Highest-Rated Movies about 'Inspiring', Sort by Popularity


20 Feet From Stardom (2013), The Fighting Preacher (2019), Nothing Like a Dame (2018), Dina (2017), Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018), Double Dare (2003), Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015), Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country (2008) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Inspiring movies.


20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Filmmaker Morgan Neville shines a long-overdue spotlight on the hit-making contributions of longtime backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.

activist, pimp, prostitute, record producer, songwriter, bird, david bowie

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The Fighting Preacher (2019)

In 1905 champion boxer Willard Bean travels to upstate New York to serve as a preacher for five years.

preacher, boxer, champion, missionary, mormon, inspiring, heartwarming

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Nothing Like a Dame (2018)

Spend a delightfully bawdy afternoon with four legends of British stage and cinema -- Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright -- as they spill the tea on life, love and art.

elderly woman, actress, amusing, endearing, inspiring, lighthearted, home

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Dina (2017)

Dina is an eccentric and outspoken woman who invites her fiance, Scott, to move in with her. The couple face many challenges as Dina copes with a mental disability, and Scott lives with Asperger's syndrome.

couple, mentally disabled person, charming, emotional, inspiring, positive, uneasy

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Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's TV show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

family, friend, colleague, calm, charming, endearing, engaging

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Double Dare (2003)

Stuntwomen Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell are experts at taking punches, swinging swords and being blown to bits. Epper first gained respect as Lynda Carter's stuntwoman on TV's "Wonder Woman," while Bell had a long run as Lucy Lawless' double on the series "Xena: Warrior Princess." But, in a primarily male profession, the women still have to struggle against sexism to find jobs. This documentary chronicles their uphill battle in Hollywood and their enduring friendship throughout it all.

stuntwoman, woman, senior citizen, actress, friend, quentin tarantino, engaging

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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson, were once considered the heart of Hollywood.

storyteller, artist, researcher, wife, filmmaker, touching, inspiring

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Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country (2008)

Thousands of citizens of Myanmar take to the streets in several cities to protest the Asian nation's repressive regime. The protests take on a new degree of seriousness when dozens of monks launch their own marches down city streets. This documentary from Anders Ostergaard focuses on the work of videographers and citizen journalists who defy the government's crackdown on the media -- a brave bunch who manage to transmit footage of the uprising to the outside world.

political activist, young man, monk, cameraman, police officer, fascinating, inspiring

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Watermarks (2004)

Taking its name from the Hebrew word for strength, the Hakoah Vienna sports club produced a host of talented female swimmers, who thrived in opposition to anti-Semitic trends that began to color Austrian society in the early 20th century. The club was a casualty of Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s, but several of the women who were team members went on to live long, colorful lives. Now senior citizens, they're reunited in this documentary about sports, survival and bravery.

swimmer, young woman, nazi, elderly woman, teammate, holocaust survivor, profound

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Queen Rock Montreal (1982)

The band performs in a 1981 concert in Canada in front of 18,000 fans in Montreal's Forum.

queen, bohemian, engaging, inspiring, fascinating, canada, event

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Comrades in Dreams (2006)

This 2006 documentary looks at diverse people from various countries around the world who share a common passion for movies. The film follows independent theater owners, chronicling their struggles to discover and share cinematic gems with audiences. Featured venues include an Indian circus tent, an old Wyoming barn, and an open-air theater in West Africa. All face the familiar problems of booking, marketing and financing present in larger theaters, but persevere because of their passions.

filmmaker, film fan, inspiring, touching, india, north korea, wyoming

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WALL-E (2008)

After years of tidying up an Earth devoid of humanity, a robot janitor (Ben Burtt) meets a mechanical scout and chases her across the galaxy.

robot, friend, captain, playful, creative, inspiring, earth

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Amy (2015)

Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

musician, singer, parent, alcoholic, drug addict, moving, inspiring

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Andrei Rublev (1969)

A 15th-century Russian (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) who paints icons renounces his art after taking part in a peasant uprising.

painter, monk, mentor, profound, inspiring, russia, monastery

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Winged Migration (2001)

