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, touching, interesting, emotional and serious films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, human spirit, destiny, hopes, courage, redemption, honest, friendship and sacrifice plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as human spirit: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Scent of a Woman (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Blind Side (2009), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Cast Away (2000), Cinderella Man (2005), The World's Fastest Indian (2005).

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: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck, single parent, hopes, success, ambition, life, parents and children, financial problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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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, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, freedom, prison, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, survival, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
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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, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, depression, mentor, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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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, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, journey, odd, misfit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, fish out of water, society, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
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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, touching, emotional, tragicomedy, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, human spirit, concentration camp, optimism, survival, self sacrifice, jewish, fascism, captivity, make believe, protecting from truth, protective parent ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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 7.7
 264K
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: uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, human spirit, rising to stardom, parents and children, life, misfit, prejudice, athlete's life, interracial relations, american football, family drama, homeless ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, california
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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: sincere, uplifting, inspirational, philosophical, compassionate ...
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, athlete and trainer, self discovery, wise man, coach, rehabilitation, mentor, mysterious character, friendship, guru, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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 7.8
 467K
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: serious, captivating, suspense, gloomy, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: survival, island, isolation, loneliness, human spirit, courage, desert island, adventure, air disaster, suicide attempt, hopes, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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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, serious, dramatic, captivating, tragicomedy ...
Plot: fighting the system, mental institution, human spirit, insanity, nurse, freedom, doctors and patients, dehumanization, anti heroes, suicide, plan gone awry, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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 8.0
 165K
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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete's life, comeback, underdog, follow your dream, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, marriage, humiliation ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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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, uplifting, captivating, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, against the odds, hitchhiker, adventure, follow your dream, motorcycle, optimism, obstacle, journey, obsessive quest, supportive friend ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, salt lake city utah ...
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 7.2
 100K
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, racism, prejudice, instructor, ambition, society, follow your dream, african american, u.s. navy, respect, diving ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
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 6.7
 94K
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, sentimental, realistic, tragicomedy ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, friendship, terminal illness, unconventional method, doctors and patients, clinic, cancer, doctor, hopes, human nature, nursing ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1969
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
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 7.4
 31K
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, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, small town, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, contests and competitions, track and field, high school, social differences, teenage life, teachers and students, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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 7.3
 140K
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, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, president, idealism, rugby, racism, celebration, apartheid, politician, poverty, historical character, blacks and whites, state affairs ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, africa, cape town south africa, new jersey, england
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, 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, self discovery, courage, master warrior, friendship, battles, swords and armor, human spirit, military life, war, pride and honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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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, touching, rough, sad, bleak ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, determination, sport, athlete's life, underdog, boxing, human spirit, follow your dream, training, feminism, contests and competitions, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, europe, england, missouri ...
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 7.6
 320K
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, psychological, inspirational, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, isolation, trapped, desert, human spirit, adventure, courage, extreme sport, loneliness, peril, climbing, determination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
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 7.1
 109K
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: uplifting, captivating, sincere, emotional, meditative ...
Plot: human spirit, wilderness, cheating on husband, self discovery, redemption, hiking, on the road, journey, nature, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, starting over ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: cross country, usa, california, portland oregon
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 7.6
 118K
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, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, human spirit, nazi germany, book, life is a bitch, jewish, world war two, youth, childhood, against humanity ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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 8.3
 24K
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, inventions and discoveries, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, year 1966, 1950s, 1960s, year 1962 ...
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, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, life philosophy, psychologist, genius, university, teachers and students, philosophy, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 8.0
 194K
Ip Man (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
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, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, warrior, human spirit, fist fighting, courage, invasion, reward, translator, patriotism, morality, self defense ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1937
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
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 8.1
 519K
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, road movie, captivating, inspirational, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, journey, freedom, isolation, hitchhiker, on the road, introspection, adventure, obsessive quest, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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 8.1
 205K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, India, USA
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, uplifting, emotional, serious, factual ...
Plot: leadership, human spirit, protest, freedom, muslim, idealism, political unrest, fighting the system, politics, state affairs, assassination, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 30s, 40s, 20s ...
Place: india, england, asia, new delhi, europe ...
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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, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, human spirit, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, treatment, transsexual, society, gay slur, casual sex ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, china, japan ...
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 7.6
 218K
Mulan (1998)
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: captivating, humorous, feel good, touching, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: cross dressing, good versus evil, adventure, friendship, dragon, princess, human spirit, emperor, female warrior, hidden identity, boot camp, female protagonist ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia
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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, rough, suspense, depressing, serious ...
Plot: convent, sexual harassment, nun, sexual abuse, sin, punishment, human spirit, life is a bitch, irish, rebellion, clergy, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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 7.7
 685K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band ...
Style: epic, exciting, harsh, scenic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, courage, battles, ancient, historical character, master warrior, heroic mission, human spirit, military, war, army, against the odds ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 8.0
 72K
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, touching, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, mercy killing, freedom, lawyer, dignity, suicide, friendship, accident, sailor, wheelchair, euthanasia ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia
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