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7 Brilliantly Inspiring Films You Have To See

The world and, more importantly, the people that live in it are truly inspiring. Inspiration is something that everyone can feel and appreciate it, none more so when it is beautifully put forward to us on the big cinema screen. Over the past few years we have had some of the most elegant and awesome films released to highlight the inspiration so many individuals have left on us.

We spoke to several experts on this topic for their own opinions on what makes the shortlist for the 7 most inspiring films you have to see.

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#1 Walt Before Mickey

My favorite biographical film is ‘Walt Before Mickey’. The film shows a different side of the beloved animator and entrepreneur Walt Disney; showing that the journey to his imaginative world was as magical as one might think. I think a lot of people think that building a company, even as imaginative as what Walt did, is a dream; but the truth is it takes a lot of hard work and thick skin to achieve. In the words of Disney himself, “If you can believe it, you can do it”!

Contributor: Timothy Bach from

#2 Wish Man

Watch the movie Wish Man to be released soon. It features the story of Frank Shankwitz, the Arizona Highway Patrolman who went on to create the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

It's a truly inspirational story.

Contributor: Richard Pummell from

#3 Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

"Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” the Mister Rogers movie, Watching the show occasionally with my daughter in the late 1980s, it was obvious that he was totally committed to children’s empowerment and acceptance of diversity. But I didn’t know what an activist he was, or about his own background, or about how the show format was shaped by a mix of serendipity and very deliberate choices.

I loved discovering his passion to make a difference AND his choice to have as much fun as possible in the process. Fred Rogers was a remarkable man, and many of his messages resonate especially loudly in the past year and a half, to get our country back on track in an era where civility and respect seem to be very little valued.

Contributor: Shel Horowitz from

#4 RBG

“RBG,” the movie about “Notorious” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, covers her amazing backstory using law to promote women’s rights. I hadn’t known much of this history and am in awe of what she achieved long before she was on the Court. I also really like it that she could be friends with super conservative Justice Antonin Scalia; they were opera buddies. I believe that we make peace in part by reaching out to those who think differently than we do.

Contributor: Shel Horowitz from

#5 The Judge

“The Judge” may be hard to track down but it’s worth the effort. Wonderful documentary (in Arabic, with subtitles) about the first woman family law judge in the Arab world, a Palestinian. Not an easy role for any woman,even in Palestine, where attitudes about women’s education are more enlightened than in some other countries.

She had very powerful opponents and even lost her ability to try cases for a while. It was interesting to me that the “courtroom” she presides over is really an office suite, where she meets with individuals and small groups and works out equitable arrangements for alimony, spousal rights of women, etc., all in conformance with Islamic law.

Contributor: Shel Horowitz from

#6 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (2015) written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by the terrific Danny Boyle is a fascinating character study of an obsessive personality who delivered technological marvels repeatedly. The movie captures Jobs's character flaws sharply -- and well as his strengths -- which delivers an inspirational message that great people are hardly perfect.

Contributor: Josh Meah from

#7 Whiplash

Whiplash tells the incredible story of a jazz drummer who wants to be one of the greats and in pursuit of achievement encounters an aggressive and talented mentor who shares the same passion. It's an inspirational story about what it takes to master a skill and the importance of finding people who will support your passion, whatever the cost. Greatness is available to the few who truly pursue it.

Contributor: Josh Meah from

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