Must-Watch Motivational Movies Bollywood Has Produced Over Years

Mohnish Singh |Jan 17, 2020

We all love to watch films for entertainment, but there are few films which inspire us up to the hilt and leave a lasting impression of us. Here’re some motivational movies Bollywood has given us.

Many of us watch movies just to keep ourselves entertained. But no one can deny the fact that there are a few motivational movies Bollywood has given us, which never fail to inspire us. We are sure that you must have seen some of these films. But in case you missed a few for whatever reasons, don’t worry! We have listed down some must-watch Bollywood motivational movies, which you can watch whenever you feel low or lack motivation.

Top 8 motivational Bollywood movies name list

  • 3 Idiots (2009)

Starring Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in lead roles, 3 Idiots hit the marquee in 2009 and turned out to be the highest-grossing film of the year. Apart from outstanding performances from the entire cast, what audiences loved most about this Rajkumar Hirani directorial was its subtle messaging. Dialogues like “All is well” and "Chase excellence and success will follow" became instant hit amongst audiences and still inspire all of us. 3 Idiots is undoubtedly one of the best inspirational movies Bollywood produced in the first decade of the 21st century.

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    R. Madhavan, Aamir Khan & Sharman Joshi in 3 Idiots

    Rang De Basanti (2006)

Brimming with a sense of patriotism, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti tells the story of 6 close friends and how their lives change forever after they agree to play important roles in an American student’s documentary revolving around some celebrated freedom fighters of India, who gave their all to get the country free from the shackles of the British rule. The movie had Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, R. Madhavan, Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor on its ensemble cast.

  • Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)

This gem of a film had Aamir Khan and Ayesha Jhulka in lead roles. It revolves around a man who finds the purpose of his life after going through several hardships. In order to prove his worth to himself, he participates in a cycle race and wins it against all odds. Mansoor Khan’s film tells you how you can overcome every obstacle in life if you are ready to work hard and with perseverance. In the list of much-watch inspirational Bollywood movies, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar can never fail to find its mention.

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    Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, an inspirational Bollywood movie

    Lagaan (2001)

Lagaan is one of the grandest stories ever told on Indian celluloid. Headlined by Aamir Khan, the periodic drama revolved around a bunch of villagers who learnt how to play cricket in order to defeat seasoned British players in their own game and thus exempt their village from paying taxes to the British empire for a couple of years. Lagaan is a perfect example of the power of unity and undying courage in the face of adversity.

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    Lagaan - another must-watch from Aamir Khan
  • Taare Zameen Par (2007)

That every individual is different and possesses different skills is what Taare Zameen Par tries to establish in the most beautiful manner possible. It revolves around a dyslexic student Ishaan who finds its extremely challenging to even cope up with basic education. His life changes when his art teacher, played by Aamir Khan, taps into his impeccable talent in art. Watch this film to understand how difficult it is for children with special abilities to just fit in.

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    Aamir Khan & Darsheel Safary in a still from Taare Zameen Par

    Swades: We, the People (2004)

Toplined by Shah Rukh Khan and helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Swades did not set the cash registers jingling upon its release in 2004. However, it has now gained cult status among all film enthusiasts. The film focusses on a scientist who quits his well-paying job and returns to his village and starts working for the upliftment of the villagers.

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    Shah Rukh Khan in Swades Poster

    Chak De! India (2007)

A hockey coach, who once lost the most important tournament of his career, returns to the field to build a women’s hockey team that can take on the best team at the international level. Chak De! India is considered one of the finest films of superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s career. It teaches us a couple of lessons on unity, team spirit and tolerance.

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    Shah Rukh Khan In Chak De! India Poster

    Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015)

Inspired from the real-life story of Dasharath Manjhi, Manjhi: The Mountain Man is a must-watch film for every one of us. It helps us understand the power of true love, dedication, hard-work and a strong will. The film tells the story of a poor man from Bihar who carves a road through a huge mountain using only a chisel and a hammer. National Film Award winning actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who played the title role, was unanimously hailed for his powerful performance in this inspirational movie Bollywood has made a few years ago.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Manjhi: The Mountain Man Poster

Best inspirational Bollywood movies of different categories

  • Best motivational movies Bollywood for students

Motivational movies are for everyone, but if you are a student and looking for best motivational movies Bollywood has for students, then look no further. Here are some of the best motivational movies Bollywood has for you.

Name of movie


Ratings (/10)

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar1992Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Pooja BediZee5


Lagaan2001Aamir Khan, Gracy SinghNetflix8.1
Rang De Basanti2006Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, SiddharthNetflix

Amazon Prime Video

Taare Zameen Par2007Aamir Khan, Darsheel SafaryNetflix8.4
3 Idiots2009Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor KhanNetflix

Amazon Prime Video

  • Business motivational Bollywood movies

If you are a businessman or planning to turn to entrepreneurship in times to come, following are some of the best business motivational Bollywood movies that you should definitely watch.

Name of movie



Guru2007Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai BachchanNetflix7.7
Badmaash Company2010Shahid Kapoor, Anushka SharmaAmazon Prime Video6
Corporate2006Bipasha BasuAmazon Prime Video6.5
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year2009Ranbir KapoorAmazon Prime Video7.5
Band Baaja Baaraat2010Ranveer Singh, Anushka SharmaAmazon Prime Video7.2
Band Baaja Baaraat is a worth-watching movie for business lovers

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  • Army motivational Bollywood Movies

Films set against the army background have always done wonders at the box-office. Such films always motivate us in one way or the other and fill our hearts with pride and patriotism. If you love to watch such films, here are some army motivational Bollywood movies that you can watch!

Name of movie



Uri: The Surgical Strike2019Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Mohit RainaZee5


Amazon Prime Video

Border1997Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie ShroffAmazon Prime Video7.9
LOC: Kargil2003Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali KhanAmazon Prime Video5.2
Lakshya2004Hrithik Roshan, Preity ZintaYoutube

Amazon Prime Video

Haqeeqat1964Dharmendra, Priya Rajvansh, Sanjay KhanZee5


Amazon Prime Video

  • Motivational Comedy Movies From Bollywood

There is no denying the fact that comedy movies are meant to tickle our funny bones, but there are some motivational comedy movies from Bollywood who have inspired us time and again. If you have not watched them, here are a few films that you can star with.

Name of movie



3 Idiots2009Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor KhanNetflix

Amazon Prime Video

Queen2013Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar RaoNetflix8.2
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.2003Sanjay Dutt, Gracy SinghYoutube

Amazon Prime Video

Lage Raho Munna Bhai2006Sanjay Dutt, Vidya BalanAmazon Prime Video8.1
PK2014Aamir Khan, Anushka SharmaNetflix8.1


Bollywood has films based on every possible theme under the sun. You just name it! If you are a true Bollywood film enthusiast, you must watch motivational movies Bollywood has produced over the years. We will soon be sharing yet another interesting listicle with you.

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