14 Motivational Movies Based On True Stories

Sandra Bullock

June 16, 2016 • Views: 122672

Are you ready to be inspired? I have created a list of 14 inspirational and motivational movies based on true stories which may help you in introducing to the world’s most amazing people, who broke all the rules and lived on their own terms, people who never gave up and were pure genius.


1A Beautiful Mind (2001)


The movie tells a story about mathematics genius and Nobel laureate John Nash who struggle with the terrible illness of schizophrenia, which began to effect him while a student at Princeton in the early 1950s. He made a great discovery very early in his life and was about to be internationally recognized. But suddenly he gets on a path which takes him to a self-discovery journey, which is painful and harrowing.

Link to YouTube trailer: A Beautiful Mind Official Trailer


2The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)


The Pursuit of Happyness is drama film based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner‘s nearly one-year struggle being homeless. He, who raised himself out of poverty and became a successful stock broker. Will Smith as Gardner, was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Glode for best actor.

Link to YouTube trailer: The Pursuit of Happyness Official Trailer


3Bogowie (“Gods”) (2014)


Polish dramatic film. It is based on the life and career of Polish cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland in 1985. It’s a amazing story about courage and perseverance.

Link to YouTube trailer: Bogowie Official Trailer


4The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)


Movie tells a story of New Zealander speed bike racer Burt Munro, who spent over 20 years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Link to YouTube trailer: The World’s Fastest Indian Official Trailer


5. Invincible (2006)


Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a down-on-his-luck teacher and part-time bartender lives every fan’s fantasy of moving from the stands to the field when he makes it onto his hometown’s professional football team during an open tryout.

Link to YouTube trailer: Invincible Official Trailer


6. Into the Wild (2007)



Movie is about story of top student and athlete Christopher McCandless, who rejects his conventional life by destroying all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000  to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Link to YouTube trailer: Into the Wild Official Trailer


7. The Imitation Game (2014)


Brilliant adaptation of the story of Bletchley Park and the cryptanalysis team, ran by pioneering English computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing, that cracked the code of the German Enigma Machine during World War II.

Link to YouTube trailer: The Imitation Game Official Trailer


8. 127 Hours (2010)


127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston who becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. Movie was well received by critics and audiences, and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

Link to YouTube trailer: 127 Hours Official Trailer


9. The Blind Side (2009)


The Blind Side tells a story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Link to YouTube trailer: The Blind Side Official Trailer


10. Temple Grandin (2010)


Biopic of autistic icon Temple Grandin, who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become a Ph.D. and expert in the field of animal husbandry.

Link to YouTube trailer: Temple Grandin Official Trailer


11. Cinderella Man (2005)


Cinderella Man is inspired by true life story of heavyweight boxing champion James Braddock, who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is brought to the screen in this historical drama.

Link to YouTube trailer: Cinderella Man Official Trailer


12. The Theory of Everything (2014)


The Theory of Everything tells Stephen Hawking’s story from his early years as a astrophysics student at Cambridge university. This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  For his performance as Professor Hawking, Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar.

Link to YouTube trailer: The Theory of Everything Official Trailer


13. 42 (2013)


The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Link to YouTube trailer: 42 Official Trailer


14. Moneyball (2011)


Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane‘s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Link to YouTube trailer: Moneyball Official Trailer

Descriptions of movies inspired by IMDb, Filmweb, rottentomatoes.
Photo credit: leo4ever1989 / CC BY-SA


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29 Responses to 14 Motivational Movies Based On True Stories

  1. Manidip says:

    I think you missed Rocky Balboa movie series. Thank you for those fantastic list sir. You are a true inspirstion. Great stuff.

    • Mateusz M says:

      Thank you! Rocky is amazing but I only pick those movies based on true stories and based on my knowledge, Rocky series is not.

      • John Peter says:

        You’ve my email id suggest few motivational books

      • Omid(hope) naderi says:

        Rocky is based on Rocky Marciano’s life and fight between Ali and George foreman (that you showed some of it in the Greatest)

      • Nona Iverson says:

        Ah…. my new favourite is Kon-tiki
        Such a great movie and very inspirational.
        EVERYTHING that you do is so inspirational and motivating for me. Thank you!!!

  2. Jan says:

    What about “Rudy”? One, if not the, most inspiring movies ever!

  3. Emad says:

    What about Rocky movies which are based on Ali fights ?

  4. Jerko says:

    Maybe Coach Carter & Marschall.
    I think bout are based on a true story.

  5. Lobo says:

    What about Remember the Titans? Or October Sky?

  6. Diego says:

    And the life is beautiful…

  7. Diego says:

    the pianist and the schindler’s list

  8. mic says:

    The Hurricane!

  9. Dawid says:

    Hey Mati, one of the best movie based on true story is Peaceful Warrior (polish title Siła Spokoju). It is one of the best film I have ever watched. Go watch it!

  10. seung says:

    hi im korean student that watched your all motivational film. Now i have big hardship like sat (korean sat) but i’ll go through it and success!! thx always haha ( im sorry that my english is so odd :( )

  11. Hamidreza says:

    I think that “joy” is one of the best motivational movie based on true story about joy mangano life

  12. Mohd Amir says:

    I have a story I will anyone help me in contacting director

  13. Utkarsh Arjaria says:

    What about Unbroken. You even made video on that.

  14. Nikhil Prasad says:

    you missed ‘october sky’. this one is also based on real life.

  15. Pancho says:

    The Help and Argo should also be considered into your list.

  16. François says:

    Wild with Reese Witherspoon is a good one too 8

  17. Benjamin says:

    Thank you boy .
    World needs more guys like you …

  18. Mahdi says:

    Creed and southpaw these are great movies

  19. Jack says:

    You missed one of the best- “Hoosiers”, which is a true story and legend in Indiana high school basketball!

  20. Sau says:

    I think you forget “the Longest yard”. The movie is comedy too but it inspires the sports person like me.
    Thank you Mateusz M for motivation. your youtube videos are great.

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