Movie Night Movies

May 6, 2011

I like:

The Narnia movies
The first Matrix movie
The Bourne trilogy

Please share your favorite Movie Night choices as a comment.

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Dawn May 9, 2011 at 2:29 am

Star Trek (the new one)
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Ever After


Belinda May 9, 2011 at 3:17 am

1. Castaway 2. The Painted Veil


Sharon May 9, 2011 at 3:27 am

“Regarding Henry” with Harrison Ford – a touching drama about repentance and restoration within marriage

“Fireproof” – a great marriage movie with a Christian perspective

“Not Easily Broken” – my husband and I agree that this is the best marriage movie we’ve seen, because the issues it addresses are so true to life

“The Stepmom” with Julia Roberts – a thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting tear jerker

“The God’s Must Be Crazy I and II” – intelligent slapstick with interesting plots

“August Rush” – a bit of romance and a lot of drama, one of the most touching movies I’ve ever seen

“Cool Runnings” – an inspiring comedy based on the true story of a Jamaican Olympic bobsled team

“Father of the Bride I and II” with Steve Martin – these family-friendly movies are destined to become classics and would provide great light-hearted fun for any evening

“Mr. Holland’s Opus” – in my opinion, this feel-good drama about one man’s positive impact on a whole generation of music students is another classic in the making


Becky Finch May 9, 2011 at 3:59 am

“Four Feathers” – not an easy movie to watch, emotionally gripping, but what a journey this movie takes you on.

“The Count of Monte Christo” – my personal favorite movie of all time. Bad guys, good guys, love, revenge and forgiveness, treasure, beautiful music, humor, and of course, sword fights! :)


jill hoke May 9, 2011 at 5:19 am

The Proposal-romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock

Strictly Ballroom-really silly Australian comedy

The Bourne Trilogy-action


Nikki May 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

Blast From the Past – set during the 50’s a boy grows up in a bomb shelter and experiences the “real world” of the early 90’s when he’s 35yrs old. Romantic Comedy.

Secondhand Lions – two great-uncles raise their nephew while knocking things off their bucket list. Genre – family

Princess Bride – really, I know people who haven’t seen this… made in 1987 it is beyond classic. Romance, adventure, revenge. <3 it!


Rev kwd May 9, 2011 at 6:24 am

The Notebook. Marvelous and moving love story for the ages.


Jennifer May 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

The Lord of the Rings movies


The Ultimate Gift


Stephanie May 9, 2011 at 6:35 am

“Say Anything”
“Ever After”
“Shawshank Redemption” – We typically watch this whenever it’s on tv because of the foul language. My favorite movie of all time!


Martha Doane May 9, 2011 at 7:40 am

“The Greatest Gift” – a Grandfather leaves his Billions , with conditions designed to help his grandson grow up.

“Facing the Giants” – Football and persevering for him….feelings and faith for her.

“Rudy” same as above!

“Galaxy Quest” silly fun sci-fi spoof…with a message of sorts.

Anything “Jane Austen” it is fun to get the man’s perspective, and we trade off with the “guy movies”.


Jamey May 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

We like:
The Love Comes Softly Series
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
**These give a sense of romance and a little western touch to them which makes them great!!


Jennifer Barber May 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

The Notebook – we both loved this. I think it appeals to a man’s desire to stick with something to the very end…and be blessed enormously because of it.

Any of the Madea Movies – My favorite is still “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” – all of his movies deal with real issues, but have a strong Christian message presented. But are soooooo hilarious!!!


E May 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Return to Me – wonderful romance


Christy May 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

My husband is in the biz, so we tend to watch a lot… He will sometimes watch chick flicks with me, although they are not usually his first choice. Here are a few we have both enjoyed…

Cinderella Man – starring Renee Zellweger, Russell Crowe, Paul Giamatti – about a boxer in the depression era, beating all odds

Catch Me if You Can – Leo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks. Based on a true life story about a kid turned con man. Some sexual content.

Les Miserables – starring Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Geoffrey Rush – based on the novel, about forgiveness, grace and mercy–set in France but in spoken English.

Goodwill Hunting – if language doesn’t bother you (and one “mild” sex scene), this is a pretty good movie–it won Robin Williams the Oscar for best supporting actor, and the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon won for their writing too.

The Prestige – a story about a feud and producing the best illusion in the magic industry. starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson.

Sherlock Holmes – right up there with the Prestige. A great mind bender with action sequences. Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law.

The Aviator – based on the story of Howard Hughes. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett.

National Treasure (1 and 2) – starring Nicolas Cage, think more of a modern Indiana Jones

The Time Traveler’s Wife – about a man with a genetic disorder where he hops through time without control.

