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List Rules Vote 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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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack
Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming of age comedy-drama adventure film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell. Based on the novella ...more
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29 5
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
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13 1
The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more
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22 4
Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel
Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his ...more
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22 7
Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling
Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more
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20 6
Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane
Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn ...more
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more
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17 5
Beaches is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey
Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara ...more
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13 5
Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more
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14 7
My Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd
My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more
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14 7
I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning
I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film written and directed by Jessie Nelson, and starring Sean Penn as a father with a developmental disability, Dakota Fanning as his inquisitive seven-year-old ...more
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10 5
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more
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9 4
The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more
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10 7
My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral ...more
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9 7
Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen
Gandhi is a 1982 epic biographical film which dramatises the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United ...more
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8 6
War Horse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson
This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during the ...more
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7 5
Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment
Pay It Forward is a 2000 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It was directed by Mimi Leder and written by Leslie Dixon. It stars Haley Joel Osment as ...more
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6 4
Juno is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman
Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more
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6 5
The End of the Tour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Joan Cusack
The End of the Tour is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Donald Margulies, based on David Lipsky's 2010 book Although of Course You End Up ...more
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5 4
Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills
Pollyanna is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden and Richard Egan in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a ...more
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5 4
Peaceful Warrior is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Paul Wesley
Peaceful Warrior is a 2006 drama film directed by Victor Salva and written by Kevin Bernhardt based on the novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Set at U.C. Berkeley, the film stars ...more
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Amazing Grace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon, Ioan Gruffudd
Amazing Grace is a 2006 American-British biographical drama film directed by Michael Apted, about the campaign against slave trade in the British Empire, led by William Wilberforce, who was ...more
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King Kong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Hayden the Monster Man added Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody
King Kong is a 2005 epic monster film and remake of the 1933 film of the same name. Directed, co-written, and produced by Peter Jackson, it stars Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, Jack Black as Carl ...more
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Come and See is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
slothello added Aleksei Kravchenko, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Vladas Bagdonas
Come and See is a 1985 Soviet drama film directed by Elem Klimov about and occurring during the Nazi German occupation of the Byelorussian SSR. Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova star as the ...more
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Promised Land is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski
A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.