Do you like movies? If not, well, I’ll write something different next week. If so, read on, my friend, because Christian movies have gotten heaps better in the last decade or so. Below is a list of 41 you’ll want to check out. Many of them I have seen. The ones I haven’t seen were recommended by fellow movie lovers.
NOTE: The movies are arranged in order from most-recent to oldest. I’ve included the release year and the rating, and a short description of the movie. Oh, and if I’ve done a review or interviewed someone from the movie, you’ll find a link. Enjoy!
1. Priceless (2016) PG-13
A man stands at the crossroads of his life. Angry after the death of his wife and losing custody of his daughter, James is unable to hold down a job. Out of desperation he agrees to drive a truck across the country for cash. When he discovers what his cargo is, he goes all out to save two sisters who will be sold into the sex slave trade. Here is a review I posted about this movie.
2. God’s Not Dead 2 (2016) PG
A sequel to God’s Not Dead, this film is about a high school history teacher, Grace Wesley who faces disciplinary action, administrative leave and a lawsuit when someone claims that Grace has been preaching in class because she quoted a verse from the Bible.
3. I’m Not Ashamed (2016) PG-13
The Columbine Massacre of April 20, 1999 completely redefined America’s view of the lives of high school students. Drawn straight from Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott’s words and journal entries, through the insight of her mother, Beth Nimmo, it is the true story of a high school student whose compassionate, caring faith caused her to reach out to fellow students including her killers who made her a target of their murderous plan. (Written by Visible Pictures on IMBD) Here is a video interview I did with Masey McLain.
4. Miracles from Heaven (2016) PG
Miracles from Heaven is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. (source: IMBD) Here is an interview I did with Christy Beam on my blog.
5. Little Boy (2015) PG-13
An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
6. Do You Believe? (2015) PG-13
A dozen different souls-all moving in different directions, all longing for something more. As their lives unexpectedly intersect, they each are about to discover there is power in the Cross of Christ … even if they don’t yet believe it. When a local pastor is shaken to the core by the visible faith of an old street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a faith-fueled journey that powerfully impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate. (source: IMBD)
7. God’s Club (2015) NR
Following his wife’s passing, public high-school teacher Michael Evens (Stephen Baldwin) re-launches the Bible Club she originally founded. When upset parents cite the separation of church and state and want the school club disbanded, a passionate dispute erupts and threatens to destroy their small Vermont community. With his job, personal relationships and even his faith on the line, Michael must make tough decisions about the things that matter most. Corbin Bernsen and Lorenzo Lamas also star in this uplifting tale of strength, unity and love. (source: dove.org)
8. War Room (2015) PG
Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seem to have it all; great jobs, a dream home, a family. But their marriage is falling apart, until Elizabeth meets Miss Clara, an older and wiser woman who teaches Elizabeth how to fight for her family with the power of prayer.
9. Voiceless (2015) PG-13
A young, reserved, war veteran, moves to North East Philadelphia to start an inner city community outreach and puts his life on the line to stand against an abortion clinic that moved across the street from his building. (source: IMBD) I recently did an interview with writer, producer and actor, Stuart Migdon. You can see it here.
10. Woodlawn (2015) PG
A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. (Source: IMBD)
11. Mom’s Night Out (2014) PG
All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun – a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours … what could go wrong? (source: IMBD)
12. When the Game Stands Tall (2014) PG
Inspired by a true story, this film tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. (source: IMBD)
13. Where Hope Grows (2014) PG-13
A baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to his personal problems is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store. (source: IMBD) Here’s an interview I did with David DeSanctis on my blog.
14. God’s Not Dead (2014) PG
College philosophy professor Mr. Raddison, is a staunch atheist who teaches his students that God is dead. If his students will quote Nietzsche that God is dead, he allows the class to skip the chapter on religion in his class. New student, Josh, who believes in God, refuses to claim that God is dead and challenges Raddison’s teaching. Raddison makes Josh prove that God is not dead.
15. Born to Win (2014) NR
A true story of how God turns the hurt, frustration and emptiness of a man into hope, faith and victory to inspire many to be the winners they were born to be. (source: IMBD)
16. Heaven is for Real (2014) PG
This is the story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. His son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth… things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. The church turns on him and so does everyone who is closer or further to him including his wife. (source: IMBD) I interviewed Todd and Sonja Burpo on my podcast. You can listen here.
