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As the holidays approach, and we try to help our children think about others, this movie round up will help you as you teach your family to look beyond appearances, and beyond themselves. As I’ve been watching these movies myself, I have felt my heart soften, and my resolve to care for others grow. These movies (particularly the ones for teens and older), will change the feeling in your home.
Some resources I have already written about, and the link will take you directly to that article, so you can find out more and have access to discussion questions. Other resources I haven’t written about yet, and the link will take you to Amazon for your convenience.
Movies For Younger Children That Teach Compassion
God shows compassion and mercy to Jonah. But will Jonah show it to the people of Nineveh?
Charlotte takes compassion on Wilbur and comes up with an idea to save his life. The book is even better!
Who grew up watching this one? I did!
A young girl is able to find goodness in an unkind man that her fellow townspeople view as a monster. Great music in this one!
When Nemo gets separated from his father, others step in to help them be reunited.
|Pollyanna chooses to be happy, but when she sees others unhappy, she does what she can to help them.|
Louis and Goob are both orphans. Their decisions will take them to different places. This movie helps you see “bad” people in a different light and wonder about their past.
Belle is able to see the goodness in Beast, when others are unable to.
Movies For Teenagers That Teach Compassion
This movie shows the heart wrenching, though
True story of a priest who volunteers to serve at a leper colony at the risk of his own life. This story is astounding.
A reality tv show, where the hosts do acts of service for people in need.
Caught between two worlds, a mixed race aristocratic woman tries to find her place- and her true friends- in 18th century England. Based on a true story.
The remarkable true story of William Wilberforce and his battle to end slavery in England.
Determined pioneers cross the American plains for religious reasons amid great hardship and peril. This is the story of a man who decided to stay at great personal cost and help them. Based on a true story.
Asked to save pioneers who are snowed in and starving on the plains of Wyoming (see 17 Miracles), Ephraim risks his own life to help. Based on a true story
Look into the life of a young woman with autism and see her talents as well as her challenges with the way people treat her. Based on a true story.
George Bailey lives his life thinking of others before himself. Watch what happens when he needs help from those he has served.
Short Youtube Clips
Would you be willing to help a neighbor every day for years without an end in sight? These people are.
After his fiance is in a devastating car crash and suffers a traumatic brain injury, an American Idol contestant sang this song as a promise of his commitment to her.
One man changes the trajectory of his life when he sees starving people in the street eating their own refuse. An astonishing story of compassion. A definite “must see”.
The Greatest Showman meets the Great Depression. A ringmaster sees the best in people that others overlook or mock. Starring Nic Vijicic.