Best 25+ Inspirational Movies on Netflix for Motivation in 2020

Are you looking for inspirational movies on Netflix? Here we are with a list of best 25+ inspirational movies on Netflix for you in 2020.

This is very inspiring to watch movies based on real-life stories, as from these movies we learn many lessons which help us to grow in our lives and inspire us. We come to know that despite many difficulties in life people fight and overcome their bad situations. Uplifting movies obviously motivate us and also help us to understand the values of life in a better way. And movies with powerful stories genuinely influence our lives and inspire us.

Top 25 Inspirational Movies on Netflix with latest movies for 2020:

Finally, we’ve created a list of twenty-five top motivational movies on Netflix you’ll be able to watch without any delay.

1. Marriage Story (2019)

This movie is a divorced story instead of a marriage story as showing for its name. The story of the movie is created in such a way that in some scenes it will make you cry. And no doubt this movie helps you to understand the hopes for life, and move forward instead of hooking up for someone else. This is one of the latest inspirational movies on Netflix.

Director Noah Baumbach
Star CastAdam Driver, Scarlett Johansson andJulia Greer
Writer Noah Baumbach
IMDB Rating8.0/10
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Marriage Story - inspirational movie on Netflix

2. Lion

Lion movie is about an Indian boy who lost in a city, Calcutta. The storyline of this movie will make you emotional. An Australian couple adopted a five-year-old boy and after 25 years he comes back in search of his lost family with hidden guilt inside from his adoptive family. This life story makes this movie one of the best inspirational movies on Netflix.

DirectorGarth Davis
WritersSaroo Brierley  Luke Davies (screenplay by)
StarsDev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
IMDB Rating8.0/10
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3. Spotlight

This is a very motivational movie with a great story of human justice shown in this picture. In this Roman Catholics faces sexual abuse. The storyline of this inspiring movie shows us the courage of Romans against sexual abuse. This is very interesting to see how Romans fight with powerful forces and win. You can watch this inspirational movie on Netflix.

Director Tom McCarthy
Writers Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
StarsMark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams 
IMDB Rating8.1/10
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spotlight - inspirational movie on Netflix

4. Room

The extraordinary story of this movie is about Jack, 5-years old whose upbringing is done by his devoted mother with her great love. Jack’s mother dedicates her life to make him happy. And with her unconditional love, she makes Jack’s life better. For her son’s happiness, she does typical things like she plays the game with him and tells him stories. Their life is bounded to a room-sized 10-by-10-foot only.

And she has created the whole universe for Jack in that confined space. With her great efforts, Jack lives a fulfilling life. But when the curiosity of Jack grows about their trapped situation and her mother’s resilience reached the endpoint. Then they make a risky plan for their independence. Ultimately it brings them face to face with…… (This is what you should go and watch this inspiring movie on Netflix.

Director Lenny Abrahamson
WritersEmma Donoghue (screenplay by), Emma Donoghue
Stars Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers 
IMDB Rating8.1/10
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room - inspiring movie on netflix

5. Short Term 12

Short Term 12 movie is based on a girl named Graced who is 20-years old. In this movie, she tried to make everyone happy around her, which is very inspiring to watch on Netflix. And no doubt this movie touched million hearts and critics termed it as “Good Cry”. The main insights of this movie inspire you with struggle, hope, and positivity. This is very interesting to watch how Grace fights and rebuilds her hope.

Director Destin Daniel Cretton
WriterDestin Daniel Cretton
StarsBrie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr. 
IMDB Rating8.0/10
short term 12 - positive movie
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6. Dallas Buyer Club

In 1985 Dallas. The hard life of an electrician and often rodeo bull rider Ron Woodroof who is also a smoker, drinker, drug edict (primarily cocaine), and do casual sex. In this movie, the man is homophobic and also racist. Somehow he got an injury and while treating him, the doctors tested him found that he HIV+, and inform him that most probably he will die within the next thirty days.

Firstly Ron gets angry on Denial that he just has a disease called “faggots”, but quickly his reflection becomes into the realization that results are probably true. He started reading about the diagnose related to the disease, and during his research, he found a drug named AZT. At that time AZT was at the clinical trial stage within the US. And unfortunately, he was not able to pay for any drug at his dying stage that could save his life or even prolong his life.

