Mom-Approved Movie Listing

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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).

These movies are in no way an endorsement of any particular movie, movie company, or actor. Most can be purchased through any online video retailer, such as  through your local bookstore/video store, or through print catalogs. Feature Films for Families has their own website where their movies are sold.

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.

Below is a list of Mom-Approved Movies. I have seen each of the movies and recommend them. **For movie reviews, see the Archived Mom-Approved Movie Reviews tab.**

And yes, feel free to print the list!

*For more movie reviews from a Christian perspective, please check out the review blog of Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool*


Mom’s Night Out

The Redemption of Henry Myers

Finding Normal

Seasons of Gray

Monumental (documentary)

When Calls the Heart First Season Series (a couple of uses of the Lord’s name in vain)

Mission Air

The Good Book

In the Name of God

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (14 and up)

Mr. Peabody and Sherman


America: Imagine the World Without Her (documentary/10 and up)

Christmas Oranges

Silver Bells

Coming Home for Christmas (tweens and up)

Grace Unplugged (ages 12 and older)

Book of Daniel

Unconditional (teens and older)

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

The Confession (ages 11 and older)

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone

Killer Flood: The Day the Dam Broke

Milltown Pride

Backroads and Lilies

Matthew, a Dramatic Presentation of the Life of Jesus

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

The Secret World of Arriety

African Cats

The Penny Promise

Christmas Angel (PureFlix with Della Reese)

Last Ounce of Courage

Young Pioneers Christmas

Mysterious Islands (documentary)


Civil Love

The Mighty Macs

The Woodcarver WWJD II

You’ve Got a Friend

Drive Thru History: Holy Land Volume 4

Game Time: Tackling the Past (Walmart/Proctor and Gamble Movie Night Movie)

Drive Thru History: Greece is the Word

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot (Clean Christian comedy with Ken Davis)

Front of the Class (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

Though None Go With Me

Ramona and Beezus

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

Little House on the Prairie Christmas

The Inheritance (F/F)

Miss Potter

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

Safe Harbor (ages 12 and over)

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

The Shunning (ages 10 and over)

Still Standing: The Stonewall Jackson Story (documentary)

Homeless for the Holidays

Saving Winston

The Mighty Macs

Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts Holy Land: Egypt to Qumran

Drive Thru History with Dave Stotts Holy Land: Jericho to Megiddo

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel

Marriage Retreat

A Mile in His Shoes

Horse Crazy

Seven Days in Utopia

Jacob’s Harvest (F/F)

The Christmas Card

Wishbone: The Prince and the Pooch

Pendragon: Sword of His Father (older tween to adult)

Courageous (teen to adult)

End of the Spear (teen to adult)

The Perfect Game

Beautiful Dreamer (F/F)

The Velveteen Rabbit

Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution Three-Part Series (Documentary)
Pit Pony (F/F)

Dolphin Tale

Soul Surfer

Friendship’s Field

Change of Plans (Walmart Movie)

Wishbone – The Prince and the Pooch

Wishbone – Dog Days of the West


Drive Thru History #1 Rome if You Want To

Drive Thru History #2 Greece is the Word

Drive Thru History #3 Turkish Delight

Drive Thru History #4 East Meets West

Drive Thru History Columbus, the Pilgrims, and Early Boston

Drive Thru History Patriots, Penn, and the Freedom Trail

Drive Thru History New York, New Jersey, and Washington Warriors

Drive Thru History Soldiers, Jamestown, and Heroes of Virginia

American Heritage Series (documentary)

The Way Home (one use of the Lord’s name in vain)

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

Ramona and Beezus

Doc (Series 1)

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

The Adventures of Ocie Nash

Felicity, An American Girl Story

Saving Sarah Cain

A Walk in My Shoes

Clancy (teen to adult)

Though None Go With Me

Toy Story 3

No Greater Love (ages 12 and up)

The Perfect Gift

Christmas Child

Samantha (American Girl)

Sweet Pea Beauty (VeggieTales)

November Christmas (Hallmark) (due to content matter, young children might be frightened)

Runaway (Hallmark) (due to content matter, appropriate for teens and up)

The Jensen Project (tweens and up)

The Lost Valentine (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

Secrets of the Mountain (tweens and up)

The Water is Wide (Hallmark)

The Locket (tweens and older)

The Imposter (note: this movie is for ages 12 and up due to mature content)

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

The Love Letter (Hallmark)

Original 1940s My Friend Flicka movie

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

Green Grass of Wyoming (the third movie in the orginal 1940s Flicka series)

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

The River Within

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (original Disney)

I Love Lucy (original series)

The Long Road Home

A Soldier Love Story

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

Miles from Nowhere

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (Hallmark)

