Top 50 Kid Friendly Movies

Top 50 Kid Friendly MoviesTop 50 Kid-Friendly Movies Episode 236

Does the rating have to be “G” to be a kid-friendly movie? In this episode I’ll discuss the way I decide if a movie will make it to our favorite movie list!

Have you ever been upset to view a movie that is recommended by a friend only to have to fast forward sections of the movie or even worse telling the boys to cover their eyes while we frantically search for the FF button? It is the most irritating thing and YES I’ve turned off the TV and popped the movie out of the player or stopped the digital feed if we are streaming the movie. So, today I will attempt to explain what we use to test a movie to see if it makes it to our kid safe list.

When the children were younger I have to say our expectations were not often tested. It was a simpler time, but even in this simple time, know an agenda or two that did not align with our theology or family focus were often pushed.

The very nature of movies or a good story is the need for a protagonist — someone bad. If everyone is good there is not a story. Even in the story of the Nativity there was a bad guy, King Herod. Let’s face it our kids are going to be exposed to bad – so the key is getting your talking points ready and having a good discussion and use this as a learning tool.

On another note – I’m sorry but some of the recommended or good movies with a good moral or Christian theme are just horrible. They either have bad actors or the special effects are lacking or … well you know what I mean. Truly we are spoiled! I remember years ago subscribing to this movie club and they sent us movies every month, and only a few were ones my kids could get all the way through and even less of those are ones they’d watch again. We ended up donating them to the church and even there they gathered dust.

We do need to support good movies but friends, we need to pray for those who create these movies in the hopes that they get better. At least – and I’m sorry to be so critical –get people who can act! I’ve seen some college plays where the actors are better than some of those on the screen.

Yes, we need to support sites that have good Christian content but we also need to expect more from those who create the films. Even movies I liked, like “God’s Not Dead” – I haven’t seen “God’s Not Dead II” while it had a good acting, really the pastor’s role needed to be entirely rewritten. How could he not see after the second attempt to leave town that God had a greater plan for him? We the viewers knew it even the first time… they made the pastor sort of sappy and films seem to do this…while it is a bad priest or a bad pastor it makes the moviegoer think, okay well I’m not watching this one again. Also, the scene where the girl is slapped – yes, it happens but we don’t want to see this in order to be entertained.

Movies are an escape. We want to be entertained, we want to be engaged and we want to walk away with a good feeling – or at least I do. A night of crying out my eyes does not appeal to me! So, when I look at movies those are the points I’m looking for…

So, I have my list of what I am looking for in a movie as well as what my kids are old enough to view. It really depends on your children often we get lazy and allow the youngest to sit and watch movies with the older children – and yes, sometimes it just can’t be avoided which is why kids have nightmares!

How do you select kid-friendly movies for your family?

  1. Rated PG or less – no R
  2. Look for comedies
  3. Adventures or Action
  4. Animals are okay but not my favorite
  5. Kids and sports
  6. Based on classic novels
  7. Good morals and outcome
  8. Great talking points
  9. Life lessons
  10. Feel good

What are your kids ready for?

  1. How grounded are your children?
  2. Do you have kids who are easily swayed?
  3. How sensitive is your child?
    1. Different children have different levels of sensitivity. What one considers scary – a chase scene the other will think of as silly.

What you can do to prepare:

  1. Have you watched the movie first? When in doubt, check it out.
  2. Know where the off button and FF button are on the controller just in case.
  3. Look for movies that are older versions as much as possible.

On the podcast show notes, I’ve included a list of movies we’ve enjoyed through the years as a family – I tried very hard to add movies that are not controversial – although you never know! Some of the recommended movies we own, others we’ve rented and some we’ve watched so many times we had to replace them.

Are they all perfect? No – are there parts I would change – of course. However, if you like to watch movies this list will take you into the teen years without a problem. I didn’t mention movies such as Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, ET or even the Lord of the Rings (which I loved but my kids hated – too scary!) I think it all boils down to preference and taste.

So the following list is on the show notes and they are in alphabetical order, not all movies are appropriate for little kids – for example, I would not show anyone younger than sixth grade God is Not Dead – but then I wouldn’t show anyone younger than 6th grade Star Wars either. So, again personal preference!

Top 50 Kid-Friendly Movies In Alphabetical Order:

  1. 101 Dalmatians
  2. American Girl Movies
  3. Annie
  4. Back to the Future
  5. Bambi
  6. Chronicles of Narnia -All
  7. Cinderella – old Disney animated
  8. Cinderella – musical – Rogers and Hammerstein
  9. Finding Nemo
  10. Free Willy
  11. God’s Not Dead (Haven’t seen God’s Not Dead 2)
  12. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates
  13. Heaven is For Real
  14. Heidi
  15. Home Alone
  16. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  17. It’s a Wonderful Life
  18. Karate Kids
  19. Letters to God
  20. Lion King
  21. Little Princess
  22. Little Women
  23. Miracle on 34th Street
  24. My Fair Lady
  25. Nativity, The
  26. Nest Movies – Old Testament
  27. Nest Movies – New Testament
  28. Night at the Museum
  29. Oliver
  30. Pinocchio
  31. Princess Bride
  32. Railway Children
  33. Secondhand Lions
  34. Secretariat
  35. Snow White
  36. Sound of Music
  37. Star Wars – viewer discretion
  38. Swiss Family Robinson
  39. The Adventures of Robin Hood
  40. The Black Stallion
  41. The Incredible Journey
  42. The Karate Kids
  43. The Lego Movie
  44. The Parent Trap
  45. The Red Balloon
  46. The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
  47. The Storykeepers
  48. The Three Trees
  49. Up
  50. Veggie Tales

Notable Movies:

  1. A Christmas Story
  2. The Ultimate Gift
  3. Miracles from Heaven
  4. The Goonies
  5. The Sandlot

 

 

 


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Comments

  1. We and our 8 children would personally add:
    Courageous
    Facing the Giants
    Fiddler on the Roof (after we discussed how he made up that dream)
    Picture Perfect
    Pollyanna
    Rigoletto
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Sky High
    Summer Magic
    War Room

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