This list of inspirational movies includes a variety of different story lines. Hope you enjoy them.
1. PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS- A rags to riches story about a man who goes for his dreams and won’t let his circumstances get in the way.
2. REMEMBER THE TITANS- during the 70s the black and white school is closed and they are sent to an integrated school. Through all the racial tension a black coach is chosen to head the newly segregated football team.
3. FOREST GUMP- The story of a man with a low IQ who rose above his challenges, and proved that determination, courage, and love are more important than intellectual ability.
4. THE COLOR PURPLE-Its based on the life and trials and tribulations of an African American woman in the early 1900’s.
5. RUDY: About a huge football fan who always wanted to play for the Notre Dame Football team. He is told he is too small for the game but he perseveres on.
6. ALI-Based on the true story of great boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
7. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL-It’s the story of a funny and carefree Jewish man who uses his comic talent to protect his son from the realities of Nazi occupation.
8. BRAVEHEART-Story of William Wallace a peasant who unites the 13th Century Scottish in their battle to overthrow the English rule.
9. ERIN BROKONVICH- About an unemployed single mother who becomes a legal assistant and almost on her own brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.
10. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION- Two men in prison bond over a number of years, they find eventual redemption through acts of decency.
11. REDEMPTION: The Stan Tookie Williams Story- About the founder of the street gang the crepes and how in prison he found redemption. On death row, he is able to find redemption.
12. THE HURRICANE- The story of a talented boxer who is wrongly convicted of murder and his fight for his innocence.
13. BILLY ELLIOT- 11-year-old boy who leaves the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials as well triumphs as he perseveres to change his family’s narrow-minded set ways, inner conflict, and standing on his own feet.
14. A BEAUTIFUL MIND- A bio of the rise of John Forbes Nash Jr., a math genius able to solve problems that baffled the greatest of minds, and how he was able to overcome years of suffering from schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize in 1994.
15. GANDHI- True story about Mohandas Gandhi a prominent Indian leader.
16. CHARIOTS OF FIRE- Is a true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
17. PHILADELPHIA- Is a movie dealing with HIV/AIDS and homosexuality and it highlights the homophobic and stigma of the two.
18. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES- It’s a recollection movie where an older lady recalls the story of two women their trials and tribulations and lifelong friendship.
19. RAIN MAN- About a selfish man who finds out his father left his millions of dollars to an older brother he didn’t even know existed.
20. THE NOTEBOOK- A beautiful love story which lasts decades.
21. TITANIC- Is a movie set on the ill fated Titanic ship and it’s about a love story that develops on the ship.
22. SEA BISCUIT- True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
23. RAY- The true life story of Ray Charles and his amazing journey of overcoming the impossible.
24. PAY IT FORWARD- About the miraculous story of how a young boy changes the lives of many people through the simple act of good deeds.
25. THE BUCKET LIST- About two old timers who decide to do all the things they have always wanted to do before they die of their terminal illnesses.
26. MILK- About the life of Harvey Milk the first openly gay man elected to public office in America in the 70s. It is about his impact on the gay rights movement. One of the best movies I have ever seen.
27. COACH CARTER- About a high school coach who perseveres in changing the lives of his students who have bad attitudes towards life in general.
28. RADIO- About a shy mentally challenged man who inspires a community.
29. FREEDOM WRITERS- About a teacher-who teaches rough inner city kids-who fights to make a difference in the students lives and set them on a better path.
30. NORMA REA- About a mill worker in a southern textile company who stands up for the better working conditions of her workers and herself.
31. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK- Based on the life of Anne Frank who hides from the NAZI during the invasion.
32. GLORY- The story of the first company of black soldiers in the American civil war.
33. LIFE SUPPORT- the story of a mother with AIDS who overcomes crack addiction and becomes an AIDS activist in her community.
34. BABE- A pig which is raised by sheep dogs learns how to herd sheep.
35. WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT- The amazing life story of the great entertainer Tina Turner and the amazing obstacles that she overcame.
36. HOTEL RWANDA- The true life story of a man who sheltered thousands of Rwandans during the Rwandan genocide from danger and death.
37. G1 JANE- Is about the first woman in allowed in the navy seals and huge obstacles in her way.
38. TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD- Based in racially torn 1939 Alabama and it’s about the hearing of a black man accused of raping a white woman.
39. GLORY ROAD- Is based on the true story of the first all black basketball lineup for the 1966 NCAA national basketball championship title.
40. SARAFINA- About the Soweto youth riots against apartheid in South Africa.
41. AMISTAD- Is about an 1839 mutiny of slaves on a slave ship.
42. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE- The story of a slum kid who grows up and plays the Indian version of Who wants to be a millionaire.
43. AMERICAN HISTORY X- A reformed Neo-Nazi comes out of prison and tries to stop his younger brother going the same path he did.
44. THE PIANIST- A pianist tries to survive the Nazi invasion.
45. SCHINDLERS LIST- Based on the true story of the business man Oscar Schindler who saves thousands of Jews from the Nazi machine during world war 2.
46. BOYS DON’T CRY- A story about the courage to be who you truly are in the midst of horrible opposition.
47. CHOCOLAT- About a mother and daughter who move into a conservative narrow-minded French town in 1960 and shake things up.
48. MALCOLM X- The true life story of Malcolm X an influential black human rights activist.
49. OLIVER TWIST- Based on Charles Dickens movie about a young orphan boy and the troubles he finds as he tries to survive in a harsh world.
50. THE JESSE OWENS STORY- The true story about Jesse Owens the African American athlete who proved Hitler wrong about the Aryan physical superiority.
I love these movies. If you have not seen some of them check them out, you have nothing to lose. To your life!