15 Most Inspirational Movies to Feel Empowered

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Hey! Are you feeling low or depressed and want some confidence booster with the right dose of motivation? Take some time to watch some of these 15 Most Inspirational Movies to Feel Empowered.

Because an inspirational movie has the power to change your perspective to see the world. They can take you into a positive frame of mind by making you laugh, cry, cheer! When we see underprivileged people performing extraordinarily for their goals in spite of all hurdles and difficulties. You can relate them.

As we all are humans, we all deal with negativities, disappointments, hatred and illusion, thus, we get tired of trying and want to give up. So, here these movies are to make you look inside yourself and inspire you.

List of Inspirational Movies

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1. Million Dollar Baby

The movie, Million dollar baby is the story of an aging boxing coach Frankie and the determined and struggling Maggie, who has decided for herself to try to become a professional boxer. Unhopefully, looking for someone who can support her and will believe in her abilities to achieve the goal.

Thus, she approaches the grizzled old trainer, Frankie for help. He initially refuses to train her because he doesn’t feel, a woman can become a boxer. But later Frankie finally agrees to take her on. The journey they step ahead together changes the lives of both of them for the betterment.

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2. The Aviator

The movie, The Aviator is a biopic describing the early life of Hollywood director and Aviator Howard Hughes.  This is based upon a powerful story of a successful young man.

Being the director of big budget movies and the interest in leading the industry actresses remains tormented in private suffering from depression and paralyzing phobias of him. Under the direction of Martin Sorcese’s, The story of the Aviator reveals hard hitting facts of human dilemma in this movie.

3. The Shawshank Redemption

The movie, Shawshank Redemption tells the tale of banker Andy Dufresne’s 19-year long term in a prison.

The movie presents a strong message of friendship and perseverance. The film not only ends with innocent Andy’s escape but also his mate, Red’s liberation making it an inspiring story of hope, faith and bonding.

4. Slumdog Millionaire

This Oscar winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire takes us on his journey of a young boy called Jamal Malik from the desperate and unending poverty of Indian slums to the TV show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’.

As he is close to winning the top prize of 20 million rupees the next day. But he is being persecuted by a local police officer who doubts his knowledge and accuses him of cheating with the answers.

According to all, How could a boy without a future know more than educated youngsters? Slumdog Millionaire is a really inspiring story of survival, dedication, strong faith and victory.


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5. Rush

The movie Rush is such a masterpiece with an outstanding background score from Hans Zimmer. We can say it is a perfect adaptation of rivalry and how the rivals respect each other on and off the field.

However, the plot primarily relates the competition between F1 drivers James Hunt and Nikki Lauda.  Here the two drivers are pitted against each other to be the best on their gas-filled roller bombs. 

The movie encounters the extremes of mental and physical endurance. The competition and the race to be the best are the two cornerstones of the plot here telling the story of two of the best F1 drivers the world has ever seen.

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6. The Wolf of Wall Street

The movie, The wolf of wall street, showcases the finest depiction of Belfort’s rise in the stock world from cheating on his wife to his pharmacy of the drugs.

But still, the movie stays honest to its narrative goal of exploring the career, opportunities, lifestyle and the splendid thrills. You may laugh even harder in this movie and can enjoy the thrill in this great-acted film living the life of your dreams can take many different forms.

This movie is based on the true story of Belford, who endured a rollercoaster from crazy highs to deep crashing lows. It throws a spotlight on the true meaning of success and the real priorities of life


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7. Rocky

The movie Rocky makes every watcher to feel that nothing is impossible in the world. It’s totally up to you, if you try hard, what can you will win. It is one of the greatest movies of all time with an ultimate underdog story with break-through performance by Sylvester Stallone

That can be a life changing experience that leaves warm in your heart after watching, so, just go for it.

The story of Rocky Balboa is not only just about boxing, but the struggle and hard work. The difficulties of his daily life have been depicted here with the struggles to earn for, relationships with his best friend’s sister and the formation of his career are all well-knit parts of the plot.  This is an inspiring story of a man, who becomes a ‘somebody’ from ‘nobody’.

8. Wild

The movie, Wild is the story of a young woman’s battle against herself. Cheryl loses her mother due to the cancer and sees her marriage break up.  Thus, she turns to things like drugs and one night stands to deal with her traumas and insecurities.

