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The list contains the best, new and most relevant human spirit movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, touching, serious, dramatic, inspirational and captivating films and TV shows about / with human spirit, hopes, destiny, mentor, storytelling, redemption, friendship, life philosophy, honest and courage plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as human spirit: Papillon (1973), 127 Hours (2010), The Blind Side (2009), Peaceful Warrior (2006), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Patch Adams (1998), The Martian (2015), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Three Seconds (2017).
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The Shawshank Redemption
Drama
USA
142 min.
 9.3
Life Is Beautiful
Comedy, Drama, War
Italy
116 min.
 8.6
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Three Seconds
Drama, Sport
Russia
133 min.
 6.7
Breathe
Biography, Drama, Romance
UK
118 min.
 7.1

List of human spirit movies

 8.0
 108K
Papillon
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, inspirational, tense, suspense ...
Plot: human spirit, prison escape, free spirit, runaway, survival, friendship, unlikely friendships, destiny, false accusation, character study, prison life, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, latin america
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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: dramatic, compassionate, bleak, psychological, tragicomedy ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, friendship, troublemaker, character study, mental illness, dehumanization, doctors and patients, unlikely friendships, philosophy ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: oregon
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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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 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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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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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
 635K
The Martian
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, disturbing, biting, clever ...
Plot: mars, survival, isolation, astronaut, nasa, martian, human spirit, left for dead, alone, trapped in space, peril, loneliness ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: china, houston texas, pasadena california, beijing china
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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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Life Is Beautiful
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, protecting from truth, father son relationship, courage, optimism, protective parent, survival, fascism, human spirit, life philosophy, jewish ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: europe, italy, poland, tuscany
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Three Seconds
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Russia
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story is set at the 1972 Munich Olympics where the U.S. team lost the basketball championship for the first time in 36 years. The final moments of the final game have become one of the most controversial events in Olympic history. With play ...
Style: motivational, inspirational, atmospheric, captivating
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, rise to the top, human spirit, rivalry, stubbornness, reputation, happy ending, against the odds, dedication, basketball player ...
Time: 20th century
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 7.6
 115K
The Book Thief
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, serious ...
Plot: adoption, holocaust, nazi germany, jewish, human spirit, nazi, family secret, wartime life, life & death, unlikely friendships, family relations, survival ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe
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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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 7.6
 209K
Mulan
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA
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, humorous, light, touching, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: adventure, friendship, good versus evil, talking animals, human spirit, heroine, female warrior, courage, impersonating, martial arts, cross dressing, animals ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia
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Slumdog Millionaire
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: realistic, touching, serious, intense, compassionate ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, rags to riches, life is a bitch, television show, destiny, street life, child abuse, poverty, true love, brutality, childhood, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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Scent of a Woman
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: friendship, blindness, teaching the ways of the world, mentor, complex characters, morality, human nature, human spirit, destiny, loneliness, unlikely friendships, blind character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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Gorillas in the Mist
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, sad, serious ...
Plot: jungle, extinction, environmental, animals, gorilla, environmentalism, courage, human spirit, unlikely friendships, fighting the system, hunting, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo
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 8.3
 23K
Temple Grandin
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: inspirational, sincere, touching, compassionate, emotional ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, genius, disability, panic attack, female protagonist, human spirit, ambition, scientist, mother daughter relationship, teacher, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, year 1981, year 1975 ...
Place: usa, new hampshire, boston, arizona, harvard university
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 7.1
 218K
8 Mile
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, lyrical, sincere, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, music, rags to riches, music business, follow your dream, white rapper, musician's life, underdog, contests and competitions, human spirit, stereotypes, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1995
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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 8.4
 438K
Lost
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.
Style: suspense, enigmatic, exciting, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: survival, island, plane crash, adventure, destiny, air disaster, life & death, danger, survivor, stranded on an island, stranded, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Disney's Air Bud
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The ...
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, light, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: dog, friendship, family, golden retriever, basketball, kids and family, sport, animals, small town, young heroes, contests and competitions, happy ending ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, washington state
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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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Million Dollar Baby
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: sad, touching, compassionate, sentimental, bad ending ...
Plot: boxing, follow your dream, mentor, boxing trainer, athlete and trainer, female boxer, wisdom of life, father daughter relationship, determination, athlete's life, mentor protege relationship, death of protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, england, missouri ...
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 6.9
 38K
Gridiron Gang
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, sincere ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: life philosophy, athlete's life, underdog, redemption, american football, human spirit, athlete and trainer, teenage life, youth, violence, stereotypes, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
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 7.1
 12K
Breathe
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Style: realistic, based on true events, factual, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: illness, disability, husband wife relationship, paralysis, adaptation, supportive spouse, human spirit, polio, love, marriage, hospital, suffocation ...
Time: year 1973, year 1970, year 1981, year 1965, year 1971 ...
Place: africa, kenya, england, germany, spain
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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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 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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 4.2
 380
Vamps
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story takes place in 18th century russia. empress elizabeth’s confessor, monk named Lavr, is exiled to a monastery in a haunted mountainous region, taking his secret ancient knowledge with him. Years later, the empress sends her godson Andrey ...
Style: sincere, captivating, exciting, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: good versus evil, mysticism, vampire, murder, priest, romance, obsessive quest, human spirit, beautiful scenery, happy ending, adventure, destiny ...
Time: 18th century
Place: russia
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Exodus: Gods and Kings
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Style: epic, biblical, stylized, harsh, serious ...
Plot: destiny, religion, christianity, god, christian, bible, ancient egypt, jews, redemption, miraculous event, religions or cults, belief in god ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, holy land, middle east, israel
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, french, hospital, loneliness, memory, death, love, human spirit, imagination, storytelling, life turned upside down, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, arc de triomphe paris, africa, hong kong ...
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TOP 5 movies for each similar tag

uplifting
uplifting movies
When the Game Stands Tall 2014
6.7
The Blind Side 2009
7.7
The Intouchables 2011
8.5
127 Hours 2010
7.6
The King's Speech 2010
8.0
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hopes
hopes movies
Love Loves Coincidences 2011
7.3
Life of Pi 2012
7.9
Patch Adams 1998
6.7
My Sister's Keeper 2009
7.4
The Thorn Birds 1983
8.0
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against the odds
against the odds movies
Temple Grandin 2010
8.3
The King's Speech 2010
8.0
A Very Long Engagement 2004
7.7
Chicken Run 2000
7.0
The Hunger Games 2012
7.2
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sport
sport movies
When the Game Stands Tall 2014
6.7
Blue Mountain State 2010
8.4
Three Seconds 2017
6.7
Rocky Balboa 2006
7.2
Shaolin Soccer 2001
7.3
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athlete and trainer
athlete and trainer movies
The Coach 2018
6.5
When the Game Stands Tall 2014
6.7
Million Dollar Baby 2004
8.1
Peaceful Warrior 2006
7.3
Rookie of the Year 1993
6.0
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athlete's life
athlete's life movies
Rocky Balboa 2006
7.2
The Game Plan 2007
6.2
Shadowboxing 2005
6.0
Ballers 2015
7.6
The Coach 2018
6.5
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underdog
underdog movies
Shaolin Soccer 2001
7.3
Happy Gilmore 1996
7.0
Rookie of the Year 1993
6.0
8 Mile 2002
7.1
The Founder 2016
7.2
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inspirational
inspirational movies
Eddie the Eagle 2016
7.4
Temple Grandin 2010
8.3
Patch Adams 1998
6.7
The King's Speech 2010
8.0
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013
7.3
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