Any of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, except for The Happening… I was told that was a skipper. These are sci-fi thriller/suspense.

The newest Die Hard was actually pretty good (I bet your husband can give you the back story on character John McClane if you are not already familiar). Bruce Willis.

And guys really like (at least mine does) – most of the comic book to film flicks… if you don’t care so much about the cheesy factor in some of them, they can be worth your while. Spiderman 1 & 2, X-Men (1.5, 2, 3), Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Iron Man (the first one, the second isn’t as good); Push is also in this category, although it wasn’t a comic book first–but deals with supernatural ability–it was a great gem that was underpublicized for how good it was.

Happy movie watching!


Kathleen Keene May 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Dan in Real Life
The Notebook and Hitch are very good suggestions, too!


Patricia Hoon May 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Quiz Show – about quiz show scandal of the 50s and truthfulness
The Truman Show – a serious show with Jim Carrey, about reality – makes you think!
The King’s Speech (uses f word in one place) but clean otherwise
Chariots of Fire – FABULOUS, best picture that year I think, about a strong Christian runner and a Jewish runner who qualified for the 1924 Olympics
A Man for all Seasons – Henry VIII tries to force Thomas Aquinas to go against his personal beliefs
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Sense & Sensibility – my favorite but might be a chick flick in men’s eyes
Heaven Can Wait – comedy – not a Christian theme but main story is sweet
Avatar (thought provoking)

husband’s suggestions (more liberal than me):
The Longest Day
A Bridge too Far
Bridge Over the River Kwai
Batman and Ironman
Trip to Bountiful
Fried Green tomatoes
Places in the Heart
Steel Magnolias
Return to Me (uses Jesus’ name in a supposedly Irish kind of Jesus Mary & Joseph way)
True Grit (heard it was good)
Empire of the Sun
The Great Escape (would women like?)
Robin Hood with Kevin Kostner
Swiss Family Robinson
Alien (gory)
Glory – wonderful Civil War movie where men pray, Denzel Washington
Princess Bride
Citizen Kane
Ben Hur
Gone with the Wind
2001 a Space Odyssey


sue May 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

*The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) – something for all. :) Romance, saving-the-world, beautiful heroine, sweaty hero, etc. :)

*The Illusionist – a great romantic film with some sleight of hand. :)

*Undercover Blues – a fantastic cold-war-era comedy about a married CIA couple on vacation with their baby daughter.

*The Princess Bride – a classic!

*Sleepless in Seattle – always a good chick-flick that has enough for guys to enjoy, esp. the lines about The Dirty Dozen. ;)

*Much Ado About Nothing – if you hate Shakespeare b/c you don’t understand it, you will LOVE this movie. completely comprehendible, gorgeous scenery, and the acting is SUPERB. :)


Patricia Hoon May 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

my husband can’t stop:

8 below zero
Marley and Me
North by Northwest
Dial M for Murder
Rear Window
Sound of Music
The King and I with Yul Brynner
Psycho (scary)
The Birds (scary)
An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant
Young Frankenstein
Star Wars
Star Trek
Dr. Zhivago (about adultery but doesn’t say it’s right)
Out of Africa (adultery)
A Passage to India – English woman accuses a native of rape
Swiss Family Robinson
In Search of the Castaways and the Moon-Spinners (both Hayley Mills)
American President
Good Morning Vietnam (I disagree with this choice – Vietnam war – language)


Anita May 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Absolutely have to second

– Princess Bride
– Ever after
– Fireproof
– Cinderella Man (So great- love their marriage, a wonderful example of supportive and loving marriage through hard times)

Also love
– While you were sleeping
– Hitch


Dodi May 10, 2011 at 7:54 am

1-I think I love my wife
2- twilight -part 1
3- Night at the Museum -1, 2


Annalea May 10, 2011 at 10:42 am

We love….

The Last Holiday
Pride and Prejudice
Young Frankenstein
The Young Victoria
The Great Race
Nativity Story
The Bishop’s Wife / The Preacher’s Wife
The Holiday
Girl With A Pearl Earring
Double Jeopardy
Roman Holiday
Bottle Shock
North by Northwest
Swing Vote
What Dreams May Come
Lars And The Real Girl
Babbette’s Feast (foreign)
The Wedding Planner
Shop Girl
The Blind Side
Ushpizin (foreign)
Star Trek
Bride and Prejudice
The Wedding Singer
How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
My Man Godfrey
Mrs. Miniver
Facing The Giants
Sliding Doors
Napoleon Dynamite
Ocean’s Eleven
Monsoon Wedding
National Treasure
The Lady In The Water


MA Baken May 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Has any one suggested “When Harry Met Sally?” This our favourite romantic movie and has been for 20 years.


