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  1. TopTenz Master
    TopTenz Master at |

    Nice list, Elizabeth. I'm sure there are many personal favorites left of this list. So I'll add one of my most inspirational movies, "Rudy".

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    1. qazi mohammed raza
      qazi mohammed raza at |

      yes yes yes rocky deserves 1st position 100% correct ratting but after rocky there is shawshnk,then cast away then forest gump then.roar 1981,then……

  2. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth at |

    I have a hard time not loving football movies. I think my problem is that I'm too easily inspired. Get ready for a not-so-inspirational list, TopTenz Master. I have LMN flicks coming your way today!

  3. Teddy Quinones
    Teddy Quinones at |

    Marvel Comic Movies?

    Which 1 is the greatest of all time?

  4. Cobocobo
    Cobocobo at |

    what about forrest gump

    1. Brylle
      Brylle at |

      true . . . i thought FOREST GUMP is number 1 LOL

    2. Govind saini
      Govind saini at |

      ya forrest gump is #1

  5. chandra
    chandra at |

    Shwasank redemption was missing in the list of inspirational movies!!!

  6. Jim
    Jim at |

    where is shawshank redemption??

  7. jomar
    jomar at |

    pursuit of happiness #1

  8. mat
    mat at |

    i thought that schindlers list should be on there

  9. Alex
    Alex at |

    The Pursuit of Happyness is one of the most horrible, sickening and evil movies I know of (no offence to you mme. Johnson). It seems to tell the viewer that it's okay with poverty, because one in a million will eventually manage to get out of it. It's basically a movie about caste system in the US, and how twisted the economical system really is. No, I sincerely think this is one of the least inspirational movies ever, even if he manages to get out of his situation he leaves millions and millions behind him, and will eventually become just another suit sheepishly disappearing into nothingness, forgetting all that is "lower" than him.

    1. You;re an Idiot
      You;re an Idiot at |

      Read the Chris Gardner story. Tell me that he is a "suit sheepishly disappearing into nothingness". You go ahead and continue on in your ignorance.

      1. Teach
        Teach at |

        yeah, I read it good read but I kinda found the film uninspiring too. Whatever floats your boat I guess

    2. Bn
      Bn at |

      pursuit of happiness is one of the most inspirational movies

      1. inspired
        inspired at |

        pursuit of happiness one of the most inspiring movies i ever watched n also shawshank redemption

  10. Jim West
    Jim West at |

    Hail underdog!!!!

    There are countless sports movies out there to inspire but they dont go beyond the arena like rocky does.. Rocky loses but not without a fight..

    The pursuit of happyness makes people shrug their shoulders as they look at the uphill road ahead… Its not all about realism…. If you've lived in a developing third world you would know… I see working class heroes everyday…. Not everyone becomes a share market player… Which doesnt make them less heroic in any way… good film anyway…

    Shawshank redemption should have found a place in the list… After all its the quinessential 'hope' movie..

    1. qazi mohammed raza
      qazi mohammed raza at |

      bro can u plz tell me any series like rocky my idol series rocky

  11. 8bitmemory
    8bitmemory at |

    What about Amelie? That movie always inspires me to do something creative and adventurous.

  12. Rocky012
    Rocky012 at |

    I don't know about having rocky as number 1. didn't he lose the fight at the end?

    1. Andrew
      Andrew at |

      Its not about the fact he lost the fight … its about the fact he gave it his all … he rose above all … trained his heart out and incase you aint saw Rocky II he does win the fight in the end ;D

      1. Peter Boucher
        Peter Boucher at |

        Its also based upon a heavyweight boxing match between Muhammad Ali and a boxer named Chuck Wepner, from Bayonne, New Jersey and also known as “The Bayonne Bleeder” because it did not take long for him to start bleeding with just a few punches. It was predicted that Ali would have dispatched him at around the 3rd or 4th round, but the fight went the full distance (15 rounds). Wepner has been suing for many years figuring that he deserves a royalty from the making of the movie

  13. SallyBeam
    SallyBeam at |

    Oops…I miss many of the list. Gonna rent to see them.. Inspiring movies are great ! Love them also. Here are my favorite inspiring movies especially towards more esteem

  14. jesse
    jesse at |

    foe shizzle rocky won,

    i love all the rocky movies even my dog is named rocky muhahaha

  15. nitin
    nitin at |

    Are you forgetting Kung Fu Panda? Isn,t it all time beautiful, well crafted movie?

  16. SIMON
    SIMON at |

    Where is MEN OF HONOUR???? my favourite movie of all time! It is a true story of amazing will and determination to acheive your goals. Carl Brasher is a legend! this film should be number one!

  17. Rahul
    Rahul at |

    Where is October Sky??

  18. Kirby Horton
    Kirby Horton at |

    Don’t forget “Remember The Titans” as a very inspirational movie. Also, “Jerry Macquire” has a lot of life lessons for the right age group.

  19. Muzi Ngwenya [RSA]
    Muzi Ngwenya [RSA] at |

    You forgot to mention Ray… Excellent music too.

