As the leaves change colors and the air turns crisp, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a heartwarming movie to embrace the spirit of the season. If you’re in search of clean and uplifting movies and TV shows that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted, look no further! In this blog post, I’ve curated a list of 20 movies and shows that are perfect for warming your heart this season. From faith-based films to beloved classics like Charlie Brown, get ready to immerse yourself in stories that will leave you with a smile on your face and a renewed sense of hope. 

  1. I Can Only Imagine— Dive into the inspiring story behind MercyMe’s chart-topping song as you witness how one man’s faith transformed his life and touched millions around the world. 
  2. Soul Surfer— Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, this uplifting film chronicles her courageous journey after losing her arm in a shark attack and finding strength through her faith. 
  3. At Home in Mitfordstarring Andie Macdowell and Cameron Mathison, transports the literary town of Mitford onto your television screen, bringing to life much-loved characters – including Father Tim! 
  4. Are You There God? It’s Me, MargaretLike the book, the movie explores the awkwardness of puberty and fraught dynamics of middle school life for preteen girls, yet it does so more tactfully than other coming-of-age films. For parents of preteen girls who might relate to the 11-year-old titular protagonist (played by Abby Ryder Fortson), this PG-13 movie could be good conversation fodder. 
  5. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood— Tom Hanks portrays Fred Rogers the film is a heartwarming tale of friendship and kindness, as Vogel is slowly transformed by Rogers’ gentle and compassionate way of being. Rogers teaches Vogel about the importance of empathy, listening, and seeing the good in others. The film is also a reminder of the power of television and the impact that positive role models can have on our lives.  
  6. The War Room (2015)— This film follows a young woman who learns to pray for her husband’s life after he is diagnosed with cancer. 
  7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)— Charlie Brown organizes a Thanksgiving dinner for his friends, but things don’t go quite as planned. 
  8. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)— Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch every year, while Charlie Brown tries to win over the Little Red-Haired Girl. 
  9. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)— Charlie Brown is depressed about the commercialism of Christmas, but Linus reminds him of the true meaning of the holiday. 
  10. Snoopy, Come Home (1972)— Snoopy runs away from home to find his real family, but he soon realizes that his real home is with Charlie Brown. 
  11. A Christmas Story (1983)— Ralphie Parker wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, but his mother refuses to buy it for him, saying, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” 
  12. The Polar Express (2004)— A young boy boards a magical train on Christmas Eve and embarks on a journey to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. 
  13. The Jesus Music (2019)— A documentary film about the Jesus Movement, a revival of Christian faith that swept across the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 
  14. Elf— Buddy is our favorite elf of all! Watch this classic film (this just happens to be my favorite) about a misfit elf exiled from the North Pole, who then embarks on a mission to find his real father in New York City. 
  15. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh1977)It’s a rather blustery day in an all-time family classic based on the work of A.A. Milne.  
  16. Pumpkin Pie Wars— We are introduced to Faye and Lydia, former best friends who parted ways 10 years ago after a personal and professional falling out. Now running rival bakeries, they are thrust together once more at an annual Pumpkin Pie contest. 
  17. The Chosen— Angel Original “The Chosen” is a series about the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus (Jonathan Roumie). It’s a historical drama that recounts stories from the New Testament.  
  18. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe— Four children move from their house into a mysterious mansion. Through the wardrobe, they enter the world of Narnia and meet the lion Aslan. The movie is considered a Christian allegory. 
  19. Little House on The Prairie— This series is an American Western historical drama about the Ingalls family who live in Minnesota. The show is about their day-to-day life and faith plays a major role in the show.  
  20. God Bless The Broken Road— This film tells the story of a young widow who struggles to keep her relationship with God after her husband is killed in combat in Afghanistan. 

Here are some more tips for enjoying a clean and heartwarming movie night: 

  1. Invite your family and friends over to watch the movie with you. 
  2. Make some popcorn or other snacks to enjoy. 
  3. Get comfortable on the couch or in bed with a blanket. 
  4. Dim the lights and create a cozy atmosphere. 
  5. Put away your phones and other distractions so you can focus on the movie. 
  6. After the movie, talk to your friends and family about what you liked about it and what it meant to you. 
  7. Consider the movie’s rating. If you’re watching with children, be sure to choose a movie that is proper for their age group. 
  8. Read the movie’s reviews. This can help you get a sense of what other people thought of the movie and whether or not it’s something you’re interested in watching. 
  9. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. If they know what kind of movies you like, they may be able to suggest some clean and heartwarming films that you’ll enjoy. 

No matter what your taste in movies is, there is sure to be a clean and heartwarming film on this list that you will enjoy. So, curl up with a blanket and some popcorn and enjoy a movie that will warm your heart this autumn season. 

I hope this list has given you some ideas for movies to watch this autumn. Whether you’re looking for a classic Christmas movie, a Thanksgiving movie, or just a general autumn movie, there’s something for everyone on this list. 

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18 Comments

  1. I always enjoy good program recommendations. I get so tired of being surprised by bad words or scenes. I watched some of these, heard of others. But some are new to me. I loved I Can Only Imagine. I just got the book to read as well. I had not heard of God Bless The Broken Road–will have to look that up.

  2. thanks for sharing some great movies I will trive to watch thanks aganin

  3. I think I have watched nearly ALL of these!

  4. These are wonderful suggestions. I’ve seen many of these! “I Can Only Imagine” is so inspiring. I love The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and raised my kids on it. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #15 linkup. Hope to see you there next week, too!

  5. Paula,
    Thanks so much for sharing this list of movies…. I love a good movie that is heart warming!! Thanks for stoping by and I apologize it has taken me so long to visit but I have been working really hard to finsih my decorating before Thanksgiving….I hope you have a great weekend!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    1. You’re so welcome Debbie. No worries sometimes it takes me a bit to respond to comments too.

  6. Those are some great choices. Our favorite is Elf! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mr. Rodgers yet, but I’d like to.

    1. Elf is my favorite too. It annoys my family because I know all the words and talk along with the movie.

  7. Paula,

    I enjoyed your list of movies to watch – in fact I copied it, and put it in my notes on my phone, so whenever my husband says,”what movie should we watch?” I will have a list of choices. Thanks so much,

    Visiting today from Crazy Little Lovebirds #21,22,23

    Patty

    1. Patty that’s a great idea to put the list in your phone. I’m happy you enjoyed my list.

  8. This is a fun idea. We will play The Christmas Story at our family get together. A tradition. But Ilike this idea. My folks would get with a group of friends and once a week they would get together to play cards. Well we could do the same idea but as movie. My husband doesn’t ususally play cards.

    1. Thanks Debbie, I’m happy you liked these

  9. Thanks Paula, these are good ones…most of the time my TV is on the Hallmark channel, their movies are always happy and uplifting!

    1. You’re so welcome Jenna, I’m always looking for heartwarming TV shows and movies.

  10. Paula, thanks for a great list of family-friendly movies. My husband and I do enjoy watching something heart-warming together and with our grandchildren. Thanksgiving blessings to you!

    1. You’re so welcome Donna. My favorite is Elf. It annoys my family that I know all the words and talk along with the movie. Lol.

  11. Paula, these are great move choices. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at The Crazy Little Love Birds link party #14. I’m happy to let you know that your post will be featured at the Party this Friday.
    Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings.

    Stephanie@Crazy Little Love Birds

    1. Thanks Steph! I’m so sorry for responding late and I think I missed the Link up 😕

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