These lists are highly personal to our family. They are our favorites. That means we may not recommend all shows in a series or the most recent production of a classic story. We list the one we liked best. In the case of book adaptations, we listed the ones we felt best represented the spirit of the originals.

Films By Us

Confessions of a Prodigal Son. Written by Nathan Clarkson. Directed by Allan Spiers.

This is Nathan’s movie—he wrote it, produced it, and had a starring role! For more about this modern retelling of the Prodigal Son story from the Bible—including where you can see the film—visit the movie website [link].

TV Series and Miniseries

  • Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Directed by David Giles et al. BBC et al., 1984‒1992.
  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Directed by Edward Bennett et al. Carnival Film and Television et al. 1989‒2013.
  • Anne of Green Gables. Directed by Kevin Sullivan. Anne of Green Gables Productions et al., 1985.
  • Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel. Directed by Kevin Sullivan. Anne of Green Gables Productions et al., 1987.
  • Bleak House. Masterpiece Theater. Directed by Ross Devenish and Susanna White. BBC, 1985.
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Directed by Alex Kirby. BBC, 1989.
  • Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Directed by Marilyn Fox. BBC, 1988.
  • Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Directed by Alex Kirby. BBC, 1990.
  • Daniel Deronda. Directed by Tom Hooper. BBC and WGBH, 2002.
  • Emma. Directed by Jim O’Hanlon. BBC, 2009.
  • Lark Rise to Candleford. Directed by Susan Tully et al. BBC, 2008‒2011.
  • Pollyanna. Directed by June Wyndham-Davies. BBC, 1973.
  • Pride and Prejudice. Directed by Simon Langton. BBC et al., 1985.
  • The Road to Avonlea. Directed by Harvey Frost et al. Sullivan Entertainment, 1990‒1996.
  • Wives and Daughters. Directed by Nicholas Renton. BBC et al., 1999.

Family Films

  • An American Tail. Directed by Don Bluth. Universal et al., 1986.
  • Babe. Directed by Chris Noonan. Kennedy Miller Productions et al., 1995.
  • Babette's Feast. Directed by Gabriel Axel. Panorama Films A/S et al. 1987.
  • Black Beauty. Directed by Caroline Thompson. Warner Bros., 1994.
  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story. Directed by Andy Tennant. Twentieth Century Fox, 1998.
  • Finding Nemo. Directed by Andrew Stanton et al., Walt Disney, Pixar et al., 2003.
  • How to Train Your Dragon. Directed by William Davies et al. DreamWorks et al., 2010.
  • Pride and Prejudice. Directed by Joe Wright. Focus Features et al., 2005.
  • The Black Stallion. Directed by Caroll Ballard. Omni Zoetrope, 1979.
  • The Incredibles. Directed by Brad Bird. Walt Disney, Pixar et al., 2004.
  • The Lord of the Rings: TheFellowship of the Ring. Directed by Peter Jackson.  New Line Cinema et al., 2001.
  • The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King. Directed by Peter Jackson. New Line Cinema et al., 2003.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Directed by Peter Jackson. New Line Cinema et al., 2002.
  • The Railway Children. Directed by Lionel Jeffries. EMI, 1968.
  • The Wind in the Willows (TV movie). Directed by Rachel Talalay. Box TV et al., 2006.
  • Toy Story 2. Directed by John Lasseter et al. Walt Disney, Pixar et al., 1999.
  • Toy Story 3. Directed by Lee Unkrich. Walt Disney, Pixar, et. al., 2010.

Historical Movies and Series

  • Amazing Grace. Directed by Michael Apted. FourBoys Films et al., 2006.
  • Apollo 13. Directed by Ron Howard. Universal et al., 1995.
  • Belle. Directed by Amma Asante. DJ Films et al., 2013.
  • Ben Hur. Directed by William Wyler. MGM, 1959.
  • Chariots of Fire. Directed by Hugh Hudson. Twentieth Century Fox et al., 1981.
  • Foyle’s War (TV series). Directed by Jeremy Silberstone. Greenlight Productions et al., 2002-2015.
  • Gandhi. Directed by Richard Attenborough. International Film Investors et al., 1982.
  • Gettysburg. Directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Tristar et al., 1993.
  • Hotel Rwanda. Directed by Terry George. United Artists et al., 2004.
  • Johnny Tremain. Directed by Robert Stevenson. Walt Disney, 1957.
  • Lawrence of Arabia. Directed by David Lean. Horizon Pictures, 1962.
  • Lincoln. Directed by Steven Spielberg. DreamWorks SKG et al., 2012.
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Directed by Peter Weir. Twentieth Century Fox et al., 2003.
  • Mrs. Miniver. directed by William Wilder. MGM, Leow’s, 1942.
  • Of Gods and Men. Directed by Xavier Beauvois. Why Not Productions et al., 2010.
  • The King’s Speech. Directed by Tom Hooper. Weinstein Company et al., 2010.
  • The Last Emperor. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Recorded Picture Co. et al., 1987.
  • The Wind and the Lion. Directed by John Milius. Herb Kaffe, 1975.
  • The Young Victoria. Directed by John-Marc Valée. GK Films, 2009.

Christmas Movies

  • Eloise at Christmastime. Directed by George Seaton. DiNovi Pictures, Handmade Films, 2003.
  • Happy Christmas, Miss King. Also released as An Avonlea Christmas. Directed by Stefan Saini. Toronto: Sullivan Entertainment, 1998.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life. Directed by Frank Capra. Liberty Films/Paramount, 1946.
  • Miracle on 34th Street. Directed by Les Mayfield. Twentieth Century Fox, Hughes Entertainment, 1994.
  • Silent Night (TV movie). Directed by Christan Vuisssa. Mirror Films, 2012.
  • The Bishop’s Wife. Directed by Henry Koster. Samuel Goldwyn Co., 1947.
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol. Directed by Brian Henson. Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Pictures, 1992.
  • Fine Art

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