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Top 60 Most Inspirational Movies For EveryONE

What are the most inspirational movies? They say that we always need a constant inspiration,a motivation to keep our life on track. Inspiration sure help us to keep on moving during the hard times. Even if you’re in your golden time you sure need motivation to keep yourself positive about life and relationships. And This is the reason why we are constantly looking for things that inspires us the most. The world is full of inspiration but if you get inspiration from a source that entertains you as well then its a perfect combination. Hollywood sure have a long list of motivational movies but some of them stand out of crowd and appeals to all generations irrespective of race, gender or nation.

Here we have chosen a list of 60 most inspirational movies. We have preferred movies that have a very inspiring story even if it is fictional. We are looking to increase this list by adding more quality films that are inspiring. So if you consider any film as very motivational and influential then don’t forget to mention about it in the comment section below. For Now here is the list of most inspiring films:

60. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


best inspirational movies
Director – Frank Capra
Cast – James Stewart, Jean Arthur
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 17 October 1939
Box Office –$9,000,000
Genre – Comedy, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

59. The Diary of Anne Frank


best inspirational movies
Director – George Stevens
Cast – Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins, Richard Beymer, Diane Baker
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 76%
Release Date – 18 March 1959
Box Office – $2.3 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, Family
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
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58. Miracle on 34th Street


best inspirational movies
Director – George Seaton
Cast – John Payne, Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 2 May 1947
Box Office – $2.7 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Family
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
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57. The Grapes of Wrath


best inspirational movies
Director – John Ford
Cast – John Carradine, Henry Fonda, John Qualen, Jane Darwell, Shirley Mills
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%
Release Date – 24 January 1940
Box Office – $2.5 million
Genre – Drama, History
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
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56. Philadelphia


best inspirational movies
Director – Jonathan Demme
Cast – Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 22 December 1993
Box Office – $206.7 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
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55. Gandhi


best inspirational movies
Director – Richard Attenborough
Cast – John Gielgud, Edward Fox, Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, Trevor Howard, John Mills
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%
Release Date – 30 November 1982
Box Office – $127.8 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 8 Oscars
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54. Dances With Wolves


best inspirational movies
Director – Kevin Costner
Cast – Mary McDonnell, Kevin Costner, Rodney Grant, Graham Greene
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 82%
Release Date – 19 October 1990
Box Office – $424.2 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, Western
Awards – Won 7 Oscars
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53. Dead Poet’s Society


best inspirational movies
Director – Peter Weir
Cast – Ethan Hawke,Robert Sean Leonard, Robin Williams, Norman Lloyd, Kurtwood Smith
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%
Release Date – 2 June 1989
Box Office – $235.9 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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52. The Last Emperor


best inspirational movies
Director – Bernardo Bertolucci
Cast – Joan Chen, John Lone, Victor Wong, Peter O’Toole, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ying Ruocheng, Dennis Dun
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 23 October 1987
Box Office – $44 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 9 Oscars
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51. A Few Good Men


best inspirational movies
Director – Rob Reiner
Cast – Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Wolfgang Bodison, Kevin Pollak
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 82%
Release Date – 9 December 1992
Box Office – $243.2 million
Genre – Drama, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

50. The Help


best inspirational movies
Director – Tate Taylor
Cast – Viola Davis Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 76%
Release Date – August 10, 2011
Box Office – $216.6 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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49. Moneyball


best inspirational movies
Director – Bennett Miller
Cast – Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Stephen Bishop, Brent Jennings, Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt,
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – September 9, 2011
Box Office – $110.2 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, Sport
Awards – None
Plot –

48. Miracle


best inspirational movies
Director – Gavin O’Connor
Cast – Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, Kurt Russell
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 6 February 2004
Box Office – $64.5 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

47. Princess Mononoke


best inspirational movies
Director – Hayao Miyazaki
Cast – Yuriko Ishida, Kaoru Kobayashi, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Yūko Tanaka, Masahiko Nishimura
IMDB Rating – 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 12 July 1997
Box Office – $160.8 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Awards – None
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46. Rain Man


best inspirational movies
Director – Barry Levinson
Cast – Valeria Golino, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 12 December 1988
Box Office – $354.8 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – Won 4 Oscars
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45. Scent of Woman


best inspirational movies
Director – Martin Brest
Cast – Chris O’Donnell, Al Pacino
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%
Release Date – 23 December 1992
Box Office – $134.1 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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44. Kung Fu Panda


best inspirational movies
Director – Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Cast – Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, David Cross, Seth Rogen, Ian McShane, Lucy Liu, Randall Duk Kim
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
Release Date – June 6, 2008
Box Office – $631.7 million
Genre – Animation, Action, Adventure
Awards – None
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43. Finding Nemo


best inspirational movies
Director – Andrew Stanton
Cast – Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe, Alexander Gould
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 99%
Release Date – 30 May 2003
Box Office – $940.3 million
Genre – Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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42. Apollo 13


best inspirational movies
Director – Ron Howard
Cast – Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 22 June 1995
Box Office – $355.2 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, History
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
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41. About Schmidt


best inspirational movies
Director – Alexander Payne
Cast – Dermot Mulroney, Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 13 December 2002
Box Office – $105.8 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

