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

Year Cast Channel

Ratings (/10)

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar 1992 Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Pooja Bedi Zee5


Lagaan 2001 Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh Netflix 8.1
Rang De Basanti 2006 Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth Netflix

Amazon Prime Video

Taare Zameen Par 2007 Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary Netflix 8.4
3 Idiots 2009 Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor Khan Netflix

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

Year Cast Channel


Guru 2007 Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Netflix 7.7
Badmaash Company 2010 Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma Amazon Prime Video 6
Corporate 2006 Bipasha Basu Amazon Prime Video 6.5
Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year 2009 Ranbir Kapoor Amazon Prime Video 7.5
Band Baaja Baaraat 2010 Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma Amazon Prime Video 7.2
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

Year Cast Channel


Uri: The Surgical Strike 2019 Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Mohit Raina Zee5


Amazon Prime Video

Border 1997 Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Jackie Shroff Amazon Prime Video 7.9
LOC: Kargil 2003 Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan Amazon Prime Video 5.2
Lakshya 2004 Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta Youtube

Amazon Prime Video

Haqeeqat 1964 Dharmendra, Priya Rajvansh, Sanjay Khan Zee5


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

Year Cast Channel


3 Idiots 2009 Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor Khan Netflix

Amazon Prime Video

Queen 2013 Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao Netflix 8.2
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. 2003 Sanjay Dutt, Gracy Singh Youtube

Amazon Prime Video

Lage Raho Munna Bhai 2006 Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan Amazon Prime Video 8.1
PK 2014 Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma Netflix 8.1


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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