There are great, uplifting films to stream at home! I’m Jonathan Decker, family therapist and film critic, and I’m here to help you find the good stuff. For more curated picks and discussion guides for movies, follow me on Facebook.
Cinema Therapy is a YouTube channel begun by two Latter-day Saints, one a therapist (me) and one a filmmaker (Alan Seawright). We explore how movies illustrate concepts from psychology and family therapy that help us all to cope with life and enjoy healthy relationships. This week we explore how Moana helps us as we balance others’ expectations with our own hopes and dreams. Watch our new episode above and rent/buy the films here.
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Singing With Angels. Powerful film about the Tabernacle Choir and one woman’s experiences touring with it. Very moving by the end, with the choir’s full participation. Stream it on Living Scriptures or rent/buy it here.
Christopher Robin just debuted on Disney Plus. Grown-up Christopher Robin is coping with family and career stress, when Pooh, Tigger, and company arrive to help him find the way. Charming as can be. Stream it on Disney Plus or rent/buy it here.
I Still Believe. True-story Christian drama, from the makers of I Can Only Imagine. Young musician marries young, faces trials and his wife’s declining health, the grow together through faith in Jesus Christ. Well worth the watch. Stream it on Hulu or rent/buy it here.
All Quiet on the Western Front. WWI drama won Best Picture in 1930, and it’s still stunning today. Based on the classic novel, a heartbreaking tale of war, loss, and heroism. A must for classic film fans. Stream it on Peacock or rent/buy it here.
YOUTUBE MOVIES (FREE TO WATCH)
Guys and Dolls. Marlon Brando. Frank Sinatra. A mobster falls for a Christian humanitarian, who inspires him to clean up his act. Plenty of charm and unforgettable songs in this terrific musical. Free to watch on YouTube
CLEARPLAY (FILTERED FOR CONTENT)
Hamilton is a major hit. However, it’s rated PG-13 for some language and mature themes. Fortunately, you can stream the film on Disney Plus and apply Clearplay filters for content.
The Gumby Movie. Not a great film, but it is great for your 80’s nostalgia fix. Free to watch on Vudu or rent/buy it here.
Sabrina is a fantastic, old-fashioned romance with Humphrey Bogart and William Holden as wealthy brothers who fall for the same woman, a dazzling Audrey Hepburn. Stream it on Crackle or rent/buy it here.
Charly. The ultimate Latter-day Saint cinema tearjerker. Stream it on TubiTV or rent/buy it here.
RENT OR BUY
Father of the Bride. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short star in this hilarious and moving tale of a dad not ready to let go of his 22 year old little girl (or pay for her wedding). Rated PG for mild innuendo. Rent or buy it here.
FROM THE STREAMING SAINT
BYU’s Divine Comedy: Mormonads. From 2005-2007 I performed with the popular Brigham Young University humor troupe Divine Comedy, whose members later formed Studio C. This bit revamps the classic New Era Mormonads for comedic effect.
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For a thorough exploration of what apostles and prophets have said about watching uplifting media, along with hundreds of reviews and Gospel discussion guides, pick up a copy of my book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families!
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist, actor, author, and film critic. He is known for starring in The KJZZ Movie Show and the Utah action-comedy CTU: Provo, performing with BYU’s Divine Comedy, and as the author of 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families.