50+ Best Inspirational and Motivational Hindi Movies
Bollywood is highly popular for its unique display of emotions and sentiments through its movies. Most of the times, these highly emotional movies are also truly inspiring and motivating.
Based on the real lives of people or sometimes inspired from true stories, Bollywood has produced a list of movies focusing on the life struggles of the common man or woman, who irrespective of the odds, triumph in life and achieve success or sometimes fail but never give up on their dreams.
Today, I bring you a list of top Bollywood films that are highly inspirational and motivational for the Indian audience.
Best Inspirational and Motivational Bollywood Films
Motivational movies are always help us to fight in our life, we feel positive after watching such inspirational movies, and Bollywood has some great films which can Motivate you, so we are sharing the old Motivational movies first, then we will share some inspirational Hindi movies from 80s and 90s, at last we will share the Latest Bollywood motivational films.
Old Motivational Hindi Movies
One of the most emotional yet inspirational movies is the 1971 Bollywood drama, Anand. Starring Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, the film is about a young man named Anand, who is dying of cancer, yet committed to staying joyful while spreading happiness in the lives of others, especially his best friend Dr. Bhaskar.
Mother India was the first Indian film that was nominated at the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The film displays the sacrifices, struggles, and persistence of a Mother, played by Nargis, who takes care of her family with two children on her own and presents a new identity of a strong-willed independent mother of India.
Saat Hindustani is a 1969 film about seven Indians who together try to liberate Goa from the Portuguese colonial rule. The film talks about the strength of unity and how true Indians from different caste or religions can come together to defy any threat to our nation. The film also marks the debut of Amitabh Bachchan.
Do Ankhen Barah Haath
Do Ankhen Barah Haath is about retribution of 6 hardcore prisoners who are taken in by the jail warden, Adinath as he believes that they deserve a second chance. The film’s title says it all like the movie is about the vision (eyes) of a person and effort (a pair of hands) of 6 people.
Trishul is an Indian action film starring Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay in the lead role, along with Sanjeev Kumar, Rakhi, Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini. The film is about a young man, who comes to Delhi to destroy his father’s business and family. Although out of revenge, the strong will of Vijay is truly inspirational for the Indian youth.
A couple who devote their lives to the upbringing of their children is betrayed when their sons left them at the time they needed them the most. However, Avatar played by Rajesh Khanna is not willing to give up and starts working again and this time for himself and his wife played by Shabana Azmi.
Based on the powerful slogan, “Jai Jawaan Jai Kissan”, Upkar is an Indian patriotic drama that talks about an individual’s duty towards the nation. The film displays the importance of farmers and soldiers in the country, one works for the welfare of the people, while the other for their safety.
Purab Aur Paschim
Purab Aur Paschim is a Manoj Kumar starrer Indian patriotic drama that is about Indian values and tradition. The film reflects on the high influence of the negative side of the west that involves smoking, drugs and alcohol abuse, and draws our attention to valuing the Indian traditions and respecting our culture.
Do Bigha Zamin
Do Bigha Zamin is a misery of a family, who in order to save their Do Bigha Zamin go through a lot of hardships. The film talks about the socialistic stigma between the educated city people and the uneducated villagers as well as also draws our attention towards the exploitation of farmers by the zamindars.
Best Bollywood Motivational Films of 80s and 90s
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar is an Indian sports drama starring Aamir Khan in the lead role. The film is about a young brat, who is careless, irresponsible and arrogant at times. However, after an unfortunate incident, he realizes his responsibility, trains hard and works towards fulfilling his father’s dream by winning the inter-college marathon cycle race.
Based on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Sardar is a Indian biopic about the Iron Man of India’s role in the Quit India Movement and the partition of India as well as his significant influence over the princely states of India, which he used rightly to form India as a whole nation as it is today.
Krantiveer is one of the best Nana Patekar films, I have seen so far. Whether it’s the action-packed drama or his quick, witty yet intense dialogues, Krantiveer has it all. The film sheds light on the corruption spread across India in that era and eventually won the heart of every Indian during its release.
Khamoshi: The Musical
The directorial debut of Sanjay Leela Bansali, Khamoshi: The Musical is a musical drama that tells a story about a deaf and mute couple and their daughter Annie. The film is about a girl’s dream and passion for music.
Prahaar is a story about an Army man, who believes in serving his nation at the cost of his life. However, when he encounters the fact that the real demons are not at the border, but within the country, he takes the law into his own hand and avenges the murder of his best cadet.
Latest Motivational Hindi Movies List
Manjhi: The Mountain Man
A real story about a man who cut through the mountain to build a way for his fellow villagers to get faster to the hospital across the mountain. While being laughed at earlier, he eventually showed every one of us the power of strong will and commitment.
