Films for Families
Suggestions from Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Suggestions for families with children ages 10 and older.
The adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Robin Hood and his band of followers live as an outlaws in Sherwood Forest and fight against tyranny.
The adventures of young Indiana Jones - Not rated / juvenile DVD / television series
Journey with young Indy as he travels around the world and meets historical figures during the turbulent years of World War I.
Apollo 13 - Rating: PG / adult VHS
Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, three astronauts fight a desperate battle to survive.
The cowboys - Rating: PG / adult VHS
A rancher hires 11 boys to drive his cattle to market when the gold rush lures all the men away. Cast: John Wayne
Eight below - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
When three Antarctic scientists reluctantly leave their sled dogs behind, the dogs must struggle against the elements to survive.
Escape to Witch Mountain - Rating: G / juvenile VHS
Two young orphans with psychic powers try to discover their origins.
Gulliver's travels (1995) - Rating: PG / adult DVD / juvenile VHS
The tale of an 18th-century physician who takes eight years to travel through a variety of fantastical lands.
Gunga Din (1939) - Not rated / adult VHS
Adventure story of 3 English soldiers in India, and their lowly water-bearer, Gunga Din, who longs to be a soldier too.
Holes - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake, where boys dig a hole a day under the direction of an evil warden.
Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost ark - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Archaeologist Indiana Jones embarks on a quest to locate the mystical Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Rating: PG / adult DVD)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Rating: PG- 13 / adult DVD)
Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull (Rating: PG- 13 / adult DVD)
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (Not rated/ juvenile DVD / 3 volume television series)
In search of the castaways - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A group faces hair-raising adventures when they set out to rescue a missing sea captain they believe is still alive.
Iron Will - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
A boy and his sled dogs embark on a treacherous cross-country marathon for a grand prize that will save his family from financial ruin.
The jungle book (1994) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS / Not animated
When Mowgli, raised by wild animals since childhood, encounters the corrupt Captain Boone, his loyal animal friends come to his aide.
Jurassic Park - Rating: PG- 13 / adult VHS
A wealthy entrepreneur invites scientists and his 2 grandchildren to visit his secret island theme park featuring living dinosaurs.
Also: The lost world: Jurassic Park (Rating: PG-13 / adult VHS)
Kidnapped - Not rated / juvenile & adult DVD /Masterpiece Theatre
A sixteen-year-old Scottish orphan is kidnapped by his villainous uncle, but later escapes and joins in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.
Kim (1984) - Not rated / adult DVD
The story of a fifteen-year-old orphan boy living by his wits in 1890's India.
Lemony Snicket's a series of unfortunate events - Rating: PG-13 / juvenile VHS / juvenile & adult DVD
Three orphans are taken in by the dastardly and cunning Count Olaf, who is only interested in their inheritance.
Lost in the barrens - Not rated / juvenile VHS
During a Canadian hunting trip, an upper-class boy and a Native American Indian boy become lost in the wilderness called The Barrens.
The lost world (1925) - Not rated / adult DVD
Professor Challenger leads team of scientists and adventurers deep within the Amazonian jungle to investigate reports that dinosaurs still live there. Also: The lost world (1960)
The mask of Zorro (1998) - Rating: PG-13 / adult VHS
The elder Zorro comes out of retirement to train a new Zorro to fight the enemy Montero.
Also: The legend of Zorro (Rating: PG / adult DVD)
Master and commander: the far side of the world - Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD
A ship's surgeon and a British naval commander are friends during the Napoleonic Wars.
Nancy Drew - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Teenage detective Nancy tries to solve the age-old mystery of famous actress Dehlia Draycott's death.
National treasure - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Benjamin Gates steals the Declaration of Independence in order to keep it safe.
Also: National treasure, book of secrets (Rating: PG / adult DVD)
Night at the museum - Rating: PG / adult DVD
A museum’s night guard finds that an ancient curse has caused the "inhabitants" of the museum to come to life.
Nim's Island - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
A young girl asks an author of adventure stories for help when her father goes missing on an isolated island.
Pirates of the Caribbean: the curse of the Black Pearl - Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD
Will Turner and Captain Jack Sparrow try to rescue a beautiful girl and recapture a pirate ship from a cursed pirate and his crew.
Also: Dead man's chest (Part 2) (Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD) / At world's end (Part 3) (Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD)
Race to Witch Mountain (2009) – Rating: PG / adult & juvenile DVD
A cab driver and a scientist help 2 alien children who have a secret mission on earth.
The Rocketeer - Rating: PG / adult VHS
The discovery of a top-secret jetpack hurls a test pilot into a suspenseful adventure.
