Family Life | Wholesome Movies To Watch With Your Family


Sources to find good movies:

The following are websites that our readers have recommended to check out the decency of movies you may be interested in watching.


You can click on “excellent” or “good” and a list in alphabetical order will appear. You can then click on any title and see the review and get information on the movie. Hit the back arrow at the top left of the screen to return to the list. This website gives full details and moral rating on everything from what is out at the theater to movie rentals.







www.ldsnuggets.com/showcase/Family_Focus_Films.html (movies edited for family viewing; great prices)

www.ignatius.com      Ignatius Press, PO Box 1339, Ft. Collins, CO 80522 1-800-651-1531

www.familytv.com     Feature Films for Families (They have LOTS of movies made specifically for families. Contact number: 1-800-FAMILYTV. PO BOX 572401, MURARY, UT 84157

www.visionvideo.comVision Forum Movies, 1-800-523-0226

One Reader mentions SKY ANGEL, a Christian satellite service which is much better than cable or other satellite services (and cheaper—$14.99/mo.) It shows all the Creation Science programming! You can get more information at www.skyangel.com


You can purchase a censoring device at Target called “ClearPlay.” http://www.clearplay.com/ You can then pay a small subscription fee to “clean up” any questionable movies. Another lady writes about ClearPlay: “You can research it on the internet, it’s a DVD player, now available at Target for $50. It uses specialized software and movie specific filters to remove objectionable material from pre-selected movies. The filter id unlike anything you’ve seen before and removes the material in an almost seamless fashion. As with all things, this is no substitute for attentive parenting and doesn’t necessarily make all the filtered movies acceptable, but it is a beneficial option for our family. It is not funded by any type of Christian organization, it’s simply a family friendly alternative to the excessive language, violence, etc. in modern movies.”

Recommended Movies:

To find the following movies, do an Internet search for the title. Many can also be rented from your local library.

I will put an asterisk beside the movies that were recommended most frequently. I will also include comments from readers when they gave them. The only comments I have made throughout the list are in italics.

Nearly every person who emailed recommended the following four DVDs. They were the most popular recommendations.

Amazing Grace*

The true story of William Wilberforce and his fight to end the slave trade in the late 1700s in England. John Newton, who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace,” was a friend of his and together they worked to have the laws changed. There is some cleavage which I really wish they didn’t put in there we black those parts out and just listen to the words. The book that prompted the writing of the film, The Wilberforce Connection. I would highly recommend the book and also the autobiography of John Newton.


Time Changer*

The year is 1890and Bible professor Russell Carlisle has written a new manuscript entitled “The Changing Times.” His book is about to receive a unanimous endorsement from the board members of the Grace Bible Seminary until his colleague, Dr. Norris Anderson raises an objection. Dr. Anderson believes that what Carlisle has written could greatly affect the future of coming generations. Using a secret time machine, Anderson sends Carlisle over 100 years into the future, offering him a glimpse of where his beliefs will lead.www.TimeChangerMovie.com

Other Recommended Movies:

A Far Off Place (teens have to escape poachers and cross a great desert)

A Girl of the Limberlost

A Grand Opening

A Journey Home*

A Little Princess*

A Man Called Peter

A Stranger in My Forest

A Tale of Two Cities

A Vow to Cherish* (a husband’s vow to care for his wife with Alzheimer’s)

A Walk to Remember (family edited version with Mandy Moor and Shane West)

Absent-Minded Professor, The

Adventures of Ociee Nash, The

African Safari

Agent Abbey

Akeelah and the Bee* (This is the favorite movie of my Liberian daughters)

Alamo, The

Albert and Victoria (BBC), 2001 (AR reader: “It is one of my all-time favorites because of the high priority of marriage and family in a time of declining morals during the mid-1800s. The love story is so deep and meaningful. Albert (Victoria’s first cousin) really marries her more out of duty than anything. But over the course of the years, their vow and commitment to one another and Victoria learning to submit to her husband’s leadership is beautifully orchestrated.)

All Creatures Great and Small (BBC Series, following James Herriot’s veterinary life before and after WWII.

