Your Favorite Motivational Movies

by Mark Nehs 297 replies
We had a great thread at the "old Warrior Forum" with several great movies listed. Well we have many new faces and probably new movies out since that thread.

I am looking to add some new movies to watch but also to add to the Motivational Movies Squidoo page from the old list of Warrior movies. Pursuit of Happyness is ranked #1.

I will start with a few of my favorite movies: Rocky, Rudy, and Pay It Forward

Please add your favorites so we all can enjoy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
    The Secret, and The Lord of the Rings...

    The Lord of the Rings may seem like an odd choice because it's a fantasy movie but there are a couple of lines in the movie scripts which have really touched a chord in me and they are:

    In The Two Towers:

    Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
    Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
    Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
    Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.


    and from The Fellowship of the Ring:
    Frodo: I know what I must do, it's just that... I'm afraid to do it.
    Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
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    • Profile picture of the author Reno Van Boven
      Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

      The Secret, and The Lord of the Rings...

      The Lord of the Rings may seem like an odd choice because it's a fantasy movie but there are a couple of lines in the movie scripts which have really touched a chord in me and they are:

      In The Two Towers:

      Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
      Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
      Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
      Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.


      and from The Fellowship of the Ring:
      Frodo: I know what I must do, it's just that... I'm afraid to do it.
      Galadriel: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

      I love this post! Great lines indeed. And I am AMAZED you remembered a few lines from a 3 or so hour movie!

      Cheers

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    The Secret
    The Peaceful Warrior
    The Opus (just saw it today)
    The Free Hugs videos on YouTube


    That should get the list going...
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    • Profile picture of the author vicone
      I've watched "The Legend Of Bagger Vance" several times now and still find it moving. It's about a golfing competition between greats Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, and a talented amateur golfer (R. Junuh) from Georgia.

      It was directed by Robert Redford (based on a 1995 novel of the same name by Steven Pressfield) and has strong influences from the Bhagavad Gita.

      Bagger Vance is a spiritual guide in physical form that urges Junuh to get his act together, and find calm focus in the moment to bring out his abilities.

      The scene where Junuh imposes a 2 shot penalty on himself (though no one else had seen the accidental infringement) is actually based on a similar incident by Bobby Jones in the US Open (1925). Jones lost that tournament by 1 stroke.

      At that point in the movie, when Junuh takes the penalty, Vance decides he is no longer needed and leaves, though the match is unfinished and in the closing, critical stages.

      Inspiring.

      Ivan

      Here are a couple of key scenes from the movie readers might enjoy:



      Enjoy.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mark Nehs
        Originally Posted by vicone View Post

        I've watched "The Legend Of Bagger Vance" several times now and still find it moving. It's about a golfing competition between greats Booby Jones, Walter Hagen, and a talented amateur golfer (R. Junuh) from Georgia.
        This looks great. Many, many thanks in advance (I'm a golf nut and an integrity nut as well).
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        • Profile picture of the author Tina Tiano
          Facing the Giants -- no big name actors, but a very motivational movie!
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          • Profile picture of the author Mark Nehs
            Originally Posted by Tina Tiano View Post

            Facing the Giants -- no big name actors, but a very motivational movie!
            Yes!!!


            So many important lessons in this clip. If you haven't seen it I don't want to ruin it for you.
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            • Profile picture of the author Kym Robinson
              Absloutely - The Pursuit of Happiness!

              and I know this is not a movie - but one of my fav shows from America on Foxtel is Extreme Makeover-Home Edition!

              I cry every time I watch both of the above!
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              • Profile picture of the author Tina Tiano
                Mark, thanks for posting the link. I am new to the forum and wasn't permitted to post it yet. That is a very powerful clip of the movie!
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                • Profile picture of the author Adam Kenzington
                  The old movie, "Captains Couragous". That has resignated with me since I was a kid. Spencer Tracey, Freddie Bartholomew...a coming of age movie that teaches a spoiled kid to become a man. I love that movie!
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                Originally Posted by Kym Robinson View Post

                Absloutely - The Pursuit of Happiness!

                and I know this is not a movie - but one of my fav shows from America on Foxtel is Extreme Makeover-Home Edition!

                I cry every time I watch both of the above!
                Kym
                I like this film too.... Will Smith the main actor... very motivational movie
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            Originally Posted by Tina Tiano View Post

            Facing the Giants -- no big name actors, but a very motivational movie!
            Couldn't agree more. Have seen it several times but still want to view it over and over again.
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      Thank you guys for your suggestions!
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      Originally Posted by John Derrick View Post

      The Secret
      The Peaceful Warrior
      The Opus (just saw it today)
      The Free Hugs videos on YouTube


      That should get the list going...
      I am with you on that one! I honestly feel The Peaceful Warrior should be number all time. Beautiful lessons, well acted and I can watch it over and over again.

      Great movie for those that have not yet seen it !
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    Great clips Ivan - enjoyed watching them.

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  • Profile picture of the author logosi
    Movies can be so personal when they strike an emotional cord, we all know that. "What Dream May Come" touched something inside of me, then still years to know more.

    Love the Bagger Vance movie... The Secret... Then since I'm also a lover of action flicks (I'm a guy) "Saving Private Ryan"
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  • Profile picture of the author John Derrick
    Great video clips! Thanks for sharing those Vicone!


    A movie that I doubt many would could inspirational, but one that resonated with me very much at the time was The Matrix. It was a time of awakening... a time when I was searching for an answer.... that all is not as it would seem.
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    Pay It Forward! I still cry at it even if I've seen a hundred times!
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    • Profile picture of the author girliemarketing
      The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith

      One of my faves!
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        Originally Posted by girliemarketing View Post

        The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith

        One of my faves!
        This one is my favorite, too.
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      • Profile picture of the author janicelou
        Originally Posted by girliemarketing View Post

        The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith

        One of my faves!
        Ever read the book? The Movie is great but the book is really inspirational. It's amazing how difficult that man's childhood was. What a great example of the power of persistence.

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  • Profile picture of the author Spike SpiegelIM
    Not exactly a movie but it's a japanese TV series called 1 Liter of Tears. Probably the saddest thing I watched my entire life. Just teaches you to appreciate the things that you have and just learn to appreciate life itself. Very inspiring...
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    • Profile picture of the author kumar
      The first half of The Million Dollar Baby was quite inspiring, but again its a personal choice.

      I wish someone would make Lance Armstrong's autobiography, Its not about the bike..My journey back to life, into a movie. Now THAT would be inspiring!
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    Originally Posted by Mark Nehs View Post

    We had a great thread at the "old Warrior Forum" with several great movies listed. Well we have many new faces and probably new movies out since that thread.

    I am looking to add some new movies to watch but also to add to the Motivational Movies & DVD Squidoo page from the old list of Warrior movies. Pursuit of Happyness is ranked #1.

    I will start with a few of my favorite movies: Rocky, Rudy, and Pay It Forward

    Please add your favorites so we all can enjoy.
    What a great post! I would say my favorite movies are:

    The Secret
    Pay It Forward
    Flash Dance

    My last choice, "Flash Dance" may seem odd. I remember wanting to buy my 1st house when I watched it for the first time. I was inspired so much by the dancer's determination to get into the dance school against all odds and she did it. The next day, I called my realtor and took action and moved a couple of mountains and bought my 1st house. Mind you in 1983 the interest rates were as high as 17%. I did some research and got a great interest rate. I also more then doubled my money when I sold it years later.

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  • Profile picture of the author vicone
    Yes, Flash Dance was great. I remember dancing my heart out to "Flash Dance...What a Feeling" (Irene Cara), which won an Academy Award for best song. The critics didn't like the movie and it got poor reviews but proved to be a sleeper hit and was the 3rd highest grossing movie in the U.S. for 1983.

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  • Profile picture of the author icjackson
    There are too many for me to name...

    However, I can say that sports movies tend to be the most inspirational IMHO. I absolutely LOVE sci-fi movies and how they can convey messages about honor and bravery, but they aren't real. Sports movies are often based on true stories, and they make you feel like you can overcome any obstacle because the protagonists did as well.

