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Top 10: Best Family Movies with Meaning

Best Movies with Meaning for Kids

I have this mom friend that I really admire.  She does everything with such grace, generosity, and thoughtfulness and she makes really difficult things look easy.  

Some examples:

  • Her child was having a really bad Kindergarten year  and their house was about to undergo a complete renovation.  What did she do?  She relocated her family to the south of Spain to solve both problems.  Now her children speak fluent Spanish with the most beautiful accents.   She says the Internet makes this easy.  (Maybe for her, but it’s pretty challenging for the rest of us).
  • She offered to let my friend whom she never met run a yoga class out of the beautiful exercise room in her home.  Her generosity helped my yoga mom friend start her own business.  The class now runs two times a week and my friend is so busy that she rarely gets to participate but says she just enjoys benefiting from the good karma created from moms ohmming.
  • She parents her two children in such a way that they really feel that their voices are heard.

So when I was trolling for ideas for posts and I, myself, don’t watch that many movies because the blogging thing gets in the way, DesignTrackMind told me to get this mom’s list of movies with meaning. She keeps a list of movies with meaning for family movie night? Of course she does.  That actually doesn’t surprise me.  Do I?  No, we just got our cable bill and apparently our children rented Alice in Wonderland three times last month.  My husband was slightly miffed because we own the movie on DVD.  I actually think they rented the Johnny Depp one not the Disney cartoon one that we own but I still can’t fathom why they would want to watch it three times.

But isn’t a family movie night with movies with meaning such a lovely idea?  So now we all can crib from her list of movies to create this night for ourselves.  Thanks mom friend!  You know who you are!

Please comment with movies that you recommend!

p.s.  If you want to know what age range is appropriate for these movies, go to, a non-profit website, that rates both books and movies.  Another mom friend recommended this to me.  It’s also on my blog roll under Children’s Literature.

p.p.s.  If you like this list, you might like Top 10:  Best TV Shows to Watch as a Family.

p.p.p.s.  If you like this list, you also might like Top 100:  Best Movies Based on Books

10. The Ultimate Gift

9. Music of the Heart

8. Remember the Titans

7. Big

6. Mr. Holland’s Opus

5. Mrs. Doubtfire

4. Dead Poet’s Society

3. Chariots of Fire

2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (both I and II)

1. To Kill A Mockingbird

Honorable Mentions

Rabbit-proof Fence

Last Holiday

The Bucket List

My Girl

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Best movies for families, best family movies, best movies with meaning for kids, best movies with meaning, best movies that teach

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. The Princess Bride is a movie we often watch as a family. It’s got a lot of family friendly action and a fun lesson about the lasting power of True Love.

    Just plain fun with witty, funny characters!

  2. Jackson Meritage

    Great place to look at family movies in my opinion . Did you have a list that you go off of for watch family movies.

  3. Asianmommy

    Thanks for the list. We liked Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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  4. We also love Fly Away Home, Soul Surfer, Dolphin Tale, Akeelah and the Bee and Secondhand Lions.
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  5. Lisa

    Just recently watched Saving Mr. Banks – lovely message of loving despite imperfections – and resilience.

    Also love all classics like Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and modern classics like Because of Winn Dixie!

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