Udaan is a film that narrates a story about the relationship between a young teenage boy and his strict and abusive father. Roughly based on the life of Anurag Kashyap himself, the film tries to shed some light on the parental pressure on the kids to pursue of a career they choose rather than what the kid aspires to become.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Based on the legendary Flying Sikh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a tribute to one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced. While we know the feats and success achieved by the great Milkha Singh, the film tries to show his struggle and training throughout his career. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is one of the best Biopics in Bollywood.
At a time, when sports in India are highly dominated by men, a failed veteran hockey player named Kabir Khan decides to coach a wayward, arrogant, and divided Women’s Indian Hockey team and encourages them to become the World champions. Chakde! India is all about willpower, hard work and unity.
Being only the third nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Lagaan is an epic sports drama set around the time when India was under the British rule. It narrates a story about Bhuvan, who leads his team comprising of fellow villagers to win against the experience and talented British men in the game of cricket.
Rang De Basanti
A story about the misled Indian youth, Rang De Basanti tries to ignite patriotism among the Indian youth by displaying the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. The movie takes us on a journey in the past and helps us value the freedom we enjoy today as it took years of struggle and persistence by our freedom fighters so that we could live in an independent India.
Swades is a story about an NRI, who comes to India to meet his nanny hoping to take her back with him to America. The search for his nanny leads him to a remote village in India, which is deprived of electricity and even in the 21st century is fighting the demons of untouchability and gender bias. Once he realizes his duties towards his country, he helps the villagers with electricity while fighting the demons prevailing in the Indian society for centuries.
A tight slap to our Indian education system, 3 Idiots is actually an eye-opener for every Indian parent, who pressurizes their children to pursue a career in Engineering or Medicine. The movie dictates the most important lesson of life that says, “Educate yourself to improve your abilities, not to be successful because once you are able, success will come along at any circumstances.”
Every youth is encountered with a question about his or her goal, at least once in life. Lakshya is a film that is centered upon a lazy young man, who finds his destiny and his life’s goal in Indian Army. The film inspires the youth to determine and pursue their life’s goal without ever giving up.
Based on India’s ace woman boxer, Mary Kom is a 2014 Indian biographical sports drama that tells us the story of this legendary Manipur girl, who went on to become the world champion inspiring many young girls as well as boys all across India. The film is all about her journey to success that included her struggles, hard work, and diligence to fight back.
A Wednesday is one of those movies that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. It tries to show the world that if a common man wants, then he can disturb the whole administration of a country. The film is about a common man’s wrath, who is frustrated with the Indian Government, which keeps the terrorists in the custody long enough instead of convicting them of the punishment they deserve.
Taare Zameen Par
Taare Zameen Par is a beautiful and inspirational film that educates us to understand and realize the true potential of our kids. It teaches us the most important fact that not all children are alike and each one of them has their own unique set of abilities and flaws. Directed by Aamir Khan himself, the film is truly motivational and educational for both teachers and parents all across the globe.
Loosely based on the Indian business tycoon, Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani, Guru is a 2007 Mani Ratnam film starring Abhishek Bachchan as Guru, along with Aishwarya Rai, R Madhavan, Vidya Balan and Mithun Chakraborty in important roles. Guru inspires every youngster to aim bigger, higher without doubts or fears on failing as it takes a lot of courage and hard work to be successful in life.
Chillar Party is a movie featuring a bunch of kids, who leave no stone unturned to rescue a stray dog from getting killed by the authorities. The film features the love and affection displayed by the kids towards an animal as well as their unity to fight for a right a cause that we adults hardly possess nowadays.
Munna Bhai MBBS
Munna Bhai MBBS is one of the best hits of Sanjay Dutt, where he plays a crime don named Munna Bhai in Mumbai, popularizing the cult following for himself and his right-hand man Circuit played by Arshad Warsi. The film is a fun comedy as the crime don Munna Bhai gets into Medical College through cheating and completely changes the atmosphere of the college and the hospital. The movie also popularized the term, “Jadoo Ki Jhappi” (magical hug) that is even today highly famous across the country.
Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year
Rocket Singh Salesman of the Year is the story of a young man called Rocket Singh, played by Ranbir Kapoor, who is an average student but is very high on ethics and principles. Once he gets a job as a salesman, he is not able to cope up with the ugly competition and misuse of power in the industry. However, he doesn’t quit, but takes up the challenge, sets up his own firm and becomes the Salesman of the Year. Rocket Singh is one of the Best films for Entrepreneurs in Bollywood.
Gour Hari Dastaan: The Freedom File
Gour Hari Dastaan is the story of a freedom fighter Gour Hari Das. He is searching for his recognization as a freedom fighter, he just wants to prove that he was a freedom fighter and went to jail for our Independence. Character Portrayed by Vinay Pathak is one of the best portrayals of an old man by an Indian actor.
I am Kalam
I am Kalam is an inspirational film that centers around a young boy named Chotu, who calls himself Kalam after being highly motivated by President Kalam and aims to study and work hard to become someone significant like his idol. The film is about how he tackles with the people he meets while working at his Uncle’s Dhaba and how that changes his life.
