Inspirational Movies Based on True Stories about Making a Difference in Someone’s Life and Helping Others


Submitted 2 years ago
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Katie Donovan


I love movies with hope.  Movies that leave you feeling full and happy.  Movies that motivate you to make a difference and know that you can.  Here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy (popcorn optional). Though after seeing some of these recipe ideas for flavoring popcorn, I think I might change my mind.

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 Stream on Netflix.

Short Term 12 PosterShort Term 12.  This is a movie about working with troubled teens in a group home based on the writer/director’s own experience supervising a group home.  The movie is about building a community of love, trust, and positive relationships with people who have had so little of that in their own lives.  

Rent on Amazon for $4 (unless you have Prime)

Life of a King PosterLife of a King.  A man released from jail wants to make a difference and creates the Big Chair Chess Club to help kids on the street.  I loved this movie.  So inspirational.

In the Hive Poster

In the Hive.  A group of adults run an alternative school in the inner city and call it the Hive because everyone works together, like bees.  The movie follows a teen father who's trying to raise his son better than he was.

Camp Poster

Camp – An inspirational movie based on a mixture of real campers and a real camp. A man has to do community service and finds himself working with a troubled kid and learns how to reach out, be patient, and have compassion. Inspirational.  I like this movie but at times I wondered what the main character is thinking.  He frustrated me a little. 

Nicky's Family PosterNicky’s Family – This is a documentary about the man who helped kids escape Nazi persecution and leave Europe.  The movie ends with him even meeting some of the children he saved.  Amazing!

Take the Lead Poster

Take the Lead. Antonio Banderas stars in this movie about a dance teacher who goes into the local high school and teaches some students in detention how to ballroom dance.  Reluctant at first, the students warm up to the idea and even enter a dance competition.  I really love the music in this movie too.

Freedom Writers Poster

Freedom Writers. I'm sure a lot of people have heard of this movie, but I still love it (and the book).  A teacher in an inner city school gets students to write and love it by having them write what they know and can connect with.  An inspirational teacher.

The Blind Side Poster

The Blind Side. Another movie that was super popular (as well as the book) is about Michael Oher's life. He overcame a difficult childhood and with the support of a loving family, became a famous football star.  He currently plays for the Carolina Panthers.  

For more movies, specifically those you can stream on Netflix, check out this post on my blog:

4 Inspirational True Story Movies on Netflix About Overcoming Adversity.

Want some quick inspiration?  Check out some video clips of inspirational people on my Facebook.

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