All work and no movies make me a dull man! If you have ever attended any of my sessions you would know that for a Motivational Speaker, I’m pretty non-serious! I use movies, video clips, songs, advertisements, sports – pretty much all types of AV under the sun to inspire my audiences. And who doesn’t get inspired my movies? So, here I am, with a list of the best inspirational movies I have ever seen. I keep updating this list and you are welcome to add yours to it 🙂

Movies — they make us happy, they make us cry, they make us feel romantic; but very few inspire us. Still remember those growing up years; when going to see a very good movie was a big pull in life. I am happy — ‘It still IS’ 🙂 (See what the guardian has to say about ‘Why People Go to Movies‘)

Below is my ever favorite list of best inspirational movies. Seeing any of these on a lazy, off day inspires me/ motivates me to do more & more. I draw a lot of inspiration from these. Check out videos of my talks to see for yourself.

The choice is personal. The only criterion I used to pick up these (out of an exhaustive collection); was- ‘how much good / motivated I felt; at the end of seeing this movie’? Here is the list-

  1. La Vita E Bella (Life Is Beautiful) (1998)
  2. Jerry Maguire (1996)
  3. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  4. Chariots of Fire (1981)
  5. Forrest Gump (1994)
  6. Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)
  7. Remember The Titans (2000)
  8. Cinderella Man (2005)
  9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  10. The Patriot (2000)
  11. My Left Foot (1989)
  12. Amelie (2001)
  13. Men of Honor (2000)
  14. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  15. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946- the oldest movie; that I have seen & enjoyed)
  16. Stand & Deliver (1988)
  17. Rocky (1976, 2006)
  18. Gladiator (2000)
  19. October Sky (1999)
  20. Never Back Down (2008)
  21. August Rush (2007)
  22. The Bucket List (2007)
  23. The Secret (2006)
  24. Peaceful Warrior (2006)
  25. Three Idiots (2009)
  26. Lakshya (2004)
  27. Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)
  28. Swades (2004)
  29. Lagaan (2001)
  30. Anand (1971)
  31. Guide (1965)
  32. Dangal (2016)
  33. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
  34. Queen (2014)
  35. Oh My God (2012)
  36. Udaan (2010)
  37. Chak De India (2007)
  38. Taare Zameen Par (2007)

And here’s IMDB’s list of Most Inspirational Movies, if you wish to broaden your horizons!

This list will go on, as more gems are shelled out by some brilliant cinematic minds. Take time out to catch any on the list of best inspirational movies. You never know — ‘An idea might change your life’. And if you are a book person, do check out: List of Fantastic Books for Your Reading Habit.

I have been writing on Motivation and Living life better for over 7 years now. Do check out all those motivational blog posts, if you seek some inspiration.

Rise & Shine!

Akash Gautam

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Akash Gautam is a Motivational Speaker & Corporate Trainer in India. Hundreds of Top Corporates like Google, CIPLA, Vodafone, McKinsey & Co., Maruti, HDFC, RIL, M&M & premier colleges like IIMs, IITs, SRCC etc go to him whenever they need a refreshing, big bang impact. Write to usWrite to us to know how he can transform your Team.

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