Special Report

The 30 Most Inspirational Movies of the Last 100 Years

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5. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
> RT critics score: 96% (47 votes)
> RT audience score: 94% (45,892 votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.1/10 (111,428 votes)
> Directed by: Frank Capra
> Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” follows an idealistic man (James Stewart) who is going to Washington, D.C., to fill up a vacancy in the Senate. Suddenly he finds himself dealing with political corruption. Standing up for what’s right, he won’t give in to he corrupt peers.

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4. Rocky (1976)
> RT critics score: 93% (67 votes)
> RT audience score: 69% (33,403,994 votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.1/10 (539,886 votes)
> Directed by: John G. Avildsen
> Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, “Rocky” is the film that put the action star on the map. The film is a boxing film about the ultimate underdog. The movie won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. It would be a prelude to the film’s showing at the Academy Awards, where it won three Oscars.

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3. Schindler’s List (1993)
> RT critics score: 98% (128 votes)
> RT audience score: 97% (411,879 votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.9/10 (1,267,232 votes)
> Directed by: Steven Spielberg
> Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

One of the greatest retellings of one of the worst chapters in human history. Liam Neeson plays Oskar Schindler, a Catholic businessman who uses his position to save hundreds of Jews from extermination. “Schindler’s List” was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven.

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2. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
> RT critics score: 92% (66 votes)
> RT audience score: 92% (179,186 votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.3/10 (304,387 votes)
> Directed by: Robert Mulligan
> Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton

Atticus Finch is the hero of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel and Oscar-winning movie “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He’s a white lawyer who defends an African-American man falsely accused of assault in the South during the Great Depression.

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1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
> RT critics score: 94% (87 votes)
> RT audience score: 95% (219,179 votes)
> IMDb rating: 8.6/10 (422,508 votes)
> Directed by: Frank Capra
> Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

This Hollywood classic and one of the most beloved Christmas movies is about knowing that every person’s life has a purpose even if it doesn’t feel like that. James Stewart plays a small savings bank owner who runs into financial trouble. An angel from heaven is sent to show him what the lives of the people he lives would have been if he never existed.

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