The best inspirational movies to watch on Netflix


A Netflix subscription is essential for those who love movies and TV series because it allows you to range among many choices that really seem unlimited. New releases, previews, exclusive and great classics are a great way to enjoy a high level show directly from your home couch!

Given the wide range of titles the streaming platform offers, we decided to pick out the most beautiful inspirational movies to watch on Netflix, those films that show and suggest a different and better perspective to face everyday life, challenging all of us to want something more for the future.

City of God

Genres: Crime, drama
Year: 2003
Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Phellipe Haagensen, Leandro Firmino, Douglas Silva,  Jonathan Haagensen, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele, Alice Braga

Among the movies not to be missed on Netflix is City of God, a 2002 Brazilian film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund, presented out of competition at the 55th Cannes Film Festival. The story is set in Rio de Janeiro between the ’60s and’ 80s, more specifically in the favela of Cidade de Deus, which becomes the theater of the parallel stories of Buscapé and Dadinho. Two boys, both thirteen years old, driven by very different ambitions: the first one dreams of becoming a photographer, while the second one is the most ruthless criminal of the city. If one faces a cruel fate, the other boy’s the passion and the desire to make his dreams come true will be his salvation.

The intouchables

Genres: Drama, comedy, biography
Year: 2012
Director: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Joséphine de Meaux, Clotilde Mollet

Another great inspirational film on Netflix is The intouchables, a French movie from 2011 about the beautiful relationship between a tetraplegic aristocratic man and his ex-detainee caretaker. A difficult relationship, especially at the beginning, because of such different social conditions, where the protagonists will find what’s good in each other defeating prejudice and hostilities, both seeking to live a better life than they have lived up to the moment they met.


Genres: Drama
Year: 2015
Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Tom Wilkinson, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr,  Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint, Oprah Winfrey, Stephan James, André Holland

Also not to be missed is Selma, a 2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay representing the reenactment of the marches between Selma and Montgomery led by Martin Luther King in 1965, marking the beginning of the African Americans civil rights movement in the United States. An intense story that reminds us how much change can be, not only individual, but also of the whole society and that fighting and winning to defend an ideal is possible.

Erin Brockovich

Genres: Drama, True story, Inspirational
Year: 2000
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart, Cherry Jones, Veanne Cox, Conchata Ferrell, Tracey Walter


Another interesting inspirational film to watch on Netflix is Erin Brockovich, 2000, directed by Steven Soderbergh. An intense and human film, nominated for many awards. The protagonist, Julia Roberts, won the Oscar Award as Best Actress. It is the story of a temporary secretary in a law firm, a thirty-three-year-old mother of three, unmarried, with two divorces behind her, driven by initiative and a strong sense of justice, she investigates Pacific Gas and Electric Company that contaminated the groundwater of a Californian town, causing cancer and death among residents.

Silver Linings Playbook

Genres: Comedy, romance
Year: 2013
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Jaki Weaver, Anupam Kher, John Ortiz, Paul Herman

Finally, be inspired by the intense characters of Silver Linings Playbook, a 2012 movie directed by David O. Russell and starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar for her performance. A man who suffers from bipolar disorder, never diagnosed, explodes only after his wife’s cheating and a young woman with psychic problems who struggles to overcome the death of her husband, give a turn to their lives through positive thinking, determination, and will to react.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Genres: Biography, Drama
Year: 2007
Director: Gabriele Muccino
Cast: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Life is definitely a struggle and we all know that. In The Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith, as the father, is exactly going through that too. He and his young son are evicted from their apartment and have nowhere to go other than shelters. However, despite the circumstances they face, the two endure the hardships and try to do everything to change things around. This is a must watch inspirational movie that will leave you shedding tears.


Genre: Documentary
Year: 2016
Director: Matt D’Avella
Cast: Dan Harris, Joshua Becker, Shannon Whitehead

Ever feel like you keep having attachments to certain things? Because we do too and one thing we learned from Minimalism is that it teaches you about what the real important things are in life. The Minimalists in the movie shines a light on the insanity of trying to buy happiness and will turn your way of thinking and motivate you by the end of the documentary.  We can assure you that.


Genre: Biography, Drama
Year: 2016
Garth Davis
Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

It’s a story of lost child, he’s only five years old and one day the caotic city of Calcutta swallows him in, while he is far from home, thousands of kilometers away. He’s journey before he is adopted by a couple in Australia isn’t free of struggles, and his is actually a challenge to survive. Now 25 years have gone and he is on a mission to find his lost family. A great cast and pictures for one of the most inspirational movies on life journeys.

The Queen

Genres: Biography, Drama
Year: 2006
Stephen Frears
Cast: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell

Based on true stories about stories following the death of Princess Diana in an auto accident, Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair struggle to reach a compromise in how the royal family should publicly respond to the tragedy.

Avicii: True Stories

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2017
Levan Tsikurishvili
Cast: Salem Al Fakir, Avicii, Johan Bjerkelund

The is a devastatingly honest and brutally real documentary of the incredible rise, fall and return of one of the most successful music artists of all time, Avicii. And in recent events we’ve lost this beautiful soul, so to remember him, we would like to share his memoir with you. It is truly worth watching.