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    I couldn't make the list any shorter than that ;-P
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewGe
    Mine would have to be "Meet The Robinsons".

    That movie simply inspires you to keep moving forward whatever the conditions and situations are, just like Walt Disney's motto
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott_Thomas
    Just a few recommendations off the top of my head:

    The Ultimate Gift...book by Jim Stovall made into a movie)

    Rocky...even though you know what happens, still stirs the emotions

    Office Space...should inspire you to get out of the ridiculous corporate world of cubicles and constant "re-organization"
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin T
    The Pianist. Adrian Brody plays a truly inspiring role of a Jewish survivor during the holocaust.
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  • Profile picture of the author hugofortin
    Hi,

    The Terry Fox story. Great movie! Usually, I don't cry when I'm washing movies, but with this movies it's a different story.

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  • Profile picture of the author mattf1mil
    It has to be Pursuit of Happiness without a doubt.

    For anyone starting out with their own business this film is a must and even more so if you are doing it for your family like me. It just shows that you can really make a difference in your life if you want it enough.

    But a less obvious one for me is a film called True Romance with Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and a great list of stars. It is a rollercoaster story where they get into loads of trouble but their love for each other pulls them through.

    It sounds rubbish when I describe it but it really isn't.
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    Two of my favorites are: Michael and Defending Your Life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marlow
    "Thunderheart" - One of my all-time favorites with Graham Greene and Val Kilmer.

    "Star Wars" - Talk about human mythology and the ultimate struggle between the light and darkness. Excellent!

    "Rocky" - Definitely an inspiring move for me too. Will never forget when it came out in the theaters.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    When ever I need to be motivated I watch, "Men of Honor" with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro. I recommend this movie to anyone who needs a boost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trandanos
    For me it's got to be Rocky, Jerry Maguire and Shawshank Redemption. Rocky is a timeless classic that shows how even starting from humble beginnings anyone can rise to the top of their profession. Jerry Maguire had a lot of really good one liners in it that I will never forget and make me feel good whenever I watch it. Shawshank Redemption shows how a never say die attitude against all odds can bring anyone back to the top and enjoy freedome and prosper again.
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    • Profile picture of the author merereilly
      Originally Posted by Trandanos View Post

      For me it's got to be Rocky, Jerry Maguire and Shawshank Redemption. Rocky is a timeless classic that shows how even starting from humble beginnings anyone can rise to the top of their profession. Jerry Maguire had a lot of really good one liners in it that I will never forget and make me feel good whenever I watch it. Shawshank Redemption shows how a never say die attitude against all odds can bring anyone back to the top and enjoy freedome and prosper again.
      Rocky and Shawshank were gonna be my two

      I would add some other sports movies like "Miracle" and "The Replacements" -- both very light and feel-good!
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      Originally Posted by Trandanos View Post

      For me it's got to be Rocky, Jerry Maguire and Shawshank Redemption. Rocky is a timeless classic that shows how even starting from humble beginnings anyone can rise to the top of their profession. Jerry Maguire had a lot of really good one liners in it that I will never forget and make me feel good whenever I watch it. Shawshank Redemption shows how a never say die attitude against all odds can bring anyone back to the top and enjoy freedome and prosper again.
      I agree with you brother. For me, it's Rocky. This movie shows us that we can achieve greatness if we just believe in our dreams and work hard on achieving it - no matter what the cost may be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Nehs
    Just finished watching the Legend of Baggar Vance and I liked the movie but didn't really, really love it like I thought I would. My hopes were probably too high. Thanks for the recommendation because my wife and I did enjoy it.

    Looking to watch Men of Honor next based on Christie's recommendation.

    Anyone else with some motivational movie recommendations for us?
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  • Profile picture of the author Spike SpiegelIM
    Since were closing in on the holidays, one of the best inspirational movie of all time, and I watch it at least once a year, the all-American great classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."
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    • Remember The Titans, Braveheart, Apollo 13.

      The list is huge but these three come to mind and I could watch them several times and not be bored. The true stories tend to move me more.
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  • Profile picture of the author GlynisG
    The Secret was a great motivation for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author BeyondThePen
    It's A Wonderful Life (I could watch this one year round because it has Jimmy Stewart and it makes me tear up no matter how many times I watch it)

    Field of Dreams (Because even when your dreams seem completely insane, they just might be the most brilliant thing ever)
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  • Profile picture of the author aikay77
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    My favorite is 'In Pursuit of Happiness'.

    I also love 'Jerry McGuire' seriously.

    Plus check out

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    My favorite is 'In Pursuit of Happiness'.

    I also love 'Jerry McGuire' seriously.

    Plus check out

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  • Profile picture of the author skyjoe76
    My love,

    Pursuit of Happyness

    I still remember the line when Will Smith was talking to his boy.

    “Never let others tell you what you can’t do. Even if it’s me”.
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  • Profile picture of the author momsadvice
    Hello, Everyone
    Yes I love Will Smith in Pursuit of Happiness. PERSISTENCE!
    And I have to add The Secret too. Thats something that needs to be watched over and over. I get something out of it each time.
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    • Profile picture of the author yuri12
      Banzai - starring Michael Keaton and a bunch of japanese guys and it's about a Detroit automotive factory taken over by a Japanese corporation. Clash of corporate cultures that lead to labor disputes, management problems, and regaining honor (may it be Japanese or American). Managing people is a lot harder than machines and money. Learn to adapt.

      Stranger Than Fiction - Will Ferrell was at his best as the man with that tick-tock precision when it comes to his habits both at home and work but realizes that he must face imminent death and live life fully beyond what he does as an IRS agent. What makes it even more beautiful is that he finds love in a girl that abhors his profession. Sometimes a story is like life, it needs a makeover.

      The Godfather series - How you treat your family and the people that work for you reflects how you handle them, to the pinnacle of success or to damnation in achieving it. Business is business. Nothing personal.

      Revenge of the Nerds - what can I say? I root for the underdogs who know better but get marginalized for the simple reason that they are, very special in their own right. Don't take crap from anyone who thinks otherwise and do your thing. :p
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    Here comes the Rain is excellent.
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    Forrest Gump! It's a great movie.
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      The Secret by Rhonda Byrne for sure!
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      • Profile picture of the author semmyw
        The Pursuit of Happiness and Rocky!
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        • Profile picture of the author MovingAhead
          The Peaceful Warrior
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            Originally Posted by MovingAhead View Post

            The Peaceful Warrior
            great movie
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              The Matrix Movies
              Pursuit Of Happiness
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              • Profile picture of the author Mark Nehs
                Rudy has moved into a tie for #1 with Pursuit of Happyness. This is the first time any movie has even been tied with Pursuit of Happyness. Personally, I am huge fan of both movies.

                Care to break the tie? Click here and vote

                The list of movies was originated from the Mind Warriors here at the Warrior Forum. Thanks again. I have truly enjoyed your movie suggestions (in fact our whole family enjoys them).
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                • Profile picture of the author bombdiggity
                  American Beauty is my favorite, even though a lot of people wouldn't consider it very motivational because of the ending. Watching Lester take on the world always makes me want to get up and do something.
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          • Profile picture of the author DenniseTan
            I find Meet the Robinsons very inspirational, with its tagline "Keep moving forward".
            Another one would be A Hundred Foot Journey.
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        • Absolutely - It's a Wonderful Life! But years ago, it was Rocky. And every Saturday - believe it or not -- when I watch my HGTV programs, I get up and start cleaning and organizing -- talk about motivational! Sometimes I even drive to Home Depot or the store and buy things to fix up my home! Those shows and coffee are what really kicks my butt! :p
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          • Profile picture of the author Mark Nehs
            Originally Posted by Theaccidentalexpert View Post

            Absolutely - It's a Wonderful Life! But years ago, it was Rocky. And every Saturday - believe it or not -- when I watch my HGTV programs, I get up and start cleaning and organizing -- talk about motivational!:p
            Ditto's on It's a Wonderful Life.

            HGTV that's funny. My wife wants it to inspire me but it doesn't.