All Mine to Give * (older, tear-jerker movie, hard to find)

All the King’s Horses

Angels in the Outfield (1990s version)

Anna and the King (real life version of “King and I”; PG-13)

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Green Gables, the Sequel


Apple Dumpling Gang 1,2

Appointment, The

Arctic Tale

Around the World in 80 Days

Astronaut Farmer, The


Avengers, The

Babe 1,2

Babes in Toyland (with Annette Funicello)


Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, The

Backstairs at the White House (Acorn Media Productions; amazing history of all the presidents. No bad words of any kind. Super clean and informative.Got it from the library.An intimate look at life in the White House through eight administrations as remembered by a mother and daughter who, between them, served as White House maids for 52 years.

Bamboo in Winter

Barn Red

Beautiful People (This is a load of fun to watch—the whole family will enjoy watching it)

Because of Winn-Dixie*

Behind the Sun* (story of Christian missionary man in Muslim country)

Believe in Me


Bells of St. Mary’s (with Bing Crosby)




Big Big Book

Back to School

Six Lies of the Fibbler, The

Silencing the Gossip Queen

Defeating the Shadow of Doubt

Incredible Force of Joy, The

Fiendish Works of Doctor Fear, The

Conquering the Wrath of Rage

Shattering the Prince of Pride

Breaking the Bonds of Disobedience

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Jesus, Our Savior-Part 1

Jesus, Our Savior-Part 2

A Light in the Darkness

Divided We Fall

A Fight for Faith

Bible Stories:







        Paul the Emissary

Big Red

Black Beauty* (Warner Bros., 1999)

Black Stallion*

Blackbeard’s Ghost* (A “bad” pirate has to redeem himself by helping some little old ladies save his home from the “bad guys”)

Blood on the Mountain

Blue Bird, The

Blue Butterfly, The (a true—story very beautifully filmed)

Born Free/Live Free*—truestory of Elsa the lioness

Borrowed Hearts (available only on Ebay, Amazon, or by telephone)

Borrowers, The

Boys Town

Brave Little Toaster

Brian’s Song

Bringing Up Bobby

ButterCream Gang, The

Cabin in the Sky

Call of the Wild

Candle in the Dark (story of William Carey) –available through www.visionvideo.com)

Candleshoe (Disney)

Captains Courageous* (a spoiled teenager’s journey to learn to work hard and face life’s challenges)


Champion, The


Charlotte’s Web (real life)

Cheaper by the Dozen (1949 version ONLY)

Cheaper by the Dozen 2: Belles on Their Toes

Children of Heaven

Children of the New Forest

China Cry* (true story)

Christina (Pilgrim’s Progress Part 2—available through www.visionvideo.com)


Cinderella (TV version from the 60s with Leslie Ann Warren is good.)

Climb, The* (a Christian movie about mountain climbing and teaches great Christian values)


Come Away Home

Come What May

Cool Runnings

Count of Monte Cristo, The* (Jim Caviezel)

Captain Courageous


Cowgirls and Angels

Crocodile Hunter (Steve Irwin)

Cross and the Switchblade, The (Story of Nicki Cruz from David Wilkerson’s view. I wouldn’t recommend it for the kids, though; it shows violence and people on drug trips. Nicki was the leader of a street gang NYC. It is great story of God’s mercy and redemption! Amazing!–Bethany)

Crossing, The

Curly Top

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

David Copperfield

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates

Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier

Day After Tomorrow, The (PG-13- watch with discretion)


Dinner with a Perfect Stranger

Donut Man, The

On Tour

Celebration House, The

Best Present of All, The

Barnyard Fun

At the Zoo

At Camp Harmony

Donut All-Stars, The

Resurrection Celebration, The

Donut Repair Shop, The

After School

     On the Air

Dreamer* (inspired by a true story)

Driving Miss Daisy


Eastern Bride, The

Eden Strings Quartet: A Bountiful Blessing

Eight Below

End of Harvest

End of the Year


Ever After (two swear words)


Extreme Days

Facing the Giants*

Faith Like Potatoes

Fanny Crosby

Fantasia 2000

Father Goose


Fighting Temptations, The


First Emperor of China

Five Children and It



Fly Away Home

Follow Me, Boys* (with Fred McMurray)

Follow the Stars Home

Fort Apache (1948)

Fourth Wise Man, The

Freaky Friday* (old Disney version only, not Lindsey Lohan—mother and daughter have to see each other’s points of view before they can change back into their own skin)