40. The Social Network


best inspirational movies
Director – David Fincher
Cast – Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg, Max Minghella, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – September 24, 2010
Box Office – $224.9 million
Genre – Biography, Drama
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
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39. Never Back Down


best inspirational movies
Director – Jeff Wadlow
Cast – Cam Gigandet, Amber Heard, Sean Faris, Leslie Hope, Evan Peters
IMDB Rating – 6.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 23%
Release Date – 4 March 2008
Box Office – $41,627,431
Genre – Action, Drama, Sport
Awards – None
Plot –

38. Saving Private Ryan


best inspirational movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns
IMDB Rating – 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 24 July 1998
Box Office – $482.3 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – Won 5 Oscars
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37. American History X


best inspirational movies
Director – Tony Kaye
Cast – Edward Furlong, Edward Norton, Elliott Gould, Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach
IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 83%
Release Date – 30 October 1998
Box Office – $23.9 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

36. Good Will Hunting


best inspirational movies
Director – Gus Van Sant
Cast – Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver, Ben Affleck
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 2 December 1997
Box Office – $225.9 million
Genre – Drama, Romance
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
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35. Amelie


best inspirational movies
Director – Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast – Mathieu Kassovitz, Audrey Tautou
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 25 April 2001
Box Office – $174.2 million
Genre – Comedy, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

34. Taken


best inspirational movies
Director – Pierre Morel
Cast – Maggie Grace, Jon Gries, Katie Cassidy, Liam Neeson, Leland Orser, David Warshofsky
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 58%
Release Date – 27 February 2008
Box Office – $226.8 million
Genre – Action, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

33. Catch me if you Can


best inspirational movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Tom Hanks, Martin Sheen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 25 December 2002
Box Office – $352.1 million
Genre – Biography, Crime, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

32. One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest


best inspirational movies
Director – Miloš Forman
Cast – William Redfield, Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher
IMDB Rating – 8.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – 19 November 1975
Box Office – $109 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – Won 5 Oscars
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31. The Insider


best inspirational movies
Director – Michael Mann
Cast – Russell Crowe, Diane Venora, Lindsay Crouse, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Philip Baker Hall
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 28 October 1999
Box Office – $60.2 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

30. 3:10 to Yuma


best inspirational movies
Director – James Mangold
Cast – Peter Fonda, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Dallas Roberts, Gretchen Mol, Ben Foster
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 7 September 2007
Box Office – $70 million
Genre – Action, Crime, Drama
Awards – None
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29. The Elephant Man


best inspirational movies
Director – David Lynch
Cast – Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anne Bancroft
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 2 October 1980
Box Office – $26 million
Genre – Biography, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

28. My Left Foot


best inspirational movies
Director – Jim Sheridan
Cast – Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker, Hugh O’Conor, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cyril Cusack, Fiona Shaw
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 24 February 1989
Box Office – $14.7 million
Genre – Biography, Drama
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
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27. Braveheart


best inspirational movies
Director – Mel Gibson
Cast – Sophie Marceau, Catherine McCormack, Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 77%
Release Date – 19 May 1995
Box Office – $210.4 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 5 Oscars
Plot –

26. To Kill a Mockingbird


best inspirational movies
Director – Robert Mulligan
Cast – Mary Badham, John Megna, Paul Fix, Gregory Peck, Phillip Alford, Ruth White
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 25 December 1962
Box Office – $13.1 million
Genre – Crime, Drama
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
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25. Hotel Rwanda


best inspirational movies
Director – Terry George
Cast – Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Sophie Okonedo
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 22 December 2004
Box Office – $33.9 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

24. The Blind Side


best inspirational movies
Director – John Lee Hancock
Cast – Tim McGraw, Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 66%
Release Date – 17 November 2009
Box Office – $309.2 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, Sport
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

23. Gran Torino


best inspirational movies
Director – Clint Eastwood
Cast – Clint Eastwood
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 81%
Release Date – December 12, 2008
Box Office – $270 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

22. It’s a Wonderful Life


best inspirational movies
Director – Frank Capra
Cast – Donna Reed, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers
IMDB Rating – 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 20 December 1946
Box Office – $3.3 million
Genre – Drama, Family, Fantasy
Awards – None
Plot –

21. Pay it Forward


best inspirational movies
Director – Mimi Leder
Cast – Haley Joel Osment, Kevin Spacey, James Caviezel, Helen Hunt, Jay Mohr
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 40%
Release Date – 20 October 2000
Box Office – $55.7 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

