List: Most Inspiring Movies #60-41

Finishing off the year with my list of the 200 most inspiring movies, here’s the next installment. See #200-181, #180-161, #160-141, #120-101, #100-81, and #80-61.

 

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60. Selma (2014: Ava DuVarney)

59. Dead Man Walking (1995: Tim Robbins)

58. Akeelah and the Bee (2005: Doug Atchison)

57. Searching for Sugar Man (2012: Malik Bendjeloul)

56. 127 Hours (2010: Danny Boyle)

55. Short Term 12 (2013: Daniel Destin Creton)

54. Babe (1995: Chris Noonan)

53. Mary Poppins (1954: Robert Mulligan)

52. In the Heat of the Night (1967: Norman Jewison)

51. Queen of Katwe (2016: Mira Nair)

 

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50. Hugo (2011: Martin Scorsese)

49. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise)

48. Metropolis (1927: Fritz Lang)

47. Mansfield Park (1999: Patricia Rozema)

46. Children of Heaven (1997: Majid Majidi)

45. Awakenings (1990: Penny Marshall)

44. King: A Film Record…Montgomery to Memphis (1970: Eli Landau)

43. Despicable Me (2010: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud)

42. Concussion (2015: Peter Landesman)

41. Life Animated (2016: Roger Ross Williams)

 

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List: Most Inspiring Movies #80-61

Here are the next 20 films in my list of the most inspiring films. See #200-181, #180-161, #160-141, #140-121, #120-101, & #100-81.

 

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80. The Kid (1921: Charles Chaplin)

79. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005: Andrew Adamson)

78. Saving Mr. Banks (2013: John Lee Hancock)

77. A Star Is Born (1954: George Cukor)

76. Inside Out (2015: Peter Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen)

75. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2012: Stephen Daldry)

74. Lawrence of Arabia (1962: David Lean)

73. The Imitation Game (2014: Morten Tyldum)

72. Loving (2016: Jeff Nichols)

71. Boys Town (1937: Norman Tarug)

 

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70. Ernest and Celestine (2012: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Pater, & Benjamin Renner)

69. Sense and Sensibility (1995: Ang Lee)

68. Made in Dagenham (2010: Nigel Cole)

67. Lorenzo’s Oil (1993: George Miller)

66. Now, Voyager (1942: Irving Rapper)

65. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011: John Madden)

64. A Christmas Carol (2009: Robert Zemeckis)

63. Shane (1953: George Stevens)

62. The Immigrant (1917: Charles Chaplin)

61. Argo (2012: Ben Affleck)

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List: Most Inspiring Movies #100-81

This week, I’m starting the second half of my list of the 200 most inspiring movies to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 most inspiring American movies. I don’t follow the same rules as the AFI. Foreign movies, documentaries, and short-length films all appear. See #200-181, #180-161, #160-141, #140-121, and #120-101.

 

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100. My Neighbor Totoro (1988: Hayao Miyazaki)

99. Places in the Heart (1984: Robert Benton)

98. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993: Steve Zaillion)

97. Interstellar (2014: Christopher Nolan)

96. The Life of Emile Zola (1937: William Dieterle)

95. The Story of Weeping Camel (2004: Byambasuran Davaa & Luigi Falormi)

94. Moneyball (2010: Bennett Miller)

93. Smoke Signals (1998: Chris Eyre)

92. Fiddler on the Roof (1971: Norman Jewison)

91. Beauty and the Beast (1991: Robert Wise & Gary Trousdale)

 

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90. The Full Monty (1997: Peter Cattaneo)

89. 7th Heaven (1937: Henry King)

88. Somebody up There Likes Me (1956: Robert Wise)

87. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000: Ang Lee)

86. The Nephew (1998: Eugene Brady)

85. Rocky (1976: John G. Avildsen)

84. Finding Neverland (2004: Marc Forster)

83. The Miracle Worker (1962: Arthur Penn)

82. The Polar Express (2004: Robert Zemeckis)

81. Hoosiers (1986: David Anspaugh)

 

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List: Most Inspiring Movies #120-101

We’re up to the halfway mark on the list of the 200 most inspiring movies of all time. See #200-181, #180-161, #160-141, and #140-121.