Friendly Persuasion (Civil War time and a Quaker family with Gary Cooper)

Friendship in Vienna (friendship between a Protestant and Jewish girl during WWII)

Friendship’s Fields* (a review can be seen at: http://www.christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/2000/friendshipsfield.html

Future Tense

Game Plan, The



Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The (classic Disney movie)


Gloomy Sunday

Gnome Mobile, The

God Grew Tired of Us

Gods Must Be Crazy, The (1 and 2)*--very funny movies set in Africa

Gold Through the Fire

Goodbye, Miss Fourth of July (Greek immigrant family in American experiences prejudice in 1917)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Gospel of John, The (2003)

Gospel, The

Grace Unplugged

Great Expectations (NOT the new version)

Great Gatsby, The (NOT the new version)

Greatest Story Ever Told, The Grizzly Adams

Happiest Millionaire, The

Harvest of Fire

Harvey (1950)—an excellent movie!

Healing, The

Heaven’s Heroes


Herbie Goes Bananas

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

Herbie Rides Again

HerbieThe Love Bug

Heroes of Flight 93, The


Hidden Places

Holes (a children’s movie that teens and adults will love)

Home Beyond the Sun

Home Safe

Home Run

Homeward Bound 1, 2

Hook (a live action version of Peter Pan returns)


Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, The

Horsemasters, The (excellent with A. Funicello)

How Green Was My Valley

How the West Was Won

Hunt for Red October, The (only for older children)

I Am David (the story of a boy who escapes from a war camp and journeys across Europe)

I Remember Mama (a daughter’s tribute to her immigrant mother)


I’d Climb the Highest Mountain (an old movie about a country preacher and his wife)

Ice Princess

In Love and War (make sure it is the Hallmark version!)

Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution 1, 2, 3— http://www.explorationfilms.com/exploration-films-incredible-creatures-1.html

Incredible Journey, The

Indescribable—Louie Giglio speaks on God and the Universe and shows amazing footage of the Universe. www.268generation.com

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (takes the Lord’s name once, is harshly rebuked)

Inheritance, The (1997)

Iron Giant, The

Iron Will*

It’s a Wonderful Life

Jamaica Inn (excellent, with Jane Seymour)

Jan Amos Comenius (available through www.visionvideo.com)

Jane Eyre (only for older children)

Jeremy’s Egg

Jesus Film

John Bunyan Story, The

John Wayne movies

John Wesley* (available through www.visionvideo.com)

Johnny Tremain

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth 2


Jump In

Just Like Dad (Feature Films for Families)

Just Like Heaven (PG-13)

Kandahar (about the situation in the Middle East)

Karate Kid, The (old one only, watch with discretion)

Kate & Leopold

Kathleen (1941)

Kayla—a Cry in the Wilderness

Keeping Mum

Keeping the Promise

Key Largo


Kit Kitteredge: American Girl Story

Knights of the South Bronx, The

Lake House, The (unique love story)

Lassie (the newer version is excellent)

Last Flight Out*

Last Sin Eater, The*

Late One Night

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The

Left Behind series (PG-13)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (not cartoon)

Les Miserables* (watch with discretion)

Letters to Juliet

Life with Father (with William Powell and Irene Dunne)

Light in the Forest

Lightkeepers, The

Little Kidnappers, The

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Little Men

Little Women

Little Red Wagon

Locket, The

Lord of the Rings trilogy (based on Tolkien’s books rated PG-13) (These are not the kind of movies I like to watch! I haven’t ever watched them, but loads of people love them. Nancy)

Lorna Doone

Lost and Found Family

Lost in the Barrens

Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island

Love Comes Softly Series*

Love Comes Softly

Love’s Enduring Promise

Love’s Long Journey

Love’s Abiding Joy

Love’s Unending Legacy

Love’s Unfolding Dream

Love Takes Wing

     Love Finds a Home

Love’s Christmas Journey

Love Begins

Love’s Everlasting Courage

Love Letter, The

Made for Each Other

Magic of Ordinary Days (Hallmark—very good)

Man From Snowy River, The 1, 2

Man in the Iron Mask, The

Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The

Man Without a Face

Mandie Series:

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel

Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure

Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas

March of the Penguins

Martin Luther*

Mary Poppins


Mask of Zorro, The (only for older children)

