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The 11 Most Inspirational Films Of 2017

Here are some of the most powerful, positive films of 2017.

This year brought plenty of tragedy and hardship to so many, but these inspirational movies gave us a boost of hope. From moving tales of friendship and courage to powerful lessons about our own history, these films shined a light on people who have helped make this world a better place.

Here are some of the most powerful, positive films of 2017.

Saoirse Ronan in "Lady Bird"

1 of 11 Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s moving film Lady Bird chronicles a young woman’s journey to adulthood by looking at the relationships that help form who she is. The movie is a love letter to the bond between mother and daughter and has a bigger message that speaks to the importance of self-love and acceptance.

Read our interview with director Greta Gerwig here.


Jake Gyllenhaal in "Stronger"

2 of 11 Stronger

Inspired by the true story of Boston marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, this movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and how people take tragedy and build change.

Read our interview with Bauman here.

Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman"

3 of 11 Wonder Woman

DC Comics finally gave us a heroine worth rooting for when Wonder Woman debuted earlier this year. The superhero flick followed Diana Prince as she fought to save mankind and showed us the greatest ability anyone possesses is love and kindness.

We spoke to some of the real-life action heroes who played Amazons in the film. Check out our interview here.


David Oyelowo And Rosamund Pike in "A United Kingdom"

4 of 11 A United Kingdom

This true story of a royal interracial couple who defied the British government isn’t just an important lesson in history, it’s a powerful message about the power of love to overcome all obstacles. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, and directed by the talented Amma Asante, the film gives us an honest look at the harsh truths of racism, prejudice, and how it often takes extraordinary people to change archaic ways of thinking.

Read our interview with stars Oyelowo and Pike here.

Check out our talk with director Amma Asante here.


Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae in Hidden Figures

5 of 11 Hidden Figures

Another inspirational true story, Hidden Figures gave a long-overdue spotlight to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson: three Black women who worked for NASA in the 1960s and played a great role in helping the United States win the great Space Race. It took 60 years and a Hollywood movie for their triumph in the face of adversity to get the recognition it deserved.

Read our interview with star Taraji P. Henson here.


Liam Neeson in "Silence"

6 of 11 Silence

Martin Scorsese’s epic drama Silence offered us a harrowing look at the price of faith as Andrew Garfield played a Jesuit priest tasked with rescuing one of his mentors who was captured in Japan while on a dangerous and illegal mission to spread Christianity. For star Liam Neeson, the film helped him rediscover his own faith and drove home some teachings from an old friend, Father Daniel Berrigan.

Read our interview with Neeson here.


Ferdinand the bull

7 of 11 Ferdinand

Director Carlos Saldanha has brought us family favorites like the Ice Age trilogy and the animated movie Rio, but with this fun new adventure that follows a lovable bull fighting to stay true to himself, the filmmaker sent an inspiring message to kids and adults alike about the importance of friendship and self-confidence.

Read our interview with Saldanha here.

Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay in Wonder

8 of 11 Wonder

The family drama Wonder brought Julia Roberts back to the big screen along with a powerful lesson about acceptance and the harmful effects of bullying. Inspired by a book of the same name, Wonder showed what happens when we look past the exterior of a person to find the beauty inside.

Read our interview with Wonder producer David Hoberman here.


Jessica Chastain in "The Zookeeper's Wife"

10 of 11 The Zookeeper’s Wife

Another inspiring true story, The Zookeeper’s Wife, directed by Niki Caro and starring Jessica Chastain, tells the heroic tale of Antonina Zabinski and her husband Dr. Jan Zabinski who used their zoo in Warsaw, Poland to help smuggle 300 Jewish people to safety during World War II. ‘

Check out our interview with Caro here.


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