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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Ghost Movie Poster Image
'90s classic has violence, cursing, sexual references.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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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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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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