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 realistic, dramatic, emotional, touching, serious and feel good films and TV shows about / with human spirit, mentor, hopes, storytelling, destiny, redemption, courage, honest, dialogue and friendship plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres shot in USA, Germany, New Zealand and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as human spirit: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Blind Side (2009), Forrest Gump (1994), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Scent of a Woman (1992), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Cinderella Man (2005), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Cast Away (2000).

List of human spirit 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, life, rags to riches, life is a bitch, against the odds, single father, single parent, life philosophy, success, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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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, clever, touching, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, powerful ending, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, existentialism, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 7.6
 305K
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, inspirational, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, american football, interracial relations, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, family drama, misfit, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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 8.8
 1.9M
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, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, journey, destiny, philosophy, true love, rise to the top, storytelling, human relationship, selflessness, army ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., new york, san francisco, united states ...
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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, inspirational, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, mentor, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, athlete and trainer, enlightenment, coach, wise man, wisdom of life, gymnastics, philosophy, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, new jersey
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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, tragicomedy, dramatic, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, human spirit, fighting the system, freedom, insanity, anti hero, nurse, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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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, dramatic, inspirational, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, human nature, friendship, mentor, blind character, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, blindness, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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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, heartbreaking, sincere, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, aids, fighting the system, transsexual, gay slur, terminal illness, life is a bitch, death, gays and lesbians, treatment, society, casual sex ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, japan, dallas texas, china ...
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 8.0
 181K
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, inspirational, sincere, touching, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, athlete's life, financial problem, poverty, comeback, fight scenes, training, follow your dream, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
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: tragicomedy, sentimental, touching, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: concentration camp, human spirit, holocaust, world war two, life philosophy, jewish, survival, nazi, optimism, self sacrifice, fascism, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, year 1939
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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 7.8
 548K
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, suspense, serious, cerebral, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: survival, loneliness, isolation, desert island, stranded on an island, island, human spirit, courage, solitude, adventure, tropical island, determination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
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, serious, stylized, epic ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, battles, self discovery, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, war, friendship, honor, loyalty, japanese history ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
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 7.5
 130K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, human spirit, childhood, nazi germany, against humanity, war, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
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 7.2
 112K
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: inspirational, touching, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, navy, u.s. navy, racism, african american, prejudice, military, racial discrimination, racial segregation, soldier, against the odds, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, pacific ocean, cuba, new jersey
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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: realistic, inspirational, feel good, touching, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, follow your dream, adventure, against the odds, motorcycle, ambition, hitchhiker, car race, gas station, optimism, obstacle ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967, year 1914
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, los angeles ...
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 7.1
 124K
Wild (2014)
Genre: Adventure, 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: meditative, uplifting, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: wilderness, self discovery, cheating on husband, hiking, human spirit, journey, redemption, loneliness, adultery, nature, introspection, on the road ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: usa, portland oregon, california, mojave desert
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 7.5
 359K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
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: inspirational, suspense, uplifting, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, courage, loneliness, desert, adventure, alone, climbing, desperation, extreme sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
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 7.4
 237K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Adventure, 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: inspirational, sentimental, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: journey, terminal illness, elderly, unlikely friendships, human spirit, follow your dream, friendship, adventure, death, golden years, millionaire, dying ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: himalaya, usa, cote d'azur, french riviera, tibet ...
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 8.0
 223K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
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: realistic, emotional, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, idealism, freedom, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, life philosophy ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, europe, asia ...
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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, bleak, sad, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: underdog, determination, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, sport, female boxer, boxing, human spirit, follow your dream, suffering, ambition, mentor protege relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas, europe, missouri ...
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 7.4
 37K
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, exciting, uplifting, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, sport, dedicated educator, small town, mentor, track and field, sport team, contests and competitions, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
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 8.0
 215K
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, heroic, captivating, uplifting, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, human spirit, fist fighting, warrior, kung fu, courage, wing chun, sino japanese war, bravery, invasion, fistfight ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
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 6.8
 109K
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, medical school, medical profession, hospital, doctors and patients, friendship, unconventional method, clinic, doctor, hopes, nursing, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971
Place: usa, virginia
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 7.6
 267K
Mulan (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA, China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li ...
Style: feel good, touching, captivating, light, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: female warrior, female protagonist, princess, adventure, cross dressing, dragon, friendship, woman dressed as man, human spirit, disney, good versus evil, hidden identity ...
Time: ancient history, 5th century
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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 7.3
 154K
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: inspirational, touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, rugby, historical character, president, leadership, racism, apartheid, politician, sport, celebration, idealism, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1995
Place: south africa, africa, johannesburg south africa, cape town south africa, new jersey ...
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 8.3
 28K
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, emotional, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged, genius ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s, year 1966 ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, arizona, harvard university
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 7.2
 262K
The Patriot (2000)
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: uplifting, rough, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: battles, revolution, vengeance, war, american revolution, soldier, rebellion, human spirit, freedom, heroic mission, patriotism, period piece ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
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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, uplifting, sentimental, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mathematics, prodigy, genius, life philosophy, university, philosophy, professor, existentialism, human spirit, ambition, dedicated educator, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 7.0
 47K
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, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, christian, against the odds, beach, comeback, family relations, handicapped, shark attack, lifestyle, survivor, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: hawaii, thailand, usa, california
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 6.7
 5K
Spartacus (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
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Story: Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an ...
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, rebellion, slavery, slave, ancient rome, tragic hero, human spirit, adventure, leadership, gladiator, heroes, righting the wronged ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world, 1st century b.c., ancient times
Place: rome italy
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