Best 15 Most Inspirational Movies To Watch Every Time

Last updated 8 Aug 2020 . 1 min read

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Motivation is an essential tonic for the mind, heart, and soul. Even a small dose of motivation helps us in the long run.

There are times when our mind is constantly thinking about things that disappoint us, makes us feel less and ultimately depress us.

Shopping therapy, listening to music and other ways to help us in overcoming these blues, but there is one alternative which can never go in vain!


Thanks to the international film industry that they have helped this world to see and feel other’s life story, by watching movies!

When one is dispirited, crestfallen and feels defeated, nothing seems to help. But watching a motivational movie will always have a positive impact on the person. Especially if it is based on a true-life event.

Here is the list of some of the best motivational movies. Watch them, learn from them and get your spirit soaring high, even when you are not in your low-time.

Pursuit Of Happyness

Released in 2006, an American biographical movie “Pursuit of Happyness” is based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner's life.

Will Smith, who was in the lead character, was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor. He, in real life, Chris spent nearly one-year being homeless. Today, Chris Gardner is an investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist. He has faced tremendous hardship in every sector of his life. Be it marriage, fatherhood, career, and occupation. But he remained determined, continued walking after every failure with tenacity, not losing hope for a better future.

Want to see it, the downs he faced as yourself? Get this movie and be motivated like never before.


Along with the above movie, Dor was released in India, in 2006. Dor was an adaptation of the  Malayalam film, Perumazhakkalam (2004).

Can a young widow wife forgive his husband’s murderer? A beautiful movie that narrates the answer to this question.

Dor is the story of two women from a diverse background, linked by an unfortunate accident, who eventually become friends and find redemption in their own ways. One woman is emotionally drained by the news of her husband’s death, while another is set to find justice for her innocent husband who will be hanged till death. This movie is all about the perseverance, empathy and portrays a strong feminist statement without being strident or shouting slogans.


Iqbal is a masterpiece that was released in the year 2005. It received an incredibly positive response from the critics as well as the audience. A very well crafted movie, that it is, Iqbal has also managed to bag the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.

Iqbal is about a deaf and mute boy from a remote Indian village, who is insanely cricket-obsessed. He is not supported by his father, he has no prior experience in playing cricket, and no one is ready to coach him. Nevertheless, he dreams on. With an ardent support from his little sister,  a drunkard coach, and buffalos as his playmates, he excels to win the Ranji Trophy. But will the corruption around and the family financial debts allow him to succeed on to the fields? To find out, watch this inspiring movie tonight.

The Social Network

There is a saying about Facebook, “ You don’t get 500 million friends unless you make a few enemies”.  

The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film and is based on Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal.

The film is about how Facebook was found and what all happened behind the scene of Facebook success, which of course is beyond your imagination. Watch this movie to know, Mark Zuckerberg, the world's youngest self-made billionaire and his foundation of the most popular social networking site in the world.

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The Shawshank Redemption

An American captivating movie from the 1994s, originally based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

Once a respected banker, who was betrayed by his wife, falsely convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover, jailed for two life sentences and even after being serially tortured and raped by the other inmates, Andy, still hope for better life.

Here is a quote Andy wrote in a letter to Rose, A prison contraband smuggler who befriends Andy played by none other than Morgan Freeman.

Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Would you not like to see if how a person can face all these in one lifetime and yet being hopeful about the future? To know it all, do not miss this highly acclaimed movie.

The Intouchables

The Intouchables is a  2011 French buddy comedy-drama film. The film is inspired by the true-life story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his French-Algerian caregiver Abdel Sellou. It was initially discovered by the directors in a documentary film.

A heart touching movie about the friendship between an immensely rich French quadriplegic and his live-in caregiver. Both the men become very good friends, despite the cultural differences, unconventional methodologies, and the bad past that both of them hold.

This movie candidly depicts that you need not have everything in this world to be happy and how positivity, liveliness is all that we need to survive.

Lucknow Central

Lucknow Central is based on the true life events. Released in the year 2017, this movie is not a very glamorous one, yet has managed to win hearts of many.

A simple young boy from a small city in UP is very passionate about singing. He dreams to build up a band of his own someday, but fate takes an ugly turn before he could do so. Unfortunately, he gets trapped in a murder case of a police inspector and gets a life sentence.

In Spite of several pleadings, he does not get justice and is sent to jail, leaving his old father at home alone. Continuous and ever increasing problems in the jail hurt him emotionally as well as mentally. Amongst all the troubles, he still dreams of the band, now a band in the jail itself.

Watch this movie to experience the relentless trails of a person until he succeeds.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Much less known as the documentary movies are, this one too is not a very popular one. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a beautiful American documentary movie which tells the real-life story of the 85 years old sushi master Jiro Ono.

