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, realistic, sentimental, dramatic and emotional films and TV shows about / with friendship, hopes, storytelling, mentor, redemption, destiny, happy ending, honest, sacrifice and unlikely friendships 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 Intouchables (2011), The Blind Side (2009), Forrest Gump (1994), The King's Speech (2010), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Help (2011), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Wonder (2017), Billy Elliot (2000), Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004).

List of uplifting movies

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: touching, uplifting, sincere, feel good, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, disability, friends, human relationship, odd couple, life philosophy, culture clash, loneliness, starting over, partners, french, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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 7.7
 256K
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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, rising to stardom, life, misfit, american football, athlete's life, prejudice, homeless, family relations, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, california
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 8.8
 1.5M
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: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, mentally challenged, human spirit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, friendship, journey, life philosophy, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
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: uplifting, serious, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, queen, destiny, state affairs, speech, disability, radio, historical character, treatment, doctors and patients, against the odds ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, buckingham palace, scotland ...
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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: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, wrongful imprisonment ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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 8.1
 377K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
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, uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: master and servant, friendship, racism, maid, discrimination, against the rules, hopes, prejudice, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling, justice ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, 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: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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 8.0
 99K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong
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: uplifting, sincere, thought provoking, inspirational, touching
Plot: school, middle school, family, bullying, friendship, family relations, child, deformity, halloween, fight, hospital, mask ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, pennsylvania
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 7.7
 110K
Billy Elliot (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
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, touching, feel good, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: follow your dream, ballet, dancer's life, audition, coming of age, hopes, father son relationship, prejudice, friendship, working class, poverty, dance school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe, mine
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Rory O'Shea Was Here (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: uplifting, emotional, realistic, dramatic, bleak ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, love triangle, loneliness, life, cerebral palsy, unrequited love, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, human spirit, life & death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
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, factual, compassionate, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, love, cambridge university, husband wife relationship, genius, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oxford university, england
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 7.1
 187K
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Genre: 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: sentimental, emotional, touching, uplifting, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, starting over, terminal illness, dealing with death, family relations, death, loss of spouse, letter, romance, couples, widow widower, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 427K
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: uplifting, touching, captivating, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, redemption, road trip, greed, on the road, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, character study, unlikely friendships, yuppie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, texas, usa, missouri, cincinnati ohio ...
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany, India
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, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, society, against the odds, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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 8.0
 162K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete's life, underdog, follow your dream, comeback, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, courage, fight scenes ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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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: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: angel, christmas, small town, self discovery, family, desperation, alternate reality, life changing experience, small town life, road not taken, holiday, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, new york
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
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, sentimental, realistic, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, genius, human spirit, university, ambition, philosophy, teachers and students, life philosophy, doctors and patients, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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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: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, intellectual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, poetry, teacher, professor, youth, teaching the ways of the world, first love, dedicated educator, literature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 7.8
 107K
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: uplifting, touching, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, coma, hospital, illness, hopes, treatment, fighting illness, patient, doctor, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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A Christmas Carol (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Hungary, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, sentimental, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: scrooge, road not taken, introspection, holiday, self discovery, redemption, ghost, human spirit, hopes, disorder, supernatural, family relations ...
Place: new york, usa
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 7.4
 117K
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, sincere, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: feminism, road trip, friendship, housewife, female friendship, chase, escapades, on the run, robbery, fugitives, free spirited, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa, southern usa, arizona, oklahoma ...
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Jem and the Holograms (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Four aspiring musicians will take the ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, semi serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: secret identity, friendship, teenage life, sister sister relationship, musician's life, music band, rock, fame, artists and showbiz, best friends, family relations, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 7.2
 24K
Tracks (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
Style: uplifting, touching, road movie, scenic, captivating ...
Plot: desert, obsessive quest, adventurer, journey, adventure, wilderness, self discovery, camel, solitude, outback, survival, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century, year 1975, year 1976 ...
Place: australia, africa
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When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young coach turns a losing high school football program around to go undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons.
Style: uplifting, exciting, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, athlete and trainer, american football, sport team, contests and competitions, ambition, small town, rise to the top, rivalry, youth, social relations, coach ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Style: uplifting, touching, inspirational, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prodigy, chess, child prodigy, contests and competitions, genius, parents and children, mentor, supportive parent, human spirit, competition, tournament, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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 7.3
 42K
Little Women (1994)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, romantic, sweet, touching ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: sisters, sister sister relationship, couple relations, parent child relationship, first love, parents and children, family values, love and romance, life changing experience, everyday life, young love, family bonds ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: usa, new england, paris france, massachusetts, england
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 7.8
 20K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, heartbreaking, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: single parent, disability, letter, stranger, friendship, family drama, father son relationship, mother son relationship, life & death, ship, coming of age, mute or deaf ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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 6.7
 13K
Samba (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Samba migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, captivating, romantic ...
Plot: immigrants, friendship, social differences, society, betrayal, culture clash, illegal immigrant, fake identity, survival, love story, justice, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, europe, paris france, australia
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 6.7
 91K
Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, human spirit, terminal illness, clinic, cancer, doctors and patients, friendship, doctor, unconventional method, hopes, human nature, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
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 7.5
 15K
Red Dog (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.
Style: based on true events, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: pets, dog, animal life, human animal relationship, obsessive quest, on the road, friends, family, wilderness, ambition, multiple storylines, search ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: australia, mine
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