Like any other ability, kindness may be honed through practice. If we don’t instill in our children the value of kindness from an early age, they will never develop it on their own.
Being kind is also essential to making and keeping excellent friends. You can’t have one without the other!
Movies may be a fun and educational tool to talk about compassion and friendship. We polled our friends and colleagues to come up with a list of 30 films where the protagonists show compassion, understanding, and good will toward others.
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Throughout the day, the Trolls can be found dancing, singing, and cuddling with each other. It is only when they are eaten by the Bergens that they are pleased. When the grumpy Bergens invade their community, two mismatched friends must work together to save the Trolls.
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
The story revolves around an odd duo: a fox named Tod who has been adopted by a family and a hound dog named Max (Copper). They become inseparable and develop a strong bond. Tod and Copper make a ‘friends forever’ pact, but the road ahead is not without its challenges for these two.
Taare Zameen Par – Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Ishaan Awasthi, an eight-year-old youngster suspected of causing mischief, is a person of interest. He consistently fails to do well in class. In order to ‘discipline’ him, he is sent away to a boarding school One day, Nikumbh, the school’s new instructor, breaches every rule and infects the pupils with joy, everyone but Ishaan. He soon discovers that Ishaan is quite depressed, and he sets out to find out what is wrong with him. He tries to be of assistance to him. He helps Ishaan find himself over the course of time, patience, and care.
Homeward Bound (1993)
Animals (two dogs and a cat) from three households trek over mountains and farmland in search of their owners in The Incredible Journey. Pets assume that their owners have abandoned them when, in fact, they have been temporarily placed in the care of a friend by their family. A hilarious and hilariously misadventurous trip awaits the three pets as they make their way back to their owners from the wilds of the world.
August Pullman, a little child with facial differences, has been unable to attend a standard school because of his condition. It’s hard for Auggie to fit in at school because of his unusual appearance, but he’s determined to be accepted as a normal youngster. His family members and the students at his school all struggle to come to terms with their feelings of compassion and acceptance.
The BFG (2016)
The Big Friendly Giant meets Sophie, a ten-year-old girl. She soon learns that the 24-foot-tall monster is actually quite kind and endearing, as she had expected. Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, and other giants are drawn to Sophie as their bond grows. While in London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to assist them in destroying all evil giants.
Fly Away Home (1996)
a moving story of a New Zealand teen forced to live with her Canadian father at the age of thirteen. You learn what family is all about when you adopt and teach to fly an orphan flock of geese!
Charlotte’s Web (2006)
When Fern rescues a piglet, she names him Wilbur and raises him as her own. In the end, she has sell Wilbur to her uncle Homer Zuckerman since he has grown into a porker. Wilbur is introduced to a variety of animals in Zuckerman’s barn, where he learns that he will be butchered for food in the winter. Charlotte, a knowledgeable and loving spider who befriended Wilbur, promises to preserve his life out of fear for his own safety.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Stitch is the new pet of Lilo, a little Hawaiian girl. Stitch ponders the nature of love and family in the absence of friends, family, and memories, and his feelings towards Lilo change as a result of his newfound insight.
Carl Fredricksen had aspirations of traveling to South America as a child in search of the fabled Paradise Falls there. Later in life he and Russell begin their trip by hoisting his house with hundreds of balloons 64 years later. They meet many new people, including a talking dog, as they go.
E.T. is one of a group of visitors from another planet who gets separated and ends up on Earth. Elliot, a 10-year-old boy, becomes the little alien’s best friend and emotional partner. As they speak and form a new kind of friendship, Elliot and E.T. learn more about life on Earth and each other.
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old genius, earns money by participating in illicit robot fights. As a thank you for saving Hiro from a gang, Tadashi, Hiro’s older brother, introduces him to his nurse robot, Baymax, whose primary goal in life is to look after people. Baymax and his friends, Go Go Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred team up with the younger sibling when he needs their support.
A piglet named Babe is the prize of a local fair for farmer Arthur Hoggett. The piglet makes friends with Fly, one of the farm’s sheepdogs, and learns all about the other animals. Babe goes on a career in sheepherding with some outstanding success thanks to the support of Fly and Farmer Hoggett.
