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Top 100 Best Inspirational Movies Of All Time

Shivam ParasharShivam-Posted Oct 18, 2021


Inspirational Movies

 

What most people need and what most people lack in life is inspiration in any shape or form.

 

Therefore, "inspiration" is one the most luxurious assets one can possess in life. Taking time out to watch an out-of-the-box inspiring movie is not only a stress-relieving pastime but also a source of motivation.

 

An inspiring motion picture will always introduce its viewers to scrutinize different circumstances of life and teach them how to hold their own during the time of relentless crises.

 

This, in turn, helps the viewer prepare for any kind of situation that they might have to deal with in the near and often unpredictable future.

 

As humans, we start growing old so rapidly that the child in us is lost and we stop showing excitement in the marvels of life.

 

Thus, some feature films have so much power and life in them that they end up helping us in restoring our innocence and understanding the proximity of any situation while maturing.

 

These films even turn out to give us a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience; something that eventually promises to make us better as independent individuals and look for the brighter side of things no matter how life is treating us then.

 

Having said that, let us now take an in-depth look at 100 of the most inspiring and motivational movies of all time.

 

These are films that promise to inject a sense of belonging in you and for the right reasons.

 

Let's get familiar with them in a better way than ever before.

 

 

100. Fame (1980)

 

Fame (1980)

 

Entity Detail
Title Fame
Year 1980
Watch time 134 min
Directors Alan Parker
Cast Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean
Box Office $0.00M
IMDb Rating 6.6
Metascore 58
Writers Christopher Gore
Music By Michael Gore
Cinematography By Michael Seresin
Costume By Geoffrey Kirkland

 

One of the most iconic dance movies to have ever been made, 'Fame' is a feature film whose cult has only grown with time.

 

This successful film tells the story of a group of teenagers craving a spot in show business.

 

Although not without its flaws, Fame is one film that will live on in one way or another for many years to come courtesy of its focus on relevant themes such as peer pressure, sensitivity, and overcoming uncertainties.

 

Not only that but it also inspires its viewers to try to meet or, in fact, exceed expectations by showcasing their talents and achieving their full potential in life.

 

While it may not look as realistic as it did during its time of release, it still carries the essence that made it inspiring when it hit the screens.

 

 

99. Babe (1995)

 

Babe (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Babe
Year 1995
Watch time 91 min
Directors Chris Noonan
Cast James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes
Box Office $66.60M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 83
Writers Dick King-Smith
Music By Nigel Westlake
Cinematography By Andrew Lesnie
Costume By Roger Ford

 

This Chris Noonan-helmed project traces the growth of an orphaned piglet who is adopted by a motherly sheepdog.

 

A deeply moving motion picture, 'Babe' is often called one of the cutest films to have hit the cinemas during the 1990s.

 

As adorable as its execution is though, it is also inspiring courtesy of its praiseworthy attempt to incorporate themes of social isolation and animal cruelty to make an impact.

 

The film also tries to communicate that one of the most ambitious things to do in life is to find your true calling and live for the same; and that this should be done while proving those who don't believe in you wrong.

 

 

98. Working Girl (1988)

 

Working Girl (1988)

 

Entity Detail
Title Working Girl
Year 1988
Watch time 113 min
Directors Mike Nichols
Cast Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin
Box Office $64.00M
IMDb Rating 6.8
Metascore 73
Writers Kevin Wade
Music By Michael Ballhaus
Cinematography By Sam O'Steen
Costume By Doug Kraner

 

Comprising one of the best roles of Melanie Griffith's career, this Mike Nichols directorial venture brings to light the relevant issue of women being held back by a sexist work environment.

 

While the entertaining screenplay deals with issues that continue to hamper women's health and well-being at their workplace even today, it also guarantees to convey that even though greed is not good, it is essential to stand by your principles for the betterment of your own self.

 

A corporate tale worth enjoying, this wonderful film almost tries to work as a "How to Succeed" type of script in today's age and time.

 

Needless to say, for their respective portrayals, both Griffith and Sigourney Weaver were nominated for the Oscar categories of best actress and best-supporting actress, respectively.

 

 

97. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

 

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

 

Entity Detail
Title An Officer and a Gentleman
Year 1982
Watch time 124 min
Directors Taylor Hackford
Cast Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Robert Loggia
Box Office $129.80M
IMDb Rating 7
Metascore 75
Writers Douglas Day Stewart
Music By Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography By Donald E. Thorin
Costume By Philip M. Jefferies

 

Often called one the best films produced about military training, 'An Officer and a Gentleman' is an outstanding feature film that is as inspiring as it is paradoxical.

 

This is because while the general theme focuses on the importance of hard work during military training and the "common good" of the clan, it also seems to coincide faultlessly with the phenomenon of male aggression.

 

However, the screenplay tacitly inspires by talking about how one should remain strong and tenacious in this cold and demanding world.

 

This crowd-pleasing drama continues to remain relevant as it stresses the need to remain physically fit and appreciate the support of your loved ones in this fast-paced world.

 

 

96. Madame Curie (1943)

 

Madame Curie (1943)

 

Entity Detail
Title Madame Curie
Year 1943
Watch time 124 min
Directors Mervyn LeRoy, Albert Lewin
Cast Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Bassermann
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore ---
Writers Paul Osborn
Music By Herbert Stothart
Cinematography By Joseph Ruttenberg
Costume By Edwin B. Willis

 

Based on the life of scientist Marie Curie, who is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium, 'Madame Curie' is an inspiring feature film that stars Greer Garson in the lead role.

 

This movie continues to motivate its viewers by emphasizing the significance of industriousness: a recurring theme throughout the film.

 

This biopic also brings to light Marie Curie's contribution to finding cancer treatments, all while hoping to convey that one's ability to remain focused and dedicated towards their work will always bear fruit, no matter how hard the journey.

 

An appropriate biopic for its era, Madame Curie paints a positive portrait of who Marie and Pierre Curie were and why they are so important in the history of science.

 

 

95. The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

 

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Spirit of St. Louis
Year 1957
Watch time 135 min
Directors Billy Wilder
Cast James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore ---
Writers Charles A. Lindbergh
Music By Franz Waxman
Cinematography By Robert Burks
Costume By William L. Kuehl

 

Helmed by Billy Wilder and starring one of the greatest lead actors of the bygone century, 'The Spirit of St. Louis' is a biographical drama whose real beauty and inspiring undertones come to the fore as it attempts to tell the story of Charles Lindbergh's historic flight across the Atlantic from New York City to Paris.

 

The film serves as a valuable piece of knowledge for viewers who have little to no interest in flipping through history.

 

The screenplay tracks Lindbergh's uplifting journey while focusing on who he was as a person.

 

Since it has been directed by the inimitable Billy Wilder, it has tidbits of humor injected into the screenplay.

 

That said, this motion picture is an inspiring history lesson told with visual splendor.

 

 

94. The Paper Chase (1973)

 

The Paper Chase (1973)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Paper Chase
Year 1973
Watch time 113 min
Directors James Bridges
Cast Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman, Graham Beckel
Box Office $1.85M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 65
Writers John Jay Osborn Jr.
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Gordon Willis
Costume By Gerry Holmes

 

Arguably one of the finest films produced about dealing with a figure of authority, 'The Paper Chase' is inspiring in a way that it is as relevant of a guide to law school as any motion picture to have released after it; especially to those who are interested in the subject of law and order.

 

Although it can risk coming across as a typical college-themed movie on the surface, it digs deeper and attempts to make its audience realize the importance of electing an idol and look up to them to get inspired and eventually succeed in life.

 

This feature film has no doubt set the precedent for movies set in law schools and continues to remain a favorite among law students.

 

 

93. Silkwood (1983)

 

Silkwood (1983)

 

Entity Detail
Title Silkwood
Year 1983
Watch time 131 min
Directors Mike Nichols
Cast Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson
Box Office $35.62M
IMDb Rating 7.2
Metascore 64
Writers Nora Ephron
Music By Georges Delerue
Cinematography By Miroslav Ondrícek
Costume By Patrizia von Brandenstein

 

Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell in prominent roles, 'Silkwood' is a one-of-a-kind motion picture that is as inspiring as it is educational.

 

Though it is often lauded as an anti-nuclear mainstream feature film, that simply is the underlying theme in its screenplay.

 

Having said that, the execution of the movie sheds ample light on the story of the working-class people; people who have worked the hardest and have yet been neglected by the mainstream.

 

Streep's Karen Silkwood is a character so deep that the viewers are left with no choice but to root for her ethical and inspiring conduct through the film's runtime.

 

 

92. Chariots of Fire (1981)

 

Chariots of Fire (1981)

 

This incredibly famous sports drama documents the intersecting routes of two athletes, namely Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, as they gear up for the Paris Olympic Games of 1924.

 

Even though two of the most prominent themes of the movie are masculinity and anti‐Semitism, its inspiring screenplay carries a timeless message; one that requests the viewers to never let go of their will to win.

 

The Hugh Hudson-helmed flick is special because it truly glorifies the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

 

This inspiring saga has been a perfect cure-all for many of its viewers during their harsh and worrying times.

 

 

91. Boys Town (1938)

 

Boys Town (1938)

 

Entity Detail
Title Boys Town
Year 1938
Watch time 96 min
Directors Norman Taurog
Cast Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore ---
Writers John Meehan
Music By Edward Ward
Cinematography By Sidney Wagner
Costume By Jack Dawn

 

Filmmaker Norman Taurog’s 'Boys Town' is based on the true story of Father Flanagan (played by Spencer Tracy, who bagged an Academy Award for the Best Actor for his performance), whose aim to provide decent care and a home to children who desperately needed it made him a heroic father figure.

 

Through Tracy's portrayal of Flanagan, the film tries to tell its viewers to treat everyone equally, irrespective of their race, creed, religion, or color.

 

Not only that but the screenplay also stresses the importance of being helpful towards those who might need a helping hand.

 

The story derives its timeless appeal from the fact that it aspires to explain that the devastating effects of trauma at a young age can be nullified if the right amount of care, love, and support is provided to those who need it.

 

 

90. National Velvet (1944)

 

National Velvet (1944)

 

Entity Detail
Title National Velvet
Year 1944
Watch time 123 min
Directors Clarence Brown
Cast Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore ---
Writers Enid Bagnold
Music By Herbert Stothart
Cinematography By Leonard Smith
Costume By Edwin B. Willis

 

'National Velvet' is a technicolor sports drama helmed by Clarence Brown and is based on the 1935 novel of the same name by Enid Bagnold.

 

This inspiring motion picture comprises a solid star cast and shows one girl's firm belief in herself and in accomplishing her extraordinary dreams.

 

Through young Elizabeth Taylor's character projection, the film emphasizes the satisfaction of one’s struggle and the eventual disillusionment after success.

 

In addition, the screenplay also sheds light on the importance of having favorable ties with one's family and friends.

 

While this film uncovers themes of perseverance and commitment quite well for its time, it does so by motivating the audience to take a giant leap to meet their aspirations.

