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Old 10-14-2010, 07:47 PM
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Default Best Inspirational Movies for Kids

I just watched a movie called "Stolen Summer" with my wife and kids. What a worthwhile and thought provoking experience. I also recently watched "Angels in the Outfield" with them and came away from that with a renewed appreciation for our family. "Finding Nemo" was another great movie experience we shared together.

I'm looking for other memorable movie experiences to share with them to help us all grow together in the right direction.

I'm sure the diverse crowd on this forum has stumbled across some "must see" family enriching movies.

Please post any family movie titles that you feel strongly are "as good as it gets" for exposing kids to values worth fostering.

When my kids get a little older I plan to expose them to "Officer and a Gentleman", but that is a little beyond their maturity level at this point.
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Really not for the under 9 or so kids (they probably won't get the message), but my "tweens" and teenage kids love watching Invincible with Mark Whalberg.

It's from '06 and it is by Disney, so you know it is family friendly. If you've never heard of it, it's based on Vince Papale who at 30 overcame huge odds and made the Eagles and turned into an NFL star or should I say legend?

There are some great messages in that movie!
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"Second Hand Lion"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For us Ole Timers "Old Yeller"
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Another movie that our kids like to watch is Radio Flyer with Tom Hanks. It's from the early 90's.

Sure, it gets into dark situations with an abusive step-father and if that is an issue for anyones' family, then they probably shouldn't watch it.

But watching the two young brothers (and their dog) enjoy life, let their imaginations run and cope/help each other out with the stepfather's situation kept me watching it thru the end. The next time that it was on cable, I had our kids watch it. They've seen it a half dozen times since then...

Tom Hanks fills in the blanks by narrating the story.
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I also recently watched "Angels in the Outfield" with them and came away from that with a renewed appreciation for our family.







I was an extra in that film!

Actually, five of our family members were in it. It was filmed at the Oakland Coliseum and they advertised for extras to sit in the stands and act like they were watching a ball game.

We signed up for one of the days. It was a blast!
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This I highly recommend as a family movie. We actually watched it as a family one Saturday night while anchored out. Not only were we riveted as a family but it was a huge educational experience for all of us.

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The Pagemaster is another movie with a good lesson or two.

It stars McCauly Culkin (sp- the Home Alone kid) and it is 20% live actors and 80% animated.

It's fun for the whole family!
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Beat me to Old Yeller so my next choice would be "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken". My mother asked me to take my younger brother and sister to see it at the movies. I thought it was going to be a baby sitting time but I actually enjoyed the movie too!
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Hilarious movie!!!! Timeless classic!
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This I highly recommend as a family movie. We actually watched it as a family one Saturday night while anchored out. Not only were we riveted as a family but it was a huge educational experience for all of us.

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Thanks. I see it now.
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Default Thanks for all the recommendations! Keep 'em coming please.

Based on your recommendations I just ordered a half dozen of these movies for future "family movie night at home" viewing. It is great to "enjoy the ride" watching a good movie together as a family, but what is just as valuable to me is when everyone wants to talk about the issues, conflicts, values, lessons, etc. after the movie is over, and relates the movie experience to things in our own lives.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your favorites.

By the way, the original "Karate Kid" was another great movie in my eyes.
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For older children check out October Sky. Very very good show. Men of honour with Cuba Gooding Jr. is also excellent just get a clean version if you can because it has horrible language. Excellent show however. Both are more an older kid/adult based show but have very good messages in both and are excellent shows.
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2nd on October Sky. A fabulous and very inspiring movie; I have this in my DVD collection for sure.

I can't believe no one's mentioned 'Pay it Forward'. Sad at the end, but a very inspiring and moving movie.

'Free Willy' is good, too. Good vs. evil and a big whale.

'The Indian in the Cupboard' - another good story for kids of all ages.

'The Gods Must be Crazy' - A soda bottle falls from the sky in Africa and is found by Xi and his band of San/Bushmen relatives But unlike anything that they have had before, there is only one bottle to go around. This exposes the tribe to a hitherto unknown phenomenon, property, and they soon find themselves experiencing things they never had before: jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, even violence.
Since it has caused the band unhappiness on two occasions, Xi decides that the bottle is an evil thing and must be thrown off of the edge of the world. He sets out alone on his quest and encounters Western civilization for the first time. The film presents an interesting interpretation of civilization as viewed through Xi's perceptions. A very good film for children to make them realize the value of what they have!

'The Legend of the Boy and the Eagle' - Older Disney, 1967. A Hopi boy frees a sacred eagle and is banished from his tribe. I remember seeing this movie with my young cousins. Very good story. At the end, the boy jumps off a cliff and turns into an eagle -- my cousins didn't understand that's what he wanted and started crying their eyes out!!!

Oh... one last one. The kids loved this movie and it's one of my all time favorites - 'The Flight of the Navigator'. Just a great, fun story!

Just a few not so common anymore that will make for good family watching on movie night!
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