            I love as the thread is getting longer we are getting more creative!!
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            • Profile picture of the author Luka
              I liked The Secret
              And other great one is, "Full Confidence overcoming fear with the power of love."
              To watch the trailer you can go to youtube and look for full confidence trailer
              Hope you like it!
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        • Profile picture of the author StacyHolmes
          Seabiscuit was probably one the most inspirational movies I've ever seen. The message I got was that anybody can win if they put their mind to it.

          Also, and don't laugh, but another favorite was The Incredibles. Even if you get old you haven't lost your power! I love how the old Super Heros were pulled out of retirement after being forced to remain incognito for years.
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          • Profile picture of the author imMindset
            I'd have to say:

            Gandhi
            Pursuit of Happyness
            Shawshank Redemption
            Rudy

            and.. the water boy (joking...) .. funny movie though
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        • Profile picture of the author Radcliff
          I haven't had chance to view any above mentioned films.But surely I will soon

          This might sound odd...but from what I've watched the most motivative movie is toy story 3....don't laugh

          And 300 also comes with it.
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        • Profile picture of the author corsleymaxwell
          THE JESSE OWENS STORY- The true story about Jesse Owens the African American athlete who proved Hitler wrong about the Aryan physical superiority

          MALCOLM X- The true life story of Malcolm X an influential black human rights activist

          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
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        • Profile picture of the author Max Stryker
          I must say that the best motivational movies i've ever seen are:

          Into The Wild.
          Good Will Hunting.


          But for motivational speeches i'd have to go with Al Pacino's on any given sunday.

          I'm going to leave you with the video an transcript:




          I don't know what to say really.
          Three minutes
          to the biggest battle of our professional lives
          all comes down to today.
          Either
          we heal
          as a team
          or we are going to crumble.
          Inch by inch
          play by play
          till we're finished.
          We are in hell right now, gentlemen
          believe me
          and
          we can stay here
          and get the **** kicked out of us
          or
          we can fight our way
          back into the light.
          We can climb out of hell.
          One inch, at a time.

          Now I can't do it for you.
          I'm too old.
          I look around and I see these young faces
          and I think
          I mean
          I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
          I uh....
          I pissed away all my money
          believe it or not.
          I chased off
          anyone who has ever loved me.
          And lately,
          I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.

          You know when you get old in life
          things get taken from you.
          That's, that's part of life.
          But,
          you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
          You find out that life is just a game of inches.
          So is football.
          Because in either game
          life or football
          the margin for error is so small.
          I mean
          one half step too late or to early
          you don't quite make it.
          One half second too slow or too fast
          and you don't quite catch it.
          The inches we need are everywhere around us.
          They are in ever break of the game
          every minute, every second.

          On this team, we fight for that inch
          On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
          to pieces for that inch.
          We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
          Cause we know
          when we add up all those inches
          that's going to make the ****ing difference
          between WINNING and LOSING
          between LIVING and DYING.

          I'll tell you this
          in any fight
          it is the guy who is willing to die
          who is going to win that inch.
          And I know
          if I am going to have any life anymore
          it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
          because that is what LIVING is.
          The six inches in front of your face.

          Now I can't make you do it.
          You gotta look at the guy next to you.
          Look into his eyes.
          Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
          You are going to see a guy
          who will sacrifice himself for this team
          because he knows when it comes down to it,
          you are gonna do the same thing for him.

          That's a team, gentlemen
          and either we heal now, as a team,
          or we will die as individuals.
          That's football guys.
          That's all it is.
          Now, whattaya gonna do?
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        • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
          1. Remember the Titans.
          2. Pursuit of Happiness
          3. Fist of Fury
          4. Do The Right Thing
          5. The Ten Commandments
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        • Profile picture of the author rulez05
          The Pursuit of Happiness. and the social network. nothing can break this duo
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        • Profile picture of the author Pedrito
          I love the ones from Tonny Robbins, they are just amazing real life changes!
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        • Profile picture of the author tejbiz
          There is this Bollywood Movie that taught me a great lesson:

          Dont Follow success

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        • Profile picture of the author tejbiz
          Its got to be 3 IDIOTS!!!!

          It tells you:

          Dont follow success

          Search for Excellence in YOUR Interest and Success WILL FOLLOW YOU!!!!
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        • Profile picture of the author USAirlinesLetter
          The Pursuit of Happiness is a great movie!
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        • Profile picture of the author Jackson62
          Papillon. It's based on a true story and seems to me to epitomize how man can overcome terrible challenges through desire and determination.

          Plus, who can resist a Steve McQueen movie??
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        • Profile picture of the author svalegria
          An older documentatry called "The Journey" You can buy it on amazon used for $2.94 ASIN B0000TFGX2

          After college, Eric Saperston bought a 1971 Volkswagon Bus, took his Golden Retriever Jack, and set out to follow the Grateful Dead and work a ski season in Aspen. While out on the road, he called up some of the most powerful and influential people in the world and asked them out for a cup of coffee. What started out as a personal journey to find the answers to life's biggest questions - Why am I here? How can I find happiness? What is success? - quickly turned into something much bigger than he ever had imagined.


          Find it! It is worth the effort.
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        • Profile picture of the author Truxx
          "What the Bleep do we Know"

          I'm surprised not to see it on the list yet. It spans science and thought. It really gets into how your thinking can affect your reality. Its a docudrama that includes interviews with
          • theoretical physicists
          • brain scientists
          • spiritual leaders
          • quantum physicists
          • etc.
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          • Profile picture of the author janicelou
            Originally Posted by Truxx View Post

            "What the Bleep do we Know"

            I'm surprised not to see it on the list yet. It spans science and thought. It really gets into how your thinking can affect your reality. Its a docudrama that includes interviews with
            • theoretical physicists
            • brain scientists
            • spiritual leaders
            • quantum physicists
            • etc.
            What the bleep do we know! yea thats a great movie. its like a detailed version of "The Secret"
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        • Profile picture of the author Helena33
          The first one that comes to mind is "Rocky"!
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          • Profile picture of the author MrRSmith
            I think along with movies songs are pretty good inspiration as well depending on the film of course. it would also be cool to see some cool inspirational songs here too. also if someone could help me I'm not sure how to allow my image to show for my profile. I have removed it and uploaded it twice but for some reason it still doesn't show.
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            • Profile picture of the author beatlechan
              One of my favorites is Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Documentary about an influential heavy metal band that never really got famous. It's like a real life Spinal Tap. But what is inspiring is that they never gave up after thirty years of failure after failure. They finally achieved some success after the movie came out. The ending made me cry.
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        • Profile picture of the author mominternet
          Secretariat

          Talk about being a success against all odds!
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        • Profile picture of the author Jamesgrill
          The Peaceful Warrior and whale rider are my favorites..
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        • Profile picture of the author Doug Hewitt
          Miracle with Kurt Russell. Hands down the best motivational movie I have seen.
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        • Profile picture of the author ttjohn
          Fast Five, aka Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist, aka Maybe The Most Insanely Entertaining Film Of The Year. After all,this clip does actually answer a few of the nagging how did they do that? questions that we had leaving the cinema, even if it still can't explain the physics of that big sweaty Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson fight entirely. Here, we get a glimpse behind the scenes of the big safe heist, wherein two cars drag a big heavy safe through the streets of Rio and it tumbles through buildings, knocks cars off bridges and generally causes havoc. But then again, what else do you expect given the people involved? Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist is out on September 5 on DVD and Blu ray, which will allow you the chance for repeat viewing of this classic and which may, in turn, allow you to figure out why The Rock is so sweaty throughout and how it's even faintly possible that no one died in that initial bit with the bus.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenny61
    great contributions everyone and a few more movies that I will have to take a look at.

    Here are a few that I like that haven't been mentioned that I have seen lately.

    Chariots of Fire
    The Rookie. The one about the ageing baseball player
    October Sky
    Mr Hollands Opus.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
      Originally Posted by logosi View Post

      Movies can be so personal when they strike an emotional cord, we all know that.
      And music too! Memories= emotions.

      Originally Posted by semmyw View Post

      The Pursuit of Happiness and Rocky!
      Pursit of Happniess is a great movie, but Rocky IV is a big motivational movie for me. Maybe since I still have the tape since I was a young kid.

