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Movie Recommendations for Christians

There's zillions of movies out there, but many of them have harmful messages and content that run counter to a Christian worldview. To truly live an abundant life, one must guard the media that's allowed in, but everyone loves a good movie, right?

This hand-picked list contains over 60 quality movies that are not only great movies, but will actually support or at least complement your faith, rather than be a negative or leave you feeling "slimed". These are not all necessarily "Christian movies" or 100% free of concerning content, but are ones where the positive content far outweighs any bad. You can pick any movie on this list and have a good chance that you will have a great uplifting movie watch that overall supports rather than counter-acts your faith.

Each one on the list gives a suggested youngest age for watching the movie. Make sure you read the review as it will likely highlight any concerning content as well as notable themes and worthwhile discussion content.

To be clear, none of the movies are watchable on this site - you will need to search for the one you pick to watch on Amazon or similar for either watching via streaming or buying the DVD or Blu-ray (many of which you can buy used copies of on Amazon/eBay and the like relatively cheaply). Many of the films on this list have had Blu-ray releases, which is recommended for the highest visual/audio quality.

Movie Title Description Ages & Review
A Man for All Seasons Winner of Best Picture 1966, this is based on the true story of Sir Thomas More's refusal to bow in agreement to Henry VIII's divorce and remarriage. 11+
Review
Alleged With a backdrop of true events of the 1925 Scopes Monkey trial on the subject of evolution, a young newspaper reporter wrestles with his conscience over the "spinning" of the facts. 9+
Review
Amazing Love Some youth group kids go on a camping trip where they learn the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer - and discover that it applies to them. 11+
Review
Because of Winn-Dixie A lonely 10-year-old girl in a small town where people have been "lonely" and "burdened" for years, takes on a dog who helps change her, her preacher dad, and the townspeople. Caution - read review. 7+
Review
Bella A rising soccer star that through tragedy no longer plays and a waitress that's "alone in the world" have their lives converge and they are able to help each other. 12+
Review
Beware of Christians A look at four real college students as they go on a trip to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus. Most applicable for the 12 to 25 age crowd. 12+
Review
Beyond the Gates of Splendor The powerful documentary-like story of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and others that went to share the gospel with a remote Ecuadorian tribe in the 1950's and how God redeemed a terrible tragedy. 9+
Review
Breakthrough The miraculous true story of a young teenager that fell through ice and basically died and came back to life. 12+
Review
CAMP (2013) An abused boy and a self-absorbed counselor both experience transformation at a summer camp. 14+
Review
Chariots of Fire Winner of Best Picture 1981, this is a well-made British biopic telling the story of two British runners - one Christian and one Jewish who compete in the 1924 Olympics. 14+
Review
Christmas Child A man who was adopted as a child travels to a small town just before Christmas to seek clues about his past. 10+
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Courageous Four police officers and another man, each with different backgrounds, learn what it means to be a real, committed father and live honorably. 14+
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Dolphin Tale A heartwarming and uplifting story of a boy and the dolphin that he helps rescue. Also, Dolphin Tale 2 is worthwhile. 8+
Review
Facing the Giants A football coach having many struggles, in desperation turns to the Lord and learns to really put his faith into practice. As a result, circumstances both for him and his team begin changing. 11+
Review
Faith Like Potatoes Excellent movie and largely true story of a farmer dealing with farming life in Africa and how that intersects with his personal faith journey. Much more interesting than it sounds... 13+
Review
Fireproof A firefighter and his wife experience serious marital difficulties, but through a changed heart and attitude, their marriage is restored. 16+
Review
Follow Me, Boys! Portrayal of the life of a Scoutmaster primarily in the 1930's-50's and the kids he impacts. 10+
Review
Free Burma Rangers Exciting and encouraging film using predominantly real-life footage to tell its true story of a medical missionary family in Burma and Iraq. 13+
Review
Gods and Generals Cinematic epic about the first few years of the U.S. Civil War from a unique perspective. 13+
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Going My Way Winner of Best Picture 1944, tells the story of a priest that helps revitalize a church and its people by being more relatable and approachable. 10+
Review
Heaven is for Real Tells the story of a little boy's heavenly visitation and its effect on his and his family's lives. Caution - read review. 10+
Review
Home Run A pro-baseball player's struggle with alcoholism and his struggle to admit he needs help told via an engaging and entertaining story. 13+
Review
Les Miserables
(1998/Liam Neeson version)
After a redemptive experience, a French man in the early 1800's that was a thief, starts a new life, but is tracked down by a police inspector. 15+
Review
Little House on the Prairie (TV) This is semi-cheating as this is for the 1970's TV series, but with over 200 almost hour-long mini-movie type episodes with high production values of a show that is generally well-aligned for Christians, it's hard not to mention. See review. 10+
Review
Luther In a very broad way, tells the story of Martin Luther and ultimately the start of the Reformation. 12+
Review
Moms' Night Out Fun comedy that celebrates and uplifts mothers. 15+
Review
Monumental Interesting and eye-opening look at the founding of America, with emphasis on the pilgrims, with the goal being to awaken people to the path to recapture what has been lost in the last 100 years. 7+
Review
Narnia:
