Movies to Help Kids Deal with Grief

Grief is different for everyone. Kids and families who've experienced the death of a loved one (or pet!) can find comfort in these movies that address loss and its complicated aftermath. Ranging from lighthearted to serious, these films feature characters who deal with the devastation of death yet also find support and comfort as they process their emotions and learn to move forward. For more stories about tough moments in life, check out Books About Grief and How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects.

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Bambi Movie Poster Image
Disney's original circle-of-life story.
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(Release Year: 1942)
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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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The Lion King (1994) Movie Poster Image
Musical king-of-the-beasts blockbuster is powerful, scary.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Big Hero 6 Movie Poster Image
Awesome origin story is action-packed, deals with grief.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Up Movie Poster Image
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Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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The Book of Life Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated film has some scary imagery.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Coco Movie Poster Image
Stunningly animated, poignant tribute to family and culture.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Onward Movie Poster Image
Original, heartfelt sibling adventure about love and loss.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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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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Hugo Movie Poster Image
Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Old Yeller Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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The Secret Garden (2020) Movie Poster Image
Adaptation has positive themes but falls short on magic.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Yearling Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful adaptation of the prize-winning novel.
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(Release Year: 1946)
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Bridge to Terabithia Movie Poster Image
Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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My Dog Skip Movie Poster Image
Great boy-and-dog tale, but be prepared for tears.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Okko's Inn Movie Poster Image
Anime ghost story set in Japan embraces grief.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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A Dog's Purpose Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is sweet, poignant, and occasionally violent.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Beautiful Something Left Behind Movie Poster Image
Poignant documentary about kids coping with grief.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Bogus Movie Poster Image
Boy loses mom and gains imaginary friend in emotional drama.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Brian's Song Movie Poster Image
Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale Movie Poster Image
Dramatic story of a dog's devotion is emotionally intense.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Marona's Fantastic Tale Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, heart-tugging dog drama has some sad moments.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Summerland Movie Poster Image
Moving, relatable WWII drama about grief and lost love.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Farewell Movie Poster Image
Awkwafina shines in excellent dramedy about family, culture.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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My Girl Movie Poster Image
Coming of age tale tackles death; for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1991)
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My Life as a Dog Movie Poster Image
Sensitive subtitled coming-of-age movie for older kids.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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A Monster Calls Movie Poster Image
Heartrending adaptation explores the enormity of grief.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Steel Magnolias Movie Poster Image
Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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We Bought a Zoo Movie Poster Image
Family film tackles grief with humor and deep empathy.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Beaches Movie Poster Image
'80s tearjerker about friendship is emotionally intense.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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The Boys Are Back Movie Poster Image
Moving drama about loss, grief may be too heavy for kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Burn Your Maps Movie Poster Image
Poignant, quirky family dramedy explores grief.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Ghost Movie Poster Image
'90s classic has violence, cursing, sexual references.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Land Movie Poster Image
Intimate, occasionally dark portrait of grief and isolation.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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Lorenzo's Oil Movie Poster Image
Intense film about a boy's fatal illness has heavy themes.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Love Sarah Movie Poster Image
Half-baked British dramedy about grief, friends, and cakes.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Ride Your Wave Movie Poster Image
Beautiful anime is too sad for young or sensitive kids.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Stepmom Movie Poster Image
Contrived yet effective family weepie.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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The Bucket List Movie Poster Image
Bittersweet dramedy approaches death with humor.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Movie Poster Image
Drama about child's 9/11 loss stirs up sadness.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Fault in Our Stars Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking love story is a must-see for fans of the book.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Made in Italy Movie Poster Image
Poignant father-son dramedy has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Ordinary People Movie Poster Image
Story of emotional honesty is best for teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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P.S. I Love You Movie Poster Image
Tragic romance is too intense for younger kids.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Chemical Hearts Movie Poster Image
Grief, trauma, sex, and heartbreak in book-based teen drama.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Evelyn Movie Poster Image
Grieving family hikes to remember deceased loved one.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Terms of Endearment Movie Poster Image
Glossy, funny, and packs a real emotional wallop.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Rabbit Hole Movie Poster Image
Moving, mature drama about loss is too heavy for kids.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Descendants Movie Poster Image
Devastating, moving dramedy about death and forgiveness.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The King of Staten Island Movie Poster Image
Funny, touching Pete Davidson story has profanity, drug use.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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