watching good inspiring movies is a must try

Finding inspiration to draw from can (and should) come from all walks of life and experiences but, if you find yourself looking for a good (or possibly great) book or movie to watch it can become incredibly overwhelming with all the titles and avenues to find them. Lucky for you, I have done a lot of the research for you. Below is a list of 100 movie titles to motivate, inspire and promote some personal and professional growth for you and your life.

As I researched this list, it became abundantly clear (and rather fast I might add) that this list is by no means conclusive and in fact there are probably hundreds more titles that exist that didn’t make the cut as well as versions of these movies that may prove a better read in book form.

If there is something or someone missing, please add it to the list so everyone else can benefit and enjoy!


1. The Shawshank Redemption 

2. Forrest Gump 

3. It’s a Wonderful Life 

4. To Kill a Mockingbird 

5. Gandhi 

6. Schindler’s List 

7. The Blind Side 

8. Rocky 

9. Dead Poets Society 

10. A Beautiful Mind 

11. Saving Private Ryan 

12. Braveheart 

13. Rudy 

14. Apollo 13 

15. The Karate Kid 

16. Rain Man 

17. The Sound of Music 

18. Field of Dreams 

19. Chariots of Fire 

20. Miracle on 34th Street 

21. Hoosiers 

22. Erin Brockovich 

23. Hotel Rwanda 

24. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

25. 12 Angry Men 

26. Seabiscuit 

27. The Wizard of Oz 

28. Dances with Wolves 

29. Fiddler on the Roof 

30. The Miracle Worker 

31. The Ten Commandments 

32. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 

33. Casablanca 

34. Glory 

35. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 

36. Driving Miss Daisy 

37. Stand and Deliver 

38. The Pursuit Of Happyness

39. Philadelphia 

40. Ben-Hur 

41. Searching for Bobby Fischer 

42. The Diary of Anne Frank 

43. The Right Stuff 

44. Ray 

45. Gone with the Wind 

46. Star Wars 

47. On Golden Pond 

48. The Bridge on the River Kwai 

49. Babe 

50. 8 Mile 

51. The Best Years of Our Lives 

52. Spartacus 

53. Yes Man 

54. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 

55. The Grapes of Wrath 

56. Warrior

57. On the Waterfront 

58. Pinocchio 

59. Cool Hand Luke 

60. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 

61. The Pride of the Yankees 

62. The Day the Earth Stood Still 

63. Sergeant York 

64. An Officer and a Gentleman 

65. Friday Night Lights

66. Into the Wild 

67. In the Heat of the Night 

68. The Black Stallion 

69. Lawrence of Arabia 

70. City Lights 

71. Harold and Maude 

72. Serpico 

73. Coal Miner’s Daughter 

74. Shane 

75. A League of Their Own 

76. Lilies of the Field 

77. High Noon 

78. Norma Rae 

79. The Verdict 

80. About A Boy

81. The Color Purple 

82. 61* 

83. Breaking Away 

84. National Velvet 

85. The Runaway Bride 

86. Dark Victory 

87. The Killing Fields 

88. Depatures 

89. The Defiant Ones 

90. Chasing Mavericks 

91. Sullivan’s Travels 

92. What’s Love Got to Do with It 

93. The Paper Chase 

94. Fame 

95. Yankee Doodle Dandy 

96. Mrs. Miniver 

97. Birdman of Alcatraz 

98. Meet John Doe 

99. Gunga Din 

100. Life Is Beautiful