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Four children enter another world through a wardrobe. (1st in series) 8+
Review
Narnia:
Prince Caspian
The four children are summoned back to a much different looking Narnia. (2nd in series) 10+
Review
Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The two younger children return to Narnia with their cousin for an adventure on the high seas. (3rd in series) 10+
Review
Not a Fan
(Small Groups Study)
Hard hitting, interesting series of various interweaving stories that showcase what it means to live as a real committed follower, rather than just a fan, of Jesus. 10+
Review
October Baby An emotional journey of self-discovery as a young college-age woman comes to grips with the fact that she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt. 14+
Review
Overcomer A high school girl and her track coach learn the importance of their identity in Christ. 10+
Review
Pollyanna An orphaned girl is taken in by her wealthy aunt and changes all those around her with her positivity. Caution: read review. 8+
Review
Ramona and Beezus Sweet feel-good movie about a rambunctious third-grader and her family. 7+
Review
Reflections (Scripture) Scripture put to amazing visuals and relaxing music. All
Review
Ring The Bell A fast-paced sports agent/executive ends up in a small town where he learns what really matters in life. 7+
Review
Rogue Saints Two guys go looking for a diamond buried beneath a church and find more than they ever imagined. 7+
Review
Rust A pastor who has stepped away from the faith returns to his hometown and rediscovers his faith while discovering a tragedy might not have gone down the way everyone had thought. Caution - read review. 13+
Review
Seven Days in Utopia A golfer coming out of a major defeat, spends time in a small town and learns about what really matters in life (and how to play golf better, too). 9+
Review
Shadowlands
(1993/Anthony Hopkins)
A moving portrayal of the unexpected romance and related events in noted theologian C.S. Lewis' life. Caution - read review. 13+
Review
Sheffey Showcases the life of Robert Sheffey, a circuit-riding preacher in the 19th century. 7+
Review
Soul Surfer Cinematic showcase of the story of Bethany Hamilton, the young teen surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack in Hawaii. Caution - read review. 9+
Review
Summer of the Monkeys A 12-year-old boy circa 100-years-ago "grows up" during a summer where he tries to catch some circus monkeys that escaped from a train wreck. 9+
Review
The Big Country An extremely well-done cinematic western that could be called an "anti-western". Good portrayal of what does/does not make a "real man". 10+
Review
The Climb Two mountain climbers, one a Christian and one not, go on the climb of their lives. Can be very much enjoyed by non-climbers. Excellent evangelistic movie! 11+
Review
The Gospel of John (2003) The Gospel of John read nearly word-for-word with accompanying visuals. 9+
Review
The Hiding Place Corrie ten Boom and her family are Christians that hide Jews from the Nazis in WW2 Holland. Caution - read review. 11+
Review
The Last Brickmaker in America An elderly man that still makes bricks by hand in a small town ends up mentoring/teaching the trade to a boy with a dysfunctional home life. 11+
Review
The Last Sin Eater A girl in 1850's Appalachia is filled with guilt and longing for her mother's love. She seeks forgiveness from the "Sin Eater" who is a local character that "takes away" their sins, but discovers the "Ultimate Sin Eater". 13+
Review
The Lost Medallion Through the telling of an exciting adventure story about a magical medallion, some foster kids learn valuable lessons including their worth to God and the importance of teamwork. 10+
Review
The Mission In the 18th century, after a redemptive experience, a man becomes a Jesuit and tries to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. 16+
Review
The Note A reporter finds a mysterious note left from the wreckage of a doomed plane crash and tries to look for the stated recipient. 11+
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The Passion of the Christ The final days before, and including, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ depicted visually. Caution - read review. 18+
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The Perfect Game Family-friendly movie that tells the true story of a Mexican Little League baseball team that overcame incredible hurdles and won the 1957 Little League World Series. 7+
Review
The Second Chance A black inner-city pastor and a white suburban pastor come together in this portrayal of inner-city church life vs. suburban "upper class" church life. 15+
Review
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry An older man befriends a young boy in the early 1970's and teaches him & shows by example the Christian faith. 8+
Review
The Ultimate Gift A "spoiled brat" must complete a series of tests in order to inherit a fortune. Also see "The Ultimate Life" after (which is both a prequel and sequel in one) 11+
Review
Time Changer A seminary professor in the late 1890's travels to modern times in a time machine and is shocked at the state of Christianity and society today. 7+
Review
Unbroken &
Unbroken: Path to Redemption
The inspiring true story of Louis Zamperini both in and after World War II. 13+
Review
Uncle Nino An uplifting movie about an older Italian uncle that comes to visit his American family and affects them in various positive ways. 9+
Review
Unconditional A woman still grieving the loss of her murdered husband, finds hope again in working with her childhood friend helping underpriviledged kids. Inspired by the true story of "Papa Joe" Bradford. 13+
Review
Walking Across Egypt Set in the southern United States, a troubled teen is befriended by an elderly Christian woman who puts her faith into practice in tangible ways. Caution - read review. 16+
Review
We Bought a Zoo A family grieving the loss of their wife/mother takes over a rundown exotic animal zoo! 13+
Review
What if... A man gets to revisit an important choice he made earlier in his life and live the life he would have had if he had chosen differently. 10+
Review
Woodlawn True story of a football team of a racially-integrated school in the Southern U.S. in the 1970's. 10+
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