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RECOMMENDED FAMILY-FRIENDLY FILMS
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Billy: The Early Years of Billy Graham

You know Billy Graham as a self-assured and charismatic preacher -- and one of the most important figures of the 20th century. Now meet him as he was -- an earnest young man struggling with faith and doubt in Depression-era America. You'll be inspired by the story of his decision for Christ... and where it led! Starring Armie Hammer, Stefanie Butler, Josh Turner, Martin Landau, and Lindsay Wagner. Dove approved. Rated PG. Approx. 98 minutes.

The Christmas Shoes

Two years on the New York Times bestseller list and a hit television movie, this heartwarming story stars Rob Lowe as a workaholic attorney with no time for Christmas---until a young boy helps him rediscover the true meaning of this special time of year. Features the NewSong music video and more. 94 minutes.

 

Come What May

It's a moral tug-of-war for Caleb Hogan---a Patrick Henry College student and moot court team member---caught between his Christian father and his feminist attorney mother. Caleb and the team tackle a legal case involving abortion just as his mother argues the same case before the U.S. Supreme Court! Must Caleb compromise his beliefs to win the championship? Filmed on the picturesque campus of Patrick Henry College, Come What May is a vivid reminder that choosing what's right is never easy...but it's always worth the cost. Approx. 93 minutes.

 

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom ... What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel! That rebel, Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) travels the world on his quest, and learns an awe-inspiring truth … that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired – for the crime of merely believing that there might be evidence of design in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance. To which Ben Says: Enough! And then gets busy. NOBODY messes with Ben. (product description from Amazon.com)

Facing the Giants

Created by a church in Georgia to evangelize non-believers and encourage believers, this inspiring story about a losing high school football coach with a new game plan will have your whole town talking about trusting God for the impossible! After six consecutive losing seasons and fear surrounding his life, coach Grant Taylor turns to God in desperation. Taylor and his Shiloh Christian Eagles soon discover how faith plays out on the field and off! Rated PG. Approx. 112 minutes.

Fireproof

Starring Kirk Cameron, the Fireproof movie portrays the inspiring love story of a firefighter, his wife, and a marriage worth rescuing. At work, Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) lives by the old firefighter's adage: "Never leave your partner behind". At home, he lives by his own rules. His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt has to face his toughest job ever, rescuing his wife's heart. Rated PG. Approx. 119 minutes.

Flywheel

From the creators of Facing the Giants comes Flywheel! Jay Austin wants to sell you a used car in the worst way...and that's exactly what he'll do! No one can trust him - especially his wife and son. Yet as Jay restores a classic convertible, he sees God working to restore him as well. Get ready to cheer and cry as Jay Austin begins the ride of his life when he learns to honor God with his business, his relationships, and his life! Flywheel: Director's Cut DVD contains lots of new bonus features. This re-edited DVD also includes an 8-part Bible study featuring clips from the film!

 

It's A Wonderful Life

Make this uplifting 1946 classic a holiday tradition in your home! Meet down-and-out businessman George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart); his tireless wife, Mary (Donna Reed); and money-grubbing Henry Potter (Lionel Barrymore). Despairing George believes his small-town life's been a failure---but will a hapless angel named Clarence and a Christmas Eve miracle convince him otherwise? Black and white. 2 hours, 10 minutes.

The Gospel of John

An epic in the spirit of The Passion of the Christ, this widely acclaimed motion picture is a meticulous recreation of the turbulent era of Jesus and the events that changed the course of history! Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Christopher Plummer, it's the bold and powerful story of Jesus as told by his disciple John. The Gospel of John offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the life and times of Jesus Christ. Close captioning. Rated PG-13. Region 1. This 2-Disc DVD includes new 129 minutes version, and 181 minutes theatrical version.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Six year old Susan has doubts childhood's most enduring miracle Santa Clause. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all -- something to believe in. 2-DVD set. Approx. 96 minutes.

The Nativity Story

The most magnificent portrayal of the nativity ever! Witness the struggles and joys of the Holy Family---and the Savior's birth at the turning point of history. Epic in scope yet intimate in detail, this major motion picture spared nothing to ensure historical accuracy and cinematic power. A film to be cherished for years to come! Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Oscar Isaac. Rated PG (some violence). Dove approved. Approx. 101 minutes.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Claude Rains star in this award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town senator who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. Not rated. Approx. 130 minutes.

Time Changer

The year is 1890 and Bible professor Russell Carlisle (D. David Morin) has written a new manuscript "The Changing Times." His book is about to receive a unanimous endorsement from the board members of the Grace Bible Seminary until his colleague Dr. Norris Anderson (Gavin MacLeod) raises an objection. Dr. Anderson believes that what Carlisle has written could greatly affect the future of coming generations. Using a secret time machine, Anderson sends Carlisle over 100 years into the future, offering him a glimpse of where his beliefs will lead. Rated PG (for thematic elements). Closed-captioned. Approx. 90 minutes.

 

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

Best buddies Dustin (Jansen Panettiere), Albert (Frankie Ryan Manriquez), and Mark (Allen Isaacson) are twelve year old boys looking forward to a summer of fun in 1970. When Dustin mows the lawn of seventy-five year old Jonathan Sperry (Gavin MacLeod), a man he has seen at church, a unique friendship develops. What happens the rest of this summer is something Dustin and his friends will never forget! Dove approved. Rated PG. Approx. 96 minutes.

 

 

The Ultimate Gift

Spoiled Jason Stevens expects to inherit millions when his wealthy grandfather dies. Instead, the will requires him to complete 12 monthly tasks before receiving a dime. Can he rise to meet this beyond-the-grave challenge? Follow Jason on a yearlong journey that leads him to the last thing he ever expected! Stars James Garner and Brian Dennehy. Rated PG. Approx. 75 minutes.

 

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The Waltons

(Although not a movie, this television series is a very family-friendly resource that teaches timeless lessons.)

They built their home on the timeless mountain that bears their name. They built their lives on even stronger stuff: the bedrock of family. This beloved series ran 9 years and won 5 Emmy Awards its inaugural year, including Outstanding Drama Series. Richard Thomas plays the key role of John-Boy Walton, a youth on the verge of manhood during the Great Depression and a fledgling writer whose observations are filled with the growing-up lessons and love he receives from father John, mother Olivia, Grandma, Grandpa and all the rest of The Waltons.

(Goodnight, John-Boy is the official episode guide.)

Seasons: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 |

Waterproof

Unexpected violence leads to moments of grace when 11-year-old Thaniel Battle accidentally shoots embittered Washington, D.C.-shopkeeper Eli Zeal (Burt Reynolds). Desperate to save her son from arrest, taxi driver Tyree Battle kidnaps Eli and flees with him and Thaniel to her family in Waterproof, Louisiana. Despite dark secrets, will faith and forgiveness prevail? Approx. 94 minutes. Rated PG-13 (a scene of violence).

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