Mom-Approved Movies

mom-approved movies for families

The movies listed below (in no particular order) are movies I have personally approved as a good family movie based on my own personal criteria. (I only include reviews for those movies that I have personally approved for movie night. Those that I have not found to meet my own personal criteria are not reviewed).

Those movies in a different color can be clicked on to access the movie review completed for that movie.

These movies are in no way an endorsement of any particular movie, movie company, or actor. DVDs can be purchased through any online video retailer, such as, Amazon, through your local bookstore/video store, or through print catalogs. Or you can utilize streaming where available.

Movies that are followed by “F/F” are movies produced by a company called Feature Films for Families. This company edits movies for offensive material. I have only viewed the Feature Films versions and not the “original” versions and cannot therefore give an opinion on versions of the movie not handled through Feature Films for Families. I have no affiliation with Feature Films for Families.

Below, in no particular order,  is a list of Mom-Approved Movies. I have seen each of the movies and recommend them. Click on the underlined link for those movies that have existing reviews or additional write-ups. (Complete linking to the movie reviews is a work in process, so be sure to check back!)

And yes, feel free to print the list!

*Christian movies (or movies with Christian elements/undertones).

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The Inspectors Series (review coming soon)

Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years, ages 13+

God’s Not Dead: We the People (review coming soon)

Play the Flute

Bottled With Love (Hallmark)

Hearts on Fire (2013 with Alison Sweeney)

*Fearless Faith (13+)

Love, Fall, and Order (Hallmark)

Mystery 101 Collection 1

Boise Boys (all episodes)

Instant Nanny


Chronicle Mysteries (ages 10 and up)

When Hope Calls Series

Prescription for Love: A Cinderella Story

A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery (ages 12 and up)

Darrow & Darrow (12 and up) all episodes

Amazing Winter Romance (Hallmark)

All Yours (Hallmark)

Just Add Romance (Hallmark)

*Beautifully Broken (16 and up)


*God Bless the Broken Road (tweens and up)

*I Can Only Imagine (tweens and up)

*Unbroken – Path to Redemption (12 and up)

*Mom’s Night Out

*The Redemption of Henry Myers

Finding Normal

*Seasons of Gray

*Unplanned (older teens and up)

Love on the Menu (Hallmark)

Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (Hallmark)

Love in the Forecast (Hallmark)

Winter’s Dream (Hallmark)

A Feeling of Home (Hallmark)

The Giver (teens and up) I am not a sci-fi fan at all, but I found this movie to be worth the watch and a great conversation starter.

Fixer Upper (all episodes)

Christopher Robin (2018)

*The Wild Brothers Series

Sue Thomas F.B.Eye (Complete set series 1-5)

*Where Love Found Me

*The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

Doc (Complete Series)

When Calls the Heart Series (Hallmark)

Broadcasting Christmas

*Grace Unplugged (twelve and up)


Love on Ice (Hallmark)

So You Said Yes (Hallmark)

Snowcoming (Hallmark)

The Confession (eleven and up)

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone

Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke

Milltown Pride

Backroads and Lilies

Garage Sale Mystery: All that Glitters (a few uses of the Lord’s name in vain) (teens and up due to mature themes)

Garage Sale Mystery Collections 1, 2, and 3 all episodes (teens and up due to mature themes)

Murder She Baked Collection all episodes (12 and up)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Series (all episodes and collections including From Paris with Love, From the Heart, Home Again, Impossible Dream, etc.)

*God’s Not Dead

*God’s Not Dead 2

*God’s Not Dead 3

*Do You Believe

*Facing the Giants

Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge (Hallmark)


*Beyond the Mask

Alone Yet Not Alone

*Princess Cut

Love finds you in Valentine

*Coffee Shop

*King’s Faith (12 and up)

A Country Wedding

*The Nativity Story

*The Book of Daniel

*Drive Thru History: Holy Land Volume 4

*Drive Thru History: Greece is the Word

*Drive Thru History: The Gospels

Hailey Dean Mysteries Series (Hallmark) Ages 13 and up

*Run the Race

When Calls the Heart Series

*You’ve got a Friend

*Apostle Peter and the Last Supper


*Passion of the Christ (16 and up)

*The Gospel of John

A Time to Dance (Hallmark)


*Matthew: A Dramatic Presentation of the Life of Jesus

*The Mark (12 and up)

*The Mark 2 (12 and up)

*Jerusalem Countdown (12 and up)

*Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End (teens and up)


Crimes and Mister Meanors


Runaway (Hallmark) (teens and up)

The Beverly Hillbillies (1960’s original version – 1 and 2 series)

The Jensen Project (tweens and up)

The Lost Valentine (Hallmark)

Secrets of the Mountain (tweens and up)

The Water is Wide (Hallmark)

The Locket (tweens and up)

The Imposter (12 and up due to mature content)

Sarah Plain and Tall, Skylark, Winter’s End (Hallmark)

The Love Letter (Hallmark)

My Friend Flicka (original 1940’s movie)

Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (second movie in the original 1940’s series)

Green Grass of Wyoming (third movie in the original 1940’s series)

