7 Best motivational Bollywood movies for students to binge-watch

Do you currently need some inspiration in your life? Here is a compilation of some of the best motivational Bollywood movies for students that will lift your spirits.

Updated on Jul 02, 2024  |  12:02 AM IST |  79.1K
7 Best motivational Bollywood movies for students to binge-watch
7 Best motivational Bollywood movies for students to binge-watch (Pic Courtesy: Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films Instagram, 3 Idiots IMDb)

Many movies in Hindi cinema are not just for pure entertainment; they also have a message. Here, we explore some of the best motivational Bollywood movies for students. These films are either based on the education system or showcase the struggles of an individual pursuing his or her dream. Students will be able to relate to these movies and get inspired by them in real life. 

7 best motivational Bollywood movies for students to inspire you:


1. 12th Fail


  • Running Time: 2 hours 26 mins
  • IMDb Rating: 8.9/10
  • Movie Genre: Biography/Drama
  • Movie Star Cast: Vikrant Massey, Medha Shankr, Anant V Joshi, Anshumaan Pushkar, Priyanshu Chatterjee
  • Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  • Writer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  • Year of release: 2023
  • Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar

12th Fail is one of the recent motivational movies for students in Hindi. Adapted from Anurag Pathak's book, the film tells the story of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma, who hails from Chambal. 12th Fail also touches upon the emotions and obstacles faced by students undertaking the UPSC competitive exam.

2. Chhichhore


  • Running Time: 2 hours 23 mins
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
  • Movie Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • Movie Star Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Prateik Babbar, Tahir Raj Bhasin
  • Director: Nitesh Tiwari
  • Writer: Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Nikhil Mehrotra
  • Year of release: 2019
  • Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar

If you’re on the lookout for the best Hindi movies for students, Chhichhore is a must-watch. In the film, Anirudh’s son fails the JEE entrance exam and is unable to handle the pressure. This heartwarming narrative, which sheds light on the importance of mental health, shows Anirudh taking a trip down memory lane and recounting his college life.

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3. Super 30


  • Running Time: 2 hours 33 mins
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
  • Movie Genre: Biography/Drama
  • Movie Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi
  • Director: Vikas Bahl
  • Writer: Sanjeev Dutta
  • Year of release: 2019
  • Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar

Next on our list of the best educational movies in Bollywood is Super 30. The film follows the life story of mathematician Anand Kumar and his journey up the ladder of success. Super 30 is about the man who mentors 30 underprivileged students to help them crack the IIT entrance examination. 

4. 3 Idiots


  • Running Time: 2 hours 44 mins
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
  • Movie Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • Movie Star Cast: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Boman Irani
  • Director: Rajkumar Hirani
  • Writer: Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi
  • Year of release: 2009
  • Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

A comfort Bollywood movie for students is 3 Idiots. While the friendship between Rancho, Farhan, and Raju, three engineering students, lies at the core of the film, 3 Idiots also deals with the pressures of the education system. It motivates you to pursue your own dreams.

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5. Wake Up Sid


  • Running Time: 2 hours 12 mins
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
  • Movie Genre: Romance/Comedy
  • Movie Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sensharma, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak
  • Director: Ayan Mukerji
  • Writer: Ayan Mukerji, Niranjan Iyengar
  • Year of release: 2009
  • Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Netflix

Among the best Bollywood movies for students is also the gem Wake Up Sid. The film teaches the importance of recognizing your goal in life and working towards fulfilling it. It is the coming-of-age story of Sid, a guy who is extremely spoiled. He meets Aisha, the new girl in the city, who makes him learn about responsibility and might also be the love of his life.

6. Taare Zameen Par


  • Running Time: 2 hours 42 mins
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
  • Movie Genre: Family/Drama
  • Movie Star Cast: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma, Tanya Chheda
  • Director: Aamir Khan
  • Writer: Amole Gupte
  • Year of release: 2007
  • Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Netflix

One of the best education-related movies that Bollywood has made is Taare Zameen Par. Ishaan, the protagonist, is a child who is extremely poor in academics. His parents think that it is because of his lack of interest in his studies, and they sent him to boarding school to learn discipline. There, Ishaan's new art teacher discovers his dyslexia and helps him.

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7. Lakshya


  • Running Time: 3 hours 5 mins
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
  • Movie Genre: War/Drama
  • Movie Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Amitabh Bachchan
  • Director: Farhan Akhtar
  • Writer: Javed Akhtar
  • Year of release: 2004
  • Where to Watch / OTT Platform: Netflix

Lakshya, another movie about finding your aim, is about the journey of Karan, who joins the army just because his friend is doing the same. As he faces heartbreak, he vows to complete his military training. The movie is about Karan's transformation from a careless individual to an army officer who fought in the Kargil War.

Other inspirational movies that deserve a mention include English Vinglish, Gully Boy, Dangal, Rang De Basanti, and more. Let us know which one motivated you the most in the comments below!

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