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Top 5 Must-See Motivational Movies

Sabina Saktaganova Staff Reporter, The Pawprint

We all look for inspiration in different ways, but one thing is true for everyone – good old movie night always helps. These are some of the most inspirational movies of all time, which are all biographical dramas by the way. In an attempt to avoid this list being cliché, I didn’t include well-known movies, such as: “Forrest Gump,” “The Intouchables,” “Life of Pi,” and so on.

  1. On the Basis of Sex

“On the Basis of Sex” is a 2018 American biographical legal drama based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and a new mother who faces adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, an attorney named Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

  1. Green Book

“Green Book” is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by a true story.


Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to go on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley hires Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond, while confronting racism and danger in an era of racial segregation.

  1. The Help

“The Help” is a 2011 period drama written and directed by Tate Taylor and adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name.


Skeeter, an aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

  1. Hidden Figures

“Hidden Figures” is a 2016 American biographical drama directed by Theodore Melfi. It is loosely based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.


Three female African-American mathematicians play a central role in astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit while dealing with racial and gender discrimination at work.

  1. The Blind Side

“The Blind Side” is a 2009 American biographical drama written and directed by John Lee Hancock, based on the 2006 book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.”


Michael, a homeless African-American teenager, gets adopted by a family that helps him overcome his learning difficulties and achieve excellence in American football.

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