20. Hero


best inspirational movies
Director – Zhang Yimou
Cast – Tony Leung, Jet Li, Chen Daoming, Maggie Cheung
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 24 October 2002
Box Office – $177.4 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, History
Awards – None
Plot –

19. Warrior


best inspirational movies
Director – Gavin O’Connor
Cast – Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 83%
Release Date – 9 September 2011
Box Office – $23.1 million
Genre – Drama, Sport
Awards – None
Plot –

18. Rocky


best inspirational movies
Director – John G. Avildsen
Cast – Carl Weathers, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Talia Shire
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 21 November 1976
Box Office – $225 million
Genre – Drama, Sport
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
Plot –

17. Life is Beautiful


best inspirational movies
Director – Roberto Benigni
Cast – Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni
IMDB Rating – 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 20 December 1997
Box Office – $229.2 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
Plot –

16. Seven Pounds


best inspirational movies
Director – Gabriele Muccino
Cast – Rosario Dawson, Barry Pepper, Will Smith, Michael Ealy
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 26%
Release Date – 19 December 2008
Box Office – $168 million
Genre – Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

15. The Terminal


best inspirational movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Stanley Tucci, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Hanks, Diego Luna, Chi McBride
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 61%
Release Date – 9 June 2004
Box Office – $219.4 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

14. (500) Days of Summer


best inspirational movies
Director – Marc Webb
Cast – Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 17 July 2009
Box Office – $60.7 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

13. October Sky


best inspirational movies
Director – Joe Johnston
Cast – Chris Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Owen
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 19 February 1999
Box Office – $34.7 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, Family
Awards – None
Plot –

12. The Impossible


best inspirational movies
Director – J. A. Bayona
Cast – Tom Holland, Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor
IMDB Rating –7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 82%
Release Date -9 September 2012
Box Office – $180.3 million
Genre – Drama, History, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

11. Kick-Ass


best inspirational movies
Director – Matthew Vaughn
Cast – Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Aaron Johnson
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 76%
Release Date – 22 March 2010
Box Office – $96.2 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
Plot –

10. Schindler’s List


best inspirational movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Ben Kingsley, Liam Neeson, Jonathan Sagall, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall
IMDB Rating – 8.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 30 November 1993
Box Office – $322.1 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 7 Oscars
Plot –

9. 127 Hours


best inspirational movies
Director – Danny Boyle
Cast – Amber Tamblyn, James Franco, Kate Mara
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 4 September 2010
Box Office – $60.7 million
Genre – Biography, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

8. The Pursuit of Happyness


best inspirational movies
Director – Gabriele Muccino
Cast – Thandie Newton, Will Smith, Jaden Smith
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 67%
Release Date – December 15, 2006
Box Office – $307.1 million
Genre – Biography, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

7. Cast Away


best inspirational movies
Director – Robert Zemeckis
Cast – Nick Searcy Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%
Release Date – 7 December 2000
Box Office – $429.6 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

6. Life of Pi


best inspirational movies
Director – Ang Lee
Cast – Irrfan Khan, Suraj Sharma, Rafe Spall, Adil Hussain, Tabu, Gérard Depardieu
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
Release Date – November 21, 2012
Box Office – $609 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Awards – Won 4 Oscars
Plot –

5. The Shawshank Redemption


best inspirational movies
Director – Frank Darabont
Cast – Bob Gunton, Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Clancy Brown, William Sadler
IMDB Rating – 93%
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%
Release Date – 22 September 1994
Box Office – $58.3 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

4. Apocalypto


best inspirational movies
Director – Mel Gibson
Cast – Raoul Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood, Mayra Sérbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Bernardo Ruiz Juarez, Jonathan Brewer
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 66%
Release Date – 8 December 2006
Box Office – $120.7 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

3. A Beautiful Mind


best inspirational movies
Director – Ron Howard
Cast – Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Adam Goldberg, Paul Bettany, Josh Lucas
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 74%
Release Date – 13 December 2001
Box Office – $313 million
Genre – Biography, Drama
Awards – Won 4 Oscars
Plot –

2. Fight Club


best inspirational movies
Director – David Fincher
Cast – Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Meat Loaf Aday, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter
IMDB Rating – 8.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 79%
Release Date – 15 October 1999
Box Office – $100.9 million
Genre – Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

1. Forrest Gump


best inspirational movies
Director – Robert Zemeckis
Cast – Robin Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise
IMDB Rating – 8.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 72%
Release Date – 23 June 1994
Box Office – $678.1 million
Genre – Drama, Romance
Awards – Won 6 Oscars
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So which film do you think is the most inspiring? I bet you have your own favorite film that inspires you the most. Shout out loud about the film that you think is most inspiring.