Best 09 Most Inspiring Movies Ever Made

Do you have writer’s block or are lagging in your job? Well, not anymore. We have brought you a list of the most inspirational movies of all time so that you can spark a match of motivation.

You can catch these popular, full of motivational movies being aired on cable TV movie channels. Although, many cable providers charge separately for movie channels, which can increase your monthly bill substantially. However, if you subscribe to TWC TV, you can get movie channels like Cinemax, HBO, Starz, Showtime, Epix, and many more within the cable plans. If you are over cable TV, you can also try streaming them online.

1.   Rain Man

Genre: Drama, Melodrama

Release Year: 1988

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Written by: Mark Johnson

Box Office: 354.8 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 89%

Rain Man is a heartfelt tale of two estranged brothers. After the death of their father, Charlie played by Tom Cruise tries to trick his autistic brother, Raymond, into giving up his share of the inheritance. With time, the emotions spew and a relationship based on mutual respect is developed between the siblings. By the end of the movie, Charlie assumes the role of a caretaker for his brother.

2.   Into the Wild

Genre: Adventure, Drama

Release Year: 2007

Directed by: Sean Penn

Written by: Sean Penn

Box Office: 56.8 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 83%

Christopher McCandless played by Emile Hirsch, is a top student and great athlete. However, instead of living a life cut out of privilege, he decides to find his center. He gives up all his wealth and sets out into nowhere trying to find peace and his essence. This movie is a brilliant piece of self-awareness and selflessness.

3.   Erin Brockovich

Genre: Legal, Biography, Drama

Release Year: 2000

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Written by: Susannah Grant

Box Office: 256.3 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 84%

Erin Brockovich is based on the real-life social justice activist, Erin Brockovich. In the year 1993, Brockovich singlehandedly brought down the billion-dollar American company ‘Pacific Gas and Electric’ for polluting the water supply system of Hinkley, California. This massic suit resulted in a 333 million USD settlement. This movie is full of inspiration and motivation.

4.   The Pursuit of Happyness

Genre: Drama

Release Year: 2006

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

Written by: Steven Conrad

Box Office: 307.1 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 67%

Single dad, Chris Gardner, is stuck in a rut of bad luck. After getting evicted from his apartment, he and his son, Jaden face the worst of life. However, he does not give up hope and continues to strive for success. The movie is a testament to determination, willpower, and the actual pursuit of happiness.

5.   It’s a Wonderful Life

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Release Year: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

Written by: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra

Box Office: 3.3 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94%

This Christmas spirited movie shares the story of George Bailey, a man who is on the verge to commit suicide and is rescued by his guardian angel, Clarence. After successfully rescuing him, Clarence shows him how George has played a great role in the town’s wellbeing. The movie gives us a lesson to always be kind to ourselves and to be innately good.

6.   The Shawshank Redemption

Genre: Crime, Drama

Release Year: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Written by: Frank Darabont

Box Office: 58.3 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 9.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 91%

Andy Dufresne gets a wrongful life imprisonment sentence at Shawshank prison for the alleged murder of his wife and her boyfriend. During the course of his sentence, he faces a lot of adversities and yet comes out shining. He uses everything wrong to his full advantage. The movie is full of hope, positivity, and emotions.

7.   Good Will Hunting

Genre: Romance, Drama

Release Year: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Written by: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

Box Office: 225.9 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 98%

Good Will Hunting is a movie about Will Hunting, a math genius who chooses to be a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). To reach his full potential, he gets full support from a professor. But when he gets himself into trouble, the professor pushes him to get help from a renowned therapist, Sean Maguire.

8.   12 Angry Men

Genre: Legal, Drama

Release Year: 1957

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Written by: Reginald Rose

Box Office: 2 Million USD

IMDb Rating: 9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

This classic masterpiece of cinema is a must-watch for every individual who yearns to learn about human behavior. This courtroom drama is about twelve jurors who have to decide the fate of a young boy accused of first-degree murder. During the deliberations, a number of biases and prejudices threaten the justice system however, truth prevails high. 


Genre: Romance, Drama

Release Year: 1979

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

Written by: Eleanor Witcombe

Box Office: 3,052,000 AUD

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 85%

This Australian masterpiece is a cinematic adaptation of the 1901 novel of the same name. It follows the life of a young woman living in the late 19th century, aspiring to follow her passion of writing. This movie was way ahead of its time and made sure to instill the sense of independence and financial stability in young women. The power move that makes this movie inspiring is that the protagonist chooses herself and her passion over the idea of happily ever after with a man.


In a world where Hollywood is the place to go for blockbuster movies, it is important to be aware of which ones have most inspired people throughout history. All the movies discussed in the list are the ones that have the potential to motivate and inspire the masses to a great extent.

Have fun watching these motivational movies!

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