12 Inspiring Films Guaranteed to Make You Feel Things

Movies have a unique ability to stir our emotions, taking us on journeys that make us laugh, cry, and ponder life’s complexities. If you’re looking for a cinematic experience that will touch your heart and soul, here are 12 inspiring films that are sure to make you feel a wide range of emotions.

1. Good Will Hunting (1997)

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Matt Damon and Robin Williams deliver powerful performances in this tale of a young, troubled genius who finds mentorship and redemption. Good Will Hunting explores themes of self-discovery and the healing power of human connection, leaving you inspired and moved. The film is as great today as it was when released.

2. October Sky (1999)

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Based on a true story, October Sky follows the journey of a coal miner’s son who dreams of becoming a rocket scientist. This heartwarming film reminds us that with determination and support, we can reach for the stars and overcome any obstacle that stands in our way.

3. The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

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This touching and heartwarming adventure stars Zack Gottsagen as a young man with Down syndrome who escapes from a care facility to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. The film’s themes of friendship, acceptance, and chasing one’s dreams are sure to leave you feeling inspired.

4. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Slumdog Millionaire takes you on a gripping journey through the slums of Mumbai, following the life of Jamal Malik as he competes in the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The film beautifully explores the resilience of the human spirit and the power of fate.

5. Chef (2014)

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Jon Favreau writes, directs, and stars in this heartwarming culinary journey about a renowned chef who rediscovers his passion for cooking and life. Chef is a delectable blend of food, family, and personal rediscovery that will leave your heart and taste buds satisfied.

6. Gattaca (1997)

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In a futuristic world where genetic engineering determines one’s future, Gattaca tells the story of a man who dreams of defying his genetic limitations to achieve his dreams. This thought-provoking film challenges us to question the boundaries society places on us and to pursue our aspirations against all odds.

7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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Ben Stiller stars in and directs this visually stunning and emotionally resonant film about a man who embarks on a global adventure to find a missing photograph, unlocking his true potential along the way. Walter Mitty inspires us to embrace life’s adventures and to step out of our comfort zones.

8. Breaking Away (1979)

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Set against the backdrop of a small college town, this coming-of-age classic follows a group of friends as they navigate the transition to adulthood. Breaking Away is a heartwarming tale of friendship, dreams, and the universal desire to break free from expectations.

9. Gandhi (1982)

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Richard Attenborough’s epic biographical film chronicles the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi, one of history’s most influential leaders. Through powerful storytelling and Sir Ben Kingsley’s remarkable performance, Gandhi inspires us with the enduring message of nonviolent resistance and social change.

10. Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Will Smith delivers a heartfelt performance in this true story of a struggling salesman who overcomes homelessness and adversity to secure a better life for his son. Pursuit of Happyness is a testament to the power of determination and the enduring bond between a father and his child. Bring tissues.

11. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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Taika Waititi’s heartwarming and hilarious adventure film follows the unlikely duo of a rebellious foster child and his cantankerous guardian as they navigate the New Zealand wilderness. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a delightful tale of family, resilience, and the beauty of unexpected connections.

12. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

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This heartwarming documentary explores the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? reminds us of the profound impact one person can have on the world by spreading kindness and compassion. I accidentally watched this as it came on streaming after something else, and it sucked me in and made me break down and cry mutlitple times. What a beautiful soul.

26 Comedy Films That Cancel Culture Forbids You From Laughing at Today

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Has cancel culture come for your favorite films? There are several classic comedies that were once considered hilarious that are deemed offensive today. Here are twenty-six of them.

25 Nostalgic Movies Everyone Needs to See at Least Once in Their Lifetime

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Take a trip down memory lane with this hand-picked list of classic films that have forever changed the face of cinema. These movies represent the spirit of different times and genres, from inspiring stories of friendship and adventure to terrifying suspense and beautiful romance.

12 Plot Points That Popular Movies Didn’t Bother Resolving for Audiences

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Do any of your favorite films have plot holes that were never resolved? You’re not alone. An entertainment community poster asked for examples of said plot holes. Here is what the forum volunteered. Did you notice?

Top 25 Longest Movies of All Time — Worthy of Every Minute

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Some stories in the world of film need more time to reveal their beauty. This collection recognizes the longest films that have captured our attention, hearts, and imagination. They range from epic sagas to deep dramas. Enter a universe where time is infinite as we watch movies that show that every second is a journey worth going on.

15 Famous Songs That Music Fans Voted as the Saddest — Do You Agree?

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What is the saddest song you’ve ever heard? I’ll go first. Powfu’s song “Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head)” will hit you right in the feelings. After someone polled a music forum for other examples of the saddest songs of all time, here are THEIR top-voted songs. Do you agree?