Movies That Promote Communication

Communication seems easier than ever when you can send a text to someone on the other side of the world in an instant, but it's an important character strength for kids' growth and development. There's more to communication than words on a page or screen, and that's where these movies come in. This list is full of films that help teach kids the value of thoughtful listening and clear expression, as well as the importance of honoring differences and being respectful. They also feature characters who express their true selves and learn how their words and actions affect others. (See even more movies and TV shows that promote communication.)

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A Bug's Life Movie Poster Image
Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Charlotte's Web (2006) Movie Poster Image
Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Cars 3 Movie Poster Image
Some intense scenes in story of empowerment, mentorship.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Despicable Me 2 Movie Poster Image
More minions and romance make for a sweet, silly sequel.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Inside Out Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Iron Giant Movie Poster Image
Touching robot-kid friendship tale has great messages.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster Image
Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Song of the Sea Movie Poster Image
Beautiful Irish tale explores myths, sibling relationship.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Brave Movie Poster Image
Mother-daughter princess tale has some very scary scenes.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Poster Image
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Fly Away Home Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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McFarland, USA Movie Poster Image
Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Emma Movie Poster Image
Perfect for warmhearted family entertainment.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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12 Angry Men Movie Poster Image
Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic is still relevant.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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Life, Animated Movie Poster Image
Unforgettable doc about autism, communication, Disney.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Wonder Woman Movie Poster Image
Engaging, entertaining, empowering superhero adventure.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Great Debaters Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story confronts racism head-on.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Breakfast Club Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Before Sunrise Movie Poster Image
Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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The Edge of Seventeen Movie Poster Image
Excellent acting in poignant, mature coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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