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5 Must See Christian Movies

by Greg on December 9, 2012

God could certainly be considered the best story teller of all time.  He has left us with the king of books “The Holy Christian Bible” which contains the greatest stories ever told.  So when we get to see some of those stories played out on screen it can be quite memorable.  I know for myself that a lot of the valuable lessons of life I have learned through watching movies.  So when you have a good movie that is faith based and centered around Christ, you’ve got my attention.  Here is a list of 5 movies that I consider to be “must see” quality.  If you haven’t seen all of these movies I highly recommend checking them out.

“The Truth” Psalm 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

5. The Ultimate Gift

This is a movie based on a best selling book written by Jim Stovall.  The Ultimate Gift is a story of inheritance.  Our main character Jason thought he was in line to inherit money and lots of it, but he is in for a big surprise when he finds out his Grandpa has left a series of tasks for him to complete in order to receive his inheritance.  This story teaches a lot of valuable lessons and shows how to overcome adversity in the pursuit of a better life.

Favorite Quote: “You don’t start living until you’ve lost everything.”
Stealing The Show-  Stealing the show here is young Abigail Breslin as her character proves to be the glue between the romantic interests in the movie.
Box Office: 3,438,735

4.  The Nativity Story

(2006) Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac; Writer: Mike Rich; Director: Catherine Hardwicke

This is a movie centering around the story of Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem. We see all of their ups and downs on this pre-destined path leading up to the birth of the Messiah.

Stealing The Show: Keisha Castle-Hughes got a lot of attention in the mainstream media for her role as Mary.
Box Office: 37,629,831

Must See Christian Movies

So when you have a good movie that is faith based and centered around Christ, you’ve got my attention.

3.  Fireproof

(2008) Stars: Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel; Writers: Alex and Stephen Kendrick; Director: Alex Kendrick

This is an all around great movie from the Kendrick Brothers with an outstanding performance from Kirk Cameron.  You can see Kirk’s real life passion for Christ shining through in his character.  This movie is accompanied by the book “The Love Dare” which is a 40 day experiment of love and unity in a marriage.  This movie was very successful in the box office and was shown in many churches around the world.

1 Corinthians 13:7-8 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, Love never fails.

Favorite Quote: Caleb Holt-”Marriage isn’t fireproof.” Michael Simmons-”Fireproof doesn’t mean the fire will never come.  It means when the fire comes that you will be able to withstand it.”
Favorite Quote 2: Caleb Holt-”How am I supposed to show love to somebody over and over and over who constantly rejects me.” John Holt-(touches, then leans against cross) “That’s a good question”
Stealing The Show: Of course the nod here goes to Kirk Cameron who sought out the role of Caleb Holt, this casting was a homerun.
Box Office: 33,456,317

2.  Facing The Giants

(2006) Stars: Alex Kendrick, Shannen Fields, Jason Mcleod; Writers: Alex and Stephen Kendrick; Director: Alex Kendrick

This is a true underdog story of a losing coach on the verge of being fired coaching an undersized team.  He will try to change their win/loss record and their lives forever by demonstrating a  deep faith in Christ.

Favorite Part:  Undoubtedly the best part of this movie is during a football practice when the coach Grant Taylor challenges linebacker(team leader) Brock Kelley to do a bear crawl.  This time however he wants him to do it blindfolded.  He would normally only go 20 yards and stop but now that he can’t see he has no sense of just how far he’s gone.  With the coach cheering and challenging him to push himself to his limits, Brock ends up going a full 100 yards end zone to end zone.  This proves to be a turning point for the entire team when coach displays how far faith can take you.

Favorite Quote:  “You can’t judge your father by his actions, and yourself by your intentions.”
Favorite Quote 2: Brock-”I’m about out of strength.” Coach Taylor-”Then you negotiate with your body to find more strength, but don’t you give up on me.”
Box Office: 10,178,331

1.  The Passion Of The Christ

(2004) Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Belluci, Maia Morgenstern; Writers: Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson; Director: Mel Gibson

Do not miss this movie, if there was ever a must see it is this film.  This is the “main event”, The crucifixion and the subsequent resurrection are what we as christian base our faith and worship around.  Mel Gibson does such a beautiful job of portraying a realistic vision of events that gives the viewer an intimate and unique point of view.  This work recieved a total of 3 Academy award nominations and still reigns as the all time Christian movie box office king with $370,782,930 in world wide sales.

