Movies to Watch

Every once in a while, the Pilgrim family cooks up some popcorn and settles in front of the TV for family movie night. It’s not always easy to know what movie to rent or what’s appropriate, so here is a starter list of movies that we have either watched, or would like to watch, that we think might work for families.

Please do exercise discretion because some of these movies may contain scenes that are frightening or disturbing for younger children (the Lord of the Rings for instance, but by golly, my boys will have to sit through the trilogy with Mummy and Daddy one day!) As responsible parents, I think it’s useful to get a better sense of what the movie is about, and even read spoilers too, if necessary.


These are movies the adults grew up with, so the pacing and content might be a little challenging for younger kids.

  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • The King and I
  • The Lady and the Tramp
  • Mary Poppins
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Jungle Book
  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • The Sound of Music
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • West Side Story
  • The Wizard of Oz

We’re (Pilgrim Dad and I) especially partial to Pixar movies for strong story-telling. But what is growing up without some Disney and madcap slapstick humour thrown in 🙂

  • A Bug’s Life
  • Cars
  • Chicken Run
  • Fantasia
  • Finding Nemo
  • Ice Age
  • The Incredibles
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • The Lion King
  • Madagascar
  • Over the Hedge
  • Pixar Short Films
  • Ratatouille
  • Shrek
  • Toy Story / 2
  • Wall.E


  • Annie
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Babe
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Cheaper By the Dozen
  • E.T. (Extra-Terrestrial)
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Little Women
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • October Sky
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Sandlot
  • The Secret of Roan Inish
  • Star Wars
  • Swiss Family Robinson


  • March of the Penguins
  • Spellbound
  • Walking with Dinosaurs – not quite a movie but you can find this 6-part series in some video stores here and given how much Athos in particular enjoyed it, I would be remiss to not include it.

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