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Best Inspirational Movies: The TOP 70 uplifting and motivational films

Here you will find movies for the mind. The Pursuit of Happyness, Mr. Nobody, Peaceful Worrier or Life of Pi. Movies that are thought-provoking and motivating simultaneously. Expand your horizon!

“Tourists visit places. Travellers explore the world!”
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Night Train to Lisbon

Image Of Movie Cover Night Train To Lisbon Category Travel
Director:

Bille August

Actors:

Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston

Genre:
Drama
IMDb:
6.8
Better-Go-Now description:
"The professor for Latin and other old languages could rescue a woman who was trying to kill herself. But before he can talk to her she runs off. She left only a jacket with a book and a train ticket in it. Raimund decides to make use of the ticket and with the book in his hand he travels by night train to Lisbon. It is not just a usual journey. He leaves time and space. He gets confronted with history, philosophy and medicine. After all these stories, combined with the book, he arrives at his last question: What is the sense of life?"
Tags:   

Adventure, Journey, Philosophy, Portugal, History, Courage, Inspiration

Night Train to Lisbon

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (OV Swedish; Subtitle English)

Image Of Movie Cover A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence Category Thinking
Director:

Roy Andersson

Actors:

Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg

Genre:
Comedy, Drama
IMDb:
7.1
Better-Go-Now description:
"The world is full of disappointment and pain. Two sales man are trying to turn the world into a happier place while selling joke articles. Like in the first two parts of the trilogy, Roy Andersson is able to describe parts of our society with bizarre methods. It is about the nature of men. They way how this is shown gives plenty of food for thoughts."
Tags:   

Sense of Life, Black Humor, Inspiration, Philosophy, Sarcasm

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (OV Swedish; Subtitle English)

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Image Of Movie Cover Hector And The Search For Happiness Category Travel
Director:

Peter Chelsom

Actors:

Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike

Genre:
Adventure, Comedy
IMDb:
7.0
Better-Go-Now description:
"Hector has a good job. He likes to listen to his patients and they love him as their psychiatrist. One day he has the feeling that something is missing. He feels that people are not truly happy, not even when their mental state is getting better. This in turn makes him unhappy. So he decides to go out into the big wide world to search for happiness. An adventure around the world to find himself in the end..."
Tags:   

Life, Adventure, Journey, Culture, Humor, Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Encounters at the End of the World

Image Of Movie Cover Encounters At The End Of The World Category Travel
Director:

Werner Herzog

Actors:

Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov

Genre:
Documentary
IMDb:
7.8
Better-Go-Now description:
"Only few have the courage to enter the unlimited vastness of the Antarctica. A group of around 1000 people work there under extreme conditions. They sacrifice their lives for science. Werner Herzog and Peter Zeitlinger take us with them into the white and cold world..."
Tags:   

Expedition, Cold, Nature, Inspiration, Science, Limit

Encounters at the End of the World

The Man from Earth

Image Of Movie Cover Man From Earth Category Action
Director:

Richard Schenkman

Actors:

David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley

Genre:
Sci-Fi, Drama
IMDb:
8.0
Better-Go-Now description:
"John has been living on Earth for 14,000 years. He was once a prehistoric caveman and he simply doesn't age. What knowledge must he have? How does John think about history? How many wars has he seen? What's the matter with love?"
Tags:   

Sense of Life, Life, History, Humanity, Inspiration

The Man from Earth

The Fountain

Image Of Movie Cover The Fountain Category Thinking
Director:

Darren Aronofsky

Actors:

Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas

Genre:
Drama
IMDb:
7.3
Better-Go-Now description:
"The movie is set in three different time zones with the same man and the same mission. In the 16th century, the European searches a relict from the Mayas in the jungle. He searches for the fountain of life. Nearly 500 years later, the scientist tries to find a method to heal his beloved wife from cancer. In the year 2500, he travels through space as an astronaut and gets into a zone of transcendence. Here, the beginning and the end meet."
Tags:   

Sense of Life, Love, Illness, Death, Life, God

The Fountain

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Image Of Movie Cover The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Category Travel
Director:

Ben Stiller

Actors:

Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Sean Penn

Genre:
Comedy
IMDb:
7.3
Better-Go-Now description:
"Walter Mitty is not a person to take risks. In his daydreams, this is completely different. While dreaming, he is the hero and does things he wishes to do in real life. For example to talk to his secret love called Cheryl. Walter works in a photo archive for the magazine "Life!". For the last edition of this magazine one photo cannot be found. He decides to go on an adventurous search. Somewhere out in the world..."
Tags:   

Courage, Adventure, Journey, Love, Life, Motivation

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Seven Years in Tibet

Image Of Movie Cover Seven Years In Tibet Category Travel
Director:

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Actors:

Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong

Genre:
Adventure
IMDb:
7.0
Better-Go-Now description:
"In 1939, when Heinrich Harrer arrives after an adventurous trip at the gates of Tibet, they stay closed at first. After a while the 11-year-old Dalai Lama gives him a chance. A deep friendship begins. Both learn from each other. Then troubles with China arise... A truly breathtaking story..."
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Tibet, Landscape, Mountains, Liberty, Courage, War, Friendship

Seven Years in Tibet

A Map for Saturday

Image Of Movie Cover A Map For Saturday Category Backpacking
Director:

Brook Silva-Braga

Actors:

Scott Erikson, Rebecca Filmer, Sabrina Hezinger

Genre:
Adventure, Documentary
IMDb:
8.0
Better-Go-Now description:
"Have you ever asked yourself how it would be to do a round-the-world-trip? Imagine you can spend your time wherever and on whatever you want to. You don't have to justify what you do. "A Map for Saturday" is a documentary about the life of longtime travelers. A look at different cultures and their peculiarities. A glimpse into a world that is only known by travelers..."
Tags:   

Adventure, Journey, Motivation, Inspiration, Sense of Life

A Map for Saturday

The Straight Story

Image Of Movie Cover A Straight Story Category Travel
Director:

David Lynch

Actors:

Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz

Genre:
Drama, Biography
IMDb:
8.0
Better-Go-Now description:
"Alvin Straight is well known for being a pigheaded fellow and for his self-will. He has been at odds with is brother for 10 years. Now he learns that his brother is sick. So he decides to visit him. As Alvin can't drive a car anymore, he prepares for a 6 week journey on his mowing machine. On this complicated journey he meets plenty of people with different stories..."
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Adventure, Journey, Inspiration, Life, Sense of Life, Courage

The Straight Story

The Butterfly Effect

Image Of Movie Cover The Butterfly Effect Category Drama
Director:

Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Actors:

Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters

Genre:
Sci-Fi, Drama
IMDb:
7.7
Better-Go-Now description:
"The best is just to forget the past... or if possible to change it? Evan discovers a method to travel into his past to change things in his life. He releases his childhood of all evil. What he forgets is that every change he does changes everything else. The butterfly effect! A try to turn his life into a better one... Great movie!"
Tags:   

Life, Past, Change, Reality, Courage, Present, Love

The Butterfly Effect

Waking Life

Image Of Movie Cover Waking Life Category Thinking
Director:

Richard Linklater

Actors:

Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater

Genre:
Animation, Fantasy
IMDb:
7.8
Better-Go-Now description:
"A shrill animation full of philosophy, history and the search for the sense of life. Packed with pieces of wisdom and quotes. Discussions about the human existence and our perception of reality. The young who falls asleep at the beginning of the movie realizes that he is captured in a dream. No action, no really nice pictures, but still a lot for life."
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Sense of Life, Philosophy, Life, Dream, Reality, Inspiration, Wisdom

Waking Life
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