Special Report

The 30 Most Inspirational Movies of the Last 100 Years

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15. The Miracle Worker (1962)
> RT critics score: 96% (26 votes)
> RT audience score: 88% (5000+ votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.1/10 (18,110 votes)
> Directed by: Arthur Penn
> Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory

Aruthur Penn’s 1962 film “The Miracle Worker” tells the true story of Anne Sullivan (Anne Bancroft), the blind tutor who helped Helen Keller learn to communicate using sign language. Bancroft won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her performance, and Patty Duke also won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Keller.

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14. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
> RT critics score: 95% (61 votes)
> RT audience score: 93% (54,763 votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.1/10 (211,307 votes)
> Directed by: David Lean
> Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

The movie follows a group of British POWs tasked with building a bridge by their Japanese captors. British filmmaker David Lean, who directed “Doctor Zhivago” (1965), “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), and numerous Charles Dickens adaptations, won his first Oscar in 1958 for “The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

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13. Hoosiers (1986)
> RT critics score: 91% (45 votes)
> RT audience score: 88% (50,777 votes)
> IMDb rating: 7.5/10 (44,999 votes)
> Directed by: David Anspaugh
> Starring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

“Hoosiers,” the story about a longshot Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship, was lauded by the Washington Post for its “fast-break cinematography that catches the pace of the game.” The film was also buoyed by the performances of Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, and Dennis Hopper.

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12. Apollo 13 (1995)
> RT critics score: 96% (93 votes)
> RT audience score: 87% (433,114 votes)
> IMDb rating: 7.6/10 (280,785 votes)
> Directed by: Ron Howard
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon

The movie is based on the events of the Apollo 13 mission to the moon. The film tells the story of what happened after an oxygen tank exploded, putting the entire mission and the lives of the three astronauts aboard the spacecraft in danger.

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11. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
> RT critics score: 98% (91 votes)
> RT audience score: 93% (10,855 votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.1/10 (60,996 votes)
> Directed by: William Wyler
> Starring: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March

“The Best Years of Our Lives” is a film that dramatized the difficulties World War II veterans who were faced with adjusting to civilian life. The movie won William Wyler his second Oscar. The movie starred Fredric March and Dana Andrews and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for disabled veteran Harold Russell.

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