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The list contains the best, new and most relevant uplifting movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out uplifting, touching, realistic, serious, dramatic and sentimental films and TV shows about / with destiny, mentor, hopes, catastrophe, storytelling, friendship, happy ending, childhood, sacrifice and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as uplifting: When the Game Stands Tall (2014), The Blind Side (2009), The Intouchables (2011), 127 Hours (2010), The King's Speech (2010), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Patch Adams (1998), Wonder (2017), The Greatest Showman (2017).
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The Intouchables
Biography, Comedy, Drama
France
112 min.
 8.5
The Shawshank Redemption
Drama
USA
142 min.
 9.3
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The Coach
Drama, Sport
Russia
138 min.
 6.5
ID: Gangnam Beauty
Comedy, Romance
South Korea
 8.4

List of uplifting movies

When the Game Stands Tall
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, captivating, exciting, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, sport team, ambition, american football, rise to the top, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, small town, coach, rivalry, youth, social relations ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, california
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 7.7
 256K
The Blind Side
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: sentimental, realistic, based on true events, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, family drama, parents and children, interracial adoption, american football, homeless, life, rising to stardom, prejudice, racism, rags to riches, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee
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The Intouchables
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: realistic, uplifting, touching, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, interracial friendship, disability, unlikely friendships, disabled person, male friendship, human relationship, sacrifice, tragedy, paralysis, french ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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 7.6
 313K
127 Hours
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: uplifting, psychological, suspense, inspirational, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, isolation, human spirit, life & death, trapped, loneliness, life philosophy, wilderness, climbing, adventure, desert, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
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The King's Speech
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: realistic, talky, inspirational, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: historical character, disability, friendship, british royal family, stuttering, happy ending, against the odds, doctors and patients, strong female character, doctor patient relationship, destiny, family ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, scotland ...
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Searching for Bobby Fischer
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: chess, genius, prodigy, contests and competitions, child prodigy, mentor, parents and children, obsession, children, supportive parent, competition, tournament ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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The Pursuit of Happyness
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: emotional, sentimental, inspirational, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: single father, father son relationship, human spirit, rise to the top, rags to riches, survival, down on your luck, poverty, life is a bitch, sacrifice, once in a lifetime opportunity, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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 6.7
 91K
Patch Adams
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, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: cancer, hospital, doctor patient relationship, clinic, human spirit, doctors and patients, doctor, unconventional method, compassion, hopes, terminal illness, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971, year 1969
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
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 8.0
 87K
Wonder
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: middle school, family, child, deformity, bullying, school, family relations, happy ending, hospital, father son relationship, fight, mask ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, pennsylvania
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The Greatest Showman
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Style: uplifting, sincere, suspense, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: circus, singing, friendship, dancing, love triangle, party, outcast, social outcast, queen victoria, child abuse, fire, girl ...
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Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 150 min.
Story: This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, women, life, life philosophy, female friendship, happiness, happy ending, women in society, illegitimate child, working class, love story, midlife crisis ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s, year 1958, 1950s ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
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 7.1
 123K
We Bought a Zoo
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: sentimental, touching, sincere, uplifting, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: father son relationship, starting over, single father, animals, family drama, happy ending, coping, responsibility, zoo, hopes, beautiful scenery, loss of spouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.3
 152K
Erin Brockovich
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: touching, factual, captivating, inspirational, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lawyer, environmental, court, justice, investigation, fighting the system, single mother, contamination, uncover truth, righting the wronged, against the odds, relationship vs career ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 8.8
 1.5M
Forrest Gump
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: sentimental, inspirational, uplifting, touching, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, kindness, destiny, rise to the top, true love, wisdom of life, human relationship, mentally challenged, honest, courage, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
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 8.1
 377K
The Help
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, inspirational, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, against the rules, exploitation, prejudice, master and servant, unlikely friendships, racial issues, adaptation, storytelling, justice ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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 7.3
 42K
Little Women
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: sister sister relationship, sisters, family values, couple relations, family bonds, parents and children, women, love story, life changing experience, love and romance, friendship, first love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: new england, usa, england, massachusetts, paris france
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It's a Wonderful Life
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, sentimental, uplifting, sweet, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: alternate reality, family, road not taken, friendship, self discovery, desperation, small town life, mentor, love, life philosophy, human nature, life changing experience ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: usa, new york
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 7.5
 15K
Red Dog
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: sentimental, based on true events, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, animal life, obsessive quest, friends, human animal relationship, on the road, family, wilderness, ambition, multiple storylines, pets, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: australia, mine
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 5.9
 60K
Free Willy
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, sweet, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, killer whale, human animal relationship, family, adventure, animals, unlikely friendships, rescue, animal life, happy ending, freedom, social worker ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
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The Theory of Everything
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, emotional ...
