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, emotional, serious and interesting films and TV shows about / with mentor, human spirit, storytelling, hopes, destiny, courage, honest, redemption, childhood 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 Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Scent of a Woman (1992), Peaceful Warrior (2006), The Blind Side (2009), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Cast Away (2000), Forrest Gump (1994), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Temple Grandin (2010).

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, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems, 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: clever, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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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, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, disability, mentor, student, change of heart, coming of age, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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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: uplifting, sincere, 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, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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 7.7
 256K
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, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, rising to stardom, life, misfit, athlete's life, american football, prejudice, football, homeless, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee
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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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: sentimental, touching, tragicomedy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, human spirit, survival, optimism, concentration camp, captivity, fascism, self sacrifice, life philosophy, jewish, protecting from truth, make believe ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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 7.8
 454K
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, gloomy, suspense, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: survival, island, loneliness, isolation, human spirit, courage, adventure, suicide attempt, air disaster, hopes, fish out of water, tropical island ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: moscow russia, 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, captivating, tragicomedy, uplifting ...
Plot: mental institution, fighting the system, human spirit, freedom, nurse, insanity, doctors and patients, anti heroes, crazy, dehumanization, plan gone awry, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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 8.8
 1.5M
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, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally challenged, destiny, human spirit, tragic love, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, love and romance, friendship, life philosophy, rise to the top, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
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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, sad, rough, touching, bleak ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, athlete's life, determination, sport, underdog, follow your dream, human spirit, boxing, feminism, contests and competitions, training, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, england, europe ...
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 8.3
 23K
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: against the odds, human spirit, autism, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, scientist, inventions and discoveries, disability, mentally challenged, ambition, panic attack, genius ...
Time: 20th century, year 1975, year 1962, year 1981, year 1970 ...
Place: new hampshire, usa, boston, arizona, harvard university
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 7.6
 313K
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, serious, psychological, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, isolation, desert, trapped, human spirit, adventure, courage, extreme sport, climbing, hallucinations, loneliness, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
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 6.7
 91K
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, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, hospital, terminal illness, friendship, doctor, clinic, cancer, doctors and patients, unconventional method, hopes, human nature, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971, year 1969
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
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 8.0
 191K
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, realistic, gloomy, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, human spirit, martial arts, fist fighting, courage, warrior, idealism, rivalry, legendary, heroic, tragic hero, master ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
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 8.0
 162K
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: touching, uplifting, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete's life, comeback, training, underdog, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, boxing, poverty, folk hero, boxer ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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 7.6
 209K
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: adventure, good versus evil, friendship, dragon, human spirit, princess, hidden identity, emperor, impersonating, danger, boot camp, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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 8.0
 71K
The Sea Inside (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
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, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, mercy killing, dignity, freedom, lawyer, friendship, suicide, fighting the system, euthanasia, sailor, wheelchair ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 90s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: spain, europe, barcelona, galicia
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 8.0
 108K
Papillon (1973)
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, tense, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: human spirit, prison life, false accusation, prison, criminal heroes, escape attempt, adventure, hopes, life is a bitch, life sentence, low lives, prison escape ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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 7.2
 230K
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: rough, captivating, uplifting, sentimental, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, revolution, rebellion, daring rescue, battles, human spirit, heroic mission, parents and children, british, haunted by the past, war, freedom ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama
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, genius, teachers and students, university, doctors and patients, social differences, psychologist, harvard ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 8.1
 505K
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, introspection, journey, isolation, freedom, obsessive quest, hitchhiker, adventure, on the road, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, arizona, georgia ...
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 7.6
 115K
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, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, life is a bitch, human spirit, book, against humanity, runaway, jewish, youth, childhood, nazi germany ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
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 7.2
 98K
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, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, military, against the odds, racism, ambition, hopes, society, follow your dream, navy, dream come true, soldier, u.s. navy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
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 8.3
 20K
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union, Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods.
Style: atmospheric, epic, stylized, serious, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, survival, wilderness, nature, tiger, russian soldier, culture clash, adventure, exploration, map, trapper ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 19th century
Place: russia, siberia, japan, tokyo
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 7.4
 207K
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: sentimental, touching, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, elderly, journey, follow your dream, golden years, human spirit, friendship, adventure, mechanic, dying, philosophy, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, cairo egypt, mount everest ...
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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, serious, suspense, depressing ...
Plot: sexual harassment, convent, nun, sexual abuse, human spirit, punishment, life is a bitch, irish, clergy, humiliation, religions or cults, convent school ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
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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, serious, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, track and field, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, against the odds, life is a bitch, society, street kid, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, taj mahal
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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: feel good, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, against the odds, adventure, hitchhiker, follow your dream, motorcycle, elderly, on the road, goodhearted, trailer, mortgage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, nevada ...
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
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, serious, factual, compassionate ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, love, cambridge university, husband wife relationship, genius, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oxford university, england
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