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The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch

Updated January 11, 2019 1.1k votes 135 voters 4.2k 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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