The Sea Hawk (1940) - Not rated / adult DVD
A dashing, patriotic pirate raids Spanish ships for England.
Shackleton - Not rated / adult DVD / television program
In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 27 are stranded in the Antarctic and must journey 800-miles to be rescued. A true story.
The sign of the beaver - Not rated / juvenile VHS
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.
Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow - Rating: PG / adult DVD
In 1939 a reporter and aviation officer Joe 'Sky Captain' Sullivan search the world for the evil mastermind, Dr. Totenkopf.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) - Rating: G / juvenile VHS
The shipwrecked Robinson Family finds new life on a deserted island far from civilization.
Tall tale - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
Pecos Bill teams with larger-than-life heroes Paul Bunyan and John Henry to help a young man battling a greedy land-grabber.
The thief of Bagdad (1940) - Not rated / adult VHS & DVD
The mischievous scoundrel Abu helps the King of Bagdad escape from prison and becomes involved in an incredible series of adventures.
The three musketeers (1993) - Rating: PG / adult VHS
Three loyal swordsmen work to protect the King of France.
Treasure Island (1950) - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
An innkeeper and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.
Trouble River - Not rated / juvenile VHS
The adventures of a boy, his grandmother, and his dog, rafting down a treacherous river to escape from renegade Indians.
Wild America - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
In 1968, three brothers go on the road with a camera to capture America's vanishing wildlife in its natural habitat.
The amazing panda adventure - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
With the help of a young Chinese girl, a boy tries to save a baby panda from poachers.
Babe - Rating: G / juvenile DVD / adult VHS
A lovable piglet makes friends with the animals in the barnyard, and even Farmer Hoggett.
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
A scruffy dog named Winn-Dixie changes the lives of a young girl and the people in her town.
Beethoven - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
A family’s cute, frisky St. Bernard puppy grows into an enormous, drooling disaster-prone dog. Also: Beethoven's big break (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD)
Black Beauty - Rating: G / juvenile DVD & VHS
A horse’s life takes him from idyllic days on a country estate to London's hard streets, through decades of owners both kindly and harsh.
The Black stallion (1979) - Rating: G / juvenile DVD & VHS
A boy and horse are shipwrecked on an island where they become fast friends.
Also: The Black Stallion Returns (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS)
Charlotte's web - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
On the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur the pig has a good friend in Charlotte the spider, who has a special web-weaving talent.
Dreamer : inspired by a true story - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
A Kentucky horse trainer and his daughter rehabilitate a championship filly with a broken leg.
Duma - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
A courageous young boy must cross the wilds of Southern Africa to return a cheetah to his rightful home.
Free Willy - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD / adult VHS
The friendship between a 12-year-old boy and a whale confined in a too-small tank at an aquatic park.
Homeward bound : the incredible journey - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A fun-loving bulldog, a wise old golden retriever, and a hilarious Siamese cat travel through the rugged Sierras in a search for their missing human family. Also: Homeward bound II: lost in San Francisco (Rating: G / juvenile DVD)
Jack London's The call of the wild - Not rated / juvenile VHS
During the Klondike gold rush, a stolen dog becomes a miner's best friend before joining the wolf pack.
King of the Wind - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
A North African stable boy’s devotion to a colt takes him to Europe where he proves that he and the stallion belong together.
Lassie come home (1943) - Not rated / adult VHS / juvenile DVD
A boy’s beloved dog undertakes a harrowing 1000-mile journey to rejoin her true master. Also: Lassie (2006) (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD)
Marely & Me ( 2009) – Rating : PG / adult DVD
A newly married couple adopts a puppy that no one wants, a high-strung lab who is virtually untrainable, but loveable.
My dog Skip - Rating: PG / adult DVD
The adventures of Willie and his talented terrier Skip.
My friend Flicka (1943) - Not rated / juvenile DVD
A ten-year-old boy sets his heart on taming a wild-spirited filly.
National Velvet - Rating: G / juvenile & adult DVD / juvenile VHS
Velvet Brown dreams of winning the prestigious horse race known as the Grand National steeplechase.
Old Yeller - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
In 1860s Texas, a young boy and a stray dog become inseparable pals.
Ring of bright water - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A Scottish couple share a love of animals and a common interest in Mij, their pet otter.
Seabiscuit (2003) - Rating: PG-13 / adult VHS
A half-blind ex-prizefighter and mustang breaker team up with a millionaire and help turn his horse, Seabiscuit, into a legend.
Seal morning - Not rated / juvenile VHS
An orphaned girl and her aunt discover and care for an abandoned baby seal they find on the English coast in the 1930's.
