Jewish workers that he can pay less and make more money. When the SS Nazi police begin to capture and kill Jews, Schindler decides to save his employees and in the process, he saves their lives. The movie indicates how one person's pursuit of his ambition can save lives willingly or unwillingly. He risks conviction and death if he is discovered but Schindler doesn't let the terror stop him from saving his employees.

18. The Straight Story

A veteran of World War 2 hears that his brother has had a stroke. Known as Alvin, he decides to travel for 240 miles to see his estranged sibling. How does he do this? He rides his tractor. It is a story of the power of patience, faith and forgiveness. This movie inspires us to value the bonds of family.

19. Of Mice and Men

This is an adaptation of a novella written by John Steinbeck. The movie shows the story of two friends traveling around America while working as farm hands. George is very strong willed and Lennie is mentally handicapped. They work from farm to farm and dream about owning some land themselves. It shows their grit, courage and determination while in pursuit of their dream.

20. The Green Mile

There is some good in everyone. It may be hard to find but its there. The Green Mile indicates exactly this. The movie tells the story of John Coffey, a massive, muscular black man who is convicted of the rape and murder of two black girls. He is sentenced to death. The supervisor for death row is known as Paul Edgecomb and he notices that John has the physique to kill but has a gentle heart and a peaceful disposition. He also has a supernatural, benevolent gift. Paul wonders if the black man was wrongly convicted and seeks to find out the truth. The movie is powerful and inspires us to see beyond the physical and appreciate what is inside. It also motivates us not to judge a book by its cover.

The Important Take Away

There are various types of movies in the world. However, few leave a lasting impact like the inspirational ones. A number of examples have been described above. There is an inspirational movie for every challenge that you're going through. All you have to do is tune in.