 

 

89. Gunga Din (1939)

 

Gunga Din (1939)

 

Entity Detail
Title Gunga Din
Year 1939
Watch time 117 min
Directors George Stevens
Cast Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore ---
Writers Joel Sayre
Music By Alfred Newman
Cinematography By Joseph H. August
Costume By Darrell Silvera

 

Partially inspired by Rudyard Kipling's poem of the same title, 'Gunga Din' is a classic motion picture that has successfully stood the test of time courtesy of its strong star-cast, great performances, and inspiring and implied ideas.

 

The screenplay continues to resonate with the viewers even today because it gives an important lesson in soldierly love and ultra-nationalism; two topics that are a part of almost every warfare across the globe.

 

The script also incorporates themes of friendship, loyalty, and adventure to churn out a promising old-fashioned adventure drama that is as happening as it is inspiring.

 

 

88. Norma Rae (1979)

 

Norma Rae (1979)

 

Entity Detail
Title Norma Rae
Year 1979
Watch time 114 min
Directors Martin Ritt
Cast Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle
Box Office $22.23M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 61
Writers Irving Ravetch
Music By David Shire
Cinematography By John A. Alonzo
Costume By Walter Scott Herndon

 

This Martin Ritt-helmed project is a piercing movie about the working-class struggle in the United States of America.

 

While it focuses on unionizing and feminism, it also delicately merges these themes into the contours of working-class culture and the complexities of everyday life.

 

The inspiring and hard-hitting screenplay connects with the sentiments of the viewers and tries to comprehend unions while informing the audience about the entire procedure of union-management and organizing.

 

The main highlight of the script though is the detailed pro-union message and Norma Rae’s strong female lead; especially because it shows her growing class consciousness with decency.

 

 

87. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

 

What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title What's Love Got to Do with It
Year 1993
Watch time 118 min
Directors Brian Gibson
Cast Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, RaéVen Kelly, Virginia Capers
Box Office $39.10M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 76
Writers Tina Turner
Music By Stanley Clarke
Cinematography By Jamie Anderson
Costume By Stephen Altman

 

'What's Love Got to Do with It' is a biographical musical drama helmed by Brian Gibson and is based on the life of American singer Tina Turner.

 

The screenplay of this powerful piece of cinema communicates that domestic abuse doesn’t know the gender, sexuality, race, class status, or even popularity.

 

Seeing this inspiring motion picture can help people empathize with the protagonist's story, especially because it's based on real-life events.

 

This motion picture conveys to victims of domestic violence that they’re not alone in their fight and that they deserve better than to continue to be in an abusive relationship.

 

 

86. Seabiscuit (2003)

 

Seabiscuit (2003)

 

Entity Detail
Title Seabiscuit
Year 2003
Watch time 140 min
Directors Gary Ross
Cast Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper
Box Office $120.28M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 72
Writers Laura Hillenbrand
Music By Randy Newman
Cinematography By John Schwartzman
Costume By Jeannine Oppewall

 

Helmed by director Gary Ross, 'Seabiscuit' is based on a 1999 non-fiction book titled Seabiscuit: An American Legend, authored by Laura Hillenbrand.

 

Nominated for seven Oscars at the time, this feature film revolves around the success story of a racehorse named Seabiscuit.

 

The film inspires its audience to believe that dreams can come true, all while emphasizing the significance of good leadership and standing up for your well-wishers in trying and testing times.

 

Besides this, it also strives to convey that one should never forget to look for opportunities that arise from defeat, for they teach us more than winning ever can.

 

Likewise, the inspiring script of this acclaimed movie also requests the viewers to listen to their hearts and allow themselves to feel liberated from within.

 

 

85. Stand and Deliver (1988)

 

Stand and Deliver (1988)

 

Entity Detail
Title Stand and Deliver
Year 1988
Watch time 103 min
Directors Ramón Menéndez
Cast Edward James Olmos, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris
Box Office $13.99M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 77
Writers Ramón Menéndez
Music By Craig Safan
Cinematography By Tom Richmond
Costume By Milo

 

Based on the true story of a high school mathematics teacher Jaime Escalante, 'Stand and Deliver' stands true to its title and truly delivers.

 

The film derives its inspiring undertones from the fact that it allows its viewers to understand that anyone willing to learn and improve can be taught.

 

A close to perfect motion picture for the teachers and students alike, it implores the educators to understand that they must work as hard as their students if they want their students to achieve their goals.

 

If one has truly been lucky, they must have had a teacher like Escalante at least once in their lives.

 

 

84. The Karate Kid (1984)

 

The Karate Kid (1984)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Karate Kid
Year 1984
Watch time 126 min
Directors John G. Avildsen
Cast Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove
Box Office $90.82M
IMDb Rating 7.3
Metascore 60
Writers Robert Mark Kamen
Music By Bill Conti
Cinematography By James Crabe
Costume By William J. Cassidy

 

A classic underdog story of the 80s, ‘The Karate Kid’ is one of the most inspiring and influential motion pictures of its time.

 

It tells the story of a martial arts master and a bullied teenager and reflects upon the sacred bond that a teacher and student share.

 

Through their inspiring journey, this cult movie asks the viewers to learn from adversities and not be afraid of them.

 

It also stresses that there are no shortcuts to success so one must be committed to what they want.

 

In addition, this feature also helps in diminishing many stereotypes associated with Asian people.

 

 

83. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

 

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Diary of Anne Frank
Year 1959
Watch time 180 min
Directors George Stevens
Cast Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer
Box Office $5.01M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 59
Writers Frances Goodrich
Music By Alfred Newman
Cinematography By William C. Mellor
Costume By George W. Davis Lyle R. Wheeler

 

A cult classic of sorts, 'The Diary of Anne Frank' is as much a tale about growing up as it is a story about the Jewish experience in the Second World War.

 

This George Stevens directorial venture inspires its viewers by underscoring the importance of accepting oneself, all while trying to explore the distinction between being benevolent and being selfish amid difficult circumstances.

 

Not only is Anne's diary a remarkable evocation of a growing teenage girl under any situation, but it is also an educative throwback that reflects on the plight of Jews during the period of the Holocaust.

 

However, the most important message here is that even though people may belong to a different religion or race, it doesn't mean that they should be treated differently.

 

 

82. The Black Stallion (1979)

 

The Black Stallion (1979)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Black Stallion
Year 1979
Watch time 118 min
Directors Carroll Ballard
Cast Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 84
Writers Melissa Mathison
Music By Carmine Coppola
Cinematography By Caleb Deschanel
Costume By Ted Holliday

 

Director Carroll Ballard's 'The Black Stallion' centers around the connection that forms between a caring, dedicated teenager and a raucous stallion.

 

The inspiring storytelling goes on to say a lot about how everyone needs to be treated with love and tenderness, and how the strongest of bonds between dissimilar entities can often be the motivation one needs in life.

 

Similarly, it also sheds light on the alliance between humans and animals and how it needs to be treated with compassion as well.

 

That said, several other inspiring themes are also infused into the screenplay; each of which gives a great lesson in self-reliance, nature, cooperation, and the importance of a contest that pushes one to do better in life.

 

 

81. Places in the Heart (1984)

 

Places in the Heart (1984)

 

Entity Detail
Title Places in the Heart
Year 1984
Watch time 111 min
Directors Robert Benton
Cast Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan
Box Office $34.90M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 70
Writers Robert Benton
Music By John Kander
Cinematography By Néstor Almendros
Costume By Gene Callahan

 

Set during the time of the Great Depression when life was full of despair, 'Places in the Heart' is one mainstream feature film that is often prudent about the good and evil and the right and wrong in everyday choices and real-world experience.

 

It is an emotionally involving story about battling hardship and living with expectations in a small Texas town during the 1930s.

 

The screenplay comprises critical themes of discrimination, unrest, determination, self-sacrifice, and benevolence; each of which continues to inspire the viewers of this drama even to the very day.

 

While delivering a meaningful message merged with religious spirituality, this Robert Benton-helmed project brings the Depression Era to life.

 

 

80. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

 

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Searching for Bobby Fischer
Year 1993
Watch time 109 min
Directors Steven Zaillian
Cast Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen
Box Office $7.27M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 89
Writers Fred Waitzkin
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Conrad L. Hall
Costume By David Gropman

 

A reasonable family feature film for its time, 'Searching for Bobby Fischer' tells the inspiring real-life story of a child who shows signs of being a chess prodigy.

 

The film analyzes many relatable themes like the importance of parenting, grooming, and sportsmanship. It also sheds light on the fact that failure can often be an eye-opening experience and that one should do their best to make the best of any situation.

 

Though the primary focus here is chess, the protagonist's inspiring story applies to every circumstance and sport.

 

In addition, the script implores the parents to support their child without hesitation or pushing; a message that continues to have its relevance in today's age and time as well.

 

 

79. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

 

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Driving Miss Daisy
Year 1989
Watch time 99 min
Directors Bruce Beresford
Cast Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone
Box Office $106.59M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 81
Writers Alfred Uhry
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Peter James
Costume By Bruno Rubeo

 

This stirring tale of an unlikely friendship between two very different individuals is one of the most inspiring motion pictures to have hit the screens during the late 1980s.

 

While the story here concentrates on many social and political issues arising in the 1950s and 1960s, its overpowering theme attempts to show how aging often compels us to depend on others more than we can depend on ourselves.

 

Having said that, this Academy Award-winner also talks about how important is for us to respect the time and enjoy our days of freedom.

 

It also supports the belief that every stage of our life is priceless and, therefore, should never be taken for granted.

 

 

78. Pinocchio (1940)

 

Pinocchio (1940)

 

Entity Detail
Title Pinocchio
Year 1940
Watch time 88 min
Directors Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen
Cast Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher
Box Office $84.25M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 99
Writers Carlo Collodi
Music By Leigh Harline Paul J. Smith Frank Churchill
Cinematography By Ken Anderson
Costume By Edwin Aardal

 

Based on the 1883 Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, this motion picture has continued to hold its ground for being one of the most inspiring family classics of all time.

 

The second animated feature film produced by Disney has an inspiring message for all its viewers and especially the kids; one that asks them to be brave and truthful and follow their conscience.

 

It also attempts to convey that those who disobey the good suggestions and advice of the elders are bound to succumb to the pressures of life.

 

It is also a coming-of-age story in many ways as Pinocchio's desire to be a grown-up remains the film's underlying theme.

 

 

77. Erin Brockovich (2000)

 

Erin Brockovich (2000)

 

Entity Detail
Title Erin Brockovich
Year 2000
Watch time 131 min
Directors Steven Soderbergh
Cast Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, David Brisbin, Dawn Didawick
Box Office $125.60M
IMDb Rating 7.4
Metascore 73
Writers Susannah Grant
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Edward Lachman
Costume By Philip Messina

 

Directed by Steven Soderbergh and headlined by Julia Roberts, this biographical drama tells the story of an unemployed single mother who becomes a decisive legal assistant and pledges to bring down a manufacturing firm criticized for polluting the local water supply.

 

While its patient screenplay focuses on the damage manufacturing and industrialization have caused to our natural resources, it also implicitly asks the viewers to understand the meaning of sustainable development.

 

The themes here revolve around water, health, and wealth and informs its viewers about the grave environmental health issues that stem from these often interrelated issues in the real world.