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Find Me (Ages 12 & over)

Ever After: a Cinderella Story

Rose Hill (Hallmark)

The Cat from Outer Space (original Disney)

Fallen Angel (Hallmark)

Sounder (Disney)

Amazing Grace

The Star of Bethlehem (documentary)

Pendragon (Ages 12 & up)

Life on Liberty Street

Follow the Stars Home (Hallmark)

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

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

Set Apart (teens – adult)

The Lost and Found Family (older children – adult)

Beverly Hillbillies (1960s original version ~ 1 and 2 series)

Outlaw Trail (F/F)

Saving God

Angels in the Outfield

Barbie’s the Island Princess

The Christmas Card

Christmas Angel (SunWorld Pictures with Bruce Davidson)

The Penny Promise (F/F)

Little House on the Prairie (Seasons 1-4)

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel

Miracle in the Woods

Pilgrim’s Progress

An Angel for May (F/F)

Friendship’s Field (F/F)

Words by Heart (F/F)


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 League of Grateful Sons (documentary; teen-adult)

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

Prince Caspian (Narnia)

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.

The Theory of Everything

The Last Brickmaker in America (F/F)

Left Behind (older children)

Left Behind II Tribulation Force (older children)

The First of May (F/F)

Judgment (older children)


Dog of Flanders (original)

Duck Tape (CPR Comedy)

The Buttercream Gang (F/F)

Calm at Sunset

Life Without Limbs

Home at Last (F/F)

Caddie Woodlawn (F/F)

The Apple Dumpling Gang

Second Chances

Misty (1961)


Is it Just Me? (Comedy with Ken Davis)

12 Dogs of Christmas (F/F)


Lost in Silver Canyon (F/F)

Passion of the Christ (teen-adult)

Ken Davis Second Chances

Created Cosmos with Jason Lisle

The Nativity Story

The Wild Pony

The Endurance (Documentary/ tweens to adult)

A Man Called Norman

The Wager (older tweens-adult)

Bright Eyes (Shirley Temple)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Shirley Temple)

Curly Top (Shirley Temple)

The Early Years (Shirley Temple)

Booker (F/F)

Moondance Alexander

Jacob’s Harvest (F/F)

Escape from Wildcat Canyon (F/F)

Ace of Hearts

Lydie (F/F)

Same River Twice (F/F)

The Jesus Film

Follow the River

Red Fury (Starring William Jordan/Katherian Cannon)


The Climb

Short Track (F/F)

Gift of Love (F/F)

Facing the Giants

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 & the Beast

The Gospel of John

The Apple Dumpling Gang

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

The Last Sin Eater (teen-adult)

Little House on the Prairie Series

Little Women (1994)

One Night With the King

Road to Avonlea

An Avonlea Christmas

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables Continuing Story

Anne of Green Gables the Sequel

LOL The Best of Crown Comedy

Luther (teen – adult)

Kit Kittredge (American Girl)

Charlotte’s Web


Fireproof (teen-adult)

Molly (American Girl)

The Ride

The Rookie

Where the Red Fern Grows

Father Murphy (Seasons 1 and 2)

Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution (3 part set)

Faith Like Potatoes

Every Second Counts

Down and Derby (F/F)


Escape from hell (teens and older)

Come Away Home (F/F)

Breaking Free (F/F)

Squad 77

A Nation Adrift (teen-adult; documentary)

The Sound of Music

Pollyanna (Original Disney)

The Ugly Dachsund (original Disney)

Mary Poppins (Original Disney)

Old Yeller (Original Disney)

Time Changer

Herbie – The Love Bug

Herbie Goes Bananas

Herbie Rides Again

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

Joseph King of Dreams (although a cartoon – the entire family will enjoy it)

In Love & War

Christy: Choices of the Heart (F/F)

Awesome Bible Adventures: Noah’s Incredible Journey & Joshua’s Awesome Victory

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

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

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

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

Hermie and the High Seas

Veggie Tales (all)

Veggie Tales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving
Volume 1 Kids Sing Praise

Volume 2 Kids Sing Praise

Volume 3 Kids Sing Praise

Our Special Friends – Mary Lou’s Flip Flop Shop

Everyone’s Special – Mary Lou’s Flip Flop Shop

Learning to Share – Mary Lou’s Flip Flop Shop

Silly Songs (Cedarmont Kids)

Aristocats (original Disney)

Dumbo (original Disney)

Fox and the Hound (Original Disney)

Life at the Pond: The Rise & Fall of Tony the Frog

**For movie reviews, see the Archived Mom-Approved Movie Reviews tab.**

18 thoughts on “Mom-Approved Movie Listing

  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.

    • 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!

      • 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!

    • 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. 🙂

    • 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!

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  6. 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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