You are going to need daily motivation to help you overcome all the obstacles you will face. Ideas and suggestions read or heard will be forgotten soon but when you watch them you will learn from them and remember them for long. Here are some of the best Motivational Movies of all time that one should definitely not miss in his lifetime.
Motivational Movies One Shouldn’t Miss To Watch:
1. Million Dollar Baby (2004):
Genre: Drama, Sports
Runtime: 132 minutes
Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel
Million Dollar Baby is an American sports drama where A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Won four Academy awards including the Best Picture.
A girl “Maggie” working as a waitress from a Missouri town in the Ozarks shows up in the gym owned by Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) asking him to train her to which he initially refuses. However, Maggie won’t give up easily. Maggie works hard in the gym even though Frankie tells her that she is too old for a boxing career at her age. Frankie’s friends and employee encourage and help her. Finally won over by her determination, Frankie takes on Maggie, and she slowly grows into a viable fighter.
2. In Pursuit of Happyness (2006):
Genre: Drama, Biography
Runtime: 117 minutes
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino
Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe
For his performance in the movie, Will Smith was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
The mistake on the spelling of the film’s title comes from a mural that Gardner sees on the wall outside the daycare facility his son attends.
San Francisco salesman Chris Gardner (Will Smith) invests his entire life savings in portable bone density scanners, The scanners play a vital role in his life. The time lag between the sales and his growing financial demands destroys his marriage with his wife Linda in spite of them caring for their son Christopher Jr.
While Chris is trying to sell one of the scanners, he meets Jay Twistle, a manager for Dean Witter Reynolds, Dean Witter Reynolds, and impresses him by solving a Rubik’s Cube during a taxi ride. His new relationship with Jay earns him the chance to become an intern stockbroker.
Gardner’s unpaid internship does not please Linda and she decides to go to New York City because she might get a job at her sister’s boyfriend’s new restaurant and painfully agrees that their son Christopher Jr. will remain with his dad.
Gardner with his son faces lots of hardships with no sales of the scanner and much loans to pay they eventually become homeless and ends up spending nights in homeless shelters.
Disadvantaged by his limited work hours, Gardner develops a number of ways to make phone sales calls more efficiently, including reaching out to potential high-value customers, defying protocol.
Regardless of his challenges, he never reveals his lowly circumstances to his colleagues, even going so far as to lend one of his bosses $5 for cab fare, a sum that he cannot afford. Concluding his internship, Gardner is called into a meeting with his managers where he is declared as eligible for the post of the stockbroker. His all hardships and hard work and the price he paid for that internship finally become fruitful.
The epilogue reveals that Gardner went on to form his own multimillion-dollar brokerage firm.
In Pursuit of Happyness is one of the best Motivational Movies that one should not miss in order to understand the willpower, faith, trust, and love.
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994):
Runtime: 142 minutes
Directed By: Frank Darabont
Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
The movie is based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It is the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite being innocent. Lack of female characters and even the title was considered to be confusing for audiences but it went on to receive multiple award nominations, including seven Academy Award nominations, and a theatrical re-release that increased the film’s box office gross to $58.3 million.
4. CREED (2015):
Genre: Drama, Sport
Runtime: 133 minutes
Directed By: Ryan Coogler
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson – the son of his former rival Apollo Creed.
For his performance, Stallone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
5. LIFE OF PI (2012):
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Runtime: 127 minutes
Directed By: Ang Lee
Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu
Life of Pi is an American survival drama film based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name.
The story is about an Indian man named “Pi” Patel, telling a novelist about his life story and how at 16 he survives a shipwreck and is adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
6. THE INTOUCHABLES (2011):
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 112 minutes
Directed By: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
The story is told as a flashback of the friendship between the two men. A Parisian aristocrat, a quadriplegic since a paragliding accident, hires a young man to be his live-in caretaker.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 100 minutes
Directed By: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard
Inspired by a true story, a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, where his doctor gives him a 50/50 chance of survival but Adam tries to remain upbeat and the story is about his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
8. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006):
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 101 minutes
Directed By: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin
For the stage musical, see Little Miss Sunshine (musical). The Hoover family puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest.
9. ROCKY (1976):
Genre: Drama, Sport
Runtime: 120 minutes
Directed By: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
Rocky (1976) is an American sports drama both written and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted working-class Italian-American boxer working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia as Rocky, a small-time club fighter, gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship.
10. THE BLIND SIDE (2009):
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Runtime: 129 minutes
Directed By: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head
The movie is based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis where a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player with the help of a caring woman and her family.
11. LINCOLN (2012):
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Runtime: 150 minutes
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film. Lincoln received significant praise for the acting, especially Day-Lewis’s performance, as well as Spielberg’s direction, and production values.
12. 3 IDIOTS:
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 170 minutes
Directed By: Rajkumar Hirani
Stars: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi
3 Idiots is an Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama film that follows the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college where the two friends are searching for their long lost companion who inspired them to think differently, even when the others called them “idiots”.
13. INTO THE WILD:
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Runtime: 148 minutes
Directed By: Sean Penn
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden
Into the Wild is an American biographical survival film.
Christopher McCandless, after graduating from Emory University gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wild. The film is about his experiences and encounters in the wild.
14. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER:
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 95 minutes
Directed By: Marc Webb
Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz
500 Days of Summer is an American romantic comedy-drama film with the story based upon its male protagonist and his memories of a failed relationship where a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
15. TAARE ZAMEEN PAR:
Genre: Drama, Family
Runtime: 165 minutes
Directed By: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte
Stars: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tanay Chheda, Sachet Engineer
The film explores the life and imagination of Ishaan, an 8-year-old dyslexic child. It is an Indian drama film where An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker without anybody understanding his actual problems until the new art teacher discovers them.