Movies with Incredible Role Models for Boys

When Hogarth Hughes feels compassion for the trapped Iron Giant and works to free him, or when Billy Elliot pursues his passion for dancing despite what people say, boys see that manliness isn't just fighting and being tough. Boys deserve more than action-hero role models, and these incredible movies offer examples of kindness, selflessness, gentleness, and sensitivity -- examples that are good for everyone to see but especially for boys, who too often are bombarded with messages that they should be strong no matter what.

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Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Pint-sized problem-solvers face rival squad on funny show.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Even tweens will enjoy this road trip with Goofy.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Touching robot-kid friendship tale has great messages.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Cute rat tale has some peril and potentially scary moments.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Awesome origin story is action-packed, deals with grief.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Poignant hand-drawn story promotes family, environmentalism.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Thrilling 3D adventure sends brains-over-brawn message.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Classic, heartwarming fantasy will rivet kids.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Classic pits Jimmy Stewart against government corruption.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Great movie respects its audience's intelligence.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Winning docu celebrates world's fastest man; mild cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Inspirational docu on the "Mozart of Chess"; some bullying.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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A beautiful, rare family film that everyone can enjoy.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Poignant crime caper follows sick boy with ghostly ability.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Inspiring football drama brings history to life.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Informative docu sheds light on oft-misunderstood religion.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Surprisingly touching coming-of-age adventure has heart.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Animated drama about orphan is touching, unforgettable.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Inspiring documentary about young athletes with autism.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Outstanding Henry Fonda jury classic is still relevant.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Delightful but dark Potter prequel is more grown-up.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Inspiring tale about Mandela, rugby, and national pride.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Unforgettable doc about autism, communication, Disney.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Excellent space thriller mixes peril, charm, real science.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Inspirational but often emotionally wrenching story.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Story of kids' labor-of-love Indy remake is fun, moving.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Exciting '80s astronaut movie has cursing, sex.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Great performances in emotional, intense biographical drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Outstanding drama about MLK's fight for equal rights.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Docu about brave teen taking on oppressive government.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Moving documentary examines what it means to be a man.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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