Inspirational Movies | 20 Best Inspirational Movies For Self Motivation

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Sometimes we all feel unmotivated in our life due to some bad days and bad life experiences. In that situation, we all want to spend some time just with their self at a special place where nobody can come and find us. But we all know, by doing this we can just refresh our mind for the limited time instead of motivate ourselves. In that scenario, we all look for the inspiration to get motivation again. Every individual in this world look for the different ways for the inspiration, some people read the inspirational books, some read the novels, some watch the best inspirational movies and some turn their self towards religion.

Personally, whenever I feel unmotivated I go for the prayer to seek help from my God. Often i also watch the inspirational movies to motivate myself again.

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.WILL ROGERS” 

This is the best way that I use to motivate myself and that’s why I am going to list down the 20 best inspirational movies in today’s article which are the top motivational and inspirational movies from Hollywood filmmakers.

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20 Top Inspirational Movies That Will Change Your Life

1. The Shawshank Redemption

The wonderful inspiring movie “shawshank redemption” is the story of two prisoners who become a friend to fight despair. Frank Darabont Wrote the story of The Shawshank Redemption and Niki Marvin had produced this spectacular movie. It was the big hit movie on box office that time with 58 million USD.  It was released on 10 September 1994 in Toronto and 23 September 1994 in the United States.

Main Cast:

  1. Tim Robbins
  2. Morgan Freeman
  3. Bob Gunton
  4. Gil Bellows

2. The Wolf of Wall Street

The wolf of Wall Street is one of the best inspiration movies for me. It is the biography of the Jordan Belfort. Everyone’s Favorite Leonardo DiCaprio has performed the Jorden role beautifully. Jordan was actually a common man who enter in the Wall Street brokerage firm with entry level position. But after the 1990s Jorden Belfort founds his own firm and made the huge amount by defrauding the wealthy investors.  It is a very inspiring movie with full of motivation but it will not a good for you if you watch this with your family. 😉

Main Cast:

  1. Leonardo Dicaprio
  2. Margot Robbie
  3. Jonah Hill

3. The Founder

The Founder is the Latest one and I have entered it in my best inspirational Movies list.This is also the biography movie based on the true story of Ray Krock (McDonald’s Owner) life and John lee Hankcock gives the amazing direction to this movie.Michael Keaton has played the role of Ray Krock in this movies. The journey of McDonald start when the Ray met with two brothers, Mac and Dick McDonald who were running the speedy system making the fresh food. Ray was really impressed from both brothers and showed them their interest to expand the business through a franchise model. Soon, after few year Ray create the Multi Billions Empire by pulling the both brothers.

Today, we all are familiar with the McDonalds name. It’s a big chain of franchisees around the world. According to one estimate that the makers of this movie showed at the end, McDonald is the largest real estate holder in the world and feed the 1% of the world’s population every day. That is a huge number.

Main Cast:

  1. Michael Keaton
  2. Nick Offerman
  3. Linda Cardellini
  4. John Carroll

4. The Social Network

I hope you already are familiar with this movie. if you are not, then you should stop using Facebook right know. The Social Network is the biography inspirational movie of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook Founder). David Fintcher has directed this movie and Initially, this inspiring movie was released in 2010 and hit the 224.9 million USD at Box office. This movie will show you the entire story of Facebook like when and how Mark launched the Facebook and how it turns into successful social network worldwide.

This is a very motivational movie for those how are thinking to make their future in Social Networks.

Main Cast:

  1. Jesse Eisenberg
  2. Justin Timberlak
  3. Andrew Garfield
  4. Armie Hammer

5. Mandela Long Walk To Freedom

I hope you can judge the story of this movie with the first word of this move name “Mandela Long walk to freedom”. Yes, you are thinking right this is the motivational biography of Nelson Mandela, that shows us how he fights with a hard time and became the first president of democratic of South Africa.

It was initially released in 2013(South Africa) and hit the 23.3 million USD. This movie won the Golden horn award in 2014 for best production.

Main Cast:

  1. Idris Elba
  2. Naomie Harris
  3. Terry Pheto
  4. Tony Kgoroge
  5. Riaad Moosa

6. The Pursuit of Happyness

You have heard the name of many inspirational movies. But “The Pursuit of Happyness” is the best inspirational movie for all of them who are looking for a job. If you are struggling to find a good job and there are no opportunities that you are getting. Then you must watch the excellent motivational movie The Pursuit of Happyness. Steven Conrad wrote this beautiful story that revolves around the life of a single father Chris Gardner (will Smith) who fights to create a better life for himself and his son. The movie was released in December 2006 and knock out the box office with 307.1 million USD.

Main Cast:

  1. Will Smith
  2. Jaden Smith
  3. Thandie Newton

7. Pirates of Silicon Valley

The very motivational, inspiring and life changing movie for many entrepreneurs who want to build an empire. Pirates of Silicon Valley is the story about two big names Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who modernized the technology industry with their hard work, Passion and work loyalty. The very inspirational movie that will show the struggle of both entrepreneurs who create the revolution with their ideas.

Main Cast:

  1. Noah Wyle
  2. Anthony Michael Hall
  3. Joy SlotniK

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8. Jobs

Jobs is the best inspirational movie that has written on particularly (college dropout student) Steve jobs life struggle. In 1996, Steve along with his friend Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) create the revolution in computers industry with the invention of Apple. Joshua Michael Had gave the wonderful direction to this movie who is an Amercian renowned film director and screen writer.