Lisa May 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

50 First Dates — super sweet family movie with Drew Barrymore
P.S. I love You
Princess Bride
Meet Joe Black — oh so sweet!
Made in Heaven — wonderful premise about rebirth
Ladyhawke – beautiful lve story in ancient times
Finding Neverland
Yours Mine & Ours
Hancock –fun action flick with a subplot about soulmates -(language warning)
Independence Day!
Glory Road – not a love story but a riveting film that pulls you together rooting for the underdog


Cheryl May 11, 2011 at 6:42 am

One that we love that I did see mentioned:

Parent Trap II with Lindsey Lohan, Dennis Quaid, and the late Natasha Richardson.

We love it!!


Gloria May 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm

The Lightkeepers – a very sweet 20th century period piece about love and reconciliation. Starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blyth Danner.


Mia May 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

Reign Over Me- With Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. R


Mia May 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

Tron- the new one and the old one.
The Truman Show
Liar Liar
Bruce Almighty
The Break-up – Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.
Shades of Ray
Forget Paris – one of my absolute favorites
Nine Months
Where the Heart is
Monster in Law
Air Force One
The Fugitive
Indian Jones movies
Motorcycle Dairies
The Panic Room
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
King Kong- old and new
Star Wars – all 6
Seven Pounds
The Pursuit of Happiness
Six Degrees of Separation
To Sir With Love – Sidney Poritier and Lulu
Guess Who’s coming to Dinner – Sidney Poritier and Katherine Hepburn
The Parent Trap – the old one and the newer one
Million Dollar Baby – I cried so hard
Hearts of Atlantis
Harvey – Jimmy Stewart
The Man in the Iron Mask – Leonardo DiCaprio 1998 I haven’t seen the 1929 version.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Surrogates – Bruce Willis
The Whole Nine Yards
When Fools Rush In
Shutter Island
Pay it Forward
The Talented Mr. Ripley


Becker0109 June 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

Yep, I’m strange I guess, as I get great ideas from Christian websites that lets me “see” through a woman’s perspective.
My guy friends would not be caught dead in a movie that many lable a “chick flick.”
However, I do go with my wife as I enjoy her taste in the movies.

Somewhere In Time, Citizen Kane, Sleepless in Seattle, 50 First Dates, Fireproof, No Greater Love, The Passion of The Christ, Doctor Zhivago, Forget Paris, Midnight In Paris, Mr Holland’s Opus, Facing The Giants, Mona Lisa Smile, When Harry Met Sally, and A Beautiful Mind (I read the script and book, and it’s more than what is seen on the screen. Alicia truly loved him and they remarried after many years of her being his care taker, she desired to love-protect him. Too many to list.


virginetta August 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

Tyler Perrys Movies and Plays


Amy August 22, 2011 at 9:56 am

Favorites of the hubby & I:

* Star Wars ~ all 6 of them!
* Pirates of the Caribbean ~ all 4
* The Lord of the Rings trilogy
* The Big Bang Theory TV show
* M*A*S*H TV show
* Hogan’s Heroes TV show
* Kidnapped (the version with Brian McCardie and Armand Assante)
* Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series
* Stargate
* The Mummy movies
* Avatar: The Last Airbender (the animated tv show for kids)
* Up
* Stardust
* The Brothers Grimm
* Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2
* Enchanted
* The Fast and the Furious movies (5 of them)
* Tangled


Linda August 22, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Sweet Land is a truly sweet movie.


the princess April 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

I’m not a movie person (to put it mildly!). Most movies leave me feeling spiritually sick for days. Here are a few I actually enjoy!

Therese–a beautiful portrayal of a godly family!

The Reluctant Saint: The Life of St. Joseph of Cupertino (old, black & white)–not as good as the real story, but still pretty amazing! It’s about a “failure” whom God favored.

The Music Box, A Christian Parable, by Word Ministry Resources–NOT the much more common murder mystery! This one is the story of a gloomy workaday man who encounters jazz angels who leave him a music box that changes his life (and ultimately the lives of those around him)

“Gifted Hands”–the true story of a “failure” whose mother refused to give up on him, who grew up to become a world-renown brain surgeon