      Shows how persistence, desire, and dedication can help you overcome obstacles.

      Another movie I like a lot is 300.
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  • Profile picture of the author poweremploy
    Honey- She didn't let an idiot director make her lose herself and get caught up in the fame. She stayed true to what she was trying to accomplish. She ended up better than where she began becuase of it.
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  • The Truman Show - starring Jim Carrey
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzyjeff
    Mark,

    Rocky is tops on my list. I get pumped up everytime I hear that theme song.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author WorksForWeb
    The Secret - enough to keep my thoughts focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author angeldemon
    Rocky
    Pursuit of Happyness
    Rudy
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    The Secret i guess
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    • Profile picture of the author yuri12
      The Concierge - starring Michael J Fox and Gabrielle Anwar (correct me if I'm wrong). It talks about how he saves up on tips, does favors for clients with a few kickbacks, and makes a proposal to build his own hotel, only to be screwed by a client consultant who has intentions of stealing the plans for himself. The love angle is tolerable and builds up the story towards the end when love conquers and the business dream was almost gone. And then the dream plan is mailed accidentally to a client that Michael helped with his wife and helps him achieve it.

      Lesson is that it helps to give 110% of your effort to service your clientele and you might hit the jackpot when you build your own successful business. And it also helps to know your network and avoid getting screwed by others trying to steal your own ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author craftscn
    Brave Heart is my favorite movie, i have watch many times, it give great power to work hard.
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  • Profile picture of the author Canei Group
    I think an Incredibly motivating movie for anyone trying to make something of themselves is "The Pursuit of Happiness". Chris Gardner is a guy who overcame so many challenges, kept going, and triumphed.

    It definitely took all the excuses away for me!
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  • Profile picture of the author np90
    Originally Posted by Mark Nehs View Post

    I will start with a few of my favorite movies: Rocky, Rudy, and Pay It Forward

    Please add your favorites so we all can enjoy.
    Any of the Rocky movies ESPECIALLY 'Rocky 6', 'Kickboxer' with Van Damme, 'Pumping Iron' with Arnold and 'Body For Life' with BIll Phillips.
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  • Profile picture of the author coolice
    The Shawshank Redemption - no wonder it's #1 in IMDb - it's a great inspiring movie, go check it out if you haven't (which I doubt )
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  • Profile picture of the author Supafly
    In 1980 I was a young boy. I stayed home from school one day because I wasn't feeling well. While my mother was out I was bored so I turned on the TV and watched some of the Winter Olympics. The American hockey team was just taking the ice and about to play the Russians. Now, I've never been a hockey fan and really didn't understand the sport, especially at such a young age, but even I knew the Russians were unbeatable. Everyone knew it - everyone except the amateur American team. I watched anyway.

    What followed was one of the most remarkable acts of courage and determination I would ever see in sports as the Americans never let up and never allowed themselves to be intimidated by a better, quicker and more experienced team. They actually seemed to get stronger as the game ended with one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

    The movie "Miracle," which came out several years ago did an excellent job capturing that team's courage. The moment and the movie will be something I will never forget.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Since this old thread popped back up, I'll go ahead and throw in my 2 cents worth....

    Gridiron Gang - Very inspiring story of turning around a bunch of young men's lives by a determined coach.
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  • Profile picture of the author chini
    The Pursuit of Happiness
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  • Profile picture of the author ausslite
    Facing The Giants for sure. I Also got a lot from Lord of the rings. it is all about the never give up no matter what attitude.
    there are thousands of great movies like that.
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    • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
      Check out this video and be inspired

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  • Profile picture of the author Courage
    Troy
    Alexander
    Gladiator
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Not a movie but sure inspirational - the story of Susan Boyle - she didn't win Britian's You've Got Talent but she definitely achieved her dream.
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    • Profile picture of the author JosephCosgrave
      Revolutionary Road
      Into the Wild

      Sometime you have to go against the grain to be happy and successful
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    Pursuit of Happiness is good

    I am Sam...may seem like a weird choice but it always motivates me to push myself to my potential because not everybody has the opportunities I do
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  • Profile picture of the author Karthik Reddy
    This might be off topic but I don't know if you guys have seen a movie called Keith, it's a romantic love story..it was inspiring for me in the sense how the guy makes the girl fall for him ..

    of course my all time favorite is The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds. Guys,watch seven pounds too..Will Smith at his best again.
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  • Profile picture of the author singerjay
    Big Fish- quirky and beautiful and motivational.
    The Peaceful Warrior- although the book is far better.
    The Motorcycle Diaries.
    Shawshank- especially the first time I watched it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ylvajanssons001
    Me, I like sports movies since they are one of those movies that offers lessons and great motivations.
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  • Profile picture of the author designerdepth
    Rocket singh - Motivated me till the core.
    Want to achieve so much in life
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  • Profile picture of the author Phobos
    K19 - by far one of the best inspirational movies I have ever seen. A must watch!!

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  • Profile picture of the author Nicholas Kemp
    The Pursuit of Happiness!
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I take inspiration and enlightenment from many movies - some of which are probably perceived by many people as being downright sad and depressing.

    In fact, this applies to everything in life. I'm fascinated by how things work, the possibilities of life, taking chances, risks, self-belief, manifestation, the "law of attraction", etc.

    Anyway, there's too much stuff to list entirely but a few films which spring to mind are:

    Field of Dreams
    The Color of Money
    Risky Business
    Cool Runnings
    The Edge
    There Will Be Blood
    The Worlds Fastest Indian

    I wouldn't say there's any particular film which I can attribute my success to specifically. But I do feel that I take something "more" from movies. When other people are walking ou out of that theater and merely thinking "good film", "boring film", I'm thinking of ways to relate what I've seen on-screen to my own life experiences. Wondering about the possibilities and opportunities open to us as people, that many others overlook or are oblivious to, and thinking about the pursuit of happiness, success and wealth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandycmy
    Gladiator
    Shawshank Redemption
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    • Profile picture of the author ormes21
      CLICK! All my favorites have already been shared but click. Click had an amazing affect on me, brilliant comedy but it had this powerful affect that made me realize how precious life is and you only get one shot.
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  • Profile picture of the author RegalWeb
    I'd probably say that I really really love Pay It Forward and Forrest Gump. Those were the two of the most inspiring movies I've ever seen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raja Kamil
    Pursuit Happiness ; really enjoy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author maidmarion
    The Moses Code! Comparable with The Secret!
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggerDeen
    I really can't remember anything than "Pursuit of Happyness". I guess what make it much better than other movies is its real life story.
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    • Profile picture of the author belgianguy
      All the great movies have already been mentioned. If you like (short) inspirational videos, be sure to check out The Inspiration Tube. Yes, it's it shameless plug of my own website, but it's relevant to this thread
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  • Profile picture of the author scortillion
    Rocky, Educating Rita is a good one too
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Ellis
    My Faves are:

    The Gladiator
    Troy
    Pursuit of Happyness
    Rocky 1-4
    Count of Monte Cristo
    Rudy
    Remember the Titans
    Four Feathers
    Taken
    The Bourne Identity Series
    Batman Begins
    First Knight
    The Replacements

    That's a few on my list. Probably missing a few

    Great list guys and gals!

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  • Profile picture of the author miavanru
    I really enjoyed "Goal! The Dream Begins" and the sequel, "Goal! 2: Living the Dream".

    A story of a a boy, from humble beginnings, and his unique journey to achieving his ultimate dream-to play soccer professionally. The movies were made with full cooperation from FIFA, so makes for a great film,with actual teams and players throughout the movies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Herbert S Richter
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    300 by Gerald Butler is def a must watch over and over...
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    I especially like Pursuit of Happyness. It really goes to show that sometimes you have to sink to incredible lows in order to realize what it is that you really want, but as long as you have a strong vision of your destiny, you'll definitely get where you want to go!
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  • Profile picture of the author blueston
    Every time I watch "Kung Fu Panda", I get motivated.