Shiloh - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to mistreat his dogs.
Also: Shiloh 2 (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD) / Saving Shiloh (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD)
Stone Fox - Not rated / juvenile VHS
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's cattle ranch with the prize from a dog sled race.
The story of the weeping camel (2003)- Rating: PG / adult DVD
In the Gobi Desert, a family of nomads sends two young boys on a long journey to fetch a musician capable of performing a magical ceremony that may save a young camel.
Summer of the monkeys - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
In the 1800s, a 12-year-old boy spends the summer trying to capture 4 runaway circus monkeys.
Where the red fern grows (2003) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
The tale of a boy and his best friends: two remarkable hunting dogs who teach him about life, loyalty and trust. Also: Where the red fern grows (1974) (Rating: G / juvenile VHS)
White Fang - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
A young man tries to fulfill his father's wish to find gold in Alaska’s treacherous Yukon Valley.
Antz - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
A small worker ant who loves a beautiful princess convinces his soldier ant buddy to switch places with him.
Bee movie - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
A college graduate bee sets out to right the wrongs started by humans who have been stealing and eating the bee's honey for centuries.
A bug's life - Rating: G / juvenile VHS
An ant hires warrior bugs to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) – Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
In the town of Chewandswallow, where food drops from the sky like rain, a young inventor hopes to create something that will change everyone's life.
Coraline (2009) – Rating: PG / adult DVD
A young girl walks through a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life that seems better, but that changes when her counterfeit parents try to keep her forever. A little scary.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)– Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
The fox family lives a happy home life underground, but that all changes when Mr. Fox plots the greatest chicken heist the animal world has ever seen.
Finding Nemo - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
After becoming separated in the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin, a clown fish, embarks on a dangerous journey to find his son.
Hoodwinked - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Little Red Riding Hood, Granny, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Woodsman all face Detective Flippers as he attempts to determine the real events of their story.
The Incredibles - Rating: PG / adult DVD
A crime-fighting family with super powers live "normal" lives until they are summoned to a remote island for a top secret assignment.
Madagascar - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Animal friends from New York's Central Park Zoo accidentally find themselves on a ship heading for Africa. Also: Madagascar. Escape 2 Africa (Rating: PG / adult DVD )
Meet the Robinsons - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A brilliant young inventor sets off on a time-traveling journey into the future where he meets the wacky Robinson family.
Monsters, Inc. - Rating: G / juvenile DVD & VHS
One night two monsters accidentally let a human girl through her closet door into Monstropolis.
Ratatouille - Rating: G / juvenile & adult DVD
A Parisian rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef.
Shrek - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
A reclusive ogre and a chatterbox donkey go on a quest to rescue a princess.
Also: Shrek 2 (Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD) / Shrek the Third (Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD)
Toy story - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
Two toys work together when they become separated from their home. Also: Toy story 2 (Rating: G / juvenile DVD)
WALL-E - Rating: G / juvenile & adult DVD
After hundreds of lonely years, a robot finds true love in another robot sent on a mission to Earth to see if it is safe for human life.
The absent minded professor (1961) - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A professor invents an anti-gravity substance named Flubber that makes objects and people fly.
Angus – Rating: PG-13 / adult VHS
Angus gets help from his geeky friend and his grandfather when he is chosen to dance with the queen of the winter ball.
The best Christmas pageant ever - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
The six Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.
Bringing up Baby - Not rated / adult VHS
Crazy comedy about a madcap heiress, a stuffy zoologist, and a pet leopard. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant
Elf (2003) - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole, decides to go in search of his human father.
Follow me, boys! (1966) - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A jazz musician decides to become a scoutmaster.
Freaky Friday - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Thanks to a magical fortune cookie, a mother and daughter switch personalities and bodies.
Fred Claus - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Fred Claus moves to the North Pole where his brother, Nicholas, lives.
George of the jungle - Rating: PG / adult DVD
George is a lovable klutz who saves his animal friends from poachers.
The ghost breakers - Not rated / adult DVD
A radio commentator hiding in a trunk finds himself aboard a ship bound for Cuba, where the trunk's owner is sailing to take possession of a recent inheritance: a haunted castle. Cast: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard
The happiest millionaire (1967) - Not rated / juvenile DVD
A butler's daughter who must overcome her father's eccentricities to find a husband.
Home alone - Rating: PG / adult VHS
When eight-year-old Kevin’s family leave for vacation, they accidentally leave him behind. Also : Home alone 2 (Rating: PG / adult VHS)
Hoot - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Three kids try to find a way to save a flock of endangered owls from the developers of Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House chain.
