According to my study, "I am moved by the film" sounds like I am sad and cry when I feel sorry for the the characters in the film

"I am touched by the film" is similar but a bit weaker emotion.

Because "touched" is just a contact that does not make something move. However, "moved" is a strong contact that makes something move.

That is what I think, but I might get it wrong.

Are "I am moved by the film" and "I am touched by the film" similar but the former is stronger than the latter?

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Several dictionaries give moved as a synonym of touched!

We generally use touched to refer to gratitude for an unexpected kindness, but it can also refer to feelings of sympathy with another person's plight.

In general, you are correct in saying that a moving film elicits stronger emotions than a touching one.

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