15 inspiring movies to watch on Netflix right now

Life can be hard sometimes. Stress at work or school, family pressure, or even the evening news can make anyone feel overwhelmed.

Wouldn’t it be nice to just fire up Netflix and find an inspiring or uplifting movie that lifts your spirits and makes you feel better about everything?

Netflix contains a huge library of movies, so in this article you will find the very latest suggestions to cheer you up and inspire you.

1. Everything must pass

  • Release date : 2010
  • Rating : R
  • Director : Dan Rush
  • Cast : Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace.
  • IMDB Rating : 6.4 / 10

Unsurprisingly, the comedy made it to this list. But that should come as even less of a surprise than the movie starring Will Ferrell.

Will Ferrell plays salesman Nick Halsey, who was fired from his job after 16 years due to his persistent alcohol problem. To make matters worse, when he comes home, he discovers that his wife has abandoned him and locked him in his own house.

Much of the film centers around Nick, who stubbornly camps on his front lawn and enlists the help of a neighbor boy named Kenny to sell his property. From conversations with his new neighbor Samantha, we learn that Nick may not have been the terrible person we were led to believe in.

The moral of the story in this inspiring film is that no matter how bad any moment in life may seem, this struggle can lead to a better outcome and a more fulfilling life in the end.

2. Catch me if you can

  • Release date: 2002
  • Rating : PG-13
  • Director : Steven Spielberg
  • Stars : Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken.
  • IMDB Rating : 8.1 / 10

Based on the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), this story details how Frank was able to masterfully forge multi-million dollar checks in the 1960s. In the process of spending money that he didn’t really have, Frank convinced everyone around him that he was a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and even a lawyer.

Pursued by FBI agent Karl Hanrathy (Tom Hanks), Frank eventually comes face to face with the consequences of his actions at his check-printing factory in France. In the end, we learn that while your skills and knowledge can be used for nefarious purposes, you could instead do a lot of good for the world under any circumstance.

3. Captain Fantastic

  • Release date: 2016
  • Rating : R
  • Director : Matt Ross
  • Cast : Viggo Mortensen, George McKay, Samantha Isler.
  • IMDB Rating : 7.9 / 10

Ben Cash is an anti-capitalist who, along with his wife, raised six children away from the network. They teach their children not only survival skills but also politics, philosophy and much more that they would never have learned in the school system.

However, when Leslie dies, Ben and his children have to attend a funeral, and Ben is arrested for being an unfit parent or completely avoiding his mother’s funeral.

This inspiring film explores the bond between father, mother and their children. And it also teaches that sometimes choosing an alternative path in life and having “the other” appear may not be such a bad thing.

4. More

  • Release date : 2016
  • Rating : PG
  • Director : David L. Hunt  
  • The starring Neal McDonough, Leslie Easterbrook, Christopher North. 
  • IMDB Rating : 7.4 / 10

Imagine a kid who dreams of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but everyone says that he is too short and fat to play in the first division. In pursuit of his dream, no matter what, Brandon worked harder than any other player and turned all doubts about himself into respect and admiration.

Just eleven days after being drafted into the NFL, Brandon died in a car accident. This film tries to answer the question: How can such a terrible thing happen to such a good person with a promising future? The answers found in this inspiring film will give you tremendous hope and inspiration that everything has a path and a reason. 

5. Writers of freedom

  • Release date : 2007
  • Rating : PG-13
  • Director : Richard LaGravenes
  • Cast : Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey.
  • IMDB Rating : 7.6 / 10

Living in Long Beach, California in 1994, students at Woodrow Wilson High School lost hope that their lives would someday make sense. By initially doubting and mocking a new young idealist teacher named Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank), students eventually begin to respect and even love their new teacher.

By addressing social issues that are still relevant today, such as urban gangs, racial prejudice and minority disenfranchisement, Freedom Writers will leave you food for thought long after credits end. Most important is the significant impact someone can have if they simply choose to stop believing in stereotypes and instead choose to see and listen to other people’s stories. 

6. Blue miracle

  • Release date : 2021
  • Rating : TV-PG
  • Director : Julio Quintana
  • Cast : Dennis Quaid, Jimmy Gonzalez, Miguel Angel Garcia. 
  • IMDB Rating : 6.7 / 10 

In this film, Omar (Jimmy Gonzalez) runs a Mexican boys’ home called Casa Hogar, mired in financial trouble. To save the orphanage, Omar and the orphans have the opportunity to save the orphanage by competing in a local fishing competition with a beached boat captain (Dennis Quaid).

While many critics describe the plot as “streamlined” and “predictable,” it is still a touching film for the whole family. You will find that you have to root for the boys, not only because you feel bad about their circumstances, but also because they are such failures that it would be a pleasure to see them win. But will they save the orphanage? You will have to watch this inspiring movie to find out!

7. Seven pounds

  • Release date : 2008
  • Rating : PG-13
  • Director : Gabriele Muccino
  • Cast : Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson.
  • IMDB Rating : 7.6 / 10

Ben Thomas (Will Smith) is a tax collector for the IRS. Seemingly unimpressive at first glance, Ben holds a deep secret from his past. Seeking redemption, he sets out to change the lives of seven strangers in a way they never expected.

One such person is Emily, a baker with a heart condition and a poor prognosis. Emily and Ben fall in love, but Emily doesn’t understand that Ben’s desire for redemption is greater than their love, and in the end, she is much more inspired by it.