Hop – Not rated / adult DVD
After his father is deported from Belgium to Africa, Justin finds help from a former anarchist and together they embark on a thrilling adventure to re-unite the father and son.
How to eat fried worms - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Billy goes up against the school bully in a nasty challenge... to eat 10 worms in one day.
Jeeves and Wooster: Jeeves in the country / A plan for Gussie- Not rated / adult VHS
When Bertie takes up the trombone and his neighbors start to complain, he decides to retire to the country for the summer. Based on the stories by P.G. Wodehouse.
The Lavender Hill mob (1951) - Not rated / adult DVD
Henry Holland is a timid bank clerk who devises a plan to steal a fortune in gold from his bank.
The Little Rascals - Not rated / adult VHS
In the 1930s a group of children get into mischief, put on shows, and have fun together.
The love bug (1968) - Rating: G / juvenile DVD & VHS
The adventures of Herbie, the magical Volkswagen that has a mind of its own.
Also: Herbie fully loaded (2005) (adult DVD – Rating: G) / Herbie goes bananas (1980) (juvenile DVD – Rating: G) / Herbie goes to Monte Carlo (1977) (juvenile DVD – Rating: G) / Herbie rides again (1974) (juvenile DVD – Rating: G)
MARX BROTHERS MOVIES - Not rated / adult VHS
A Day at the races / Duck Soup / Night at the Opera
Matilda (1996) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
A special girl, who is misunderstood by her family and an evil school principal, is helped and befriended by a wonderful teacher.
Millions - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Two English boys find a bag of money that will be invalid in 7 days when the country converts to the Euro.
Mrs. Doubtfire - Rating: PG- 13 / adult DVD
A divorced father disguises himself as a British housekeeper in order to be closer to his children.
The parent trap (1998) - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
Identical twins plan to switch places with the high hopes of getting their parents back together again.
Also: The parent trap (1961) (Rating: G / juvenile DVD)
The Pink panther (1963) - not rated / adult VHS
Inspector Clouseau pursues a jewel thief.
Also: A Shot in the Dark (1964) (Rated:G / adult VHS)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) (Rated: PG / adult VHS)
Trail of the Pink Panter (1982) (Rated: PG / adult VHS)
Road to Bali- Not rated / adult DVD
Two vaudeville actors find a beautiful princess, cannibals, a giant squid, and more on a South Sea Island.
The shaggy dog (1959) - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A magic ring accidentally transforms Wilby Daniles into a sheepdog. Also: The shaggy dog (2006) (Rating: PG / adult DVD)
Small time crooks- Rating: PG / adult DVD
An ex-con and his wife open a cookie store in their plan to rob a bank and find that cookies pay better than crime.
They might be giants- Rating: G / adult DVD
When a wealthy judge believes he is really Sherlock Holmes, his doctor finds, to her amazement, that he might be right.
The Three Stooges: four episodes of outrageous hilarity - Not rated / adult DVD
The trouble with angels - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Two mischievous students turn convent school upside down with their pranks.
The Twelve chairs- Rating: G / adult DVD
When a Russian clerk learns that his mother-in-law sewed a fortune of family jewels into one of 12 dining room chairs, he sets off across Russia to find it.
Wallace & Gromit. The curse of the Were-rabbit - Rating: G / juvenile & adult DVD / Claymation
Two enterprising friends hope to cash in with their humane pest-control outfit "Anti-Pesto”.
Also: Wallace & Gromit: a close shave (Not rated / juvenile VHS)
Wallace & Gromit in three amazing adventures (Not rated / juvenile DVD)
The incredible adventures of Wallace & Gromit (Not rated / juvenile VHS)
Yours, mine & ours (2005) - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Complications ensue when two single parents – with a total of 18 kids –marry.
Blast! - Not rated / adult DVD - DVD 782
Blast! brings together 68 brass, percussion and visual performers in a unique explosion of music and theatre.
Cirque du Soleil - Not rated / juvenile DVD
Dralion / Quidam / A Baroque odyssey
Earth (Disneynature- 2009) – Rating : G / juvenile DVD
A remarkable story of three animal families on a journey across our planet - polar bears, elephants, and humpback whales.
The living sea - Not rated / j VHS - j VC 577.7 Liv
Explore mysterious depths to discover the beauty and importance of the ocean.
March of the penguins - Rating: G / juvenile DVD / adult DVD - DVD 598.47 M36 / documentary
Emperor penguins make a long dangerous journey to find a mate and start a family.
MicroCosmos - Not rated / juvenile & adult VHS / documentary
Timelapse and mircophotographic techniques are used to examine the world of insects.
