Last week I rented the movie “Brian’s Song” to watch with my boys. As a child I remember watching the show on television and being powerfully moved by the movie.
I posted on Facebook that we were watching this classic movie and asked for other classic movies or TV series that are great to share with our kids.
Wow! I got a great response to that simple question. So today I’m sharing the suggestions with you so that you and I have a list to consult when we’re standing at the video store wondering what movie could possibly be good for the whole family to watch!
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Road to Avonlea
The Harold Lloyd silent movies
Yours Mine and Ours
Leave it to Beaver
Swiss Family Robinson
Dick Van Dyke Show
The Cosby Show
The Andy Griffith Show
The Sound of Music
It’s A Wonderful Life
Little House on the Prairie
The Apple Dumpling Gang
The Never Ending Story
The Road Series with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
Arsenic and Old Lace
Shakiest Gun in the West
Remember the Titans
Robin Hood – Errol Flynn version
The Three Stooges
Road to Bali
The Pistol (Pistol Pete)
Shirley Temple movies
The Parent Trap
The Incredible Journey
The Grinch That Stole Christmas
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
Something for Joey
Kidnapped by Disney
What about you? What movies or television series would you add to this list?
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All of the "Charlie Brown" ones. My boys are 5 and 2 so we are into cartoons still 😉 We also like a lot of the older Disney movies, like the Aristocats and the Winne the Pooh movies.
My husband and I's go-to TV series is Home Improvement. I also LOVE these movies: Little Women movie (Columbia Pictures with Winona Rider as Jo); the Father of the Bride movies; Cheaper by the Dozen movies; Rigoletto; Homeward Bound; The Rookie; Princess Diaries (1 & 2); The Sound of Music; VROOM Series for kids; Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom; Berenstain Bears; Little Bear; anything Veggie Tales! For older teens (many of these movies would require good conversation w/parents afterwards…but the point of the movies is relevant and important I think): Radio; Remember the Titans; A League of Their Own; Steel Magnolias; Forrest Gump; Return to Me; Faith Like Potatoes; KEN DAVIS COMEDY DVD'S (he's the most hilarious Christian comedian…you'll laugh til you cry); and another great Christian comedian would be Mark Lowry. There are many others I'm sure. This is such a great topic. I am currently 5 months pregnant with my husband and I's very first child…and lately I've been feeling convicted to clean out our movie shelves and get rid of anything I feel would be questionable. I think another really great way for the family to get together and enjoy some entertainment is through radio dramas or audio books. Focus on the Family has some really amazing radio dramas including their very famous "Adventures in Odyssey" series which are enjoyable for the whole family…but other dramas geared toward older audiences as well. I am currently enjoying "The Secret Garden." Everytime I climb into my car to drive anywhere I get to hear a little more of the story. I think our family will have a "radio" night sometimes instead of just a "movie" night :). Thanks for this fun and relevant topic Jill!
It's not a "classic" — yet — but we saw Secretariat and we loved it! If you're looking for a great movie about animals, about going after your dream, about underdogs — this is definitely a good choice.
The Wizard of Oz is always a great option!
Have to add "The Scarlet Pimpernel" to the movie list – it's an older movie but SOOOOOO good! It's set in the time of the French Revolution and it's suspenseful – when you finally figure out what's going on you are cheering for the good guys – love it!
I love Seventh Heaven! Can't find it on tv anymore, so I've been looking into buying the dvd set.