Let’s get started!
Note; If you have Amazon Prime (NOT being paid by them to say this I swear! haha), you can follow the link of the name of the movies and it will send you to where you can watch it for free, if it is available!
Five Mile Creek.
“Follows the adventures of a group of Americans who travel to the land down under. Teaming up with a native halfway house owner, together they introduce a stagecoach service to the local economy.” (IMDB)
“Journey back to the booming Australian gold rush of the 1860s, a wild Outback frontier, and the spirited pioneers who aim to tame it. Follow the story of outlaw bushrangers, ruthless government troops, and the challenges of making an emerging stagecoach line a rip-roaring success.” (DISNEY STORE)
I loved this show as a kid. My Aunt had nearly all the episodes on VHS! Unfortunately you can only find the First Season on DVD. But I’m sure if you do some digging you might be able to find the rest!
Pride & Prejudice (1995) & (2005)
Yes, this is just a personal preference… but I like the new version better. Please don’t hate me! haha.
I’m sure most everyone knows the storyline but for anyone who doesn’t here it is:
(1995 Version; IMDB) “Jane Austen’s classic novel about the prejudice that occurred between the 19th century classes and the pride which would keep lovers apart.”
(2005 Version; IMDB) “Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?”
Was SO pleasantly surprised with this one! Such a good story!
“The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.” (IMDB)
Love Comes Softly (series)
So you don’t get confused, this is the order that you must watch them in!
Love’s Everlasting Courage
Love Comes Softly
Loves Enduring Promise
Loves Long Journey
Loves Abiding Joy
Loves Unending Legacy
Loves Unfolding Dream
Love Takes Wing
Love Finds a Home
“Marty and Clark Davis started married life as strangers in a marriage of convenience. Their individual tragedies forced them together, but love soon blossomed in their hearts. Their committed love is an example to generations of their family who grow up, find romance, and build their own prairie families.
As their children and children’s children become adults, follow their classic stories of romance, drama, joy and faith. Pioneers not just in the new land, but in their professions, they carry on the tradition of strong families with strong beliefs central to the heart of their stories. Janette Oke’s classic tales translate beautifully to film and contain messages of hope for all ages.” (Christian Cinema)
When Calls the Heart TV Series
“Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west.” (IMDB)
“In this star-studded adaptation of a literary classic, acclaimed writer Andrew Davies turns his talents to one of Charles Dickens’ most brilliant novels — arguably the greatest-ever depiction of Victorian London. Fresh and imaginative, yet faithful to the original, this thrilling fast-paced adaptation is shot with a contemporary edge. At its heart is the story of the icily beautiful Lady Dedlock, who nurses a dark secret, and the merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn, who seeks to uncover it. The generous John Jarndyce, struggling with his own past, and his two young wards Richard and Ada, are all caught up, like Lady Dedlock, in the infamous case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce, which will make one of them rich beyond imagination if it can ever be brought to a conclusion. As Tulkinghorn digs deeper into Lady Dedlock’s past, he unearths a secret that will change their lives forever, and which is almost as astounding as the final outcome of the Jarndyce case.” (Amazon Prime)
Wives & Daughters
“Molly, the forthright daughter of the local doctor, is the focus of this coming of age romance. At the hands of her stepmother and stepsister, Molly is introduced to the worlds of love and betrayal, social expectations and family secrets.” (Amazon Prime)
Little Women (1933, 1949 & 1994)
“Little Women is a “coming of age” drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.” (IMDB)
All three versions are awesome; each a little bit different!
“Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer operate the Plumfield School for poor boys. When Dan, a tough street kid, comes to the school, he wins Jo’s heart despite his hard edge, and she defends him when he is falsely accused.” (Amazon Prime)
North & South
“North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.”
Have never seen this one myself, though the Parent’s Guides look great and a few friends of mine tell me it’s “to die for” ha! (Perhaps it has something to do with the lead actor?)
My Fair Lady
“A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.” (Amazon Prime)
AND! It’s a musical! (That always add points in my opinion!)
“Seven years after their breakup, a spinster and an impoverished sailor attempt to rekindle their aborted romance.” (IMDB)
The Princess Bride
“Based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather (Peter Falk) to his ill grandson (Fred Savage). Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates.” (Amazon Prime)
Silly, lovey-duvy, funny, cheesy, overall; classic movie.
