Everyone looks for and finds inspiration in various ways. Some people resort to self-help novels; others may turn to religion. Some might crank their go-to playlist for motivational music and jam out to some tunes. Have you ever turned to a good, old fashioned movie night to try to inspire yourself?

Whether you’re watching a sports film celebrating the unsuspecting underdog winning against all the odds or an unbelievable biopic, certain movies can lift you and inspire you to be more and do more in life. If you’re looking to get yourself a little fired up, and outside of your current complacency, these films are sure to do the trick. By the way, this is in random order.

10 – Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

One of the most well-known quotes in the cinematic universe is “Run, Forrest! Run!”
This film touches on the arc of a character who struggles through various additions and phases throughout her life but comes out the other side as a strong mother. Seeing this can inspire some to get the help they need, such as services for drug rehab Richmond.

09 – Rocky (1976)

Rocky

Rocky

Get ready to feel energized up and ready to run up a few flights of stairs, chug a smoothie made of raw egg, and take down any other challenge that comes your way. Rocky shows that accomplishing a goal all comes down to willpower.

08 – Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name

Lush and sumptuous, this love story set in the Italian countryside is sure to compel you to seek an equally emotionally fulfilling experience. Don’t beat yourself up about it if real life doesn’t quite line up to the movie, though.

07 – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Telling the story of the awkward and shy Charlie as he navigates mistakes and friendships in high school, The Perks of Being a Wallflower illustrates a heart-wrenching tale about confronting your past trauma.

06 – Hidden Figures (2016)

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

If you haven’t already seen it, this true story of three Black female NASA scientists is a can’t-miss. The stunning visuals, combined with the relevant message of inclusion, will push you to also reach for your dreams.

05 – Dead Poets Society (1989)

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society

Robin William steals the day starring in this classic film that will have you ready to seize the day (although you might find yourself missing AIM messages by the end of it).

04 – Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out

Inside Out

This cute and beautifully colorful flick from Pixar is a fascinating illustration of emotion for both children and adults. This film helps to normalize that everyone can struggle with their emotions, regardless of where they are in life.

03 – Love, Simon (2018)

Love Simon

Love Simon

Are you struggling to see a different side of yourself? Love Simon is a great option to immerse yourself. You’ll get to see the good, the bad, and even the ugly experiences that the LGBTQ+ community faces while simultaneously discovering the real power that comes with unconditional love.

02 – Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

The monotony that is adult life can wear you down quickly. The classic Japanese film, Spirited Away, can bring you back in and recapture the feelings of imagination, whimsy, and even the terror that children can face when in a confusing world. With a wacky plot and unbelievably gorgeous visuals, this is certainly a worthwhile watch for anyone looking to get inspired.

01 – Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

From the decade of Marvel/DC superhero cinema, Wonder Woman stands out among the rest. Not only does this film serve as a model of empowerment for small kids, but it is also equally as empowering for adults who can look to such a positive and influential role model.