The following is a list of 12 movies and documentaries that are recommended to inspire children and teens.  Some inspire acts of kindness while others inspire you to be yourself – even when faced with challenges and adversity.

As with any of my recommendations, I strongly encourage parents to view the films for themselves first. We all have different comfort levels with what we allow our kids to watch – and what age they can watch them.

*You can click on most of the movie images below to go to Amazon to check out each film. Please note these are affiliate links – you can support the mission of Project Stella Resources through your book purchase!


Know a young person (ages 5-15) that demonstrates kindness and compassion to others? Nominate him or her to be featured in “52 Kids who ROCK: Inspiring Stories of young people that Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness”.

If you like these suggestions for movies, also check out our six-part series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8.

All of these books listed in the series teach valuable life lessons.

Part One: Perseverance
Part Two: Responsibility
Part Three: Kindness
Part Four: Family & Friends
Part Five: Courage
Part Six: Exploration & Discovery