Top 10 Lists

ELENI

Quality:
****
Age:
ELENI is the greatest movie about a mother’s love in the face of adversity. It is the true story of a mother who was murdered by the communists during the Greek Civil War. Eleni proclaims, “Christ is risen” on Easter, prays to God and concludes before her execution with the touching statement that “It is such a joy to be a mother that I thank God for letting me know it.”

MRS. MINIVER

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children and adults
The 1942 Best Picture Oscar winner, MRS. MINIVER, is a classic example of MGM doing its duty in wartime. Ending with “Onward Christian Soldiers,” and a call to buy war bonds, it’s the story of the horrors of war impacting a middle class English family.

WON'T BACK DOWN

Quality:
***
Age:
Older children and adults
WON’T BACK DOWN is about a loving mother and a passionate teacher fighting to change their failing public school. WON’T BACK DOWN has a great free market message about fighting for perfection when the government allows for mediocrity, but the script could be more entertaining and dramatic.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Quality:
****
Age:
All Ages
THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the most successful musical in history with a brilliant performance by Julie Andrews. It has a profound Christian message about seeking God’s will for your life and is as clean and wholesome as can be.

DESPICABLE ME 2

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
DESPICABLE ME 2 finds the former villain Gru joining the Anti-Villains League to stop a villain who’s turning Gru’s adorable little minions into monsters with a stolen secret formula. DESPICABLE ME 2 is one of the funniest, laugh-out-loud, hilarious, best conceived, well-plotted, most enjoyable movies ever. Every form of villainy is refuted, family is affirmed, doing the right thing is affirmed, and good triumphs.

LITTLE WOMEN (1933)

Quality:
****
Age:
Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of four sisters in Civil War era New England contains positive Christian characters and actions, strong parental figures and chaste courtships. The mother is played by the wonderful Spring Byington.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
In THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, a childless young couple finds their dreams come to life in a strange, miraculous way. THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN is entertaining, charming, and wholesome from the beginning, with a very clear plot line.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (1950)

Quality:
****
Age:
Showing how to organize a large family (be fruitful and multiply), this real-life story of the Gilbreth family has a wonderful scene where the father and mother ironically skewer a prissy, stuck-up representative from the evil Planned Parenthood. Clifton Webb plays the unforgettable father, and Myrna Loy is the strong, supportive mother.

THE BLIND SIDE

Quality:
****
Age:
Older teenagers and adults
THE BLIND SIDE is a compelling, feel great drama that tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless young black teenager who is welcomed into a caring Christian family. Though there are unneccessary elements requiring caution, this wonderful drama is a faith filled, truly inspiring movie with overt Christian values.