How to Teach a Boy by Giving Him Good Movies to Watch


We often bemoan all the violence and immoral movies coming out of Hollywood.  However, movie makers have produced some great films that we have all would benefited from seeing.

Few are greater than the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.  I try to watch it every year and every year I find tears streaming down my face as I, just like George Bailey, find my perspective be readjusted.

Below are my top 10 Movies that every boy should see.

Top 10 Movies

  1. Facing the Giants
  2. It’s a Wonderful Life
  3. A Christmas Carol
  4. Remember the Titans
  5. Brian’s Song
  6. 12 Angry Men
  7. To Kill a Mocking Bird
  8. Lord of the Rings
  9. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  10. A River Runs through it


The following is a list of movies that I crowd-sourced from my Facebook friends when I asked the question, “What movies should every boy see.”  I must be honest that I have only seen about half of these movies and I have marked the ones that I have seen with an asterisk.

  • Apollo 13*
  • Lion King*
  • Fly Wheel*
  • Courageous*
  • Fireproof*
  • Radio*
  • The High Country
  • Shane
  • Stand by Me*
  • Andy Griffith Reruns*
  • Ole Yeller*
  • Seven Days in Utopia
  • Major League
  • The Rifle man TV series*
  • The Shootist*
  • Legends of the Fall*
  • October Sky*
  • The Man from Snowy River
  • King Kong*
  • The Notebook*
  • Dead Poet’s Society*
  • Mr Holland’s Opus*
  • Roots*
  • Rudy*
  • Hoosiers*
  • For the Love of the Game
  • The Kite Runner
  • Open Range
  • The Earthling
  • Forest Gump*
  • Sling Blade*
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Ben Hur*
  • Chariots of Fire*
  • The Elephant Man
  • Gettysburg
  • The Lord of the Rings*
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark*
  • Rocky*
  • The Sound of Music*
  • The Ten Commandments*
  • The Wizard of Oz*


So, If you want to make sure your boy is getting some good out of watching TV and Movies, go to and buy some of these movies.  You get free shipping if you buy more than $35.  You can buy as many 8-10 used movies with $35 and have movies that can be watched multiple times and each time reinforce these valuable themes with your boy.

Have we missed a great movie?  Please add it in the comments below.

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