He grew up to be such a hottie! October Sky (1999). An “inspirational” movie that isn’t absurdly sappy (and stars a very young Jake Gyllenhaal). | 89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids
This film has a lot of great discussion starters: inequalities, social status, social inequalities, the point of school, jobs, and learning. It is somewhat long and a good lesson plan is needed to make showing this movie beneficial, but it can be done and would be very useful. -Ben Wynn
October Sky (1999) Directed by Joe Johnston. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen. The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.