Uplifting movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant uplifting movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out uplifting, touching, feel good, realistic, inspirational and sentimental films and TV shows about / with storytelling, hopes, mentor, destiny, redemption, friendship, honest, courage, life and happy ending plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as uplifting: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Blind Side (2009), The Intouchables (2011), The King's Speech (2010), Forrest Gump (1994), Green Book (2018), Rocky (1976), Fireproof (2008).

List of uplifting movies

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, emotional, philosophical, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: mathematics, genius, prodigy, professor, life philosophy, life, philosophy, university, existentialism, human spirit, ambition, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, massachusetts, usa
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: inspirational, emotional, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, human spirit, rags to riches, life is a bitch, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, ambition, success, down on your luck, single father, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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 7.6
 328K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: inspirational, emotional, touching, motivational, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, teens, chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: american football, adoption, life, human spirit, interracial relations, parents and children, strong female character, rising to stardom, christian, football, misfit, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, mississippi, california
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The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: inspirational, feel good, touching, motivational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, disability, unlikely friendships, friendship between men, life philosophy, handicapped, culture clash, friends, lifestyle change, french, disabled person, human relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, uplifting, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: stuttering, british royal family, world war two, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, disability, politics, historical character, friendship, king, king of england ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, london, europe, buckingham palace ...
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 8.8
 2.0M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: inspirational, touching, feel good, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, love, human spirit, destiny, philosophy, journey, rise to the top, life, vietnam war, courage, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china, alabama ...
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 8.2
 475K
Green Book (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line relied on ...
Style: uplifting, feel good, road movie, funny, captivating ...
Plot: racism, interracial friendship, friendship, road trip, journey, travel, musician, blacks and whites, friend, racial prejudice, racial slur, on the road ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 2010s, 20th century
Place: bronx new york city, southern usa, america, kentucky, manhattan new york city ...
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 8.1
 567K
Rocky (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, touching, feel good, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, fight, self esteem, tough guy, sport, boxer, training, character study, violence, contests and competitions, world champion ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 6.4
 23K
Fireproof (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In Albany, the marriage of Caleb and Catherine Holt is in crisis and they decide to divorce. However, Caleb's father, John, proposes that his son delays their separation process for forty days and follow a procedure called "The Love ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, christian film, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: christian, marriage, faith, husband wife relationship, self discovery, couple relations, firefighter, love and romance, religious, couples, marital problem, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
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 7.9
 162K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of August Pullman – a boy with facial differences – who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Style: inspirational, uplifting, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: bullying, school, child, middle school, family, happy ending, friendship, father son relationship, deformity, family relations, hospital, fight ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city, new york
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, compassionate, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: genius, disability, love, prodigy, against the odds, cambridge university, handicapped, fall in love, husband wife relationship, supportive spouse, physical disability, physicist ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, orphan, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, rags to riches, society, true love, love, street kid, street life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, sentimental, uplifting, intellectual, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, poetry, poet, teachers and students, philosophy, youth, boarding school life, dedicated educator, professor ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 8.0
 187K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: inspirational, touching, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, sport, human spirit, underdog, great depression, boxer, athlete's life, comeback, poverty, follow your dream, depression, financial problem ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, netherlands, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 8.0
 509K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: sincere, road movie, uplifting, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, mentally challenged, runaway, brother brother relationship, family relations, siblings relations, disability, self discovery, greed, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, los angeles, missouri, texas ...
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. ...
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night
Plot: christmas, holiday, angel, family, small town life, life changing experience, small town, desperation, second chance, friendship, alternate reality, generosity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1932, year 1919 ...
Place: new york, vatican, usa, new york state
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 7.2
 119K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: inspirational, motivational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, single mother, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, youth, school, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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 8.1
 454K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, inspirational, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, hopes, racial issues, writers, social relations, racial segregation, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 50s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways as the residents find new purpose ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, touching, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: hotel, elderly, self discovery, loneliness, aging, golden years, retirement home, goodhearted, life changing experience, introspection, choice, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, england, delhi ...
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 7.7
 135K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set against the background of the 1984 Miner's Strike, Billy Elliot is an 11 year old boy who stumbles out of the boxing ring and onto the ballet floor. He faces many trials and triumphs as he strives to conquer his family's set ways, ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, feel good, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night, family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, ballet, gay, father son relationship, boxing, dancing, follow your dream, audition, working class, hopes, childhood, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984, 90s
Place: england, northern england, london, europe
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 7.1
 143K
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Benjamin has lost his wife and, in a bid to start his life over, purchases a large house that has a zoo – welcome news for his daughter, but his son is not happy about it. The zoo is in need of renovation and Benjamin sets about the work with the ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, chick flick, teens
Plot: animals, single father, happy ending, zoo, father son relationship, countryside, starting over, beautiful scenery, parenthood, tiger, courage, family relations ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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 7.0
 210K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
Style: touching, romantic, emotional, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: love story, death, love and romance, romance, terminal illness, starting over, grief, life philosophy, couples, loss of spouse, family relations, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, europe, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.8
 140K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: motivational, inspirational, uplifting, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, hospital, doctors and patients, hopes, illness, fighting illness, coma, doctor, disability, patient, cure ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1930s, 60s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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Merry Christmas (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Romania
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: christmas, world war one, truce, soldier, idealism, war, human spirit, german, friendship, holiday, initially antagonists, christmas eve ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, year 1914
Place: berlin germany, france, paris france, germany, europe ...
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Inside I'm Dancing (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: emotional, uplifting, touching, dramatic, sad ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, life, loneliness, character study, cerebral palsy, human spirit, life philosophy, life & death, handicapped, friends ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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 6.7
 2K
Windstorm (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: While spending the summer at her grandmother's farm, a girl (Hanna Höppner) discovers a talent for communicating with horses and tries to tame a fierce stallion.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: horse, horse riding, youth, animal training, teenage life, self discovery, horse ranch, teenage girl, stallion, farm, hopes, disobey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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 7.9
 106K
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, romantic, inspirational, sad ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: asperger's syndrome, muslim, autism, islam, disability, prejudice, journey, religion, mental illness, false accusation, true love, courage ...
Time: contemporary
Place: india, san francisco, mumbai india, usa
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 7.5
 1K
Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, small town life, orphan, small town, hopes, young heroes, family, countryside, friends, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, victorian era
Place: england, europe
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 7.2
 29K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: uplifting, captivating, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, disability, handicapped, human spirit, fall in love, depression, biker, adolescence, relationships, teenager, teenage love, single parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
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