    I like these quotes:

    "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift, and that is why it's called the present"

    "The Secret Ingredient of the Secret Ingredient soup is nothing. All you have to do is to believe it."
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Bell
    Rocky all the way Baby!
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  • Profile picture of the author M Stevens
    Remember the Titans is pretty good.

    But yeah, can't go past Shawshank Redemption
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimsim09
    Yea....i agree...remember the titans is good,

    beside that,
    The Longest Yard
    Coach Carter
    Armageddon

    ..
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  • Profile picture of the author medi50cus
    I still can't get enough of Pay It Forward. Very inspiring and moving. It's been one of my A-list when it comes to motivational movies.
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  • Profile picture of the author helpfulbiz2
    My first introduction to self development came from Napoleon Hill it was in book format that time but there is now a video on YouTube well worth the time to take a look.
    Have a productive day.

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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Another great recent movie that I've found incredibly motivational is 'The Blind Side', especially since this is a true story and not some outlandish figment of a director's imagination. Definitely in my list of all-time greats, just like 'The Pursuit of Happyness'.

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    Got to be rocky!
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    • Profile picture of the author chestmary
      Unstoppable - yes it's new but I can't get it out of my mind
      The Matrix - Man verses the system
      Any Russell Crowe movie usually has me cheering at the end though Gladiator was a mixture of tears and smiles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    I will also add The Social Network.

    Shows the power of bridging a good idea, hard work, and the internet,

    Pretty amazing and inspiring
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  • Profile picture of the author missenergy
    Let's see I have a few of them..but just thinking off hand.
    1. Ali
    2. A bronx tale
    3. Pursuit of Happyness
    4. Beaches (showed true friendship)
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  • My first choice was Shawshank Redemption based on it's message of never giving up hope but I see it's already been mentioned.

    Therefore, I'll have to add another movie that touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes based on the message of keeping hope alive and that's "Hurricane" starring Denzel Washington as the wrongfully imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

    Here's the trailer for anyone who's never seen this show but who's a fan of motivational movie...

    YouTube - The Hurricane Trailer
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  • Profile picture of the author cynthea
    thank you everyone for sharing your inspirations. I was recently inspired by Secretariat, both the horse and the horse's owner were quite inspiring!
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  • Profile picture of the author writerval
    I love the movie "The Edge", especially Anthony Hopkins' line:

    "What one man can do, another can do!"
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    The Joy Luck Club and Boys don't cry!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Agency
    Mine are :

    What the Bleep Do We Know!?
    The Great Debaters
    Pass It On
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Braveheart
    Invictus

    I love to watch it over and over again.
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  • Profile picture of the author iphonerepair
    As soon as I saw this thread I already was thinking Rocky, We have like minds. Some other movies are cool runnings, million dollar baby, and forrest gump



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  • Profile picture of the author dayafterstore
    Weird as it sounds, many of the Marvel superhero offerings inspire me, especially Spider-Man 2 and a couple of the X-men ones...
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  • Profile picture of the author Sweely99
    Lean on Me. It's from 1989 and by far the most motivational movie I've ever seen.
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      Originally Posted by jassmine12 View Post

      My favorite motivational movie is Titanic. The thing i learned is the never say die attitude.
      Wasn't that The Goonies?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mo Ali
    I find Life is Beautiful to be extremely motivating. Also, I loved Cinderalla Man, found that that left the hairs on the back of my neck standing up!
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    • Profile picture of the author cyrilruiz
      Watching movie is one of my hobby. Movie give relaxation and refreshment. my favourite motivation movies are :

      1) Titanic.
      2) Lord of the ring.
      3) 3idiots.
      4) Taare zameen par.
      5) Rang de basanti.
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  • Profile picture of the author Promet Analyst
    Wow this is interesting! I love movies and I think Forrest Gump and the City of Angels are great! it's like no matter what happens, life must go on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Guys,

    Don't mean to sound like a smart-ass here, but the title of Will Smith's movie is actually: The Pursuit of Happyness. The misspelling is on the outside of the day nursery to which he takes his son.

    And here's one I would add that has not been mentioned so far: Touching the Void ...

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  • Profile picture of the author mikecsy
    A bunch come to mind but these are 3 that I would definitely recommend!

    "Jerry McGuire"
    "Remember the Titans"
    "The Rookie"

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    • I thought I'd post 2 sports movies, and was scrolling the last few posts before I did.
      It didn't take me long to find one of them listed! lol.

      The Rookie.
      Invincible.

      Both are along similar lines - stories of 'normal' people who manage to get into the top level of their favourite sport. Baseball for The Rookie, NFL for Invincible.

      Both based on true stories.

      I enjoy movies full stop, but loved both of these, they are understated in style which I like.

      As for the motivational aspect? Well, if you wanted to write a movie about inspiration and achievement using sport, you'd probably come up with something along the lines of these true ones!

      Originally Posted by mikecsy View Post

      A bunch come to mind but these are 3 that I would definitely recommend!

      "Jerry McGuire"
      "Remember the Titans"
      "The Rookie"

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  • Profile picture of the author herculesx
    i love the happiness of pursuit, this wonderfull movies for motivation yourself..
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  • Profile picture of the author NddS777
    I'd have to say Scarface (Pacino) is my favorite. Revs me up everytime.

    He goes from nobody to somebody on raw ambition and hard work. Best of all, the only he reason he crumbles is due to his own greed.

    Classic!
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  • Remember the titans when I watch that I'm pumped to go even harder.




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  • Profile picture of the author vincent88
    I really like this thread, because movie is my hobby especially for motivated movies and true story inspiring movies. The Secret is one of my favorite movie, really inspiring. Pursuit of Happiness, I like too.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable thread and information.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shady8
    Coach Carter is good
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    • Profile picture of the author Chin M C
      It has got to be Pursuit of Happyness

      I stumbled upon this movie about a month ago when I was searching for material to co-write a chapter of a for a book entitled The Art and Science of Success.

      It is a real life success story of how a man who was dead broke and became very rich because of his sure commitment to get out of the rut he was in.

      I has really motivated me to dwell deep into the thoughts and habits of successful people ....

      I have not seen the whole movie other than those posted on Youtube. Look for the one "You want something. Go get it. Period."

      Enjoy ...

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  • Profile picture of the author latentwarrior
    I watch motivational movies that use multi-platforms to inject subliminal messages of success in your subconscious mind. Words, images, videos, music, affirmations... So powerful. My brain tries to take everything in but those messages shot in split seconds goes right to my subconscious. Very effective...
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  • Profile picture of the author hari12345
    for me the best motivational movie is RUDY

    never.....never give up in Life....This is what the movie has taught me...must watch movie warriors don't miss it//...
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  • Profile picture of the author stefalex
    Just finished watching THE SHIFT by DR. WAYNE W. DYER.
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  • Profile picture of the author CaseyS7onner
    Wow the most greatest movie ever made i think is Lord of the rings, All 3 parts are so good. The movie has unbelievable effect and acting.
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  • Profile picture of the author GlobalMedia
    I would go with "The Secret". I always watch it whenever I get a chance. It is truly an awesome movie.
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  • Profile picture of the author happyme
    I am really motivated by 2 movies. Saving Private Ryan, and Forest Gump. Both have the same actors, but their story is so inspiring, I love it.
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    • Profile picture of the author xtortionx50
      Gladiator(epic) lord of the rings count of monte cristo
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      • Originally Posted by xtortionx50 View Post

        Gladiator(epic) lord of the rings count of monte cristo

        AMAZING films.

        Gladiator is incredible, and Monte Cristo just makes me wanna get rich and awesome, and show people ive known in the past how awesome I can become.


