Movie List (100+)

Here’s a list of movies that INSPIRE..(in some way..) Some of these are my all-time favorites, but other favorites didn’t make this list as they are not necessarily inspiring – just lots of fun.  For sure i may have missed a bunch of goodies, so please comment with your favorite inspiring movies if they missed the list…(we are always on the lookout for good inspirational evening viewing options! : )  

(if you click on the underlined movies, you will find Va’s reviews..)

  1. The Keys to the Kingdom (1944) Gregory Peck, Vincent Price
  2. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) Ingrid Bergman, Robert Donat
  3. Chariots of Fire (1981) Ben Cross, Ian Charleson …
  4. Amazing Grace (2007) Ian Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney
  5. The Sound of Music (1959) Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
  6. Remember the Titans (2000) Denzel Washington, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst
  7. Paradise Road (1997) Glenn Close, Pauline Collins, Frances McDormand
  8. Return to Me (2000) David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Bonnie Hunt
  9. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier
  10. The Way (2011) Martin Sheen, Emilo Estevez
  11. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
  12. You Can’t Take it with You (1938) James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore
  13. Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd
  14. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) James Stewart
  15. Dead Poets Society (1989) Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard
  16. Invictus (2009) Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
  17. Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001++)
  18. Gandhi (1982) Ben Kingsley
  19. Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas
  20. Of Gods and Men (2010) (French) Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale
  21. Gallipoli (1981) Mel Gibson, Mark Lee
  22. The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier
  23. As It Is in Heaven (Swedish, 2004) Michael Nyqvist
  24. Saint Anthony (2005) Daniele Liotti, Enrico Brignano
  25. Cry the Beloved Country (1995) James Earl Jones, Richard Harris, Tsholofelo Wechoemang
  26. Kings Speech (2011) Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush
  27. Freedom Writers Diary (2007) Hilary Swank
  28. Clare and Francis (2008) Mary Petruolo, Ettore Bassi,
  29. Mother Teresa (2003, TV) Olivia Hussey
  30. Pope John II (2005, TV) Jon Voight
  31. Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005, TV) Piotr Adamczyk
  32. The Passion of the Christ (2004) James Caviezel
  33. Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) Gregory Peck
  34. Romero (1989) Raul Julia
  35. The Cardinal (1963) Tom Tyron
  36. The Mission (1986) Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons
  37. Hotel Rwanda (2004) Don Cheadle
  38. Saving God (2008) Ving Rhames, Dean McDermott
  39. Valkyrie (2008) Tom Cruise
  40. Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000) Ulrich Tukur
  41. The Scarlet and the Black (1983) Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer
  42. A Man for All Seasons (1966) Robert Shaw, Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller
  43. Akeelah and the Bee (2006) Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer
  44. The Final Inquiry (2006) Daniele Liotti, Dolph Lundgren, Mónica Cruz
  45. Father of Mercy: The True Story of Venerable Don Gnocchi (2009) Daniel Liotti
  46. The Patriot (2000) Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
  47. Michael Collins (1996) Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts
  48. Lilies of the Field (1963) Sidney Poitier
  49. The Blind Side (2009) Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron
  50. The Mighty Macs (2011) Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton, Ellen Burstyn
  51. Believe in Me (2006) Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, Bruce Dern
  52. Glory Road (2006) Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols
  53. Beat the Drum (2003) Junior Singo, Mary Twala
  54. A Beautiful Mind (2001) Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
  55. A Man Called Peter (1955) Richard Todd
  56. Bella (2007) Eduardo Verastegui, Tammy Blanchard
  57. Beyond the Gates (2005) John Hurt, Hugh Dancy
  58. City of Joy (1992) Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins
  59. The Agony & the Ecstasy (1965) Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison
  60. St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor (2010) ITALY  Beppe Fiorello
  61. Friendly Persuasion (1956) Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire
  62. The Express (2008) Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid
  63. The Great Debaters (2007) Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker
  64. Awakenings (1990) Robin Williams, Robert De Niro
  65. Pay it Forward (2000) Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt
  66. Shadowlands (1993) Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger
  67. Captain Abu Raed (2007) JORDAN
  68. Avatar (2009) Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
