Posted by: Anastacio Martinez | December 12, 2011

20 Inspirational Movies Every Person Should Watch (1 of 2)

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Are you a fan of inspirational and heart moving films? If so, this is going to be a great treat for you.

I decided in this holiday season to create a list of the top 20 inspirational movies I’ve seen over the years so you can watch them during this special season with your friends and family.

But not any kind of movie, I just hand picked the best of the best. Movies that will make you laugh, cry, believe in yourself and push you to achieve your dreams.

My favorites are the ones based on a true story!!! I believe they are special…

Be ready to open your heart and mind to receive an avalanche of hope, encouragement and inspiration!!! And don’t forget the popcorn and the candies :-). HEHE

Here are the top 20 inspirational movies… PUSH PLAY!!!


Inspirational Message: Determination and persistence is more important than talent.

Inspirational Summary: Rudy is an incredible true story about Dan Ruettiger, a boy who dreams of becoming a football player for the Prestige University of Notre Dame. He shows that his dream is way more important than all the obstacles he has to overcome. His hard work, discipline, effort and tenacity make him one of the greatest success stories of all time. By the way, this is my favorite movie all time and still going strong in the first place after many years. Rudy, Rudy, Rudy


Inspirational Message: Everyone has a champion within.

Inspirational Summary: Seabiscuit is an inspiring true story of a lazy and slow horse used for training other horses. He was trained to lose, not to win. But he found hope and overcame the odds to become “Horse of the Year” in 1938 and became the most popular race horse in America during the great depression. The best suitable word description for this horse is “Champion”.

Facing the Giant

Inspirational Message: Trust in the power of faith.

Inspirational Summary: High school football coach Grant Taylor has never led his Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. He injected the power of belief and the positive attitude’s mentality in his players as a new philosophy to win ball games. There is a powerful and touching scene in the movie that’s worth seeing it a million times. Believe me :-).

October Sky

Inspirational Message: Quit what you don’t love doing and follow for your dreams.

Inspirational Summary: Based on an extraordinary true story of high schooler Homer Hickam Jr., a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the Sputnik satellite in the night sky, he dares to break free from his work in the coal mines and reach for the stars and build his own rocket against his father’s wishes. At the end Homer turn his dream into reality and became a NASA engineer. Sometimes you gotta go against what your parents are telling you to do. Just follow your heart!!!

Men of Honor

Inspirational Message: Be the best and don’t ever quit.

Inspirational Summary: Men of Honor is a true story of an African-American (Carl Brashear) sailor who dared to dream of becoming a U.S. Navy Master Diver. Despite a ruthless training and a shipboard accident, Carl’s iron will is never broken. The overall message is push hard, never quit and live life to the fullest potential. Don’t forget to be a man/woman of honor.

The Shawshank Redemption

Inspirational Message: Get busy living or get busy dying.

Inspirational Summary: This is a movie story that is going to catch your heart and spirit. This is one of the all time greatest films that you are going to see. It’s full of surprises and shows that any person can succeed during the worst and most horrible conditions. Here is my take away in a nutshell; have a dream, keep your hope, make friends, share your wisdom and use your time wisely.

The Secret

Inspirational Message: Ask, Believe and Receive.

Inspirational Summary: The secret is a documentary film based on the law of attraction. For the first time in history, leading scientist, authors, and philosophers will reveal The Secret that utterly transformed the lives of those who lived it…Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare and Einstein. It’s a thought provoking and eye opening film that shows the possibilities that exists in the Universe. If you read or listen to personal development materials, this is a must watch movie.

Remember the Titans

Inspirational Message: Respect, trust and value people by who they are and where they come from.

Inspirational Summary: In 1971 when a man was judged by the color of his skin… A black coach named Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) pulled together and solidified an unfocused group of young boys into the most powerful football team in the state of Virginia. This is a true story movie that shows what it takes to win in sports and in life. Get united or get defeated!!!

Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Inspirational Message: You can take away my car but nobody could take away my dream.