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Opal, a ten-year-old Florida girl, and her father have just moved to a little town. Having been found wandering around a nearby grocery, she names him after the establishment. After meeting Winn-Dixie, Opal realizes that he can form friendships with anyone he comes across.
Finding Dory (2016)
A young Dory is separated from her parents when she is a blue tang fish. Nemo and Marlin have made her their home on the reef. Awakened by the memory of her family, the trio sets out on a life-changing journey to find them.
5-year-old It is Ponyo, a young goldfish princess that Sosuke, the son of a sea captain, falls in love with. Her desire to become human deepens as her connection grows with Sosuke.
The Iron Giant (1999)
This is the story of Hogarth Hughes and the Iron Giant, a giant robot from outer space who become friends. Saving people from their own worst fears and biases is how the robot comes to understand its own humanity.
Meet The Robinsons (2007)
Lewis, an orphaned 12-year-old genius, longs to see a picture of his mother. When he meets Wilbur Robinson, a mystery stranger, he is taken on a ride to the future, where he meets Wilbur’s eccentric relatives.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old from South Los Angeles, competes in spelling bees under the tutelage of the outspoken Dr. Larabee, despite the opposition of her mother Tanya. It’s a win for Akeelah’s neighbors when she gets a chance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and it’s a win for Akeelah as well.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Kiki, a 13-year-old witch, tells her story. She’ll have to live away from home for a year to get her bearings as an independent adult. It’s easy to see why people like Kiki’s resourcefulness, originality, and tenacity. She’s ready to take on the world with her talking cat Jiji by her side.
How to Train Your Dragon (Trilogy) (2010)
Hiccup, a 15-year-old nerd, is tasked with rescuing a dragon from a cave. Hiccup mistakenly shoots down a Night Fury, one of the island’s most elusive dragons, during one of the village’s conflicts. Hiccup quickly learns that the dragons aren’t at all what the Vikings had always imagined them to be, and this shocks him.
The mammal metropolis of Zootopia is home to a diverse population of animals who coexist harmoniously. As the first official rabbit police officer, Judy Hopps rapidly discovers how difficult it is to enforce the law. In order to figure out who’s behind it all, she’s forced to team up with a con artist fox named Nick Wilde.
To find a place to call home, a young Peruvian bear sets out towards London. With no one to turn to, he discovers that city life is not all he had anticipated. He is graciously welcomed into the Brown family’s home, where he stays for the time being.
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur, is found by Alex. He quickly gathers a gang of knights, both allies and foes, and joins forces with the magician Merlin. In order to save humanity from the evil enchantress Morgana and her legion of magical soldiers, they must work together.
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
He and his squad travel to the sky in pursuit of their arch-enemy, while Snoopy’s best pal Charlie Brown falls in love and seeks to impress Little Red-Haired Girl.
My Neighbor Totoro (1990)
As their mother recovers from illness in a nearby hospital, the story follows 10-year-old Satsuki and her 4-year-old sister Mei as they settle into an ancient country house with their father. Totoros, lively creatures who live in and around their home and the neighboring forest, quickly become friends with them.
Shrek, a green ogre who lives alone in the woods, is the subject of this narrative. Fairy tale figures invade his calm existence, upending everything. Shrek and his donkey pal set out on their adventure together. A fire-breathing dragon is protecting Princess Fiona, who is waiting for her true love, the King of Far Far Away, from Shrek. Shrek’s feelings for the beautiful princess are instantly obvious.
Batkid Begins (2015)
When a 5-year-old cancer survivor became an internet sensation, the world was riveted. His want to spend a day as Batman was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. One of the greatest “good news” stories of all time is being studied by the little youngster.
Kindness Is Contagious (2014)
Kindness Is Contagious’ tries to find out what the kindest act someone has ever done for you is. Many of the comments are heartwarming, with people relating stories of how they were surprised and touched by the generosity and sensitivity of others.
A Little Princess (1997)
For boarding school, Sara Crewe heads to New York City. Miss Minchin, the school’s strict headmistress, tries to curb Sara’s originality and makes an immediate impact on her popularity among her peers. Sara had no choice but to become a servant after her father’s death. Sara’s old companions treat her as though she were of a lower social class, so she makes friends with the other servants and relies on her imagination to keep her spirits upbeat about the future.