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120. The Karate Kid (1984: John G. Avildsen)

119. David and Lisa (1962: Frank Perry)

118. A Raisin in the Sun (1961: Daniel Petrie)

117. The Keys of the Kingdom (1943: John M. Stahl)

116. Imitation of Life (1934: John M. Stahl)

115. Coming Home (1979: Hal Ashby)

114. A Brilliant Young Mind (2014: Morgan Matthews)

113. Meet John Doe (1941: Frank Capra)

112. A Little Princess (1995: Alfonso Cuarón)

111. Big Hero 6 (2014: Don Hall & Chris Williams)

 

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110. The King’s Speech (2010: Tom Hooper)

109. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958: Robert Rossen)

108. Malcolm X (1992: Spike Lee)

107. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946: Frank Capra)

106. A Man Called Peter (1955: Henry Koster)

105. Gandhi (1982: Richard Attenborough)

104. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936: Frank Capra)

103. All or Nothing (2002: Mike Leigh)

102. Frozen (2013: Chuck Buck & Jennifer Lee)

101. Holiday (1938: George Cuckor)

 

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List: Most Inspiring Movies #140-121

This is the 4th installment of my list of the most inspiring movies. See #200-181, #180-161, & #160-141.

 

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140. The Farmer’s Daughter (1947: H.C. Potter)

139. Modern Times (1936: Charles Chaplin)

138. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977: George Lucas)

137. Chicken Run (2000: Nick Park & Peter Lord)

136. Monsieur Lazhar (2010: Phillipe Fauldereaux)

135. Return to Me (2000: Bonnie Hunt)

134. Milk (2008: Gus Van Sant)

133. The BFG (2016: Steven Spielberg)

132. The Robe (1953: Henry Koster)

131. Dave (1993: Ivan Reitman)

 

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130. An Affair to Remember (1957: Leo McCarey)

129. Shrek (2001: Andrew Adamson)

128. Waking Ned Devine (1998: Kirk Jones)

127. The Mighty (1998: Peter Chelsom)

126. Hondo (1953: John Farrow)

125. The Butler (2013: Lee Daniels)

124. Queen Christina (1933: Rouben Mamoulian)

123. Freaks (1932: Tod Browning)

122. The Rookie (2002: John Lee Hancock)

121. The Great Dictator (1940: Charles Chaplin)

 

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List: Most Inspiring Movies #160-141

Here’s the 3rd installment of the most inspiring movies of all time. See #200-181 and #180-161.

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160. Persepolis (2007: Vincent Paranoud & Marjane Satrapi)

159. Ratatouille (2007: Brad Bird)

158. Breaking Away (1979: Peter Yates)

157. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962: Agnes Varda)

156. Marty (1955: Delbert Mann)

155. Joe versus the Volcano (1990: John Pattrick Shanley)

154. The Champ (1932: King Vidor)

153. The Preacher’s Wife (1996: Penny Marshall)

152. Take Shelter (2011: Jeff Nichols)

151. Nebraska (2012: Alexander Payne)

 

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150. Lars and the Real Girl (2007: Craig Gillespie)

149. Song of Bernadette (1943: Henry King)

148. Dark Victory (1939: Edmund Goulding)

147. The Secret Life of Bees (2008: Gina Prince-Blythewood)

146. Remember the Titans (2000: Boaz Yakin)

145. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001: Peter Jackson)

144. Love & Mercy (2014: Bill Pohland)

143. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951: Robert Wise)

142. The Lion King (1994: Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff)

141. I Remember Mama (1948: George Stevens)

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List: 200 Most Inspiring Movies #180-161

This is the second installment of my celebration of the 10th anniversary of the AFI’s list of the 100 most inspiring movies. I’ve increased it to 200 and will include non-American movies, documentaries, short films and movies that weren’t made in time for the list 10 years ago.

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180. Miss Potter (2006: Chris Noonan)

179. Room (2015: Lenny Abrahamson)

178. River of No Return (1954: Otto Preminger)

177. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980: Irvin Kershner)

176. What’s Cooking? (2000: Gurinder Chadha)

175. The Shootist (1976: Don Siegel)

174. 9 to 5 (1980: Collin Higgins)

173. A Bronx Tale (1993: Robert DeNiro)

172. Brooklyn (2015: John Crowley)

171. Angels in the Outfield (1993: William Dear)

 

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170. Bridge of Spies (2015: Steven Spielberg)

169. Stranger than Fiction (2006: Marc Forster)

168. Motorcycle Diaries (2006: Walter Salles)

167. Hoop Dreams (1994: Steve James)

166. Hacksaw Ridge (2016: Mel Gibson)

165. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967: Stanley Kramer)

164. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982: Taylor Hackford)

163. Field of Dreams (1989: Phil Alden Robinson)

162. The Salesman (2016: Asghar Farhadi)

161. Let There Be Light (1946; John Huston)

 

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