Being There (1979) - Chance (Peter Sellers) is a simple-minded gardener who sees the world through child-like eyes. He can only communicate to others in metaphors of gardening which is always uplifting and positive.
Cinderella Man (2005) - James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) is a professional boxer that maintains a positive attitude and will to survive with his family during many years of the Great Depression. Based on a true story.
Contact (1997) - Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) maintains her belief and dream of making contact with alien life despite people and setbacks that block her journey.
The Edge (1997) Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) is a wealthy man who is able to apply his love of reading and knowledge to survive a plan crash in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite being the oldest of the group he takes on a strong leadership role.
Eddie the Eagle (2016) Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton) has a dream of ski jumping in the Olympics and perseveres despite a lack of experience or the support of his country of Britain. Based on a true story.
Erin Brockovich (2000) Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a single mother who discovers an environmental disaster that has poisoned a community and is driven to find justice for its victims. Based on a true story.
Freedom Writers (2007) Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) is a teacher in a racially divided Los Angeles school determined to connect and educate a class of at-risk teenagers. Based on a true story.
Invictus (2009) President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) has a big vision to unite South Africa that is racially and economically divided through the sport of rugby. Based on a true story.
The King’s Speech (2010) Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) is an Australian actor and speech therapist who is determined and confident that he can help England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth) overcome his stammer. Based on a true story.
Legally Blonde (2001) Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is a student of fashion merchandising and determined to excel at Harvard Law School despite prejudice against her outward appearance and personality.
The Martian (2015) Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is an astronaut presumed dead and stranded on the planet Mars and uses all his skills and abilities to maintain his positivity that he will be rescued.
Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) is a British officer determined to complete his mission to hunt down and capture an enemy vessel in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars. Inspired by a true story.
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) is newly appointed to the United States Senate and stands his ground to speak on the government corruption he discovers despite overwhelming obstacles and pressure to stay silent.
Morning Glory (2010) Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is a newly hired producer on a national morning-news program and is determined to save it from cancellation and remain positive.
Pleasantville (1998) David/Bud (Tobey Maguire) is a high school student who helps an entire community transform into being true to their individual gifts and feelings despite many people who are fighting and fearing change.
Rocky Balboa (2006) Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a retired boxing champion who returns to the ring one last time after years of much success and loss.
Rudy (1993) Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) has a dream to play college football at the University of Notre Dame and accomplishes his goal despite a lack of grades and money. Based on a true story.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is a wrongfully accused banker with a life sentence and who maintains a positive, resilient attitude to survive and eventually be free.
Tomorrowland (2015) Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is a high school student who always sees the optimistic side of life and whose positive spirit is the key to saving the planet and to inspire Frank Walker (George Clooney), a disgruntled recluse, to rediscover his own optimism.
Tucker: The Man and his Dream (1988) Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) is an inventor determined to create a futuristic, safer car for the masses despite being suppressed by Detroit's auto manufacturers. Inspired by a true story.