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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Classic Turkey Day special for young and old.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.
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(Release Year: 1966)
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Great songs and a timely message about the dangers of greed.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Sweet fairy-tale classic for little princes and princesses.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Wonderful family film with excellent messages.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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Up
Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Stunningly animated, poignant tribute to family and culture.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Enjoyable, beautiful, warmhearted remake of classic tale.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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This classic delivers warmth all year long.
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(Release Year: 1946)
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Warm, feel-good docu about being nice is uplifting.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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A man and horse save each other in moving docu.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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'90s comedy offers witty, sarcastic take on redemption.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Magical, award-winning martial-arts fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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You'll laugh, you'll cry. Best divorce movie.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Great performances in emotional, intense biographical drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Inspiring docu about urban gardening; some profanity, drugs.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Inspiring docu retells kids' poignant escape from Nazis.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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