 

 

76. Dark Victory (1939)

 

Dark Victory (1939)

 

Entity Detail
Title Dark Victory
Year 1939
Watch time 104 min
Directors Edmund Goulding
Cast Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore ---
Writers Casey Robinson
Music By Max Steiner
Cinematography By Ernest Haller
Costume By Orry-Kelly

 

This Edmund Goulding directorial venture traces the journey of socialite Judith Traherne (Bette Davis), who lives a lavish but emotionally empty life.

 

This motion picture is inspiring in the sense that it expects its audience to understand how short life is and that time stops for no one; therefore, requesting them to make the most of their life and time so that they are left with zero regrets.

 

A sympathetically directed slice-of-life drama, it comprises one of the finest performances of Bette's career and her thought-provoking character play is certain to resonate with and inspire the viewers even to this very day.

 

 

75. Hoosiers (1986)

 

Hoosiers (1986)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hoosiers
Year 1986
Watch time 114 min
Directors David Anspaugh
Cast Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley
Box Office $28.61M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 76
Writers Angelo Pizzo
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Fred Murphy
Costume By David Nichols

 

Another popular sports drama that makes it to this list is director David Anspaugh's 'Hoosiers'.

 

The film tells the inspiring story of a short-tempered coach who trains a small-town high school basketball squad to become a top contender for the championship.

 

The screenplay holds up pretty well even today courtesy of its message that asks the viewers to understand the significance of strong leadership and setting goals.

 

Furthermore, it also talks a lot about how teamwork and dedication can help trespass all obstacles.

 

Not only that but this motion picture derives its timelessness from the fact that it strongly suggests we focus on our efforts and not the outcome; for if the effort is genuine, the objective will be within reach.

 

 

74. Rudy (1993)

 

Rudy (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Rudy
Year 1993
Watch time 114 min
Directors David Anspaugh
Cast Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind
Box Office $22.75M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 71
Writers Angelo Pizzo
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Oliver Wood
Costume By Robb Wilson King

 

'Rudy' tells the story of a boy who is willing to overcome all odds to fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

 

Through Sean Astin's titular character, this David Anspaugh directorial venture inspires its audience to never let go of their dreams, no matter how hard the circumstances.

 

This is evident by how Rudy works with his dyslexia and grades to get into Notre Dame so that he could be eligible to play for the football team.

 

Needless to say, this inspiring motion picture symbolizes that if one fights relentlessly to meet their aspirations in life, one can overcome just about anything.

 

 

73. Field of Dreams (1989)

 

Field of Dreams (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Field of Dreams
Year 1989
Watch time 107 min
Directors Phil Alden Robinson
Cast Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan
Box Office $64.43M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 57
Writers W.P. Kinsella
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By John Lindley
Costume By Dennis Gassner

 

Ever since its release more than three decades ago, this Phil Alden Robinson-helmed project has established itself as more than just a film for its ardent followers.

 

This is because its screenplay and characters give a message of conviction, love, and passion to inspire its viewers to follow their dreams; dreams that can make or break their lives.

 

This feature film, which sets its plot around the building of a baseball court in cornfields, also shifts its focus on the importance of familial relations to pursue a dream.

 

Not only that but it also emphasizes the role of faith and forgiveness to get redemption and redeem oneself.

 

 

72. Thelma & Louise (1991)

 

Thelma & Louise (1991)

 

Entity Detail
Title Thelma & Louise
Year 1991
Watch time 130 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen
Box Office $45.36M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 88
Writers Callie Khouri
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Norris Spencer

 

Director Ridley Scott's 'Thelma & Louise', besides being a film of cultural resonance, is also a lot of fun.

 

Thriving on decent performances of Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, and Harvey Keitel, it illustrates the theory of feminism to staunchly criticize patriarchy and portray positive images of women and their part in society among other issues.

 

Not only that but it also states how society has laid down rigid gender roles which, when crossed, evoke emotions of contempt against the women.

 

That said, the fact that this seemingly provocative classic takes a dig at age-old patriarchy entertainingly makes it a feminist manifesto for generations.

 

 

71. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

 

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

 

Entity Detail
Title Coal Miner's Daughter
Year 1980
Watch time 124 min
Directors Michael Apted
Cast Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak
Box Office $67.18M
IMDb Rating 7.5
Metascore 87
Writers Thomas Rickman
Music By Ralf D. Bode
Cinematography By Arthur Schmidt
Costume By John M. Dwyer

 

Based on the life of the "Queen of Country Music" Loretta Lynn, this Michael Apted directorial venture is a musical biopic that continues to inspire viewers by providing them with a viewpoint and insight into the lives of people that we may recognize by name but know little about what made them who they truly are.

 

One of the rarest biographical dramas whose screenplay revolves around a marriage in which the husband-and-wife swap roles and learn to live with the change in each other's distinct personalities, this motion picture also talks to the heart and encompasses enough facts about relationships that make it inspiring and relatable in equal measure.

 

 

70. Sounder (1972)

 

Sounder (1972)

 

Entity Detail
Title Sounder
Year 1972
Watch time 105 min
Directors Martin Ritt
Cast Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews
Box Office $3.10M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 80
Writers Lonne Elder III
Music By Taj Mahal
Cinematography By John A. Alonzo
Costume By Walter Scott Herndon

 

Yet another on-screen adaptation of an acclaimed novel is director Martin Ritt's 'Sounder'. The motion picture not only demonstrates how black people have been treated as second-class citizens throughout the years but also implicitly inspires its audience to treat human beings as equals in today's age and time.

 

While trying to project themes of alienation and loneliness endured by black people as a result of intolerance against them, the film never loses the authenticity of its main plot that hopes to motivate people to comprehend the priceless value of retaining prestige, determination, and devotion in the face of a relentless tragedy.

 

 

69. Meet John Doe (1941)

 

Meet John Doe (1941)

 

Entity Detail
Title Meet John Doe
Year 1941
Watch time 122 min
Directors Frank Capra
Cast Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore ---
Writers Richard Connell
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By George Barnes
Costume By Natalie Visart

 

Director Frank Capra's movies have always carried a message to communicate to the viewers and the case is no different with the Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck starrer 'Meet John Doe'.

 

Cooper's role-play does not only sheds light on the non-acceptance of greed and cynicism in urban civilization but also inspires the average American citizen to think better and stop getting duped by superficial stories articulated by corrupt leaders.

 

In addition to this, the characters and Capra's execution reflect on the application of the virtues of integrity, morality, and idealism; each of which is essential for the common man to hold on to in a world where democracy is getting darker by the day.

 

 

68. Lilies of the Field (1963)

 

Lilies of the Field (1963)

 

Entity Detail
Title Lilies of the Field
Year 1963
Watch time 94 min
Directors Ralph Nelson
Cast Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Isa Crino
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore ---
Writers James Poe
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Ernest Haller
Costume By Robert Eaton

 

Adapted from the 1962 novel of the same name by William Edmund Barrett, this Ralph Nelson-helmed motion picture carries a lot of inspiring undertones in its storytelling.

 

While elucidating the power of prayer and faith, the film also talks a lot about the need for humility in accomplishing goals; something that is sorely missing from the world today.

 

In addition, a fundamental theme of brotherhood also runs in this classic work of cinema in which the inner conflict of the main protagonist over his dedication to ethical and right things is shown.

 

Needless to say, the movie won Sidney Poitier an Oscar for the Best Actor for his performance.

 

 

67. Mrs. Miniver (1942)

 

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mrs. Miniver
Year 1942
Watch time 134 min
Directors William Wyler
Cast Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty
Box Office $13.50M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore ---
Writers Arthur Wimperis
Music By Herbert Stothart
Cinematography By Joseph Ruttenberg
Costume By Edwin B. Willis

 

This two-hour-long romantic war drama has been directed by William Wyler and stars actors Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in prominent roles.

 

Inspired by the 1940 novel of the same name by Jan Struther, this feature is a definitive study of how among those who are impacted by conflicts or the repercussions of it, it is the powerless people who are affected the worst.

 

Its thoroughly inspiring screenplay not only concentrates on how wars are responsible for killing hopes, dreams, people, and families but also on how war can never be the answer to any disagreement, no matter how major or minor.

 

 

66. The Defiant Ones (1958)

 

The Defiant Ones (1958)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Defiant Ones
Year 1958
Watch time 96 min
Directors Stanley Kramer
Cast Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 69
Writers Nedrick Young
Music By Ernest Gold
Cinematography By Sam Leavitt
Costume By Fernando Carrere

 

Director Stanley Kramer's 'The Defiant Ones' thrives on an interesting plot that promises to inform its audience that lack of knowledge and reasoning are the reasons why two individuals often keep apart from one another.

 

Through its central characters, one white and one black, the screenplay tries to make one understand that knowledge, respect, and love are the most important pillars in any relationship and that without them, no common goal can be achieved.

 

Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier play their parts exceedingly well and struggle to underscore the meaning of mutual understanding, all while casting light on the fact that race should never be the cause of believing or not believing in someone.

 

 

65. Shane (1953)

 

Shane (1953)

 

Entity Detail
Title Shane
Year 1953
Watch time 118 min
Directors George Stevens
Cast Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde
Box Office $20.00M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 80
Writers A.B. Guthrie Jr.
Music By Victor Young
Cinematography By Loyal Griggs
Costume By Emile Kuri

 

The most significant and continually recurring subject in the Western film genre is the one that tries to examine the impact that violence has had on people throughout the years; especially on the ones who have gone to the extent of committing it.

 

Even though 'Shane' is more of a family drama than an action-adventure, it is inspiring along the same lines.

 

Having said that, it’s not that difficult to see why this feature film has been so momentous for its genre.

 

It’s not only a top-tier Western but it also strives to show what the category can do when it is at its absolute best.

 

The inspiring performances here are only a plus point each and help this motion picture connect in a big way.

 

 

64. On Golden Pond (1981)

 

On Golden Pond (1981)

 

Entity Detail
Title On Golden Pond
Year 1981
Watch time 109 min
Directors Mark Rydell
Cast Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon
Box Office $119.29M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 68
Writers Ernest Thompson
Music By Dave Grusin
Cinematography By Billy Williams
Costume By Stephen B. Grimes

 

A movie that talks about aging, love, family, and letting the past go, 'On Golden Pond' is inspiring in more ways than one.

 

This Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn starrer do its best to convey to the viewers that no matter how troubled the relationships within the household are, one is lucky to at least be blessed with a family.

 

This is also an endearing coming-of-age story in the sense that it says a lot about understanding both the importance and need of being surrounded by your loved ones.

 

Not only that but this Mark Rydell directorial venture also emphasizes that your health is just as important as the health of the person that you care for.

 

 

63. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

 

Entity Detail
Title Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Year 1977
Watch time 138 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
Box Office $132.09M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 90
Writers Steven Spielberg
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Vilmos Zsigmond
Costume By Joe Alves

 

Another feature film of the science fiction genre to make it to this list is director Steven Spielberg's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'.

 

The screenplay here blends elements of enigma, panic, and childlike curiosity to bring out its theme that stresses the human need to relate and find deeper meaning in life.

 

It also inspires its audience by asking them to try and discard preconceived ideas in life.

 

This is evident from the movie's endeavor to show how living beings of a different world are perceived to be dangerous to our way of life.

 

In addition, the plot of this entertainer also subtly reflects upon the numerous economic and ideological trends of the United States back in the day; all while keeping both the optimistic and educative approach of its script intact.