The Passion Of The Christ- Trailer

This is the water mark for the industry and looks like it will be for a long time to come.  Unless we can get Mel to do some kind of Christian movie follow up.  I know Mel has had plenty of issues in the media since the release of the movie but that is the beauty and message of christianity is to repent and you shall be forgiven. Like it says in Matthew 7;1-2 speaking of not passing judements on others. So I am hoping to see Mel Perform in the capacity of director again and hopefully on a faith based project. I also recommend his other directorial work “Apocalypto” which was also spectacular and thrilling, a story of the will to live around the time of the ancient mayans.
Matthew 7:1-2  Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you

Favorite Part: Many favorite parts in this story but to see Jesus stand up there in front of Pontius Pilate and turn away from his threats stating “My kingdom is not of this world”.  Those words leave me feeling a sense of how little understanding we have while we are here on the physical earth of what awaits us in Heaven.
Bonus Favorite Part:  I love the scene with Jesus praying as Satan stalks him reminding him of the enormous task at  his hand.  Satan saying” One man can’t bear the entire weight of sin”, but Jesus goes onto to pray that his will be his Father’s will.  Mel does a great job with imagery when Jesus stomps on the serpent.
“Stealing The Show”- Jim Caveiezel definitely overachieved in his portrayal of the Messiah, I felt that one of the best parts was the fact that they were speaking aramaic which gave this movie in contrast to others it’s authenticity.
Box Office: 370,782,930

These are all great movies and I hope you have or will enjoy watching them.  For me The Passion Of The Christ was a major turning point for me in my faith.  To be able to have that visual experience of the final hours of our Lord was jaw dropping, life altering, and heart changing.  The Kendrick brothers have become the present and future of the industry by trailblazing an independent path of faith like no other movie makers ever had before.  After their recent release of “Courageous” the Christian community is clamoring with excitement to see their next project. One thing is for sure, movies are good but christian movies are the best.

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Derek Hill December 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Fantastic article Greg! I have seen your top 3 in your list and I must say that “The Passion of the Christ” is unbeatable. It literally brought me to tears as they showed the scene of Jesus being whipped and beaten right before the crucifixion. It is a scene that left an imprint on me for the better. We have an awesome Savior! Blessings on you brother!

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Greg Nichols December 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

“The Passion” was truly a blessing. Very eye opening for the modern culture we live in. Thanks for the support.

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Josh December 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Great list, Greg! I am glad you included “The Ultimate Gift”. This was not as well known but a great movie for everyone to see!

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Greg Nichols December 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I thought you would like that one, thank you for having recommended it!

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mary flatt December 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Greg I have seen all 5 of your choices and each is wonderful in its own right. I would have to say that while I enjoyed each of them, my favorite movie of all time was not on your list. It goes back several years and may be to old for you to remember but if you get a chance to watch ” The Robe” you’re in for a treat. Excellent film and actors!

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Greg Nichols December 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for sharing, I will add The Robe to my must watch list. God Bless!

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Mike wooldridge December 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I have seen and thoroughly enjoyed all, but the Ultimate Gift. My favorite movies are, “The Encounter” & “The Encounter2: Paradise Lost. I especially love these flicks because the people are literally interacting with Jesus. This interaction is what I look forward to. To finally be able to walk and talk with Jesus without metaphorical dialogue. My favorite scene from both films combined is in the sequel when Jesus, played adamantly by Bruce Marchiano (not sure if that’s correct spelling), heals the drug addicted girl ending her suffrage and bondage to cocaine. I can relate to that because I feel He cured me of my alcohol and nicotine addictions. I praise Jesus in EVERYTHING He stands for and will do my best to uphold His doctrines. I say “do my best” as to not make the same arrogant mistake as Peter at the Last Supper. Thank You for allowing me to be heard and God bless!!!

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Greg Nichols December 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Thank you for the reply, I will have to check out The Encounter 1&2. It is awesome to think of what it will be like to interact with Jesus. God Bless!

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Ambi Victoria December 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Hello Greg,

Thank you for this list of wonderful Christian movies, as well as sharing a short story of your life and family. If I may, I would like to add to your list (the original being a book), the “Tribulation Force”
There are also many Christian action series connected to the original story.

Take care and God Bless.

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Greg Nichols December 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Thanks for the comment Ambi, and thanks also for info on “Tribulation Force.” God Bless!

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Pamela Rose Williams December 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Great list Greg. My fav on this list is The Nativity Story. This is a Christmas must watch tradition in my family. For the most part it is quite Biblically accurate .. a couple of exceptions.

If you have not seen Faith Like Potatoes you must. Highly recommended for the whole family. http://www.faithlikepotatoes.com/Faith_like_Potatoes/Faith_like_Potatoes.html

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Josh December 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Pam,

Thanks for the link to Faith Like Potatoes. I love Christian movies and this is one I have not yet seen!

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Pamela Rose Williams December 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Son in law (Eric) and Candi suggested this one. But you need some tissues as I recall. But very good faith builder.