8. The hunt for savages

  • Release date : 2016
  • Rating : PG-13
  • Director : Taika Waititi
  • The Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rome Those VIAT.
  • IMDB Rating : 7.9 / 10

Rick, a troubled young man from the city, became the adopted child of Bella and Hector, who live a reclusive life in the village. Unfortunately, Hector and Rick don’t have the best relationship. And after Bella passed away, the Children’s Services attempted to return Ricky to the orphanage. Fearing this, Hector and Ricky decide to escape together, provoking a massive hunt. But this unexpected shared goal creates a growing bond that neither of them ever expected.

9. Awakenings

  • Year of issue : 1990
  • Rating : PG-13
  • Director : Penny Marshall
  • Cast : Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner.
  • IMDB Rating : 7.8 / 10

While this is an old movie, it shouldn’t be missed if you’re looking for a feel-good movie. Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is a physician at Brox Hospital who looks after patients who have suffered from catatonia for decades. Sayer introduces an experimental drug that awakens the first patient. This film explores the experiences of patients waking up after years of coma and how their own relatives react when their family members wake up as a different person.

It’s an intriguing story that will make you appreciate what it really means to be human and the complexity and beauty of human relationships.

10. Yes, man

  • Release date : 2008
  • Rating : PG-13
  • Director : Peyton Reed
  • Stars : Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper.
  • IMDB Rating : 6.8 / 10

Karl Allen (Jim Carrey) has given up everything in the world all his life. He says no to his friends, relationships, and any opportunity. When lured to a workshop with a friend, he is asked to start saying yes to everything.

What Karl learns is that sometimes, saying yes to life can reveal unexpected miracles, including love. But he also understands that the decision to say yes or no should not be an obligation, but should come from the heart.

11. Figure skater

  • Release date : 2021
  • Rating : PG
  • Director : Manjari Makidjani
  • The Cast: Amy Mager, Waheeda Rehman, Rachel Saanchita Gupta.
  • IMDB Rating : 6.6 / 10

In a village in Rajasthan, India, Prerna (Rachel Saanchita Gupta) lives a traditional life with her parents. However, the arrival of English advertising agent Jessica (Amy Mager) and her friend brings a slight wrinkle to Prerna’s life.

A friend introduces Prerna and other local children to skateboarding. The local community doesn’t appreciate their newfound obsession, and this is further compounded when Jessica decides to build a skateboarding park. This film follows Prerna’s inspiring pursuit of her dream of competing in the national skateboarding championship. He teaches important lessons that sometimes adherence to society’s standards may not always be the best choice.

12. Step brothers

  • Release date : 2008
  • Rating : R 
  • Director : Adam McKay
  • Cast : Will Ferrell, John C. Riley, Mary Steenburgen.
  • IMDB Rating : 6.9 / 10

It’s an unlikely choice for an inspirational movie, but once you’ve watched it, you’ll understand why it made it to this list. Both Brennan Huff and Dale Dobuck are two middle-aged men who still live at home. When Brennan’s mother and Dale’s father marry, they become brothers. 

At first, these two become enemies, and their arguments threaten to turn the whole house into chaos. However, once Dale’s father issues an ultimatum that they must find a job or leave home, they suddenly find friendship in their careers. 

After their shared dream collapses, the two men finally find their way into adulthood. However, this stability is short-lived when Dale’s father changes his mind and encourages the boys to never give up on their dreams. 

13. School of rock

  • Release date : 2003
  • Rating : PG-13
  • Director : Richard Linklater
  • Cast : Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack.
  • IMDB Rating : 7.1 / 10

Devin Finn (Jack Black) was kicked out of his rock band. Faced with debt and growing depression, an opportunity arises. He takes a part-time teacher job for his roommate Ned Schneebley and runs into a class of students he doesn’t know how to teach. 

Taking advantage of his love of music, he decides to turn the class into a full-fledged rock band by inviting students to a $ 10,000 rock and roll competition. This pursuit of money soon becomes the second stage of his attachment to his students and, ultimately, the realization that perhaps his previous life priorities were not quite right.

14. Untouchable

  • Release date : 2011
  • Rating : R
  • Director : Olivier Nakash, Eric Toledano
  • The Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny.
  • IMDB Rating : 8.5 / 10

This is one of the inspirational films that few people know about, although everyone should see it. The plot revolves around a paraplegic Parisian millionaire named Philippe who interviews candidates for the role of guardian. 

One candidate, Driss, only asks Philip to sign a form confirming that he is looking for a job in order to receive unemployment benefits. Instead, Philip offers Driss a job for a month, letting Driss decide if he wants to keep the job after a month.

The result of this unexpected pairing was a series of events that changed Philip’s previously boring life. This is a life-affirming film that will not leave you indifferent.

15. Inverted

  • Release date : 2010
  • Rating : PG
  • Director : Rob Reiner
  • Cast : Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay.
  • IMDB Rating : 7.7 / 10

It’s a 1950s love story between a boy named Bryce Loski and a girl named Julianne Baker. This follows the couple from 1957, when they are in second grade, to 1963, when they are in eighth grade. While Julie has had a crush on Bryce from the first day they met, Bryce continues to avoid any relationship with her.

The storyline intertwines through family events, conflicts and other relationships that influence the feelings between Bryce and Julie. This is a story that is sure to bring back any memories of your first love and emotions that you may still remember even in your adult years.