Beyond the Mask
So, another movie I haven’t watched but a good family of mine say it’s excellent.
“A British East India Trading Company assassin seeks to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation’s hope for freedom.” (IMDB)
“The Help is a timeless story about the ability to create change.” (Amazon Prime)
Excellent movie! Though a warning, one character dresses quite immodesty sometimes. But overall, a great Chick Flick!
Better than the book; the book was waay more feminazi.
I LOVED this movie! Loved loved loved it. Seriously surprised that the mass media didn’t promote it a lot considering it’s true portrayal of Women’s empowerment. But then, heck, perhaps it just wasn’t the sort of empowerment they like to portray? Anyway whatever. EXCELLENT movie!
“An incredible and inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.” (Amazon Prime)
The Book Thief
“Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson star in this moving film based on the bestseller about a girl (Sophie Nélisse) who transforms the lives of those around her in World War II Germany.” (Amazon Prime)
Better than the book itself (concerning vulgarity). Good movie; will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea/The Continuing Story
EXCELLENT movies! The. best. ever. The third part is my least favorite but it is still good!
“Based on the novels by Lucy Maude Montgomery and starring Megan Fellows as Anne.” (Amazon)
“Matthew Cuthbert and his crotchety sister Marilla contact a local orphanage to request a young boy who might serve as a farmhand on their Prince Edward Island estate called Green Gables.”
Road to Avonlea TV Series
You could say it is the continuation of Avonlea after Anne Shirley. Sooo good. With familiar faces to anyone who has watched the Anne movies.
“A young rich girl is sent to live with relatives in Prince Edward Island in early 1900s.” (IMDB)
Jane of Lantern Hill
Another great “Avonlea” – set film!
“Jane, a young Toronto girl, tries to reunite her estranged parents during the 1930’s, sick of her strict private school and abusive, nasty grandmother” (IMDB)
There are soooo many versions of Jane Eyre! It’s a really good movie; slightly creepy, harsh, yet satisfactory.
(2011 version:) “In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (played by Ms. Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adèle Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield’s brooding master, Edward Rochester (Mr. Fassbender). The imposing residence – and Rochester’s own imposing nature – have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell of Focus Features’ The Eagle) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers’ Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past…
Aged 10, the orphaned Jane (played by Amelia Clarkson) is mistreated and then cast out of her childhood home Gateshead by her cruel aunt, Mrs. Reed (Golden Globe Award winner Sally Hawkins). Consigned to the charity school Lowood, Jane encounters further harsh treatment but receives an education and meets Helen Burns (Freya Parks), a poor child who impresses Jane as a soulful and contented person. The two become firm friends. When Helen falls fatally ill, the loss devastates Jane, yet strengthens her resolve to stand up for herself and make the just choices in life.
As a teenager, Jane arrives at Thornfield. She is treated with kindness and respect by housekeeper Mrs. Fairfax (Academy Award winner Judi Dench). Jane’s interest is piqued by Rochester, who engages her in games of wit and storytelling, and divulges to her some of his innermost thoughts. But his dark moods are troubling to Jane, as are strange goings-on in the house – especially the off-limits attic. She dares to intuit a deep connection with Rochester, and she is not wrong; but once she uncovers the terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever, she flees, finding a home with the Rivers family. When St. John Rivers makes Jane a surprising proposal, she realizes that she must return to Thornfield – to secure her own future and finally, to conquer what haunts both her and Rochester.” (source)
Cranford (1 & 2)
“This witty story, starring the Oscar-winning Judi Dench, follows the absurdities and tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford. Set in the 1840s, Cranford is a small northern English town on the cusp of change. Talk of a new railway being built brings fears of the breakdown of law and order. The arrival of a handsome new doctor from London causes a stir among the ladies’ in the town.” (Amazon)
Return to Cranford:
“Cranford, where everything changes and all remains the same, and Miss Matty’s house is full of bustle when her maid Martha gives birth to a daughter. Elsewhere the shadow of the new railway still looms. Miss Matty is concerned about a young girl who lives in an isolated cottage with her mother and domineering brother. Her worries open a Pandora’s box and fears that Cranford will never recover.” (Amazon)
The Inn of the 6th Happiness
“English missionary Gladys Aylward guides orphans in China under threat of a Japanese attack” (Amazon)
Not so much a romance as you would think. But a really good movie!
