One cannot deny that dealing with neck to neck competition and challenges sometimes get a little too much and we do need some motivation. All of us like to binge watch movies, some watch them for fun while others for the love of cinema.
How about getting some motivation and inspiration in your movie time!. Yes, you can get your motivation dose from Hollywood motivational movies as well. Here, we bring to you a list of ten motivational Hollywood movies that are truly inspirational.
Each movie in this list is from a different genre, has a different story, and characters but what all they have common is their ability to inspire you in some way.
You will get to learn a lot from these motivational movies. These movies will make you look inside, introspect and roll your sleeves to face the challenges thrown by life.
10 Best Motivational & Inspirational Hollywood Movies
So on that note, here’s a list of Top 10 Motivational Movies of Hollywood:
1. Forrest Gump
- Cast- Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field
- Year of release– 1994
- Director– Robert Zemeckis
Starring Tom Hanks as Forest Gump, this movie gained praises for its script, visual effects, direction, and Hank’s performance.
The main character of the movie is a slow-witted person named Forrest, but what’s inspiring is the fact that he never considered himself disadvantaged.
The film starts with a flashback story and the plot revolves around the life of a man from Alabama named Forest Gump.
The plot of the movie beautifully shows his life right from the phase of being a college football star, to fighting in the Vietnam war and captaining a shrimp boat.
Forrest Gump leaves an impression on the viewers with his childlike innocence. The central character of this movie always tried to make people around him happy in his own small ways. It is indeed an inspirational movie.
2. Pursuit of Happiness
- Year of Release– 2006
- Cast– Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
- Director– Gabriele Muccino
The pursuit of happiness is an inspiring story of Christopher Gardner (played by Will Smith) who refuses to give up to the difficulties of life. He was evicted from his home, but he turns his life around and becomes the head of his own brokerage firm.
This movie beautifully highlights the father and son bond, the struggle of the father (Chris) to provide a good future for his son. In spite of everyday struggles, the father-son duo finds small bits of happiness they find in their togetherness.
The father who fights all the odds ranging from financial difficulties to emotional turmoil finally gets the success. The Pursuit Of Happiness is a motivational movie that gives us a message of never giving up!
3. Cinderella Man
- Year of Release– 2005
- Cast– Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine, Bruce McGill, and Ron Canada
- Director– Ron Howard
Cinderella is an American biographical sports drama film about a boxer who is forced to give up boxing after breaking his hand in the ring. When James J. Braddock stopped boxing, his wife was both a relief and a little stressed.
She cannot stand the violence that comes as part and parcel of his husband’s profession, yet she knows they will not have enough income without his boxing. After leaving the ring, he does manual labor as a longshoreman to support his family but unfortunately, he cannot get work every day.
He fights again in the ring to win a second chance for his family and becomes an unlikely national hero.
4. Dallas Buyers Club
- Year of Release– 2013
- Cast– Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn and Dallas Roberts
- Director– Jean-Marc Vallée
The next movie in this list, Dallas Buyers Club is inspired by true events. The movie revolves around an AIDS patient named Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey) who is diagnosed in the mid-1980s. This was the time when HIV/AIDS was not fully understood and highly stigmatized, there were no treatments for AIDS.
He was ostracized by family, gets fired from his job, and is eventually evicted from his home. He illegally smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas after thinking that they improve his symptoms.
He later establishes a hugely successful “buyers’ club” and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance.
- Year of Release– 2011
- Cast– Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill
- Director– Bennett Miller
This is a sports film based on Micheal Lewis’s non-fiction book named ‘Moneyball’. In this movie, Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, a general manager of the Oakland A’s.
He assembles the team but was forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget. Now Billy Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs.
Instead of relying on scout’s experience and intuition he selects the players based on their on-base percentage (OBP) and ignored their perceived weaknesses.
Brand and Beane use this methodology to hire undervalued players like aging outfielder David Justice, submarine pitcher, and injured catcher Scott Hatteberg.
It is one of the best performances of Brad Pitt! And Moneyball is one of the best Motivational movie.
6. The Godfather
- Year of Release– 1972
- Cast– Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, and Diane Keaton.
- Director– Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather is one of the most influential movies, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in the world cinema.
This film paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America. Its balanced plot perfectly presents the story of Corleone’s ugly crime business and family life.
This movie was nominated for seven awards at the 30th Golden Globe Awards and was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. If you haven’t seen this inspirational movie, it is a must watch for all the people out there!
- Year of Release– 1976
- Director– Sylvester Stallone
‘Life is not about how had of a hit you can give, it’s about how many you can take and still keep moving forwards’– Rocky
The movie Rocky is not just about boxing, it is about the struggles and hard work. This motivational movie is a journey of a man who starts from being ‘nobody’ and becomes ‘somebody’ through sheer hard work.
The well-knit plot takes you through the daily life of the main character, his struggles, career and his relationship with his best friend’s sister. This movie is a real tribute to the human spirit, it reminds us that one can accomplish the impossible with hard work.
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8. Shawshank Redemption
- Year of Release– 1994
- Cast– Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, William Sadler, Jeffrey De Munn
- Director– Frank Darabont
The Shawshank Redemption is an inspiring story of hope, faith, and bonding. It is a story of a prominent banker Andy Dufresne, who is unjustly convicted of murder and sentences 19 years of imprisonment in the Shawshank.
In this prison, he is befriended by a convict who helps him to cope with prison life.
This inspirational movie gives a strong message of friendship and perseverance and with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature.
9. 127 Hours
- Year of Release– 2008
- Cast– James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
- Director- Danny Boyle
This motivational movie is based on the true story of a mountain climber named Aron Ralston. This thrilling story that takes the viewers on a never before experienced journey and shows us the importance of life!
The movie takes us to the year 2003 when a mountaineer named Aron Ralston goes for hiking at Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. He meets hikers Kristi and Megan and shows them an underground pool.
After spending some time with these hikers, Aron continues through a slot canyon in Blue John Canyon on his own. He slips and falls, knocking a boulder that crushes his right hand against the wall.
He gets trapped and over the next five days, he examines his life, recalls friends, lovers, family, and even the last two people he ever had the chance to meet. He then gathers the courage to extricate himself by any means necessary.
In this condition, he scales a 65-foot wall and hikes over 8 miles before he is finally rescued.
- Year of Release– 1982
- Director- Richard Attenborough
- Casting- Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi
Gandhi is an epic historical drama film that tells the life story of Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi. He was the leader of India’s non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the British rule in India.
In this movie, Gandhi’s character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. It is really inspiring to see how he uses his patience as a tool to drive the British out of the subcontinent.
The inspirational movie includes Mahatma Gandhi’s role in the freedom movement and how he spends his last days trying to bring about peace between both nations after independence.
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