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The Plugged In Movie Awards: 2024

The Plugged In Movie Awards are upon us once again!

About the time the Motion Picture Academy rolls out the red carpet for what its voters would say are the best films of the year, Plugged In offers its own awards showcase. And—with all due respect to the Oscars—we think we offer something that the folks in Hollywood don’t: We point to films that you and your family might, y’know, actually want to watch. I mean, Killers of the Flower Moon might be an artistic triumph and all, but is it really something you’d enjoy checking out with your 8-year-old?

So every year in our Plugged In Movie Awards, we nominate what we think are the best movies in four different categories: Kids, Teens, Adults and Best Christian movie. We’re looking for aesthetically pleasing films, sure. Quality is important. But in our vote, we also weigh a couple of other things: one, the sorts of messages the movie is delivering; and two, how “clean” a movie is, especially when we’re thinking about a kid-centric story. After all, a movie might feature great acting, great writing and even great messages. But if it also has a great many swear words, too, that’ll push it right out of many a family’s viewing queue.

We’ll be debating all of these categories and their nominees on the March 7 episode of The Plugged In Show and picking who will receive our coveted awards, affectionately known as the “Pluggies.” And trust me, that’s one episode you don’t want to miss. We can have some pretty passionate opinions about he movies we saw. I’m not saying there will be blood … but I’m on saying there won’t be, either. 

But we don’t want to just tell you what we think are the best movies out there. We want you to vote for your own favorites. And if you think we missed something? Let us know what you would’ve picked instead! That’s part of the fun of awards like these—telling us where we went wrong.

You can cast your votes (or submit your write-ins) in the comments section of the blogs below. Or comment on the appropriate posts on Facebook and Instagram, too. You can vote for anything and everything straight through February, and we’ll let you know in our March 7 episode of The Plugged In Show not only what we selected, but what you did, too. (And if you can’t listen in, we’ll be posting all the winners on the blog as well.)

And remember, even if a movie lands on this list, don’t take that as an unqualified seal of approval or automatic endorsement. Read our reviews to know whether these movies are right for your family.


And if you missed the fun last year, check out our live taping on The Plugged In Show of our nominees and winners!

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.