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The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch

Updated January 11, 2019 784 votes 128 voters 3.7k views

List RulesVote up the films empaths will find comforting and inspirational.

On occasion, you just need to watch a movie that hits you right in the feels. For sensitive people, there are plenty of great movies to watch. When you frequently experience empathy, stories often induce tears and sometimes you need a good cry. If you're trying to get in touch with your emotional side, these empathetic movies can help! 

These are films that bring our emotions to the surface. An empathic person needs to respond strongly to a film in order to get invested. The best movies for empaths are incredibly poignant and focus on a character's inner emotional journey. Whether it's the coming-of-age story of a character growing up and learning harsh life lessons or the saga of someone coping with a trying experience, these are good films to get the tears rolling. Just make sure to have a box of tissues ready if you select any of the flicks below for your next movie night. 

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    Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Beaches is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Beaches

    Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik

    Released1988

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris... more
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    Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Marley & Me

    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane

    Released2015

    Directed byPete Docter

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflowe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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    Juno is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Life Is Beautiful

    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

    Released1997

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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    Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Pay It Forward

    Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byMimi Leder

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    My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    My Left Foot

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw

    Released1989

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly  is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks

    Released2011

    Directed byStephen Daldry

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    Come and See is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Come and See

    Aleksei Kravchenko, Liubomiras Lauciavicius

    Released1985

    Directed byElem Klimov

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    I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

    Released2001

    Directed byJessie Nelson

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    Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Gandhi

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand... more
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    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Peaceful Warrior is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Peaceful Warrior

    Nick Nolte, Amy Smart

    Released2006

    Directed byVictor Salva

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    Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Pollyanna

    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Swift

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    The End of the Tour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    The End of the Tour

    Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel

    Directed byJames Ponsoldt

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    Amazing Grace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Amazing Grace

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Apted

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    Promised Land is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
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    Promised Land

    Matt Damon, Frances McDormand

    Released2012

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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