We all go through a phase in our life where we need motivation, a time when we are totally down. This is the time when we genuinely need inspiration and that’s why we have compiled this list of inspirational movies, which will motivate you whenever you have lost all hope on life.
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Pursuit Of Happyness
- Forrest Gump
- The Hurricane
- Do Aankhein Barah Haath
- Good Will Hunting
- Cast Away
- 127 Hours
- The Green Mile
- The Aviator
- The Social Network
- 3 Idiots
- Saving Private Ryan
- Hidden Figures
- La La Land
- Rang De Basanti
- The Lunchbox
- My Left Foot
- Nil Battey Sannatta
The greatest inspirational movie there is and there ever will be. This 1994 movie directed by Frank Darabont starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in leading roles based on a short story by Stephen “Frikin” King is not just a typical prison story but it’s about hope, redemption and reaching your goals. And try to hold your tears when an old prison mate tries to adjust to his new found freedom.
The inspiring true story of Chris Gardner of how he overcame obstacles after obstacles in his life to provide for his son to become a millionaire will leave you in tears. Starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith, the movie will inspire you to never let go of your goals in life.
Starring Tom Hanks and directed by visual master Robert Zemeckis tells the incredible story of Forrest Gump who despite his low IQ being present at some of the most memorable moments in the history, touches peoples lives. Tom Hanks won Oscar for his portrayal of Forrest Gump.
The 1999 biographical film starring Denzel Washington in the leading role tells the incredible true story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1996 and spent 20 years in jail. He was later freed with help of teenager Lesra Martin and his Canadian foster family.
This fictional story of how 11 villagers from a small Indian village accepts the challenge of an arrogant British officer for a game of Cricket so that their taxes are exempted. The Lagaan was a big hit in India and became one of the very few Indian movies ever to get nominated for Academy Awards.
The movie tells the story of a reformed jail warden who tries to reform a group of prisoners at his country farm. The film is considered as a landmark in the history of Hindi cinema and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Its song “Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum”, sung by Lata Mangeshkar is still remembered for its soulful lyrics.
Starring an incredible cast of Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard and Ben Affleck, the movie was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck who later went onto win the Oscars for best original screenplay. The movie tells the story of a genius laborer who with the help of his therapist recognizes his true potential and re-evaluates his relationship with his friends as well as his girl friend. Robin Williams won Oscar in the supporting role.
A true underdog story, the movie tells the story of Rocky Balboa, a small time boxer past his prime, who gets a chance to fight the heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. Written by Sylvester Stallone himself, the story of the movie reflects his own struggles in the film industry at the time. The movie went onto win 3 Academy Awards, one of them being for Best Picture itself.
A great survival drama, Cast Away tells the story Chuck Noland who gets stuck on a deserted island after his plane crash lands in the sea. Featuring an exceptional performance from Tom Hanks, who was later nominated for the Best Actor Oscars.
The movie tells the incredible true story of Aron Ralston who gets trapped in a canyon and spends 127 hours before being rescued. The movie will inspire to never lose hope in any situation. James Franco was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for his performance. A lot of people famously walked out of the movie’s screening during the infamous hand scene.
Another movie based on the story by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont tells the story of a supernaturally gifted good hearted prison inmate who touches the lives of several people he meets there. Starring Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, as the mentioned prisoner and Tom Hanks as the head guard of the prison, this movie will inspire you to choose between good and evil as well as what humanity can do for oneself.
This biographical movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio and directed by Martin Scorses tells the true story of a famous billionaire, producer, aviator who, in the latter part of his life, became known for his reclusive behavior. The movie upon its release was nominated for 11 Oscars, eventually winning 5 including a nomination for Caprio for Best Actor. This movie will inspire you to achieve to be never satisfied with substandard results and aspire to achieve a greater good.
This movie always encourages me to get up and start working on. The fast paced story about Mark Zuckerberg’s life is not just about the creation of Facebook but it’s also about Friendship, Betrayal, and Passion. But above all, I found this movie to be really inspiring for the younger generation of entrepreneurs on how to face investors and capital firms in the cut throat business of Silicon Valley. The movie was nominated for 8 Oscars eventually winning 3.