When Love is Not Enough (due to subject matter, recommended for teens and older)

Love on Safari (Hallmark)

Snow Coming (Hallmark)

Crossword Puzzle Mysteries (all episodes) ages 12 and up

The River Within

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (original Disney)

The Long Road Home

A Summer Romance (Hallmark)

A Soldier Love Story

Miles from Nowhere

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (Hallmark)

Find Me (twelve and older)

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

*Mission Air

*The Good Book

*In the Name of God

North Pole

Rose Hill (Hallmark)

*Marriage Retreat

A Mile in His Shoes

Horse Crazy

Jacob’s Harvest

*Courageous (teen and up)

*End of the Spear (teen and up)

The Perfect Game

Beautiful Dreamer (F/F)

Pit Pony (F/F)

Dolphin Tale

Soul Surfer

Friendship’s Field

Change of Plans (Walmart movie)

The Penny Promise (F/F)

Last Ounce of Courage

Pendragon: Sword of His Father (older tweens and up)

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (fourteen and up)

*The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Narnia)

*Prince Caspian (Narnia)


Civil Love

The Mighty Macs

*The Woodcarver WWJD II

Game Time: Tackling the Past (Walmart Movie)

Front of the Class (Hallmark)

Though None Go With Me

*Time Changer

Anne of Green Gables (original series with Megan Follows)

Anne of Green Gables Continuing Story (original with Megan Follows)

Anne of Green Gables the Sequel (original with Megan Follows)

*Luther (teen and up)

Kit Kittredge (American Girl)

Molly (American Girl)

Samantha (American Girl)

Ramona and Beezus

The Inheritance (F/F)

Miss Potter

Safe Harbor (twelve and up)

Flipper (original 1963 movie with Chuck Connors and Luke Halpin)

*The Shunning (ten and over)

Saving Winston

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel

The Cat from Outer Space (original Disney)

Fallen Angel (Hallmark)

Sounder (Disney)

*Amazing Grace

I Love Lucy (Original Series)

Life on Liberty Street

Follow the Stars Home (Hallmark)

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

Set Apart (teens and up)

The Lost and Found Family (older children and up)

Outlaw Trail (F/F)

*Saving God

Angels in the Outfield

*Pilgrim’s Progress

An Angel for May (F/F)

Words by Heart (F/F)

Wishbone: The Prince and the Pooch

The Secret World of Arriety

Nightjohn (teen and up)

Mickey (F/F)

Miracle of the Widow

Where There’s a Will (F/F)

Grand Champion (F/F)

Summer of the Monkeys (F/F)

The Black Stallion (original)

The Black Stallion Returns (original)

The Magic of Ordinary Days (Hallmark)

Harvest of Fire

Little John

The Adventures of Francis the Talking Mule

Andy Griffith

Monsters Inc.

Monsters University

The Last Brickmaker in America (F/F)

*Left Behind (older children and up original movie)

*Left Behind II Tribulation Force (older children and up)

The First of May (F/F)

Judgment (older children and up)


Dog of Flanders (original)

The Buttercream Gang (F/F)

Calm at Sunset

*Life Without Limbs

Home at Last (F/F)

Caddie Woodlawn (F/F)

The Apple Dumpling Gang

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

Second Chances

Misty (1961)


Lost in Silver Canyon (F/F)

The Wild Pony

*A Man Called Norman

The Wager (tweens and up)

Bright Eyes (Shirley Temple)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Shirley Temple)

Curly Top (Shirley Temple)

The Early Years (Shirley Temple)

Booker (F/F)

Moondance Alexander

Escape from Wildcat Canyon (F/F)

Ace of Hearts

Lydie (F/F)

Same River Twice

*The Jesus Film

Follow the River

Red Fury (Starring William Jordan/ Katherian Cannon)


*The Climb

Short Track (F/F)

Gift of Love (F/F)

*Last Flight Out

*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

Because of Winn Dixie

Hidden Places

Belle and the Beast

The Last Sin Eater (teen and up)

*Little House on the Prairie (Seasons 1-4)

Little Women (1994)

Little Women (2019)

*One Night With the King

Road to Avonlea

An Avonlea Christmas

Charlotte’s Web


*Fireproof (teen and up)

The Ride

The Rookie

Where the Red Fern Grows

*Father Murphy (Seasons 1 and 2)

*Faith like Potatoes

Every Second Counts

Down and Derby (F/F)


*Escape from Hell (teens and up)

Silent Night (one use of the Lord’s name in vain)

Come Away Home (F/F)

Squad 77

Duck Dynasty (Complete Series)

The Sound of Music

Pollyanna (Original Disney)

The Ugly Dachsund (Original Disney)

Mary Poppins (Original Disney)

Old Yeller (Original Disney)

Herbie – The Love Bug

Herbie Goes Bananas

Herbie Rides Again

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

*Joseph King of Dreams

In Love and War

Christy: Choices of the Heart

*Awesome Bible Adventures: Noah’s Incredible Journey and Joshua’s Awesome Victory

*Awesome Bible Adventures: Escape from the Fiery Furnace and Lot’s Amazing Adventure

