Films are generally divided into several genres: musicals, westerns, international films (for people living in the United States), dramas, animated films, horror, etc. The effects films have on people are rarely categorized. Certainly, people are horrified by certain films, comforted by others, brought to tears or gifted with joy.
Another reaction to movies is inspiration, although it’s more difficult to clearly put it on a list. Certainly, people can be inspired to take action to change their lives or change the way they feel about certain topics.
Using information generated by the American Film Institute, 24/7 Tempo selected the most inspiring film of the past 100 years. As this look back covers a period of a century, it is more difficult to compare them than if the period were shorter. Most movies are dramas, but many are comedies that make people never give up. AFI has several lists, and the most important is the Greatest Movies of All Time List, which has “Citizen Kane” in the number one spot.
Unlike happy comedies, however, some inspirational films don’t have happy endings. This is not surprising, given that good films often forge an emotional bond between the viewer and the characters, which makes it all the more impactful when tragedy strikes.
To determine the most inspiring movie of all time, 24/7 Tempo has developed an index based on several measures from the Internet Movie Database and Rotten Tomatoes. The index is a composite of the films’ IMDb rating, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score, and the Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer score. All scores have been weighted equally. Additional data on actor and director credits comes from IMDb.
The most inspiring film of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, released in 1946. Many people consider it to be the masterpiece of director Frank Capra. Here are the details:
- RT Critics Score: 94% (87 votes)
- RT audience score: 95% (219,179 votes)
- IMDb Rating: 8.6 / 10 (422,508 votes)
This Hollywood classic, and one of the most beloved Christmas movies, is knowing that every person’s life has a purpose, even if it doesn’t. James Stewart plays a small savings bank owner who is in financial trouble. An angel from heaven is sent to show him what the lives of the people he loves would have been like if he had never existed. It also stars Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore.
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