Planet earth : the complete series - Not rated / adult DVD- DVD 550 P55 / BBC/Discovery Channel television series
Showcases diverse parts of the earth, showing a variety of creatures in their natural habitats.
Winged migration - Rating: G / adult DVD - DVD 598 W55 / documentary
Follows bird migrations over the seven continents. Academy Awards 2002, Best Documentary Feature nominee.
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) - Not rated / adult DVD
A Mississippi boy sets off on a raft down the Mississippi River with a runaway slave.
Akeelah and the bee - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
When Eleven year-old Akeelah decides to participate in a spelling bee to avoid school detention, much to her surprise, she wins.
All creatures great & small - Not rated / juvenile VHS / adult DVD & VHS / television series
In the 1930's, James Herriot arrives at a tiny village in England where he begins work as an assistant to the local veterinarian.
Ashpet : an American Cinderella - Not rated / juvenile DVD
Set in the rural South in the early years of World War II, Ashpet is a humorously touching version of Cinderella.
August Rush - Rating: PG / adult DVD
A boy, performing on city streets and cared for by a mysterious stranger, believes his musical talent will reunite the parents from whom he was separated at birth.
Bridge to Terabithia (2007) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Two friends create the world of Terabithia, an imaginary kingdom filled with other magical beings. Then one day tragedy strikes. Based on the Newbery Medal winning novel.
Captains courageous (1937) - Rating: G / adult VHS
A Portuguese fisherman teaches values to a spoiled young millionaire's son who was saved from drowning.
The Dish (2000) – Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD
In the days before the 1969 NASA moon landing, an Australian satellite dish that will beam the broadcast around the world malfunctions.
Field of dreams - Rating: PG / adult DVD
An Iowa farmer turns his cornfield into a baseball field where dreams can come true.
I know where I'm going!- Not rated / adult DVD
On her way to Scotland to marry a rich industrialist, a headstrong woman meets a young naval officer and realizes that some things are more important than money.
Jacob have I loved - Not rated / juvenile DVD
A teenage girl overcomes jealousy for her pretty, talented twin sister and learns to value her own uniqueness.
Lilies of the field - Not rated / adult VHS
A free-spirited ex G.I. stumbles upon 5 refugee nuns in Arizona and helps them build a chapel.
October sky - Rating: PG / adult VHS
True story of a young boy growing up in West Virginia during the 1950's who dreams of building rockets.
The sisterhood of the traveling pants - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Four teenagers find a pair of jeans that fits each of them perfectly and decide to use them as a way of keeping in touch one summer.
Sounder (1972) - Rating: G / juvenile & adult VHS
The heartwarming story of a Black sharecropper family in Louisiana during the Depression. Also: Sounder (2003) (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD)
The Southerner- Not rated / adult DVD
A family of tenant farmers in the rural South struggles against poverty, illness, and nature.
The thief lord (2005) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Two orphaned boys travel to Venice, where they meet Scipio, the Thief Lord, who leads a small band of kids in robbing the rich.
Whale rider (2003) - Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD
A Maori chief’s granddaughter develops a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
Anne of Green Gables - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
An elderly bachelor and his sister adopt an orphan boy but are mistakenly sent a girl instead.
Also: Anne of Green Gables, the continuing story (Not rated / adult DVD) / Anne of Avonlea (Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS)
The astronaut farmer- Rating: PG / adult DVD
Charles Farmer, with the aid of his family as the launch/recovery crew, prepares to launch the homemade rocket he built in his barn.
Cheaper by the dozen (2003) - Rating: PG / adult DVD
The tale of two loving parents trying to manage careers and a household amid the chaos of raising 12 kids.
Roald Dahl's Danny the champion of the world - Not rated / juvenile VHS
An English widower and his son come up with a scheme to get the better of a developer who wants to buy their land.
David Copperfield - Not rated / juvenile VHS / Masterpiece Theatre
Young David Copperfield's difficult journey from boy to man. Also: David Copperfield(1935) (Not rated / adult DVD)
The flame trees of Thika - Not rated / adult VHS / Masterpiece Theatre
A British girl and her parents journey to East Africa in 1913 where they try to transform a rugged plot of land into a farm -- and a home.
Fly away home - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD / adult VHS
A 13-year old girl and her father adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them how to fly.
Friendly persuasion - Not rated / adult DVD
A heart-warming story about the day-to-day experiences of a Quaker family living in Indiana in 1862.
From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Not rated / juvenile VHS
A girl and her brother run away from home and take up residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The house without a Christmas tree - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
A young Nebraskan girl wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree.
The last warhorse - Not rated / juvenile VHS / Wonderworks
A poor family fights to save their land and their home.
