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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Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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A toe-tapping song-fest for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Delightful musical tale of pumpkin who doesn't fit in.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Sweet fairy-tale classic for little princes and princesses.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Animated classic is enchanting but also scary.
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(Release Year: 1937)
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Books-inspired movie has great social messages for kids.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Family favorite features strong environmental message.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Indomitable girl speaks up for civil rights in sweet story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Tremendously heartwarming, positive docu for all ages.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Classic, heartwarming fantasy will rivet kids.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Wonderful adaptation of classic book; some scary moments.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Deep thoughts, fuzzy cats in heartwarming documentary.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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A sensitive, powerful drama on race issues.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Warm, feel-good docu about being nice is uplifting.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Adaptation of Alcott's story livened by superstar cast.
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(Release Year: 1949)
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Beautifully animated Japanese folktale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Beautiful film about WWII has intense themes, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Charming, thought-provoking global docu about childhood.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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A beautiful, rare family film that everyone can enjoy.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Engaging economics docu encourages equality, activism.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Uplifting docu promotes religious tolerance via dance.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Excellent docu on Muslim high school football players.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Moving drama about interracial couple's historic fight.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Engaging, entertaining, empowering superhero adventure.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Serious adult docu about Muppets in developing nations.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Brooks' corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Dark yet sweet underdog tale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Maggie Smith is unforgettable in (mostly) true dramedy.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Inspiring docu about gang intervention program in LA.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Transgender soldier docu portrays bravery, strength.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Riveting true story of a young autistic woman's journey.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Moving documentary brings hate-crime victim to life.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Heartbreaking, mature, unforgettable coming-of-age drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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