Motivational films

List of the best motivational films selected by our site visitors: The Wolf of Wall Street, Whiplash, Flash of Genius, 8 Mile, Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness, Hidden Figures, Coco Before Chanel, Moneyball, Any Given Sunday.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration03:00
CharactersScammers, Rich, Millionaires, Businessmen
PlotLove, On real events, Robbery, Money, Success
PlaceUSA, Wall Street, New York
StyleBeautiful, Fascinating, Smart, Black humor, For a group of friends

A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Drummers, Musicians, Teachers
PlotLove, Obsession, Relationship, Music, Overcoming difficulties
PlaceUSA, Music schools
StyleWorth watching

Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:59
CharactersFamily, Lawyers, Inventors
PlotOn real events, Uprising, Dreams, Rivalry
PlaceCourt
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Makes me think, Serious

In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kearns doggedly pursues recognition for his invention, as well as the much-deserved financial rewards for the sake of his wife (Lauren Graham) and six kids.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersRappers, Singers
PlotLove, Survival, Music, Political, Success
PlaceGhetto, USA
StyleGloomy

The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of success in hip hop. With his pal Future and the three one third in place, all he has to do is not choke.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersMusicians, Blind, Pianists
PlotTravel, Depression, True love, Mystery, Self-sacrifice
PlaceUSA
StyleSad ones, To cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious

An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersBusinessmen, Parents, Poor
PlotOn real events, Money, Success
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Deep Meaning, Vital signs, Serious

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

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersStrong women, Geniuses, Mathematicians, Scientists, Judge
PlotOn real events
PlaceSpace
StyleExciting, Light, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching

The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:51
CharactersHorses, Strong women
PlotPassion, Friendship, Fate
PlaceFrance
StyleInspirational, Vital signs

2009 biopic about the early life of Coco Chanel. Several years after leaving the orphanage, to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She's both a seamstress for the performers and a singer, earning the nickname Coco from the song she sings nightly with her sister. A liaison with Baron Balsan gives her an entree into French society and a chance to develop her gift for designing.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
CharactersTrainers, Managers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Money, Friendship, Baseball
PlaceUSA
StyleInspirational, By books, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:36
CharactersTrainers
PlotAmerican Football, Success, Competitions
PlaceRugby
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Australia
Duration02:05
CharactersWriters, Friends, Partners, Celebrities, Parents
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship, Success
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Heartbreaking, Serious

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersHorses, Autistic
PlotFriendship
PlaceFrance, Metro, Hospitals, Hotels
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching

For twenty years, Bruno and Malik have lived in a different world—the world of autistic children and teens. In charge of two separate nonprofit organizations (The Hatch & The Shelter), they train young people from underprivileged areas to be caregivers for extreme cases that have been refused by all other institutions. It’s an exceptional partnership, outside of traditional settings, for some quite extraordinary characters.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:44
CharactersPolice, Friends, Girlfriends
PlotLove, Adventure, Money, Friendship, Depression
PlaceParty, Hospitals, USA
StyleInteresting, Mind-altering, Light, Inspirational, Soulful

Carl Allen has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryFrance, USA
Duration01:50
CharactersArtists, Disabled people, Alcoholics, Orphans, Foster children
PlotOn real events, Loneliness, Depression, Art, Overcoming difficulties
PlaceParty, Hospitals
StyleMind-altering, Inspirational, Black humor, Makes me think, Touching

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Markimdb: 9.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersScammers, Prisoner, Friends, Good people
PlotSurvival, Prison Break, The escape, Freedom, Fate
PlacePrison, Mexico, USA
StyleInteresting, Popular, To cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersSuperhero, Heroes, spiderman, Scientists, Students
PlotFriendship, Death, Jealousy, Double life
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleMarvel, Exciting, By comics, To cry, Soulful

Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his feelings for Mary Jane Watson, a girl he's loved since childhood.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Greece
Duration02:38
CharactersRich, Businessmen
PlotOn real events, Success
StyleInspirational

The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersHackers, Programmers, Geniuses, Scientists, Students
PlotLove, On real events, Money, Social Media, Success
PlaceCourt, College, Party, USA, California
StyleSmart, Makes me think, Intellectual

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among friends soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersHackers, Programmers, Geniuses, Rich, Inventors
PlotOn real events, Success, Computers, Rivalry
PlaceCollege
StyleAction, Soulful, Smart, Serious

This film is the semi-humorous documentary about the men who made the world of technology what it is today, their struggles during college, the founding of their companies, and the ingenious actions they took to build up the global corporate empires of Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corporation.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Germany
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Musicians, Friends, Orphans
PlotMusic, Friendship, Intrigue, Parenting
PlaceSchool, France, Boarding school
TimeFuture
StyleTo cry, Touching

Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, family, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersAnimals, Horses, Housewives
PlotOn real events, Sports, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, To cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious

Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersKings, Cats
PlotOn real events, Political, Fear
PlaceAircraft, England, Bunker, Party, Metro
TimeWorld War II
StyleTense, Serious

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryRussia
Duration02:14
PlotLove, Sports, Hockey, Intrigue, Competitions
PlaceRussia, Spain, Moscow, Canada
StyleInspirational

Biopic of Russian ice hockey legend Valeri Kharlamov from early childhood, rising to the pinnacle of the sport and his untimely death

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersFriends, Terminally ill, Businessmen, Billionaires, Surgeons
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Loneliness
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Philosophical, Touching

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted to do and an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest, with insight and humor.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, family, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Strong women, Disabled people, Surfers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Surfing, Competitions
PlaceBeach
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious, Womens in main roles

Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.Soul Surfer reveals Bethany's fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, India
Duration02:00
CharactersTeens, Police, Friends, Street children, Orphans
PlotLove, Travel, Relationship, Money, True love
PlaceIndia
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Oscars, Touching, Serious

Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersTransgender people, Terminally ill
PlotOn real events, Death, Uprising, Rivalry
PlaceCourt, Hospitals, Texas, Mexico, USA
StyleInteresting, Psychological problems, Soulful, Explicit scenes, Touching

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, drama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersDrivers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Racing, Cars, Fight
PlaceFrance
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Fascinating

American car designer Carroll Shelby and the British-born driver Ken Miles work together to battle corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:31
CharactersProgrammers, Geniuses, Family, Scientists, Inventors
PlotOn real events, Apocalypse, Obsession, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year, Post apocalypse
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Smart, Vital signs, Makes me think

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:03
CharactersSingle mothers
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Uprising
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the difficult, and possibly dangerous, struggle to unionize her factory.





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