Earlier this month, we rounded up five of our favorite Christian films (you can check out the list here). As we said then, we love how movies have this unique way of transporting us to another world while teaching us about our own reality and allowing us to take in lessons in a fun and positive way. We loved reading your comments and suggestions on the original post and wanted to come back with five more flicks to add to the list, based on your recommendations and thoughts! 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.
LETTERS TO GOD
Recommended by PI reader bandgirl, who wrote: “It’s 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 in 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 no one else could possibly have. Other kids made fun of her for acting or looking different, and I took heat for friending her, but I wouldn’t trade that friendship for the world.”
Recommended by PI members pinkopal100, bridgetknits13, kisterkoobeary1, desiboo101 and by Marcy, who called it “the best Christian movie I’ve ever seen.” According to the official website, the film is about a young college student named Hannah, who, after passing out onstage at her first college play, finds out that she’s actually adopted and survived a failed abortion attempt. “Bewildered, angered and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past…and find hope for her unknown future. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.”
THE ULTIMATE GIFT
Recommended by niksey97 and seconded by murphylauren15, who wrote: “…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.” The official website tells us the film (which received a fair amount of mainstream critical praise) is about Jason, who “thought his inheritance was going to be the gift of money and lots of it. Was he ever in for a big surprise. Based on the best-selling book The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust-fund baby Jason on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: What is the relationship between wealth and happiness? Jason had a very simple relationship with his impossibly wealthy grandfather, Howard ‘Red’ Stevens. He hated him. No heart-to-heart talks, no warm fuzzies, just cold hard cash. So of course he figured that when Red died, the whole ‘reading of the will’ thing would be another simple cash transaction, that his grandfather’s money would allow him to continue living in the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. But what Red left him was anything but simple. Red instead devised a plan for Jason to experience a crash course in life: twelve tasks, which Red called ‘gifts,’ each challenging Jason in an improbable way, the accumulation of which would change him forever.”
TO SAVE A LIFE
Recommended by desiboo101 and by TiffanySalsa, who wrote, “It’s such a good movie that shows what’s actually going on today in people’s lives. I could watch it all day.” AllisonGrace also recommended it, saying, “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!” The film focuses on the topic of bullying and acceptance, especially as it pertains to high school. The description on the official site says: “Jake Taylor has it all: friends, fame, a basketball scholarship and the hottest girl in school. What could be better? Enter Roger Dawson. Roger has nothing. No friends. No hope. Nothing but putdowns and getting pushed aside. Things couldn’t get worse…could they? Jake and Roger were best friends when they were kids. But the politics of high school quickly pulled them apart. Now Roger doesn’t fit in Jake’s—or anyone’s—circle and he’s had enough. He walks onto campus with a gun in his pocket and pain in his heart, and makes a tragic move. Jake’s last-ditch effort can’t stop Roger, and the sudden tragedy rocks Jake’s world. Something breaks loose inside and sends him questioning everything. Most of all, he can’t shake the question Could I have saved Roger? In a quest for answers, Jake finds himself looking for the next Roger and reaching out to the outcasts and the lonely. But he quickly finds that crossing class castes threatens all his world is built on. And it could cost him his own friends, his girl, his dreams and even his reputation. Is it worth the price to find the answer to his ultimate question: What do I want my life to be about?”
THE LAST SIN EATER
Recommended by niksey97 and Marcy. Based on the 1998 book of the same name by Francine Rivers, the film takes place in 1850s Appalachia and features a ten-year-old named Cadi mourning the loss of her grandmother. The Wiki page explains, “this loss is compounded by a previous family tragedy for which she believes her family blames her. During her grandmother’s funeral rites, Cadi sees the face of the village sin eater, a person who absolves the deceased, at death, of their sins in this tiny Smoky Mountain community. About the same time, a preacher comes to the isolated valley and camps outside the village. Through dialogue with the holy man, the young girl slowly realizes that the sin eater is false and learns of Jesus and Christianity. Cadi’s baptism leads to a reconciliation with her family. But Cadi’s newfound faith leads to tragedy and confrontation as the close-knit community must finally face the horrific secret on which their village was founded.”
PI Girls, what do you think of these picks? What’s your favorite Christian movie? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!