Best Uplifting Movies

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire (R, 2008)

    Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan
    Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums... read more of Mumbai reflects back on his tumultuous life while competing to win 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Danny Boyle's inspirational drama. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter of hours. He's one question away from taking the top prize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in Jamal's life, it isn't going to be easy. Arrested by police under suspicion of cheating, Jamal is interrogated by the authorities. The police simply can't believe that a common "slumdog" could possibly possess the knowledge to get this far in the game, and in order to convince them of how he gained such knowledge, Jamal begins reflecting back on his childhood. As young boys, Jamal and his older brother, Salim, lived in squalor, and lost their mother in a mob attack on Muslims. Subsequently forced to rely on their own wits to survive, the desperate siblings fell back on petty crime, eventually befriending adorable yet feisty young Latika as they sought out food and shelter on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai. Though life on the streets was never easy, Jamal's experiences ultimately instilled in him the knowledge he needed to answer the tough questions posed to him on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And though Jamal makes a convincing case for himself, one question still remains: why would a young man with no apparent desire for wealth or fame be so determined to win big on a national game show? Of course, it won't be long until everyone finds out the answer to this burning question, because as Jamal sits down to find out whether he will be rich beyond his wildest dreams, 60 million viewers remain transfixed to their televisions eager to see if he'll correctly answer the final question. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb1395296182: Definitely deserved BEST PICTURE-- even though it has dark undercurrents, overall the message is uplifting
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
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      fb35906603: . It was a wonderfully told love story about a young, poor Indian. An uplifting film about a brave guy whose tragedies he turns into triumphs. Would she have loved him wi
      Reviewed 21 months days ago
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      fb100003082906121: . Still, not a bad movie. Much overrated, but nice uplifting story.
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption (R, 1994)

    Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Bill Sadler, Clancy Brown
    In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he ... read morestubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), picks him as the new recruit most likely to crack under the pressure. The ugly realities of prison life are quickly introduced to Andy: a corrupt warden (Bob Gunton), sadistic guards led by Capt. Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), and inmates who are little better than animals, willing to use rape or beatings to insure their dominance. But Andy does not crack: he has the hope of the truly innocent, which (together with his smarts) allow him to prevail behind bars. He uses his banking skills to win favor with the warden and the guards, doing the books for Norton's illegal business schemes and keeping an eye on the investments of most of the prison staff. In exchange, he is able to improve the prison library and bring some dignity and respect back to many of the inmates, including Red. Based on a story by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption was the directorial debut of screenwriter Frank Darabont. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • amityisland
      amityisland: Uplifting ~ a non commercial film that delivers on so many levels, Cinema nourishment.
      Reviewed 19 months days ago
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      fb1354121616: .

      This film also has one of my favourite scenes of all time and that is the "Rain" scene, it's so uplifting and brings a smile to my face each time I watch it.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb100000864346563: A perfect metaphor of friendship in defiance of injustice. Uplifting and inspirational tale and one
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
  • August Rush

    August Rush (PG, 2007)

    Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
    Estranged from his parents by circumstance and nudged toward a foster family, a young boy seeks out ... read morehis long-lost folks and discovers prodigious musical talent in this family-oriented drama from Disco Pigs director Kirsten Sheridan. In the aftermath of a passionate night together above New York's Washington Square, a charismatic Irish guitarist named Louis (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and a reserved cellist named Lyla (Keri Russell) are forced apart by fate. Despite the fact that they do not remain together, however, their fleeting union has created something amazing that neither could have ever anticipated -- a baby. Unfortunately, just after the child's birth, the mother is misinformed that the infant has died. Cut to 11 years later, when the child, Evan, is living in a Gotham-area boys' home and has developed an acute ability to listen to the sounds of the outside world -- hoping against all hope that his biological mother and father will turn up to claim him, while those in charge try to encourage him to open himself up to the possibility of adoption. Unduly rejecting these bids, Evan runs away into the city. Out on the streets, the child falls into the clutches of a manipulative, untrustworthy street person named Wizard (Robin Williams), who renames Evan "August Rush" and opens the boy up to the depth and breadth of his own musical talent even as he smells the opportunity to grow rich off of the foundling. Meanwhile, Evan/August's hope persists that he will be reunited with his folks, and Louis and Lyla, unable to forget their initial night of love, feel themselves being drawn back together by fate. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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      fb538435472: . Highmore, Russell and Rhys Meyers were very good in their roles too. Basically just a good uplifting film to watch. The music used in the film was brilliant and I love the last piece of music
      Reviewed 13 months days ago
    • clairebear44
      clairebear44: . On first glance it may look like a sappy love story, but August Rush is an uplifting story of hope and love and destiny. Not to mention the fantastic soundtrack. Freddie Highm
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • senorperfecto1
      senorperfecto1: . The story is very heart warming and a great family movie. The music is extremely uplifting and inspirational. Freddie Highmore continues to impress me with his acting abilities. Aug
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Invictus

    Invictus (PG-13, 2009)

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern
    Actor Morgan Freeman portrays anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mand... read moreela in this Clint Eastwood-helmed political drama adapted from author John Carlin's book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World. Set just after the fall of apartheid and during Mandela's first term in office, The Human Factor explores how the political prisoner-turned-president used the 1995 Rugby World Cup -- which was hosted by South Africa -- as a means of bringing blacks and whites together after decades of violence and mistrust. Matt Damon co-stars in the Warner Bros. production as rugby player Francois Pienaar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • Chillilounge
      Chillilounge: An uplifting film. Its African-inspired soundtrack is spot on, and Morgan is just awesome as Nelson.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
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      fb671500437: Incredibly uplifting film with a good script, well directed by Eastwood although a less personal film of his la
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb26712499
      fb26712499: . not nearly as cliche as I thought it'd be. just great acting telling a wonderfully uplifting story.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • The Great Debaters

    The Great Debaters (PG-13, 2007)

    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker
    Drawing inspiration from the true story of a temperamental debate coach who molded the students of a... read more small East Texas college into a formidable team that gave even Harvard's elite squad a run for their money, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters features the director himself as the ambitious educator, and Forest Whitaker as the resentful father of a student whose loyalties now lie almost exclusively with his coach. Melvin B. Tolson (Washington) is the kind of educator who truly recognizes the remarkable power of knowledge. An outspoken Wiley College professor who boldly challenged the discriminatory Jim Crow laws of the 1930s, Tolson's recognizes that his young debate students possess the spark of a new generation. Convinced that they could invoke great change if given the confidence and tools needed to do so, the tireless educator implores his students to take responsibility for the future while furtively attempting to protect them from his clandestine role as an organizer for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. Chief among Tolson's promising young students is a 14-year-old prodigy named James Farmer, Jr. (Denzel Whitaker). Farmer's father, James Sr. (Forest Whitaker), is a renowned scholar and an important presence in the emerging student's life. Yet despite his formidable reputation, James Sr. has not yet learned how to truly harness the power of knowledge through action and assertion. James Jr. has seen the raving effects of racism all around him, and longs to live in a future where no one must be in fear simply because of the color of their skin. Other talented debaters on Tolson's team include fiercely independent student Henry Lowe (Nate Parker), and Samantha Brooke (Jurnee Smollett) -- the first ever female ever to join the Wiley College debate team. While most educators may not have recognized the remarkable potential of assembling such a disparate team, Tolson's unique vision truly set him apart from the pack as the team begins to experience a series of consecutive victories on their road to challenging Harvard at the National Championships. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • MnCp
      MnCp: The Great Debaters is ultimately an uplifting movie because it is about triumph.The movie addresses issues of racial inequality and the
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • alozie
      alozie: . Beyond fantastic, beyond uplifting. The young actors in this are nearly as heroic in their performances as the people whom t
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • m1kld2
      m1kld2: . too sad, too uplifting, too real but nonetheless good for a single watch.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Cinderella Man

