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 touching, uplifting, feel good, inspirational, realistic and emotional films and TV shows about / with hopes, storytelling, destiny, mentor, redemption, honest, friendship, childhood, life philosophy and sacrifice plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as uplifting: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The King's Speech (2010), The Intouchables (2011), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Blind Side (2009), Forrest Gump (1994), The Theory of Everything (2014), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Help (2011), Wonder (2017).

List of uplifting movies

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: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, against the odds, life is a bitch, single parent, life, hopes, down on your luck, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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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, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, friendship, king, queen, disability, world war two, aristocracy, monarchy ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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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: feel good, touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, disability, lifestyle change, culture clash, friends, french, human relationship, redemption, caregiver, blacks and whites ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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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: touching, clever, captivating, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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 7.6
 288K
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: touching, uplifting, motivational, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, american football, interracial relations, rising to stardom, life, family drama, interracial adoption, football, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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 8.8
 1.8M
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, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, destiny, rise to the top, storytelling, true love, journey, human relationship, odd, selflessness, philosophy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china, united states ...
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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: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, against the odds, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, fall in love, religion versus science, adaptation, life turned upside down, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: oxford university, england
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, 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, realistic, uplifting, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: against the odds, orphan, childhood, destiny, life is a bitch, tv show, poverty, society, true love, journey, street kid, street life ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, taj mahal, asia
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 8.0
 422K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, civil rights, writers, storytelling, interracial relations, racial issues, racial segregation, blacks and whites, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
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 8.0
 137K
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: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, thought provoking, touching
Plot: middle school, bullying, school, happy ending, friendship, father son relationship, family, family relations, deformity, mask, fight, hospital ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, new york, pennsylvania, manhattan new york city
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 8.1
 510K
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, touching, captivating, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, tough guy, self esteem, training, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, determination, life changing experience, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 8.0
 467K
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, uplifting, road movie, touching, captivating ...
Plot: autism, road trip, redemption, mentally challenged, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, greed, unlikely friendships, yuppie, runaway, self discovery, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, california, texas, missouri, 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: philosophical, intellectual, sentimental, uplifting, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, poetry, boarding school life, literature, philosophy, dedicated educator, poet, student, suicide, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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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: philosophical, psychological, sentimental, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, university, life philosophy, existentialism, philosophy, professor, ambition, dedicated educator, human spirit, psychiatrist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 6.5
 21K
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, emotional, serious, christian film ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: christian, marriage, self discovery, firefighter, husband wife relationship, couple relations, faith, introspection, love and romance, couples, marital problem, religious conversion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
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, feel good, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, desperation, angel, life changing experience, family, holiday, road not taken, suicide attempt, self discovery, small town, alternate reality, generosity ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: usa, new york
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 7.2
 112K
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: motivational, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: childhood, teacher, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, society, school, life philosophy, teachers and students, addiction, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, United Arab Emirates
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: uplifting, feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: elderly, loneliness, golden years, self discovery, hotel, aging, retirement home, marital problem, introspection, goodhearted, choice, personal growth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, delhi, england ...
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 8.2
 351K
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, captivating, feel good, funny, light ...
Plot: friendship, racism, interracial friendship, blacks and whites, friend, musician, chauffeur, prejudice, racial slur, driver, journey, travel ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 2010s, year 1962
Place: southern usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, kentucky, ohio ...
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 8.0
 174K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, 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: uplifting, sincere, touching, motivational, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, boxing, sport, underdog, athlete's life, comeback, financial problem, poverty, training, follow your dream, lifestyle, boxer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york ...
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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, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: friendship, disability, youth, life, character study, loneliness, human spirit, love triangle, friends, cerebral palsy, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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 7.7
 125K
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, touching, feel good, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, date night, girls' night
Plot: follow your dream, ballet, coming of age, dancer's life, gay, audition, family relations, gay slur, prejudice, working class, hopes, dance school ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, northern england, europe
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 7.1
 119K
Wild (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: uplifting, meditative, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: wilderness, cheating on husband, self discovery, hiking, human spirit, journey, redemption, loneliness, introspection, on the road, adultery, nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: usa, california, mojave desert, portland oregon
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 6.8
 1K
Ostwind (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, realistic, serious, sincere
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: horse, horse riding, animal training, youth, teenage life, self discovery, family, teenage girl, farm, disobey, hopes, summer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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 7.6
 921
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: feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, orphan, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, young heroes, small town life, hopes, friends, family relations, small town, change of heart, family ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s
Place: england, europe
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 7.3
 51K
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, touching, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: family values, sisters, sister sister relationship, first love, couple relations, parent child relationship, family bonds, life changing experience, everyday life, parents and children, love and romance, women ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: usa, new england, massachusetts, paris france, new york ...
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 6.8
 103K
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: inspirational, touching, uplifting, tragicomedy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, hospital, medical school, medical profession, friendship, unconventional method, doctors and patients, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
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 7.8
 122K
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, motivational, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mental illness, doctors and patients, hopes, mental institution, coma, hospital, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, cure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: usa, bronx new york city
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 7.9
 57K
The Chorus (2004)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in 1940's France, a new teacher at a school for disruptive boys gives hope and inspiration.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school, childhood, boarding school life, teacher, musician, orphan, music, boss, friendship, singer, changing lives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, new york, paris france, england
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My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong
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, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: muslim, false accusation, islam, asperger's syndrome, autism, mental illness, journey, prejudice, racism, true love, fall in love, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco, india
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