 

 

62. Apollo 13 (1995)

 

Apollo 13 (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Apollo 13
Year 1995
Watch time 140 min
Directors Ron Howard
Cast Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise
Box Office $173.84M
IMDb Rating 7.6
Metascore 77
Writers Jim Lovell
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Michael Corenblith

 

This Oscar-nominated science fiction drama starred Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, and Kevin Bacon in prominent roles and was one of the top-grossing movies of the year that it was released in.

 

It is often termed as one of the most accurate on-screen depictions of the enigmatic science of space travel.

 

Its inspiring storytelling tries to communicate that failure is an option and that only when one fails do they truly realize the true worth of getting things done in a better way the next time.

 

The timelessness of this groundbreaking movie can be stemmed from the fact that it encouraged its viewers to understand that failure is not a terrible thing; it is, in fact, a source of inspiration rather than something that should trigger desperation.

 

 

61. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

 

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

 

Entity Detail
Title Yankee Doodle Dandy
Year 1942
Watch time 126 min
Directors Michael Curtiz
Cast James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf
Box Office $11.80M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 89
Writers Robert Buckner
Music By George M. Cohan
Cinematography By James Wong Howe
Costume By Milo Anderson

 

Another inspiring American motion picture that hit the cinemas in 1942 was the James Cagney starrer, 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'.

 

For those of you who are having a tough day or week, this motion picture can turn out to be an uplifting viewing experience, courtesy of James Cagney's superb portrayal of the legendary song and dance man, George M. Cohan.

 

He adds a lot of authenticity and glamour to his performance by imitating Cohan’s stiff-legged style of dancing, including in the climax where he's seen coming down the stairs at the White House after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Franklin Roosevelt.

 

 

60. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

 

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Pride of the Yankees
Year 1942
Watch time 128 min
Directors Sam Wood
Cast Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore ---
Writers Jo Swerling
Music By Leigh Harline
Cinematography By Rudolph Maté
Costume By Perry Ferguson

 

Another Gary Cooper starrer that makes it to this list is 'The Pride of the Yankees'.

 

This Sam Wood-helmed flick mixes facts with fiction to tell baseball player Lou Gehrig's life story.

 

Often called one of the best American sports feature films of all time, this one inspires its viewers by emphasizing how the son of immigrant parents turns out to be one of the most celebrated sports legends in the country.

 

Watch out for Gehrig's popular and heart-touching Yankee Stadium farewell speech that is hailed as one of the best addresses by a sports star anywhere in the world.

 

 

59. Sergeant York (1941)

 

Sergeant York (1941)

 

Entity Detail
Title Sergeant York
Year 1941
Watch time 134 min
Directors Howard Hawks
Cast Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias
Box Office $16.40M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore ---
Writers Abem Finkel
Music By Max Steiner
Cinematography By Sol Polito
Costume By Fred M. MacLean

 

'Sergeant York' is a story about a marksman who is drafted in the First World War and ends up becoming one of the heroes of the same.

 

The film that was helmed by Howard Hawks and starred Gary Cooper in the lead talks about the need to be supported by one's family and lady love, especially amid chaos and carnage.

 

Since the basic plot revolved around war and because this was a biopic, its nationalistic and inspirational themes resonated with the cinema buffs of that era.

 

In addition, this motion picture also talked a lot about the importance of religious awakening and earned its lead performer a well-deserved Oscar for the Best Actor.

 

 

58. Breaking Away (1979)

 

Breaking Away (1979)

 

Entity Detail
Title Breaking Away
Year 1979
Watch time 101 min
Directors Peter Yates
Cast Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley
Box Office $16.42M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 91
Writers Steve Tesich
Music By Matthew F. Leonetti
Cinematography By Cynthia Scheider
Costume By Lee Poll

 

Director Peter Yates's 'Breaking Away' is not only about companionship and competition, but it is also an affectionate coming-of-age story.

 

What adds to its charm is the fact that it is yet another tale that shows an underdog trying to prevail against a powerful and popular competitor.

 

Having said that, the screenplay's beauty truly comes to the fore when it strives to address crucial issues with tenderness and wit.

 

Its coming-of-age aspect is brought to light when it shows how going to college and leaving your friends behind is all a part of growing up; all while focusing on how important it is for a parent and the child to work on the generational gap to resolve any potential difference in the near future.

 

 

57. The Verdict (1982)

 

The Verdict (1982)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Verdict
Year 1982
Watch time 129 min
Directors Sidney Lumet
Cast Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason
Box Office $54.00M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 77
Writers Barry Reed
Music By Johnny Mandel
Cinematography By Andrzej Bartkowiak
Costume By John Kasarda

 

Based on lawyer Barry Reed's novel of the same name, 'The Verdict' takes a tough look at the human damage put forth by institutional incompetence and relentless corruption in the system.

 

This Sidney Lumet directorial venture attempts to cast light on how professionals manipulate the system that they pledge to serve, all while putting forth the value of idealism in a world contaminated by deep-rooted cynicism.

 

Moreover, Paul Newman’s hard-hitting speech to the jury declares how the powerful have the power to convert the powerless into victims and asks the viewers to understand and the judicial system to change this “practice” for the betterment of society.

 

 

56. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Day the Earth Stood Still
Year 1951
Watch time 92 min
Directors Robert Wise
Cast Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore ---
Writers Edmund H. North
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Leo Tover
Costume By Claude E. Carpenter

 

A story about a possible alien attack in Washington, D. C., 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' is an underrated gem of the science fiction genre that digs deeper than its synopsis.

 

The screenplay of this Robert Wise-helmed project smartly asks its viewers to move away from stereotypes and analyze both the certainty and reality of everything in life.

 

Since preconceived opinions can be detrimental, they have the potential to throw people off track and cause several unwarranted disagreements.

 

This is precisely what this feature film wishes to convey by demonstrating how the military in its screenplay speculated the alien to be a natural threat to Earth; even though it didn't have ill intentions in place.

 

 

55. Ray (2004)

 

Ray (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Ray
Year 2004
Watch time 152 min
Directors Taylor Hackford
Cast Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell
Box Office $75.33M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 73
Writers Taylor Hackford
Music By Craig Armstrong
Cinematography By Pawel Edelman
Costume By Stephen Altman

 

A story about raw talent and overcoming setbacks, this inspiring motion picture starred Jamie Foxx in the lead and aspired to cover the life and career of the iconic musician, Ray Charles.

 

Foxx played the character so well that it became impossible to distinguish between him and the person that he portrayed.

 

Since biographical movies often have a motive to inspire, 'Ray' too has its heart in the right place.

 

While emphasizing the importance of a parent's support, the screenplay also talks about holding yourself firm in the face of a potentially life-altering hardship.

 

Not only that but it also tries to convey that only hard work and dedication can bring eventual triumph; no matter how overwhelming the journey is.

 

 

54. Serpico (1973)

 

Serpico (1973)

 

Entity Detail
Title Serpico
Year 1973
Watch time 130 min
Directors Sidney Lumet
Cast Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire
Box Office $29.80M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 87
Writers Peter Maas
Music By Mikis Theodorakis
Cinematography By Arthur J. Ornitz
Costume By Charles Bailey

 

Helmed by Sidney Lumet and headlined by the great Al Pacino, 'Serpico' is hands down one of the finest mainstream features to have ever depicted widespread corruption in the police administration.

 

This inspiring cop drama traces the journey of Frank Serpico and motivates its viewers to stand true to their principles, no matter how badly they are coerced into doing something unethical.

 

The influence of this biopic can be gauged from the fact that it not only had a socio-political impact on American society but also inspired a lot of young people to join the police department.

 

The movie's influence on police reform and whistleblowing in the workplace is one for the ages.

 

 

53. Philadelphia (1993)

 

Philadelphia (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Philadelphia
Year 1993
Watch time 125 min
Directors Jonathan Demme
Cast Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell, Buzz Kilman
Box Office $77.32M
IMDb Rating 7.7
Metascore 66
Writers Ron Nyswaner
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Tak Fujimoto
Costume By Kristi Zea

 

Starring Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks in prominent roles, ‘Philadelphia’ is one of the most inspiring motion pictures to have ever been released on a medical condition.

 

The omnipresent theme in this acclaimed classic is that of discrimination based on sexual orientation and HIV status; a critical issue in which negative attitudes and abuses are directed towards people living with HIV and AIDS.

 

Its inspiring execution not only confronts the medical aspect of the AIDS crisis but also tackles the common perception that the general public takes toward people battling the disease.

 

Having said that, this socially conscious feature is not the disclosure on AIDS as it was initially hyped to be, but it still carries enough heart and courage to convey that discrimination in any form or kind can eat up a society from within and that every human being has to the right to live their life with dignity.

 

 

52. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

 

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

 

Entity Detail
Title Birdman of Alcatraz
Year 1962
Watch time 147 min
Directors John Frankenheimer
Cast Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 76
Writers Guy Trosper
Music By Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography By Burnett Guffey John Alton
Costume By Robert J. Schiffer

 

Considered to be an inspiring experience due to the ability of its characters to rise above the incredibly difficult circumstances, 'Birdman of Alcatraz' is a motion picture that expects its viewers to understand the importance of keeping themselves strong from within when faced with catastrophic occurrences.

 

Headlined by the charismatic Burt Lancaster, this feature says a lot about the need for prison reform across America.

 

His character projection makes an effective assertion about the rehabilitative potential of imprisonment; something that continues to be as important a subject as it is inspiring even today.

 

In addition, it also brings out the issues like the death penalty and questions of human worth that can make any human think.

 

 

51. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

 

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

 

Entity Detail
Title Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Year 1967
Watch time 108 min
Directors Stanley Kramer
Cast Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton
Box Office $56.70M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 63
Writers William Rose
Music By Frank De Vol
Cinematography By Sam Leavitt
Costume By Frank Tuttle

 

The film depicts stereotypes and racism in the most obvious yet subtle of ways, and while doing so, ends up imparting an important lesson or two to the viewers.

 

Directed by Stanley Kramer, this Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn starrer pursues the story of a parent duo in the 1960s who must come to terms with their daughter wanting to marry an African American man.

 

The script and the dialogues here are intelligently penned and attempt to portray the social and cultural gap between the White and Black Americans of the time.

 

The subject of the race between the Whites and Blacks is represented by the main characters who fall head over heels in love with each other.

 

Having said that, what this motion picture truly strives to convey is the message of equality, all while stating that love transcends all boundaries of race, religion, and gender, and that is what makes the feeling so pure.

 

 

50. The Killing Fields (1984)

 

The Killing Fields (1984)

 

The success of this Roland Joffé directorial venture can be attributed to the fact that it tries to examine many things in its inspiring screenplay and does so successfully.

 

Even though it revolves around a war-like predicament, it reflects upon the failures in American foreign policy and the personal tolls of violence and journalistic ethics with remarkable conviction.

 

However, the main overall theme here is that of friendship that lasts through thick and thin.

 

In addition, the film also inspires its core audience by allowing the human aspects in its screenplay to take precedence over its political undertones; all while underscoring the natural human instinct to prevail.