Erin April 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

There are so many good ones listed.
Movies I like that my husband also likes:
*The Emperors New Groove. I know it’s a cartoon, but it’s hilarious. And you can walk around saying “The Groove! Beware the Groove!”
*Robin Hood with Russel Crowe
*We love to watch Discovery together. I have the Blue Planet Series that covers the entire world, practically, in 1 hour increments, and we sit there, amazed at our creator every time. It’s practically magic.
*Myth Busters. We love this. Especially the one where they used hard cheeses to represent old time cannonballs and tried to take out a pirate ships sail…that was cool.
*Flight of the Navigator
*The Warriors
*Super 8
*Bill and Ted –both of them(Dude!)
*Nacho Libre — this one is all about the laughter
*Megamind (if you haven’t seen it, DO!)–HOLO!
*The BBC. You can’t normally go wrong with a Sherlock Holmes or Robbin Hood mini-series…
*House of Flying Daggers
*Stargate, the Stargate SG-1 or Atlantis Series’
*And so many that you have mentioned already.
*Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

I also know that my hubs and I have very different tastes when it comes to a majority of movies. But I find that spending time with my hubs is just as important as having something we can laugh about, just the two of us. Remembering a favorite Nacho Libre quote, etc.

Enjoy your movie going time!


Kathleen April 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

We just watched “Castaway on the Moon,” a lovely Korean movie that is charming, poignant, romantic, intriguing, and inspiring! No bad language, no gratuitous nudity, just a story about a despondent man who jumps off a bridge to kill himself, only to land on an island. Like the Tom Hanks Castaway, with a twist. I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars!


Blondie September 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

We really enjoyed Hope Springs. It was our anniversary and I knew I was taking a chance but was pleasantly surprised. I think it had a very good message in it about reviving a dead marriage.


Barb May 9, 2013 at 6:41 am

And a myriad of other movies we’ve watched over the years!we will add to the list later.


Sophie May 18, 2014 at 3:41 am

Love this list! We’ll be adding to our list :)
Some that we’ve enjoyed are:

Moonrise Kingdom – quirky and charming. Actually most of Wes Anderson’s movies are on our list because we like something a little different :) They’re generally pretty clean, with the possible exceptions of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘The Royal Tennenbaums’.

Any of the Studio Ghibli anime films (if, like my Mom, you think all anime films are Japanese cartoon porn (!), you might watch these to change your mind. The stories are kid-friendly but we love them for the beautiful artwork. If you’re very conservative you might find some of the themes a bit new-agey.)

About Time – sort of a similar premise to the Time Traveller’s Wife I guess, but we much preferred this one.

Midnight in Paris – romantic, but not your typical chick flick. Lots of literary references if you’re into books.

Slumdog Millionnaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel & Midnight’s Children – maybe just because we were both raised in South Asia, but we loved all of these.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – just quite charming, and some beautiful scenery

Although my husband also liked the movies above, few more typically “man-friendly movies” that I also really enjoyed are:
Cloud Atlas
Donnie Darko (this one’s quite dark, but interesting)
Captain Phillips

We often look at IMDBs ‘parent advice’ (or ‘content advice’ or whatever it’s called) before watching a movie, to see what it’s going to be like in terms of sex, violence etc. It doesn’t give plot details away but will say things like “one instance of the F-word, one 3-minute scene take place in a strip club (breasts are visible), a man mimes a sexual act but is fully clothed” etc., so it’s quite useful for seeing whether a movie is going to offend you or not.


Sophie May 18, 2014 at 3:45 am

Oh we also liked Philomena, and it had the bonus that it prompted a lot of conversations about forgiveness/grace, the role of the church in society, the portrayal of the church in the media etc. It was very thought-provoking all around.


Cephus May 18, 2014 at 7:25 am

How can you leave this one off the List of all time great movies,

Little Big League


Melissa May 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

We receintly watched and *loved* About Time. Such a beautiful testament to love! A couple of risque parts, but overall not too bad.


Natalie May 21, 2014 at 7:24 am

– Star Wars
– Curse of the Jade Scorpian
– A League of Their Own
– Family Man
– Contact
– Independence Day
– Signs
– Unbreakable
– Jane Austin (my hubby finally read Pride and Prejudice after I watched the 6 hr version several times through)
– movies from Elizabeth Gaskell’s books (similar to Jane Austin, like “North and South”)
– Guarding Tess
– Holes
– Lake House
– Miss Congeniality (my hubby actually likes this one)
– Much Ado About Nothing
– National Treasure
– Pirates of the Carribean
– Princess Bride
– Sabrina (old and new)
– Funny Face
– Saints and Soldiers
– Sliding Doors
– Willow
– Horatio Hornblower
– Holiday Inn

My hubby and I Love to watch movies :)))


Desiree Gillis July 11, 2014 at 5:10 am

My husband and I love to watch Poirot movies/shows. Hercule Poirot is an Agatha Christie character, portrayed by the wonderful actor David Suchet. If you love a good mystery that will keep you guessing until the end, give these a try. There are many from which to choose – both full length movies and one-hour shows from its stint on TV.


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