*Awesome Bible Adventures: Moses Receives the Ten Commandments and Moses’ Great Escape

*Awesome Bible Adventures: Samson’s Super Strength and God Destroys the Tower of Babel

Aristocrats (Original Disney)

Dumbo (Original Disney)

Fox and the Hound (Original Disney)

*Life at the Pond: The Rise and Fall of Tony the Frog

Barbie’s the Island Princess

Creation for blog

 *The Mysterious Islands

*Explore the Wildlife Kingdom – Golden River: Secrets of the Amazon

*Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution Three-Part Series

*African Cats

*Created Cosmos with Jason Lisle

Christmas for blog

Christmas Oranges

Silver Bells

Coming Home for Christmas

The Christmas Cure (Hallmark)

Bramble House Christmas (Hallmark)

Finding Father Christmas (Hallmark)

Engaging Father Christmas (Hallmark)

Switched for Christmas (Hallmark)

Christmas Angel

12 Dogs of Christmas

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

November Christmas (Hallmark) (10 and up)

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Homeless for the Holidays

The Christmas Card

The Christmas Choir (*parents should be prepared to explain why seeking comfort in alcohol is never the answer).

Young Pioneers Christmas

Little House on the Prairie Christmas

Christmas at Graceland (Hallmark)

Documentaries for blog

*Free Burma Rangers (older teens and up due to actual violence in war-torn countries)

*Flying High for the Glory of God

Still Standing- The Stonewall Jackson Story

America, Her People, Her Stories – The Battle of Bunker Hill(docudrama)

The League of Grateful Sons (teens and up)

The Endurance (teens and up)

A Nation Adrift (teens and up)

*The Drop Box

We Served Too



America: Imagine the World Without Her

*The Star of Bethlehem

Comedians for blog

*LOL The Best of Crown Comedy

*Is It Just Me? (Comedy with Ken Davis)

*Duck Tape (CPR Comedy)

*Get ‘Em While They’re Hot (with Ken Davis)

*Ken Davis: Second Chances











19 thoughts on “Mom-Approved Movies

  1. Thanks so much for putting this list together for us! I hate having to wade through movies to find out if they are good or not. We have the same standards that you folks have. I am excited about purchasing some of these to use on family night.

    1. Thank you, Connie, for your kind compliment! I am so glad this list has been helpful to you. May God bless you and your family!

  2. Wow! This is a great list. Our family has seen quite a few of these but I had no idea there were so many more good choices out there. I’m so glad I found your blog.

  3. Hi Nancy!
    Thank you so much for putting this movie list together. My husband and I have seen a lot of them, but like someone else said, I had no idea there were so many that were family friendly! I am going to pass this list to my daughter and daughter-in-law so they can see movies that are good for our grandchildren, ages 7-14. : )
    Have a wonderful weekend and even more wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! May God continue to bless your book ministry and all of your ministries! One day, I am going to get all of your books. Do you have a special price for someone who gets them all at once? I LOVE historical Christian fiction!!!
    Love in Christ!

      1. LOL, Judy! Don’t feel bad about calling me Nancy. I have done that before too and I always manage to call my kids by the wrong names! 🙂

        I am honored that you have found the movie list to be helpful. I have such a passion for finding wholesome movies for families. Please feel free to print off the list and pass it to your family.

        You asked about a special price for all of my books. The best price I have found for the books in my Montana Skies Series is at Christian Book Distributors for $19.99 for all three (the regular price is $29.97). The link is

        The best price I have seen for 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference is also at CBD for $10.99.

        However, all four of those books are available anywhere books are sold, including local and online retailers too! My other two books are available at Amazon and B&N.

        Also, Judy, I am always honored to mail personalized bookplates for readers to insert into their copies. Let me know if you’d like me to mail you some!

        I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas as well!

        In Christ,

  4. You’ve done a lot of good work here to identify movies for families. I have only seen a handful of them and most of them I’ve never heard of. One suggestion, it would be helpful to have the date/year of the movie. I think there are probably some older movies that could go on this list which you are probably updating as time goes by, like Pollyanna and It’s a Wonderful Life. Maybe the children wouldn’t be so interested today. It would be good to find out 😉 Thank you for all the research!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for your excellent suggestion. I agree, there are many good older movies that need to be added to the list. BTW, I loved Pollyanna as a child! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  5. I wish this list was available when my family was small and growing up. Maybe for my grand-kids, although my oldest is getting married next week. Maybe my “great grand-kids”.

    1. Thank you for that compliment! Some of the movies could definitely be enjoyed by your grandkids, even though they are not little anymore. 🙂 And I think that’s a fantastic idea for your great-grands!

    1. Thank you, Rebecca, for your kind words! I agree, there are quite a few great movies to watch. We have been fortunate to find many of these at our local library. 🙂

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  7. Wow! Nice list! Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. I hope you will be back to link up another awesome post this week!
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  8. Thanks for this long list. We have a Friday Night Family Movie Night tradition, and we’re always looking for a new movie. I’m visiting today from the Friendship Friday link up. Have a great weekend!

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