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This movie round-up can help as we teach our family to look beyond appearances, and beyond themselves. As I’ve watched 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. Some of the kids movies are pretty obvious- but I wanted to include ideas for kids as well as teens and adults!
Movies For Younger Children That Teach Compassion
1. Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie
God shows compassion and mercy to Jonah. But will Jonah show it to the people of Nineveh?
2. Charlotte’s Web
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!
4. Finding Nemo
When Nemo gets separated from his father, others step in to help them be reunited.
5. Meet The Robinsons
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.
6. Beauty and the Beast
Belle is able to see the goodness in Beast, when others are unable to.
Movies For Teenagers That Teach Compassion
7. Love, Kennedy
This movie shows the heart wrenching, though
8. Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
True story of a priest who volunteers to serve at a leper colony at the risk of his own life. This story is astounding.
9. Random Acts
A reality tv show, where the hosts do acts of service for people in need. Super heart-warming.
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.
11. Amazing Grace
The remarkable true story of William Wilberforce and his battle to end slavery in England.
12. Ephraim’s Rescue
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
13. Temple Grandin
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. (Personal story: I had a teenager with autism in our church group, and it was hard for others to understand why she acted certain ways. After I invited everyone to come over to my home and watch this movie, I was amazed at the difference a little bit of education and understanding made!)
14. It’s A Wonderful Life
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.
16. What are Words?
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.
17. The Purpose of Life
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”.
18. The Butterfly Circus
The Greatest Showman meets the Great Depression. A ringmaster sees the best in people that others overlook or mock. Starring Nic Vijicic.
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