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!
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.
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!)
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!
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.”
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!