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        • Profile picture of the author ENJ Media
          Another vote for "The Pursuit of Happiness".
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        • Profile picture of the author MrRSmith
          Wow. There are so many great movies already listed I don't know where to start. rocky is always an all time favorite . I like a lot of animation so I will have to save the lion king is very inspirational and also the transformers the movie back from 1985. best of the best, the pursuit of happiness, the cinderella man, the blind side. there are dozens more so I will post them later .
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    My top three motivational movies are:

    The Secret
    Pursuit of Happiness
    The Social Network
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  • Profile picture of the author Adnan Firdous
    Movies that inspired me -

    1. The Pursuit of Happyness
    2. Forest Gump
    3. Anjaana Anjaani
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  • Profile picture of the author Razarulz
    The Pursuit of Happiness and the secret...
    it's just make me realize somenthing in my life..
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  • Profile picture of the author ysckyler
    Rocky 1,2,3,4 : )
    Lord Of The Ring
    The Secret
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  • Profile picture of the author flyinghammers
    When I was younger, I used "Boiler Room" for motivation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
    One of my favorite is The Ultimate Gift.
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  • Profile picture of the author athena3
    There are lot of movies that are very inspiring. but the movie i love most is THE SOCIAL NETWORK. It not only teaches what are the ingrdients for success but also teaches what are the main important things to hold the success we have got. Really good for achievers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henri Lind
    Never back down is one that's very inspiring for me. Great list btw, i bookmarked it and im going to watch them all.

    Henri
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  • Profile picture of the author jcruz
    Rocky 1 thru 4, 5 and 6 weren't that great. Wanted, i think everyone can relate to be stuck in some situation and wanted to get out of it. Goodfellas is another great movie, i wouldn't call it inspirational. And i would agree with other on the pursuit of happiness.
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  • Profile picture of the author ldbjr
    Hoosiers.
    To quote Coach Norman Dale:
    If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlpicot
    Anything by Wayne Dyer ... and Deepak Chopra .. two great people to motivate you )
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  • Profile picture of the author Taruru
    Fireproof - and i'm not even married
    animation movies..incredibles, kungfu panda etc - hey, great for a laugh.
    remember the titans -
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  • Profile picture of the author beatlechan
    I really found "Hoosiers" very inspiring and "Pirates of Silicon Valley."

    Also Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda Two got me motivated as well. Both films reinforced lot of what I believe in at a very high level. Stuff that's universal.
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  • Profile picture of the author JingQuimPo
    I'm the nth one who says The Pursuit of Happiness
    and an anime movie Princess Mononoke, a very deep confusing movie to many.
    For one thing, it motivated my young mind back then to be mindful of my environment.
    I still 'am.

    "They say I live in my own little world. But don't worry, I know everyone here."
    Jing Quimpo
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    Social network
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  • Profile picture of the author vedremo
    These are my 3 go to movies when need inspiration/motivation:

    The Pursuit of Happyness

    "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something."

    The Prince of Egypt

    "God saved you Moses. He saved you from the river, he saved you in all your wanderings, and even know He saves you from the wrath of pharaoh. God will not abandon you."


    The Blind Side - a glimpse into how the other half live.
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  • Profile picture of the author vvsingh
    My favorite movies is The Aviator. LeoNardo Di Caprio has performed great in this movie. My other favorites are The Great Debator and Invictus.
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  • Profile picture of the author NickTaylor
    Rocky is one of the most motivating movies ever... If your looking for motivating movies. Look at 80's movies, it seems like the whole decade was 'You can do it' type of flicks.
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  • Profile picture of the author omoblessed
    Well, this is my first time of hearing such things as motivational movies. Maybe because I rarely have time to watch movies. But I do create alot of time reading. Now that I have learnt about movies that are motivational, it will not hurt if I give it a try.
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    ROCKY!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Goldenboy
    I have seen so many movies with great motivational speeches embedded in the story. One of my favorite is Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. In which in the scene where Sam and Frodo were almost at the mountain of Mordor, but are very weak to continue. The line that I really love was:
    Sam: I can't carry it for you Mr Frodo, but I will carry you.
    That scene is so powerful that Sam never left Frodo's side and literally, lifted Frodo to the mountain to destroy the ring.

    And also, I just recently watched this movie last March and it really sends the message to my heart and mind. Hachiko:A dog's tale. Wow, this movie will really open our eyes that friendship bounds no one or someone. Imagine, a dog's loyalty to his master and the friendship that he had never ends even till their death. Hachiko's master died of a heart attack during his class and Hachiko, who always wait for his master's return at the train station, still waits for his master at the station. Everyday, he keeps on waiting at the station for his dead master and for almost 10 years, still waits for his master to return until age and illness prevents Hachiko from waiting at the station any longer.
    That movie will always be in my heart and mind, that friendship bounds no one and is not limited to humans only. I can really say that loyalty is beyond humans, and more importantly, friendship to anyone is unlimited.

    Thanks for this opportunity to share our personal side.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ceri
      I find Batman Begins pretty motivating. Possibly a weird choice. It's the dedicating your life to a higher purpose and turning something awful into a positive (or as positive as you can) that I like about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrRSmith
      GOLDENBOY - I agree with Hachiko: A Dog's Tale. My wife told me about this movie. Gotta say, it got me choked up. Just goes to show how loyalty and unconditional love our companions have for us.
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  • Profile picture of the author ccora
    I consider Bruce Lee's The Chinese Connection (called Fists Of Fury in Asia) to be one of the most motivational movies, at least for me and the impact that it had personally. I'll never forget the Japanese karate dojo scene. It's one of the moments that changed my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author WorkSatisfaction
    Thank-you for the trip down memory lane with this post!

    There are so many with truly inspiring scenes. However my favourites remain:

    The Blind Side and Pay it Forward- both teach us how looking out for others and putting their needs before your own selflessly can truly change your life as well as theirs.

    I truly try to live by the motto that everything in life that you perceive to be a blessing should be paid forward. It also helps motivate me to keep going, even when things don't seem to be going according to plan.

    If your heart and your head are in the right place, the sun will always shine through the clouds, illuminating that silver lining we often miss. There are always things to be thankful for and blessings are abundant if we are prepared to give blessings to others without expecting something in return.
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  • Profile picture of the author co-creator
    I have another one but it's less of a movie and more of a video.

    I thought sharing this with you would be a great way to give back to Warrior Forum.

    Here's the link to the youtube video. It's awesome. It features Felix Dennis who is worth hundreds of millions of UK Pounds(I don't know how to insert the symbol but you know what I mean)

    The video is called: Can you get rich? I've watched it dozens of times.


    Enjoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author mark healy
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    Motivational, emotional, unforgetable:
    • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    • Dead Poets Society
    • Book of Eli
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    The Pursuit of Happyness
    The Secret
    Forest Gump
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    Pursuit of happyness and Rocky. These stand out and the Social network.
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    Read this yesterday and saw the secretariat replys. Just saw the movie today....i guess many of you are either horse racing lovers, gamblers, or, jockeys,lol.

    The movie was ok, the woman was believer in her dads vision.

    The horse was the star, one of a kind. A horse that loved to race, a horse that could run fast, and, long distances...A genetic freak of sorts.

    If it was a human story I would have been more compelled. A sports hero in an animal doesn't have the same umph. JMO.
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    3 Idiots , this is a Hindi movie .. and also English version available
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    I am into movie with ancient setting and top of my list is the Gladiator by r
    Russell Crowe I have watched the movie more times than any other.the others are
    No U turn
    The Casino
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  • Profile picture of the author KAYEKINNEY
    I gotta go with the trifecta..
    JAWS... gotta love the blood in the water thing and if that shark had me around things may have gone a little differently... or he may have eaten me too!
    BOILER ROOM to remind me that shortcuts as a recipe for disaster
    and...
    TWISTER.. it's all about the obstacles baby!
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  • Profile picture of the author amoeba
    catch me if you can - tells me how cleaver you can be.the frank abgnale's character is really fascinating..i read some where the guy actually sold Eiffel tower twice in reality.

    pursuit of happiness - simply awesome

    Iqbal -hindi movie..

    their is big list of movies that i find motivating but i just dont want to turn this thread into movie thread...
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua526

    The Count of Monte Cristo! I just don't like the revenge part, but I love his persistence and desire to learn while on prison.
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  • Profile picture of the author tmoby
    Walle is phenomenal, as most pixar movies are, but this one somehow makes me feel like i can do anything!
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  • Profile picture of the author DarrinH
    I'd agree with the posters that say Rocky.

    I keep wanting my wife to do the bit where Adriane comes out the coma in Rocky II and she says to him "There's one thing I want you to do for me.... win.....WIN!"

    cue music cue training montage....

