Looking for something to watch tonight? Here are some great family and adult options. Some are classics and some are newer gems. Have a fun movie night!
Over a year ago we started a family dinner night with my parents and our older daughter coming over to eat, fellowship and watch a good movie. These are some of our favorites that everyone enjoyed.
Before watching movies I use Commonsensemedia.com to give me age recommendations from parents and kids.
My Big, Fat Greek Wedding - Hilarious romance that we all loved!
Julie and Julia - PG -13 A wonderful movie about Julia Childs and a young woman who decides to cook a Julia Child recipe every day for a year and blog about it. This is a true story.
Moonstruck - Nicolas Cage and Cher as you have never seen them before. When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's Amore!
Leapyear - A lovely, funny romance that takes place in Ireland. Beautiful views of the country and a love story that makes one smile.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - This follows the first movie which is about a group of retirees who decide to take a risk and move to India (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) for their later years instead of a retirement home in England. They find that new beginnings can take place at any age.
The Hundred Food Journey - An Indian family must leave their home and they open an Indian restaurant across the street from an elegant and refined french restaurant. Beautiful sights, sounds, scenery and I love watching all food movies.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - I loved this movie and could easily watch it again and again. Great story, adventurous and picturesque fun from beginning to end. Beautifully done.
Still Mine - When his wife develops alzheimer a husband works harder to make life easier and safer for her while having to fight the government for the right to build on his own property. This is a true story and a very special one.
Baby Boom - Diane Keaton stars in this film from the 80's of a businesswoman who has been willed a baby by her distant relatives after their death. Funny and heartwarming.
Jumanji - Robin Williams stars in this fun adventure of a game that has real consequences that bring all kinds of animals from the jungle of Jumangi.
Twins - Arnold Schwarzannegar and Danny Devito are twins looking to fit in.
The Penguins of Madagascar - I don't care that this is a cartoon it is hilarious!
Night at the Museum: The Secret Tomb - Another witty adventure with our museum characters.
How to Marry a Millionaire - Marilyn Monroe and her friends want to marry a millionaire, or do they? Is love enough?
Regarding Henry - Harrison Fords starts as a distant father and husband more intent on work that his family until a horrible accident then his personality changes as he has to relearn everything about life, including who he is and what he stood for and what he wants now.
Sabrina - Harrison Ford plays the older brother to a playboy and falls for Sabrina.
Adult Movies you may like:
Chef - A great story of family. R for language.
Windtalkers - A story of two marines and their regiment who were assigned to guard two Navajo code talkers (actually assigned to guard the code) during WWII. R for extreme violence.
The Butler - An epic movie that follows a young man from a southern plantation to a butler at the White House. His relationship with his family and his story over the years from Nixon to Kennedy to the Civil Rights Movement and to the present.
Take Me Home - A woman needs a cab ride home, from New York to California. An unexpectedly enjoyable movie.
Chocolat - A mysterious and lovely woman and her child arrive in a french town and open a chocolate shop. Their arrival and their hearts change others for the better.
American Sniper - The true story of U.S. Nave Seal Chris Kyle.
Jaws - this is the 40th anniversary of Jaws and the movie doesn't get old. We did watch this with our 12 year old after we read the book over the summer. I have to say - I read the book to David and Victoria on our trip and edited language and a very detailed affair. Glad I didn't just give her the book to read.
These movies come from a variety of places - Netflix, Redbox, movie theatre and the library.