Master and Commander

Mayor of Casterbridge, The

Meet Me in St. Louis

Miracle at Midnight

Miracle in the Woods

Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front

Moment After, 1, 2

Moment of Truth

Monkey’s Uncle, The

Monte Carlo

Moon-Spinners, The

Mountain Family Robinson

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Mr. Button videos:


        Dudley Dumpling

        Hidden Treasure


        Lost in Silver Canyon

        Red Bicycle, The

        Telling Kelly

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington*

Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris* (one of my favorites. Nancy)

Mrs. Miniver

My Best Friend

My Dog Skip

My Friend Flicka


National Treasure 1, 2 ** (great action movie, might be scary for younger ones. Some swearing)

National Velvet

Never Ashamed

Never Been Kissed

New Adventures of Pippi Long Stockings

Nicholas Nickleby* (the newer one)

Night at the Museum

Night Crossing (two families plan to escape from Communist East Germany to East Germany in balloon in 1979)

Nite Song

No Deposit, No Return (with Don Knotts)

No More Baths!

No Time for Sergeants

North by Northwest

North to Alaska

Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (Disney)

October Baby

Old Yeller*

On A Clear Day

On Holiday

On Our Own

One Knight with the King

Other Side of Heaven, The

Out of Africa

Pacifier, The

Pamela’s Prayer* (my most recommended movie—the story of a godly courtship, Nancy)

Paper Clips

Parent Trap, The (Hayley Mills version—NOT new one)

Passion of the Christ, The

Patriot, The

Paul the Apostle

Paycheck (2003)

Penny Promise, The

Penny Serenade

Perfect Family (Future Films for Families)

Perfect Game, The

Perfect Stranger, The

Peter Pan (live version)

Pistol, The

Polar Express*


Portrait of Courage

Pot o’ Gold

Pretender, The

Pride and Prejudice* (with Kiera Knightley)

Pride of the Yankees, The (Gary Cooper)

Princess Bride, The

Princess of Thieves, The (about Robin Hood’s daughter)

Pursuit of Happiness, The (with Will Smith; PG-13, use discretion)

Question 7* (how believers stood strong under Communist pressure)

Quiet Man, The (with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara) Takes place in Ireland in the 1930s and deals with his courtship of Maureen O’Hara’s character and the cultural differences between Ireland and America. (The courtship is in the tradition of being chaperoned by the matchmaker and having familial permission before a relationship can be established.) It was a good vehicle for family discussions about what behavior is acceptable and what we expect from our children and why.

Rabbit Proof Fence

Racing Stripes

Radio* (PG for language)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, The (watch with discretion)

Railway Children

Railway Children, The (honor and love for father)

Ramona and Beezus

Rare Breed, The

Rear Window

Red Fury

Resurrection, The

Retrievers, The

Return of the Daughters

Ride, The (a Billy Graham movie)


Ring of Bright Water—story about an otter

Ring of Fire


Rise of the Guardians

Road Home, The

Road to Redemption (a Billy Graham movie)

Robe, The

Robinson Crusoe

Roseanna McCoy

Running Wild


Samantha—an American Girl Story


San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival 2004-2007

Sarah Plain and Tall*


     Winter’s End

Savage Sam (sequel to Old Yeller)

Saving Sarah Cain

Scarlet Pimpernel, The

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Seasons of the Heart*

Second Chance* (stars Michael W. Smith)

Second Chances

Secondhand Lions

Secret Gardens, The

Secret of Roan Irish, The

Sense and Sensibility*

Sergeant York

Seven Alone

Shadowlands (C.S. Lewis)

Shaggy D.A., The

Shaggy Dog, The* (NOT the new version)


Shepherd, The

Shiloh 1, 2

Shiralee, The

Shirley Temple movies

Simon Birch

Sister Act 2

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky High

Snow Dogs

Something to Sing About (a Billy Graham movie)

Son of Flubber


Spartacus (old version only, for older children)

Spy Kids movies

St. John in Exile**

Step Over the Edge

Stephen’s Test of Faith

Sting (with Robert Redford)

Story Keepers, The (see “Cartoons” for full list of titles)

Story Lady, The (this gave us opportunity to discuss many important topics such as not giving into peer pressure, always reading contracts and seeking advice before signing them, not letting flattery make us do something we shouldn’t, etc.)