Inspirational Summary: Based on a true story of an enthusiastic and dynamic engineer man who envisions the car of the future. His charisma, vision, persuasion skills and positive attitude took him to build a fleet of Tucker Sedans in 1948 in the motor city of Detroit, while competing with the three biggest automobile manufacturers. Tucker is the clear example of the ultimate believer in the American Dream.

Forrest Gump

Inspirational Message: Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.

Inspirational Summary: Forrest Gump is the story of a man who managed to live life with a “YESattitude and who demonstrated that anyone can make a big difference in life regardless of your own limitations. Through Forrest’s story you are going to learn things like competing, caring, being coachable, being a wingman and giving it all. Run, run, run… Watch it. It’s AWESOME!!!

I am missing an inspirational movie? What’s your favorite inspirational movie and why? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Stay tuned… Next Monday I will share with you the other 10 movies that are going to change your life for the better. In the mean time have a blast with these ones!!!

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  1. Great list! I noticed that there aren’t much significant movies in recent years that are like the ones you listed. Awakening is also one of my all time favorite. Thanks for sharing Anastacio!

    • Hi Helen, thank you for sharing your thoughts on a topic that I’m really passionate about. What you said is so true. There is not many movies you can mention in the recent years that are worth to be in this list.

      I haven’t seen “Awakening” yet. Thanks for the recommendation!!!

      Stay tuned… There is more to come next Monday. If you liked these 10, you are definitely going to love what I’m bringing to the table next week.

      PS: Here are a few recent movies that I think you might like. (Inception, Limitless, Slumdog Millionaire and The Social Network)

  2. Awwww… I really liked… I have a lot inspirational movies… one of them are: blindside, seven pounds, the great debaters, John Q., Wild hearts can never be broken.. and more and more… the list is soooo long… thanks for your article… =) keep writing…;))

    • Hey Cily, I’m glad to have you here today. You bring so much depth to this topic of inspirational movies. Your passion and the love for films are part of your DNA :-).

      I’ve never seen ‘Wild hearts can never be broken”. Thank you for the recommendation. I’m going to add it to my list.

      I can’t wait to see your blog running at full speed and start reading your killer reviews!!! #movies

      Thanks for sharing the love…

  3. Yesssssssssss!!! Soon, I am anxious to start writing…THE CORRECT TITLE IS WILD HEARTS CAN’T BE BROKEN.. ;P…

  4. Miracle!! That’s one of my favorite inspirational movies!

  5. Hey bro, thanks for commenting and for adding another inspirational 🙂 movie to the list. I haven’t seen Miracle yet. I know it’s based on a true story. I’m excited to watch it.

  6. Here below I share a list of 10 films for those of you who are hungry for more inspirational movies and would like to have more options :-).
    1. Aviator
    2. The Social Network
    3. Miracle
    4. Inception
    5. The Matrix
    6. Conversations With God
    7. Gandhi
    8. Slumdog Millionaire
    9. The Celestine Prophecy
    10. The Yes Movie


    • Good Evening Sir
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      Sir Sending Me All Inspirationl ; Motivatinal & Tit For Tat Story Movie List

  7. great work.thanks a ton.

  8. pursuit of happyness……… could you frgt this………but good work frm you

    • Thanks for stopping by 😉 The Pursuit of Happiness is in the second part of this blog series. Chris Gardner’s story is amazing and there is no doubt about it that I couldn’t leave this one out of this list. Such an inspiration!

  9. Hey there nice list, check out mine at

  10. Hi,
    You have to add also Money Ball!
    I think it’s a good movie because it encourages to think differently, break the rules and persist in the difficulty….

    • Money ball is a great one! I watched it after I wrote this post.

  11. nice bro! check out erin brockovich…

  12. awesome list .. these movies can really make a long lasting impact on viewer . with these i have an add on list which are also very inspiring and motivating check these if you want more .

  13. thanks for the list. It really moves my heart 😉

  14. You could add Secretariat, We Bought a Zoo and Under the Tuscan Sun to your list! all based on true stories 🙂

  15. Oh I forgot one, The Blind Side

  16. […] like inspirational movies the most. Inspiration itself is a positive feeling, and those movies may leave a better mindset or […]

  17. hey ! thanx for the list 😀 but you are mission one great movie *Finding A Family” this one is a really good movie

  18. Another inspirational movie that i really enjoy is titled “Courageous”. i dont know if its based on a true story but it gives a very strong message about the power of family.

