This past week, my Tasha and I watched a movie where a couple’s marriage was at the forefront of the plot. We were excited as we thought we had found a good movie where the value of marriage would be present throughout the movie. We were disappointed. The movie was different than we thought. The plot didn’t highlight the value of marriage the way we were expecting.
This got me thinking about other movies that do highlight good marriages. He are my top ten good movies about good marriages listed in chronological order:
Ray: I have just created something totally illogical.
Annie: That’s what I like about it.
Ray: Am I completely nuts?
Annie: Not completely.
Father of the Bride II (1995). George Banks is back, and this time his daughter is having a baby. The movie depicts the main character going through a mid-life crisis and then finding out later that his wife is also pregnant. As he comes to terms with himself, you see his true colors come out as a wonderful father, grandfather, and especially husband.
The Family Man (2000). Similar to Charles Dickens A Chirstmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, Jack Campbell is given a glimpse of what his life could have been if only he had chosen a different path. The path he had chosen was rich and extravagant, but also lonely and meaningless. He comes to learn what life might have been like as a husband and a family man. The riches that come from family life and marriage are far greater than the riches that come from moeny and prosperity.
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003). Another Steve Martin film. Tom and Katie Baker are the parents of 12 children. While raising their children, they still also make their marriage a priority. One of my favorite parts is:
Tom: You were checking me out, weren’t you? Katie: Yes, I was. You got a problem with that?
Tom: Twelve kids later and we still got the heat (pumping his fist).
Katie: Whoo! (Katie turns and starts swaying her hips all while Tom continues checking her out).
The Notebook (2004). A touching movie that highlights a couple’s committment to each other throughout the years. An elderly man in a nursing home recounts his marital relationship to his wife Allie, who also happens to be in the same nursing home. As he is sharing stories from his notebook, she does not recognize that the story is about them because of her Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Incredibles (2004). A Disney-Pixar film about a family of superheroes. Mr. Incredible marries Elastigirl and soon learns the difficulty of living a “normal” life. The film highlights the struggles this couple faces including raising children, working a unfulfilling job, and trying to meet the needs of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Incredible learn the value of working together and find that their family is strengthened as they are more unified as a husband and wife.
Marley and Me (2008). The Grogans are shown growing together as a family (and as a couple) all while also raising their incorrigible dog Marley. This couple is faced with similar life phases and trials as most couples. They have their own marital problems at times, but they stick it out, stick together, and ultimately find joy in each other and their family.
Fireproof (2008). To me, this is one of the best movies about marriage. While it did not have the high production costs and famous actors of some of these other movies, it’s message was still very powerful. By drawing closer to God, and making your marriage a priority, it is possible to have a committed and loving relationship with your spouse.
Julie and Julia (2009). This film depicts two women who share similar names and a love of cooking, but are separated by about 50 years in time. Julia Powell decides that she is going to blog about recipes written and created by Julie Child. What is wonderful about this film is watching how both husbands fully support their wives in their endeavors.
Up (2009). Another Disney-Pixar film. This time, the marriage of Carl and Ellie Fredrickson is depicted in the first portion of the movie. This move highlights a couple coming together after finding out that they were unable to have children. Yet another movie that highlights marriage throughout the years. There are some touching moments when Carl reads the adventure book of his deceased wife, and continues finding adventures as an adopted grandfather.