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5 Christian Movies We Love

Who doesn’t love a great movie? When done well, films have the ability to really move us, whether they remind us of someone or something in our own lives or just because the story is touching. There is so much to take in and enjoy—the story, acting, costumes, music—and it can be even more rewarding if the story has a Christian message that aligns with your beliefs and the things that you care about most.

This week, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite Christian movies. We hope your favorite movie made the list, but if not, be sure to tell us about it in the comments so we can all share and enjoy. You’ll also want to stay on the lookout for more of our favorites in the coming weeks…maybe we’ll include one of your suggestions!

THE NATIVITY STORY

This 2006 drama based on the nativity of Jesus stars Keisha Castle-Hughes and Shohreh Aghdashloo. It made history after being the first film ever to stage its world premiere in Vatican City, which is pretty cool! Gorgeously shot and benefiting from high production values, the film begins with the portrayal of the Massacre of the Innocents. The remainder of the movie portrays the conception and birth of Jesus to explain why King Herod ordered the murder.

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

This 2004 favorite detailed the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, beginning with the Agony in the Garden and ending with a brief depiction of his resurrection. By far the most popular and well reviewed of all Christian films, it made more than $600 million during its theatrical release, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time in the U.S. and the highest-grossing non-English-language film.

(Note: The Passion of the Christ is rated R and contains graphic scenes depicting the crucifixion of Christ. If you feel this may be inappropriate for you, please talk to a parent before watching it!)

FIREPROOF

This drama, which stars Kirk Cameron, was the highest-grossing independent film of 2008! It tells the story of a young firefighter who is close to divorce, so his father gives him a 40-day “Love Dare” to help him better understand love and commitment…that ends up changing his life!

AMAZING GRACE

Are you a history buff? If so, you’ll love Amazing Grace! The 2006 film tells the story of an 18th-century man who found Christ and believed he was called by God to stop the slave trade in England. The film has a strong Christian testimony…and some beautiful renditions of the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

COURAGEOUS

From the creators of Fireproof came this heartfelt and super moving 2011 film about fatherhood. A tragedy in a small town forces a circle of police-officer best friends to look closely at their own relationships with their kids and how those relationships can be strengthened through God.

PI Girls, have you seen all of these films? What else should we be watching? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by jesuslovergirl19 on June 7, 2014 at 07:45

    Courageous was an amazing movie! Gods not dead was a great movie to, i don’t think its out yet though. Soul Surfer was an amazing movie as well.

  2. Marianna

    Posted by Marianna on January 13, 2014 at 18:28

    Forever Strong is a great movie, too! It’s about a Rugby player who gets sent to juvie for drunk driving, and finds God.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by sarahisoke on December 27, 2013 at 18:59

    What about Facing the Giants?

  4. bandgirl

    Posted by bandgirl on October 26, 2013 at 11:09

    Another great movie is Letters to God. It is about this young boy who is dying of cancer but he is well known for writing his letters to God. Well, I saw that movie at a youth night at our church my freshman year of high school. My best friend in the third grade had a brain tumor she was dying from. After that school year, she moved and I lost all contact with her. I have since spent the rest of my life clinging to the last update I ever heard that the tumor was shrinking. I was in tears by the end of the movie. They showed how special those kids really are. It has since been over 7 years since the last time I saw or heard from her, but I’ll never forget knowing someone who was so special and had a connection with me that noone else could possibly have. Other kids made fun of her for acting or looking different and I took heat for friending her, but I wouldnt trade that friendship for the world.

  5. jessicarose

    Posted by jessicarose on October 17, 2013 at 15:07

    I love Amazing Grace!! It’s so well done and such a beautiful story. And not at all cheesy or forceful like some Christian films. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have thought of it as a Christian film.

  6. Publicpassion

    Posted by Publicpassion on October 14, 2013 at 16:18

    Amazing Grace looks great! I love historical stuff!

  7. pinkopal100

    Posted by pinkopal100 on October 14, 2013 at 15:44

    Those are all great movies! But you need to add “October Baby” to that list 🙂

  8. ssutton98

    Posted by ssutton98 on October 13, 2013 at 17:50

    yeah I have to honest this is just my opinon I know the point of it that life is like that and everything but sometimes I can’t stand some Christian movies just cuz I find them depressing can anyone recommend one with some humor in it or something cuz im just not feeling it??

  9. murphylauren15

    Posted by murphylauren15 on October 12, 2013 at 08:28

    Wow…the Passion of the Christ is EXTREMELY graphic…I’m surprised it’s even on this list. But I’m glad that it is. I think it’s a film that every Christian should watch at some point in their life.

    Overall, it’s a great list! I would like second someone else’s suggestion about The Ultimate Gift…that’s an incredible film (and book)! I wouldn’t exactly classify it as a Christian film per se, but it delivers an amazing message about the greatest gifts in life.

  10. bridgetknits13

    Posted by bridgetknits13 on October 11, 2013 at 13:11

    Octoberbaby!

  11. Ybba

    Posted by Ybba on October 7, 2013 at 14:05

    I love fire proof, The nativity scene, and courageous! They are some of my favriote movies!

  12. SarahD17

    Posted by SarahD17 on October 5, 2013 at 12:05

    Ooh this makes me want to see Amazing Grace! I also recommend Flywheel and Faith Like Potatoes.

  13. schmidtbexe

    Posted by schmidtbexe on October 5, 2013 at 11:25

    I haven’t seen Fireproof or Courageous, but I loved all the others!! Seriously, Amazing Grace is one of my absolute FAVORITE movies ever!!!!

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by on October 5, 2013 at 11:11

    All great movies!! So are “The Ultimate Gift” and “The Ultimate Life.” Another great christian movie is The Last Sin Eater based on the book by Francine Rivers!!

