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Best motivational Hollywood movies to boost your mood

From Forrest Gump to Moneyball, here are some of the best motivational Hollywood movies to stream on OTT now

Best motivational Hollywood movies to boost your mood

Best Motivational movies in English: Forrest Gump to The Intern

Last Updated: 12.38 AM, May 21, 2024


Life is full of unexpected turns, which are sometimes inevitable to escape. Whether it’s love heartbreak, losing someone beloved, or even failing in a career, setbacks in life often lead to anxiety and hopelessness. In these dark times, all we need sometimes is a cinematic offering with a burst of energy and a morale boost to lift our spirits. From Forrest Gump to Moneyball, here are some of the best motivational Hollywood movies to spark a magical influence in your daily lives!

Best motivational Hollywood movies to stream on OTT



  • Cast: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

  • IMDb rating: 7.6/10

  • Where to watch: Netflix

Moneyball revolves around the inspirational story of a baseball manager of Oakland A, who uses his wit and perseverance to assemble a unique team under a thin budget. It’s a movie that keeps you engaged with the core motive to keep hustling and working against the odds because success is sweeter when you earn it.

The Social Network

  • Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

  • IMDb rating: 7.8/10

  • Where to watch: Netflix, Sony LIV

Inspired by the life of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and adapted from The Accidental Billionaires book, this biographical drama is one of the most highly acclaimed films. Whether it’s the exceptional performances or the impactful direction, The Social Network reflects on how gaining success also leads to rivalries and jealousies with strained relationships. From conflicts among friends to legal issues, the movie delves into different complex aspects with utmost perfection.

The Intern

The Intern is a heartfelt and feel-good comedy-drama film that revolves around a 70-something widower named Ben who is not ready to retire. When life gives him a second chance to begin his career with the senior internship program, he impacts the lives of young people with his charisma and experience.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, René Russo

IMDb rating: 7.1/10

Where to watch: JioCinema

Forrest Gump

  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson

  • IMDb rating: 8.8/10

  • Where to watch: Netflix

A "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" film that still remains etched in the memories of many cinephiles for its motivational narrative and strong protagonist. The plot revolves around the titular character and his life-changing story. Despite having a below-average IQ of 75, Forrest endures life’s hardships with endurance and determination. This coming-of-age film traces his early disabled life to military and cross-continental race moments with impeccable cinematography and a layered narrative.


  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey

  • IMDb rating: 8/10

  • Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

The animated movie revolves around an aspiring jazz pianist, Joe Gardner, who wants to switch from his part-time music teaching career to a full-time creative pianist. However, life takes a 360-degree turn when he meets with a deadly accident and has to now reunite with his separated body and soul. Soul gives a significant message about how “devotion and determination” can change your destiny. The vibrant and captivating visuals with fine craftsmanship earned this movie the coveted Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed

  • IMDb rating: 8.6/10

  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video (on rent)

The movie is undoubtedly one of director Frank Capra’s masterpieces because it encourages us to realise our self-worth. It tells the story of a troubled and depressed man who tries to commit suicide on Christmas Eve but is magically saved by a guardian angel. He then gets another chance to realise how his life impacts his beloved people in different ways and what life would be like without his existence. You must watch this hidden gem if you’re feeling low or wish to boost your self-worth and confidence.

Begin Again

  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

  • IMDb rating: 7.4/10

  • Where to watch: Available on Soap2day to stream for free.

Adam Levine’s original song “Lost Stars” still remains a highlight of the film for its classic lyrics and picturisation in the movie. Begin Again, as the name suggests, revolves around a singer-songwriter dealing with a tough breakup until she finds her true self after meeting a struggling record producer. It is intriguing how the movie takes you on an inspirational tour of life with its soul-searching musical songs and the dedicated craft of the lead actors. It is a perfect movie to binge-watch if you’re exploring life after a heartbreak or aspire to “begin again” with second chances!

The Pursuit of Happyness

  • Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith
  • IMDb: 8/10
  • Where to watch: Netflix

This inspiring biographical drama film narrates the life struggles of a salesman as he grapples to meet ends amid the custody of his son. Will Smith’s moving performance captivates hearts in this artistic portrayal of life’s harsh reality.

Yes Man

  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel
  • IMDb: 6.8
  • Where to watch: Rent on Amazon Prime Video, stream free on Soap2day

Ever wondered if your life would change when you started with a ‘Yes’ daily? Well, the movie beautifully captures the essence of this dilemma as it narrates the story of a troubled man whose life starts changing when he signs up for a self-help program that advises him to say yes to everything for a year.

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