Best Uplifting Movies

  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire (R, 2008)

    Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan
    Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is about to experience the biggest day ... read moreof his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20-million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Intrigued by Jamal's story, the jaded police inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the inspector and 60 million viewers are about to find out.
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      fb1395296182: Definitely deserved BEST PICTURE-- even though it has dark undercurrents, overall the message is uplifting
      Reviewed 18 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 2 years days ago
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      fb100003082906121: . Still, not a bad movie. Much overrated, but nice uplifting story.
      Reviewed 21 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
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      fb511930079: . Still, it's undeniably uplifting, and sports a tremendous cast who are mostly all put to good use.
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • amityisland
      amityisland: Uplifting ~ a non commercial film that delivers on so many levels, Cinema nourishment.
      Reviewed 22 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
  • August Rush

    August Rush (PG, 2007)

    Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
    An infant secretly given away by Lyla's father has grown into an unusually gifted child who hears mu... read moresic all around him and can turn the rustling of wind through a wheat field into a beautiful symphony with himself at its center, the composer and conductor. He holds an unwavering belief that his parents are alive and want him as much as he wants them. Determined to search for them, he makes his way to New York City. There, lost and alone, he is beckoned by the guitar music of a street kid playing for change and follows him back to a makeshift shelter in the abandoned Fillmore East Theater, where dozens of children like him live under the protection of the enigmatic Wizard. He picks up a guitar for the first time and unleashes an impromptu performance in his own unique style. Wizard names him August Rush, introduces him to the soul-stirring power of music and begins to draw out his extraordinary talent. Wizard has big plans for the young prodigy but, for August, his music has a more important purpose. He believes that if his parents can hear his music, they will find him. Unbeknownst to August, they have already begun that journey.
  • Invictus

    Invictus (PG-13, 2009)

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern
    The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of Sout... read moreh Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.
    • 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 4 years days ago
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      fb26712499: . not nearly as cliche as I thought it'd be. just great acting telling a wonderfully uplifting story.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • The Great Debaters

    The Great Debaters (PG-13, 2007)

    Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker
    True story of professor Melvin B. Tolson who formed a debate team at a small, African American colle... read morege in the 1930s. The team went on to beat Harvard in the national debate championships.
    • 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 years days ago
  • Run Fatboy Run

    Run Fatboy Run (PG-13, 2007)

    Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran, Matthew Fenton
    Five years ago Dennis was at the altar about to marry Libby, his pregnant fiancée. He got cold feet ... read moreand ran for the hills, and he's been going in circles ever since. When Dennis discovers Libby's hooked up with high-flying-go-getter Whit, he realizes it's now or never. He enters a marathon to show he's more than a quitter but then finds out just how much sweat, strain and tears it takes to run for 26 miles. Nobody gives him a chance, but Dennis knows this is his only hope to be more than a running joke.
    • 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 5 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 Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is the remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a successf... read moreul and charismatic editor-in-chief of FrenchElle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby's fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life's passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries.
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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 6 years days ago