However, he keeps searching for this drug with great motivation at any cost, which makes this movie one of the best inspirational movies on Netflix.

Director Jean-Marc Vallée
WritersCraig Borten, Melisa Wallack
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto 
IMDB Rating8.0/10
Dallas buyer club 2013- uplifting movie

7. The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is one of the best inspirational movies on Netflix. And one of the best IMDb rated movies. The main story of this movie is about the great friendship of two men in prison. We learn from this story that we never lose hope and always go forward in life with a positive approach. And during struggling days we should have patience and always be calm. Outstanding bonding between two men is shown inside and outside the prison.

DirectorFrank Darabont
WritersStephen King , Frank Darabont (screenplay)
StarsTim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton
IMDB Rating9.3/10
The shawshank redemption - best inspirational movie on Netflix
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8. Forrest Gump

This movie is about a man who has good intentions but has low I.Q. And in his childhood, he has only one best friend named Jenny. And he learns to live life from his ‘mama’ and he was dependent to choose his own destiny in life. In Vietnam, he finds new friends called Dan and Bubba when Forrest joins army services. While his services he won medals and he created a famous shrimp fishing fleet.

He always inspired people to jog. He started a ping-pong craze, created the smiley. He wrote writes bumper stickers and many good songs also. He donated to people and therefore he met the president several times. Despite these things, Forrest was bounded with thinking of his childhood best friend Jenny. And at the end of the movie he wants to prove that anybody can be loved by anybody. No doubt this is an awesome inspirational story.

Director Robert Zemeckis
Writers Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)
Stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise 
IMDB Rating8.8/10
forrest gump - inspiring movie

9. Good Will Hunting

The story of this movie is around a genius that is unrecognized (Will Hunting). And this is very interesting to watch that leading role character found the correct path. With a great motivational story, this movie won three Oscars and is available on Netflix. Damon’s character is very inspiring in this movie. This is one of the awesome movies on Netflix. And definitely by watching this movie, you will be able to understand that could you change your life with opportunities.

DirectorGus Van Sant
Writers Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Stars Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck 
IMDB Rating8.3/10
good will hunting - motivational movie

10. To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is picturized in a town Alabama, 1932. Gregory Peck played a great inspiring role of a lawyer named Atticus Finch. Jem and Scout are two children of him. Tom Robinson is a client of Atticus Finch who is a black man, and he is accused of a rape case of a white woman. While Atticus was busy in case his children were fascinated by neighbors.

If you want motivation to fight against corruption, then this inspirational movie is for you.

Director Robert Mulligan
Writers Harper Lee , Horton Foote (screenplay)
Stars Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton
IMDB Rating8.2/10
to kill a mocking bird - inspirational movie

11. Hachi- A Dog’s Tale

Hachi is one of the great movies about the friendship between human beings and animals. And this story is about a great bonding between a dog and the owner. After the death of the dog’s owner, that dog waits for his owner. And this movie shows us that animals also have feelings. This is a very inspiring movie to watch on Netflix.

Director Lasse Hallström
WritersStephen P. Lindsey (screenplay), Kaneto Shindô 
Stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa 
IMDB Rating8.1/10
hachi - a dog's tale - netflix movie

12. Into the Wild

Into the Wild is about the hardest times of our life, when we don’t want to face them and want to go somewhere else. But we can’t change destiny and we need to put off the best efforts to face tough situations.

If you want to learn to fight against tough times, this inspiring movie is for you on Netflix.

Director Sean Penn
WritersSean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)
StarsEmile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener
IMDB Rating8.1/10
Into the wild - inspirational movie on netflix
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13. The Truman Show

This story is about an ambitious insurance salesman Truman Burbank, whose life is well-organized but is very monotonous. For nearly three decades, he was observed from hidden cameras, but he was not aware of them. Christof’s executive producer, capture every moment of Truman’s life and tries to grab his mind. Christof wants to remove Truman’s love Sylvia with Merly. However, Truman is able to know the truth and this is very interesting how he reacts to it. This story makes this movie one of the best inspirational movies on Netflix.

