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Movies That Inspire Kids to Change the World

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but movies can be particularly powerful for kids and teens. Whether it's the environmental message of FernGully that gets young kids thinking about the Earth differently or a documentary like Super Size Me! that inspires kids to change their eating habits, this list of movies can spur action. Many of these films have a specific aim to persuade viewers to think a certain way, so parents can help kids understand different sides of the issues as a means of keeping kids media savvy.

Browse Movies That Inspire Kids to Change the World

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Family favorite features strong environmental message.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
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Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
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Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
Editors' pick
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Excellent docu teaches Fast Food Nation-like lessons.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
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Powerful docu explores the problem of hunger in America.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Editors' pick
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Beautiful, nuanced tale of an independent Saudi girl.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Informative, engrossing docu about saying no to sugar.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Moving, engaging docu about high school musical theater.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
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Inspiring, tween-friendly docu on music's impact on memory.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Uplifting docu promotes religious tolerance via dance.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Strong, emotional documentary supports immigration reform.
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In Theaters Now
(2013)
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Powerful docu explains why all girls need an education.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Thought-provoking docu uncovers educational challenges.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Powerful docu addresses critically important issue for kids.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Important but disturbing docu about food biz. Teens and up.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2009)
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Engaging docu promotes a vegan diet in nonjudgmental way.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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Inspiring docu shows young people capable of great things.
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In Theaters Now
(2014)
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Moving, earnest documentary on global warming.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
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Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
Editors' pick
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Excellent docu about teen sailor; some brief profanity.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Intensely watchable movie based on a true story.
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On DVD/Streaming
(1999)
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Fascinating documentary on American fast food.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
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Gruesome, powerful, and inspiring dolphin documentary.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2009)
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Inspiring docu about gang intervention program in LA.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Captivating, moving sports docu; some swearing.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Poignant LGBT docu highlights issues of respect, acceptance.
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Network: HBO
(2013)
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Riveting true story of a young autistic woman's journey.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
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Inspiring documentary portrays the dignity of the poor.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
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Vibrant, poignant, inspiring music docu; some profanity.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
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Unflinching, violent, but excellent docu on Arab Spring.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
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Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2003)

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