Monday
Jan192015

Marriage Friendly Movies



What If?
A Christian movie about the choice to be a faithful husband and father, rather than a rich bachelor.

Fireproof - A powerful movie about the importance of prayer and spirituality in marriage. Wonderful images of kindness, shunning adultery and choosing to be true to your commitment.

Arranged- This tender movie portrays the contrast between cultures where marriage is strongly supported and guided through parental and religious traditions, with the contemporary trend of "anything goes". It is a delightful picture of two girls who love and honor marriage, family and religion and still want to marry the man of their dreams.

Not Easily Broken- A powerful movie about a couple whose marriage is threatened by the interfering mother in law and the wife's unwillingness to put her marriage abover her career.

A Man Called Peter -Based on a true story, this drama centers on young Scotsman Peter Marshall (Richard Todd), who heeds his "calling" from God to be a minister. Marshall leaves Scotland and travels to America, where he lands the position of pastor of the Church of the Presidents in Washington, D.C., on his way to becoming chaplain of the U.S. Senate.

It's a Wonderful Life -with James Stewart and Donna Reed- A timeless movie about how a woman is her husband's faithful companion through life's trials, and his joy at rediscovering all they are blessed with.
Friendly Persuasion- A sweet movie about a Quaker couple who struggle to keep their own individual dreams while still honoring their couplehood. They face the pain of reconciling their ideals in an unideal world.
Yours, Mine and Ours-Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo take on the roles made famous by Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball in this remake of the 1968 comedy about two single parents who plan to marry and merge their broods into one "happy" family. 
Swiss Family Robinson- This family works together to survive being stranded on an island. Their marriage is healthy and sweet.
For Richer or Poorer-
New York society couple Brad (Tim Allen) and Caroline (Kirstie Alley) Sexton find themselves targets of an IRS investigation. Running from the law, they discover a safe haven in the Amish community of Intercourse, Pa. Posing as long-lost relatives of local farmer Samuel Yoder, the Sextons must give up their glamorous ways in order to escape the IRS.
Guess Who's Coming for Dinner-Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn star as wealthy Californians who consider themselves progressive -- until their daughter brings home her black fiancé, Sidney Poitier. 
The Story of Us - A wonderful story of a couple that gets stale and wonders if they are meant to stay together. But in the end she gives an impassioned speech about how they are "Us" and have a shared history that is precious.
Random Harvest- The girl who falls in love with and marries the man with amnesia...stays true to him even when he 'regains' his old memory, and loses the period in which they were married.  Later they meet again....and it's a neat commentary on the idea that there might be JUST ONE right person 'out there'.
The Quiet Man- John Wayne hangs up his spurs to star as a bachelor ex-boxer in this well-loved classic. Back in his native Ireland, the Duke's thoughts turn to domestic tranquility after courting Maureen O'Hara.

Please Don't Eat the Daisies -with Doris Day and David Niven

Return to Me.- A beautiful story about falling in love that includes a sister whose marriage is healthy and playful.

The Thin Man Movies-This is one of the most successful detective serials in film history, introduces stylish sleuthing spouses Nick (William Powell) and Nora Charles (Myrna Loy).

Apollo 13 - This one does a good job with marriage as well, even if there is one unsavory bachelor.
Lady Jane-This is a great love story about a very short lived marriage, but still good.
The Family Man- A great movie about how family life, as messy and crazy as it is is more fulfilling than endless money all alone.
Lorenzo's Oil-- with Susan Saradon- A family works together to find a cure for their son's disease. It is a true story and very inspiring.
Searching For Bobby Fisher
 deals well with healthy marriages under stress. 
The River-Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek are a couple struggling to safeguard their farm from devastating floodwaters and repossession. With the local power authority ready to snatch up their failing farm, the pressure rises, they dig in with steely resolve to save their way of life.
Raisin In The Sun, and recounts the dilemma of whether to spend inheritance money on a seemingly sure bet of buying a bar, or buying a house in a nice neighborhood.

Sweet Land, and recounts the story of an immigrant bride trying to marry a farmer in Minnesota, but being unfairly treated because of being from Germany shortly after the war with Hitler. 
Smilin' Through The more the man does what is right the more he hears his wife's voice.  The more he is selfish and bitter the less he can hear her. 
Shall We Dance? - A warm movie about a couple that has slid into old patterns that lack a sense of fun, so he starts to learn ballroom dancing. He is attracted to the woman who teaches him but he clearly shuns adultery and loves his wife through it all.
When a Man Loves a Woman This is a hard but powerful story about a woman who is an alcoholic and undergoes treatment to get sober. Her husband loves her through the painful process and readjusts to her life of 12 steps to regain sanity. 
The Incredibles
 - A delightful story where the superheroes work together to raise their family and save the world at the same time. 

Beautiful Mind- Painful depiction of the struggle of mental illness and how it puts enormous stress on a marriage, and yet they make it to a wonderful conclusion.
Please Don't Eat the Daisies- This is a story about a warm and playful family that moves to the country and discovers that slowing down is ok. 
Victoria and Albert - It is about Queen Victoria's reign. There is a lot about their marriage and how tough it is for him to be married to the queen of England. 
The Scarlet Pimpernel - This is about the French Revolution, but they have marriage problems and need to work a lot on communication.
Fiddler on the Roof  It is about family, struggle and traditions. It portrays how through it all the father and mother realize they love each other.
Amazing Grace It is about William Wilberforce and the abolition of the slave trade. It's because of his wife that he carries through with getting it abolished.