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The Best Movies for Empaths to Watch

Updated January 11, 2019 997 votes 132 voters 4.0k 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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    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik

    Released1988

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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  • Terms of Endearment3
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

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  • Stand by Me4
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • My Girl5
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial6
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Swift

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    Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel

    Directed byJames Ponsoldt

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    Inside Out

    Amy Poehler, Diane Lane

    Released2015

    Directed byPete Docter

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    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

    Released1997

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Pay It Forward

    Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt

    Released2000

    Directed byMimi Leder

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    Amazing Grace

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Gambon

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Apted

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  • Come and See18
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    Come and See

    Aleksei Kravchenko, Liubomiras Lauciavicius

    Released1985

    Directed byElem Klimov

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  • My Left Foot19
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    My Left Foot

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw

    Released1989

    Directed byJim Sheridan

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    Promised Land

    Matt Damon, Frances McDormand

    Released2012

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

    Released2001

    Directed byJessie Nelson

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    Gandhi

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Attenborough

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    Nick Nolte, Amy Smart

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    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks

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