Stranded (updated Hallmark version of Swiss Family Robinson)

Stuart Little 1,2

Summer Magic (with Hayley Mills)

Summer of Ben Tyler (about a man who follows his conscience and the price he pays)

Summer of the Monkeys

Surf’s Up


Swiss Family Robinson*

Ten Commandments, The* (Charlton Heston)

That Darn Cat

That Thing You Do

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Jensen Project

Theory of Everything, The

Thin Ice

Three Lives of Thomasina, The (excellent)

Three, Two, One Penguins! (BigIdea Productions):

     Trouble on Planet Wait Your Turn

     Cheating Scales of Bullamanka, The

     Amazing Carnival of Complaining, The

     Doom Funnel Rescuer!, The

     Moon Menace on Planet Tell-A-Lie




Touching the Veil

Treasure Island

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Humphrey Bogart—a good lesson on the way greed changes a person)

Treasure Seekers

Treasure Seekers

Treasures of the Snow

Twelve Ordinary Men

Twice Given

Two Brothers (a French film about two tigers)

Twelve Angry Men

Tyler, A Real Hero

Ubenjani (about Africa)

Ultimate Gift

Ultimate Gift, The (excellent story about gratefulness and forgiveness, every teen should watch it.) (Our children love this movie. Nancy)

Undaunted- the story of Josh McDowell

Under the Greenwood Tree

Unsinkable Molly Brown

Untold Story of Flight 93, The




Valley of Light, The (touching)

VeggieTales: (see “Cartoons” for full list of titles)

Walking Across Egypt

Wanted Dead or Alive (Steve McQueen)

Warriors of Honor


Way of the Master DVD series for teens. These are hosted by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron and are thought-provoking but also humorous and engaging at the same time. (AR reader: “Each episode teaches ways to use the Ten Commandments to bring the sinner knowledge of his standing before God as a sinner and also shows a one-on-one witnessing encounter. We watch an episode every Friday night as a family and we can’t wait to see the next. The Lord is using it to give us a love for the lost!) There are four seasons out on DVD with 15-17 episodes each. www.wayofthemaster.com

Westward Ho the Wagons!

Whales: An Unforgettable Journey

What About Bob?

What If

When Love Walks In (Hallmark)

Where the Red Fern Grows*

White Fang

White Fang (movie and Canadian TV series)

Wild Hogs

Wilderness Family, The

William Tyndale Story, The

Winchester ‘73

Wind at My Back (1, 2)

Winslow Boy, The (full of principle and goodness)

Winter Stallion, The

Woman Who Willed a Miracle, The (the story of an older couple taking in a foster baby)

Wonders of Creation (6 discs)

World Trade Center, The

Wuthering Heights

Yankee Zulu

Yearling, The

You Can’t Take it With You

You’ve Got Mail

Yours, Mine, and Ours (Old one only, one swear word, one improper sentence)

Young Thomas Edison


An American in Paris

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

Fiddler on the Roof*

Going My Way

King and I, The

Music Man, The

My Fair Lady



Seven Brides for Seven Brothers*

Singing in the Rain

Sound of Music, The**

White Christmas


A Bug’s Life

Balto (Disney cartoon—good one)


Beauty and the Beast

Bellflower Bunnies

Ben Hur: A Tale of Christ


Cars 1, 2

Charlotte’s Web

Chip and Dale


Curious George

Davey and Goliath

Despicable Me

Emperor’s New Groove, The


Finding Nemo

Fox and the Hound, The


Helen Keller

Hermie and Friends (Max Lucado)


How to Train your Dragon (1, 2)

Ice Age (1, 2, 3, 4)

Jay Jay the Jet Plane

Joseph: King of Dreams

Lion King

Looney Tunes


Miracle Maker, The (clay-mation)—Patty Duke version ONLY!!

Pilgrim’s Progress* (the BridgestoneGroup, 1991)

Prince of Egypt, The


Robin Hood

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White

Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron

Story Keepers, The:


     Raging Waters

     Catacomb Rescue

     Ready, Aim, Fire!

     Sink or Swim

     Starlight Escape

     Roar in the Night






Hobbit, The

Thomas the Tank Engine

Tom ‘n’ Jerry

Toy Story 1, 2, 3,



A Snoodles Tale

     Abe and the Amazing Promise

     An Easter Carol

     Are You My Neighbor?

     Ballad of Little Joe, The


     Dave and the Giant Pickle

End of Silliness? More Really Silly Songs!, The

     Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen

     Gideon Tuba Warrior

     God Make You Special

     God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!

     It’s a Meaningful Life

     Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

     Josh and the Big Wall

     King George and the Ducky

     Larry Boy and the Bad Apple

     Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed

     Larry Boy: Leggo My Ego

     Larry Boy: the Cartoon Adventures

     Larry Boy: The Cartoon Adventures—TheYodelnapper

     Larry Boy: The Good, the Bad, and the Eggly

     Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!

     League of Incredible Vegetables, The

     Lessons from the Sock Drawer

     Little Drummer Boy, The

     Lord of the Beans

     Lyle, the Kindly Viking

     Madame Blueberry

     Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson’s Hairbrush

     Moe and the Big Exit

     Penniless Princess, The

     Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, The

     Princess and the Popstar

   Rack, Shack & Benny

     Robin Good and His Not So Merry Men

     Saint Nicholas—A Story of Joyful Giving

Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler

Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler

     Silly Little Thing Called Love

     Star of Christmas, The

     Sumo of the Opera

Sweetpea Beauty

     Tomato Sawyer & Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue

     Toy that Saved Christmas, The

‘Twas the Night Before Easter

     Ultimate Silly Song Countdown, The

     Very Silly Songs

     Where is God When I’m S-Scared?

   Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s, The

     Wonderful World of Autotainment, The


Wreck It Ralph

101 Dalmatians


A Diary of Revival (the story of the 1904 Welsh Awakening)

Beyond the Gates of Splendor (documentary of missionaries to Ecuador, PG-13)

Beyond the Next Mountain* (true missionary story about a Bible translator in India—available through www.visionvideo.com)

Case for a Creator, The

Case for Christ, The

Diary of Anne Frank, The

Forbidden Book, The (the history of the English Bible)

Girl Who Spelled Freedom, The (Cambodian family experiences life in USA)

League of Grateful Sons, The

Nature’s Fury

Spellbound (spelling bees)

Star of Bethlehem, The

VonTrapp Children: Live in Concert

Warriors of Honor (the faithful legacies of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson)

Worth It All, Memoirs of a Missionary


A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott)

A Christmas Memory

All I Want For Christmas

An Avonlea Christmas

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The

Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Christmas Box, The

Christmas Card, The

Christmas Child

Christmas Shoes

Christmas They Never Forgot, The

Christmas with a Capital “C”

It’s A Wonderful Life

Lion and the Lamb, The (Rabbit Ears Productions)

Little Drummer Boy, The

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Miracle on 34th Street—1947 version

Nativity Story, The

Noelle (recommended by the American Family Association)

Shop Around the Corner (b+w with Jimmy Stuart)

White Christmas

TV/Mini Series:

Andy Griffith

Answers In Genesis

Christy (with Kelly Martin)

Cosby Show, The


Daniel Boone (1970 TV series)

Davy Crockett (TV series)

Dick Van Dyke Show, The


Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman

Drive Through History, The


Finger Food Café Show, The

Five Mile Creek


Here Comes the Bride (early 60s series)

Horatio Hornblower series (some violence and I’ve heard that the last two or three are not completely clean. Definitely not good for children—Bethany)

I Love Lucy

Lark Rise to Candleford

Little Dogs on the Prairie (cartoons made by BigIdea and Focus on the Family. www.startoons.com)

Little Dorrit, The

Little House on the Prairie series

Lorna Doone

Ma and Pa Kettle series

Mark IV Pictures: for all ages

Moody Science Classic videos (Vision Forum)

Moody Science videos (Vision Forum)

North and South (with Richard Armitage)

Ozzie and Harriet series

Pahappahooey Island (Focus on the Family)

Pride and Prejudice (A&E)

Return to Cranford

Road to Avonlea (seasons 1-7)

Shirley Temple series

Sue Thomas FBEye

Waltons, The

Wives and Daughters



Gods and Generals

Red Runs the River (about Stonewall Jackson)

Right Stuff, The (history of the race to space and the birth of astronauts)

Still Standing: the Stonewall Jackson Story

World War II:

30 Seconds Over Tokyo

Back to Batan

Destination Tokyo

Flying Tigers, The

Green Berets, The

Lost Battalion, The

Longest Day, The

Operation Pacific

Run Silent, Run Deep

Sergeant York* (very good)

They Were Expendable

Tora! Tora! Tora! (Japan’s perspective)

Torpedo Run

Twelve O’Clock High  

Based on True Stories:

Amish Grace (Amish community learns to forgive—powerful!!)