 

 

49. The African Queen (1951)

 

The African Queen (1951)

 

Entity Detail
Title The African Queen
Year 1951
Watch time 105 min
Directors John Huston
Cast Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull
Box Office $0.54M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 91
Writers C.S. Forester
Music By Allan Gray
Cinematography By Jack Cardiff
Costume By Leigh Aman

 

Starring Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in the lead roles, this John Houston directorial venture thrives on its theme of love; more specifically on how an unlikely bond can turn into a fondness so deep that everything else takes a backseat.

 

Through its main protagonists, the film also focuses on sub-themes of war and patriotism and uses nature as a metaphor to emphasize despair and the possibility of renewed hope amid the chaos of war and existence.

 

Having said that, another strong element that stands out is the one that asks its viewers to understand the power of forgiveness and unpredictable companionship to bring good things in life.

 

 

48. The Right Stuff (1983)

 

The Right Stuff (1983)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Right Stuff
Year 1983
Watch time 193 min
Directors Philip Kaufman
Cast Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid
Box Office $21.50M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 91
Writers Philip Kaufman
Music By Bill Conti
Cinematography By Caleb Deschanel
Costume By George R. Nelson

 

Deservedly praised for its accurate and inspiring depiction of the lives of astronauts who pioneered a flagship U.S. space program, 'The Right Stuff' is an incredible depiction of America's entry into the age of space.

 

This Philip Kaufman-helmed venture is an uplifting saga of humanity’s limitless potential to do and be better than what it has been in the past.

 

Its sub-themes of patriotism and teamwork play a massive role each in inspiring its viewers to appreciate cooperation to achieve great things; all while keeping the country's interest at the forefront of affairs.

 

The film stars actors like Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, and Scott Glenn in prominent roles and gives a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes preparation required for the men of space to get ready for their inspiring missions.

 

 

47. The Color Purple (1985)

 

The Color Purple (1986)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Color Purple
Year 1985
Watch time 154 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery
Box Office $98.47M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 78
Writers Menno Meyjes
Music By Quincy Jones
Cinematography By Allen Daviau
Costume By Linda DeScenna

 

Steven Spielberg's 'The Color Purple' is an epic coming-of-age period drama that is one of the most inspiring motion pictures of the filmmaker's celebrated career.

 

Based on Alice Walker's novel of the same name, the feature communicates a lot about the situation of racial intolerance in America.

 

The film's thought-provoking screenplay does not only argue that violence can never be an answer to anything productive but also underscores the power of both romantic and familial love.

 

Besides these inspiring and relevant themes, it also reveals how women have been oppressed by men with evil intentions throughout centuries, all while inspiring its female audience to muster the courage to tell their stories with grit, strength, and determination.

 

 

46. Glory (1989)

 

Glory (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Glory
Year 1989
Watch time 122 min
Directors Edward Zwick
Cast Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman
Box Office $26.83M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 78
Writers Kevin Jarre
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Freddie Francis
Costume By Garrett Lewis

 

One of the most accurate feature films to have been centered around war, 'Glory' has a lot to give to its viewers.

 

This film is inspiring in the sense that it enabled the students to understand the fight to make an end to slavery as one of the major goals of the Civil War.

 

Not only that but it also strengthened people's understanding of the participation of black soldiers in the Civil War as well the responsibility of white abolitionists to the cause of ending slavery.

 

A motion picture about audacity and courage, it also tries to shed ample light on the many faces of discrimination; right from slavery to unbalanced pay for black soldiers in the Union Army.

 

 

45. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

 

Entity Detail
Title E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Year 1982
Watch time 115 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace
Box Office $435.11M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 91
Writers Melissa Mathison
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Allen Daviau
Costume By Lola 'Skip' McNalley

 

A friend in need is a friend indeed and director Steven Spielberg does his best to bring this saying to life on the big screen through his classic undertaking, titled ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.’

 

An intricate part of the lives of many youngsters who grew up in the 1980s, it is a visual experience that has only gotten better with age.

 

While this motion picture inspires by stressing the fact that there is no greater relationship than that of friendship and that one should not befriend or judge any other purely based on their looks.

 

The central characters of this science-fiction drama continue to hold a special place in the heart of families courtesy of their emphasis on abstract but important concepts of loyalty, love, compassion, and teamwork; each of which is essential for individual progress in life.

 

 

44. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

 

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Year 1936
Watch time 115 min
Directors Frank Capra
Cast Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore ---
Writers Robert Riskin
Music By Howard Jackson
Cinematography By Joseph Walker
Costume By Samuel Lange

 

This motion picture carries obvious shades of patriotism and stresses the triumph of the people over deep-seated conceptions of society.

 

Essentially a screwball romantic comedy, this acclaimed Frank Capra project tries to inspire its viewers by asking them to keep their individual innocence intact, all while reflecting on the corruption in administration in the big cities.

 

In addition, Gary Cooper’s noteworthy lead performance is one of the finest on-screen depictions of the power of a common man in a democratic state and, therefore, stresses the fact that values like honesty, decency, and morality should never go out of fashion, irrespective of one’s political ideology.

 

 

43. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

 

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

 

Entity Detail
Title Sullivan's Travels
Year 1941
Watch time 90 min
Directors Preston Sturges
Cast Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore ---
Writers Preston Sturges
Music By Charles Bradshaw
Cinematography By John F. Seitz
Costume By Hans Dreier A. Earl Hedrick

 

Preston Sturges’s ‘Sullivan’s Travels’ traces the journey of a film director who wants to experience life as a homeless person to get inspired for his next motion picture.

 

Throughout the course of the screenplay, the socially conscious drama uses its crowd-pleasing abilities to send out a message that laughter is the most important medicine and that one should try to laugh even if the situation provides them little to no room to laugh.

 

Also, the very subtle yet observant reflection of how the distance between the rich and poor goes beyond the money that they have in their bank account is apparent.

 

Not only that but through Sullivan’s travels, the film also wishes to communicate that only when we try to understand the plight of others can we truly take a step towards understanding our inner selves.

 

 

42. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

 

Entity Detail
Title Miracle on 34th Street
Year 1947
Watch time 96 min
Directors George Seaton
Cast Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart
Box Office $2.65M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 88
Writers George Seaton
Music By Cyril J. Mockridge
Cinematography By Lloyd Ahern Sr.
Costume By Ernest Lansing

 

'Miracle on 34th Street' is an inspiration in the form that it stresses the importance of positive thinking and having an optimistic vision to get what one needs in life.

 

The fact that it is a Christmas-themed feature only adds to the sanguinity of the festivities and makes the screenplay even more believable.

 

Through one of its central protagonists Susan (played by Natalie Wood), the script aspires to demonstrate that the first step one must take to make their wish come true is by acknowledging that dreams can turn into a reality.

 

Susan's mantra of “I believe, I believe…it’s silly, but I believe”, is a huge reminder to the viewers to never give up on their faith and aspirations, no matter what life throws their way.

 

 

41. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

 

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

 

Entity Detail
Title In the Heat of the Night
Year 1967
Watch time 110 min
Directors Norman Jewison
Cast Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant
Box Office $24.38M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 75
Writers Stirling Silliphant
Music By Quincy Jones
Cinematography By Haskell Wexler
Costume By Paul Groesse

 

Another Norman Jewson-helmed movie to make it to this list is ‘In the Heat of the Night.’ This wonderfully atmospheric feature is one of the most inspiring movies of the 1960s because it thrives on a script whose paramount and obvious focus is to bring the subject of racial prejudice to the fore.

 

Since the motion picture is set in the 1960s where racism was unquestionably prevalent, its desire to showcase how its protagonists Gillespie and Vigil work together putting their racial differences aside is one for the ages.

 

Furthermore, the political correctness of this movie and its endeavor to send out a message without coming across as preachy is inspiring in itself.

 

 

40. Spartacus (1960)

 

Spartacus (1960)

 

Entity Detail
Title Spartacus
Year 1960
Watch time 197 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton
Box Office $30.00M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 87
Writers Dalton Trumbo
Music By Alex North
Cinematography By Russell Metty
Costume By Eric Orbom

 

A hard-hitting adventure drama, ‘Spartacus’ was helmed by Stanley Kubrick and dealt with timelessly inspiring themes like that of the common’s man quest for freedom and class conflict.

 

What has helped this motion picture retain its inspiring undertone is that it proudly exclaims that the rich have violated the rights of the poor for centuries and that it is about time that they start treating the downtrodden equally and provide them with the same rights.

 

In addition, it also attempts to show that it is suffering that often sparks humanity in people and helps them empathize with each other.

 

However, the film’s denunciation of slavery and subjugation are its most inspiring aspects.

 

 

39. The Ten Commandments (1956)

 

The Ten Commandments (1956)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Ten Commandments
Year 1956
Watch time 220 min
Directors Cecil B. DeMille
Cast Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson
Box Office $93.74M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore ---
Writers Dorothy Clarke Wilson
Music By Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography By Loyal Griggs
Costume By Albert Nozaki Hal Pereira Walter H. Tyler

 

“The Ten Commandments’, articulated to help elevate the lives of its followers, are the first direct connection between them and their God.

 

Therefore, this motion picture carries the same title and takes its inspiration from the commandments to inspire its viewers in return.

 

While themes like that of family, solidarity, life, and dignity to live and work remain paramount in its storytelling, what sets this movie apart from the others in this list is that its entire execution is themed to inspire in the first place.

 

No wonder then that the sanctity of the Almighty, freedom from oppression, and care for god’s creation have been touched upon with utmost conviction in this one; each of which is an inspiring sub-theme each for the average viewer.

 

 

38. Harold and Maude (1971)

 

Harold and Maude (1971)

 

Entity Detail
Title Harold and Maude
Year 1971
Watch time 91 min
Directors Hal Ashby
Cast Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 62
Writers Colin Higgins
Music By John A. Alonzo
Cinematography By William A. Sawyer
Costume By William Ware Theiss

 

Focusing on the interconnectedness of life and death is something that many motion pictures have tried through the course of time, but not many have done it as gracefully as director Hal Ashby’s ‘Harold and Maude.’ Through the bond that Harold and Maude share, a lot is said about the gift of life and how it should be utilized to the fullest.

 

The myth that two people who are opposites cannot be close friends are also put to rest through its protagonists, thus, emphasizing how one should always have an open mind to accept change and to respect different perceptions.

 

 

37. Captains Courageous (1937)

 

Captains Courageous (1937)

 

Entity Detail
Title Captains Courageous
Year 1937
Watch time 117 min
Directors Victor Fleming
Cast Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore ---
Writers Rudyard Kipling
Music By Franz Waxman
Cinematography By Harold Rosson
Costume By Robert J. Schiffer

 

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name, ‘Captains Courageous’ is a coming-of-age classic which is as adventurous as it is inspiring.

 

Following the story of a spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship and gets picked up by a fishing boat, this motion picture is a great lesson in understanding the true meaning of responsibility and hard work.

 

This film does its best to communicate to its viewers that being honest with one’s work and the relentless struggle to do better can fetch one success, no matter what strata of the society they come from.

 

Another inspiring sub-theme that this motion picture carries is that of tolerance, without the presence of which one cannot truly learn to live in harmony.

 

 

36. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

 

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Raisin in the Sun
Year 1961
Watch time 128 min
Directors Daniel Petrie
Cast Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 87
Writers Lorraine Hansberry
Music By Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography By Charles Lawton Jr.
Costume By Louis Diage

 

This feature film attempts to portray a few weeks in the life of the clan of Youngers; an African American family living in Chicago.