    Cinderella Man (PG-13, 2005)

    Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill
    The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his... read more life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and Braddock found himself working at the New York docks for pitiful wages as he tried to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and three children. Desperate for money, Braddock turned to his former trainer and manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti), who was unexpectedly able to scare up a bout for him, battling John Griffin at Madison Square Garden. While conventional wisdom had it that Braddock was too old, out of shape, and out of practice to have any chance of winning, he defeated Griffin, and continued beating his opponents with a powerful left hook that had been intensified by years of punishing dock work. In a nation desperate for good news, Braddock's surprising comeback became a tonic to struggling workers and unemployed people, and all eyes were on Braddock when in 1935 he took on powerful heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in what was both literally and figuratively the fight of his life. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb1790676558: an uplifting true story. Renee Zellweger is annoying though.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • kelosh1
      kelosh1: An uplifting story about a guy who is genuinely a good guy. Unfortunately it came out about the time t
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • americanbrandy
      americanbrandy: son a moral lesson and Braddock himself returns what was once given in a very suprising but morally uplifting way. It's an American Hero story and it's about survival and overcoming a knock-out in mor
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Run Fatboy Run

    Run Fatboy Run (PG-13, 2007)

    Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Matthew Fenton
    An overweight man leaves his fiancée on their wedding day, only to realize years later that she's th... read moree one and only woman of his dreams in a romantic comedy that reunites Big Nothing co-stars Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer, this time with Schimmer in the director's chair. It's not easy to win back a woman after leaving her at the altar, but when an out-of-shape man finally realizes just what a mistake he's made, he vows to run a high-profile marathon in order to convince his ex-fiancée that the rich and handsome man she's about to marry isn't the guy for her. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • crobinson106
      crobinson106: Uplifting comedy about love and a slacker and finally finishing something..... all in the name of E
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • OhCaptainMyCaptian
      OhCaptainMyCaptian: It had some humorous moments, and was uplifting and inspiring at the end. It could have been better. The kid playing Jake is perfectly ado
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

    Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (PG-13, 2007)

    Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais
    The astonishing true-life story of Jean-Dominic Bauby -- a man who held the world in his palm, lost ... read moreeverything to sudden paralysis at 43 years old, and somehow found the strength to rebound -- first touched the world in Bauby's best-selling autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (aka La Scaphandre et la Papillon), then in Jean-Jacques Beineix's half-hour 1997 documentary of Bauby at work, released under the same title, and, ten years after that, in this Cannes-selected docudrama, helmed by Julian Schnabel (Basquiat) and adapted from the memoir by Ronald Harwood (Cromwell). The Schnabel/Harwood picture follows Bauby's story to the letter -- his instantaneous descent from a wealthy and congenial playboy and the editor of French Elle, to a bed-bound, hospitalized stroke victim with an inactive brain stem that made it impossible for him to speak or move a muscle of his body. This prison, as it were, became a kind of "diving bell" for Bauby -- one with no means of escape. With the editor's mind unaffected, his only solace lay in the "butterfly" of his seemingly depthless fantasies and memories. Because of Bauby's physical restriction, he only possessed one channel for communication with the outside world: ocular activity. By moving his eyes and blinking, he not only began to interact again with the world around him, but -- astonishingly -- authored the said memoir via a code used to signify specific letters of the alphabet. In Schnabel's picture, Mathieu Amalric tackles the difficult role of Bauby; the film co-stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, and Patrick Chesnais. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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      fb1206705590: . Julian Schnabel, also a painter, provides a visually inspiring and uplifting picture despite the film's subject matter. Everything about this film is just spot on and
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
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      fb504798784: Very moving and sad but amusing and uplifting at the same time. A brilliant film.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • terenlih
      terenlih: . A very moving adaptation. It is depressing, but uplifting at the same time. It depends on how you look at it, juat as the falling glaciers can be un
      Reviewed 5 years days ago