Jiro is the proud owner of a Michelin three-star restaurant named Sukiyabashi Jiro. It is a humble 10-seat sushi-only restaurant which serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses, for a minimum of 30,000 Japanese yen ($281 USD). But that is not all. What will keep you stimulated till the end is the endurance of this revered sushi chef who everyday strives for perfection in his work, while his eldest son, Yoshikazu, has trouble living up to his father's legacy?

Mary Kom

Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, popularly known as Mary Kom, is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur.

Mary Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.

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We all know this lady who has made our country proud, don’t we? But to know the hardships that she has faced, the rejections, denials, disapprovals and other such problems, watch this movie.

Released in 2014, Mary Kom was the first Indian movie to be screened on the opening night of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.


Call it love, dedication or a work done for the social cause. Dashrath Manjhi, better known as the mountain man of India has persistently paved the way from his village to the next village.

It was not a small track but he did it by carving a path 9.1 meters (30 ft) wide and 110 meters (360 ft) long, that too through a hill 7.6 meters (25 ft). And how did he do so? Only by using a hammer and chis. It took him more than a decade to do so.

While he was carving the way, people kept calling him names and criticized him. Hardships and failures played a good role but nothing could hold him back. This movie is a fire with enthusiasm and tells a story of a never-dying dedication.

Watch this movie, to see the times of the 1960s and how this man keeps walking towards his goal.


Udaan was the movie which was released in the year 2010 and gained a lot of positive reviews from the worldwide audience.

Udaan was first Indian movie which got a part of Cannes' official section in many years. Along with this, it has won multiple awards and recognition internationally as well as nationally.

This movie is a story of a teenage boy, who aspires to become a writer but fate drags him to unfortunate circumstances and leaves him completely disturbed.

Watch this intriguing movie of how the young boy finds out of his father’s ugly truths and manages to walk away from his home all alone, in order to pursue his dreams.

Mother India

A very old movie which was released in the year 1957 is also a remake of even older movie Aurat, which was released in 1940, somewhere between the pre-Independence time.

But the message that it delivers to the audience is and will always be applicable for the years to come.

Mother India is a gripping story of a poverty-stricken village woman named Radha. In the absence of her husband, she struggles to raise her sons and survive against a cunning money-lender amidst many more troubles. The female protagonist faces austerity from the locals, natural calamities and what not but still sets an epitome of an ideal Indian woman.

127 hours

Even though the genre of this movie says that it is a survival thriller, a lot can be learned in terms of keeping oneself motivated through the harsh times, from this piece of artwork.

127 hours is based on Ralston's memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2004) and was written by Boyle and Simon Beaufoy. 127 hours is the time period of non-stop activity from when Ralston, who goes hiking at Utah's Canyonlands National Park, wakes up on the day of his accident to when he is put under anesthesia during his rescue.

During this period he meets with a terrible accident that induces excruciating pain. How he keeps himself motivated by maintaining a video diary is worth watching. Never losing hope is what you will learn from this true incident.

The Introvert, The Paper Boy, 72 KG, Ambani and other short movies

We don’t usually get time to sit back and watch a 2-3 hours movie always. When the hard time strikes, we generally want a small piece of encouragement or boost.

Watching the youtube, Netflix videos will certainly treat you the best. They are crisp, to the point and a lot more effective. The daily dose of motivation is what you can call them.

So the next time you are traveling, you are waiting for a meeting or simply have some time in your hand, tune in to the youtube or Netflix channels and watch the short inspiring stories or documentaries.

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The Secret

Last but definitely not the least! This documentary has reassured people across the globe!

The Secret is based on a novel The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and later is made as a documentary that consists of a series of interviews.

The movie is designed in such as way that it demonstrates a New Thought claim. It says that everything one wants or needs can be satisfied by believing, repeatedly thinking about it, and by maintaining a positive emotional state. In other words, you "attract" the desired outcome. Once you start the documentary movie, even a pessimist would be convinced to at least give it a try and not to give up. I personally watch it every time I feel low.

I find it literally unfair to have accounted for only 15 of the best motivational movies when there are so many more! I am sure you all might have several other movies that have changed your life for good.

Do write them down in the comment section and make the list growing.

Sainy Banerjee Pal
An engineer by profession but an ardent writer by heart, Sainy has been writing from the age of 12. She has a huge collection of her handwritten diaries. Her friends call her a therapist for broken hearts and can connect instantly with anyone. She lives with her doting husband who is also her critic for her write ups. Imaginative, spirited and filled with compassion, she always has a lot to say, to those who care to listen.

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