Best 25 Inspirational Movies For Students (Study Motivation)


Students have to overcome many things, whether they are in college or high school. And if you are a person who is trying to study or complete college after a while, it’s even more challenging.

But still, you could try to tune up your study motivation using various ways. Watching an inspirational movie would be the most straightforward and fun thing to do to motivate yourself to study.

Here are some of the best inspirational movies you could watch while enjoying a movie night snack.

Best 25 Motivational Movies for Students


1. Lean on Me (1989)

There would not be something that would inspire you to get your work done like a biographical movie. Lean on Me is a biographical movie based on a true story about a teacher who uses unorthodox methods which get fired as a principle returns to find the path to success. This would be the go-to movie if you still can’t get through your studies.

2. Theory of Everything (2014)

This Biographical movie is about the greatest physicist of our era, Stephen Hawking. As a student of Astrophysics, he finds out that he has motor neuron disease, his doctors say that his lifespan will be limited to 2 years. While making extraordinary contributions to the world, he stayed up to 76 years proving his doctors’ predictions. Theory of Everything inspires especially with people who have special needs that there is nothing that you can’t do if you set your mind to it.

3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A true story about John Nash, a schizophrenic mathematician who went on an on to win a Nobel prize. This movie brings out how our society treats and bias people with specific disabilities. This fantastic movie will inspire you to not to give and keep go on until you get your shit done.

4. Forrest Gump (1994)

This is a 26-year-old movie probably most of you have already watched. Forrest Gump is about a man who has low IQ with a desire to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart. The story is packed with historical events such as Vietnam, Watergate and also displays eternal love and forbearance.

5. The Great Debaters (2007)

Not giving up just because studying is hard can help your exam grades even by a little bit. This movie is about Melvin B. Tolson, a professor who tries to start a debate team at a college, which is a new thing for a black college. After a while of trying and not giving up, he makes a successful debate team filled with intelligent students.

6. The Internship (2013)

A comedy movie about two salespeople Billy and Nick who loses their jobs due to the Digital Age, finding themselves in an internship with Google. This story will remind you age is just another number; you could learn anything if you set your mind for it.

7. Life of Pi (2012)

It’s incredible how humans react to something when we’re pushed into a corner.  Life of pi is a movie about how a 16-year-old boy is struggling to survive during a shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean in a boat along with a Bengal Tiger.

8. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Sometimes discovering the talents, you have is an overwhelming process, not just for a student but for anyone. This movie is an about 20-year-old young boy (played by Matt Damon) who doesn’t realize his fantastic talent in Chemistry and Mathematics. Good Will hunting would inspire anyone to find unique hidden skills they possess.

9. The Paper Chase (1973)

If you are someone who can’t concentrate on your studies and keep struggling to keep yourself motivated to study, there wouldn’t be something that will inspire you like The Paper Chase. The story is about a boy who keeps struggling at Harvard in his first year.

 10. 42 (2013)

Sometimes it’s hard to overcome challenges; it makes one give up too soon too fast. The real-life story of Jackie Robinson, an American Football icon which is the first black player of Major League. Being the first black player of the team makes him a victim of racism until he reaches the top. This inspirational story helps students understand why they should hold on, no matter how hard it gets.

11. The Social Network (2010)

Ever worried about that your dreams may not come true? This is the Story of Mark Zuckerberg, how he went from being a Harvard university student to a billionaire and the hardships he faced while getting there.  It will inspire you to become a person who can turn your dreams into reality.

12. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Must watch the movie for students telling a story about five students with different backgrounds who end up in detention together. This movie brings out that way of life and unexpected ways how you meet new people and find some fantastic friends for life. For someone who struggles to find good friends as a student, this is the most inspirational movie you could find.

13. Freedom Writers (2007)

A story about a young high school teacher who struggles with marriage and money shortage trying to convince the whole troublesome class of students to keep pursuing studies after high school. After watching this movie, you’ll see how all teachers are not harmful, and they treat us the way they do since they care about students.

14. Half Nelson (2006)

A story about ordinary peoples struggles with life and still go on while hoping that it will be better. Mostly this is a movie about a good teacher who becomes friends with one of his students, then finding his dangerous drug habit.

15. Stand and Deliver (1988)

All classes have students who struggle to study with usual learning methods called “no-hope students”. Stand and Deliver is a movie about Jaime Escalante, a high school mathematics teacher who tries to help no-hopers study much better.

16. Rush (2013)

A movie about two F1 rival racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in 1970, who try to exceed their limits to own the formula one track. You will see how a simple yet exhausting rivalry can brush up someone’s skills.

17. Boyhood (2014)

A movie about a 12-year-old boy’s teenage life living with his mother after his parents get divorced. Boyhood will tell how a teenager could understand the things happening in their parents’ lives and how it affects them.

18. The Blind Side (2009)

Sometimes real gems are hidden in the mud until someone worthy finds them. A biographical movie about Michael Oher who got adopted by Leigh Anne Tuohy and her husband: they help Michael to break his barriers and develop his football skills. This movie will remind you sometimes all you need is someone who believes in you.

19. Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

Focus and will power are the things that students lack when it comes to studying. This is one of the biographical inspirational movies for students that tells a story about the life of entrepreneur Chris Gardner and his fantastic willpower and determination.

20. Everest (2015)

Getting through a pile of study is just like climbing Everest for a student. Everest is a movie about two groups who faces many challenges while climbing the tallest mountain the Everest. This will inspire someone to get through their notes and academic stuff even they are struggling a bit.

21. School of Rock (2003)

A musical movie about Jack Black, a musician who thinks outside the box but still ends up falling eventually, gets a class to teach a few kids. He transforms the whole class of unhappy kids into a real-life rock god by helping them believe in their talents.

22. Educating Rita (2003)

Like we said before when it comes to studying or learning age is just a number, you can learn anything if you set your mind to it regardless of how hard it is. This movie tells a story about Rita, a housewife who decides to complete her education finally.

23. Starter for 10 (2006)

Brian, a first-year student at Bristol University, decides to cheat on his exams, but after a while, he realizes that it won’t work like he thought it would. Cheating in the university is something almost impossible these days, and you can escape studying that way.

24. Monsters University (2013)

One of the Monster Inc. movies, Monster University tells the story of how the two besties Mike Wazowski & James P Sullivan, met during their studies at Monster University. This will remind you always to have at least a bit of fun during your university years.

25. 3 Idiots (2009)

A Bollywood movie you must have already watch, about three friends who meet at college and go on doing crazy things. One mysterious friend helping the other two get to their dreams and after a few years, they went looking for the mysterious friends. This movie will remind you no matter how much much fun you have at college, always study to archive your dreams.

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