The little kidnappers - Not rated / juvenile VHS
Two orphans living at their grandfather’s Nova Scotia home find and adopt a baby they find abandoned on the beach.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) - Not rated / adult VHS
An American boy discovers he is heir to an English dukedom.
Little women (1995) - Rating: PG / adult VHS
Classic story chronicling the joys and sorrows of the March sisters in nineteenth-century New England.
Also: Little women (1933) (Not rated / adult DVD & VHS - cast: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Not rated / adult DVD
The real Santa is hired by Macy's to play the department store's Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade.
My Louisiana sky - Not rated / juvenile VHS
In the 1950s, a young Louisiana girl struggles with her feelings about her stern grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.
Nanny McPhee - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
Nanny McPhee, who can tame unruly children with a tap of her magic walking stick, comes to the aid of the Brown family.
Pollyanna - Not rated / juvenile DVD / Masterpiece Theatre
A young orphan changes the lives of everyone she meets with her optimistic outlook on life.
Also: Pollyanna (1960) (Not rated / juvenile VHS)
The railway children - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
After their father disappears, a family moves to a country house where the children become fascinated by a nearby train.
Searching for Bobby Fischer - Rating: PG / adult VHS
The true story of a young boy who is a chess prodigy and his father.
Secondhand lions - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
To the rest of the world, Garth and Hub are mysterious old men hiding millions. But to Walter, they are family who lead him on an adventure he'll never forget.
The secret garden ( 1949) - Not rated / juvenile VHS
At a gloomy English estate, an orphan and a handicapped child discover a secret garden which becomes their chance at a happy life. Also: The secret garden (1993) (Rating: G / juvenile DVD & VHS)
The three lives of Thomasina - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
When Mary’s beloved cat Thomasina is seriously injured a mysterious "witch" tries to save her.
Three wishes - Not rated / juvenile VHS
A mother and her sons meet an injured stranger and his dog who change their lives.
The treasure seekers - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
The five motherless Bastable children struggle to save their inventor father from financial ruin.
Tuck everlasting - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
Young Winnie Foster befriends a boy whose family keeps a special secret, that of a spring that holds the magic of everlasting life.
5 children & It - Not rated / juvenile DVD
In their uncle’s mansion, five children discover It, a fairy who makes their wishes come true.
The 5000 fingers of Dr. T- Not rated / adult VHS
Young Bart is forced to take piano lessons from Dr. Terwilliker who plans to force 500 young boys to practice at his piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Will Bart be able to save them? Written by Dr. Seuss.
The borrowers - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
The miniature Clock family borrows things from the human family with whom they share a house.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe (2005) - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
Four siblings cross through an enchanted wardrobe closet into the magical world of Narnia, which they discover is under the evil power of the White Witch. Also: The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe (BBC 1988) (Not rated / juvenile VHS & DVD)
Prince Caspian (2008) - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia, only to discover that hundreds of years have passed since they ruled there. Also: Prince Caspian, and, The voyage of the Dawn Treader (BBC 1989) (Not rated / juvenile DVD)
The silver chair (BBC 1990) - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
The children embark on a perilous journey through enchanted lands to find Prince Rilian and bring him home.
City of Ember - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Two courageous teenagers try to save their dying and darkening underground city.
Darby O'Gill and the little people - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
An old storyteller falls into a well and meets a group of leprechauns who give him three wishes.
E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD / juvenile & adult VHS
A 10-year old boy befriends a creature from another planet that has been stranded on earth.
Ella enchanted - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
Ella must outwit a kingdom filled with ogres, giants, and wicked stepsisters when she sets out to free herself from the ‘gift’ of obedience.
Enchanted (2007) - Rating: PG / adult DVD
The beautiful princess Giselle is banished from her animated kingdom to the streets of real, modern-day Manhattan.
Eragon - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Eragon, an orphaned farm boy, is chosen by a mystic stone- the last surviving egg of the dragon race-to be its keeper.
Fairy tale: a true story - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
When two young girls take photographs of fairies even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini are drawn into the debate of “Are the photographs real or just a cleaver hoax?”
Five children and it & The return of it - Not rated / juvenile DVD
The Psammead, an ancient and grumpy sand fairy, transforms a summer holiday into an extraordinary adventure for five siblings.
The golden compass (2007) - Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD
Lyra becomes the keeper of the Golden Compass and embarks on an extraordinary quest to save her world from the evil Mrs. Coulter.
Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Also: Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS /adult DVD)
Harry Potter and the goblet of fire (Rating: PG-13 / juvenile & adult DVD)
Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets (Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rating: PG-13 / juvenile & adult DVD)
The haunted mansion (2004) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
A family tries to rid a dilapidated old house in New Orleans of the 999 ghosts that live there.
Honey, I shrunk the kids - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
An absent-minded inventor accidentally shrinks his kids down to 1/4 inch in height.
Howl's moving castle (2005) - Rating: PG / adult DVD / animated
A young woman, cursed by a witch and turned into an old woman, goes to the ambulatory castle of the notorious wizard Howl.
The Indian in the cupboard - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD & VHS
A boy magically brings his three-inch toy Indian to life.
Journey to the center of the Earth (2008) - Rating: PG / adult DVD
A scientist and his companions discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.
Jumanji - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Alan Parrish is magically transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji by a board game where he remains for 26 years until he is freed by two unsuspecting children.
The last Mimzy - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
When Emma and Noah find a mysterious box of toys on the beach, they develop special powers.
LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
A young hobbit begins an arduous trek across Middle-earth in order to destroy a golden ring that bestows an evil power.
Films: The Fellowship of the Ring (Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD)
The Two Towers (Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD)
The return of the king (Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD & VHS)
Merlin-Not rated / adult DVD / television program
The legendary wizard Merlin allies himself with young King Arthur and his cause of peace and justice.
The Polar Express - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole.
The Princess bride - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult VHS
An offbeat fairy tale, complete with fencing, fighting, chases and a princess named Buttercup.
The secret of Roan Inish - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
A magical tale of a girl whose search for her missing brother brings an Irish legend to life.
The seeker - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
A teenage boy discovers that he is The Seeker, a chosen warrior destined to restore the delicate balance between Light and Dark.
Spirited away - Rating: PG / adult DVD / animated
A young girl gets trapped in a strange new world of spirits, from which she must free herself and rescue her parents. Academy Awards, USA, 2003: Oscar - Best Animated Feature Film
Spiderwick chronicles - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
When the Grace family moves into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate, strange things begin to happen that concern the magical creatures inhabiting the surrounding forest.
Spider-man - Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD
After being bitten by a radioactive spider on a school field trip, Peter Parker finds himself gaining spider-like qualities. Also: Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3 (Rating: PG –13 / adult DVD )
STAR TREK MOVIES:
Star Trek: first contact (Rating: PG-13 / adult VHS)
Star trek insurrection (Rating: PG / adult VHS)
Also: Star Trek television series (Not rated / adult DVD)
Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV, V, VI) (Rating: PG / adult DVD)
The adventures of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo as they battle the forces of the evil Imperial Army.
Also: Star wars. Episode I. The phantom menace (1999) (Rating: PG / adult VHS)
Star wars. Episode II. Attack of the clones (2002) (Rating: PG / adult DVD)
Star wars. Episode III. Revenge of the Sith (2005) (Rating: PG- 13 / adult DVD)
Transformers (Rating: PG-13 / adult DVD)
A teenager finds himself in the middle of a battle between alien robots when he buys a car that is really an Autobot in disguise.
Watcher in the woods (1981) - Rating: PG / adult VHS
At their family’s English country house, children find something watching and waiting in the woods.
The water horse: legend of the deep (2008) - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
Angus discovers a mysterious egg that hatches into a creature that will eventually be known as the Loch Ness Monster.
The witches - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
Nine-year-old Luke finds that it’s hard to save the world from witches when you’ve been turned into a mouse.
Zathura (2005) - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD
An old game unleashes a meteor shower and sends three siblings’ house into orbit around a distant planet.
Amazing grace- Rating: PG / adult DVD
The efforts of British Parliamentarian William Wilberforce to end the slave trade in the late 18th century .
Ballet shoes (2007) - Rating: G / juvenile & adult DVD
Three girls are adopted by an explorer and raised as sisters by his niece.
Caddie Woodlawn - Not rated / juvenile VHS
The adventures of an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up on the Wisconsin frontier in the mid-nineteenth century.
Carrie's war - Not rated / juvenile DVD / Masterpiece Theatre
At the start of World War II, 14-year-old Carrie and her younger brother are evacuated from London to a rural village in Wales, where they live with a puritanical shopkeeper and his sister.
The devil's arithmetic - Not rated / juvenile DVD
An American Jewish girl is taken back in time to German-occupied Poland.
Empire of the sun - Rating: PG / adult VHS
The story of a small British boy in a World War II Japanese internment camp.
Flambards - Not rated / adult DVD / Masterpiece Theatre
Christina is sent to live with her domineering, crippled Uncle Russell and her cousins Mark and William at 'Flambards', a rambling, decaying mansion in England in the early 1900's.