Plot: disability, prodigy, genius, supportive spouse, love, life turned upside down, against the odds, adaptation, human spirit, life is a bitch, cambridge university, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oxford university, england
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 7.4
 40K
Touch
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Martin Bohm, a widower and single father, is haunted by an inability to connect to his autistic, mute 11-year-old son, Jake. Their relationship and their lives take an extraordinary turn when he discovers his gifted son has the ability to see ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, serious, suspenseful, touching ...
Plot: single father, psychic power, autism, father son relationship, mystery, investigation, hopes, changing lives, foreknowledge, supernatural ability, redemption, mathematics ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 5.4
 6K
Honey 2
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2003 dance movie Honey. Recently released from juvenile detention, talented dancer Maria Ramirez finds an outlet for her passion with a new dance crew.
Style: feel good, captivating, uplifting, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: dance, music, hip hop, dancer's life, contests and competitions, dance school, rise to the top, ambition, fall in love, rivalry, clubbing, r&b ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.2
 230K
The Patriot
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: rough, captivating, sentimental, uplifting, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, vengeance, rebellion, revolution, british, courage, freedom, patriotism, daring rescue, death, period piece, wartime ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, england, usa, scotland, southern usa
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The Shawshank Redemption
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: clever, realistic, talky, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, happy ending, false accusation, friendship, human spirit, adaptation, prison life, life sentence, wrongful imprisonment, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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 7.1
 187K
P.S. I Love You
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, romantic, sweet, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: romance, starting over, supportive spouse, widow widower, dealing with death, letter, love story, love, loss of husband, love and romance, life philosophy, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.2
 182K
Rocky Balboa
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and ...
Style: inspirational, captivating, sentimental, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: sport, boxing, athlete's life, strongman, human spirit, against the odds, comeback, fight, boxer, courage, determination, underdog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 7.2
 86K
The Founder
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: factual, based on true events, realistic, motivational, clever ...
Plot: family business, rags to riches, fast food, business, capitalism, ambition, businessman, greed, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny, underdog ...
Time: 1950s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, california, america
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Peaceful Warrior
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.
Style: inspirational, philosophical, uplifting, compassionate, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, mentor, enlightenment, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, philosophy, athlete and trainer, life philosophy, sport, hopes, gymnastics, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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 7.2
 24K
Tracks
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: road movie, scenic, uplifting, captivating, touching ...
Plot: desert, self discovery, survival, journey, beautiful scenery, adventurer, obsessive quest, solitude, wilderness, adventure, camel, dog ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century, year 1975, year 1976 ...
Place: australia, africa
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Life in Pieces
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members. Of the three siblings, middle child Matt may have just found his true love, his co-worker, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, funny, uplifting
Audience: family outing
Plot: family, dialogue, friendship, family relations, multiple storylines, youth, siblings relations, lifestyle, family problems, boyfriend girlfriend relationship
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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8.7
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hopes
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Life of Pi 2012
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My Sister's Keeper 2009
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inspirational
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Temple Grandin 2010
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emotional
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Whiplash 2014
8.5
Still Alice 2014
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7.4
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sincere
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Patch Adams 1998
6.7
The King's Speech 2010
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Temple Grandin 2010
8.3
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7.4
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sentimental
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7.3
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7.1
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8.5
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7.4
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touching
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8.5
Patch Adams 1998
6.7
Still Alice 2014
7.5
The Fault in Our Stars 2014
7.8
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against the odds
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8.3
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8.0
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7.7
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