Posted June 17, 2013 by MotiveHub in Motivation

My List of Top 10 All Time Great Motivational Movies

Funny movie
Funny movie

Author: Lorita Clarke

Have you ever watched a movie that brought you to tears,spoke to your situation and motivated you into action? I have watched several movies with strong, determined people, who inspired me to achieve and accomplish my goals against all odds. Here is my list of the top 10 greatest movies of all time. All of them are very motivational and worth watching.

The Girl Who Spelled Freedom [VHS]

This is a true story about a teenage Cambodian girl and her family, who arrives in Chatanooga Tenessess after fleeing the wars in their country. They are taken in by a local family and at first there is chaos due to the differences in culture and language. However, the teenager, Lynn Yann proves quite brilliant and learns English quickly. She becomes a great speller and enters the Spelling Bee competition just four years after arriving in the US. Against all odds, she competes and wins the national Spelling Bee Championship. This movie motivates you to achieve regardless of the obstacles you encounter.

Erin Brockovich [Blu-ray]

This is a biographical film released in 2000 about Erin, a single mother of three children, who is also unemployed and really in need of a job. After losing a personal injury lawsuit, she asks her lawyer to help her find a job in compensation for the loss. Her Lawyer, Ed offers her a job as a filing clerk in his office. During her filing she stumbles upon a case filed against a gas and electric company and starts doing some investigation. Her investigations reveal that the company is secretly trying to buy land contaminated by toxic waste and dumping it improperly, resulting in the poisoning of many residents in the area. She reveals her discovery to her boss and with her help; the law firm launched one of the biggest law suits against a multi-billion dollar corporation in American History. This movie enables you to see that your background does not need to be a shackle to your success.

The Pursuit of Happyness (Widescreen Edition)

This movie is about a struggling sales man determined to make a better life for himself and his son. He invests his life savings in portable bone density scanners but is having a hard time selling them. His poor financial situation leads to his wife deserting him and his son. He later finds himself homeless, due to his inability to pay his rent. He and his son are forced to live in homeless shelters. By sheer luck, he receives an offer for an internship position as a stockbroker. The problem is that he has to work for six months without pay. He is however determined to make it. He works hard during the six months and in the end he is offered the job above 20 other internship candidates. He is relieved as now; he has the opportunity to give his son a good life. Sheer determination results in success.

Soul Surfer (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Soul Surfer is a true story about a girl who loves to surf. However, tragedy struck one morning during one of her routines when she loses her left limb to a tiger shark. Despite this tragic event, Bethany refuses to be daunted by her fears and following her recovery she returns to the waves to rediscover her true passion of surfing. This story motivates you to persist in spite of your fears as the only thing to fear is fear itself.

The Bucket List (Widescreen & Full Screen)

This movie is about two men, Edward Cole and Carter Freeman who are terminally ill cancer patients who are determined to live their final days to the fullest. The two men make a list of things they would like to do before they die. But how can they do that from the confines of their hospital beds? They both conspire to break free from the hospital to fulfil their bucket list which included racing the fastest cars, playing poker in Monte Carlo, eating caviar and much more. This movie motivates you to live life to the fullest without reservations.

Freedom writers

Freedom writers is a movie about a young teacher who changes her methods of teaching English to penetrate the hearts of her students. These students are from different racial backgrounds and deemed the worst of the lot. Most of them are from a violent environment. Therefore, no one expects anything great from them but their teacher, Erin believes in them. Erin asks each student to write a journal about their lives which will remain unread unless they choose to share it. The result is quite moving and brings about change in the lives of the students and teacher. Freedom Writers is an uplifting story and is a prime example of how determination can change your life.

The Great Debaters

Set in the 1930s, The Great Debaters is about a group of African- American debaters who made headlines after defeating their white opponents who were from a more prestigious college. These debaters prevailed and won despite the racial prejudice and violence that marked the era. This movie inspires you to succeed at the highest level even at the greatest odds.

A Beautiful Mind

A beautiful mind is a true story about a great mathematician, John Forbes Nash Jr. The professor marries a beautiful student and is positioned for a bright future. He makes advancements in the foundation of “games theory” which brought him international acclaim. Not long after that, he is sought after by a CIA agent to be recruited as a code breaker. It is then that it is revealed that the professor is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. After battling years of illness, the professor regains control of his mind and goes on to receive a Nobel Prize. This story inspires you to rise from your ashes and become all that you were created to be.

Forrest Gump

This movie is about a mentally retarded man who lives a good life despite his low IQ of 75. In spite of his disabilities, Forrest ‘s mother never made him feel less than human and told him that anything was possible. With that in mind, Forrest accomplished great fetes. He served in the Vietnam, becomes a football star, meets John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, and even launched a shrimping business. Forrest, through his disability inspires us to achieve regardless of our limitations.

Pay It Forward

Pay it forward is a moving story about a little boy who discovers a way to change the world. Trevor’s new social studies teacher, Mr Simonet gives his class an assignment to come up with a way to make the world a better place. Trevor came up with the coNcept of “paying it forward” which involved doing three favors for people without being asked and asking them to do the same. His philosophy catches on and impacts the lives of several people throughout the movie. This movie inspires you to make a difference no matter how insignificant it may seem.