Human spirit movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant human spirit movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out dramatic, realistic, emotional, touching, interesting and serious films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, human spirit, redemption, courage, hopes, destiny, honest, life and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as human spirit: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Blind Side (2009), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Forrest Gump (1994), Scent of a Woman (1992), Cast Away (2000), The World's Fastest Indian (2005), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Cinderella Man (2005), Life Is Beautiful (1997).

List of human spirit 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: captivating, touching, clever, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, life is a bitch, false accusation, prison life, life sentence, survival, corruption, confined, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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 7.6
 271K
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, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, rising to stardom, life, interracial relations, strong female character, american football, family drama, misfit, athlete's life, interracial adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, california
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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: emotional, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational, motivational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, life is a bitch, against the odds, single parent, ambition, down on your luck, life, success, hopes, family drama, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: kindergarten, san francisco, usa
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 8.8
 1.6M
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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, human spirit, mentally challenged, life philosophy, true love, journey, human relationship, misfit, odd, philosophy, society, selflessness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, human nature, blind character, mentor, depression, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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 7.8
 479K
Cast Away (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspense, gloomy, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: survival, loneliness, isolation, island, human spirit, desert island, courage, adventure, suicide attempt, storm, air disaster, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: moscow russia, russia
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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: New Zealand, Japan, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Style: touching, captivating, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, adventure, follow your dream, against the odds, motorcycle, hitchhiker, optimism, obstacle, journey, obsessive quest, supportive friend ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1967
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, nevada ...
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Peaceful Warrior (2006)
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: philosophical, sincere, uplifting, captivating, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, human spirit, coach, mentor, wise man, rehabilitation, gymnastics, mysterious character, enlightenment, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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 8.0
 168K
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: sincere, touching, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, underdog, boxing, athlete's life, follow your dream, comeback, financial problem, poverty, training, marriage, humiliation ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While ...
Style: sentimental, tragicomedy, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, human spirit, survival, optimism, fascism, self sacrifice, jewish, captivity, make believe, life philosophy, protecting from truth ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, tuscany, europe, poland
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, dramatic, serious, captivating, tragicomedy ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, freedom, insanity, nurse, doctors and patients, dehumanization, anti heroes, plan gone awry, friendship, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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 7.2
 102K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, uplifting, disturbing, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, military, navy, u.s. navy, racism, prejudice, instructor, society, ambition, african american, respect, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, cuba, new jersey
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 7.6
 120K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: nazi germany, jewish, holocaust, human spirit, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth, against humanity, family secret, world war two, childhood ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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 6.8
 97K
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, tragicomedy, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, friendship, doctors and patients, clinic, unconventional method, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship, compassion, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
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 8.0
 209K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, protest, freedom, muslim, idealism, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 30s, 20s, 40s ...
Place: india, england, europe, new delhi, asia ...
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, pride and honor, self discovery, courage, battles, master warrior, human spirit, friendship, dignity, military life, swords and armor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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 7.4
 32K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, uplifting, exciting, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, small town, track and field, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, high school, social differences, teachers and students, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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 7.3
 142K
Invictus (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Newly elected President Nelson 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 rugby ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, apartheid, celebration, politician, blacks and whites, historical character, sport team, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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 8.0
 73K
The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, sad, touching ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freedom, lawyer, dignity, mercy killing, euthanasia, fighting the system, nursing, suicide, introspection, understanding ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, rough, bleak, touching, sad ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, boxing, female boxer, athlete's life, underdog, determination, ambition, human spirit, follow your dream, sport, contests and competitions, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, england, missouri, europe ...
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 7.6
 328K
127 Hours (2010)
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: suspense, uplifting, cerebral, psychological, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, desert, courage, adventure, loneliness, extreme sport, climbing, determination, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 112K
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, captivating, meditative, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: cheating on husband, hiking, wilderness, self discovery, human spirit, journey, redemption, on the road, adultery, nature, obsessive quest, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: usa, cross country, california, portland oregon
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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, fighting the system, human spirit, life is a bitch, terminal illness, death, transsexual, gays and lesbians, treatment, strong sexual content, society, gay slur ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, china, mexico, japan ...
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, serious, rough, suspense ...
Plot: convent, nun, sexual harassment, punishment, life is a bitch, sin, violence against women, human spirit, irish, rebellion, sexual abuse, society ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 42K
Soul Surfer (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, shark attack, against the odds, sport, lifestyle, disability, athlete's life, injury, suffering, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: hawaii, usa, thailand, california
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 25K
Temple Grandin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.
Style: touching, sincere, inspirational, emotional, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, inventions and discoveries, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, year 1966, 1960s, 1950s, year 1981 ...
Place: new hampshire, usa, boston, arizona, 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: psychological, emotional, sentimental, realistic, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, life philosophy, philosophy, ambition, professor, university, human spirit, life, dedicated educator, existentialism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 7.4
 217K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, elderly, journey, follow your dream, friendship, unlikely friendships, human spirit, adventure, golden years, mechanic, dying, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, hong kong, africa ...
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 8.1
 530K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: melancholic, inspirational, road movie, captivating, philosophical ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, freedom, wilderness, isolation, journey, on the road, adventure, hitchhiker, introspection, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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 8.0
 198K
Ip Man (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, realistic, tense, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, human spirit, warrior, fist fighting, legendary, courage, self defense, patriotism, reward, robbery, invasion ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1937
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
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