Finally she realises that something has to change, so she sets herself on the extreme test of endurance. She takes on this herculean task alone and without having had any prior hiking experience about it.

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9. A Beautiful Mind

The movie, A Beautiful Mind is a story of a mathematical genius on a dreading path of self-discovery. This explores various phases of human emotions.

 John Nash, at the edge of international acclaim, discovers a side of himself that he was unaware of.

This is one of the best movies that ever explores commitment, success and a heartbreaking stupidity of the human mind. It shows even how the most extraordinary people battles their life.

The movie gives so much inspiration and boils down to the most humble roots of love and affection. This movie is one of the most beautiful blends of science, emotions, drama and the climax. It shows how the most significant things in life are more than money or fame.

10. 12 Angry Man

The movie 12 Angry Men   has a great depiction of tug of war between human mind arguments and pious transparency of an innocent life of a convict. 12 angry men is played as a courtroom drama .The entire movie revolves around a small jury room. As 12 men have debated for the young defendant who is charged with murdering his father. As a dozen men try to reach a united decision about a guilty verdict.

This movie re-establishes our faith in dialogues and reasoning proving that no decision is beyond the change. As the debate highlights, personal issues and the fate of the inner city teen. However, the movie is shot in just one room, but elaborately explores various aspects of human behaviour.

The movie teaches that we should always be cognizant of biases and the greater number does not always mean right.

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11. The Greatest Game Ever Played

The movie, The Greatest Game Ever Played is a story of dreams, aims, struggle and success. It is definitely one of the most inspiring movies of all time.

As Francis went on to pursue his passion despite clear disapproval from his father and his social standing. But he went on to participate in the ‘rich man’s game’ and found himself being opposed by his own childhood idol.

When the real deal of playing golf arrives, where there are two of the best players in the ring fighting for victory. Including all, I must say that it has a wonderful twist of how golf is played. Emotions are greatly pictured throughout.

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12. The Blind Side

The movie, The Blind Side teaches humanity. As we all should be irrespective of any caste, race, creed, color or any gender. The movie revolves about a lonely black boy who is adopted by white parents in America.

A masterpiece kind of acting that shows their daring attitude. The movie teaches us that through kindness we can achieve anything.

The movie is a satire on the people who say family ties are only based on blood relationships? When Tuohys brought Micheal, a homeless black teen back boy, they weren’t sure how their lives would be changed forever.

The film emanates the message of giving without expecting anything in return.

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13. 127 Hours

The movie 127 Hours is highly gripping, extremely painful, and touches the height of human endurance and great suffering of Aron Who is trapped inside a crevasse.

Just think, what if you were asked to choose one between amputating your hand or death?

But Aron has to face so, being a mountain climber he tries all ways to free himself from the crushing boulder and to climb out. He has to amputate his arm to get free from the boulder. The story is how Aron stays alive more than 5days with little or almost no food and water. So, that’s the decision Aron Ralson had to make in 127 Hours.

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14. It's A Wonderful Life

The movie, It’s a Wonderful Life is one that teaches us to make value relationships. It’s an amazingly well-written, beautifully acted movie. Even many of its themes are timeless.

Here we watch George Bailey start his life as a hopeful and ambitious young man. He just wants nothing more than to sail off and discover the enormous world. The world is an oyster for him.

As it’s the rule of life things don’t always turn out the way we planned or wanted them to be in a particular format. George Bailey is cursed with an urging impulse to always do the right thing, even if he has to delay his own plans and happiness.

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15. Seven Pounds

In the movie, Seven pounds, an IRS agent Ben Thomas decides to do penance for his sins. So that he wants to completely change the lives of seven strangers who are in great trouble or a critical situation of life.

Here Ben is a man with a mysterious past and trying to achieve resurgence by some pretty unusual means. But surprisingly he falls in love with one of the people he is trying to help. He is deeply influenced with her optimism that forever changes his view of the world.

Final words 

The current situation might have demoralized a lot of people’s thoughts. I hope the above collection of movies will keep the moral up and you will continue to be motivated with life without losing hope.


Hi, I'm Raksha Kumawat, founder of rest-to-best.com. Here I'm writing motivational and informative posts to help you seek the enlightenment that you're looking for and trying best to share the trustworthy knowledge with you.

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