Top 10 Uplifting Movies On Netflix That Could Change Your Life

Last Update on May 1, 2022 : Published on April 11, 2020

Netflix is like no less than Santa (even the color is red). Be it Santa or Netflix they have something for everyone and they always leave us happy. So this time we have picked a list of 15 uplifting movies available on Netflix.

What can be better than feeling uplifting while munching on popcorn and watching a movie?

10 Best Uplifting Movies On Netflix:

So let us grab a ball of popcorn, pen and paper (to make note of words of wisdom) and scroll through the list of best life changing and uplifting movies on Netflix

1. Silver Linings Playbook

First Uplifting Movie in the List. This movie beautifully portrays that to overcome any difficult situation or trauma in life, all you need is a perfect partner who will uplift you. With its inspiring messages about healing powers of selfless love, grace and living amends this movie will inspire you to keep moving. In addition, it is a blend of laughter, love and pain, letting you experiences all the emotions.

Director: David O. Russell

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

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2. Marriage Story

Contrary to the name of the movie this movie is divorce story instead. Of course you might find yourself crying at certain points while watching it. But, alongside this movie will teach you to have your own hopes, desires, wishes and aspirations instead of hooking them up with someone else. Have a dream, a future, a career ahead, follow it! Because no one else will do it for you.

Director: Noah Baumbach

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

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3. Dangal

Coming from the list of Bollywood movies is this life changing movie– Dangal. This movie is based on a true story. It will inspire you to follow your dreams irrespective of who you are or where you are coming from. If you are ready to put all the efforts to follow your dream, no one can stop you from conquering it.

Director: Nitesh Tiwari

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

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4. Forrest Gump

This uplifting and life changing movie was inspired by a novel of 1986 with the same title. It shows how IQ is just a number and you are far beyond that number. It is your inner ability and willpower that drives you to achieve your life goals. You will end up getting what is meant for you, sometimes leaving things on destiny to help. And always remember to be kind-hearted and miracles will happen.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

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5. Life of a Pi

Inspired by the novel this movie was released in the year. 2012. While watching this uplifting movie on Netflix you will learn that when we hit a rough patch in our lives we forget to focus on faith. Above all… it is important not to lose hope.

Director: Ang Lee

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

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6. Walk Wide Rodeo

This movie life changing movie on Netflix based on a true story of this movie is about a young girl named Amberley Snyder. This young girl was a national ranked barrel racer with a dream of having a pro rodeo career along with getting a college scholarship. However, her life took a tragic turn with a fatal accident causing her spine injury so bad that she was bed-ridden. But does this stop her? No! In fact she doubled her determination along with her therapy and got what she wanted in her life. Thus, inspiring us to Never Give Up!

You have three choices in life: Give up, Give in, or Give it all you GOT

Director: Conor Allyn

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

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7. Lion

Knowing that this movie is based on a true story makes it even more of an uplifting movie. It will inspire you to keep moving to find answers and complete of your quest. All you need is determination and you will be able to achieve it all. This tear jerking movie is a story of an Indian boy Saroo adopted by an Australian couple who begins a quest to find his real mother when memories start to haunt him. A must watch!

Director: Garth Davis

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

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8. Pay it Forward

The list would have been incomplete without this uplifting movie. In this movie the young kid comes forward with a brilliant idea that intended to create a great impact on the lives of others. The idea was quite simple- instead of returning a favor, extend your act of kindness to three people, creating a chain of good deeds. So next time, along with saying a thank you do pay your kindness forward.

Director: Mimi Leder

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Pay it Forward

9. Coach Carter

The only sports drama movie in this list of uplifting movies on Netflix! The cherry on the cake is that the source of this movie comes from the true story of basketball coach Ken Carter (hence the name). This movie will help you grow at personal law and at group level. Teaching us to work as a team and triumph as one and fight our fears.

Director: Thomas Carter

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Coach Carter

10. Into the Wild

This movie allows us to reflect on what truly makes us happy whether it is the ‘oh so perfect life’ that you have or an escape from the society. Think of this movie as a way to look at the big problems that prevail in today’s society and look at them in depth for personal growth. The happy-go-lucky spirit of this movie will surely uplift you. Do watch and pump up for your solo trip.

Director: Sean Penn

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Into the Wild

Other Popular Uplifting Movies of All Time on Netflix:

1. Nappily Ever After

We all are more than our hair, weight, color, marks and other things that we spend our lives furnishing on. Our actual happiness lies behind all these covert standards of looking successful and happy. This life changing movie on Netflix will inspire you to remove that fancy layer off and enjoy being your true-self. Because you are more than these unrealistic societal standards. You go… more power to you…

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Nappily Ever After

2. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

When you have a plan in your head just trust it. Trust it over the opposition of others because no one but only you knows about its practicality. Fail or Pass it is your plan, stick by it, and own its responsibility. You never know if it can save your community just like William’s plan did. So, if you have an opportunity but are facing difficulty to overcome the thoughts of adversity just watch uplifting movie on Netflix now.

Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

3. The Karate Kid

Jackie Chan always has some inspiration to give and this time it is coming from his movie The Karate Kid. There is a long list of inspirations that this movie has to offer, some of them are overlapping with other movies in the list but, some of the lessons are truly unique. This movie teaches you to respect your elders, never shying away from hard-work, and giving your 100% commitment to fulfil your goals.

Director: Harald Zwart

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

The Karate Kid

4. Ralph Breaks the Internet

This animated movie of 2018 has many life changing lessons to offer. iT definitely is a fun movie to watch and explore dimensions of friendships. This movie teaches that you can be anyone who you want to be. You really don’t have to fit the assigned role in life. Just remember to be kind to others and be your own hero. Apart from it you are definitely going to get inspired to defeat your fears by fighting against them and learn self-acceptance by making peace with the things you don’t admire about yourselves. Get ready to get inspired by one of the greatest friendship duos.

Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Ralph Breaks the Internet

5. Shrek

Yet another animated movie in the list of best uplifting movies on Netflix! Making one point quite clear here i.e., they might be for entertainment purposes for kids but for adults it has got many life lessons to offer. There are several parts of this movie each with its own inspiration to uplift you. This movie tells us that instead of consciously trying to fit into the societal brackets of perfection we all should strive and thrive to find our own happiness. P.S. don’t forget to love yourself!

Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10


Wasn’t this list of best uplifting movies on Netflix just the right dose of inspiration that you needed to get motivated?

Do watch all of them! Each one of them has a unique life lesson to offer. You never know which one ends up being your favorite uplifting movie.

If you have more to add to this list of uplifting movies do mention it in the comment section below or just vote for your favorite one from the list.

Enjoy your Netflix and Get Inspired Time…

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About The Author

Anjali Singh
Anjali Singh

Anjali Singh is a content curator in the field of Mental Health. She is currently done Ph.D. in Psychology. Her aim is to light up the world with positive vibes through her words, her idea of life is ‘Grow through what you go through’. Apart from this, she is a big-time pet lover.


  1. Yogesh

    The movies described above are really life changing. Netflix has a very good collection.

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