Movies That Inspire Gratitude

Gratitude is an important character strength and life skill for kids' success and happiness, but it's more than just saying "thank you." All of the films on this list can teach kids the value of being aware of and thankful for the good things in their lives -- and of taking the time to return kindness. These motivational movies ranging from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving to It's a Wonderful Life show the importance of being grateful by featuring characters who learn to overcome selfishness and truly appreciate what they have. (See even more movies and TV shows that inspire gratitude.)

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Movie Poster Image
Classic Turkey Day special for young and old.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1973)
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.
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(Release Year: 1966)
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VeggieTales: Madame Blueberry Movie Poster Image
Great songs and a timely message about the dangers of greed.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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Cinderella Movie Poster Image
Sweet fairy-tale classic for little princes and princesses.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1950)
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Annie (1982) Movie Poster Image
Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
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Mary Poppins Movie Poster Image
World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1964)
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Pollyanna Movie Poster Image
Wonderful family film with excellent messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1960)
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Up Movie Poster Image
Up
Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Coco Movie Poster Image
Stunningly animated, poignant tribute to family and culture.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Elf Movie Poster Image
Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Heidi (2015) Movie Poster Image
Enjoyable, beautiful, warmhearted remake of classic tale.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Freaky Friday Movie Poster Image
Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Oliver! Movie Poster Image
Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1968)
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Coraline Movie Poster Image
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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It's a Wonderful Life Movie Poster Image
This classic delivers warmth all year long.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1946)
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Kindness Is Contagious Movie Poster Image
Warm, feel-good docu about being nice is uplifting.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Harry & Snowman Movie Poster Image
A man and horse save each other in moving docu.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Groundhog Day Movie Poster Image
'90s comedy offers witty, sarcastic take on redemption.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie Poster Image
Magical, award-winning martial-arts fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Poster Image
You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Life Is Beautiful Movie Poster Image
Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Lion Movie Poster Image
Great performances in emotional, intense biographical drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Lost Boys of Sudan Movie Poster Image
Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Can You Dig This? Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu about urban gardening; some profanity, drugs.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu retells kids' poignant escape from Nazis.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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