Film The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch  

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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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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Forrest Gump 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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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Stand by Me 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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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Life Is Beautiful 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 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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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Inside Out 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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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Marley & Me 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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Beaches is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Beaches 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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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Terms of Endearment 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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The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
The Pursuit of Happyness 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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My Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
My Girl 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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I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
I Am Sam 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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My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
My Left Foot 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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Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Gandhi 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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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Good Will Hunting 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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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 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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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson War Horse is a 2011 American war 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 ...more

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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Pollyanna 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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Come and See is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
slothello added Come and See Aleksei Kravchenko, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Vladas Bagdonas Come and See is a 1985 Soviet war 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 ...more

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The End of the Tour is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
The End of the Tour 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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Pay It Forward is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Pay It Forward 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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Peaceful Warrior is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Peaceful Warrior 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
Amazing Grace 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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Adam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Adam Rose Byrne, Hugh Dancy, Amy Irving Adam is an American romantic drama film written and directed by Max Mayer, starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. The film follows the relationship between a young man named Adam with Asperger ...more

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth. It stars ...more

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About a Boy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
About a Boy Rachel Weisz, Hugh Grant, Toni Collette About a Boy is a 2002 British-American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. It is an adaptation of the 1998 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby. ...more

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Promised Land is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Promised Land 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.

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Juno 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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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Atonement Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Saoirse Ronan Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama war film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian McEwan's 2001 novel of the same name. The film stars James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, ...more

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Ram Dass Fierce Grace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Ram Dass Fierce Grace Ram Dass, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Abby Reyes RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE is an engrossing, poignant meditation on spirituality, consciousness, healing and the unexpected grace of aging.

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Silver Linings Playbook is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more

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The Dhamma Brothers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
The Dhamma Brothers The Dhamma Brothers is a documentary film released in 2007 about a prison meditation program at Donaldson Correctional Facility near Bessemer, Alabama. The film features four inmates, all ...more

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Another Year is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Another Year Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, David Bradley Another Year is a 2010 British drama film written and directed by Mike Leigh, starring Lesley Manville, Jim Broadbent, and Ruth Sheen. It premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in ...more

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews, based on Andrews's 2012 debut novel of the same name. It is the ...more

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The Celestine Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
The Celestine Prophecy Sarah Wayne Callies, Annabeth Gish, H├ęctor Elizondo The Celestine Prophecy is a 2006 American film directed by Armand Mastroianni and starring Matthew Settle, Thomas Kretschmann, and Sarah Wayne Callies. The film is based on James Redfield's ...more

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Mary and Max is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch
Mary and Max Eric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. The voice cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni ...more