Director Peter Weir
WriterAndrew Niccol
StarsJim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney 
IMDB Rating8.1/10
the truman show - best motivational movie on netflix

14. Rocky

Rocky Balboa who is working for a pittance as a debt collector. He is a struggling boxer who is trying for his good times. In Philadelphia, there a match was decided between Apollo and a newbie or a struggling boxer. They want this match to be an opportunity for a struggling boxer. They thought that Creed will easily win the match, but they didn’t know that Rocky was taking this an opportunity for his good times.

This is the one of the best motivational movies on Netflix which you must watch.

Director John G. Avildsen
WriterSylvester Stallone
Stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
IMDB Rating8.1/10
rocky - inspirational story on Netflix

15. The Pursuit of Happiness

This movie is inspired by the true story of a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner made a big investment in a scanner device “bone density scanner”, with a positive attitude that it will sell a lot. Unfortunately, it didn’t sell so well. His wife left him and he lost his apartment also. Struggling father was helpless to live on the street with his son. Christopher found a job as an internship in a brokerage firm with a position with no money. Chris continued his struggle for a better life for himself and his son.

And we recommend that your should watch this inspirational movie on Netflix.

DirectorGabriele Muccino
Writer Steve Conrad
StarsWill Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
IMDB Rating8.0/10
The pursuit of happiness - motivational movies on netflix

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16. My Life as a Zucchini

My life as a Zucchini is a unique story of Courgette (Zucchini), who is a 9 years old boy. After the death of his mother, Raymond who is a police officer sent him to an orphanage where he met with other orphans children of his age. Firstly he was not comfortable in this new environment. But again Raymond helped him to find his new friends in this environment.

We have shown a less combination of animation and inspiration. This picture is a perfect example of this.

Director Claude Barras
WriterCéline Sciamma (screenplay writer)
StarsGaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud
IMDB Rating7.8/10
my life as a Zucchini - uplifting movie on netflix

17. The Little Prince

The story of this movie is around a little girl whose mother is very ambitious for her daughter. And she doesn’t want any leisure time for her daughter, so she moved to a new neighborhood. Their new neighbor is an elderly retired called Aviator. However, he distracted little girl with a story of an extraordinary world of “the little prince”. And the little girls attached to this magical world emotionally. And in this new universe, she begins to live her childhood again.

Rest amazing inspirational movie, you should watch on Netflix.

DirectorMark Osborne
WritersIrena Brignull, Bob Persichetti and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Stars Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams 
IMDB Rating7.7/10
the little prince - uplifting movie

18. The Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking was one of the futuristic and well-known physicists. And the theory of everything is about him. And while doing the study in Cambridge in the 1960s, he fell in love with Jane Wilde. Stephen Hawking was a brilliant student of cosmology. Despite being diagnosed with a motor neuron disease at the age of just 21 years, he studied so hard. His fellow Jane Wilde motivates him and became so bright that he was recognized as the successor of Einstein. He got married to Jane Wilde and they had three children. And with the passage of time Hawking’s body started collapsing.

You should watch this one of the great inspirational movies on Netflix.

Director James Marsh
WritersAnthony McCarten (screenplay), Jane Hawking (book)
Stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
IMDB Rating7.7/10
the theory of everything - feel good movie on netflix
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19. The Fault in Our Stars

The main story of this movie is about two teenagers, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Gus Waters meet in a cancer support group and fall in love with each other. And talk about the same acerbic wit. Hazal is 16 years old and as per his intension, Gus understands him nicely.

This is very interesting to watch their chemistry in this movie, which makes this movie one of the best inspirational movies to watch on Netflix.

Director Josh Boone
WritersScott Neustadter , Michael H. Weber and John Green (book)
Stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff 
IMDB Rating7.7/10
the fault in our stars - feel good movie

20. The Blind Side

The blind side movie is inspired by a real story, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy. Michael Oher is a black teen, who is homeless and stays in and out of study for many years and gained some skills. Then Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy adopted Michael Oher, who has no idea about his real parents. Like a good mother, Leigh Anne took the responsibility for Michael and she gave him independence to choose any opportunity of succeeding.

Michael suggested to her that he is interested in football, then she provided him a coach and she talked to the coach to explore the best skills of Michael. Both parents gave him their great love, also gave him the best education with the help of a tutor. And helped him to qualify for an NCAA. Then Tuohys comes and declares that he is the legal guardian of Michael, upheaval their life. This is very exciting what will happen next in this motivational movie.

