10 Movies With Values To Watch On Netflix With Your Teens

Help your bored teen beat the quarantine blues with these ten entertaining movies on Netflix. The best part – apart from the entertainment factor, they come with a moral message as well.

By Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi  • 11 min read

10 Movies With Values To Watch On Netflix With Your Teens

With lockdown regulations in full swing due to the coronavirus, it is no surprise that many of us, especially teens are stuck indoors with nothing much to do. With going out and meeting friends a thing of the past, and work and education being conducted online, staying home 24/7 has given rise to boredom and stress. From trying to weed out fake news on the Internet to ensuring complete health and hygiene, it is proving to be a tough time.

During times like this, it is vital to take a break and reflect occasionally, and we are lucky to have the privilege to do so through various forms of entertainment to take our mind off the daily troubles.

Netflix for the entire family

Netflix, a video-streaming service, has become a godsend during this period. It can keep you entertained for hours on end with over 13000+ movies on the platform. From television shows to animation, from horror to action, from regional content to family movies, it is a one-stop cure to boredom!

With families locked up together, it is important to spend quality time with one another. To help you, we've handpicked ten different films with beautiful messages and powerful stories to watch with your teens. Cinema, through the years, has been a wonderful way to convey meaningful messages to its audience. Turn your Netflix time into an emotional and empowering journey with these inspiring movies.

10 movies with values for teens

1. Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales, a teen living in New York, gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gets 'super' abilities like Spider-Man. While attempting to destroy a deadly "super-collider", the real Spider-Man loses his life, and Miles attempts to honour his legacy by being the city's new superhero. He quickly discovers that he's not the only Spider-Man, and that there are different versions of him. Teaming up with Spider-Men from different universes, Miles goes on an adventure to disable the super-collider and return his friends to their universes.

Value for teens

This visual-masterpiece weaves themes of selflessness and friendship, as well as the expectations and pressure of living up to them.

"With hilarious scenes and beautiful animation, this movie is a great watch for both teens and adults" says Divya, 43, a housewife.

2. Dead Poets Society

Set in an elite all-boys boarding school, the movie tells the story of seven students and their unorthodox English teacher. The boys come from very conservative families where they are always told to obey orders. Their teacher, John Keating, teaches them to be proud of themselves and do what makes them happy. The boys also join the 'Dead Poets Society', where they learn to appreciate literature.

Value for teens

Keating teaches the boys to live life to the fullest and think for themselves. His motto in life is "Carpe Diem", a Latin expression meaning 'seize the day'. This 1989 classic explores themes of individuality and self-expression.

3. White Fang

White Fang, a wolf-dog hybrid, lives a rather harsh life in the Arctic. He gets adopted by aboriginal people but is resented by their pack of dogs. He gets sold into a dog-fighting ring, and is one of the most aggressive dogs there. Despite the painful aspects of White Fang's life, the movie turns out to be heart-warming in a melancholic way.

Value for teens

The movie preaches adventure and heroism, and encourages viewers to carry on, even when things get rough (or rather, ruff!). It also metaphorically tells us that anybody can be a good person if they try.

4. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

This movie is a true story based on the life of William Kamkwamba, a curious and resourceful schoolboy, who comes from a family of farmers. He gets banned from school when his family can't afford to pay his fees. Yet, he continues to sneak into the library and learn about machines. When his village is hit by famine, he uses his knowledge and builds an ingenious windmill to power a water pump. His cleverness leads to a good harvest and ends the village's famine.

Value for teens

William Kamkwamba is living proof that learning is never futile and creativity can save lives. It tells the story of the resilience of the human spirit and how it is important to be strong from the inside.

"William Kamkwamba's life is incredibly inspiring, and more children should know his tale," says Neel, 49-years-old.

5. Kung Fu Panda 2

When the tyrannous peacock Shen intends to conquer China and destroy Kung fu, Dragon Warrior Po and his friends take it upon themselves to stop Shen and save China. Along the way, Po discovers more about his past and discovers an aspect of himself that he thought never existed.

Value for teens

The movie teaches about determination and hope. It tells us that we must embrace our past and make peace with who we are.

6. Against The Sun

Based on a true story set during World War II, Against the Sun is a story about three men stranded on a boat in the open sea. After being forced to ditch their torpedo bomber, these three strangers endure dehydration, starvation, sharks, and despair as they set sail several miles to go home. It is surprisingly engaging, especially considering the fact that three men and a raft were the only things the story revolves around.

Value for teens

Against the Sun talks of endurance and determination, and every man's intrinsic will to survive. Just like the three pilots, we must never lose hope and carry on.

7. The Man Who Knew Infinity

Ace mathematician Ramanujan didn't have an easy life. His co-workers discovered his mathematical capabilities as he set out to do accounting tasks. He attracted the attention of G H Hardy, a famous mathematician at Cambridge. Ramanujan was sent to Cambridge to contribute to mathematics. Yet, he had to endure ill health, homesickness and racial prejudice. He faced these terrible adversities, worked hard with resilience and eventually got accepted as a Fellow of Trinity College.

Value for teens

Ramanujan's story is a story of resilience and curiosity in the face of difficulty. It inspires the audience to pursue their goals and fall in love with learning.

"It is important for children to know about all the difficulties Ramanujan had to face before he wrote his success story," says Usha, housewife.

8. Cinderella Man

Ex-boxer James J Braddock works as a day labourer until he gets the chance to box an up-and-coming contender. Following his victory, he returns to the boxing ring full time and takes on new challenges and new competitors, albeit against the wishes of his concerned wife. He is called Cinderella Man for his rags-to-riches story.

Value for teens

We must work hard on our goals. We must overcome all challenges, and channel our focus on what needs to be done.

9. The Help

This movie talks about the lives of black maids during the Civil Rights Movement. The maids go through horrible racial injustices and are deemed nearly untouchable. Reminiscent of India's caste system and social hierarchy, The Help is eye-opening and hard-hitting.

Value for teens

We must stand up for equality and justice. We must help the underprivileged and let their voices be heard.

10. I am Kalam

I am Kalam follows the adventures of a poor boy named Chotu who befriends the son of a once noble family. He is encouraged to get an education. He takes inspiration from the late President Abdul Kalam and wishes to meet him, even changing his name to Kalam. What follows next forms the crux of the story.

Value for teens

Its simple message of equal opportunity is expressed through a compelling narrative and light-hearted scenes. I am Kalam tells us that we must never lose hope or dignity.

The above-mentioned movies are entertaining, inspiring and a delight to watch. It is sure to inspire your teens to become better people and work towards their goals. These movies will teach us about life's truths and the intrinsic hope we all possess. We hope you enjoy spending time with your family with these movies!

Also read: How Celeb Dads And Their Kids Are Bonding During Lockdown

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Written by Vanshika Devuni Kalinidhi on 26 May 2020.

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