I caught the last third or so; I’m proud to say that I called the top three. (Granted, I called them when there were only ten left to go, and I wasn’t sure what order they’d be in [except I knew immediately what the first one would be], but still – I DO know my inspirational movies.
I think “It’s a Wonderful Life” was a perfect choice for number one; the rest of the list I’m not so sure about. Partly it’s a problem of finding movies that are first and foremost inspirational – good ones are fairly rare. Most movies, if they have a half-way happy ending, are inspirational in some way or other (think how many movies there are that could be boiled down to a plotline about an individual fighting adversity and succeeding).
Having said that, “Schindler’s List” and “E.T.” (to pick on two movies in the top ten) do not strike me as being first and foremost inspirational movies. Moving down the list, we get even stranger choices: “The Wizard of Oz”? “Pinocchio”? “Star Wars”?? Great movies all, but they don’t belong on this list, IMHO.
Frankly, I think AFI is beginning to stretch a bit for “100 best” categories.
One other note: to my surprise, I hadn’t even heard of one of the top ten choices, “Breaking Away.” Looked pretty good in the clips though; anyone seen it?