Movies That Inspire Curiosity

Curiosity is more than just what killed the cat. It's also an essential life skill and character strength that inspired the exciting adventures that take place in these films. The fantastic movies on this list show kids that wonder and knowledge are there for the taking, by focusing on characters who value learning information for its own sake and actively seek out new challenges. Questioning everything is intrinsic to these stories, which range from kid-friendly picks like Curious George and Alice in Wonderland to tween favorites like The Goonies and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire curiosity.)

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Curious George Swings into Spring Movie Poster Image
Friendly monkey's escapades teach tots about nature.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Alice in Wonderland Movie Poster Image
Surreal animated Disney classic with mild peril.
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(Release Year: 1951)
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Curious George (2006) Movie Poster Image
A simple, sweet, sometimes silly monkey tale.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Bambi Movie Poster Image
Disney's original circle-of-life story.
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(Release Year: 1942)
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Shaun the Sheep Movie Movie Poster Image
Tons of barn-animal fun in sweet stop-motion adventure.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Movie Poster Image
Exciting fairy adventure has loss, some scariness.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Movie Poster Image
A fantastical car story custom-made for kids.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Anne of Green Gables Movie Poster Image
Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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James and the Giant Peach Movie Poster Image
Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Movie Poster Image
Bright, spirited, and edgy version of Willy Wonka.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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The Secret Garden Movie Poster Image
Great book, great adaptation.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Chasing Coral Movie Poster Image
Awe-inspiring, poignant docu tracks decline of coral reefs.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Goonies Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Arrival Movie Poster Image
Great, deeply thoughtful, compassionate sci-fi tale.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Poster Image
Delightful but dark Potter prequel is more grown-up.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Rear Window Movie Poster Image
Hitchcock masterpiece stars peeping Jimmy Stewart.
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(Release Year: 1954)
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Chasing Ice Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Amelie Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful, charming for 16+.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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