  20. dan
    dan at |

    The Hurricane!

  21. sgcray
    sgcray at |

    Star Wars isnt an inspirational movie. I dont recall anyone being inspired by it ever. Awed yes, inspired no. My top ten would be, in no particular order…..

    1.Apollo 13

    2.Remember the Titans

    3.Jerry Macquire

    4.Goodwill Hunting

    5.The Pursuit of Happyness

    6.Shawshank Redemption

    7.Kung Fu Panda (“Quit, don’t quit? Noodles, don’t noodles?”)


    9.A Beautiful Mind


    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Nodding the entire time until Kung Fu Panda. Then nodding vigorously. 😉

  22. vic suzuki
    vic suzuki at |

    not even on afi TOP 100 inspirational movies of all-time is MIRACLE…
    according to wikipedia, U-S-A chant was popularized during the 1980 winter olympics miracle…
    according to sports illustrated, the miracle on ice was the BEST story of the CENTURY!
    that is ALL sports from 1900-2000!!!
    importance in politics and history is the usa boycotted the 1980 summer olympics in moscow…
    russia in turn boycotted the 1984 summer olympics in los angeles…
    usa boycotted due to russia invading afghanistan in dec 1979
    usa provided osama bin laden with weapons to repel the russian invaders
    when osama bin laden was killed in 2011…U-S-A chants went up all over the place!!!
    how ironic and inspirational is that?!

  23. viera
    viera at |

    One of the movie that truly inspire me is 300 and Avatar. Its really moistens my eyes and inspires me a lot.

  24. Inspiring Dude
    Inspiring Dude at |

    awesome list, thanks for sharing .

  25. Mr.Gurbalov
    Mr.Gurbalov at |

    I’ve watched probably more than 50 000 movies also all listed before my post, but why I can’t remember the answer to this question?
    Okey let’s say.. hmm The Aviator is a great movie. Really inspiring. Fight Club, The Prestige, GLADIATOR, Unforgiven maybe.. Million Dollar Baby
    All movies I listed here are great you shouldn’t miss them

  26. gaurav
    gaurav at |

    dude y u all forget
    most important movie

    peaceful warrior

    based on real life go watch it
    it will change you defenately

    1. Vinod
      Vinod at |

      Thats the movie I came to mention here… Its truly the most inspiring movie I have ever seen…

  27. Sarah
    Sarah at |

    1. Forrest Gump
    2. The Three Idiots (Bollywood Movie)
    3. Facing the Giants
    4. Blind Side
    5. Life is Beautiful

  28. LaraP
    LaraP at |

    Agree w/others who say Shawshank deserves a place on this list. I’d also add more inspirational sports movies (in addition to Rocky), like “Rudy” and even “Hoosiers.”

  29. dell
    dell at |

    My fav is Schindler’s List. The display of humanity is so poignant… It’s uplifting and inspiring to know that humans can be so compassionate. you’ll enjoy all of the aforementioned because each shows the quality of human spirit, compassion and strength against unfair and inhuman odds.

  30. Daniel Lombardi
    Daniel Lombardi at |

    Great list, I didn’t see all the movies, but the one that I really resonate with is The Pursuit of Happiness. Will Smith’s, Father son, speech is really inspiring “You want something. Go get it. Period.” I think that sooner or later every person will encounter a crisis in his life. How you meet it will determine your future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, everyone has been called upon to meet such a crisis. Close scrutiny will show you that most “crisis situations” are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are. Indeed, most changes in your life will be due to either “inspiration” or “desperation.”

    All the best,

  31. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where is GATTACA?????? One of the most inspiring movie of all-time…

  32. Maya
    Maya at |

    GLADIATOR!!!! Needs to be on list!!

  33. Bailey
    Bailey at |

    It’s pretty obvious that Rocky is number 1 I mean how could it not be? The story about how he was just a nobody and then the next thing you know he knocks out the champ Apollo Creed in the first round! The first one is the best but if you’re looking for the best fight scene see the 4th and the 5th one (And I know I sound like an idiot but I just can’t get over how awesome it is)

  34. Softner930
    Softner930 at |

    Just Watched Warrior. What a great movie! Prob wouldn’t make this list but top 50. It’s inspirational to me because as much pain as this family is in, they keep going overcoming there goals fueled by the love for their family and the guilt I mistakes past and coming
    To terms with them.ihore powerful a movie than I ever would have realized and the way it was marketed

  35. jason
    jason at |

    finding forrester ….glory road my favs

  36. dave
    dave at |

    1. secondhand lion
    2. life is beautiful
    3. pursuit of happyness

  37. PrIyAnGsHu BG
    PrIyAnGsHu BG at |

    Great list. Here are my top inspirational or motivational movies:

    (1) Pursuit of Happyness

    (2) Saving Private Ryan

    (3) The Terminal

    All of these are pretty much worth watching for everyone seeking inspiration.

  38. Anonymous
    Anonymous at |

    Million Dollar Baby needs to be on every inspirational movie list ever made. No movie has made me laugh, cry, inspired, and simply outright changed my perspective on life as much as that movie has!


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