“This updated adaptation of the classic fairytale tells the story of Danielle (Drew Barrymore), a vibrant young woman who is forced into servitude after the death of her father. Danielle’s stepmother Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) is a heartless woman who forces Danielle to do the cooking and cleaning, while she tries to marry off her own two daughters. But Danielle’s life takes a wonderful turn when she meets the charming Prince Henry (Dougray Scott).” (Google)
The usual period film “busty” outfits, but overall a sweet film if you are in the mood for a good romance!
“A 19th-century woman, companion to a blue-blooded New England girl, falls for an aristocrat.” (IMDB)
“A young woman meets and falls in love with a young man who is part of a family of immortals.” (IMDB)
Pretty lovey-dovey, since the “romance” is between two teens, but if you are in the mood for it, it’s a good movie. And Alexis Bledel’s eyes though! Wow! Stunning!
A little Princess (1995)
“A wealthy, precocious and loving child is raised in India, but sent away to a New York boarding school by her beloved father when he must go off to war.” (Amazon)
“A young girl heads from Russia to Paris, hoping to learn if she really is the long lost princess Anastasia, only to find unexpected love complicating matters of identity.” (Amazon)
LOVE this movie! Certainly a classic; it has a very “old Disney” look to it, which gives it a more classic taste.
War & Peace (1956)
“The personal stories of many characters, love affairs and philosophies are woven throughout this massive and intricate tapestry of Russia during Napoleon’s invasion at the turn of the 19th century. With great attention to detail and historical accuracy, this epic film becomes an unforgettable document as well as a highly involving drama.” (Amazon)
The Sound of Music
“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s cinematic treasure, “The Sound of Music” is the winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children – and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.”
One of the best musicals out there!
7 Brides for 7 Brothers
“When the eldest of seven Oregon frontier brothers announces his marriage plans, the others follow his advice and kidnap six beautiful women of their own.” (Amazon)
Ah yes – this is my personal favorite, oh my I love this movie.
“Gene Kelly stars as one of two American hunters in Scotland who discover a mystical village that only materializes once every century.” (Amazon)
Another lovey-dovey one. Not one of my favorites but it’s good.
There is one scene that involves an immodest painting.
“A Boston family moves to a dilapidated cottage after losing their fortune.” (Amazon)
“Set in tumultuous 12th century England, Saxon knights do battle against the Norman invaders in an effort to free their kidnapped king. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine.”
Cheaper by the Dozen
“The light-hearted family comedy is the true story of Frank and Lilian Gilbreth, efficiency experts and parents to twelve precious children.” (Amazon)
Bells on Their Toes
Sequel to “Cheaper by the Dozen”
“The delightful sequel to the 1950 hit Cheaper by the Dozen finds the widowed mother of 12 having a hard time trying to find work, but it’s easier than taking care of a dozen kids!”
Love these movies.
Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) & Robin Hood Disney Animal Version
Both are Realllllly good. Trust me.
Kind of a “guy movie”, but… it has Cary Grant! He is quite funny in this sad movie.
“Cary Grant leads the way in this action-packed adventure about three rowdy British soldiers who defeat a murderous cult in India with help from native water boy, Gunga Din.” – (Amazon)
The Toast of New Orleans
Starring Mario Lanza as an Acadian (my family heritage) !? Oh YES. My goodness, he was a hotshot.
“Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love.” (IMDB)
The Private War of Mjr. Benson
“The Private War of Major Benson stars Charlton Heston in a rare comedic role as a tough Army major who discovers his soft spot when engages in battle with a group of young boys at a military academy. Major Benson (Heston) is a seasoned, battle-scarred officer whose inappropriate comments in a magazine article get him transferred to the Sheridan Military Academy. Upon his arrival, he is horrified to learn that the recruits he has been put in charge of are young boys aged six to sixteen. His feelings are reciprocated by the boys who are not used to having such a demanding and unsympathetic troop leader. Desperately in need of an ally, Benson turns to Kay Lambert (Julie Adams), the beautiful nurse who is adored by the boys. However, even she may not be able to help, especially when the boys sign a petition to replace him. It will take the support of Kay and the unending attention of a precocious six year old named Tiger, to teach Benson how to win the most important battle of life: the one within himself.” (Amazon)
Meet Me In St. Louis
“The well-off Smith family has four beautiful daughters, including Esther and little Tootie. 17-year old Esther has fallen in love with the boy next door who has just moved in, John.” (Amazon)
Robin Hood TV Show
A modern day TV show that is CLEAN!!!!???? YES! YES! Thank you God! yes yes yes yes yes! Oh this is a good show!
“Robin of Locksley returns home from the Holy Land to find a changed Nottingham. The Sheriff is now in charge, crippling the poor with taxes and severely punishing them. Robin and his manservant Much are determined to fight for the good of these people. Aided by a gang of outlaws including Will Scarlett, the ingenious engineer; Little John, the man-mountain who can destroy all; and Jack, master of trickery and disguise. Will they succeed in thwarting injustice to relieve the people of Locksley?” (Amazon)
Fiddler on the Roof
“Norman Jewison’s adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka. Tevye the milkman, played by Israeli actor Topol, is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the romantic entanglements of his five daughters, and the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews., Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, he does not answer but he is at least more willing to listen than the milkman’s remonstrative wife Golde. Tevye is forced to do some quick rearranging when his oldest daughter Tzeitel falls in love with poor tailor Motel Kamzoil after he has already arranged a marriage between her and wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf. Fancying himself more broad-minded than his gentile oppressors, Tevye cannot accept the notion that his other daughter Chava would want to marry Fyedka, a non-Jew. When Tevye and his neighbors are forced out of Anatevka by the Czar’s minions he must find a way to change his tune and his entire life” (Amazon)
One of the greatest musicals out there. It figures my favorite character is the Communist…. ha!
Modern Day Films
The Princess Diaries
A teenager finds that she is the princess of a small European country
Letters to Juliet
“When aspiring magazine writer Sophia Marcus and would-be resaturanteur Victor fly from New York to Italy for a vacation, the stage seems set for some much-needed romance in their relationship – especially since their destination is the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo & Juliet fame. But Victor is far more interested in finding suppliers for his future restaurant than in wooing Sophia, who ends up getting a vicarious romantic fix from an unlikely source; she jions a group of volunteers who respond to letters that pour into Verona from around the world – letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. One such letter that Sophia responds to dates back to 1951 and came from one Claire Smith, an Englishwoman who fell in love with a young Italian man in her youth but let the opportunity slip away. To Sophia’s surprise, her letter inspires Claire, now a grandmother, to travel to Verona in search of her long-lost love – accompanied by her grandson Charlie. With Victor wrapped up in his culinary quest, Sophia, Charlie and Claire scour the beautiful Italian countryside in search of Claire’s long-lost love. In the process, romance blossoms in unexpected ways, eventually facing Sophia with the very advice she wrote in her letter to Claire. Will she find the courage to seize love or – like Claire – spend a lifetime regretting the road not taken?”
“Kirk Cameron (Left Behind) stars as Caleb Holt, a heroic fire captain who values dedication and service to others above all else. But the most important partnership in his life, his marriage, is about to go up in smoke. This gripping story follows one man’s desire to transform his life and marriage through the healing power of faith and fully embrace the fireman’s code: Never Leave Your Partner..”
Moms Night Out
“A stressed-out mom arranges a night out with three friends, arranging for their husbands to watch the kids. But as soon as the evening begins for the ladies, comic chaos ensues! “
“Grace is a Christian teen who is struggling to find her own way in life. Against the wishes of her overly protective father, she runs away from home to chase her musical dreams.”
“When Anna’s (Amy Adams) four-year anniversary to her boyfriend passes without an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day, Anna follows Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin to propose to him. But after landing on the wrong side of Ireland, she must enlist the help of the handsome and carefree local Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. Along the way, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.”
“A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with “one who will love her faithfully.” “
Honestly how could we NOT add Tangled to this list?
The Last Song
“Veronica, a rebellious teen, is sent to spend time with her father.”
