24 Powerhouse Movie Clips Engage Heart & Mind

To see the movies used to illustrate each character strength, click on each of the three collections. The movies will be shown below.


Research shows that the foundation of self-esteem and one’s sense of worth is developed through performance. As these strengths develop, students work harder and complete their education.

Responsibility = Captain Phillips

Knowing the right choice and making the right choice. Trustworthy, reliable, dependable; accountable for one’s attitude and behavior. When corrected, responsible people prevent a future problem by making changes.

Honesty and Integrity = Captain America 2

Sincere, factual, and straightforward. Truthful outwardly and privately; doesn’t lie, cheat, or steal. Authentic, creditable, without deceit.

Courage = The Maze Runner

Brave, valiant, determination to accomplish goals when opposed. Facing danger and stress despite fear to attain a higher good. Taking calculated risk to do the right thing.

Grit and Perseverance = Unbroken

Choosing to move forward despite challenges, hardship, and discouragement. Enduring suffering or persecution over time to complete a goal or receive a benefit .Persistence in a task with the informed belief that it will be worth the effort.

Self-Control = 42

Self-regulation, self-discipline, willpower, temperance. Restraint of one’s impulses, emotions, or desires harnesses energy to do what is right or necessary. Choosing to do what should be done rather than what one might prefer to do.

Humility = Cinderella

Willingness to admit mistakes and enjoy other’s success. Confidence without need for acclaim or approval. Modest and honest appraisal of one’s own strengths and weaknesses.

Excellence and Achievement = The Imitation Game

Being outstanding or extremely good. Possessing outstanding qualities or merit. Detailed, precise, producing exceptional quality or quantity.

Leadership = Star Trek: Into Darkness

Strong, visionary ability to lead with competence to complete an objective. Intelligently managing group and situational dynamics toward a goal. Using power, authority, motivation, and behavioral dynamics to move a group to achieve.

As students learn to have healthy relationships, they are more tolerant, secure, and confident. Bullying decreases, cliques diminish, and “bad boys” and “mean girls” are no longer cool.

Students’ academic achievement correlates most with their intrinsic desire or motivation. Motivation is the result of deepening insight and a sense of transcendence.

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