Goodnight Mister Tom - Not rated / juvenile & adult VHS
During World War II a small boy is evacuated from London and sent to live in the country with a cantankerous but loving old man.
Hope and glory - Rating: PG-13 / adult VHS
The comic poignant story of WW II as seen through the eyes of a seven year old boy who is stuck at home while the neatest fights in history were raging within earshot of his room.
The journey of Natty Gann - Rating: PG / juvenile DVD
A courageous young girl embarks on a cross-country search for her father.
A little princess (1995) - Rating: G / juvenile DVD & VHS
When the father of a sweet girl attending a girls' school in England suddenly dies, she finds herself at the mercy of her jealous schoolmates and cruel teacher. Also: A little princess (Not rated / juvenile VHS / WonderWorks television program)
Lyddie - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
In Canada in 1860, Lyddie finds a job in a cotton mill in order to help her struggling family and the farm she loves.
Miracle at Moreaux - Not rated / juvenile VHS / adult DVD
In December 1943, three Jewish children fleeing Nazi-occupied France find refuge in a Catholic school.
The miracle worker - Not rated / juvenile DVD & VHS
The story of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller.
The quiet man - Not rated / adult VHS
An American prizefighter returns to Ireland in order to forget the past and live peacefully in his village birthplace.
Ruby Bridges - Not rated / juvenile DVD
Six year old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local school.
Sarah, plain and tall - Rating: G / juvenile & adult VHS
A New England woman answers an ad for a mail-order bride placed by a Kansas widower with two children. Also: Skylark (juvenile VHS – Rating: G) / Winter's end (juvenile VHS -Rating: PG)
Station Jim - Not rated / adult DVD
In Victorian England, a young man working in a train station befriends a dog that can do amazing tricks.
Annie (1981) - Rating: PG / juvenile & adult DVD / musical
Little Orphan Annie is adopted by billionaire "Daddy" Warbucks. Also: Annie (1999) (Not rated / juvenile DVD / musical)
Cinderella (1965) - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
The Rodgers & Hammerstein version of the beloved fairy tale.
Hairspray (2007) - Rating: PG / adult DVD/ musical
Tracy, a girl who loves to dance is the star of this musical about the sixties, big hair, racism, dancing and change.
The music man - Rating: G / juvenile DVD / musical
A con artist tricks an Iowa town into buying instruments and uniforms for a boy's band.
Oliver! - not rated / adult VHS / musical
A young orphan is left to fend for himself until he is befriended by a band of young thieves who quickly train him in their craft.
Singin' in the rain - Rating: G / adult DVD/ musical
Actors are caught in the bumpy transition to talking pictures.
The sound of music - Rating: G / juvenile & adult VHS
At the beginning of World War II, a young nun becomes governess to seven unruly children.
That thing you do! - Rating: PG / adult VHS
The overnight triumph of an American rock band in the glory days of rock & roll.
OTHER MOVIE MUSICALS –
Please do a subject search for “Musical Films” in the catalog, or ask a librarian for assistance.
Breaking away- Rating: PG / adult VHS
Four working-class boys in Bloomington, Indiana challenge the college stuffed shirts in a grueling bike race.
Chariots of fire - Rating: PG / adult DVD
The true story of the team of athletic competitors who brought victory to Britain in the 1924 Olympics.
Cool runnings - Rating: PG / adult VHS
A comedy inspired by the true story of Jamaica's first Olympic bobsled team.
The Cup – Not rated / adult VHS
A group of boys in a Tibetan monastery-in-exile in India who are determined to watch the World Cup soccer tournament.
D2 : the Mighty Ducks - Rating: PG / juvenile VHS
Everyone's favorite peewee hockey team returns to the ice for more slapshot action.
Finding Buck McHenry - Not rated / juvenile DVD
Little leaguers set out to prove that their coach is really a legendary pitcher from the old Negro Baseball Leagues.
Invincible - Rating: PG / adult DVD
A substitute teacher decides to answer an open call for tryouts with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jump in! - Rating: G / juvenile DVD
A young boxer discovers a hidden passion for jump roping.
Miracle - Rating: PG / adult DVD
Based on the true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
Remember the Titans (2000) - Rating: PG / adult VHS
Two coaches- one white and one African-American- overcome their differences and turn their team into champions when a high school is forced to integrate in 1971.
The Rookie - Rating: G / adult VHS
A high school baseball team makes a deal with their coach that if they make the playoffs, he will try out for the major-league.
Rudy - Rating: PG / adult VHS
Nothing can keep Rudy from his dream of playing football for Notre Dame.
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