A Princess of a Girl--and a Royal Jewel of a Film
Another classic, especially for girls, this is another of my treasures. Sara is a great role model, in that she knows acting like a princess has nothing to do with monetary standing, and puts that into practice. Her kindness, loyalty, and perseverance are traits kids would do well to emulate. Her loving relationship with her father is also worth noting in a culture that places little value on dads in general (though his subsequent loss may well sadden younger viewers; be aware of that and prepared to respond. I do not recommend a child who fears a parent dying watch this). The scenery is gorgeous, as is the music. You will want the soundtrack. This version also contains good discussion fodder about race and equality, as Becky, the mistreated servant girl, is also African-American.
The major caveat here comes from a couple of scenes of WWI, mustard gas included. Sara is in peril during a daring escape, and Miss Minchin has no qualms about abusing her and Becky, though it never gets physical. (Note here that viewers see glimpses of the woman's own pain; older kids may be ready to discuss that). Some scenes, which retell an Indian fairytale, feature a lunging, ten-headed monster, though in brief. But if your girls are mature enough (boys will probably not be interested, sadly), then introduce them to the tale that will affirm them as princesses in your hearts. (Note for Judeo-Christian families: I urge you to use this as a way to explain your girls' standings as Jesus' princesses).
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence