Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thank you for your movie recommendations for our DVD List. We have updated the movie list and added your suggestions.
These are the top favorites as of April 6, 2010.
The movies are divided into the following sections.
Section 1: family movies
Section 2: mature movies
Section 3: classics
Section 4: musicals
Section 5: children movies (with adult appeal)

FAMILY MOVIES
Below are the top videos that received the most votes. I also included the next vote getters in random order as honorable mention.

I have seen many of the movies listed and I put my comments in parenthesis in the comments section. The other comments are gleaned from our readers’ suggestions.
If you have any questions about these or any movie that you are planning to watch, I suggest that you check http://christiananswers.net/spotlight/home.html to see if the moral content of a recommended movie fits your family’s guidelines.
The following movies received the most votes by our readers and are listed in order of preference.
1. Facing The Giants – By far the most popular movie on our list. This is story of a football coach who learned to trust God in difficult times was produced by a church in Georgia. (Many people who suggested it said they loved the story and strong Christian message despite that the amateur actors).
1A. Fireproof ¬ An inspirational story of a young couple facing divorce and fighting to save their marriage.
2. National Treasure 1&2– Historical action without offensive elements. It was reviewed as a “wholesome” The Da Vinci Code type of mystery. (The high vote count was a pleasant surprise since these movies are favorites in my family).
3. The Ultimate Gift – A grandfather leaves an inheritance to his grandson that forces him to grow as a man. (It didn’t receive good reviews by the secular press because of the moral message, but Charles Colson gave this film his highest recommendation in his daily commentary. I’m convinced that this film will be one of your all-time favorites).
4. Remember the Titans – A true story of two segregated schools in the South – one black and one white – that become one school during the 70s. The football team, The Titans, showed their community how to learn to live with and to love each other.
5. The Blind Side - uplifting, family was valued, parents both respected, concern for others - not just self
6. Return to Me – When a man’s wife dies, he is lost until he meets the woman who received her heart transplant. (This wonderful story is not as corny as it sounds and is one of our family’s favorites. We watch it once or twice a year. Great story of unconditional love).
7. The Rookie – The true story of a high school coach who tried out and earned a spot on a major league baseball team. Very inspirational.
8. Radio and Second Hand Lions (tie)– Radio is based on the true story of a high school football coach who befriended a mentally challenged young man and how it changed him, his family, and community. Second Hand Lions is a story of a young teen who learns about life after being sent to live with his “crazy” uncles.
9. It’s A Wonderful Life – (I expected this to be the number one on this list. Even though it is black and white, it is a MUST SEE for the whole family. What would the world be like if you were never born?? Our family watches this classic at least once a year – and we enjoy it every time).
10. Lord of the Rings trilogy and Princes Bride (tie) – I expected Lord of the Rings to be higher in the ratings because it was so popular, but it tied with the quirkiest comedy I have ever seen. Some readers commented on the subtle spiritual messages of LOTR, but Princes Bride is just a silly and very funny fairy tale. My wife says you need a weird sense of humor to enjoy it, but she even laughed out loud the last time we watched it.
The following movies were not in the top ten, but each received enough votes to get an honorable mention. They are listed in no particular order with descriptive comments made by readers.
Moondance Alexander - This pleasant film about an unpopular girl discovering a new confidence after she finds a lost horse. No sex, profanity, or offensive scenes. And here's a surprise; it's NOT corny and the acting is first rate. Adults and children will enjoy this refreshing and inspiring story.
Searching for Bobby Fischer - Fantastic family movie about developing the competitive spirit in a child the right way or the wrong way. It involves chess, but that's really not the main theme.
The Mask of Zorro – A fun action/romance film.
You Got Mail – I expected this to be in the top ten, a definite “chick flick” and is one my family’s favorites.
Sleepless in Seattle – A “chick flick” about a widowed father and his lonely son who calls a radio station about his dad needing a wife. A great story of love between a father and his son.
Groundhog Day – A weatherman keeps repeating the same day until he gets it right; funny, serious, and heartwarming at the same time. (In my personal top ten favorites of all time).
Spy Kids (1,2,3) –The children of spies save the world from destruction and evil. A favorite of preteens.
Star Wars (first 3) A Classic must see for sci fi buffs. The first movies with good special effects.
The Chronicles of Narnia – The classic CS Lewis allegorical story of the Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe. Great for teaching abstract biblical thinking.
A Walk to Remember – A story of a Christian girl, the boy she meets (and changes) and her fight with leukemia. It’s a must watch movie for any age.
Everafter – The “real story” of Cinderella. A very wholesome and original film. One of my family’s favorites.
Holes – An excellent story of a young man overcoming hardship and learning to be a loyal friend. Definitely a movie for the whole family.
Indiana Jones (1 and 3) – Exciting mystery and adventure with very little offensive material. You are on the edge of your seat from the get go.
October Sky - Based on a true story of teenagers who were inspired by their science teacher to follow their dreams to be scientists in the space program.
Riding Giants – A beautiful and amazing documentary about surfers past and present who ride only the BIGGEST waves. A few “rough words” but a nice history lesson on surfing, and breathtaking photography.
Sister Act and Sister Act 2 – My family resisted watching these for a long time because it seemed it would have to be blasphemous, but when we finally gave them a chance, we loved them. Religion (Catholicism in this case) is treated respectfully. Fun comedy.
Family Man – A highly successful playboy businessman wakes up as a married man with a family the morning after telling a “stranger” that he didn’t need anything. He doesn't know how to respond to this new situation, but he learns what is really important in life and that his choices can change his future.
Evan Almighty – A modern day Noah who is instructed by God to build an ark. Very funny with a quality message. It received poor reviews because of its wholesome message.
Dave – A “look a like” impersonates the president and wins the support of his political adversaries. Many funny situations and an inspirational message.
Night at the Museum – A very funny comedy of how everything comes to life in a museum after it closes each day. Lots of laughs.
Cinderella Man – The true story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration to the nation in the 1930s.
Apollo 13 – The true story of the Apollo 13 space flight that nearly was lost in space. Great actors, patriotic, drama, adventure, great effects, scientific, and educational.
End of the Spear – The true story of Jim Elliot and his missionary friends being killed while trying to reach the Auca Indians with the Gospel in the mid 1950s.
Casablanca – As one reader stated, “The best, all-time greatest, never-to-be-forgotten cinematic classic. It's a great movie about making good choices, and doing things for the right reason and sacrifice. It's also a good discussion-starter with the kids about history and World War II.” I couldn’t have said it better.
Walk the Line– The true story of Johnny Cash; how he kicked drugs and found true love.
The Fugitive – An excellent remake of the classic TV series of an innocent man accused of killing his wife. Great action and mystery for the whole family. This movie had my attention from the opening scene.
We Are Marshall – A true story about Marshall University after their football team was killed in an airplane crash in the early 1970s.
Dreamer – An enjoyable film for those who like horses and movies about not giving up your dreams.
Charlotte’s Web – The classic children’s story for the whole family.
Because of Winn-Dixie – A dog teaches a community about being kind to others.
Knight's Tale – A light “tale” about a young man who becomes a champion jouster during the middle-ages. Fun for the whole family – especially teens.
The Pelican Brief – A suspenseful who-dun-it with enough action for teens. It may be too intense for younger children.
The Hunt For Red October– A real nail-biter about a Russian submarine commander who attempts to desert the Russian navy with their super submarine.
Field of Dreams – This wonderful film didn’t get enough votes to be on our list, so I made an “executive decision” to add it. Every male has to watch this movie at least once before he dies – for some reason women don’t get it. Through a sequence of random events a farmer begins to understand that he has been chosen for a special purpose. Baseball is a metaphor for life. This is the one movie that makes men cry – guaranteed.
The Game Plan – Many have rated this the best family film of 2007. It is funny and has a great message for kids and adults of all ages. Why not watch it with the family and discuss the message afterward?
Elf- A fun and silly movie of love and acceptance.

MATURE MOVIES!!
The following movies are for mature teens and adults. No sex scenes, but may contain some rough language and some intense action. Check with http://christiananswers.net/spotlight/home.html to make certain that the movie’s language and values meets your family guidelines of acceptability.
Blood Diamond – An intense, and violent film, based on truth of abuses within the African diamond industry. Great acting.
Déjà Vu – Action-packed thrills as an ATF agent tries to solve and stop a murder he is assigned to investigate by using a top-secret time portal. Great for time-travel buffs who like to ponder the "what-ifs."
Schindler's List- VERY intense and graphic depiction of the Holocaust, and a man named Schindler who saved some people from extermination.
Flightplan - Jodie Foster plays a woman whose daughter disappears on a plane, a real white-knuckler.
The Italian Job- although it is about "professional" thieves, still good for discussion about right and wrong. Great action and chase scenes.
The Patriot- Mel Gibson as father of 7, early America, Revolutionary War, intense true-to-life violent, realistic war scenes, portrays honor, bravery, and the horror of war.
Live Free or Die Hard – Totally action packed and they cleaned up the language a lot from the previous ones to make it PG-13.
The Bourne Ultimatum – Very intense action about a spy who has amnesia and can’t understand who is trying to kill him. You should watch the first 2 previously – (1)The Bourne Identity and (2)Bourne Supremacy. Great action, but few values.
Silverado – A recent classic western with Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn and Brian Denehey. Good guys vs Bad guys! What could be better?
We Were Soldiers – Realistic portrayal of the first major battle of the Vietnam War. Mel Gibson stars as a Christian father and military leader in this patriotic (rare for American films) film.


MOVIE CLASSICS
We had a lot of movies/DVDs that didn't receive enough votes to make it to "the most popular" list that fell into three specific categories -- classics, musicals, and children’s films which also appeal to parents.
Many were chosen because they have permeated our culture, vocabulary, and mindset that they should be considered classics in the same way books are considered classics. Many of these classics were chosen are Academy Award winners; you will notice that many classic movies come from classic directors and have classic stories.
Some of these movies are not in color, but when given an honest evaluation I’m certain you will appreciate the richness of black and white. Also, by today’s shoot ‘em up, action, special effects standards many of these films may seem to have a slower pace. These classics give you the opportunity to think and appreciate the wonderful stories and acting. Maybe we should slow down and enjoy some classics.
If I was familiar with the film I added my comments. The following listed with your comments and in no particular order. Enjoy them with your family.
The following titles are linked to Amazon.com if you would like to purchase a copy for your home. My comments are in parenthesis. The other comments were chosen from our readers’ opinions.
The Sound of Music – A classic musical. Many commented on the scenery, wonderful songs, and how the father and children were changed by unconditional love. (This film is featured on our “classic” and “musical” list as well. But The Sound of Music received the fifth most votes in the favorite movie category).
The African Queen – Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn. During WW I, a prissy Christian missionary and stubborn boat captain must learn to work together to escape the war in Africa. (A wonderful story and superb acting. I’ve enjoyed this film many times.)
Big – Romantic comedy. A boy wishes he were "big," or older. As wish comes true, we see him as an adult in an adult world with the innocence of a child. Tom Hanks stars. (A cute story about a little boy in an adult world. Tom Hanks should have gotten and Academy Award for his portrayal of the boy in an adult body. He learns the value of innocence and those around him respond to his innocence. Some innuendo.)
Casablanca – Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall. Classic romance during WWII. It's a great movie about making good choices, and doing things for the right reason and sacrifice. (I watched this movie a few times before I saw it with my heart. Watch it again.)
Citizen Kane – Orson Welles. 1941 Academy Award winner is loosely based on Randolph Hearst's life, newspaper millionaire grows controlling in relationships and paranoid in his private life as his riches increase. (A good movie that I believe is considered a classic because it was the first popular movie that ended without a resolution. Think childhood lost. The special edition with commentary by Roger Ebert is superb.)
Friendly Persuasion – starring Gary Cooper. A peace-loving Quaker family is thrown into conflict during the Civil War. (I haven’t seen this film.)
His Girl Friday – starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Romantic comedy, quick, intelligent script about a reporter that keeps trying to quit her job but keeps getting pulled back into a big story. Very funny. (They remade this movie a few times, but the original is the best.)
The Inspector General – This Danny Kaye Comedy is slapstick funny and he learns how complicated getting caught in lies can be. (I haven’t seen this film, but Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, and other old time comedians made some funny movies.)
Lady for a Day – (directed by Frank Capra) Beautiful story, honors mothers and the elderly. (I haven’t seen this film but Capra remade this film as Pocketful of Miracles in 1961 with Glenn Ford and Bette Davis that I consider a classic. Both are wonderful movies.)
The Miracle Worker -(w/A.Bancroft)- Very inspirational, a great story about compassion and perseverance.
Meet John Doe – starring Gary Cooper, directed by Frank Capra. An honorable man is exploited by the newspapers for a good cause. (I haven’t seen this film, but ANY Frank Capra movie is a classic.)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – Frank Capra won Academy Award for directing in 1936. A simple man (Gary Cooper) inherits vast wealth and many try to take advantage of him. (Remade as Mr. Deeds, with Adam Sandler, but the original is FAR superior.)
Mr. Holland's Opus – Richard Dryfuss. One music teacher's impact on his students through the decades. (As a former teacher, I really appreciated the respect shown to the teaching profession. I didn’t know if this should be listed as a classic, but it is a very good movie that families should watch.)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – directed by Frank Capra. A “boy scout leader” is appointed Senator and taken advantage by unscrupulous politicians. (My wife used to show this to her history class every year because it showed the political process in action. It is worth your time.)
My Man Godfrey – Classic comedy set in the depression. Spoiled wealthy family learns from their new butler that money doesn’t bring happiness. Fun, quick, and intelligent script. ( I haven’t seen this film).
The Philadelphia Story – starring Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Katherine Hepburn. Romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it. Remade in the early 50’s as the classic musical, High Society, starring Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Celeste Holm. (I haven’t seen Philadelphia Story, but I loved High Society).
To Kill a Mockingbird – Starring Gregory Peck. A classic story of prejudice in the South, early 20th century, as told through the eyes of a young girl and her brother. (I haven’t seen this yet, but it is on my list of movies to see).
The Wizard of Oz – Judy Garland. Classic film about a girl's imaginary travels through OZ, during which she tries to get home. (I didn’t know if I should list this in the musical or classic category, but since I believe EVERYONE needs to understand that “there is no place like home,” (I listed it as a classic/musical. There is so much to like in this film).
You Can't Take It With You – Best picture for 1938 and Frank Capra’s 3rd Academy Award for directing. A late '30s film with Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore and Jean Arthur about a kooky family, love, and doing the right thing. I laugh out loud every time! ANY Capra film is a classic.
It Happened One Night – Best Picture of 1934, Best actor, Cark Gable, Best Actress, Claudette Colbert, Best Director, Frank Capra. (The Awards were justified. Boy, have our values/morals changed).
Bringing Up Baby – with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. A daffy girl and archeologist fall in love while on the hunt for an escaped leopard. (Crazy and funny).
The Bridge on the River Kwai – 1957 Academy Award for best movie. A British Colonel POW helps the Japanese build a bridge on the River Kwai. (I didn’t appreciate this as a kid, but loved it as an adult because of the intriguing story and great acting).
Sergeant York – starring Gary Cooper 1939. A Christian who doesn’t believe in killing is drafted during WWI and becomes a war hero. Based on a true story. (Thoughtful and challenging. And a joy to see Christian values honored instead of being mocked).
The Shop Around the Corner – Jimmy Stewart stars in this 1940 classic of two shop owners who hold an intense dislike for each other, while maintaining a secret letter-writing relationship, neither realizing who their pen-pal is. This was the inspiration for the 1949 musical In The Good Old Summertime, and 1988’s You’ve Got Mail. (I haven’t seen this yet, but I HAVE to see the original of the movie that inspired the other classics.)
Mr. Skeffington - In 1944, Bette Davis is nominated for best actress in this story of the life of a woman obsessed with her looks. The price she pays and the beautiful repentant ending. (I have not seen this film.)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen – A young woman goes to China to marry a Christian missionary and help in his work. They become separated during the Chinese Civil War and a Chinese general kidnaps her. This Frank Capra directed classic is a tremendous example of Christian love. (I haven’t seen this, but it sounds like a wonderful story. I plan on asking Santa for it as a stocking stuffer).
Dial M for Murder – A wonderful murder mystery with an Alfred Hitchcock twist. It was remade as A Perfect Murder with Michael Douglas in 1998 that you should skip. The original is much better.
North By Northwest – Cary Grant is framed for murder at the United Nations building and no one believes his innocence, not even his mother. A classic scene has him being chased by a plane in a cornfield and running from “the bad guys” on Mt Rushmore. Alfred Hitchcock directed and keeps you guessing to the closing credits. (You have to see this twice to “get” all the twists in the plot).
Charade – An American woman’s (Audrey Hepburn) husband is murdered in France and she doesn’t understand why his American war buddies are trying to get his stolen money from her. Is Cary Grant trying to help her or is he really the bad guy? It’s all a charade. (This 60’s original is FAR superior to the lifeless remake with Mark Walberg).
The Pride of the Yankees – The story of Lou Gehrig, the great Yankee ballplayer who died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), played by Gary Cooper. (It’s a little corny by today’s standards, but it is worth it to see the classic scene when he addresses the crowd at Yankee Stadium with, “Today, I’m the luckiest man alive."
THE SEARCHERS-John Wayne's best. Good, evil, redemption.Tthe story captivates little ones with wonderful color images and plenty of action.
MERRY ANDREW-great Danny Kaye romp with lots of family values.Kids will loves the circus scenes. One of Kaye's best, including great ballads.
THE COURT JESTER- Fun for the whole family. Knights fighting for damsels in distress make this a colorful wonder.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN- Well acted, including many the HCA's best children's stories. Danny Kaye makes this story work.
ALONG CAME JONES- A missed classic with Gary Coopper playing Lonesome Jones, the cowboy who'd rather smell the flowers than fight the bad guys. Loretta Young takes care of the baddies. Lot's a fun in black and white....

MOVIE MUSICALS
We just have a handful of musicals but our readers felt so strongly about them that we gave them a special category. I was especially pleased because I love musicals and will watch my favorites over and over. I realize many readers don’t like an actor breaking out in song just because he is in love or because there is trouble in River City; to you, I say try watching one and see if you like it.
My all time favorites include anything by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, or any movie that has great songs and dance numbers. Many seem corny by today’s standards, but the music is classic and is often where “American standard” songs are introduced. I am not listing my favorites but I’m listing our readers’ suggestions of recent classic musicals that I believe should be in everyone’s movie library. The following in no particular order is the list of musicals suggested by our readers. My comments follow.
The Sound of Music– This Academy Award winning musical about a musical family in Austria during WWII is based on the true story of the Von Trapp family. It was a favorite on many lists and could be on all our movie lists. It is a favorite, classic, musical. There are so many familiar songs that came from this musical. (If you see just one musical in your life, make this the one.)
Mary Poppins– “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down” is just one of the many classic songs that have become household phrases in this delightful story about a magical nanny in London in the early 1900’s. Julie Andrews deservedly won the Academy Award for best actress of 1964. (My family and I have watched this film dozens of times).
Fiddler on the Roof– A traditional Jewish family in Russia in the early 1900’s and the trials and travails of family life as they marry off their daughters. The joys of family, hard work, and traditions are honored. (I watched this two or three times before I really appreciated the story. Take the time.)
Oklahoma!– A simple story of life in Oklahoma Territory in late 1800’s. The main story revolves around a shy couple finding each other while getting ready for a hoedown. (The story is simple but the songs and dance numbers are classic.)
My Fair Lady– The story of Pygmalion set in London in the early 1900’s. This wonderful movie is about a snooty linguist who teaches a “flower girl” to become a lady and then falls in love with his own creation. (The story, music, and lyrics are terrific.)
White Christmas– The story of a musical team planning a special reunion for their former leader of their Army division. Wonderful traditional Christmas songs. (Watching this as a family is a Christmas tradition.)
The Music Man– The story of a flim-flam salesman in the early 1900’s in Iowa. This is a movie that all salesmen should study. Identify the problem – a pool table; present the solution – a boys’ band; and you are the best one to lead the band. (This is my favorite musical of all time. There are so many songs from this movie that you will recognize as American standards).
Singin' In The Rain– The story of a silent movie star making the transition to “talkies.” It is based on what really happened to the silent stars. (This is a simple story but wonderful songs and dance numbers that everyone should have in their memory banks).
West Side Story– The story of gang wars in Spanish Harlem in the 1950’s. What happens when the leader of one gang falls in love with the sister of a member of another gang. Natalie Wood and other “white” actors in tan make up pretending to be gang members. (Even gang members were innocent in the 50’s. Wonderful songs and dance numbers).


CHILDREN MOVIES (That will appeal to the whole family)
Many of the movies in this category are already listed under favorites in our previous article of our readers’ favorite movies. It seems that almost ALL older classics could be considered children’s movies because they were so wholesome. Please refer to the article above for dozens of recommendations for the whole family.
The following are the movies that didn’t get enough votes to fit in the “favorites” category but many readers mentioned that the following are excellent children’s movies that adults will enjoy as well. I am not familiar with most of these movies and many did not include descriptions so proceed with caution. I looked up the story line for many of the movies on this list on Wikipedia.
Ratatouille- The story of a rat who teaches a French chef to cook. (This sounds like a strange theme, but many people LOVED this movie for the whole family).
Shrek 1– The story of an ogre who marries a beautiful princess. The first is classic, the second and third are rated as both cute and coarse. Not for everyone. (I haven’t seen this series.)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – The 1971 original is heartwarming with Gene Wilder, skip the remake. Honesty is a rare quality among the children chosen to tour the magnificent chocolate factory. (Families should watch this together).
The Parent Trap– Hayley Mills/Disney classic where twins separated at birth, find each other at summer camp and then try to bring their divorced parents together. The original is much better than the Lindsay Lohan remake. (I fell in love with Hayley Mills when I saw this in 1960). Swiss Family Robinson– This classic Disney movie will delight children of all ages. (This was my daughters’ favorite movie from age 5 to 15. This is where Disney got their “Treehouse” exhibit. When I saw this movies as a child, it made me wish that I could live on an island in a treehouse).
Freaky Friday– This movie shows what would happen if parents and children changed positions. Cute and funny. (The 1976, Jodie Foster original is much better than the Lindsay Lohan 2003 remake).
Happy Feet– an Academy Award-winning Australian-produced 2006 computer-animated comedy-drama. A new born penguin loves to dance when all the other chicks only sing.
Ice Age– One reader wrote, “I'd have to say this is one of the best animated films I've ever seen. A gorgeous color palette (man, this looks good) and a lot of good adult (but clean) humor make this a big winner. If more animated movies were this good, I'd own more.
The Incredibles– Great animated craziness that centers around family as what's important.
The Adventures of Milo & Otis– A wonderfully relaxing and fun story of the adventures of a dog and cat - it explains why we all believe that our pets think.
Racing Stripes– It doesn't matter what others say you are, it matters who you believe you are.
UP-. Great movie. Everyone liked it from 67 yr old Grandad to 11 yr old boy
Pollyanna– This early 60’s Hayley Mills original should delight kids and adults. You will understand why someone who is a “Pollyanna” sees the good in every situation. (Haley Mills was my first boyhood crush. This is still a wonderful movie for all ages).
The Absent-Minded Professor– The Fred MacMurray original only. Skip the remake.
The Apple Dumpling Gang– This is an old family movie with Don Knotts and Tim Conway as bumbling would-be robbers along with a sweet and funny love story (with no sexual anything) and 3 orphaned kids. It is cute, funny, and entertaining. One reader commented, “Our 3 kids (ages 5, 8, 10) all loved it.”
Babe– Not the ballplayer, but the pig who could talk. (It is better than you would expect from a talking pig).
The Iron Giant– Animated. The Christ story about self-sacrifice, redemption and resurrection. All wrapped up in animated adventure and excitement.
Over the Hedge– Hilarious CGI animated film about lying, cheating, and stealing and the consequences that come with it. Repentance and redemption follow.
The Pacifier– A good family movie about a military man caring for the children of a family. It has little to no bad language and funny story.
Anything from the Veggie Tales.
Eight Below– a great movie about some sled dogs trying to survive being left alone in the wilderness. This is an intense family friendly move with little or no foul language.
The Karate Kid– For the ethnic diversity, the karate action, the wholesome teen love story, and for the unlikely victory. A teen classic from the 80’s.
Because of Winn-Dixie– This is a good heartfelt story of the bond between a little girl and her dog. The story shows that a dog can bring happiness to a lonely girl and open the hearts of the people in town. (This got a lot of votes as best movie).

1 comment:

  1. Oh Al! How could I forget to mention "The Best Years of Our Lives"?? This is a classic we love watching over and over!
    And thanks for this list! I am copying and pasting to my Netflix queue - well, not literally - but thanks!!

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