Courage is sometimes obvious and other times less blatant than, for example, laying down your life so that others may live or heroically fighting off an enemy. In the course of family films, bravery has been displayed in many different ways -- from a young boy standing up to his boss to a grown man defiantly singing a song of unity and peace in times of war.

We've come up with a list of top 10 courageous moments in family films, but we realize that this list could consist of entirely different moments -- all of them coming from just one or two movies, in some cases. We tried to select moments from different decades and various types of films that appeal to families. Don't agree with our picks? Share your favorite moments of cinematic bravery in family flicks.



The Wizard of Oz Movie Poster
The Wizard of Oz
G1939
Based on 4 critics

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their... Read More

Charlotte's Web Movie Poster
Charlotte's Web
G1973
In Theaters on July 18, 1991

E.B. White's beloved children's tale is brought to life in this animated film, which finds the young... Read More

The Iron Giant Movie Poster
The Iron Giant
PG1999
Based on 27 critics

In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands... Read More

June 29, 2017
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The Lion King Movie Poster
The Lion King
G1994
Based on 14 critics

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas),... Read More

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
PG2001
Based on 36 critics

Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns... Read More

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
PG1982
Based on 29 critics

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy... Read More

June 28, 2017
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The Karate Kid Movie Poster
The Karate Kid
PG1984
In Theaters on 1984

Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly... Read More

Finding Nemo Movie Poster
Finding Nemo
G2003
Based on 38 critics

Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has... Read More

July 26, 2017
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