Finding movies that are fun and family-friendly can be a task. We want our children to be entertained, we want them to laugh, and we want them to be inspired. This awesome list of LDS movies will be sure to entertain and uplift you and your family.
There is also a good selection of LDS movies and gospel-centered shows that can be found on the Living Scriptures streaming service, which is $9.99 per month. My younger kids do part of their gospel study by watching animated scriptures stories, and they love it! It’s also great for quiet time on Sundays. You can join for a free month by clicking here > Get a Free Month of Living Scriptures.
Kennedy Hansen is funny, loving, and seems to be a typical child—until she inexplicably begins to fall. It takes years for a diagnosis…juvenile Batten disease, an extremely rare, terrible, and terminal prognosis. There is no cure for Batten disease and after living only sixteen years, Kennedy leaves behind a great legacy of love and friendship. But her story doesn’t end at her death—in fact, that’s when the miracles really begin.
Our family watched this recently, and I’ll have to admit, I was skeptical at first. But when I saw all of my children bawling at the end and we could all feel something together as a family, I was really glad my wife bought the movie. Love, Kennedy is available for purchase on Amazon.
The details of the passing of John Jones in Nutty Putty Cave have been well documented, but his story did not end there. Witness the power of love, family, and the Plan of Salvation in this critically acclaimed film that shows that family bonds extend beyond this life.
I’ll be honest, this one was difficult to watch for me because I’m claustrophobic – I actually had to turn it off at one point because I was legitimately hyperventilating. If you like spelunking, this will be your type of movie. The Last Descent is available for purchase on Amazon.
As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he learned was that for every tragedy, there was a multitude of miracles. Brought to you by filmmaker T. C. Christensen (Praise to the Man; The Work and the Glory), 17 Miracles will open your eyes to the unbelievable but true stories of the Mormon pioneers as you have never seen them before.
This is one of my favorites. Seeing the miracles all along the way for the pioneers in the Willie Handcart Company is a faith-building experience and a great way for your children to connect with these stories of the past and remember them when they have their times of need. 17 Miracles is available to buy or rent on Amazon.
On a cold night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, each face a drastically different future. But as Chris Williams sat in a demolished vehicle, realizing that his wife, unborn baby, nine-year-old daughter, and eleven-year-old son had just been killed, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive.
This story is incredible. This family is even more incredible. Chris’ son served in the same mission my mother did, and they were close friends. Such an incredible movie, though I feel that their family is even more remarkable than this movie portrays. Just Let Go is available to buy or rent on Amazon.
From T. C. Christensen, director of the sensational pioneer form 17 Miracles, comes the heroic true story of a simple man who was called to do the work of angels. Ephraim’s Rescue relates the story of Ephraim Hanks: a rescuer of the Martin Handcart company.
Follow Ephraim as his adventures lead him to join the Mormon Church and to ultimately lead one of he most heroic rescues in American History. With a unique desire to help and strengthen others, Ephraim learns that each choice we make can prepare us for what lies ahead. He discovers, through it all, that decisions determine destiny. Ephraim’s Rescue is available to buy or rent on Amazon.
On May 16, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville, Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a classroom that held every teacher and student in the school.
In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When tragedy strikes, what do you see? Watch The Cokeville Miracle for FREE on Amazon Prime.
On what began like any other day, Elders Travis Tuttle (Corbin Allred) and Andrew Propst (Maclain Nelson) are kidnapped, beaten, and held for ransom. While their families pray for their safe return, the missionaries are tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You can watch Saratov Approach for FREE on Amazon Prime.
Lane Speer is a sixteen-year-old girl who spends her family vacations camping in the mountains. She takes the memories for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer.
Only a year later, as Lane is still reeling from her father’s death, her mother remarries a guy that Lane hardly knows. Worst of all, he is a Mormon. To top it off, while they are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt, who takes Lane away to a Bible-themed girls camp with a bunch of young Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, Lane tries to find peace with her new surroundings and deal with the death of her father.
Once I Was a Beehive is one of the classics. No matter if you are a man or a woman, you will find yourself laughing together in this fun movie with some really great characters who are a riot. Available to purchase or rent on Amazon Prime.
Shot on location in Holland, The Best Two Years offers a humorous and insightful look into the lives of LDS missionaries that is “head and sholders above other LDS films” Jeff Vice, Deseret Morning News. “Deserves not to be known as an entertaining Mormon comedy, but as and entertaining comedy, period!” –Phil Villareal, Arizona Daily Star. Available for purchase on Amazon.
Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia flee the widespread violence of their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local Church leader Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries make the difficult journey only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Based on true events, Freetown is a thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival. Watch for FREE on Amazon Prime.
Meet the Mormons examines the very diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed on location and across the globe, Meet the Mormons takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the United States, Costa Rica, Nepal, and beyond.
From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith. Available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime.
Based on actual WWII events, the award winning Saints and Soldiers tells the dramatic story of a small band of Allied Soldiers trapped behind enemy lines with information that could save thousands of American lives. Watch for FREE on Amazon Prime.
Life as a Mormon missionary isn’t what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He’s forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving missionaries and, to top it off, his first companion, 29-year-old Marcus Dalton, proves to be a harsh mentor.
After only one day as a missionary, Allen is ready to hang up his necktie and go home. His point-of-view changes, however, as he begins to see the struggles and sacrifices that the other missionaries endure. Available for purchase on Amazon.
When 19-year-old John Groberg (Gorham) is sent on a three-year mission to Tonga, he has no idea what he’s getting into. Just getting to Tonga is fraught with danger and unbelievable obstacles. Once there, he finds himself in the midst of a culture as remote to him as the island is to his Idaho Falls home.
Not understanding the language, and lonely for his fiancee Jean (Hathaway), John faces suspicion, distrust, typhoons, tidal waves, mosquitoes, and other perils of man and nature as he reaches out to the people of Tonga. Filled with adventure, breathtaking scenery, and humor, THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN is a coming-of-age film your whole family will enjoy. Available for rent or purchase on Amazon.
Really a great movie. Beautiful music. I’ve never been much of a ‘choir music’ fan, I have tended to lean toward contemporary Christian music. Having said that… I believe I am now a new fan of ‘choir music’! Especially the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
I am a Christian, so I really liked the fact that this movie is a great movie, period. It left a great impression on our household. P. S. I LOVE “a Child’s Prayer”. I had never heard that song before but after listening to it on the movie, I cannot stop playing it. – Amazon Review. Available for rent or purchase on Amazon.
Saturday’s Warrior is the age-old story of the prodigal son who struggles with his faith as he faces peer pressure and the social issues of the day. He finally learns that there is more to life than just this life. Available for rent or purchase on Amazon.
From Robert Farrell Smith’s best-selling novel comes a hilarious romantic comedy about a town where everybody’s nuts…about religion! Tartan (Dan Merkley) is 29, single and Mormon. Tired of being set up by his marriage-conscious mother, Tartan takes a job as a forest ranger in Longfellow, a sleepy town where half the population is LDS, the other half is Baptists, and nobody can get along! Tartan’s not the only recent transplant: the beautiful (and single) Charity (Heather Beers) arrives in Longfellow to spend some time away from her ex-fiancee.
Together Tartan and Charity devise a plan to unite the town by having an All-Faiths Barbecue! Sweet and charming, funny and touching, Baptists At Our Barbecue reminds us that life is a barbecue to which God has invited everyone. Whom we sit by or pass the salt to is up to us. Available for purchase here.
Rachel Taylor (Erin Chambers) comes to Austria to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She begins her journey with high ideals and low language skills. Through her challenges with the culture, the cuisine, and a companion from another place, she is able to find meaning behind the very beliefs she has set forth to share. Available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime.
The faith of a young boy, Joseph Smith, grows into an inspiring life of sacrifice and perseverance in this breathtaking historical masterpiece. An amazing episode in American History. Available to watch for FREE on Amazon Prime.
Sam, a very uptight, ultra-organized idealist, knows what he wants in life until he meets Charly, a beautiful and feisty New Yorker who turns his orderly world upside down and inside out. Individual differences draw them together in ways neither expected, but learning to overcome those differences threatens to pull them apart… forever. Available to watch for FREE on Amazon Prime.
A troubled young rugby player is given the choice between jail or playing for a rival team coached by a man known for building not only championship teams, but championship boys. Based on a true story, Forever Strong offers stand up and cheer sports drama combined with the consequences of a strong ethical code to achieve victory on and off the field. Available for purchase or watch FREE on Amazon Prime.
This is the first film to dramatize how President Hinckley was prepared by the Lord from his youth. From boyhood lessons , to tender moments with mother in their library, to overcoming rejection in the mission field, you will feel the warmth that endeared him to so many later in life. In the railroad yard, behind the typewriter, and hand-in-hand with Marjorie, the love of his life, Gordon B. Hinckley grew to become a giant among men.
This is a family favorite. My kids watch this about once a month and it never gets old. Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men is available for purchase on Amazon.