What are your favorite inspirational movie clips of all time?

There are some inspiring clips from the movies that just get you right in your soul. We’re talking the best movies clips ever. Inspirational scenes that blow your pants off with their general, all-around awesomeness.

Here’s FICTION EARTH’s picks of the top 10 inspiring movies clips of all time.


 Top 10 Inspirational Movie Clips of All Time

10. This inspiring clip from Rocky where he’s training like a madman

You knew this had to be there, right? The inspirational movie clip from Rocky when he’s training ready for his big title-fight with Apollo.

We included this in our list of the best weight loss movies because damn if it doesn’t make you want to hit the gym.

We nearly picked the ending to Rocky when he actually defeats Apollo. It was a close call, but for us, the training montage has to be number one. I mean, it’s the scene everyone remembers best from the movie. And It is definitely one of the best inspirational movies clips of all time.

Rocky I - Training (High Definition)


9. This inspiring movie clip from Star Wars where Luke blows up the Deathstar

I’m such a nerd I can literally recite Star Wars verbatim. This end scene from A New Hope absolutely demanded to be in this list.

Luke is flying his Z-Wing down the Death Star trench. Biggs has just been blown to pieces. “Nothing will stop us,” he said to Luke like, what, two minutes before he died. Then POW! Dead Biggs. Wedge gets the hell out of dodge because he’s seemingly less insane than everyone else. Then R2 gets his head blown off. And Luke is all alone.

Han flies in like a bat out of hell, knocks out Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced. “You’re all kid no let’s blow this thing and go home,” he says.

Proton torpedoes fired, Luke blows up the Death Star. And there you have it: one of the most inspirational movie clips of all time.


8. This inspiring movie clip from The Lion King dubbed “Simba’s Roar”

The ending to Lion King makes me cry every single time. It’s just such an inspiring movie clip.

Simba has returned to Pride Rock and defeated Scar with the help of his friends. He’s nearly fulfilled his destiny. One thing remains: He must ascend Pride Rock and become king.

Rafiki waves his stick thing. “It is time,” he says.

That’s when the Hans Zimmer’s amazing score kicks in. The rains wash away animal skulls as though cleansing the land.

Simba climbs to the top of Pride Rock. “Remember,” says Mufasa (ooooh, say it again!). And Simba roars to proclaim himself the new king of Pride Rock.

If this isn’t one of the most inspiring movie clips ever, we’ll dress in drag and do the hoola.


7. This inspiring clip from Avatar when Eywa hears Jake Sully

There are so many fascinating facts about Avatar.

One fact we really love is the fact that Eywa, the All-Mother, is based on real spiritual philosophies.

Eywa represents the awakening of the spirit world. But before Eywa awakens, Jake Sully must prove himself.

Through Avatar Jake has been fighting with himself over whether he’s more human or more Navi. Then Colonel Miles Quaritch blows up the Tree Of Souls. Jake becomes full-on Navi and must fight to save Pandora. But he’s losing the battle.

Neytiri is just about to throw her life away in desperation. Then the Earth rumbles. Animals stampede. And Eywa awakens. “Eywa hear you!” says Jake. And not only is Eywa the representation of the spirit world awakening, it is the representation of Jake Sully’s moment of rebirth as a full-fledged Navi.

This is one of our favorite inspiring movies clips. Inspirational. Beautiful. Unforgettable. Bring on Avatar 2.

Eywa Has Heard You

6. This “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” clip from Gone with the Wind

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Is that the most famous movie quote of all time? Probably.

The scene from 1939’s Gone With The Wind when Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) says his last words to Carlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) after she asks where they will go and what they will do.

This one line means so much. It means Rhett has given up on the relationship after he’s been so desperate to be with her. It represents on the best character developments in any movie.


In 2005 the American Film institute voted it the best movie quote of all time [see the list here].

Frankly My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn - Gone with the Wind (6/6) Movie CLIP (1939) HD


5. The clip from Lord of The Rings: Return of The King when Eowyn kills The Witch King Of Angmar

When the Witch King of Angmar breaks Gandalf’s staff in Return of the King, we all thought it was game over for Gondor. Turns out it was the setup for one of the most inspiring movie clips of all time: the movie clip where Eowyn kills the Witch King of Angmar.

We are right in the heart of the Battle of Pelennor Fields. The Witch King is about to have his Fell-beast eat King Theoden. Eowyn race to his rescue.

“You fool! No man can kill me. Die now!”

Eowyn whips her helmet off. “I am no man”. She stabs her blade directly into The Lord Of The Nazgul’s head. And he… er… kind of implodes…?

Eowyn meets the Witch King of Angmar


4. This inspirational movie clip from Terminator 2

If you were a wee little ten-year old like I was when Terminator 2 came out, you probably shed a tear when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator died. After all, he was the perfect father figure, as Sarah Connor said.

“There’s one more chip and it must be destroyed also,” says The Terminator, preparing to plunge himself into the molten steel. “Here. I cannot self-terminate. You must lower me into the steel.”

“No. It will be okay. Stay with us. Please. Don’t go…” says John Connor. “I order you not to go.”

And then, in the most beautiful line in the movie. “I know now why you cry. But it’s something I can never do,” says The Terminator.

And the rest is cinematic history. Definitely one of the most inspiring movie clips of all time.


3. This inspirational movie clip from The Shawshank Redemption

You knew without a doubt that this inspiring movie clip simply had to be in this list, right?

Throughout The Shawshank Redemption we continually see Andy Dufresne put through hell, and yet he absolutely refuses to give up his hope for freedom.

Having crawled through 500 yards of human excrement, Andy Dufresne escapes Shawshank, rips his shirt off in the pouring rain, and hoists his arms up victoriously.

No other movie clips has ever represented the determination of the human spirit more poignantly than this.

"The Shawshank Redemption" Best Scene HD


2. The ending to It’s A Wonderful Life

 Talk about an inspiring movie clips that makes you believe in the fundamental goodness in our fellow persons. The ending to It’s A Wonderful Life is the kind of wholehearted goodness that reminds us that deep down, people are pretty cool.

Having lost everything and with no idea how he and his family will survive, George Bailey wishes he has never been born. So, angel Clarence fulfills his wish and shows George what life would be like without him.

George comes to realise just how much good he has done in the world. And when he finally returns home, the town has come together to provide the money George Bailey needs to stay in business.

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?”

The clip perfectly represents the Robbie Burns poem we all sing at New Years, which begs the question: Is it right that old time be forgotten, or should we stand firmly together with those we have history with?

It's A Wonderful Life - The Ending



1. The ending to Gladiator when you basically die inside

If theirs is any one inspirational movie clip that makes you feel that deep, resonating flame of human spirit, it is this: the ending to Gladiator.

There are no words that can do this scene justice. But I will humbly try.

When Roman general Maximus is chosen as the heir apparent by Marcus Aurelius, he and his family are condemned to death by Commodus. Maximus survives, only to be made a gladiator until his death. He vows to take revenge on Commodus.

With Maximus’ final words he frees the prisoners of Rome, that the dream of Rome held by Marcus Aurelius may at last be realised.

The winds whisper in the field of his dream, calling him home, in death, to his family.

It is not so much as death as a rebirth when Maximus at last returns to his family. And in this we witness cinema’s greatest representation of the end of a life well-lived, when we are called to that unknown abode that waits for us.

Gladiator (2000) Ending Scene HD


What an amazing collection of inspirational movie clips.

I feel exhausted just watching all these clips back to back!

What are your personal favorite inspirational movies clips?

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