What’s more motivating than listening to an epic, rousing speech from your favorite inspirational movie? Aside from their entertainment value, movies possess the power to inspire and can motivate us to do things we would never have thought possible. If you’re facing a big upcoming work presentation or sporting event and need a confidence boost, these five inspirational speeches will make you feel like you can accomplish anything!
1. Braveheart (1995) – William Wallace
“I love you, always have” is often cited as one of the most memorable lines from Braveheart, but Mel Gibson’s Freedom speech has become so timeless and popular that literally thousands of people have performed and uploaded their own versions to YouTube. The speech, in which Scotsman William Wallace encourages his men to fight for their freedom, is actually based on the one the real William Wallace made before the Battle of Stirling Bridge way back in 1297.
2. Miracle (2004) – “You Were Born for This”
The “Miracle On Ice” match between the U.S. and Canadian men’s hockey teams at the 1980 Winter Olympics is one of the most iconic moments in American sports. The 2004 film Miracle is an uplifting portrayal of the American team’s journey to victory. One of Coach Herb Brook’s finest lines (as uttered by actor Kurt Russell) is: “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” It’s a sentiment that rings true in daily life as well as the context of the movie. Let it inspire you to take advantage of every opportunity you have to do great things.
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – “Get Busy Living”
We all know Morgan Freeman to have one of the greatest speaking voices of all time, and he uses it impeccably as his role as convict Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding in The Shawshank Redemption. One of the greatest lines of the film, however, isn’t spoken by Redding but by his fellow convict Andy Dufresne, who tells Redding that you can’t let bad circumstances kill your spirit—you can either “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
Hoosiers (1986) – “I Don’t Care What the Scoreboard Says”
Hoosiers is known as one of the best sports movies of all time for a good reason. The high point of the film is when Gene Hackman, who plays small-town Indiana high school basketball coach Norman Dale, tells his team, “If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to being the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says—in my book, we’re going to be winners.” It’s an important lesson to do the best job that you can do rather than compare yourself to others.
5. Remember the Titans (2000) – “You Will Respect Each Other”
1971 was a pivotal time for Americans, and Remember the Titans does a great job exploring the issues of race and acceptance in the context of a recently desegregated (but still divided) high school football team. Denzel Washington gives one of the best performances of his career as Coach Herman Boone, who invokes the battle of Gettysburg in a speech to his players about the importance of coming together to accomplish a common goal rather than letting differences divide them.