  69. Behind Enemy Lines (2001) Gene Hackman, Owen Wilson
  70. Traitor (2008) Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Saïd Taghmaoui
  71. The Bucket List (2007) Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson
  72. Patch Adams (1998) Robin Williams
  73. The African Queen (1951) Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart
  74. Letters to Juliet (2010) Vanessa Redgrave, Amanda Seyfried
  75. Warm Springs (FDR) (2005) Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon
  76. Evelyn (2002) Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies
  77. Tea with Mussolini (1999) Cher, Lily Tomlin, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench
  78. Secretariat (2010) Diane Lane, John Malkovich
  79. Band of Brothers (2001 TV miniseries)
  80. Philadelphia (1993) Tom Hanks
  81. Glory (1989) Mathew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman
  82. Rudy (1993) Sean Astin
  83. Beyond Borders (2003) Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen
  84. True Grit (1969 & 2010) John Wayne/ Jeff Bridges
  85. Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005 TV)
  86. Arranged (2007) Zoe Lister Jones, Francis Benhamou, Mimi Lieber
  87. Lean on Me (1989) Morgan Freeman
  88. Stand and Deliver (1988) Edward James Olmos
  89. Up the Down Staircase (1967) Sally Dennis
  90. Good Will Hunting (1997) Robin Williams, Matt Damon
  91. Finding Forrester (2000) Sean Connery, Rob Brown
  92. The Knights of South Bronx (tv 2005) Ted Danson, Keke Palmer, Clifton Powell
  93. RUST (2010) Corbin Bernsen
  94. The Ultimate Gift (2007) James Garner, Drew Fuller
  95. Faith Like Potatoes (2006) Frank Rautenbach
  96. The Nun’s Story (1959) Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch
  97. Braveheart (1995) Mel Gibson
  98. The Least Among You (2009) Cedric Sanders, Lauren Holly, Louis Gossett Jr.
  99. Steel Magnolias (1989) Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis
  100. The Joy Luck Club (1993)
  101. Seabiscuit (2003) Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges
  102. The Hiding Place (1975) Corrie Ten Boom (writer)
  103. Walk the Line (2005) Reese Whitherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix
  104. Miss Potter (2006) Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor
  105. Billy: The Early Years (2008) J. Thomas Bailey, Dan Beene, Cliff Bemis
  106. Julie & Julia (2009) Meryl Streep, Amy Adams
  107. Unstoppable (2010) Denzel Washington, Chris Pine
  108. The Maldonado Miracle (2003 TV) Peter Fonda
  109. Noëlle (2006) David Wall, Sean Patrick Brennan
  110. Letters to God (2010) Tanner Maguire
  111. Vision [the life of Hildegard von Bingen] (2009) Barbara Sukowa
  112. Flash of Genius (2008) Greg Kinnear, Alan Alda
  113. O Jerusalem (2006) JJ Field, Saïd Taghmaoui
  114. Juno (2007) Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner
  115. Expecting a Miracle (2009 TV)  Jason Priestley, Teri Polo, Cheech Marin
  116. Fireproof (2008) Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea
  117. Plainsong (2004 TV) Aidan Quinn, Rachel Griffiths
  118. Gospel Hill (2008) Angela Bassett, Adam Baldwin, Chloe Bailey
  119. An Unfinished Life (2005) Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Lopez
  120. Waterproof (2000) Burt Reynolds, Whitman Mayo, April Grace
  121. Carol’s Journey (2002) SPAIN
  122. We are Marshall (2006) Matthew McConaughey, Mathew Fox
  123. WWII: When Lions Roared (1994 TV) Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, John Lithgow
  124. A Talking Picture (2003) Portuguese
  125. The 5th Quarter (2010) Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell
  126. We Were Soldiers (2002) Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear
  127. Man on Fire (2004) Denzel Washington
  128. Munich (2005) Eric Bana
  129. Black Hawk Down (2001) Josh Hartnett
  130. I am David (2003) Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright
  131. Mask (1985) Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott
  132. The Breakfast Club (1985) Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald
  133. Places of the Heart (1984) Sally Field, Ed Harris
  134. A Time to Kill (1996) Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock
  135. The Miracle Worker (1962) Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke
  136. Regarding Henry (1991) Harrison Ford, Annette Bening
  137. Norma Rae (1979) Sally Field
  138. Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
  139. Erin Brockovich (2000) Julia Roberts
  140. Music of the Heart (1999) Meryl Streep
  141. Dangerous Minds (1995) Michele Pfeiffer
  142. Radio (2003) Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger
  143. Nell (1994) Jodie Foster
  144. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009) Cuba Gooding, Jr.
  145. Jessica (1962) Angie Dickinson, Maurice Chevalier
  146. Joyful Noise (2011) Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton
  147. The Reading Room (2005)  James Earl Jones
  148. Courage (2009) Jason Priestley
  149. Hunt for Justice (2005) Wendy Crewson, John Corbett
  150. On a Clear Day (2006) Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn
  151. Anthony Warrior of God (2006) Jordi Mollà

