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

age 5+

Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1998)
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Charlotte's Web (2006)

age 5+

Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Cars 3

age 6+

Some intense scenes in story of empowerment, mentorship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Despicable Me 2

age 6+

More minions and romance make for a sweet, silly sequel.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Klaus

age 6+

Santa origin story is a sweet reminder of generosity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Inside Out

age 6+

Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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The Iron Giant

age 6+

Touching robot-kid friendship tale has great messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1999)
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Smallfoot

age 6+

Fun, feel-good animated musical offers positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

age 7+

Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Song of the Sea

age 7+

Beautiful Irish tale explores myths, sibling relationship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Brave

age 8+

Mother-daughter princess tale has some very scary scenes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

age 8+

Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1977)
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Fly Away Home

age 8+

Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1998)
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McFarland, USA

age 10+

Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Emma

age 10+

Perfect for warmhearted family entertainment.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1996)
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Maiden

age 11+

Poignant, thrilling tale of groundbreaking female sailors.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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12 Angry Men

age 12+

Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic is still relevant.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1957)
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Life, Animated

age 12+

Unforgettable doc about autism, communication, Disney.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Wonder Woman

age 12+

Engaging, entertaining, empowering superhero adventure.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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The Great Debaters

age 13+

Inspiring true story confronts racism head-on.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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