The BetterMan Film Awards

The BetterMan list of Inspirational Films

As voted for by the BetterMan Brotherhood Facebook group. An engaged group of like-minded individuals sharing wins, loses, advice, articles, motivation and inspiration on a daily basis.

Films are an escape from our daily lives, they allow us the freedom to switch off and become engrossed in the stories and lives of characters, both fictional and real.

Films can move us with great direction, inspire us with complex characters and motivate us with a swelling score.

That is why we asked the BetterMan community to vote on their favourite 2/3 films that inspire them.

I have linked each to IMDb (The Internet Movie Database) so you can read further reviews and decide for yourself before you chose to watch any.

#1. The Pursuit of Happiness

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Director – Gabriele Muccino

Writer – Steve Conrad

Stars – Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton

IMDb Description – A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavour.

IMDb Rating – 8.0/10

#2. The Wolf of Wall Street

Director – Martin Scorsese

Writer – Terence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)

Stars – Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie.

IMDb Description – Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

IMDb Rating – 8.2/10

#3. Remember the Titans

Director – Boaz Yakin

Writer – Gregory Allen Howard

Stars – Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris

IMDb Description – The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

IMDb Rating – 7.8/10

#4. Gladiator

Director – Ridley Scott

Writer – David Franzoni (story and screenplay)

Stars – Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

IMDb Description – When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

IMDb Rating – 8.5/10

#5. 300


Director – Zack Synder

Writer – Zack Synder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay)

Stars – Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham

IMDb Description – King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

IMDb Rating – 7.7/10

#6. The Blind Side


Director – John Lee Hancock

Writer – John Lee Hancock, Michael Lewis (book)

Stars – Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw

IMDb Description – The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

IMDb Rating – 7.7/10

#7. Coach Carter


Director – Thomas Carter

Writer – Mark Schwahn, John Gatins

Stars – Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Ricjard Ri’chard

IMDb Description – Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

IMDb Rating – 7.2/10

#8. The Godfather

Director – Francis Ford Coppola

Writer – Mario Puzo (screenplay), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay)

Stars – Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

IMDb Description – The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

IMDb Rating – 9.2/10

#9. The Social Network

Director – David Fincher

Writer – Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book)

Stars – Jesse Eisenburg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

IMDb Description – Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

IMDb Rating – 7.7/10

#10. Rocky


Director – John G. Avildsen

Writer – Sylvester Stallone

Stars – Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

IMDb Description – Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

IMDb Rating – 8.1/10


Here are the other great films, as voted by you:

Limitless by Neil Burger. Starring Bradley Cooper.

Any Given Sunday by Oliver Stone. Starring Al Pacino.

Jerry Maguire by Cameron Crowe. Starring Tom Cruise

The Shawshank Redemption by Frank Darabont. Starring Tim Robbins

The Usual Suspects by Bryan Singer. Starring Kevin Spacey

Wall Street by Oliver Stone. Starring Charlie Sheen

A Knight’s Tale by Brian Helgeland. Starring Heath Ledger

Cinderella Man by Ron Howard. Starring Russell Crowe

The Green Mile by Frank Darabont. Starring Tom Hanks.

Catch Me If You Can by Steven Spielberg. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

Good Will Hunting by Gus Van Sant. Starring Robin Williams

Casino by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro


If you have a film that HAS to be added then pop it into the comments below…

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  1. Org Langenhoven on


    You guys missed out on Rudy. A movie from 1993 about a small kid who want to play college football.

    That’s the one I consider the most motivational/inspirational.

    • Andrew

      These were voted for by the BetterMan community, not chosen by myself or Erik. This post was about letting the Brotherhood decide what was best.

  2. Shackles is a 2005 film directed by Charles Winkler and written by Donald Martin. It stars D.L. Hughley and Jose Pablo Cantillo. The poems featured in the film were written by Jerry Quickley.

  3. Kamohelo Welcome Moleko on

    Hi Andrew I would also like to add my all time favourite motivational movie titled “The Ultimate Gift.” Here is a brief review why I say it is the best movie.

    Jason Stevens (Drew Fuller) lives a life of wealth and privilege. When his grandfather (James Garner) dies, Jason expects to receive a hefty inheritance. Instead, however, Jason must set out on a journey of self-discovery to earn the true gift his grandfather meant for him to have. Along the way, Jason befriends a dying girl (Abigail Breslin) and her mother (Ali Hillis) and learns what is really important in life.

  4. Andrew

    Cool films yes, interesting stories for sure, but not exactly appropriate for this list 😉
    I Don’t see how they are inspirational and motivational films. Considering they’re both true stories about drug dealers!

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