Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My Favorite Movies (LDS-Friendly!)

If you're looking for a fun LDS-friendly movie to rent, I'd recommend these. The movies with asterisks are good enough to watch again and again.

All of the movies should be OK for teenagers and many for younger children, but you'll want to do more research before letting your kids watch if you're not sure. The movies are ordered alphabetically, and none are Rated-R. I listed my favorite Mormon movies separately.

If you have other favorites, please share!


LDS-ORIENTED

*The Best Two Years
The Other Side of Heaven
*Singles Ward

SCI-FI/FANTASY

*Back to the Future (all three)
*Independence Day (fabulous speech by the President)
Galaxy Quest
Hell Boy
*Lord of the Rings trilogy
Men in Black
Star Trek. My favorite in order:
- *The Wrath of Khan
- *Insurrection
- First Contact
- The Undiscovered Country (some of the best lines from any of the ST movies)
- The Voyage Home
*Star Wars (all six--my favorites: Return of the Jedi and Revenge of the Sith)
X-Men (I and II -- haven't seen III yet)

ACTION/SUSPENSE/DRAMA

*Apollo 13
*Big Trouble in Little China
Cast Away
*First Knight
Forrest Gump
The Fugitive
*Hunt for Red October
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Man in the Iron Mask
Minority Report
*Mission Impossible
*National Treasure
Ocean's Eleven
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (haven't seen the next one yet)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rudy
School Ties
Sneakers
Swing Kids
Signs
The Sixth Sense
Superman
The Village

FAMILY

Beauty and the Beast
*The Emperor's New Groove
Freaky Friday (the remake with Jamie Lee Curtis)
Harry Potter (all of them)
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
*A Little Princess
*Mulan
Remember the Titans
Toy Story (both)

COMEDY

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Black Sheep
*A Christmas Story
Dave
Legally Blonde
*Maverick
*Napolean Dynamite
*National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
*The Princess Bride (great lines)
*The Private Eyes (one of my favorites)
Rush Hour
*The Scarlet Pimpernel (hilarious)
*Shanghai Noon
Tommy Boy
Zoolander

OLDIES BUT DEFINITELY GOODIES

*Casablanca (so that's where all the Bugs Bunny lines come from!)
North by Northwest
*Rear Window (exciting!)

5 comments:

Connor said...

You are the first person I've ever come across that liked Hell Boy. Interesting. I've never seen it (nor will I), but I've only heard (sharply) negative reviews from friends and others.

Bookslinger said...

LDS oriented movies I like:

Baptists at our Barbeque.
Mobsters and Mormons.
Work and the Glory, Pillar of light (pt 1).
Work and the Glory, American Zion (pt 2).

Floyd the Wonderdog said...

Comedy- The Man Who Knew Too Little. Bill Murry as an American in who thinks he's in a participatory theater on the streets of London, but he's really involved in a plot to revive the Cold War.

shiningcity said...

Great list! I'd add "Rat Race" to the comedy sections. Never laughed so hard.

Anonymous said...

May I also recommend IMAX documetaries like SolarMax (solarmovie.com) and David Attenborough's Life of Birds. IMAX (on DVD) is definitely some of the best family-quality programming I have ever seen.