Movies for motivation – I

Forrest Gump
1994 Film

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

Kung Fu Panda
2008 Film

In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1994 Film

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Dallas Buyers Club
2013 Film

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

The Karate Kid (2010)
Rating: 6.2/10 – ?1,04,395 votes

Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.


Freedom Writers
2007 Film

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Into the Wild
2007 Film
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 365,043 users

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Soul Surfer
2011 Film

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

The King’s Speech
2010 Film
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 424,002 users

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Yes Man
2008 Film
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 248,029 users

A guy challenges himself to say “yes” to everything for an entire year.

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Rating: 7.3/10 – ?1,19,564 votes

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.

The World’s Fastest Indian
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 41,339 users

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.


October Sky
Rating: 7.8/10 – ?58,535 votes

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes.

Cast Away (2000)
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 344,091 users

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Secretariat (2010)
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 19,370 users

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

the blind side
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 197,260 users

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

2009 Film

To avoid being taken away to a nursing home, an old widower tries to fly his home to Paradise Falls, South America, along with a boy scout who accidentally lifted off with him.

I Am Sam (2001)
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 113,980 users

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

The Bucket List (2007)
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 167,038 users

Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

Patch Adams
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 72,579 users

In the 1970s, a medical student treats patients, illegally, using humor.


2007 Film
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 407,315 users

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Conversations With God

Chronicles the dramatic true journey of a struggling man turned homeless, who inadvertently becomes a spiritual messenger and bestselling author.

Warrior (2011)
Rating: 8.2/10 – 2,77,946 votes

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.


The Pursuit of Happyness
2006 Film

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

Million Dollar Arm
2014 Film

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

A Beautiful Mind
2001 Film

After a brilliant but asocial mathematician, John Nash, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Bruce Almighty
2003 Film

A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.