Motivational Movies Top 6: Films to help you banish your demons and kick-start your life…

Motivation is sometimes hard to come by, particularly at a time when talk of a global recession dominates the media. Furthermore, with winter just around the corner, it’s common for people to find themselves battling with despondence and depression. Luckily, here at, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of motivational films which are guaranteed to help you turn procrastination into productivity.

6. Coach Carter (2005)

‘Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, it is our light not our darkness that frightens us most of all.’

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An American businessman with exceptional athletic prowess is charged with the task of coaching a basketball team for his former high school. Unlike the tanacious teenage team that Carter remembers, the new generation of players are sarcastic, disrespectful and nonchalant, and their abysmal match history speaks volumes about their level of commitment.

In a brazen attempt to encourage maturity, Carter draws up contacts for the team, which state that unless they attend all their classes and achieve good grades, they cannot participate in sports activities. This business-like approach is first met with scorn, but following a number of comfortable victories, the team accept the importance of discipline and respect.  When their unbeaten record goes to their heads though, the players revert to their lazy, cocky behaviour, forcing Carter to take extreme and unpopular measures in order to prevent the students from going off the rails.

Motivational Message:  This motivational movie teaches that if we approach all our endeavours with a certain degree of self-discipline, the results are likely to be more fulfilling.  Equally, getting a suitable balance between work and play is vital, too much emphasis on either can have an adverse effect on ourselves and others.


5.  The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

‘If you want something, go get it. Period.’

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In an attempt to make it as an entrapeneur, Chris Gardner invests all the family savings in  portable bone density scanners which are tipped to be a success.  Unfortunately, the product is a financial flop, leaving Gardner penniless and unable to save his strained marriage.  With a young son to take care of and an eviction notice on the doormat, Gardner decides to become a stockbroker, taking on an intense and unpaid internship in persuit of his goal, and while at times he is without a home, Gardner is never without motivation.  He is a shining example of what true passion means.

Motivational Message: Many people are not blessed with a privillaged upbringing, and must work tirelessly to achieve the security which allows them to be contented. Without qualifications, some believe that well-paid jobs are out of their reach, but this motivational movie shows that this is not the case. Opportunities become available for those who can impress with ambition and drive, so when you’re frustrated about being in a dead-end job, think about what you can do to set yourself apart. This is our personal favourite of all the motivational movies and has influenced the creation of this site.


4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

‘Get busy living or get busy dying.’

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When Andy Dufresne is convicted of alleged double murder, it seems as if the brutal and corrupt reality of a life in Shawshank prison will strip him of everything he has; (his successful career, his freedom, his friends and especially his dignity) but although his first few years inside are torturous, Andy finds great solace in both his friendship with long-term inmate ‘Red,’ and in educating and enlightening the inmates by preaching the power of hope. Despite his carefree and serene exterior, however, in the darkness of his cell, Andy conceals a secret project which will transform the lives of everyone at Shawshank forever, and serve as a testament to the importance of never giving in.

Motivational Message: Although it may seem trite, sometimes we are all prisoners of our situation or psychological state, but it is incredibly important to remain hopeful and strong. As far as we can prove, we only have one life, and for every second we spend stagnating, we’re losing precious opportunities to find out what it is to be alive.  A shinning example of what motivational movies have to offer.

3.  Reach for the Sky (1956)

‘Legs or no legs, I’ve never seen such a mobile fireball’

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Douglas Bader is an energetic, daring and charismatic air cadet, but when he loses his legs in a flying accident, doctors tell him that he is unlikely to walk independently again.  Still determined to fly professionally, Bader pushes his mental and physical strength to the limit, and after nine years of intense daily work-outs, he has regained most of the skills he had before he was injured.  With a renewed sense of pride and confidence, the plucky pioneer decides to fight authorities for a place in the British Royal Force, in a bid to reach for the sky once more.

Motivational Message: When faced with a setback, there are some days when everyone feels like staying in bed, but the true story of Douglas Bader proves that human courage can help to overcome even the most dehabillitating obstacles.  Many people would have perfectly understood if Bader had given in, but in not doing so, even against the advice of friends and doctors, he was able to prove himself stronger and more noteworthy than anybody thought he could be.


2.  The Color Purple (1985)

‘The jail you planned for me is the one you’re gonna rot in’

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The story of an African-American woman’s struggle to survive in the deep South at a time when racism and sexism were rife across the Western World. Since adolescence, Celie has suffered horrific abuse at the hands of men, who view her only as a nanny, a slave, and a means of sexual gratification.  She has been tormented, beaten and ripped away from her sister and children, but with the help and guidance of more liberated women, Celie begins to understand that there can be more to life than pain and humilliation, slowly learning that if she finds the confidence to stick up for herself, there are ways to get what she desires and deserves.

Motivational Message: Even if it seems unlikely to happen, this motivational movie shows with endurance, support and self-belief, it is possible to free yourself from the oppression of harmful relationships.  It is undoubtedly difficult, and the path is full of hardships, but with a solid support network, it is most certainly possible.


1. Schindler’s List (1993)

‘Whoever saves one life saves the world entire’

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Despite the frosty political climate, industrialist, Oskar Schindler arrives in Nazi-occupied Poland with a single goal in mind- to make millions off the back of the imminent war.  When most of his Jewish workers are callously murdered in concentration camps; however, the self-proclaimed profiteer discovers the true value of human life and begins a covert mission to rescue many of the  the unfairly persecuted from a fate which would be mourned for generations.

Motivational Message: Whatever you may have done in the past, it is never too late to make a positive contribution to society.  As this motivational movie illustrates so poignantly, the actions of just one person can profoundly help others, even when the situation seems hopeless.

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