Top 10 Family-Friendly Christmas Movies

Top 10 Family-Friendly Christmas Movies

Tis the season! Ring in the celebration of Christ’s birth with a few of our top picks…

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Discernment required for young children.
THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS is a thoroughly delightful, brilliant, enthralling movie about how Charles Dickens crafted the beloved Christmas classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL and practically invented the way Christmas is celebrated today. THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS is an instant holiday classic, with a marvelous performance by Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, who delightfully interacts with the characters from his story. It’s one of the best Christmas movies ever made, filled with good will toward men.

THE PREACHER’S WIFE

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
Praise the Lord for THE PREACHER'S WIFE. When Pastor Henry Biggs comes to the end of his rope, an angel named Dudley falls out of heaven to help him. Containing strong Christian dialogue and prayers to Christ, it is flawed only by the "It's A Wonderful Life"-type angel. This cinematic device is counterbalanced by clear references to God's Laws, God's Grace, love, and faith in Jesus Christ. Movies don't get much better than this.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
In A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, based on the PEANUTS comic strip created by Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown is depressed by all the bustle of the Christmas season, but Linus shows him that the true meaning of Christmas is the birth of the Savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ. A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is a terrific, exemplary, funny, and profound short Christmas movie for the whole family about the true meaning of Christmas.

DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
In DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS:  CIRCLE OF LOVE, young Dolly Parton and her whole family make sacrifices so they can get their Mama a ring for Christmas, but a blizzard puts everything in jeopardy. DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS:  CIRCLE OF LOVE isn’t perfect storytelling, but the delightful acting and wonderful focus on faith, prayer and forgiveness makes it a breath of fresh air for the whole family.

BLACK NATIVITY

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
BLACK NATIVITY is a Christmas musical drama about a struggling single mother forced to send her teenage son to stay with her estranged parents. BLACK NATIVITY is a powerful, inspiring, well-acted drama with beautiful music and an uplifting message of God’s grace, faith, family, and forgiveness that holds everything together.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Quality:
****
Content:
+3
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is the Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed about the struggling owner of a small-town savings and loan company who’s at the end of his rope but, with the help of a bumbling but lovable angel, discovers he’s the richest man in the world! IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is arguably the best movie ever made. It’s certainly the most uplifting movie ever made, an instant masterpiece by Director Frank Capra with brilliant performances by Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and a cast of terrific character actors.

THE GRINCH (2018)

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
THE GRINCH (2018) is a great movie about the true meaning of Christmas triumphing over alienation and materialism. It features powerfully loving parents and children, a joyous community of inspired Whos, and a terrific character arc for the Grinch, plus great Christmas carols and hymns focusing on Jesus Christ and His redemptive divinity, lordship and love.

THE STAR

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
THE STAR is a wonderful, hilarious, deeply reverential animated family movie centered on the birth of Jesus, but from the perspective of a lowly donkey named Bo. THE STAR is tremendous fun, with great moral, spiritual lessons along the way. It’s a must-see Christmas movie for every family.

THE NATIVITY STORY

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
THE NATIVITY STORY tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in a dramatic, authentic manner. It is one of those very rare movies that brings the Gospel alive in a compelling, interesting, entertaining manner that shatters expectations.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL is a live-action musical that re-tells the classic Dickens story with all our Muppet favorites and actor Michael Caine as Scrooge. Of course, the story is a biblical allegory depicting a depraved man who repents of his selfishness and proceeds to show kindness to everyone. THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL is fun for the whole family with finger-snapping musical numbers, and breathtaking costumes and scenery.
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