Beliefnet Announces Top 100 Inspirational Films

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Beliefnet announces top 100 inspirational movie picks of all time and finds that inspiration on the sliver screen means different things for different people.

What inspires people on the silver screen? Judging from Beliefnet’s just-released top inspirational movie picks, inspiration means different things to different people. Beliefnet, the comprehensive multi-faith online resource for inspiration and spirituality, recently released its list of the top 100 inspirational movies, based on data compiled from their editors and readers.

Topping the list is Chariots of Fire, the award winning religious drama about sprinters who competed in the 1924 Olympics. Other top movies draw from a mix of genres: “childrens” (E.T., Toy Story); sports (Rudy, Rocky), idealistic dramas and biographies (Gandhi, Shawshank Redemption) along with good old fashioned lift-your-spirits films (It’s a Wonderful Life and Young at Heart). According to Beliefnet President and CEO Steve Halliday, the survey and resulting list is designed as a go-to guide for people who seek encouragement and strength to overcome adversity or just a way to see life through a brighter lens.

“Movies play a huge role in our culture and affect the way people feel about themselves, other people in their lives and life in general,” said Halliday. “This list is particularly useful for parents who want their families to be entertained through movies that reflect positive themes of perseverance, inspiration and faith, while having fun along the way.”

The top ten movies, in order, are:
1.    Chariots of Fire
2.    It’s a Wonderful Life
3.    Rocky
4.    Shawshank Redemption
5.    Gandhi
6.    Young at Heart
7.    Toy Story
8.    Rudy
9.    E.T.
10.    Field of Dreams

A complete listing of the top 100 most inspirational films will be released in increments over the next several weeks at

About Beliefnet
Beliefnet, a property of BN Media, LLC, is the premier multi-faith online resource for inspiration and spirituality, and helps people improve their lives, solve problems and find comfort, hope and strength. Its mission is to help people find and walk a spiritual path that instills comfort, hope, strength and happiness for people who are exploring their own faith or are curious about others. Whether spirituality, health and wellness, or wholesome family entertainment, Beliefnet has something for everyone.

About BN Media
Through its three operating companies – Beliefnet, Affinity4 and Cross Bridge – BN Media is the definitive online resource for information related to inspiration and spirituality. BN Media provides award-winning inspirational editorial and video content through mainstream and faith-based channels. The company’s mission is to inspire positive thought and action.

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