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 Movie Poster Image
Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Movie Poster Image
A toe-tapping song-fest for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Spookley the Square Pumpkin Movie Poster Image
Delightful musical tale of pumpkin who doesn't fit in.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Cinderella Movie Poster Image
Sweet fairy-tale classic for little princes and princesses.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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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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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Movie Poster Image
Animated classic is enchanting but also scary.
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(Release Year: 1937)
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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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Despicable Me Movie Poster Image
Clever, funny, and sweet villain-with-a-heart-of-gold tale.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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FernGully: The Last Rainforest Movie Poster Image
Family favorite features strong environmental message.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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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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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 Indian in the Cupboard Movie Poster Image
Classic, heartwarming fantasy will rivet kids.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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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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Howl's Moving Castle Movie Poster Image
Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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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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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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And the Children Shall Lead Movie Poster Image
A sensitive, powerful drama on race issues.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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A Christmas Carol (1984) Movie Poster Image
Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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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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Little Women (1949) Movie Poster Image
Adaptation of Alcott's story livened by superstar cast.
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(Release Year: 1949)
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated Japanese folktale for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Belle and Sebastian Movie Poster Image
Beautiful film about WWII has intense themes, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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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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Millions Movie Poster Image
A beautiful, rare family film that everyone can enjoy.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Inequality for All Movie Poster Image
Engaging economics docu encourages equality, activism.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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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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Loving Movie Poster Image
Moving drama about interracial couple's historic fight.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Steel Magnolias Movie Poster Image
Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Wonder Woman Movie Poster Image
Engaging, entertaining, empowering superhero adventure.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The World According to Sesame Street Movie Poster Image
Serious adult docu about Muppets in developing nations.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Young Frankenstein Movie Poster Image
Brooks' corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Dead Poets Society Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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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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The Lady in the Van Movie Poster Image
Maggie Smith is unforgettable in (mostly) true dramedy.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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G-Dog Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu about gang intervention program in LA.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Lady Valor Movie Poster Image
Transgender soldier docu portrays bravery, strength.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Temple Grandin Movie Poster Image
Riveting true story of a young autistic woman's journey.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Schindler's List Movie Poster Image
Accurate, heartbreaking masterpiece about the Holocaust.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Joy Luck Club Movie Poster Image
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine Movie Poster Image
Moving documentary brings hate-crime victim to life.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Virunga Movie Poster Image
Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Moonlight Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking, mature, unforgettable coming-of-age drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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