Main Cast:

  1. Josh Gad
  2. Lukas Haas
  3. Dermot Mulroney

9. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

Amazing and such a motivational movie that was filmed on Mathieu Amalric (Jean-Dominique Bauby) in 2007. They story run around a man who got paralyzed due to a massive stroke. With his remaining few moments in his head and left eye. He made his partner to write the book with his eye moment which took approximately ten months. The best and the excellent that was the inspirational movie was released in 2007. This movie won many awards in 2007 and 2008 such as National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Main Cast:

  1. Mathieu Amalric
  2. Emmanuelle Seigner
  3. Marie-Josée Croze
  4. Anne Consigny
  5. Max von Sydow

10. The Blind Side

The Blind side is the biographical sports drama movie and the story is based on 2006 Michael Lewis book the blind side: Evaluation of a Game. John Lee Hancock directs the motivational movie which story revolves around the homeless black teen Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron). The big hit movie was released in 2009.

Main Cast:

  1. Michael Oher
  2. Sandra Bullock
  3. Tim McGraw
  4. Lily Collins
  5. Ray McKinnon

11. Money Ball

The Inspirational American Sports Drama movie that is based on Michael Lewis 2003 book. The story starts when Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane upset himself because his team’s got defeated in the New York Yankees in the 2001 postseason, and During his visit to the Cleveland Indians Beane meets Peter Brand a talented and young graduate who have essential ideas to access the baseball player values During his visit to the Cleveland Indians. Bannett Miller was the director of this motivational movie and Michael De Luca produced the astounding movie.

Main Cast:

  1. Brad Pitt
  2. Jonah Hill
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman

12. Unbroken

Unbroken is the biography movie of the World War II hero Louis Zamperini and the story of this movie is based on the Laura Hillenbrand 2010 non-fiction book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The entire movie turns around the life of athlete Louis life.

Amazingly, actress Angelina Jolie gave the direction to this movie. Matthew Baer, Erwin Stoff, and Clayton Townsend were the producer of this movie.

Main Cast:

  1. Jack O’Connell
  2. Domhnall Gleeson
  3. Miyavi
  4. Garrett Hedlund

13. Seven Pounds

Another inspirational movie of Will Smith who changes the life of seven strangers. Basically, this is the American drama movie and Gabriele Muccino direct the movie. The movie was released in USA, 19 December 2008. Despite the several criticisms, this amazing movie hit the box office with US$168,168,201 huge amount worldwide.

Main Cast:

  1. Will Smith
  2. Rosario Dawson
  3. Michael Ealy
  4. Barry Pepper

14. Rush

Peter Morgan a Popular writer, wrote the outstanding inspiring story of this movie. It’s the sports drama movie that turns around the two highly skilled racing car drivers  James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. The budget of this movie was $38 million but the inspiring movie hit the Box office with $98.2 million.

Main Cast:

  1. Peter Morgan
  2. Starring
  3. Chris Hemsworth
  4. Daniel Brühl
  5. Olivia Wilde

15. Saving Private Ryan

The 1998 American epic war drama movie that smashes the $481.8 million in the box office. Steven Spielberg was direct this outstanding movie.The story of this movie turns around the life of Captain John H. Miller. John was the thirty-year-old American serving in the 2nd Rangers Battalion of the United States Army during World War Two.

Main Cast:

  1. Chris Hemsworth
  2. Daniel Brühl
  3. Olivia Wilde
  4. Alexandra Maria Lara

16. Sully

Sully is the biography of Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The movie is about Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who tries to make an emergency plane landing in New York. Tom hanks have beautifully played the role of Capt. Chesley and Clint Eastwood directed the movie. The wonderful inspirational movie was released in 2016 and cross the 237.5 million USD in the Box Office.

Main Cast:        

  1. Tom Hanks
  2. Aaron Eckhart
  3. Laura Linney

17. Creed

The total budget of the movie Creed was $35 million but the successful movie made $173.6 million at Box Office. Creed is the story of an Apollo Creed son Adonis Johnson who left his security job at the age of seventeen to follow his dream to become a popular boxer. The movie was released on November 19, 2015, and Ryan Coogler gives the incredible direction to this movie.

Main Cast:

  1. Michael B. Jordan
  2. Sylvester Stallone
  3. Tessa Thompson

18. Rocky Balboa’

Rocky Balboa is the 6th movie of Rocky services directed and starring by Sylvester Stallone. It was released for the conclusion of the main movie Rocky on December 20, 2006. Rocky Balboa was successfully hit on Box office with $155,721,132.

Main Cast:

  1. Sylvester Stallone
  2. Burt Young
  3. Antonio Tarver
  4. Milo Ventimiglia

19. The Theory of Everything

The theory of everything is all time mine favorite movie that is the story of famous Physicist Stephen Hawking. It is the biographical romantic drama movie that was released in 2014 and James Marsh gives the direction to is an inspiring movie. The total budget of “The Theory of Everything” was $15 million but it had made the $123.7 million business at Box Office.

Main Cast:

  1. Eddie Redmayne
  2. Felicity Jones
  3. Charlie Cox
  4. Emily Watson

20. Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire is the movie of everyone’s favorite actor Tom Cruise. The movie was release in 1996 and it’s the romantic comedy-drama film. Cameron Crowe and James L. Brooks produced this wonderful movie that knockouts the $273.6 million at Box Office.

Main Cast:

  1. Tom Cruise
  2. Cuba Gooding Jr.
  3. Renée Zellweger
  4. Kelly Preston
  5. Jerry O’Connell
  6. Jay Mohr


These were the 20 top best inspirational movies that I watch to motivate and inspire myself with the world some real stories. I hope you will also like these inspirational movies just once you need to watch these inspirational movies that are truly worth to watch especially for those who feel their self-unmotivated.

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