It is noteworthy to mention that there are a few scenes in which some girls are wearing bikinis. Also “Ronni” wears immodest clothing a time’s.
“An ugly duckling blossoms into a beautiful, champion ice skater.”
I find it funny that they call her an “ugly duckling”… anyway… good movie.
It Takes Two
“Two young girls who happen to look identical bump into each other in the woods and decide to swap households so they can play matchmaker to their single parents.”
Yes… I feel I must be ashamed that I am recommending a movie with the Olsen twins.. BUT! I like this movie so …
“Ultra-popular Charlotte (Michalka) is determined to face-off against her ex at the country’s biggest music competition. She just needs a band. Newcomer Will (Connell) knows more about musicians than anyone. He just needs a friend. And, rebel guitar player Sa5m (Hudgens) has a wicked voice but needs someone to believe in her. Together, this unlikely trio will take on Bandslam in a way no one thought possible.”
Actually a pretty decent movie. Saw it while I had the flu, so perhaps I was just hallucinating?
Yours Mine & Ours (1968 & 2005)
Both are really good, but I think the ’68 version is my favorite.
Lady & the Tramp
Shop Around the Corner
“James Stewart is a Budapest store clerk who finds himself feuding with his co-worker, Margaret Sullavan, only to unknowingly fall in love with her.”
“Grant and Dunne adopt a baby after their unborn baby dies. Dunne contemplates divorce, recollecting the joys and griefs she has shared with her husband.”
“Young lawyer meets and marries girl after knowing her one day. Takes bride home to meet his mother who disapproves of the marriage. Lawyer thinks everything will be fine as he moves up the ladder of the law firm. He doesn’t and things get tough. A baby makes things even tougher”
Father of the Bride (1950)
“A hilarious look at family chaos when an exasperated banker (Spencer Tracy) has misgivings about his daughter’s (Elizabeth Taylor) engagement.”
This entertaining sequel follows the great success of Father Of The Bride made the previous year and reunites the cast in a warm and tender comedy.
On Moonlight Bay
“Musical family that moves to a small Indiana town and their tomboy daughter begins a romance with the boy across the street, with radically unconventional views on love and money.”
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
“The huge popularity of the nostalgic On Moonlight Bay prompted this 1953 sequel, which recaptures the first film’s small-town, post-WWI spirit. Because young lovers Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are already together, the movie needs some sort of trumped-up conflict to separate them for a while; it comes with MacRae’s decision to postpone their wedding until he gets his financial legs. Yawn. But don’t worry, the subplots abound, including younger brother Billy Gray pilfering a prize Thanksgiving turkey, and dad Leon Ames suspected of romancing a visiting French music-hall star. Naturally there are vintage songs, including umpteen renderings of the classic title song (you won’t need the bouncing ball to sing along) and Day and MacRae casually bopping out new lyrics to “Ain’t We Got Fun.” Also returning for the sequel are Rosemary DeCamp as the patient mother and shameless scene-stealer Mary Wickes as the bossy maid. And check it out: future talk-show host Merv Griffin cheerleading during the finale at an outdoor ice rink. Day and MacRae twinkle so aggressively that they sometimes resemble salesmen for a particular kind of Hollywood backlot America that probably never existed, but the whole thing is almost impossible to resist. –Robert Horton”
The Wizard of Oz
“The Wizard of Oz follows Dorothy and her dog Toto when they are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz.”
It’s a Wonderful Life
“An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.”
You Can’t Take It With You
“Lionel Barrymore is the eccentric patriarch of a clan of frustrated artists who decided 30 years earlier to retire from the rat race and use his fortune to encourage friends and family to pursue vocations that really interest them. At the center of his family is his granddaughter, Jean Arthur, who is carrying on a romance with her boss’ son, James Stewart.”
The Glenn Miller Story
“A dramatization of the life of the trombone player who became one of the most popular big-band leaders of all time.”
The Von Trapp Family (German w/ English Subtitles)
The Von Trapp Family: A Life of Music
That’s all for now folks! But keep checking back – I need to add more!
Isn’t it amazing how many good movies there are out there? You just have to open your eyes. :_
Until next time! God bless & keep it Trad!