Director John Lee Hancock
WritersJohn Lee Hancock, Michael Lewis (book)
Stars Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw 
IMDB Rating7.6/10
the blind side - positive movie

21. Seven Pounds

Seven pounds is a very mysterious and inspirational movie to watch on Netflix. Ben Thomas has an aim and going to change the lives of seven people (who are strange of him). He will not be able to control what he thinks and unable to change the plan made by him. Somehow he falls in love with Emily Posa who is one of them unknowingly persons. Ben wants to discuss him with Emily, but there is something wrong in the past.

DirectorGabriele Muccino
WriterGrant Nieporte
StarsWill Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson
IMDB Rating7.6/10
seven pounds - uplifting movie

22. 127 Hours

127 Hours is a great motivational movie on Netflix. This is a true story of a mountain climber Aron Ralston. This is very inspiring to watch how he rescues himself from the remote canyon. While his adventurous trip he trapped in hills in Utah, as his arm crashes due to fallen of the boulder.

In the next upcoming five days, he observed many things and found that if he wants his civilization life back, then he will have to cut off his arm to save his life or die in this isolated canyon. In this panic time, he memorizes his loving family and friends. Will he meet his family again? This is inspiring to watch on Netflix.

DirectorDanny Boyle
WritersDanny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Aron Ralston (book)
Stars James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
IMDB Rating7.5/10
127 hours - inspirational movie on netflix

23. Moonlight

This movie presented the life of a black-American Chiron, his childhood, mid-young age, and adult age. Chiron lives in Miami with his single mother called Paula. Their neighborhood was ridden with crime. Chiron was a small size child and he didn’t get his mother’s love in his childhood, instead of taking care of Chiron, she was busy to fulfill her carnal needs. And all the time he was neglected by his mother. Because of this negligence, he was not able to understand that he must be hurtful of being bullied.

Chiron has a friend of the same age who is a Cuban-American called Kevin, who tries to make Chiron understand that he is being neglected with his little knowledge which he gained for drug dealer neighbor Juan. Juan has a girlfriend named Teresa, who was very loving and caring. Because of this bad kind of upbringing, Chiron may not be able to think properly about his future. This is one of the latest inspirational movies on Netflix to watch.

DirectorBarry Jenkins
WritersBarry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
Stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes 
IMDB Rating7.4/10
moonlight - uplifting movie on netflix

24. The Bucket List

If you are watching movie on Netflix, then is one the great motivational movie to watch.

The story of this movie is about two men, who were strange to each other until the met in a hospital room with a common thing, their illness. This movie is presented about a billionaire named Edward Cole. And the second character is a poor person named Carter Chambers who is a car mechanic. In that room, they realized that in their bucket list there is a common thing, that both want to see the things they want before they die.

And this is very inspiring movie to watch on Netflix how they will do this.

Director Rob Reiner
WriterJustin Zackham
Stars Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes
IMDB Rating7.4/10
the bucket list - feel good movie

25. Living on One Dollar

Living on one dollar is an inspiring movie that teaches us how to face hard times. This is an award-winning movie with a great motivating story. This movie is about four friends who decided to survive for two months on just one dollar per day in rural Guatemala. During these two months, this is very inspiring to watch how they face problems. They face financial issues along with the hunger problem. And this is the reality of billions of peoples around the world.

DirectorZach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard and Chris Temple
Stars Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard
IMDB Rating7.3/10
living on one dollar - inspirational movies on Netflix

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1. Why should we watch inspirational movies?

We always get motivation from inspirational movies. We always learn many things from inspirational movies like how people face their bad times and how they overcome their bad situations.

At the end of inspirational movies, there is always a motivational message, which helps us in real life.

2. Are all the above inspirational movies based on real-life stories?

Not all the above inspirational movies are not based on real-life stories, but which inspirational movies are based on real-life, we have mentioned in the description.

3. Are there any more inspirational movies on Netflix?

Yes, some more inspirational movies are Big Hero 6, Dangal, 3 Idiots, Gandhi, Field of Dreams, Remember the Titans, etc.

4. Which is the best inspirational movie on Netflix with high IMDB rating?

The Shawshank Redemption with IMDB rating of 9.3/10.

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