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The 21 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time

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21 Inspirational Movies That Will Motivate You to Live Your Best Life

By Elizabeth Lowry

Who among us hasn't been inspired by Sylvester Stallone's gritty portrayal of Rocky Balboa? Close your eyes and picture it now--Rocky, the underdog, has an upcoming fight with champion Apollo Creed, yet lacks the resources to train like the pros. Instead of working out in a fancy gym, he uses the streets as his training ground, running through downtown Philadelphia, high-fiving the locals as they join him on his run, culminating in the iconic stair-climbing finale at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, arms raised like the champion he has fought to become.

As easy as it is to envision your inner Rocky, there are many more movies that can inspire you to run farther, train harder, eat better or work toward your goals. From classic comedies to deep documentaries and inspiring dramas, these 21 movies are sure to tug at your heartstrings and make you believe you can achieve a better way of life.

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Rocky

Possibly the most well-recognized and most inspiring rags-to-riches tale of the century, the story of a small-time Italian-American fighter who rose to glory to fight Apollo Creed in the world heavyweight championship is a must-watch for anyone who's ever dared to dream the impossible. Released in 1976, the film has received accolades as one of the greatest sports films ever made. If you haven't seen it, isn't it time to feed your inner fighter?

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