    • Haven’t seen it. Thanks for the recommendation. Perhaps, netflix have it instant streaming.

  19. when i saw October Sky and Remember the Titans in your list i knew this list is gonna be a great one. Didnt watch some of them listed here but thanks to you im gonna watch them all.

    • Those two are great! Go ahead and watch them all. They are full of inspiration and motivation. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Thanks for swinging by 🙂

  20. […] like inspirational movies the most. Inspiration itself is a positive feeling, and those movies may leave a better mindset or […]

  21. Million dollar baby, one of the best inspirational movies for me…

  22. Great list, i suggest finding forrester

  23. I would sugggest ” The worlds fastest indian “. Awesome movie.
    Thanks Pankaj Prabhakar.

  24. Here you are – Jerry Maguire – one of my favorite movies, helped me A LOT one time…

  25. i would recommend the ” the machine gun preacher.” a true story and a must see movie… I promise you that.. Its all about faith in God. and nothing is impossible with Him if we just trust and obey.. enjoy watching… 🙂

  26. Great List! thanks for sharing

  27. ALIVE, THE WAY BACK, and INTO THE WILD are best inspirational true story movies i watched yet.

  28. the pursuit of happiness. one of the most inspirational movies ive ever seen

  29. how about…. THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO….

  30. Another inspirational movie:

  31. Cast Away ! Against all odds…………

  32. how about also the bucket list, its a great and inspirational movie as well, go and watch it….

  33. Some great ones here! I just watched “42” and that was pretty inspirational!

  34. Good compilation bro !
    you should add 180° south (very good movie about going on an adventure to the south of Chile) and Invictus (movie about mandela and the Rugby world cup of 1995 that unified the South african nation)


  35. Que buena inspiracion, Muchos gracias, Anastacio. Mira, soy de Indonesia. Estaba en Puerto Rico hace diez anos. Me encanta mucho la isla. Bravo Anastacio. Que Dios te bendiga por siempre. – Carlito, Indonesia

  36. Another great movie about overcoming your limits is Peaceful Warrior. But I do have to say Forrest Gump remains my favourite

  37. Braveheart, Its a wonderful life, Dead poets society, Coach Carter, Click, Freedom writers, Life is beautiful, More than just a game, Patch Adams, Pay it forward, Peaceful warrior, Pleasantville, Schindler’s list, Seven pounds, Bucket list, Invictus, The astronaut farmer, To save a life, Milk, Philadelphia, Without limits, 42,

  38. thanks from Vietnam. Great job!

  39. Thank you for sharing… I have a few recommendations as well;
    1. Ruby sparks
    2. What dreams may come
    3. Bruce almighty
    4. The Truman show
    5. Invention of lies

  40. Thank you so much for sharing!!! I have a few recommendations myself;
    – Bruce almighty
    – The Truman show
    – The invention of lies
    – what dreams may come
    – Ruby sparks

  41. Great job Anastacio! I have seen all 20.
    I am more inclined towards movies without sports like Shawshank & October sky.

    Can you please suggest more inspirational movies (non sports) ?

  42. ‘The Ultimate Gift’ such a nice moive

  43. Thanks for sharing the information in such a beautiful way! 🙂

    I have a few suggestions that can actually be a part of your list:

    1. Powder (story of a boy with great powers)
    2. Conversation With God (life story of Neale Donald Walsch)

  44. Great list. All of these movies are quite inspirational but my personal favourites are October Sky and The Shawshank Redemption. And I’m wondering where’s Pursuit of Happyness?

  45. Thank you for the reviews.

    Loved the Inspirational Messages part 🙂

  46. Wonderful list, all movie have some great messages.
    It would be better if you include A BEAUTIFUL MIND.

  47. We are Marshall

  48. Thanks for sharing this most inspirational list of movies showing how unlimited are our possibilities. You may add ‘Gandhi’ to the list!

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