 

Following the death of their patriarch, the members of the family find themselves on the hot seat as they continue to have discussions about what to do with the incoming insurance money. ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ is inspiring in the sense that it sheds ample light on the values on which modern-day America was built.

 

Not only that but this classic also stresses the significance of social progress and how one can achieve it by sailing through different sets of opinions.

 

Through its basic plot that revolves around losing a loved one, it also talks about how a family can aspire to move beyond segregation despite the odds that they face and the void that is left behind.

 

 

35. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

 

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

 

Entity Detail
Title Fiddler on the Roof
Year 1971
Watch time 181 min
Directors Norman Jewison
Cast Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon
Box Office $80.50M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 67
Writers Sholom Aleichem
Music By Jerry Bock
Cinematography By Oswald Morris
Costume By Robert F. Boyle

 

A sympathetic tale about a Jewish peasant family in pre-revolutionary Russia, 'Fiddler on the Roof' is a bittersweet drama that continues to move its viewers even today.

 

Although this project was a reflection of Jewish heritage, it is only just a Jewish story on the surface.

 

This is because this Norman Jewison directorial venture comprises strong themes of repression, prejudice, and diaspora that evoke a common emotion among viewers underneath its exterior.

 

In addition, this motion picture has an inspiring understanding of the notion of tradition that is implanted in its storytelling.

 

Similarly, what adds to this film's timelessness is the fact that it gives equal importance to the sub-themes of family, generation gap, and even the often difficult-to-understand concept of emigration; each of which carries its universal appeal.

 

 

34. High Noon (1952)

 

High Noon (1952)

 

Entity Detail
Title High Noon
Year 1952
Watch time 85 min
Directors Fred Zinnemann
Cast Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges
Box Office $9.45M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 89
Writers Carl Foreman
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By Floyd Crosby
Costume By Rudolph Sternad

 

Among several films that have left a lasting impression in the Western genre, 'High Noon' is the one that brushes past themes of morality, strength, and rugged self-identity, and sketches a distinguished portrait of those in Hollywood who had the stamina to stand up to outsiders; thus, emphasizing that the ones who are outsiders will be seen as non-natives.

 

Even though this was a common societal approach back then, it is something that needs to be dealt with grace and relevance in the present.

 

An Academy Award-winner for the Best Actor (Gary Cooper) at the Oscars, this flick maintains its inspiring undertone because it also serves as a cautionary tale about how one should be prepared to face political repressions that are yet to come.

 

Moreover, this western drama talks a lot about reverence and deception, and throughout its screenplay, the viewers can see how Gary Cooper's Will Kane is loyal to the town and how he is left betrayed by the townies in return.

 

 

33. All the President’s Men (1976)

 

All the President’s Men (1976)

 

Entity Detail
Title All the President's Men
Year 1976
Watch time 138 min
Directors Alan J. Pakula
Cast Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam
Box Office $70.60M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 84
Writers Carl Bernstein
Music By David Shire
Cinematography By Gordon Willis
Costume By George Jenkins

 

This riveting political thriller stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in the lead and strives to project how two reporters of The Washington Post uncover details about the Watergate scandal that eventually leads to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

 

As informative as this movie is, it continues to inspire media personnel across the globe because it casts immense light on the importance of journalistic integrity; a must-have quality that the journalists of today’s age and time have shamelessly abandoned.

 

The impact of this motion picture can be guessed from the fact that it inspired many candidates to apply for journalistic educational institutions following its release.

 

In addition to this, the film also implicitly talks about how women are treated inferiorly at the workplace and how it is a practice that needs to be deserted in the pursuit of true women empowerment.

 

 

32. Gandhi (1982)

 

Gandhi (1982)

 

Entity Detail
Title Gandhi
Year 1982
Watch time 191 min
Directors Richard Attenborough
Cast Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth
Box Office $52.77M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 79
Writers John Briley
Music By Ravi Shankar
Cinematography By Ronnie Taylor
Costume By Stuart Craig

 

A co-production between India and the United Kingdom, ‘Gandhi’ is based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and has been directed by Richard Attenborough.

 

The fact that this feature film tracks the inspirational journey of one of the world’s greatest leaders justifies its place in this coveted list.

 

The film carries the universal message of peace and non-violence; two concepts that have the power to change the world.

 

Gandhi’s emphasis on brotherhood, equality, and self-reliance, and an authentic depiction of the same makes this classic a timeless one in the true sense of the world.

 

Furthermore, this Best Picture and Best Actor (Ben Kingsley) winner at the Oscars is arguably the finest depiction of India’s history and its values on celluloid.

 

 

31. Dances with Wolves (1990)

 

Dances with Wolves (1990)

 

Entity Detail
Title Dances with Wolves
Year 1990
Watch time 181 min
Directors Kevin Costner
Cast Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant
Box Office $184.21M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 72
Writers Michael Blake
Music By John Barry
Cinematography By Dean Semler
Costume By Jeffrey Beecroft

 

‘Dances with Wolves’ has been directed by and stars Kevin Costner in the lead and is a Western drama about a Civil War lieutenant who ventures to the American frontier and encounters a tribe of Sioux Indians.

 

The motion picture elucidates the importance of having tolerance towards people who belong to different tribes and cultures.

 

In addition to doing so, the screenplay also uses the theme of communication to convey that mutual understanding through shared dialogue and respect can win hearts better than hostility; a universal theme that continues to be as inspiring and relevant today as it was when the movie hit the screens back during the onset of the 90s.

 

Also, the detailed yet subtle description of the terms “civilized” and “primitive” and how these concepts are open to interpretations is a meaningful and educative cinematic endeavor undertaken by its makers.

 

 

30. Rain Man (1988)

 

Rain Man (1988)

 

Entity Detail
Title Rain Man
Year 1988
Watch time 133 min
Directors Barry Levinson
Cast Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Gerald R. Molen
Box Office $178.80M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 65
Writers Barry Morrow
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By John Seale
Costume By Ida Random

 

This beautifully crafted motion picture which won four Oscars, including one for Best Picture, is as entertaining as it is inspiring.

 

Starring talented actors like Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in the lead, it communicates the importance of understanding autism and having the utmost respect for people who are diagnosed with it.

 

Not only that but this Barry Levinson-helmed project also takes the road less taken and manages to convey to the audience that only when one tries to understand the problems of others can they expect sympathy in return.

 

Cruise makes the most of his role and his cruel, yet effective, enactment is the perfect illustration of how common it is for people with disabilities to face discrimination both in their personal and professional space.

 

No wonder then that the powerful screenplay of this allows its viewers to decipher the importance of personal transformation and common understanding.

 

 

29. The Sound of Music (1965)

 

The Sound of Music (1965)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Sound of Music
Year 1965
Watch time 172 min
Directors Robert Wise
Cast Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn
Box Office $163.21M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 63
Writers George Hurdalek
Music By Ted D. McCord
Cinematography By William Reynolds
Costume By Ruby R. Levitt

 

'The Sound of Music' isn't just a classic because of its awe-inspiring music but because it's really made a name for itself for being symbolic of all that's fair and cheerful in the world.

 

The viewers are introduced to Julie Andrews’s Maria, whose irrepressible zest for life comes bursting out in the form of music.

 

Through her character play, the script gives out the message to love nature, the outdoors, and dance away your sorrows to good music.

 

In addition, this motion picture also shows the brutality of Nazi Germany, all while trying to call attention to the importance of friendship and camaraderie even during deeply unnerving circumstances.

 

Not only that but this inspiring motion picture talks about how having the trust and confidence of one’s loved ones and can pave the way for their success.

 

 

28. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Wizard of Oz
Year 1939
Watch time 102 min
Directors Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor
Cast Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr
Box Office $2.08M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 92
Writers Noel Langley
Music By Harold Rosson
Cinematography By Blanche Sewell
Costume By Adrian

 

Self-sufficiency is of paramount importance in this incredibly selfish world and nowhere is this theme more apparent than in this cult classic for the ages.

 

Judy Garland’s Dorothy Gale, who is an embodiment of hidden strength and firm resolve, is introduced to the treasures of Oz but her desire to return home is what continues to move the viewers of this fantasy drama even to this very day, especially the children.

 

Therefore, The Wizard of Oz’s endeavor to inspire people by emphasizing that while adventures may be important for the purpose of recreation, home is where the heart truly lies and that one should always return with nothing but appreciation in their minds for those who have a home are the luckiest in the world.

 

 

27. The Miracle Worker (1962)

 

The Miracle Worker (1962)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Miracle Worker
Year 1962
Watch time 106 min
Directors Arthur Penn
Cast Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson
Box Office $5.45M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 83
Writers William Gibson
Music By Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography By Ernesto Caparrós
Costume By Harrison Starr

 

A story about human courage and individual will, ‘The Miracle Worker’ thrives on its central theme that focuses on the importance of communication to inspire viewers across the globe.

 

Through its character projections, the film talks about seeing others as equals, sans stereotypes and preconceived opinions.

 

This Darren Butler undertaking has continued to maintain its appeal among cinema enthusiasts even after almost 60 years of its release not only because it stresses the importance of never giving up, but also because it was a catalyst in changing people’s attitudes towards people with disabilities.

 

In addition, this motion picture also strives to convey that in order to forge authentic bonds in the present, it is necessary to let go of the past.

 

 

26. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

 

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Best Years of Our Lives
Year 1946
Watch time 170 min
Directors William Wyler
Cast Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright
Box Office $23.65M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 93
Writers Robert E. Sherwood
Music By Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography By Gregg Toland
Costume By Julia Heron

 

‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ is a commendable mixture of Hollywood melodrama and critical realism.

 

This motion picture sheds light on the trials and tribulations faced by three servicemen as they endure readjustments in life after war.

 

Although the screenplay of this feature film focuses on a specific time period, the themes that it carries are universal and inspiring in equal measure.

 

This film focuses on how the gravity of war can be a great leveler of class and distinction.

 

One of the earliest and most authentic depictions of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this William Wyler-helmed flick stresses the importance of letting go of the past to have a revenge-free present and future.

 

 

25. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

 

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Grapes of Wrath
Year 1940
Watch time 129 min
Directors John Ford
Cast Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin
Box Office $0.06M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 96
Writers Nunnally Johnson
Music By Alfred Newman
Cinematography By Gregg Toland
Costume By Thomas Little

 

A culturally, aesthetically, and historically significant motion picture, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ was based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name.

 

Aiming to display the growing anger among oppressed migrants, this feature film is nothing short of education in themes like humanity and inhumanity.

 

The inspiring screenplay also focuses on keeping one’s honor intact and repaying one’s debt, all while doing its best to emphasize the class differences and structural inequalities in society.

 

Through its main characters, the movie stakes its claim to make the viewers believe in the equality of the human race and in continuing to be spirited in trying and testing times.

 

 

24. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

 

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

 

Entity Detail
Title Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Year 1939
Watch time 129 min
Directors Frank Capra
Cast James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold
Box Office $9.60M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 73
Writers Sidney Buchman
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By Joseph Walker
Costume By Robert Kalloch

 

A crucial movie today as well, director Frank Capra's 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' is one of the most educative and inspiring American motion pictures of all time, courtesy of its blend of idealism about people and a nation’s values and cynicism about the political system.

