10 Best Inspirational Movies to Watch When You’re Low

Life can get demoralizing at some point for people. Here are the 10 best inspirational movies you need to watch when you're down.

All of us, at some point in our lives, are going to have our toughest moments and undergo some of depressing times. We try to stand up and come to terms with our problems, but if we keep encountering obstacles, that’s probably the most difficult time of our lives. Just like covid, which has been rough and plight for people across the world. It is an unprecedented event that has never happened before and we could say we have witnessed one of the most historic events in history. But, barriers never go away, whether covid is before or after. I guess it’s more of a common thing that every person goes through and experiences their lowest point.

Nevertheless, when you look at a few stories, it’s so miserable when someone who used to be strong suddenly becomes depressed and dejected, not knowing what to do with their life. For you, whether or not you’re in the need of motivation, to keep your spirits high and boost your motivation levels, we compiled the 10 best inspirational movies you need to watch when you’re low.

Note: The following films are not ranked in any particular order.

The Shawshank Redemption

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When you talk about motivation, The Shawshank Redemption definitely comes first. It is the top-rated IMDb cinema of all time and you just can’t afford to miss this cinema when you’re low. The Shawshank Redemption is rarely the best movie that talks about hope, freedom, friendship, leveraging opportunities, taking risks, and primarily never letting anything makes you down. It’s perfectly the best inspirational film that starts off with slow-building drama and keeps you hooked till the end.

IMDb Rating: 9.3/10

Cast:  Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, and more..

Plot: Two imprisoned men who were accused of wrong allegations spend together at the Shawshank prison.

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Forrest Gump

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Forrest Gump is purely an engaging tale of a slow-witted man that makes you cry at the end. best inspirational movies are like a box of chocolates, and Forrest Gump is one of them. It is a movie about “life, faith, luck, and living with what you have “. It is a simple but, quite a crucial lesson we should learn from the film. I consider Tom Hanks’ performance as Forrest Gump to be one of the greatest performances and characters of all time.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Cast:   Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, and more..

Plot: A life journey of Forrest Gump.

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness best inspirational films

The pursuit of happyness mainly conveys ” perseverance, faith, patience, resilience from struggles, and ” never being discouraged by people “. Right from the beginning to end, you’ll stick to the father and son emotional drama. I think it’s one of those movies that no one hates and will always be one of the best inspirational movies of all time. At some point in time, we become discouraged and lose hope. Then, the pursuit of happyness comes to your rescue to inspire you and tell ” Never ever lose hope and do what you’re passionate about ”

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Cast: Will SmithThandie NewtonJaden Smith,  and more..

Plot: A struggling salesman has to take care of his son after he lost his life earnings.

Schindler’s List

Schindler's List best inspirational films

Schindler’s list is a movie about the biggest holocaust that happened in 1939 during World War II. It’s a film that speaks about ” compassion, pity, courage, love and tells one decision can make a huge difference “. Oskar Schilder who is the main character made one decision and saved lives as much as he could. It’s a decision that draws the path of our life, it’s a decision that changes our life and possibly other lives. Witness this Spielberg’s masterpiece.

IMDb Rating: 8.9/10

Cast:  Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, and more..

Plot: In Germany during World war 2, industrialist Oskar Schilder tries to save Jewish people after being oppressed.

12 Angry Men

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12 Angry Men is such a cinema that puts you on your toes till the end. It’s a complete engrossing drama in one room. Angry men teaches “Never be influenced by anyone, and always speak for yourself, no matter how different you may think it is.”. Don’t wanna say any more than that, yet it’s about how one opinion can change a life and can have a huge impact. It may not only be an inspiring movie you seek, but a thrilling one as well. Yes, 12 angry men is a perfect movie for you.

IMDb Rating: 9.0/10

Cast:  Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, and more..

Plot: A juror among 12 men, makes a new point and convinces remaining to reconsider the concerned case.

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amelie best inspirational films

Amélie is mainly about ” one can change other’s lives and make a difference “. When you start seeing beauty in everything, your life becomes beautiful and simple. The film is about an inspiring tale of girl who is innocent and photophobic brings light to everyone’s life. It is a special inspirational movie with full of cheery moments and a fresh plot. By the end, I’m absolutely sure that you’ll love Amelie’s character.

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, and more.

Plot: Amelie, who is innocent brings light to people’s light and leads to her true love.

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The Green Mile

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The Green Mile is one hell of a movie that you just can’t miss. It’s one of the beautiful and aesthetic cinemas that speaks “evil often attacks the most spiritual and moral persons” which is a nod to Jesus Christ. There’s a bit of fantasy in the film, you’re gonna immerse in characters and takeaway. The Green Mile film is based on the novel by Stephen King who also has written “The Shawshank Redemption.” It’s an enthralling tale of a police officer and a black man who is imprisoned for slaying two girls.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, and more.

Plot: Paul, the head guard of prison, meets John, a prisoner who is accused of murdering two girls.

Into The Wild

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The film Into the Wild is an inspiring movie that helps you realize that there is a whole world out there you haven’t been exposed to yet, but can change your life forever. Apart from the advancement of technology and materialism. The main character (Christopher McCandless) lives his life as a benefactor and connects with nature and spirituality. I recommend watching this movie particularly in the era where consumerism has become widespread and important.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, and more.

Plot: Christopher McCandless after graduating from university, decides to renounce all his possession and travel across America. Along the way, he encounters on a lot of things.


Rocky best inspirational films

I’m quite certain that most of the people have already watched Rocky. Just in case, if you haven’t

Rocky tells us ” If you can do it, you can do it and disregard what people think of you “. It’s our determination and hard work that defines who we are. Even though you feel you’re unfit, sometimes it doesn’t matter but to move on with your grind. Eventually, you’ll get what you deserve. That’s what rocky has done in his life.

Don’t miss watching the rocky show.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, and more.

Plot: Rocky, a small-time boxer gets a chance to fight against Apollo Creed. He doesn’t what’s coming ahead of him.

Life is Beautiful

life is beautiful best inspirational films

Life is Beautiful is probably a more fitting film to watch in these uncertain times. Despite the holocaust, a father shows spirit, hope, will and humor to his family despite the fact that they were surrounded by hostility. Just like that, we in this unprecedented event, we should be optimistic and cheerful every day. Never miss this “Life is Beautiful”.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Cast:Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, and more.

Plot: A Jewish librarian and his family are surrounded by hostility and death camps. He uses humor, will to protect his family from hostile environment.

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Hey FilmFanatics, Let us know your favorite cinema and any other films you think should have been made into this list.

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