Inspirational Books and Movies

This page is a collection of Inspirational Books and Movies.

The following books are recommended reading to bring more clarity and joy to your life.

They have all found me at the perfect time in my life, some when I needed direction, others inspiring entertainment, and others still when I needed some uplifting or a breath of clarity. View the selections below and see which ones speak to you.

Remember to check back frequently as I will be adding more inspirational books to the list below. Enjoy these selections and please use the link below to head over to Amazon to purchase any of the following inspirational books or movies.

Inspirational Quotes

I may be biased, but I consider this to be the best book of Inspirational Quotes ever written ;)   It's an amazing resource of inspirational quotes with a great mix of classic favorites and contemporary wisdom from around the world and throughout history. If you'd like to check it out, it's available exclusively through amazon.  Just Click the title below.

Inspirational Stories

Paulo Coelho and Richard Bach are two authors whose writings touch deep in my soul. The stories they tell are journeys of adventure and spiritual awakening. They are great tools for tapping the potential of living life as your true self. These books really stand out for me because they share spiritual truths in an entertaining story.

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (following your dreams)
  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah and Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (following your dreams, being true to yourself)
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
  • The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Enjoying & Appreciating Life

  • Living Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia (fully loving life)
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss (a classic)
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron (expressing your inner artist)
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 
  • Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

Philosophy & Wisdom

  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (wisdom)
  • As A Man Thinketh by James Allen (power of thought)
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (journey to truth)
  • The Enlightenment Trilogy by Jed McKenna

Consciousness, Awareness, Spirituality

  • Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1, 2, and 3) by Neale Donald Walsch (a dialogue with God)
  • Home with God: In a Life That Never Ends by Neale Donald Walsch (an inspiring look at life and death)
  • Bashar: Blueprint for Change : A Message from Our Future by Darryl Anka (amazing, eye opening)
  • The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot (a quantum look at life)
  • Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther Hicks (manifesting and law of attraction)

Wealth, Business, Sales

Understanding wealth and how to manage money are important skills that are often overlooked. Most of the time we just complain that we don't have enough money and want more. The books below will get you started looking at money and wealth differently and give you a new set of tools to help you succeed.

  • The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino (life changing)
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber (for the entrepreneur)
  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (seven rules of wealth)
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki (wealth and money advice)
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Health and Healing

At this point in our development it is important for us to take responsibility for our own health. For too long people have handed over this power to the medical physicians. I highly recommend beginning the process of increasing the level of health and knowledge of your body. Ultimately you have the final say and the best intentions when it comes to your life. The books below are a great starting point in this journey.

  • The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion: Revolutionary Program That Lets You Rediscover the Body's Power to Rejuvenate It by Pete Egoscue (pain-free structural alignment at home)
  • Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, Revised and Updated Edition and Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine and Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old by Deepak Chopra (alternative views of health and wellness)
  • Bragg Healthy Lifestyle: Vital Living to 120!! by By Patricia Bragg, daughter of the legendary Paul Bragg. (A simple approach to vibrant health)
  • Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health by Andrew Weil


#     Movies                         Year
1     It's a Wonderful Life     1946
2     To Kill a Mockingbird     1962
3     Schindler's List      1993
4     Rocky      1976
5     Mr. Smith Goes to Washington     1939
6     E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial     1982
7     The Grapes of Wrath     1940
8     Breaking Away     1979
9     Miracle on 34th Street     1947
10     Saving Private Ryan     1998
11     The Best Years of Our Lives     1946
12     Apollo 13     1995
13     Hoosiers     1986
14     The Bridge on the River Kwai     1957
15     The Miracle Worker     1962
16     Norma Rae     1979
17     One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest     1975
18     The Diary of Anne Frank     1959
19     The Right Stuff     1983
20     Philadelphia     1993
21     In the Heat of the Night     1967
22     The Pride of the Yankees     1942
23     The Shawshank Redemption     1994
24     National Velvet     1944
25     Sullivan's Travels     1941
26     The Wizard of Oz     1939
27     High Noon     1952
28     Field of Dreams     1989
29     Gandhi     1982
30     Lawrence of Arabia     1962
31     Glory     1989
32     Casablanca     1942
33     City Lights     1931
34     All the President's Men     1976
35     Guess Who's Coming to Dinner     1967
36     On the Waterfront     1954
37     Forrest Gump     1994
38     Pinocchio     1940
39     Star Wars     1977
40     Mrs. Miniver     1942
41     The Sound of Music     1965
42     12 Angry Men     1957
43     Gone with the Wind     1939
44     Spartacus     1960
45     On Golden Pond     1981
46     Lilies of the Field     1963
47     2001: A Space Odyssey     1968
48     The African Queen     1951
49     Meet John Doe     1941
50     Seabiscuit     2003
51     The Color Purple     1985
52     Dead Poets Society     1989
53     Shane     1953
54     Rudy     1993
55     The Defiant Ones     1958
56     Ben-Hur     1959
57     Sergeant York     1941
58     Close Encounters of the Third Kind     1977
59     Dances with Wolves     1990
60     The Killing Fields     1984
61     Sounder     1972
62     Braveheart     1995
63     Rain Man     1988
64     The Black Stallion     1979
65     A Raisin in the Sun     1961
66     Silkwood     1983
67     The Day the Earth Stood Still     1951
68     An Officer and a Gentleman     1982
69     The Spirit of St. Louis     1957
70     Coal Miner's Daughter     1980
71     Cool Hand Luke     1967
72     Dark Victory     1939
73     Erin Brockovich     2000
74     Gunga Din     1939
75     The Verdict     1982
76     Birdman of Alcatraz     1962
77     Driving Miss Daisy     1989
78     Thelma & Louise     1991
79     The Ten Commandments     1956
80     Babe     1995
81     Boys Town     1938
82     Fiddler on the Roof     1971
83     Mr. Deeds Goes to Town     1936
84     Serpico     1973
85     What's Love Got to Do with It     1993
86     Stand and Deliver     1988
87     Working Girl     1988
88     Yankee Doodle Dandy     1942
89     Harold and Maude     1971
90     Hotel Rwanda     2004
91     The Paper Chase     1973
92     Fame     1980
93     A Beautiful Mind     2001
94     Captains Courageous     1937
95     Places in the Heart     1984
96     Searching for Bobby Fischer     1993
97     Madame Curie     1943
98     The Karate Kid     1984
99     Ray     2004
100     Chariots of Fire     1981