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40 Inspiring Films To Lift You Up

Refinery29 Logo By Erin Donnelly of Refinery29 | Slide 1 of 41: We all look for inspiration in different ways. Some people turn to religion; some turn to the self-help section at the local Waterstones. Some crank up their go-to motivational tunes (read: anything by Destiny's Child), while others pore over The Secret and try to bibbidy-bobbedy-boo their way into realisation of their goals.And us? Well, a good ol' movie night always helps. Whether it's a biopic celebrating someone who turned the world upside-down for the better, a sports film with "Eye of the Tiger" on repeat, or a tale of overcoming adversity, certain films simply have a knack for lifting us up and inspiring us to do more and be more.Who hasn't aspired to the wisdom of Atticus Finch, or the tenacity of Rocky Balboa? What movie-goer hasn't felt a spring in their step after watching the women of Hidden Figures rightfully get their due? Hell, even the Jamaican bobsled team can make a compelling case for the importance of chasing your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they may seem.Looking to shake yourself out of complacency and get a little fired up? These films should do the trick.More On This TopicWhy I’ll Never Stop Reading Self-Help BooksThese Inspiring Songs Will Get You Going Every TimeReady For A Reboot? These Straight-Talking Women Have Some Advice

We all look for inspiration in different ways. Some people turn to religion; some turn to the self-help section at the local Waterstones. Some crank up their go-to motivational tunes (read: anything by Destiny's Child), while others pore over The Secret and try to bibbidy-bobbedy-boo their way into realisation of their goals.

And us? Well, a good ol' movie night always helps. Whether it's a biopic celebrating someone who turned the world upside-down for the better, a sports film with "Eye of the Tiger" on repeat, or a tale of overcoming adversity, certain films simply have a knack for lifting us up and inspiring us to do more and be more.

Who hasn't aspired to the wisdom of Atticus Finch, or the tenacity of Rocky Balboa? What movie-goer hasn't felt a spring in their step after watching the women of Hidden Figures rightfully get their due? Hell, even the Jamaican bobsled team can make a compelling case for the importance of chasing your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they may seem.

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