15 Inspiring Movies That Make a Difference

From The Pursuit of Happyness to Erin Brockovich, these inspirational movies will stir your soul and make you feel good. (17 Photos)

Donna Kaufman on Sep 11, 2013 at 11:09AM

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15 Inspiring Movies That Make a Difference

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'Erin Brockovich' (2000)

At the start of the movie, Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a twice-divorced, unemployed mother of three, with nothing to her name except $74 and a closet full of low-cut blouses. But when she lands a low-level job in an attorney’s office, feisty Brockovich finds a way to channel all her anger and energy into a good cause -- winning a giant settlement for water pollution victims in southern California. Although the real-life Brockovich had no legal experience when she took on the investigation against Pacific Gas & Electric, she now runs her own consulting firm, where she continues to be a crusader for what's right. And Roberts won a best actress Oscar for telling her story. Talk about a happy ending all around!


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