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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Finding Nemo Movie Poster Image
Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Odd Squad: The Movie Movie Poster Image
Pint-sized problem-solvers face rival squad on funny show.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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A Goofy Movie Movie Poster Image
Even tweens will enjoy this road trip with Goofy.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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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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Ratatouille Movie Poster Image
Cute rat tale has some peril and potentially scary moments.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Up Movie Poster Image
Up
Pixar's stunning adventure is an upper for everyone.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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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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Boy and the World Movie Poster Image
Poignant hand-drawn story promotes family, environmentalism.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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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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Elf Movie Poster Image
Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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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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How to Train Your Dragon Movie Poster Image
Thrilling 3D adventure sends brains-over-brawn message.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Indian in the Cupboard Movie Poster Image
Classic, heartwarming fantasy will rivet kids.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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James and the Giant Peach Movie Poster Image
Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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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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High School Musical Movie Poster Image
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Movie Poster Image
Classic pits Jimmy Stewart against government corruption.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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The NeverEnding Story Movie Poster Image
Boy bibliophile becomes part of fantasy tale.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Zarafa Movie Poster Image
Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Holes Movie Poster Image
Great movie respects its audience's intelligence.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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I Am Bolt Movie Poster Image
Winning docu celebrates world's fastest man; mild cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Magnus Movie Poster Image
Inspirational docu on the "Mozart of Chess"; some bullying.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Millions Movie Poster Image
A beautiful, rare family film that everyone can enjoy.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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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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October Sky Movie Poster Image
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Phantom Boy Movie Poster Image
Poignant crime caper follows sick boy with ghostly ability.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Remember the Titans Movie Poster Image
Inspiring football drama brings history to life.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Under the Turban Movie Poster Image
Informative docu sheds light on oft-misunderstood religion.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Boy and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Surprisingly touching coming-of-age adventure has heart.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Movie Poster Image
Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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My Life as a Zucchini Movie Poster Image
Animated drama about orphan is touching, unforgettable.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Napoleon Dynamite Movie Poster Image
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Rudy Movie Poster Image
Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Swim Team Movie Poster Image
Inspiring documentary about young athletes with autism.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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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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Apollo 13 Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Poster Image
Delightful but dark Potter prequel is more grown-up.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Gandhi Movie Poster Image
Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Invictus Movie Poster Image
Inspiring tale about Mandela, rugby, and national pride.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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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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The Martian Movie Poster Image
Excellent space thriller mixes peril, charm, real science.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Pursuit of Happyness Movie Poster Image
Inspirational but often emotionally wrenching story.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Movie Poster Image
Story of kids' labor-of-love Indy remake is fun, moving.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Right Stuff Movie Poster Image
Exciting '80s astronaut movie has cursing, sex.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Sounder Movie Poster Image
Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster Image
Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Billy Elliot Movie Poster Image
Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Dead Poets Society Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Life Is Beautiful Movie Poster Image
Wrenching Holocaust fable with bittersweet humor.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Lion Movie Poster Image
Great performances in emotional, intense biographical drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Lost Boys of Sudan Movie Poster Image
Enlightening documentary for adults and teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Lucas Movie Poster Image
A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Selma Movie Poster Image
Outstanding drama about MLK's fight for equal rights.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Stand and Deliver Movie Poster Image
Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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To Sir, with Love Movie Poster Image
Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower Movie Poster Image
Docu about brave teen taking on oppressive government.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Mask You Live In Movie Poster Image
Moving documentary examines what it means to be a man.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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