    Boy the power a woman has to motivate her man.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrRSmith
      Originally Posted by DarrinH View Post

      I'd agree with the posters that say Rocky.

      I keep wanting my wife to do the bit where Adriane comes out the coma in Rocky II and she says to him "There's one thing I want you to do for me.... win.....WIN!"

      cue music cue training montage....

      Boy the power a woman has to motivate her man.
      Amen to that...amen indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author bank1010
    my blue heaven ... very funny .... and inspirational ... steve martin at his best
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    • Profile picture of the author dtone
      Not an obvious choice but I took my kids to see the Disney/Pixar movie UP and there are some great messages in it about not letting go of your dreams and doing things when you can. Makes you want to get up and go - that's motivational.
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  • Profile picture of the author TravellingMissie
    Wow - what a great thread! I love watching movies and tend to find some inspiratio from everyone I watch. The films that stand out the most for me are:

    The Secret - although I preferred the book it is what started me on my spiritual journey and improved life.

    Yes Man - I'm not a big fan of Jim Carrey and the film isn't the best but the message it gives is amazing. I decided after watching this film to say 'yes' to more things and it opened up so many new doors and opportunities. I even have a necklace with 'yes man' engraved on it (a gift from a friend) which is a constant reminder.

    Pleasantville - I watched this fim years ago when I was a teenager and it made me realise that to be happy you had to do what was right for you and not for anyone else. I must watch it again.

    The Pursuit of Happyness and Pay it Forward are on my much watch list and now after this thread so are many other films.
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  • Profile picture of the author PRBandit
    I would say Blow, teaches you that if theres a market for something, and people with money. You get rich!
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  • Profile picture of the author Creativegirl
    Great thread and lots of great movies.

    Definitely agree with Gladiator, Pay If Forward and The Pursuit of Happiness.

    I'd add Remember the Titans and Crazy People.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Groom
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    finally any given sunday, for possibly the most inspirational speech from al pacino in any film ever. just brilliant!! check it out if you havent already!
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  • Profile picture of the author CoreWorkouts
    Geeez! There are so many motivational movies! You have all listed some of my favorites, including
    Pay It Forward
    Flash Dance
    The Secret
    amongst some of them.

    But, the movie 'Dead Poet's Society' with the speech from Robin Williams was SUPER motivational for me. Of course, I was only 20 at the time, but, it actually inspired me to quit smoking! And get super healthy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandycmy
    Some Great Movies

    1 Facing the giants
    2 Secret by Rhonda Byrnes
    3 Mother India
    4 The Pursuit Of Happiness
    5 Forrest Gump
    6 The Family Man
    7 Erin Brokovich
    8 Gandhi
    9 Chariots Of Fire
    10 Remember The Titans
    11 Coach Carter
    12 The Replacements
    13 Miracle
    14 shawshank redemption
    15 rocky
    16 rudy
    17 Seabiscuit
    18 The Natural
    19 Castaway
    20 Phenomenon
    21 Good Will Hunting
    22 Dead Poet's Society
    23 The Legend of Bagger Vance
    24 The Secret
    25 A Beautiful Mind
    26 Renegade
    27 Patch Adams
    28 Awakening DVD
    29 Man on Wire
    30 Crash
    31 The Notebook
    32 the pianist
    33 Remember The Titans
    34 RUDY
    35 gladiator
    36 blood diamond
    37 Ray
    38 Life is Beautiful
    39 The Sting
    40 Peaceful Warrior
    41 Dead Poet's Society
    42 Finding Forrester
    43 Scent of a Woman
    44 Fireproof
    45 jerry maguire
    46 Jim Thorpe
    47 The Power of One
    48 The Matrix
    49 Minority Report
    50 Pump Up The Volume


    Some Great Classics:

    Casablanca
    Shop around the corner
    the roaring 20's
    City for conquest
    G men
    Each Dawn I die
    White Heat
    The shop around the corner
    "You dirty rat!" 1932
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    • Profile picture of the author Joshua526
      Originally Posted by Sandycmy View Post

      Some Great Movies

      1 Facing the giants
      2 Secret by Rhonda Byrnes
      3 Mother India
      4 The Pursuit Of Happiness
      5 Forrest Gump
      6 The Family Man
      7 Erin Brokovich
      8 Gandhi
      9 Chariots Of Fire
      10 Remember The Titans
      11 Coach Carter
      12 The Replacements
      13 Miracle
      14 shawshank redemption
      15 rocky
      16 rudy
      17 Seabiscuit
      18 The Natural
      19 Castaway
      20 Phenomenon
      21 Good Will Hunting
      22 Dead Poet's Society
      23 The Legend of Bagger Vance
      24 The Secret
      25 A Beautiful Mind
      26 Renegade
      27 Patch Adams
      28 Awakening DVD
      29 Man on Wire
      30 Crash
      31 The Notebook
      32 the pianist
      33 Remember The Titans
      34 RUDY
      35 gladiator
      36 blood diamond
      37 Ray
      38 Life is Beautiful
      39 The Sting
      40 Peaceful Warrior
      41 Dead Poet's Society
      42 Finding Forrester
      43 Scent of a Woman
      44 Fireproof
      45 jerry maguire
      46 Jim Thorpe
      47 The Power of One
      48 The Matrix
      49 Minority Report
      50 Pump Up The Volume


      Some Great Classics:

      Casablanca
      Shop around the corner
      the roaring 20's
      City for conquest
      G men
      Each Dawn I die
      White Heat
      The shop around the corner
      "You dirty rat!" 1932
      It's such a list! I would search and watch for these movies one by one, I am serious. Out of the 50+ movies listed here, I am only familiar with five only...
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  • Profile picture of the author pursley56
    Pursuit of Happyness.

    That movie encouraged me to continue to be successful. I was not homeless, but I was close to it. Everything I do I try hard and hard at it. I read a lot and I learn from experts and use their tips. I cannot do the internet business alone.

    I am a female Truck Driver and I also have an online business. It can be tough working 70 hrs a week for 30 days and then work online, but I keep going. I am very determined to stay home and work.
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    Facing the Giants! A great movie for me.
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    The clip MOST. like it very much.
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  • War movies are my favorite.
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    The Natural with Robert Redford, Rocky and Rudy
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    • Profile picture of the author davidjons
      I love Gladiator!
      I think it's the best movie I've ever seen, don't know even why.
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  • Profile picture of the author gg282
    The Social Network, found out what I should do and should not do as well as be careful of what I say to others (as an IM and entrepreneur) . Plus I really need to find out more about VC's. If you see the movie you will know what I am talking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author dorianjohn425
    I heard a little about the movie Pay It Forward...hope to watch it soon
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Here's my list.....

    The Blind Side
    Pay it Forward
    As Good As It Gets
    Awakenings
    The Bucket list
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  • Profile picture of the author Smalt
    One of my motivational movies must be: The Social Network.

    I get so excited about Mark,getting the idea of making Facebook and it draws me every time I watch it,to return to my lovely programming!

    I code in c++,java and php...so yeah!
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  • Profile picture of the author janicelou
    Rocky!

    The Secret is great too!
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  • Profile picture of the author jonymony
    My favorite motivational film is The Pursuit Of Happyness. In this movie great non-fiction story of a man reaching for the stars when everything stood in his way of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author barrogz
    remember the titans
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  • Profile picture of the author juninhop
    I'm surprised no one mentioned this one - Boondock Saints (the first one)
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  • Profile picture of the author Terrilyn
    The Rocky was an inspiring one to me. Silvester did great and I loved the part when he tells his son ""It ain't how hard you hit. it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward"
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  • Profile picture of the author Zenaida
    The secret! very good inspirational movie ....
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  • Profile picture of the author loganwrench
    The Count of Monte Cristo. Have watched it many times.
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  • Profile picture of the author dennisdonahue
    Banned
    TITANIC!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author hitmobi
    Pursuit of happyness
    Coach carter
    Bucket list
    Peaceful warrior
    Some of the rocky movies
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  • Profile picture of the author joekyut
    Two movies I would categorize as very inspirational are Facing the Giants and Fire proof.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kaysa
    I think mines are.

