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Best Inspirational and Motivational Hollywood Movies That Teach You to Never Give Up

In this article we have compiled a list of some of the top motivational videos from Hollywood. If you are feeling down then check out this list, pick one and watch it out today. These movies will raise your spirit high.

Movies have an amazing ability to motivate and change the way we feel about ourselves. That's why I find them so effective when it comes to dealing with failure or coming out of depression.
We feel depressed and useless when the negative energy and negative thoughts dominate our mind. So, there is a need to get over your negative energy and replace them with some fresh positive thoughts that will motivate you to push through your goal. If you ever notice your energy or spirit begin to drop, watch one of the movie from this list to quickly boost your confidence.
I have compiled a list of some of the best motivational and inspirational movies from Hollywood to help you come out of depression and re-fill you with positive energy.

Shawshank Redemption

Genre : Crime-Drama
Director : Frank Darabont
Release Year : 1994
Star Cast : Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
Rating : 9.3/10
The story is based on the life of a young and successful banker Andy Dufresne whose life changes drastically after he was sent to a gloomy jailhouse in Shawshank as a prisoner for a crime he did not commit. He was accused of killing his wife and her lover. The film portrays the struggle and torturous life as a prisoner. Andy gets a new friend Andy there and how things changed after that.
This movie is a powerful dose of motivation for all those who have lost all hopes in their life. The movie simply depicts hope, friendship and redemption.


Genre : Dram, Biography, Sport
Director : Angelina Jolie
Release Year : 2014
Star Cast : Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson
Rating : 7.2/10
The story is about Olympian Louis Zamperini who was a runner and was supposed to win the gold medal for his country. But after a near-fatal plane crash during World War 2, he and his two other fellow crewmen spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft and then they are captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner war camp.

Schindler's List

Genre : Biography, Drama, History
Director : Steven Spielberg
Release Year : 1994
Star Cast : Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Rating : 8.9/10
The movie is set during World War 2 in Poland where Nazis were slaughtering Jews like chickens. Oskar Shindler a German businessman saves the life of Jews working in his factory. Turning his factory into a refuge for Jews and saving the life of 1100 Jews from being slaughtered by Nazis. This is a perfect Film with a strong message as it may speak out to us and the touch is awesome.

Forrest Gump

Genre : Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director : Robert Zemeckis
Release year : 1994
Star Cast : Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Rating : 8.7/10
Forrest Gump a perfect mix of comedy and drama that permeate very deeplay and aroused different kinds of feelings. The movie is based on the life of a very simple man who does his every work with full devotion and loyalty. Other people took him as slow witted but he proves everyone wrong by achieving many things that others can't even think of. Phrases such as "run Forrest, run!"or "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get" make this film outstanding.
The movie motivates and inspires you and restores your belief to the fact that you can achieve anything if you work with all your heart and soul.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Genre : Biography, Drama
Director : Gabriele Muccino
Release Year : 2006
Star Cast : Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
Rating : 8.0/10
The movie is all about the story of a businessman Christopher Gardner who invested heavily in a scanner device which he thinks will sell like hot cakes in the market but it turned out to be his biggest mistake. His wife leaves him and he has to leave his home as well and was forced to live out in the streets with his son. He faced many trouble before he finally meets success. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen.


Genre : Drama, Sport
Director : John G. Avildsen
Release Year : 1976
Star Cast : Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Rating : 8.1/10
Rocky Balboa a struggling boxer gets a rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed who was supposed to win the fight easily but Rocky see it as his single opportunity to make it big. So, he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. Memorable quote from the movie "It ain't how hard you hit..It's how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It's about how much you can take and keep moving forward". A classical movie that inspires and motivates you to fight against odd times in life.

October Sky

Genre : Biography, Drama, Family
Director : Joe Johnston
Release Year : 1999
Star Cast : Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern
Rating : 7.8/10
This movie is based on the true story of Homer Hickman, son of a coal miner who was inspired by the launch of Sputnik rocket by Soviet Union to take up rocketry against his father's wishes. At first his friends and his family thinks that he has gone crazy but he teams up with one of his class fellow Quentin Wilson, a math geek who also has interest in rocketry. This movie will steal your heart, fill your mind with imagery and motivates you to think and do out of the box.


Genre : Music, Drama
Director : Damien Chazelle
Release Year : 2014
Star Cast : Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
Rating : 8.6/10
The story is about a young and talented drummer who aspires to be best but his teacher put obstacles on his way. The two form an odd relationship as teacher wants to stop him to realize a student's maximum potential.
The movie gives a message that there will be many obstacles on our way to success but we must push on and push through to our aim. A must watch for every student.

Good Will Hunting

Genre : Drama
Director : Gus Van Sant
Release Year : 1997
Star Cast : Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Rating : 8.3/10
A touching tale of a 20 year old boy who works as a janitor at M.I.T. He is a Maths prodigy and can solve any mathematical problem except for the one brewing deep within himself. One of the teachers from M.I.T decided to help him and from that point story takes a different turn. A must watch movie for those who need motivation to study.

127 Hours

Genre : Adventure, Biography, Drama
Director : Danny Boyle
Release Year : 2010
Star Cast : James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
Rating : 7.6/10
127 Hours is based on a true story of a mountain climber Aron Ralston's whose adventure turns into a game of survival when he get trapped in an isolated canyon in Utah.
How would you feel if you were asked to choose between death and amputating your hand? The five days in the life of this lone tracker being trapped with one hand crashed under a stone in a lonely canyon and his miraculous return to civilization is a story of survival. The movie not only motivates you but makes you grateful for your life, you take for granted.

These are some of the best Hollywood inspirational movies which will feel you with new energy to take a fresh start. If you have any more suggestion then feel free to comment below. Your suggestions are always welcome.

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