Movies have always been a great media to tell stories. Although the conditions are scripted, some movies make an impression on your mind especially when you can relate to its characters. Such universally inspiring movies depict love, strength, acceptance, and perseverance and can help you get through tough times. So if you feel like the world is unfair, here’s a list of must-watch inspirational movies that will reboot your heart and mind.

  1. Rocky

An American classic, the movie is about Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer who is looked down by everyone as a “worthless bum”, and his journey to be the heavyweight champion. The display of focus and determination inspires you to never back down no matter how hard a challenge is.

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  1. Dead poets society

This inspirational movie is about inspiration itself. Robin Williams stars as professor Keating, who inspires his students to discover their love for poetry and literature. The message of this movie is simple; a passion for something will make you achieve great things.

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  1. Shawshank redemption

One of the best movies of all time, the film is about the life and dreams of Andy Dufrene (Tim Robbins), an unconventional convict of the Shawshank State Penitentiary, and Red (Morgan Freeman), a fellow convict “who can get things from time to time”. Through his difficult incarceration, Andy never loses focus from his dream to be free. The movie inspires you to dream and make continuous efforts to make them true.

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  1. Braveheart

This historical epic film is based on William Wallace, a Scottish warrior who raises his voice against the tyranny of King Edward I. The depictions of love, friendship and comradery are commendable, not to mention thought to provoke.

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  1. Schindler’s list

No movie can capture the essence of goodwill like Schindler’s list. Based on the life of a greedy German businessman, Oskar Schindler, and how he becomes a humanitarian during the Nazi reign. The movie compels you to find the good in everyone and be the change you want to see.

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  1. A Beautiful Mind

This here is a truly inspirational movie for science students. The film is based on the life and times of John Nash, a Nobel laureate in economics. Keep yourself focused on what is real, don’t give into useless fantasies; this is the message being delivered in a very subtle way.

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  1. Straight outta Compton

It’s a story about the popular rap group NWA from Compton, New York and how they became the biggest voices in rap history. An unlikely addition to the list, this movie inspires you to believe, believe in yourself and your bros, believe in what you are and what you want out of life.

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  1. It’s a wonderful life

Well known in the world as classic Christmas movie, it is also known for its heartwarming and inspiring story about a frustrated businessman who realizes his self-worth with the help of an angel. The movie makes you think about the world where you were never born and how different would it be.

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  1. The Pursuit of happyness

This movie is on the struggling life Christopher Gardner (Will Smith) as he fails to be a salesperson and is forced to live in poverty along with his son. The pursuit of a strong-willed father to get a steady job so that his son can have a happy life is what this movie is all about.

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  1. 12 angry men

A 1954 old but gold movie. The story revolves around a typical jury panel of 12 men. All but one shares an ethnic prejudice against a black juvenile convict awaiting his verdict. The movie teaches us that one’s anger is not worth someone’s life and always to reason with facts rather than jumping to conclusions.

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Although not in the above list, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Blind Side and The Green Mile deserve honorable mentions as inspirational movies. The above list appeals to different people from all walks of life. Each of these movies has its own unique message and, if taken well, will completely change your outlook on life. So get busy living people!