  15. Vanie

    Posted by Vanie on October 5, 2013 at 02:10

    I had not yet watched the movie Fireproof yet my friends say its good. Never heard Amazing Grace and Nativity Story. Courageous is awesome. I watched Passion of the Christ seven times and seven times I cried. You will be greatly moved by this movie. :))

    I also LOVED the Facing the Giants movie. :))

  16. iam_priceless

    Posted by iam_priceless on October 4, 2013 at 19:42

    Absolutely love Fireproof, Amazing Grace, and Courageous. I have watched Amazing Grace about ten times or more!! Never seen The Passion of the Christ or The Nativity Story.

  17. kisterkoobeary1

    Posted by kisterkoobeary1 on October 4, 2013 at 19:14

    I really like the movie October Baby. It’s such a good movie!

  18. TiffanySalsa

    Posted by TiffanySalsa on October 4, 2013 at 18:46

    I really think “To save a life” should be on here :/ It’s such a good movie that shows what’s actually going on today in people’s lives. I haven’t really seen the others except for courageous, the passion of the Christ, and the nativity story (vaguely) which are all moving and well-made but I could see to save a life all day <3

  19. MusicianForChrist

    Posted by MusicianForChrist on October 4, 2013 at 18:21

    I loved Fireproof and Courageous! Two of my favorite movies!
    I have nothing against the Passion of the Christ, but I haven’t watched it. I don’t do really well with anything graphic.
    I’ve seen Amazing Grace, but it was quite a few years ago and it really disturbed me when they talked about how they transported the slaves. I’ll probably watch it again sometime though!
    Facing the Giants is my favorite of the Sherwood Pictures films! I love it so much!
    Thanks for the list! Nice to know other people like these movies too!

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by on October 4, 2013 at 14:50

    I just don’t think that I am ready to watch “The Passion of Christ” yet. Someday I would like to!

    I LOVED Courageous!

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by desiboo101 on October 4, 2013 at 13:14

    I absolutely love fireproof!! Its at the top of my list of favorite christian movies. I also like to Save A Life. So far including those two I have seen Courageous, New Hope, Faith like Potatoes, Flywheel, Facing The Giants, The Wager, October Baby, Luke Warm, The 5th Quarter, The Miracle of The Cards, Grace Card, In The Blink of an Eye, also have seen Then Passion of The Christ. And im not done yet either, I love watching movies that actually have a message behind them and christian movies absolutely have that! I could watch christian movies all day long. If you haven’t seen any of these or haven’t heard of them I encourage you guys to they are all good. Flywheel is one that was made early so bare with the picture.

  22. Marcy

    Posted by Marcy on October 4, 2013 at 11:59

    I’ve never seen Passion of the Christ, but I’ve seen the other four, and they are all good (and this is coming from someone who usually doesn’t like Christian movies). 🙂 A couple more I’d ad to my own list of best Christian movies are October Baby (the best Christian movie I’ve ever seen) and Flywheel. (It’s made by the same church as Courageous and Fireproof, but much less well known being their first film. It’s my favorite of their four.)

    • Marcy

      Posted by Marcy on October 6, 2013 at 23:09

      I forgot my other favorite Christian movie (I knew I was forgetting one, but I couldn’t remember which): The Last Sin Eater. The book it is based off of is my favorite Christian fiction book.

  23. ChristianGirlForever

    Posted by ChristianGirlForever on October 4, 2013 at 11:20

    I’ve watched The Passion Of Christ 2 or 3 times now and yes its graphic but the movie portrays the suffering that Christ had to go through in great detail so what you see there is what basically happened. I think at one point in our lives we should watch that movie to get better picture and more understanding of the Crucifixion. The movie helps you understand the suffering and to appreciate what Christ did even more greatly and deeply.

    I have not seen the other movies besides Courageous and The Passion of Christ and Courageous is another great movie 🙂

  24. emily.kate

    Posted by emily.kate on October 4, 2013 at 09:58

    I love Bethany Hamilton’s film Soul Surfer!

  25. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on October 4, 2013 at 09:53

    I LOVED Amazing Grace. Literally, it was so beautifully depicted, and not in your face. The Nativity Story and Passion of the Christ were so well done as well. I’m not crazy about Fireproof and Courageous. Great messages, but to be honest… I guess I think the acting is pretty bad. They’re just kinda corny. I think To Save A Life should be on here. It’s the only “modern times” Christian movie that doesn’t make me cringe. It has real scenes of real life, and THAT reaches people!

  26. MissMorland

    Posted by MissMorland on October 3, 2013 at 16:05

    Amazing Grace is one of my favorites! There’s a LOT of familiar faces for period drama lovers. 😉 And I love Fireproof and Courageous! And Facing the Giants, which is made by the same people, by the way. I haven’t seen the other ones.

  27. middleOFfive

    Posted by middleOFfive on October 3, 2013 at 16:03

    Fire Proof is my absolute favorite movie! I’m not sure I’d like the rest of these but I did watch and like Courageous. I agree- I was dying laughing about the Snake Kings! 🙂 and the tomato juice- lol

  28. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on October 3, 2013 at 15:05

    I loved The Nativity Story! I cried! Passion of the Christ is something that I could NEVER watch! :/ As beautiful as the story is, the violence is so graphic (I have seen some clips). It is horrifically realistic and not something I would ever want my siblings or future children to watch. Fireproof is AMAZING! Romantic, touching, and hilarious! (TOMATO JUICE???) Amazing Grace was meh… Not really my cup of tea. Nice story, but not spectacular. Courageous is a must watch! Heart wrenching, inspiring, and some hilarious moments!!! (SNAKE KINGS)