Inspirational Movies

I often start replying to a facebook post and find that what I am writing is worthy of an entry on my Blog, this was one such time, asked about Inspirational Movies, I started writing a few down and then realised that it was a great insight into my mindset and thought that some of you would enjoy reading my suggestions! I’ve focussed on Movies that I have watched multiple times and would enjoy watching again, especially if introducing them to someone new. Some of you may not agree with whats inspirational about some of them, but perhaps thats just because some have personal meaning to me. Others that are regularly listed as being amongst the top 50, are not for me particularly inspiring!

Movies I have seen and recommend personally as very inspirational:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • The Green Mile
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Mr Smith goes to Washington
  • Remember the Titans
  • When a Man loves a Woman
  • The Blind Side
  • The Bucket List
  • Coach Carter
  • Patch Adams
  • Dangerous Minds
  • Unbreakable
  • Love Actually
  • Finding Nemo
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Yes Man
  • Gattaca
  • Mystic Pizza
  • Rocky V
  • Cinderella Man
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Field of Dreams

Movies that I feel are a bit too sad to include as “Inspirational” but are very moving:

  • My Girl
  • City of Angels
  • Pay it Forward
  • American Beauty
  • Bicentennial Man
  • AI

Movies that I think are amazing, but only if you like to expand your mind:

  • The Matrix
  • Memento
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Premonition
  • Unthinkable (just saw it last night, nothing like what I expected)
  • Lucky Number Slevin

Personally Inspirational (not for all and not really classics!)

  • Toy Story
  • The Truman Show
  • One Fine Day
  • Sliding Doors
  • Notting Hill
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Brewsters Millions
  • Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
  • Flashdance
  • Doc Hollywood
  • The Social Network
  • The Secret of my Success
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Top Gun
  • Cocktail
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope (that’s the original first one!)
  • Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story
  • Remember the Titans

Notable Movies that I Might not class as “Inspirational” but certainly thought provoking

  • The Village
  • Sixth Sense
  • Green Zone
  • The Happening
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Time Travellers Wife
  • Se7en
  • Saw (just the first one)
  • 12 Angry men

Movies I have not yet seen, but have heard are great and which appeal to me:

  • A Man called Peter
  • Inception
  • Invincible
  • Invictus
  • Into the Wild
  • Benjamin Button
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull (didn’t know it was a movie!)
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Toy Story 3
  • Life of Pi
  • Glengary Glenross
  • The worlds fastest Indian

Films I’ve heard about and am waiting to see but really cant necessarily recommend:

  • OldBoy
  • High Tension
  • The Prestige
  • Doubt
  • Butterfly Effect
  • Session 9
  • Irreversable
  • Dark City
  • 21 grams

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