17. 23 Blast (2014) PG-13
In the prime of his youth, up and coming football star Travis Freeman lost his sight due to a sinus infection caused by a rare disease. Overnight, he became irreversibly blind and had to cope with all the new trials and changes awaiting him. With the love and support of his family and closest friends he learned to push himself to extraordinary heights. Relying on his other senses and his instincts, he did the unthinkable! Displaying unconditional determination he proved nothing could dampen the spirit of a champion! (source: IMBD)
18. Grace Unplugged (2013) PG
Grace Unplugged is an Inspirational movie starring Amanda AJ Michalka as 18 year old Christian singer/songwriter, Grace Rose Trey. Beautiful, highly talented and restless, Grace is so far undiscovered outside church. One day without warning, Grace leaves for Los Angeles. She has landed a record deal with the help of her father’s ruthless former manager and producer Frank Mossy Mostin. Mossy sees in Grace a potential pop superstar the next Katie Perry. Cutting off contact with her parents, Grace seems prepared to walk away from her Christian faith and music to achieve her long-suppressed fantasy of Hollywood superstardom. Will the experience cause her to reject her faith, or rediscover it? (source: IMBD)
19. Unconditional (2012) PG
A woman’s world is shattered after her sweetheart Billy is murdered in a random act of violence. After this tragic event she starts to dig around to find the killer of her husband. On her quest she reunites with her childhood best friend Joe who runs an after school program for children in his neighborhood. (source: IMDB)
20. Soul Surfer (2011) PG
13 year-old Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer who was born to be in the water. But after a night out night surfing and what should be a fun day in the water, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm. Rushed to the hospital, she remains calm, and maintains her faith in God. Now she has to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm – including how to surf. It will take her friends, family, and her Christian faith to get her back into the water, but if that is where she is meant to be, she will find a way to get there. (source: IMBD)
21. Courageous (2011) PG-13
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they face danger every day. Yet when tragedy strikes close to home, these fathers are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, and their faith. From this struggle will come a decision that changes all of their lives. With action, drama, and humor, the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures embraces God’s promise to “turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers.” Souls will be stirred, and hearts will be challenged to be … courageous! (source: IMBD) You can read my review of this movie here.
22. Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) PG
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. (source: IMBD)
23. The 5th Quarter (2010) PG
Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke’s number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history. (source: IMBD)
24. What If… (2010) PG
Fifteen years ago, Ben Walker left his girlfriend and his ministry calling for a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying career and a trophy fiancé, he is visited by an angel, who gives him a glimpse into what his life would look like had he followed his calling. (source: IMBD)
25. October Baby (2010) PG-13
As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah-unscripted-collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah learns that every life is beautiful. (source: IMBD)
26. Sarah’s Choice (2009) NR
Sarah Collins is considering an abortion. Before she makes her final decision, she is presented with three visions causing her to think about the impact on her future. (source: IMBD)
27. To Save a Life (2009) PG-13
The film tells the story of Jake Taylor, a young man who has it all: a basketball scholarship, the ideal girlfriend, and the right friends. But faced with the demands of the in-crowd, Jake has written off his childhood best-friend, Roger. Isolated and mistreated, Roger finally takes his anger to the extreme when he shows up one day on campus with a gun. Jakes last-ditch effort cant stop Roger. And the events which follow rock Jakes world. He begins to question everything. But most of all, he cant stop asking: Could he have saved Roger? (source: IMBD)
28. Fireproof (2008) PG
Caleb Holt is all about himself, and it’s ruining his marriage. On the brink of divorce, Caleb’s father asks him to wait 40 days before separating from his wife and implement a selfless project called The Love Dare. See how The Love Dare changes Caleb and begins to change his marriage, his faith, and every aspect of his life.
29. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) PG
The four Pevensie children return to Narnia, only to discover that hundreds of years have passed since they ruled there, and the evil King Miraz has taken charge. With the help of a heroic mouse called Reepicheep, and the exiled heir to the throne, Prince Caspian, they set out to overthrow the King, once again with Aslan’s help. (source: IMBD)
30. The Ultimate Gift (2006) PG
Jason, a reckless young man sets in pursuit for the ultimate gift which his late grandfather had promised in his will. Jason started alone, but on the way he meets a bunch of individuals who give him valuable lessons of life. At the end Jason surprises himself and others, to lay his hands on the ultimate gift. (source: IMBD)
31. Facing the Giants (2006) PG
In six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never led his Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. After learning that he and his wife Brooke face infertility, Grant discovers that a group of fathers are secretly organizing to have him dismissed as head coach. Devastated by his circumstances, he cries out to God in desperation. When Grant receives a message from an unexpected visitor, he searches for a stronger purpose for his football team. He dares to challenge his players to believe God for the impossible on and off the field. When faced with unbelievable odds, the Eagles must step up to their greatest test of strength and courage. What transpires is a dynamic story of the fight between faith and fear. (source: IMBD)
32. Faith Like Potatoes (2006) PG
This inspiring true story of a rugged South African farmer, Angus Buchan, is set in the turbulent hills of the KZN Midlands. Angus’ manic quest for material success is slowly transformed into a wild love for God and people, as he wrestles with faith, hope, natural disasters and tragic personal loss. (source: IMBD)
33 One Night with the King (2006) PG
One Night with the King is the story of Esther, a book in the Old Testament and King Artexerxis, a powerful Babylonian king. The movie is true to the Biblical account of a Jewish woman who, at the risk of her own life, stands up to the King and a man named Haman, who was almost successful in convincing the king to wipe out all of the Jews in the land. (source: IMBD)
34. Amazing Grace (2006) PG
In 1797, William Wilberforce, the great crusader for the British abolition of slavery, is taking a vacation for his health even while he is sicker at heart for his frustrated cause. With few allies such as his mentor, John Newton, a slave ship captain turned repentant priest who penned the great hymn, “Amazing Grace,” Prime William Pitt, and Olaudah Equiano, the erudite former slave turned author, Wilberforce fruitlessly fights both public indifference and moneyed opposition determined to keep their exploitation safe. (source: IMBD)
35. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) PG
Four children from the same family have to leave their town because WWII is happening. A women and a professor take the children to their house. While playing a game of hide and seek the youngest member of the family ‘Lucy’ finds a wardrobe to hide in. She travels back and back into the wardrobe and finds a place named Narnia. After going in twice the four children go in together for the last time. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter a evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named ‘Aslan’. (source: IMBD)
36. The End of the Spear (2005) PG-13
The End of the Spear is the story of Mincayani, a Waodani tribesman from the jungles of Ecuador. When five young missionaries, among them Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, are speared to death by the Waodani in 1956, a series of events unfold to change the lives of not only the slain missionaries’ families, but also Mincayani and his people.
37. The Passion of the Christ (2004) R
This emotional and moving film depicts the last twelve hours of Jesus of Nazareth. From the Garden of Gethsemane to his crucifixion, follow the agonizing sacrifice Jesus made as he was betrayed and abandoned by his friends and suffered great brutality at the hands of the Romans. This movie follows the Scriptural account of the Passion story. It is rated R for a very graphical depiction of the suffering Jesus endured.
38. Flywheel (2003) NR
Jay Austin, a dishonest car salesman in lots of debt, comes to a turning point in his life where he becomes a born-again Christian, turns from his dishonest way of business and begins trusting in God to take care of him. Even when things get hard he trusts God, and God provides him with a way to pay off his debt honestly. (source: IMBD)
39. Luther (2003) PG-13
During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. (source: IMBD)
40. The Hiding Place (1975) PG
Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are middle-aged sisters working in their father’s watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland. Their uneventful lives are disrupted with the coming of the Nazis. Suspected of hiding Jews & caught breaking rationing rules, they are sent to a concentration camp, where their Christian faith keeps them from despair and bitterness. Betsie eventually dies, but Corrie survives, and after the war, must learn to love and forgive her former captors. (source: IMBD)
41. The Ten Commandments (1956) NR
To escape the edict of Egypt’s Pharaoh, Rameses I, condemning all newborn Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh’s daughter he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. (source: IMBD)