This Thanksgiving, my dad and aunt came to visit, and after the babies were in bed, we relaxed at home and tried to find a crowd-pleasing movie. It was surprisingly tough, but we finally landed on…

…”The Great Escape.” Whew. And it was great.

So! As we head into the holidays, in case you’re stuck surfing for a movie, here’s a handy list of 30 movies that would be fun to watch with relatives. Dealbreakers included awkward sex scenes, depressing plots, gratuitous violence, goofy humor or unnecessary swear words. (I’m 35, but if I swear in front of my dad, he’ll still say, “Jo! Language!”)

The Truman Show
Up in the Air
Say Anything
Royal Tenenbaums
Little Miss Sunshine

Gangster movies: (The constant swear words in mob movies are part of the plot and not unnecessary:)
The Godfather (btw, this is crazy!)
The Godfather Part II
Donnie Brasco
The Departed

The King’s Speech
The Graduate
Harold and Maude

When Harry Met Sally (of course)
Sense and Sensibility
West Side Story
Her (intense sex scenes and a depressing plot but the movie is so good I have to include it)

The Great Escape
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Cool Hand Luke
The Sting

The Whole Family:
My Fair Lady
The Sound of Music
Back to the Future
13 Going on 30 (my mom and I watched this on a trip recently and it was really fun:)

Thoughts? Thumbs up or down? Any more to add to the list? I’d love to hear!!!

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