15 Most Inspiring Films of All Time

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We’re all spending a little extra time at home. Why not use this time to brush up on our movie watching skills. Here’s a list of films to keep your spirits up and you going through the week!  

A Beautiful Mind 

 A 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of the American mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics and Abel Prize winner. The movie received positive reviews wit Russel Crowe receiving wide acclaim for his performance. The Washington Post found the film to be “one of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies”. The mathematics community praised the portrayal of mathematics.  

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Cinderella Man 

 A 2005 American biographical sports dram titled after the nickname of world heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The story revolves around an ex-boxer who makes a successful comeback during the Great Depression, a proper rag to riches story which earns him the name “Cinderella Man’. What follows is one of the greatest upsets in the history of boxing and Braddock becomes the Heavyweight champion. The movie has an approval rating of 80% based on reviews from 213 critics with an average score of 7.4/10.  

The Pursuit of Happiness 

A Real-Life Rags to Riches Story of Successful Businessman Chris Gardner. It’s an uplifting drama based on the true story of a single father who went from homeless to successful businessman. Previously having worked in the Navy, Chris now develops a bone density scanner and tries to sell them. While he manages to sell them, the time lag between the sales and his growing financials erodes his marriage and life. Eventually, through all the hardships including being evicted from his house, Chris ends up making his own multi-million-dollar brokerage firm.  

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Eat Pray Love 

Elizabeth Gilbert’s perfect world comes shattering down when she gets divorced. She then embarks on a journey across the world in an attempt to rediscover her true self. A charming film it will likely leave you pondering your life choices and forgiving your flaws. The performances are great, the scenery good and a great watch for a Sunday afternoon watch.  

Manjhi: The Mountain Man 

a 2015 Indian Hindi-language biographical film based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi. Manjhi, widely known as the “Mountain Man”, was a poor laborer in Bihar, India. The film is about how he carved a path through a hill with only a hammer and a chisel. The movie is a real eye opener toward the apathy of the people in rural villages which are yet to be touched by the development.  

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Peaceful Warrior 

Dan, a college student and a world-champion gymnast, is disturbed and wants to add some meaning to his life. A chance encounter leads him to discover an enlightened way ahead. “The process is what makes us happy not the destination. There are no ordinary moments. Every moment we live, has some purpose and worth. I realized and started living the moment from this movie.” You would have to watch the movie to understand this.  


Abraham Lincoln uses his powers as the president of the United States of America as he strives to abolish slavery and reunite his country during the Civil War. The heart of the film is a few weeks in January 1865 in an overcast wintry Washington between Lincoln’s second election and his inauguration. In this brief moment of opportunity he’s faced with a crucial decision. In a towering performance, Day-Lewis encompasses the great statesman who shaped history, the intimate man of the people and the mysterious, charismatic figure he was.  

Finding Neverland 

Finding Neverland is based on Allen Knee’s play, The Man Who Was Peter Pan, an imaginary series of conversations between Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies boys, the family friends who inspired the playwright to write Peter Pan. The film earned seven nominations at the 77th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Johnny Depp, and won for Best Original Score. The film was the inspiration for the stage musical of the same name in 2012. 

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We Are Marshall 

When the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University die in a plane crash in 1970, the team’s new coach rallies the surviving team together to deal with the loss. Matthew McConaughey stars as head coach Jack Lengyel, with Matthew Fox as assistant coach William “Red” Dawson, David Strathairn as university president Donald Dedmon, and Robert Patrick as ill-fated Marshall head coach Rick Tolley. A great watch for all sports fans.  

Remember the Titans 

Herman Boone, an African-American, is appointed as the new coach of a high school team. The team is playing as a racially-integrated team for the first time. Remember the Titans had a budget of $30 million and premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on September 29, 2000. It has grossed an estimated $115.6 million in the U.S., and $136.7 million worldwide. The film is often listed among the best football films.  


Following the aftermath of the apartheid, President Nelson Mandela decides to unite his people by supporting a rugby team in their bid to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks were not expected to perform well, the team having only recently returned to high-level international competition following the dismantling of apartheid—the country was hosting the World Cup, thus earning an automatic entry. Freeman and Damon play the South African President Nelson Mandela and François Pienaar, respectively. François was the captain of the South Africa rugby union team, the Springboks. An inspiring story of how underdogs from a country that was divided and then united for the love of the sport and the nation.  

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Louis Zamperini, a US Olympic track record holder, pulls himself through a plane crash in the Second World War only to be left at the mercy of nature and eventually caged up as a prisoner of war. An inspiring story as to how a man returns from the grasp of death due to his ability and perseverance he had built as a sports person and which he applies while being a prisoner of war.  

127 Hours

Aron Ralston, a mountain climber, is on a hiking adventure in Utah when he gets trapped in a canyon. Soon, he takes desperate measures to survive and struggles for 127 hours before he is rescued. A hair-raising account which shows what man can do to endeavor his goals and survival. James Franco plays the role of Aron Ralston who eventually must cut his own hand in order to survive. He was was awarded Best Actor by the New York Film Critics Online and the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association.  

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The film revolves around Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler,  who decides to fulfil his dream of winning a gold medal for his country by training his daughters for the Commonwealth Games despite the existing social stigmas. Aamir Khan plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat who trains his daughters to win at the Commonwealth Games. An inspiring story that just might make you take up wrestling! 


After a minister approves Poorna Malavath, a 13-year-old girl from a tribal family, to be a part of Operation Everest, she reaches the peak and becomes the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest. Directed by Rahul Bose, the movie is about a 13-year-old tribal girl who makes her way through bureaucracy through sheer talent and is later authorised by the Chief Minister of the state to climb the Everest, and thus becoming the youngest to do so.  

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Hope the list of movies keep you busy until we come up with the next one! 

Happy watching.  

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