Movieguide.org is a valuable resource for information about family-friendly, redemptive, and patriotic films that includes the following: reviews, news, videos and more. Annually the Movieguide Awards ceremony honors the best in family-friendly and redemptive movie studio producers, directors, actors and more.
According to the 2014 Annual Movieguide Report to the Entertainment Industry, redemptive, family-friendly, patriotic films are earning more money at the American box office each year. The report states that for the first time, nine of the top 10 grossing movies in 2013 at both domestic and international box offices, had family-oriented themes, including "Iron Man 3, " ''Frozen," and "Man of Steel." Movieguide founder, Dr. Ted Baehr, states,“There is a great incentive to make movies that are good, true and beautiful. There is an audience out there, and studio heads – even ones that aren’t Christian – have intentions to reach this audience.”
The 80 page report, which has been published by Movieguide for 22 years, broke down box office statistics regarding theatrical earnings and content. The study noted that movies with faith-based, redemptive worldviews and themes in the top-25 category averaged $87.07 million at the box office, and those with secular, non-faith-based, unredemptive worldviews and themes averaged $21.64 million. Only four R-rated films made the cut in the Movieguide study and came in between 15th and 19th in earnings.
According to Movieguide, movies that had no foul language, like Frozen, earned the most (an average of $65.81 million), while films with more than 25 incidences of profanity, like "Wolf of Wall Street,” averaged just $30.43 million and did not make the top 25. Similarly, according to Movieguide, films without any sexual content earned more than films with significant nudity or sexual content. "Contrary to popular opinion, sex does not really sell," the study found.
"Moviegoers clearly prefer the types of positive, family friendly movies with biblical and morally uplifting content,” the study revealed. The report also stated that movies reflecting strong Pro-American, conservative, and moral content or values, such as "Iron Man 3," "Captain Phillips," and "Lone Survivor" earned more overall than films without such content or values. The study found that none of the top 10 overseas movies had an R-rating, that none of them depicted sexual content, and that they had no sexual references.
"If studio executives, filmmakers, actors and stockholders want to make more money they should adopt these spiritually uplifting standards, theology and ethics," the report concluded.
As well as Movieguide.org resources, there are many valuable online resources for those seeking the best in family-friendly and redemptive movies.
American Family Studios is a division of The American Family Association. Their mission is to support the continuing work of AFA by providing film and audio resources to educate, motivate and inspire.
CFDb provides a redemptive film database for the following: upcoming film announcements, film news, profiles for filmmakers and much more.
Cloud Ten Productions provides information, videos and news about inspirational movies and documentaries.
Parents Television Council supplies information and reviews for family-friendly and redemptive films.