Chariots of Fire* (Eric Liddell)

Elephant Man, the (based on John Merrick)

End of the Spear

Everybody’s Baby—The Rescue of Jessica McClure

Flying Scottsman, The (Eric Liddell)

Gift of Love (a boy who donates a kidney to his grandmother)

Gifted Hands (Ben Carson—Christian surgeon)

Glenn Miller Story, The

God’s Outlaw (William Tyndale)

Greatest Game Ever Played, The

Hanged on a Twisted Tree (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) found at www.visionvideo.com

Hiding Place, The* (Corrie ten Boom)

Inn of the Sixth Happiness, The (Gladys Aylward)

Luther* (Martin Luther with Joseph Finnes)

Miracle at Moreaux (nuns who hide Jewish children)

Miracle of the Cards, The (little boy battling cancer and the stress his parents go through and their faith)

Miracle of the White Stallions (Lipizzaner horses)


Miraculous Mission, The

Misadventures of Merlin Jones, The

Miss Potter* (Beatrix Potter)

Mother Theresa—an inspirational story

October Sky (Homer Hickam, famous NASA scientist)

One Against the Wind(war story)

Printing, The* (a true story about Christians who printed Bibles under severe persecution)

Reach for the Sky (true and inspiring story about Douglas Bader)

Remember the Titans*

Rookie, The (Jim Morris, baseball player)


Run, Baby, Run (Nicki Cruz’s childhood—amazing story of God’s mercy and redemption)

Scarlet and the Black, The

Sheffey* (circuit riding preacher and his journey through life)

Silent Night (with Linda Hamilton)

Spirit Bear (Simon Jackson story)

Spirit of St. Louis (Charles Lindburg)

Story of Seabiscuit, The (with Shirley Temple)

Focus on the Family Radio Theatre: (great on long car rides, very accurate to the stories)

A Christmas Carol

Amazing Grace (very well done)

Anne of Green Gables

At Home in Mitford

At the Back of the North Wind


Billy Budd, Sailor

Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom

Christmas in Two Acts

Chronicles of Narnia, The (full set)

Father Gilbert Mysteries Series (some may be scary for children)

Hiding Place, The

Last Chance Detectives

Legend of Squanto, The

Les Miserables

Little Women

Oliver Twist

Secret Garden, The

Silas Marner

The Luke Reports (Life of Jesus—very good)

And more, available: www.family.org

Lamplighter Radio Theatre:

A Peep Behind the Scenes       

Basket of Flowers

Boy of Mount Rhigi, The

Buried in the Snow

Captive, The

Charlie’s Choice

Hedge of Thorns, The

Robbers’ Cave, The

Sir Knight of the Splendid Way

Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince

Teddy’s Button

Unexpected Return

Wanderer, The

Other Family Friendly Audio Tapes:

Pineapple Man, The

Patch the Pirate

Adventures in Odyssey

Richard “Little Bear” Wheeler series


Sandra Idsinga writes: “I think it would be a good idea to put a caution with the ‘movie’ list.’ I am reminded of my husband’s stories of growing up without TV, and then one day they got a TV so that they could watch the odd movie together as a family. Very slowly the standard of what was allowed changed. After several years, around the time when the children were moving out, TV became a part of normal life around the home with each parent having a couple preferences of shows they liked to watch.

We also think that watching movies can become a form of escapism and self-indulgence which can be very difficult for the majority of people to temper. My husband recognizes that he is one of them and we have chosen not to own a TV so that it does not become a problem.

A few years ago, I was turned off of watching movies because it seemed that even the recommendations given by Christians contained some indecent material, whether it was the way it promoted women to act or dress, immorality, swearing, violence or something else. I found that from what was being recommended by some very respectable Christians that having regular movie time can slowly desensitize us to sin. This spiral is often too slow to see and all Christians should be warned to examine their motives before succumbing to regular, recurrent movie nights.

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