Free Willy | 1993
A boy's best friend is his whale in this gentle coming-of-age story. Jesse (Jason James Richter) is an orphan placed in foster care after being caught vandalizing the local amusement park. When he's sentenced to cleaning up the park's whale exhibit, he finds new friends in the employees (Lori Petty, August Schellenberg) and the orca in their charge. When the whale's life is threatened by the park's greedy owner (Michael Ironside), it's up to the boy to release his unlikely friend from captivity.