Movies That Inspire Compassion

Compassion is a character strength that's more essential than ever as kids navigate a world with its fair share of cyberbullying, intolerance, and negative role models. The films on this list show a different side, with characters who learn the importance of caring about others and behaving with affection, generosity, and concern. From gentle stories like The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella to teen classics like Dead Poets Society and Edward Scissorhands, these excellent movies promote kindness and loving one another despite -- or even because of -- our differences. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire compassion.)

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

age 3+

Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1977)
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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

age 3+

A toe-tapping song-fest for the whole family.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1985)
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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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Frozen

age 5+

Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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My Little Pony: A New Generation

age 5+

Sweet tale of acceptance has some mildly scary scenes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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My Neighbor Totoro

age 5+

Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1988)
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Snoopy Presents: It's the Small Things, Charlie Brown

age 5+

Endearing tale of environmentalism and activism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

age 5+

Animated classic is enchanting but also scary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1937)
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Dear Dumb Diary

age 6+

Books-inspired movie has great social messages for kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Despicable Me

age 6+

Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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Ferdinand

age 6+

Sweet story about compassion, nonviolence has a few scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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FernGully: The Last Rainforest

age 6+

Family favorite features strong environmental message.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1992)
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An American Girl Story - Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win

age 7+

Indomitable girl speaks up for civil rights in sweet story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Batkid Begins

age 7+

Tremendously heartwarming, positive docu for all ages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Dolphin Tale

age 7+

Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Felix and the Hidden Treasure

age 7+

Fun sea and sci-fi adventure has threat and mild violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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A Little Princess

age 7+

Wonderful adaptation of classic book; some scary moments.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
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Howl's Moving Castle

age 8+

Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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Kedi

age 8+

Deep thoughts, fuzzy cats in heartwarming documentary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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My Octopus Teacher

age 8+

Octopus befriends troubled diver and teaches him about life.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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