5 Movies to Work on Values in Childhood

Cinema is full of movies to work on values in childhood. Below, we've selected 5 of them, from different genres and dealing with different themes. Take note!
5 Movies to Work on Values in Childhood
Laura Ruiz Mitjana

Written and verified by the psychologist Laura Ruiz Mitjana.

Last update: 14 June, 2023

Films are a wonderful tool for conveying multiple messages through foreign realities. This makes it especially useful in the fields of education and psychology, especially to work on certain aspects with children. Today, we bring you 5 films to work on values in childhood.

Through them, we’ll make a journey through topics as diverse as emotions, life and death, love, responsibility, respect, freedom, and loss… If you want to work on some of these aspects with your children in a pleasant (and in many cases fun) way, movies can be a good way to do so.

“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”

-Orson Welles

5 movies to work on values in childhood

Here are 5 movies to work on values in childhood. They’re ideal to talk about emotional and social aspects of childhood and are aimed at different ages. They also deal with values such as friendship, love, companionship, and respect…

The character of Joe Gardner from the movie Soul.
© Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures (Distributor: Disney+)

In addition, some of them can be useful to work with children on topics such as life, death, and loss. Variety is the key!

Finding Nemo (2003)

This 2003 Oscar-winning film for being the best-animated film of the moment is now a classic of children’s cinema. It tells the story of a little fish, Nemo, who lives on a reef with his father and has a curiosity that will take him on an unforgettable journey.

Nemo is immersed in an adventure full of surprises. Thanks to this, his father, Marlín, meets Dori, his inseparable friend. A film that will move you and make you laugh in equal measure, full of irony, and that conveys values such as friendship and the importance of family.

Soul (2020) one of the films to work on values

Soul is an American film that tells the story of a music teacher who has a dream to become a renowned saxophonist. However, he suffers a serious accident that takes him to the “beyond”.

To come back to life (and we can’t reveal if he finally does), he has to go on a journey through his past, his emotions, and his experiences, which will make him connect with the meaning and significance of his life.

We consider it one of the greatest films to work on values in childhood because it allows children to reflect on aspects such as death, life, the past, the present and the future, the meaning of things, friendship, losses, and more…  It’s a story full of emotions and values.

Mulan (1998)

Mulan is an animated film that tells the story of the protagonist of the same name. It’s about a young Chinese girl who pretends to be a man to fight against the invasion of the Huns.

It’s a film that will allow us to reflect with children on values such as gender equality, as it’s a critique of sexist clichés. It reflects on the role of women in society and conveys a message of womens’s empowerment.

Inside Out (2015)

Another film to work on values in childhood is this American film by Pixar, released in 2015. It’s a critically acclaimed film that was very well received by the public. It explains the story of Riley, a girl who enjoys or “suffers” from all kinds of feelings and emotions.

Through it we will embark on a journey into ourselves that will allow us to reflect on all kinds of emotions, both positive and negative. An ideal film to explain to the little ones what each emotion is and what function each of them has, being all of them necessary to grow and move forward.

The four emotions represented in "Inside Out"
© Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

Hugo (2011)

A film by Martin Scorsese that’s a tribute to cinema and literature. It’s full of incredible special effects and is also available in 3D. The story unfolds in a Paris train station during the 1930s. Its main character is Hugo, an orphan boy who lives in hiding until another girl discovers him.

It’s a film that conveys values such as resilience and the power of love and friendship, among many others. It has received numerous awards, including five Oscars.

As you can see, children’s cinema is full of films with a high cinematographic value that also provide very interesting messages to work on certain aspects of childhood. Whether they’re old classics or new films, from all of them, we can extract a valid and useful message that helps us to continue educating from a place of love and respect.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela-

We encourage you to watch some of them with your children and discuss them with them afterward!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.