Movies That Inspire Gratitude

Gratitude is an important character strength and life skill for kids' success and happiness, but it's more than just saying "thank you." All of the films on this list can teach kids the value of being aware of and thankful for the good things in their lives -- and of taking the time to return kindness. These motivational movies, ranging from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to It's a Wonderful Life, show the importance of being grateful by featuring characters who learn to overcome selfishness and truly appreciate what they have. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire gratitude.)

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

age 4+

Classic Turkey Day special for young and old.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1973)
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

age 4+

Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1966)
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VeggieTales: Madame Blueberry

age 4+

Great songs and a timely message about the dangers of greed.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1998)
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Cinderella

age 5+

Sweet fairy-tale classic for little princes and princesses.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1950)
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Annie (1982)

age 6+

Classic orphan tale has great songs, some iffy content.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Mary Poppins

age 5+

World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1964)
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Pollyanna

age 6+

Wonderful family film with excellent messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1960)
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Up

age 6+

Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Coco

age 7+

Stunningly animated, poignant tribute to family and culture.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Elf

age 7+

Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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Heidi (2015)

age 7+

Enjoyable, beautiful, warmhearted remake of classic tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

age 8+

Inspirational docu has themes of perseverance, gratitude.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Christopher Robin

age 8+

Sweet but slow tale about the power of family, imagination.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Freaky Friday

age 8+

Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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Oliver!

age 8+

Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1968)
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You Wish!

age 8+

Familiar but well-told fantasy tale has positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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Coraline

age 9+

Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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It's a Wonderful Life

age 9+

This classic delivers warmth all year long.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1946)
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Kindness Is Contagious

age 9+

Warm, feel-good docu about being nice is uplifting.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Faith, Hope & Love

age 10+

Faith, fun, and footwork in dance-centric romcom.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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