Top Inspirational Movies

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Top inspirational movies that come immediately to mind:

  • Miracle
  • Akeelah & The Bee
  • Without Limits
  • Invictus
  • Dead Poets Society

These stories involved facing a fear or challenge and someone who acted as coach or mentor to push people. What would you add?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff, add Apollo 13 to that list.

    NASA did the “impossible” by never giving up and finding a solution to each problem they encountered until they brought the astronauts home safely….and its a true story.

    To quote Gene Kranz, “failure is not an option”!

  2. Patty’s suggestions are two of my favorites.
    I’m gonna throw in one that I started to watch again yesterday – Chariots of Fire

    And a somewhat obscure one, that is one of my all time favorites – Pistol: The Birth of a Legend. It may be hard to find. I know it’s available on streaming Netflix though.

  3. The Shawshank Redemption. (I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have thought of that movie when I was in a crisis situation. For me, it’s the ultimate inspiration.)
    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

  4. Knowing what I know now about the history behind this movie and what it took to get it finished, I recommend “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” as an inspirational movie.

    The storyline itself is great. But breaking new ground by doing a full-length animated movie was one of the boldest moves ever in cinematic history.

  5. Don’t know about Lorie’s “Diving Bell” movie. Have not heard of it.
    But it reminded me of “Men of Honor”, with Cuba Gooding Jr & Robert Deniro. Love that one!

  6. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was based on the French book, Le Scaphandre et le Papillon. True story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, who was editor of French “Elle” magazine. He suffered a brain stem stroke at age 43, which left his mind unaffected but his body paralyzed except for his left eyelid. This is known as “locked in syndrome”. He blinked out his memoir, letter by letter, to an assistant. He described his body as the diving bell- unable to move, and his mind as the butterfly- able to take flight. His imagination allowed him to escape his body.

  7. I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure. – Eric Liddell

    Not familiar with Amazing grace (the movie). Totally familiar with our daily Amazing Grace though.

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