English Vinglish is an Indian comedy-drama that highlights the troubles and mockery faced by Indians who lack the command over the English language in this modern India by their own family members and fellow citizens. It draws the attention of the people on the fact that English is just as language not a style statement or sign of superiority.
Iqbal is an inspirational sports drama about a deaf and mute young boy, who is an avid fan of Cricket and aspires to become a fast bowler. The film narrates his journey to get selected in the Indian Cricket team through a lot of hardships and sheer hard work.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari
Ferrari Ki Sawari is an Indian comedy film starring Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani in the lead roles. The film is about a father, who accidentally steals Sachin’s Ferrari to help his son, who is an aspiring cricketer, to visit London to play at Lords.
Dasvidaniya is an Indian film starring Vinay Pathak in the lead role. The film is about a man, who is informed that he has only three months to live and hence, he prepares a list of 10 things to do before he dies. While completing those 10 things, the last 3 months of his life bring a lot of joy and happiness that he ever achieved in his life and bid adieu on a very happy note.
Nayak: The Real Hero
A common man becomes Nayak, a Hero in the eyes of people when he challenges the administration of the Chief Minister of the state and runs the state effectively after he was made CM for a day. The film is about Indian politics and how common people should get involved rather than rant about the corrupt leaders in the country.
My Name Is Khan
My Name is Khan is a Bollywood film that focuses on the mindset of people towards Muslims after the unfortunate 9/11 incident. Directed by Karan Johar and starring the hit pair Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, the film is mostly about an autistic man, who travels around the United States to meet the President to convince him that he is not a terrorist.
Rock On is a musical drama starring Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Purab Kohli and Shahana Goswami in the lead roles. The film is about four friends, who are passionate about music while they were in college and also form a rock band called Magik. However, they part ways after an incident but reunite after 10 years to pursue their passion.
Namastey London is an interesting film about a man visiting London to win the heart of his bride, who married him just to go back to London, where her boyfriend is waiting for him. The film is about Indian values and respecting your origins no matter where you live.
Lage Raho Munna Bhai
A sequel to Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munna Bhai is another fun comedy-drama film that features Munna Bhai, who has a change of heart after he falls for his favorite Radio Jockey. The film also introduced and popularized a non-violent move in the country popularly known as Gandhigiri inspired by non-violence principle of Mahatma Gandhi. s
A Mani Ratnam film, Yuva is about the Indian youth and their role in Indian society. The film talks about three different interconnected stories of three young men who hail from different backgrounds in life with varied thinking and distinct attitude towards life.
Baghban is a film about an elderly couple, who have lived together for years but are forced to separate by their own kids when the responsibility of taking care of their parents falls upon them. However, the couple disappointed at the treatment received from their children and not able to bear the separation for too long, decide to live together on their own terms for the rest of their lives.
Wake Up Sid
Wake Up Sid is about a lazy young man, who is not at all serious about his life and in a rift of aggression moves out of his house. Now, he has to wake up to reality and make a life of his own and his passion for photography helps him pursue a successful career ahead.
Black is a film about a blind and deaf girl and her relationship with her tutor, who helps him through her weakness and teaches her to feel and enjoy life irrespective of her limits. Later in life when her teacher develops Alzheimer’s disease, she must repay her debt to the teacher in her own way.
Neerja is a biographical thriller based on the life of Neerja Bhanot. The film is centered upon the hijack of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan on 5th September 1986, especially focusing on the head purser Neerja Bhanot, who prevented the hijack attempt through her smartness and bravery which resulted in the lives of 360 hostages being rescued.
Neerja was a real story about thwarting a hijack attempt by Neerja Bhanot, Airlift is a true story based on a Kuwait-based Indian businessman named Ranjit Katyal, who helps in evacuating Indians in Kuwait during the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
What if someone leaves you at the altar right before getting married? You will feel dejected, insulted and all your dreams are shattered at that moment. However, Rani Mehra had different plans when her longtime fiancé refuses to marry. She decides not to feel dejected or insulted and leaves for her honeymoon all by herself to rediscover herself and for once treat herself as a Queen.
Border is a Bollywood war drama film that displays the emotions and sentiments of our war heroes, who are fighting the enemies at the border to let us live a safe and secure life with our families. With a multi-star cast of Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Pooja Bhatt, Tabu, Akshay Khanna and many others, Border is an excellent tribute to the war heroes of 1971 Indo-Pak War.
Sadda Adda is a film about fulfilling your dreams without giving up. It tells a story about the dreams of six friends hailing from different states, who share an apartment in Delhi, which they lovingly nickname as Sadda Adda.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
Yet another biopic based on the legendary freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh is The Legend of Bhagat Singh starring Ajay Devgn in the titular role. The film is about Bhagat Singh’s childhood during which he develops his views on British Raj and his youth when he devotes his life for India’s Independence.
There are hundreds of Bollywood Motivational Movies, but we have listed the top 50 inspirational and motivational movies of Bollywood which can inspire you.