 

This James Stewart starrer not only informed the American audience of the political corruption prevalent in the administration but also motivated a visionary filmmaker like Steven Spielberg to shed light on the same in his acclaimed feature film, titled 'Lincoln.' Revisiting this masterpiece for its pragmatic approach, noticeable in Smith’s final “lost causes” speech against greater, modern ethical and moral corruption, is one of the most inspiring monologues in the history of cinema.

 

 

23. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

 

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Bridge on the River Kwai
Year 1957
Watch time 161 min
Directors David Lean
Cast William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
Box Office $44.91M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 87
Writers Pierre Boulle
Music By Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography By Jack Hildyard
Costume By Stuart Freeborn

 

Widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ serves as a stirring reminder of the atrocities suffered by the common man and soldiers alike during the Second World War.

 

While this David Lean-helmed project is an epic war drama on the surface, it touches upon inspiring themes like idealism in an unideal world, bravery, and valor beneath it.

 

This Oscar-winner for Best Picture is an inspiration of sorts in the way that it asks its viewers never to give up and uphold their honor in the face of the very many crises that they face throughout the course of life.

 

 

22. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

 

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

 

Entity Detail
Title Hotel Rwanda
Year 2004
Watch time 121 min
Directors Terry George
Cast Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali
Box Office $23.53M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 79
Writers Keir Pearson
Music By Afro Celt Sound System Rupert Gregson-Williams Andrea Guerra
Cinematography By Robert Fraisse
Costume By Johnny Breedt Tony Burrough

 

‘Hotel Rwanda’ tells the story of one man’s indomitable will and courage in the middle of a genocide.

 

Based on the life of Paul Rusesabagina, the motion picture has continued to be an inspiration among films whose subject deals with issues of terrorism, geopolitical history, and the evils of racism.

 

Having said that, this biopic is the perfect example to showcase how human beings have the instinct to do everything in their power to survive.

 

Not only that but it also strives to express that one must continue to be determined and focused no matter how cumbersome the circumstances, all while proving to be a great lesson in grave issues of economic and institutional racism; two important concepts that need proper understanding even today.

 

 

21. On the Waterfront (1954)

 

On the Waterfront (1954)

 

Entity Detail
Title On the Waterfront
Year 1954
Watch time 108 min
Directors Elia Kazan
Cast Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger
Box Office $9.60M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 91
Writers Budd Schulberg
Music By Leonard Bernstein
Cinematography By Boris Kaufman
Costume By Mary Roche

 

Hailed as one of the most revolutionary feature films of the 1950s, ‘On the Waterfront’ starred the incredible Marlon Brando in the lead and was helmed by Elia Kazan.

 

Brando’s character-play not only inspired a sense of recognition and individuality among the youth back then but also stressed, the importance of realism and through its visual design and treatment.

 

A trailblazer of ideas surrounding working conditions of that era and unionism, this Kazan-helmed project dealt with its actors fighting against a corrupt system which, in turn, was magnified by Marlon Brando’s painfully authentic projection of Maloy.

 

Also, the screenplay of this movie invokes inspiration in the sense that it has a lot to say about brotherhood and loyalty; two themes that would always be integral to both the on-screen and off-screen worlds.

 

 

20. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

 

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

 

Entity Detail
Title Cool Hand Luke
Year 1967
Watch time 127 min
Directors Stuart Rosenberg
Cast Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon
Box Office $16.22M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 92
Writers Donn Pearce
Music By Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography By Conrad L. Hall
Costume By Fred Price

 

Starring the sensational Paul Newman in the lead, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ traces the journey of a man named Luke, who refuses to submit to the prison system of Florida.

 

Even though this motion picture comes across as a prison drama on the surface, it has several underlying themes that are both relevant and inspiring at the same time.

 

Luke’s delivery of “What we have here is a failure to communicate” stresses the importance of communication which is steadily dying in the world today.

 

Moreover, the film also brushes past themes of social psychology, obedience, and authority, all while stressing, the importance of freedom in one’s life.

 

Although years have passed since this film hit the cinemas, it continues to reflect on how conformity is strictly enforced and how non-conformity brings punishment to people in society.

 

 

19. Ben-Hur (1959)

 

Ben-Hur (1959)

 

Entity Detail
Title Ben-Hur
Year 1959
Watch time 212 min
Directors William Wyler
Cast Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet
Box Office $74.70M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 90
Writers Lew Wallace
Music By Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography By Robert Surtees
Costume By Hugh Hunt

 

An Academy Award-winner of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor respectively, this William Wyler directorial venture is the story of a fictional hero named Judah Ben-Hur.

 

This motion picture has been an inspiration not only to filmmakers who have tried to replicate its formula in their respective future endeavors but also because of the implicit messages that it carries.

 

Among its several themes, one that continues to be relevant even today is the one that tries to disseminate that no matter how satisfying the pursuit of revenge is, it can never truly heal the one seeking it.

 

In fact, it only punishes. Not only that but this feature film also elucidates the moral conflict in individuals and how despite internal and external struggles, one should not give on their friendships and loyalty merely for the purpose of vengeance.

 

 

18. Gone with the Wind (1939)

 

Gone with the Wind (1939)

 

Entity Detail
Title Gone with the Wind
Year 1939
Watch time 238 min
Directors Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
Cast Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil
Box Office $198.68M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 97
Writers Margaret Mitchell
Music By Max Steiner
Cinematography By Ernest Haller
Costume By Lyle R. Wheeler

 

Tipped to be the greatest American epic to date, ‘Gone with the Wind’ has continued to retain its unmatched following among cinema enthusiasts worldwide.

 

The film, which starred Hollywood legends Clarke Gable and Vivien Leigh in the lead roles, inspired viewers courtesy of its theme that asks one not to let go of their willpower when faced with a major predicament.

 

A perfect throwback to the prevalent gender roles and power structure in society, this motion picture stands out for its amazing depiction of feminism in a film and in an era where ‘The King of Hollywood’ and male actors reigned supreme.

 

This is apparent in Leigh’s inspiring enactment of Scarlett O’Hara, who strives to overcome all odds through her sheer will and tenacity.

 

 

17. Rocky (1976)

 

Rocky (1976)

 

Entity Detail
Title Rocky
Year 1976
Watch time 120 min
Directors John G. Avildsen
Cast Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
Box Office $117.24M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 70
Writers Sylvester Stallone
Music By Bill Conti
Cinematography By James Crabe
Costume By Ray Molyneaux

 

This underdog story of a seemingly hopeless human being who turns out to be one of the finest boxing champions in the history of the United States of America is a cult classic that has continued to make people stand up and cheer for its inspiring protagonist.

 

A favorite for audiences who savor an underdog sports tale, Rocky’s screenplay created a formula that has been followed by several motion pictures since its celebrated release more than four decades ago.

 

That said, what makes this feature film more special and relatable is the fact that it captures the struggles of daily life and motivates people to become a ‘somebody’ and a total ‘nobody.’

 

 

16. Dead Poets Society (1989)

 

Dead Poets Society (1989)

 

Entity Detail
Title Dead Poets Society
Year 1989
Watch time 128 min
Directors Peter Weir
Cast Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles
Box Office $95.86M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 79
Writers Tom Schulman
Music By Maurice Jarre
Cinematography By John Seale
Costume By Wendy Stites

 

This classic drama tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his poetry classes.

 

This motion picture continues to be an inspiration to this very day courtesy of qualities of hope, positivity, and idealism injected in its screenplay.

 

Often called the greatest school movie ever produced, this film is a remarkable lesson in showing how education can go beyond textbooks and be used as a medium to enlighten students by focusing on the realities of life, and by accepting that there are more to perceptions than what one holds alone.

 

That said, ‘Dead Poets Society’ is a fine reflection of teenage dreams and life, and Robin William’s encouraging performance takes the route less taken to deliver what has been missing in most education-themed feature films.

 

 

15. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

 

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

 

Entity Detail
Title A Beautiful Mind
Year 2001
Watch time 135 min
Directors Ron Howard
Cast Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer
Box Office $170.74M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 72
Writers Akiva Goldsman
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Wynn Thomas

 

Based on the life of mathematician John Nash, this motion picture is a timeless classic whose timelessness has been elaborated by its lead performer, Russell Crowe.

 

A brave and accurate depiction of schizophrenia on celluloid, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ is a moving motion picture that continues to inspire viewers with its mind-numbing projection of the frailties of the human mind.

 

In addition, what adds to its inspirational sub-themes is the fact that is arguably the greatest film to have attempted to show the complexities of mathematics as a subject; something that was acknowledged even by the Math   Community.

 

Nevertheless, besides its conventional cinematic elements, what adds to the film’s charm is that it allows people to sympathize with those who might be suffering from mental illness in any form.

 

Through Crowe’s enactment, one also gets inspired to live life to the fullest, no matter how hard and unpredictable the circumstances.

 

 

14. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

 

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

 

Entity Detail
Title To Kill a Mockingbird
Year 1962
Watch time 129 min
Directors Robert Mulligan
Cast Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 88
Writers Harper Lee
Music By Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography By Russell Harlan
Costume By Henry Bumstead Alexander Golitzen

 

A lesson for generations in racial discrimination and tolerance, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' starred the elegant Gregory Peck in the lead and was based on the classic novel of the same name by Harper Lee.

 

Narrated through a child's perspective, this inspiring motion picture seeks to explore the moral nature of human beings; that is, whether people are good or "guilty", and why they go to extreme lengths to prove a point about themselves.

 

That said, throughout the film's screenplay, sub-themes of family life and determination are also touched upon with utmost respect and subtlety; each of which ends up giving an inspiring message to viewers who relish this thought-provoking masterpiece even today.

 

However, this feature film's timelessness truly comes to the fore when it successfully articulates that racism is a learned attitude or feeling and that judging people based on their race, color, or gender will always be derogatory.

 

With everything happening in the world today, the lessons imparted by this movie continue to stay as relevant as they were then.

 

 

13. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

 

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

 

The top-grossing blockbuster of the year that it released in, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ traces the journey of Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence who become popular for his heroics in the Arab Revolt and the Sinai and Palestine Campaign against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

 

What makes this motion picture inspiring is the fact that it stresses the importance of one’s identity and emotional struggle in the face of a revolt.

 

A trendsetter of sorts for period films that wish to be as politically aware as it is, this one stands out for its attempt to showcase the impact of an individual on a major historical event.

 

In addition, through Peter O’Toole’s portrayal of Lawrence, this inspiring epic also projects qualities of sincerity, motivation, leadership, and idealism effectively, all while brushing past themes like racism, loyalty, and friendship.

 

 

12. Braveheart (1995)

 

Braveheart (1995)

 

Entity Detail
Title Braveheart
Year 1995
Watch time 178 min
Directors Mel Gibson
Cast Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen
Box Office $75.60M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 68
Writers Randall Wallace
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By John Toll
Costume By Thomas E. Sanders

 

Easily among the most inspiring historical epics to have ever hit the screens, ‘Braveheart’ rides high on its tenacious execution and powerful screenplay to inspire its legions of fans.

 

Aiming to depict the life of William Wallace, who led the Scotts in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England, it tells its viewers never to give up hope and to fight for something that they truly believe in, no matter what the odds.

