Best Inspirational Movies of All Time – 7 Must Watch

This list of the best inspirational movies of all time with powerful stories and message can leave a long lasting impression on audience mind influencing our lives and motivate us.  When we see underdogs take on extraordinary goals, despite all adversities and difficulties, we can relate to them with meaningful life lessons to learn. We all need inspiration and all we need is inspiration. Sometimes we get tired of trying and want to give up. But these best inspirational movies of all time make us look inside. Here’s a list that is sure to motivate us and inspire us.

Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler’s List is a 1993 American film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film is based on the Oskar Schindler, German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party who is credited with, together with his wife Emilie Schindler, saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunition factories in occupied Poland during World War II. It was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, winning seven.

Inspirational Thought:

The movie explores the human capacity for monumental evil as well as for extraordinary courage, caring, and compassion.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

An incredible movie with an incredible performances. The Pursuit of Happiness is a 2006 American film starring Will Smith as Chris Gardner, a homeless salesman. It is based on Gardner’s nearly one-year struggle being homeless. The spelling of the film’s title comes from a mural that Gardner sees on the wall outside the daycare facility his son attends.

True story of Christopher Paul Gardner, an American businessman and motivational speaker, during the 1980s when Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler son. He became a stock broker and founded his own brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co in 1987. In 2006, Gardner published a memoir which was made into the movie.

Kid playing Will Smith’s son in the movie is his real son Jaden Smith. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.

Inspirational Thought:

  1. A beautiful relationship between father and son.
  2. Being poor can not stop you from being what you want.
  3. Success depends on your efforts, not fate or luck. 
  4. Life will sometimes be tough.
  5. When things go wrong, relax.
  6. We receive reward from life at the end of doing everything we can.
  7. Don’t let people discourage you from your dreams.

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong film based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and teacher of Bruce Lee.

Inspirational Thought:

  1. Stop thinking and hit the target.
  2. Talk less and act more.
  3. Kung fu does not depend on gender or age but on how we fight
  4. You choose your path of life.
  5. There is no alternative of constant practice; be it life or martial art.

127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours is a 2010 British-American film about canyoneer Aron Ralston who is trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon in Bluejohn Canyon, southeastern Utah, in April 2003. The film’s title 127 hours refer to the period when Ralston awoke on the day of his accident to when he was put under anesthesia during his rescue.

The film, based on Ralston’s memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place. 127 Hours was nominated for six Academy Awards. An incredible survival movie.

Inspirational Thought:

  1. You have one life, live it well and appreciate your loved ones.
  2. Strength is in your mind. Difficult times are part of life and sometimes unavoidable. We can either see it as a problem or as an opportunity to discover our hidden strength, the choice is always ours.
  3. Difficult times remind you of the good things you have but you never notices.
  4. Don’t quit even if you are all alone.

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a 2010 American film centers on the lives of professional boxer Micky Ward and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund. The Fighteris as much a dramatic and fascinating character piece about family as it is about boxing. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Inspirational Thought:

  1. The complicated and very different layers of relationship between parents and children, siblings, and family outsiders drives the film.
  2. The family relationship between younger and older siblings, especially brothers, is equally complicated as it is fascinating. A fantastic movie to watch.

Sully (2016)

Sully is a 2016 American film starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger – an American retired Air Force fighter pilot and airline captain. The film follows Sullenberger’s January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River off Manhattan, after both engines were disabled by a bird strike, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived. The film is based on Sully’s autobiography Highest Duty. A good watch.

Inspirational Thought:

  1. Decision-making is the key to success.
  2. Whatever happens, just fly the plane (focus) and keep the calm.
  3. Reduce complex situations to the simple problems.

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)


A must see movie – Hacksaw Ridge is based on a true story. The film garnered a 10-minute standing ovation when first released at a film festival in Venice. Hacksaw Ridge focuses on the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American combat medic who refused to carry or use a weapon or firearm of any kind during the Battle of Okinawa. The film received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards.

Inspirational Thought:

Serve humanity…your way – Desmond had a profound religious belief in saving human life than taking it. Still he enlisted in the army as others were sacrificing their lives for the nation.

Be leader…by example – Desmond had an opportunity to descend Hacksaw Ridge when Americans back off, but he remains there searching for men wounded and still alive from the Battle. You lead by example.

Break the rules when needed – Desmond was Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector and according to him it was wrong to work on the Sabbath. Yet he broke the rule when his team needed him. Rules are there for a reason, if reasons are changed then there will be time when we will need to break the rules. Be willing to be flexible and break the rules.

Never give up – His fellow soldiers beat him for not picking up the gun, his seniors bullied him to quit, he is put up in a military jail, and even faced court martial. Still Doss made no complaints about all this but stick to his decision not to pick up rifle. Smitty Ryker, one of his fellow soldier said “Why won’t you quit?” This showed his intensity of pushing through the tough time.

Gautam Trehan

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