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50 Movies to Help You Raise a Kind Kid

Developing character strengths is essential to kids' overall growth and success -- and, believe it or not, kids can learn these key skills, including kindness, through media. Of course, raising a kind kid takes a lot more than showing them good movies, but the films we've selected can spark conversations about kindness and why it's important. From learning to appreciate differences to seeing the importance of friendship, acceptance, and tolerance, these movies might help inspire random acts of kindness in your kids.

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Movie Poster Image
Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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The Peanuts Movie Movie Poster Image
Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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VeggieTales: Lyle, the Kindly Viking Movie Poster Image
Faith-based messages about sharing are sweet and funny.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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My Neighbor Totoro Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Ponyo Movie Poster Image
Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Tangled Movie Poster Image
Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Babe Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming farm story is touching and a bit scary.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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Cinderella (2015) Movie Poster Image
Easy-on-the-eyes fairy tale promotes kindness.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Dear Dumb Diary Movie Poster Image
Books-inspired movie has great social messages for kids.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Movie Poster Image
Pratfall-heavy take on holiday tale is fun but no classic.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Fox and the Hound Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming tale of friendship, but expect some peril.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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The Iron Giant Movie Poster Image
Touching robot-kid friendship tale has great messages.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Paddington Movie Poster Image
Charming story about beloved bear has some scares.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Pollyanna Movie Poster Image
Wonderful family film with excellent messages.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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Shrek Movie Poster Image
Gross-out laughs meet a marvelous fairy tale mix.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Trolls Movie Poster Image
Fun, colorful adventure has some peril, lots of great music.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Up Movie Poster Image
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Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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An American Girl Story - Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win Movie Poster Image
Indomitable girl speaks up for civil rights in sweet story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Batkid Begins Movie Poster Image
Tremendously heartwarming, positive docu for all ages.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The BFG Movie Poster Image
Sweet Dahl book adaptation has big heart, big scares.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Dolphin Tale Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Movie Poster Image
Touching but dark Disney tale cheers on the outcasts.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Imba Means Sing Movie Poster Image
Vibrant, uplifting docu about African children's choir.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Kedi Movie Poster Image
Deep thoughts, fuzzy cats in heartwarming documentary.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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A Mile in His Shoes Movie Poster Image
Inspirational baseball tale about a pitcher with autism.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Old Yeller Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie Poster Image
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Kindness Is Contagious Movie Poster Image
Warm, feel-good docu about being nice is uplifting.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Far from the Tree Movie Poster Image
Touching docu about parents raising uniquely different kids.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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I Am Eleven Movie Poster Image
Charming, thought-provoking global docu about childhood.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Living on One Dollar Movie Poster Image
Earnest, inspiring docu shows realities of rural poverty.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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On the Way to School Movie Poster Image
Stirring docu explores school journeys around the globe.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Remember the Titans Movie Poster Image
Inspiring football drama brings history to life.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Won't You Be My Neighbor? Movie Poster Image
Profound, poignant biography of an extraordinary, kind man.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Wonder Movie Poster Image
Earnest, emotional book adaptation has strong messages.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Finding Kind Movie Poster Image
Tearful docu about bullying is intense but uplifting.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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A Little Princess Movie Poster Image
Wonderful adaptation of classic book; some scary moments.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Liyana Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, unique film tells two stories of perseverance.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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My Life as a Zucchini Movie Poster Image
Animated drama about orphan is touching, unforgettable.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Bully Movie Poster Image
Powerful docu addresses critically important issue for kids.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Dancing in Jaffa Movie Poster Image
Uplifting docu promotes religious tolerance via dance.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football Movie Poster Image
Excellent docu on Muslim high school football players.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster Image
Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Edward Scissorhands Movie Poster Image
Dark yet sweet underdog tale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Lucas Movie Poster Image
A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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About a Boy Movie Poster Image
Edgy, sweet book-based dramedy has profanity, mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Amelie Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, charming, whimsical film has mature moments.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Green Mile Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, intelligent movie has violence, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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The Intouchables Movie Poster Image
Sweet French drama about unlikely friendship has some edge.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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