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Five for Families: Films that tell emotional true stories
Michael Kelly as Jon Krakauer in "Everest." - photo by Deseret Connect
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

Hollywood often turns to real-life events as subject matter to take to the big screen, as with the recently released "Everest." Here are five films based on true stories that carry emotional impact.

In theaters: 'Everest'

A group of climbers gets caught in a severe snow storm while on Mount Everest. calls the film a stunning, thrilling, tragic true story. The website states that while anyone familiar with the real-life events that inspired the film knows it isnt a totally happy movie, the film still contains inspiring moral points as people risk their lives, love their families and try to inspire others. Objectionable content is minimal but intense peril is shown throughout, so caution is advised. recommends the film for viewers ages 13 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'Miracle'

A hockey coach leads the U.S. team to an unlikely victory against the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. While the story is one of hard work, Parent Previews warns that the film contains beer guzzling young adults, some mild locker room banter and profanities, as well as hard on-ice hits. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Redbox: 'McFarland, USA'

A coach at a predominately Latino high school in 1987 beats the odds and turns the cross country team into one of the best. Catholic News Services John Mulderig calls it an uplifting tale that can be enthusiastically recommended for moviegoers of almost all ages. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

iTunes: 'October Sky'

The first Sputnik launch in the 1950s inspires a young man to build his own rocket. Common Sense Media says the film is about following your dreams, no matter how unachievable they might feel, but cautions that much of the film centers on a tense father-son relationship. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'The Rookie'

A high school baseball team encourages its coach to try out for the major leagues. According to The Dove Foundation, viewers will find themselves cheering for the coachs success, and while there is some mild language in the film ... overall this is a very good film with positive elements in it. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.