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Movies to Share with Your Family

Our family is a movie watching family.  We regularly watch movies together as a family night activity, all gathered on the couch.  We always talk about them when they are over, and sharing the movie watching experience with my kids is one of my favorite family-time activities.  I’m that sappy Dad that cries in the opening scene of UP!, and got some dust in my eye watching the final scene of Toy Story 3.  I love movies!

One of the fun things Starr and I have done is share the favorite movies of our childhood with our kids.  We’ve watched Swiss Family Robinson, a censored-version of the original Karate Kid, and tried  unsuccessfully  to introduce Star Wars (they like the fight scenes, but can’t get into it.)

So recently CinemaBlend.com listed the  20 Must See Movies to Share with Your Kids. Their list is exhaustive, and includes some great hits from my generation and past, as well as some not-yet-released to DVD movies.

So after looking at their list, what would you add?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Anne · July 20, 2010

    Great list of flicks! Only a couple on there that we haven’t shared with the kids yet. Abbott & Costello? Guess we should try it. Totally forgot about Flight of the Navigator! That one’s going on the queue.

    • Jonathan Cliff · July 20, 2010

      We did Flight of the Navigator a few years ago, it was one of my favorites as a kid. Not sure I could get my kids into Abbott & Costello either….

  2. Starr · July 20, 2010

    I would add Annie and Wizard of Oz to the list!!

    • Jonathan Cliff · July 20, 2010

      You must be joking. Do you know how many flying monkey nightmares I had as a child? I would never force that one on my kids!

      • Anne · July 20, 2010

        Watch it while listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon ;)

    • Anne · July 20, 2010

      Annie is a fav around here, too. I love Wizard of Oz. The kids like it, but don’t watch it often.