3 Idiots turned out to be a landmark film for parents around India, who before it only thought about putting their children into elite colleges of either Engineering or Medical. The movie inspired students to choose a path which they like rather than the path being chosen by their parents.
The movie was incredibly successful commercially as well as critically.
The greatest war film ever made, period! If you favor war then you must watch the first 30 minutes of this movie and you will change your opinion. The film, set during Normandy invasion of World War II, tells the story of 8 men trying led by always good Tom Hanks as Captain John Miller to save one man whose 3 brothers have already been killed in the war. The film is about right and wrong and inhumanity of war.
Another inspirational Tom Hanks movie(The dude is good in goody roles). The movie is about a hotshot lawyer who is wrongfully terminated from his job when he is diagnosed with HIV +ve. He later sues the firm with the help of a homophobic lawyer who himself goes through a lot of changes during the course of the movie. The movie is about injustice, discrimination, prejudices and how you should fight injustice.
Hidden Figures tells the story of three brilliant African-American women overcame prejudices and racial discrimination and helped NASA in one of the greatest operations in the history of mankind and helped gain US upper hand in the fight for space with USSR. It’s a great film which will help you never to let discrimination come between you goals.
Lion tells the story of how Saroo, a 5-year-old kid who gets lost on a train and which takes him thousands of miles away from his home. 25 years later Saroo, living with a foster family in Australia, sets out to find his long lost family with the help of Google Earth and determination. It’s an incredible story of determination and you might have to carry a hanky to get you through the end of the movie.
La La Land is the story of Sebastian and Mia, who are drawn to each other because of their desire to do what they truly love. But when both of them starts succeeding to fulfill their dreams, their relationship starts suffering. The acting by both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is top notch, along with incredible direction by Damien Chazelle. No wonder it won, 6 Oscars at the Academy Awards this year. It is a moving story of how sometimes you have to let go of the ones who you truly love in order to achieve what you truly love.
Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon, Invictus tells the story of how after the end of apartheid, President Nelson Mandela was able to unite a nation, by supporting the national rugby team of his country in order to win the World Cup. He has this unique vision where he thought that winning something as big as Rugby World Cup will help reunite the people of his country, which were divided for so many years because of racial discrimination.
A group of college students goes through a journey of self-discovery and stands up against the corruption when they are selected for a documentary from a foreign friend. Rang De Basanti in a way, really did change the way Indian’s used to protest before and it also encouraged the Indian youth to participate in the National and Political matters. Indian youth took to participate in great numbers in events such as Jessica Lal protests or Nirbhaya protests. If you really want to feel motivated in doing something for your country, then you should really see this movie.
Queen is a coming of age story of a young girl who decides to go on her honeymoon alone when she would be husband dumps her in the middle of their wedding. While traveling around Europe, she finds peace, new friends and a new sense of freedom. Queen was an instant success with critics and audience alike because of its novel story and lot of young girls especially from small cities of India felt connected to the movie.
Lunchbox is the story of two strangers who start sharing an unusual connection with each other when the world famous tiffin delivery service of Mumbai mistakenly delivers the wrong Tiffin to one of them. It’s a simple movie with a simple premise which will leave you speechless at the end.
The legendary and may be the greatest actor of all time, Daniel Day Lewis’s first Oscar came from this incredible movie which tells the story of Christy Brown, who was born with Cerebral Palsy and learns to learns to paint and write with his left foot. Lewis famously(or infamously) refused to come out of his character in the movie and asked people to treat him as if he is suffering from Cerebral Palsy himself. This made the crew members hate him but it did earn him his first Oscar. One should see this movie, not just for Christy Brown’s incredible struggle but to also see a legendary actor who loves his craft so much and gave another meaning to method acting.
Nil Battey Sannatta is a story of a single mom, working as a low earning maid who dreams of a great career for her daughter, but her daughter has other plans for her future. Nil Battey Sannatta is an inspiring tale which will motivate you to dream big irrespective of your upbringing or your financial conditions. Starring one of the most talented actress of the current generation, Swara Bhaskar along with Riya Shukla and directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari in her debut movie, this is one movie for the ages.