    Pursuit of happiness
    (I'm willing to give my life for my dreams)

    The legend of Bobby Z
    (Good things happens being a good person)
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Paul Potts sings Nessun Dorma - YouTube

    Paul Potts BGT first appearance. Gold for so many reasons. 82 million views now.
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  • Profile picture of the author FaisalReza
    From the Disney's movie, I like Hatching Pete, from the unknown guy to hero of the town
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  • Profile picture of the author Bozander
    So many inspiring movies come to mind. One of them is Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep. Brooks' sarcastic sense of humor carries him and the movie through the afterlife. Nice message about focusing on the things that matter while you are alive.

    Another movie I found motivational is not one you'll see on many lists. It is Collateral starring Tom Cruise as a hit man who abducts a cabbie played by Jamie Foxx. The cabbie, at gunpoint, is forced to drive Cruise around to a series of hits. I liked the motivational aspect of the cabbie confronting the fact that for years he has talked about his dreams but never taken action on them. That said, you do have to wade through an awful lot of violence in this one. Great soundtrack though.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThatMichaelKid
    Hatching Pete is freaking hilarious, I love that film, very inspirational too. My favourites are Limitless, The Secret, there is another one that's related to The Secret kind of, it's about a musician, it is really good, I just can't remember the name, ugh.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bystar
    Pursuit of Happyness without a doubt, i felt like such a dumb lazy idiot after watching it. It really makes you want to work harder.
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  • Profile picture of the author vivo
    I feel like I am preaching to the choir, but Pursuit of happyness, The Social Network, and Pirates of Silicon Valley. And I have only listened to the music, but if the main theme of 8 Mile is based on Loose Yourself, then I'll add that to the list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Lord of The Rings, here!
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    "Never Back Down",
    favorite quot "wanna be the best , just do the best",
    I am always inspired by this line.
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  • Profile picture of the author KaplanT4
    7 pounds.

    All about helping people. Left a big impact on me.
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  • Profile picture of the author lolaward
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    My favourite movie is Gattaca. There you can see the determination that someone has to accomplish his dream. Hope you will watch it!
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  • Profile picture of the author debzo
    Hey,

    Great Thread! There are a lot of great movies here and I've seen lots of them but when I started to think about my most motivational movies I surprised even myself - Shawshank Redemption. It reminds me a lot of online marketing - slowly chipping away, day after day :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author justin1331
    coach carter
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  • Profile picture of the author justin1331
    cant forget pursuit of happiness, or rainman
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  • Profile picture of the author copystud
    Like others I found the Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds -- really inspirational.

    Also love Braveheart as it's message is one that most people can identify with.

    Not sure if I saw Cinderella Man mentioned here -- it's a really inspiring film.

    I watch Requiem for a Dream when I need to get grounded. Also loved Mr. Nobody (also Jared Leto) as it makes you understand the value of not wasting your life.
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  • Profile picture of the author chukster
    Motivational movies shawshank redemption
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  • Profile picture of the author nav123
    Spiderman...."great responsibility comes with great power" and Rocky.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLow
    The Pursuit of Happyness , starring Will Smith..My favourite
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    Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard for it.
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  • Facing the Giants
    Miracle
    Cinderella Man
    Hurricane Season
    Sea Biscuit
    Glory Road
    Radio
    Prefontaine
    Invincible
    Four Minutes - The Roger Bannnister Story
    The Pursuit of Happyness
    The Long Shots
    Remember the Titans
    Believe in Me
    The Front of the Class
    The Perfect Game
    The Blindside
    Soul Surfer
    The Fifth Quarter
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  • Profile picture of the author markstipends
    Yeah Forrest Gump and Lord of the rings also are good motivational movies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Joseph
    Hands down... Pay it forward..
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  • Profile picture of the author surferchris
    The fighter and varsity blues!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Mentor
    Here some additions:

    -One Week
    -Gladiator
    -300
    -Revolutionary Road
    -Catch me of you can
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Groundhog Day
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  • Profile picture of the author eternalsongbird
    My favorite motivation movies are Kungfu Panda series, How to Train Your Dragon, Karate Kid etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author glavilla
    My number 1 motivational movie is the "Facing the Giants"
    2. John Q
    3. August Rush
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  • Profile picture of the author CGbridges
    The Patriot with Mel Gibson. I think every America loving citizen needs to be reminded of who we are and what makes us different from the rest of the world. This movie is a great portrait of us. Plus it's funny in parts.
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  • Profile picture of the author mouadj
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    • Profile picture of the author Benny L
      Disturbing the Universe.

      The short version: A lawyer, William Kunstler, goes from a nobody, to a 70's era civil rights champion of an almost unprecedented stature, to a character that others see almost as a media-hungry buffoon. The story told through the eyes of his children.

      What I see in it: A man who consistently strove to challenge peoples' beliefs and understandings, who questioned everything for himself and challenged others to do the same as a way to find truth. A man who was less afraid of being wrong, than letting the truth go undiscovered. And it's as though everyone, even his own children making the documentary, fail to see the genius in the man. They see his "fall from grace" as a sad discontinuity of his character, rather than as a consistent effort to make people take off the blinders and think for themselves, and challenge for themselves that which they "know".

      Here's a clip from one of his speeches.


      What does that have to do with internet marketing? Well, more than anything, it's a view into a different dimension of reality in life. Let me tell you what I mean. Here is a guy who was unpopular for supporting the underdog, and then became popular and famous for it, he gained respect for investing his time and intellect into championing the causes of those who could not defend themselves and he did this in pursuit of what he felt was Right. And then, in the end, he LOST the respect of his "fans" when he began sacrificing his REPUTATION for what he felt was right.

      And that's where the movie leaves off, with the narrators essentially wondering, "What happened to the great civil rights fighter?" But what they failed to recognize. And what all of his detractors failed to recognize, is that he was being perfectly consistent throughout. In the end, he took the reputation he had built and sacrificed that, not just his time and energies, into doing what he felt was right. And as that reputation became tarnished, people lost faith in him. But what he actually did, was use that tool to fight for what he believed.

      The story is a tragedy in a way. Where a man was finally left with nothing left to spend, but the power of his reputation, in pursuing his calling. And so he spent it. And died. Misunderstood by all, including the narrators of the film... his own daughters.
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  • Profile picture of the author heartdragon
    The billonaire, the thai movie. Very inspirational

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  • Profile picture of the author Danielkibby
    The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
    The Pursuit Of Happyness
    The Great Gatsby

    I love these films because all of the leading characters transformed their lives through changing their mind set, persevering and overcoming adversity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Priki
    Finally, I see a topic where we can discuss about motivation movies.

    I have big list of motivational movies, but I will share only a few of then who I think that are the best:

    The Matrix (trilogy), Peaceful Warrior, Dragon Bazz Z (animated series) etc. I am suggest you people to watch The Matrix and pay attention of the first part. There are a lot's of codes behind every scene.

    Enjoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gas Dumfarht
    The pursuit of happiness is for twerps.
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    • Profile picture of the author ElGuapo
      Ice Cold in Alex.

      The traditional motivational movie is too sugary and cheap for my liking. I remember an excellent blog about the 'Effort Shock' phenomenon people experienced after being 'inspired' by movies like The Karate Kid.

      But Ice Cold in Alex... ahhh! There you have a true picture of the business of life. A bunch of soldiers, battered and oily and dehydrated, struggle through the desert with their tank. You feel their pain and terrible effort ... and then the elation of, finally, drinking an ice cold beer when they make it to civilisation. You can practically taste it.

      It's an honest flick, and I daresay does a better job than most at preparing an individual for an arduous journey towards success.
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  • Profile picture of the author macatum
    My favourite motivation movie is GOAL, this video is about young football player and the eay like he approaches his aim.
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  • Profile picture of the author EHOTP
    For me the best movie is "Peaceful Warrior". Great story.
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  • Profile picture of the author kamikaza
    Bucket list
    Peaceful warrior
    What Dreams May Come
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  • Profile picture of the author aakuzz
    Intouchables (2011) - beautiful movie.
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