13 Responses to Movie List (100+)

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    Great list, VA! I would also add We Were Soldiers, Man On Fire, Munich, Black Hawk Down, Blood Diamond, Defiance, I Am David, A Few Good Men, The Insiders, Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, Master and Commander, Slum Dog Millionnaire, Gladiator, Benhur, just to name a few…there are so many!

  2. Cindy Kranich says:

    Also, Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino!

  3. Virginia says:

    Great suggestions, Cin – will add to the list & watch the ones we haven’t seen (not all for the Savvy Saints, of course! 🙂

  4. Shere Perry says:

    Really GREAT list sis! I haven’t seen quite a few of them, so I am looking forward to watching them! …A few I would add, (off the top of my head) are; The Mask (Cher) based on true story, Breakfast Club, (the Pretty in Pink actress with red hair..), Mr. Holland’s Opus, Places of the Heart (Sally Field), A Time to Kill (Grisham story), and the original story about Hellen Keller…the name escapes me…And the one with Harrison Ford where he is shot and has to re-learn everything..? …and of course March of the Penguins…best “nature film” (and commentary on parenting) EVER!

  5. Shere Perry says:

    Ok, so the movie about Helen Keller is “The Miracle Worker”, and the one with Harrison ford is “Regarding Henry”. Also, a few others I thought of are: Norma Rae (Sally Field), Where the Heart Is (Natalie Portman and Sally Fields), Pursuit of Happyness (Will Smith), Diary of Anne Frank, Life Support, Dangerous Minds (Michelle P.), Erin Brokonvich (Julia Roberts), Music of the Heart (Merle Streep), Radio, and Nell. …Love this project!

    • Virginia says:

      Shere – these are great additions to The List! (can’t believe i forgot ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ – a total FAV!) & there’s a few on your list your sis HAS NOT SEEN! More business for the new DVD player (you & Cin are SO GENEROUS! : )

  6. Hmm! I haven’t seen some of these! Gonna have to add them to my list of ones to watch…

  7. Cynthia says:

    Good list..also, add “Courageous” – a must-see!
    Cynthia

    • Virginia says:

      hi Cynthia (LoLs!) – We are watching “Courageous” tonight (just in from Netfix : )
      Will add it (For Sure! as we saw the preview on the “Mighty Macs” dvd) …
      Thanx for the recommendation & if you have more, pls suggest away!
      Virginia : )

  8. Claudia says:

    Virginia
    Have you seen Mao’s Last Dancer? It’s based on the true story of a Chinese dancer who danced for the Houston Ballet. And Soul Surfer is another true story about the teenage surfer in Hawaii that was attacked by a shark, survives, and goes back to be a sucessful surfer. And I don’t know if you are into animated movies. When my son was younger I saw several. Two of my favorite inspiring animated movies are Up and Finding Nemo.
    Thanks for following The Quoting Catholic blog. 🙂
    -Claudia

    • Virginia says:

      Hi Claudia — thanks for these movie recommendations. i have Soul Surfer from Netflix to watch … & will check out Mao’s Last Dancer… i cried my eyes out watching Up in the movie theater (!!!).. Finding Nemo was totally a fun flick. We also really liked Monsters Inc & Despicable Me & Toy Story … but one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIES (seen 4x in the movie theater) is Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Still trying to sort out how it figures on the Inspirator-meter (but for sure, the laugh-o-meter gets high marks!)

      Thanks for popping by – i will be updating this movie list in the not-so-distant future with some inspiring flicks seen over the summer. : )

      grace, peace & Animated Fun – Virginia

      • Claudia says:

        I’ve never seen Nightmare before Christmas. I need to check that one out. Looks pretty creepy. I do agree Monster’s Inc, Toy Story, and Despicable Me are great, too. I just thought of another one. I think it is also by Tim Burton, but I’m not sure, anyway it’s his kind of dark movie. It’s called 9. That’s an interesting thought provoking animated one. I’ll come back to check for additions to your list and make some recommendations. I really like watching movies and so do my son and husband. 🙂

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