 

A worldwide box office smash that also earned five Oscars, this motion picture underscores the importance of freedom, all while showing how difficult it is to secure it in the face of a relentless adversary.

 

Not only that but the inspiring screenplay of this war drama pushes one to keep their spirit intact and go the distance come what may.

 

 

11. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

 

Entity Detail
Title 2001: A Space Odyssey
Year 1968
Watch time 149 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
Box Office $56.95M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 84
Writers Stanley Kubrick
Music By Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematography By Ray Lovejoy
Costume By John Hoesli

 

The impact of this classic film of the science fiction genre isn’t just apparent on numerous cultural, media forms and technology, but also on several motion pictures that have been released after it.

 

Helmed by Stanley Kubrick, it touches upon themes of artificial intelligence and pits it against mankind and is nothing short of an inspiration for science enthusiasts and for those who are awed by the vastness of the universe, with an emphasis being put on inspiring extraterrestrial artifacts among others.

 

The feature film also strives to convey that one is the master of their own destiny been and its exploration of the concept of the “sublime” is one that has set the stage for future films in the same genre to follow.

 

 

10. City Lights (1931)

 

City Lights (1931)

 

Entity Detail
Title City Lights
Year 1931
Watch time 87 min
Directors Charles Chaplin
Cast Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers
Box Office $0.02M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 99
Writers Charles Chaplin
Music By Charles Chaplin
Cinematography By Gordon Pollock
Costume By Henry Clive

 

An exquisitely made motion picture, Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ is a true-blue masterpiece that thrives on its brilliant cinematography, great costumes, and sets to charm its viewers.

 

Even though Chaplin has played The Tramp many a time, he has never been better and more inspiring than he was in this one.

 

Infused with the right amount of comedy, drama, and romance in its screenplay, this feature film also encompasses a message of acceptance and hope to continue to be inspiring to its viewers today.

 

In many ways, City Lights is a subtle depiction of the class differences in society; also linking certain disabilities to poverty.

 

In addition, this motion picture succeeds in its timeless attempt to disseminate that alcoholism is responsible for many problems in society and, thus, is an addiction that should be avoided for the betterment of an individual and their society.

 

 

9. Casablanca (1942)

 

Casablanca (1942)

 

Entity Detail
Title Casablanca
Year 1942
Watch time 102 min
Directors Michael Curtiz
Cast Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Box Office $1.02M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 100
Writers Julius J. Epstein
Music By Max Steiner
Cinematography By Arthur Edeson
Costume By George James Hopkins

 

A romantic drama for the ages, ‘Casablanca’ starred cinema legends Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as the lead protagonists and is the perfect on-screen depiction of love, longing, and heartbreak.

 

The reason why this classic motion picture is hailed as one of the most inspiring ones is because of the subtle messages that it carries, one of which is its wish to stress the importance of time.

 

That time stops for no one and should, therefore, be respected is an underlying theme of this cult classic.

 

Having said that, through Bogart’s once-in-lifetime portrayal of Rick Blaine, a message that one should let go of the past in order to make sense of the present is palpable.

 

No wonder then that during the film’s sensational climactic sequence, Rick leaves the audience teary-eyed by letting go of the most important being to him in the world: his ladylove; thus, highlighting the importance of sacrificing his desire for a greater cause.

 

 

8. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

 

Entity Detail
Title It's a Wonderful Life
Year 1946
Watch time 130 min
Directors Frank Capra
Cast James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 89
Writers Frances Goodrich
Music By Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography By Joseph F. Biroc
Costume By Emile Kuri

 

Tipped to be the most inspiring film according to a list prepared by the American Film Institute, this Frank Capra-directed project elucidates the importance of having a family.

 

Through James Stewart’s praiseworthy portrayal of George Bailey, the screenplay of this motion picture asks its viewers to respect the fact that they have a life, no matter how difficult or confusing the circumstances.

 

By stressing the importance of the present, this inspirational tale also underscores the fact that suicide is never an option and that one should always feel fortunate about what they possess in life, for the greed to have more is unending.

 

Having said that, this feature film also continues to be the most inspiring family flick of all time courtesy of its attempt to convey that the ones who are blessed with a healthy family are the richest of all in the world.

 

 

7. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

 

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

 

Entity Detail
Title Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Year 1977
Watch time 121 min
Directors George Lucas
Cast Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
Box Office $322.74M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 90
Writers George Lucas
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Gilbert Taylor
Costume By John Barry

 

A cult classic of the Stars Wars film franchise, ‘A New Hope’ truly has a lot many things to say, besides focusing on its very many plus points as a ground-breaking motion picture of the science fiction genre.

 

The devoted fans of this franchise have been inspired by the fact that it asks them to stick to their belief system and surround themselves with people who go to extreme lengths to support them through their adventures and misadventures.

 

Writer-Director George Lucas creates a visually appealing world of special effects and incredible sets and merges it with one-liners that have a deeper meaning than what can be sensed.

 

While trying to convince its viewers to not let the odds hold them back, the film also smartly asks them not to lie to themselves and focus on their actions that have the potential to have an impact on their respective futures.

 

 

6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

 

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

 

Entity Detail
Title Saving Private Ryan
Year 1998
Watch time 169 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns
Box Office $216.54M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 91
Writers Robert Rodat
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Janusz Kaminski
Costume By Thomas E. Sanders

 

A war epic helmed by Steven Spielberg and headlined by Tom Hanks; ‘Saving Private Ryan’ is a fictitious tale that is inspired by the story of a soldier named Fritz Niland.

 

This motion picture is widely lauded as one of the best Second World War films produced to date.

 

Through the commendable on-screen character portrayals by a host of promising actors, this film wishes to convey that even the most ordinary human can fight the most extraordinary battle.

 

Its detailed screenplay is a great depiction of the quote, “a friend in need is a friend indeed”; something that is evident from the willingness of the characters to put their lives on the line to save their fellow comrades.

 

It’s worth mentioning that the screenplay is also an implicit indication of how one finds family in people who are not blood-related.

 

This Best Director Oscar winner reinforces one’s belief in the triumph of the human spirit in the worst of crises.

 

 

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

 

Entity Detail
Title One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Year 1975
Watch time 133 min
Directors Milos Forman
Cast Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco
Box Office $112.00M
IMDb Rating 8.7
Metascore 84
Writers Lawrence Hauben
Music By Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography By Haskell Wexler
Costume By Paul Sylbert

 

A feature film that traces the journey of a criminal who is admitted to a mental institution, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ is based on Ken Kesey’s classic novel of the same name.

 

This Milos Forman directional venture, while focusing on the horror faced by patients in the hospital, also is a brave and subtle depiction of the oppressive nature of society.

 

The true beauty of this film lies in the fact that it emphasizes the complexities of the human mind without being judgmental of their action; thus, communicating to its viewers that everybody is blessed with a talent of their own and that each one of us is fighting their own battle, irrespective of whether we come to know about it not.

 

In addition, the movie takes a step in trying to display that being ‘sane’ or ‘insane’ is often based on one’s perception of the terms and that one can be called either of the two depending on how the situation provokes them to act or react.

 

 

4. Forrest Gump (1994)

 

Forrest Gump (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title Forrest Gump
Year 1994
Watch time 142 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
Box Office $330.25M
IMDb Rating 8.8
Metascore 82
Writers Winston Groom
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Rick Carter

 

A classic multi-genre motion picture that sheds light on some of the most important events of the late 20th century, ‘Forrest Gump’ was a phenomenal box office success that brought its lead star Tom Hanks a lot of acclaim and appreciation from the critics and fans alike.

 

A heartwarming tale of optimism and perseverance, this feature film prompts its viewers to do what they love to do and to never be afraid of setbacks, come what may.

 

Having said that, Hanks’s endearing portrayal of the titular character is a great study of how important it is for one’s spirit to not break in order to enjoy life while you have it in your grasp.

 

Not only that but this movie also continues to be a source of inspiration for many of its followers because it subtly shows how one can channel their inner pain into doing something productive.

 

 

3. Schindler’s List (1993)

 

Schindler’s List (1993)

 

Entity Detail
Title Schindler's List
Year 1993
Watch time 195 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall
Box Office $96.90M
IMDb Rating 8.9
Metascore 94
Writers Thomas Keneally
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Janusz Kaminski
Costume By Allan Starski

 

The winner of Best Picture and Best Story at the Oscars, ‘Schindler’s List’ tells the story of a businessman named Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than a thousand Jewish people during the Second World War.

 

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this feature film is the on-screen adaption of Thomas Keneally’s novel, titled Schindler’s Ark.

 

A power-packed story whose themes of history, faith, and conviction continues to inspire viewers even after almost three decades of its theatrical outing, the success of this high-profile drama ensured that many of the Holocaust survivors mustered the courage to talk about their life-altering experiences, all while making the world familiar with one man and his wisdom.

 

This Liam Neeson starrer is a landmark movie not only because it brings to light several untold stories about a significant historical event but also because it strived to tell the viewers that saving one life does indeed meaning that one is doing their best to save the world entire.

 

 

2. 12 Angry Men (1957)

 

12 Angry Men (1957)

 

Entity Detail
Title 12 Angry Men
Year 1957
Watch time 96 min
Directors Sidney Lumet
Cast Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler
Box Office $4.36M
IMDb Rating 9
Metascore 96
Writers Reginald Rose
Music By Kenyon Hopkins
Cinematography By Boris Kaufman
Costume By Herman Buchman

 

A courtroom drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, '12 Angry Men' is one of the finest examples of how great characterization, stunning storytelling, and ideological conflicts come together to stir generations of ardent cinema buffs worldwide.

 

The seemingly straightforward narrative, that follows the story of a young man who has been accused of murdering his father, tells a "legal" tale of the highest order; one that continues to be an inspiration for not only future law-based films but also for lawyers across the globe.

 

A once-in-a-lifetime on-screen illustration of different personalities, pursuits, socio-economic backgrounds, and relentless prejudices, this motion picture truly "explodes like twelve sticks of dynamite" and brings to its viewers a rather dramatic tale about difference of opinion and the criminal justice system, all while encompassing underlying sub-themes of justice and racism in its intriguing screenplay.

 

 

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

 

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

 

Entity Detail
Title The Shawshank Redemption
Year 1994
Watch time 142 min
Directors Frank Darabont
Cast Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
Box Office $28.34M
IMDb Rating 9.3
Metascore 80
Writers Stephen King
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Terence Marsh Soheil

 

Not always do motion pictures that fail to mint money at the ticket counters are awful; at least not 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

 

The movie, which traces the journey of two prisoners who win hearts within the confines of the prison walls with common decency and tolerance, has developed a cult following over the years and continues to win hearts courtesy of its inspiring tone and treatment.

 

Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Morgan Freeman, this feature film intended to convey to its audiences that nothing that one needs in life comes easily to them, but forbearance and determination are two essential life tools that teach one to hold their ground and sail through the enigma of life.

 

Not only does this feature film bank on its inspiring characters in an uninspiring setting to create an impact, but it does so to underscore the power of hope.

 

So, just like Tim Robbins's Andy keeps his hopes intact and motivates Morgan Freeman's Ellis Red in the darkest of times, this hopeful film inspires its millions of fans to continue to stick to their guns despite the insurmountable odds stacked against them.