This documentary presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that's uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. Rather than concentrating on statistics and facts, the film near-wordlessly portrays the sheer physical effort demanded of the birds on their disparate routes. Along the way, we see the many dangers they face, from man-made waste to a group of hungry crabs.

bird, crab, penguin, owl, inspiring, incredible, dreamy

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

Take a stroll down "Sesame Street" and witness the birth of the most impactful children's series in TV history. From the iconic furry characters to the classic songs you know by heart, learn how a gang of visionary creators changed our world.

artist, producer, character, puppeteer, writer, inspiring, heartwarming

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Southern Comfort (2001)

Kate Davis's award-winning documentary chronicles the final four seasons in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer in rural Georgia. Striking a balance between Robert's biological family -- mother, father, sons and grandson -- and his "chosen" family of transgender friends including Maxwell, Cas and Lola Cola, his male-to-female transsexual partner, Davis documents Eads's final days at the Southern Comfort Conference, a national transgender gathering.

transsexual, girlfriend, son, friend, parent, inspiring, emotional

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12 Angry Men (1997)

One (Jack Lemmon) of 12 jurors holds out in the case of a boy (George C. Scott) from the slums who is accused of killing his father.

juror, judge, latino, priest, inspiring, tense, uneasy

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In Search of Israeli Cuisine (2016)

The Israel-born, Philadelphia-based, award-winning chef of Zahav, Michael Solomonov, offers up a tour of 70 plus diverse cultures of Israel through food.

chef, traveler, cook, food critic, restaurant owner, positive, uplifting

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How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) (2005)

Melvin Van Peebles was one of the first black directors to challenge the white establishment in his films, which include "Watermelon Man" and "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." In this documentary, the life of Van Peebles is discussed, including his work not only in film, but also as a novelist, actor, musician, stock trader and even Air Force pilot. Interview subjects include Gil Scott-Heron, Spike lee and Melvin's son and fellow filmmaker, Mario Van Peebles.

director, son, poet, intense, inspiring, positive, united states

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Water (2005)

Just as Mahatma Gandhi's tenets begin to sweep through India, an 8-year-old (Sarala) must go to live in an ashram with other Hindu widows.

widow, husband, outcast, friend, young girl, emotional, profound

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Uncle Howard (2016)

Director Howard Brookner's body of work is rediscovered 30 years after his death.

speaker, film producer, journalist, interviewee, interviewer, actor, airy

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The Italian (2005)

Abandoned by his mother, 6-year-old Vanya (Kolya Spiridonov) lives in an orphanage run by a greedy woman (Mariya Kuznetsova) and her cruel lover (Nikolai Reutov). Vanya decides to run away and find his mother after a wealthy Italian couple offer to buy him and after observing that the older children in the home survive by stealing or prostitution. He faces many dangers on his journey, including the pair at the orphanage who tried to sell him.

orphan, alcoholic, madam, driver, mother, friend, inspiring

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A Sicilian boy (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the movies with his local theater's projectionist (Philippe Noiret).

child, mother, girlfriend, projectionist, emotional, inspiring, witty

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Sui Dhaaga: Made in India (2018)

An unemployed small-town man defies all odds and naysayers and starts his own garment business.

husband, wife, mother, father, friend, emotional, uplifting

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Buck (2011)

Promoting praise and cooperation rather than fear and punishment, Buck Brannaman becomes one of the most well-respected horse trainers in the industry.

cowboy, horse, horse trainer, father, brother, endearing, inspiring

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The Prayer (2018)

In a bid to beat his habit, a young drug addict elects to join a community of former addicts living in isolation in a remote mountain community.

hermit, friend, young man, young woman, heroin addict, bleak, touching

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Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story (2017)

Iconic makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin's life and work are recalled through interviews with some of his famous clients, including Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

makeup artist, celebrity, actress, model, inspiring, confident, moving

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D.O.A. (1981)

A look at the Sex Pistols, the British band best representative of the punk rock movement of the late 1970s.

punk rocker, musician, speaker, music journalist, guitarist, amusing, intense

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