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.

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Beautifully animated "fairy" tale teaches about teamwork.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Outstanding 1970s Dr. Seuss parable about protecting nature.
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(Release Year: 1972)
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Books-inspired movie has great social messages for kids.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Family favorite features strong environmental message.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Vibrant, uplifting docu about African children's choir.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Excellent docu teaches Fast Food Nation-like lessons.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Powerful docu explores the problem of hunger in America.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Warm, feel-good docu about being nice is uplifting.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Beautiful, nuanced tale of an independent Saudi girl.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Informative, engrossing docu about saying no to sugar.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Earnest, inspiring docu shows realities of rural poverty.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Moving, engaging docu about high school musical theater.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Inspiring, tween-friendly docu on music's impact on memory.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Outstanding role model urges kids to stand up to bullies.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Powerful profile on horse whisperer has mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Powerful docu addresses critically important issue for kids.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Uplifting docu promotes religious tolerance via dance.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Strong, emotional documentary supports immigration reform.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Powerful docu explains why all girls need an education.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Inspiring, deeply affecting docu explores teen icon's life.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Thought-provoking docu uncovers educational challenges.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Riveting docu may inspire discussion of sexual harassment.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Provocative docu has some graphic scenes of animal cruelty.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Important but disturbing docu about food biz. Teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Engaging docu promotes a vegan diet in nonjudgmental way.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Inspiring docu shows young people capable of great things.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Excellent docu about teen sailor; some brief profanity.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Fascinating, award-winning docu on American fast food.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Inspiring docu about urban gardening; some profanity, drugs.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Gruesome, powerful, and inspiring dolphin documentary.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Inspiring docu about gang intervention program in LA.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Captivating, moving sports docu; some swearing.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Poignant LGBTQ docu highlights respect, acceptance.
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Riveting true story of a young autistic woman's journey.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Inspiring documentary portrays the dignity of the poor.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Vibrant, poignant, inspiring music docu; some profanity.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Bold docu explores Edward Snowden's controversial actions.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Unflinching, violent, but excellent docu on Arab Spring.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Brutal but inspiring docu about 2013-'14 Ukrainian uprising.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Outstanding but shattering docu set in war-torn Congo.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Must-see gun violence documentary is brutal.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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