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Greg Nichols December 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

That’s funny my partner at work had just recently told me that I had to see Faith Like Potatoes. How about that Josh a movie that neither of us has seen. Thanks a lot Pam.

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Pamela Rose Williams December 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

You will love it Greg. Maybe watch it and then do a review. :)

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jo wager December 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi.. I stumbled across this website and as a relatively new Christian I was ecstatic. I have previously tried to scour the internet for Christian based films/dvds. So thankyou for your website and list of films. I intend to see them all eventually. The only ones I have seen so far are apocolypto the Passion and here’s one I watched this Christmas that deserves a mention ( approx 4-4.5 hours long) The Greatest Story Ever Told. Thanks again for the list. Keep up the good work and God bless. Jo Wager.

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Greg Nichols January 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Welcome Jo, to our new website AND your new life in faith! “The Greatest Story Ever Told” is a wonderful movie, and also on my lists. Be sure to keep an eye for it in upcoming articles! Have a blessed New Year.

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dinesh kc February 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

thank you for these..

i think following could be added to the above for encouraging our faith…

The perfect stranger,
Another perfect stranger,
Conversations with God,
Pamela’s Prayer(Especially for young boys/girls

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Derek Hill February 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Thank you for commenting Dinesh. And thank you for your suggestions. We always appreciate feedback! God bless!

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Jack February 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

To Save A Life is an awsome Christian film that deals with teen suicide. I think it is something families should watch together because of the lessons in it.

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Derek Hill February 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thank you for your suggestion Jack. That sounds like a great movie to talk about with your teens. Thank you for visiting F&E. God bless!

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Precious February 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Please what christian movies do you know, that is centered on ‘ worship’?
I need it for my youth group.

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Derek Hill February 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Hello Precious. Worship is a big topic that covers all aspects of life from singing to spreading the gospel. I would recommend Facing the Giants, from above, or Courageous. Both movies are excellent and they show what true worship is in the eyes of God. I hope this helps you. God bless you and thank you for stopping by F&E!

P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our article on the up and coming films, it is worth checking out. Here is the link for it. http://www.faithandentertainment.com/new-release-movies-8-christian-movies-coming-soon/

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manon April 5, 2013 at 12:41 am

hello everybody and God bless you all! Great list (I’ve seen them all) and great suggestions from everybody else, And if I may, I would like to suggest some of the ones that myself and my family have enjoyed throughout the years:
Corageous ( from the makers of Fireproof and Facing the giants)
In the blink of an eye ( actually, most of David A.R White are just awesome, God is using him wonderfully)
The secrets of Jonathan Sperry
Time Changer
Joshua
Left behind series
and the list goes on… May God bless you all and may you invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your hearts! xoxoxo

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Derek Hill April 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hello Manon. Thank you for your kindness and your comment. I haven’t watched all of the movies you listed, but Courageous and Left Behind are excellent choices! God bless you!

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donna June 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Courageous is an amazing movie about a group of fathers who through different challenges come together. They form a bond and make an agreement to be the best fathers according to the teachings in the bible. It is a tear jerker and it has a very strong message that will have men standing up and shouting I Will

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Derek Hill June 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thank you for sharing Donna! I couldn’t agree more! Courageous is an amazing movie with a great message! Thank you for your suggestion and for stopping by our site. God bless!

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Andy June 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Home Run, Courageous, Ring the Bell – 3 great movies if you haven’t seen them. Check them out. Passion is still the best.

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Derek Hill June 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Thank you for your suggestions Andy! These are all great movies. I do agree that Passion is the best too. It showcases Christ’s love so wonderfully. He went through a horrific deal to save mankind on that cross. Thank you for stopping by our site and God bless you!

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Dan Maloney June 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Nice article, but leads me to believe you are a younger generation person and have not seen some of the great old movies like “Song of Bernadette” and “Ben Hur”. There were many great religious films made in the early days of Hollywood before the need for speed,special effects, and R ratings. Some very simple stories with wonderful belief themes behind them. One of my favorites, little seen, but actually available on Youtube is “On Borrowed Time” with Lionel Barrymore.

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Derek Hill June 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Thank you for your suggestions, Dan. Speaking of older films, I actually watched “Road To Emmaus” because of someone’s comment. It was a wonderful movie. Bruce Marchiano did an awesome job as well as the other actors. Thank you for stopping by our site and God bless!

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Dave June 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I agree with 4 of your 5. The Passion was life changing and Fireproof was true to life and gut wrenching. I also loved the Nativity. It brought the story of Jesus’ birth to life in a way that I never thought of before. I can’t comment on the Ultimate Gift as I haven’t seen it. However, ‘Facing the Giants’ is too cheesy and predictable. The story line of a guys life and a football team turning around once people start getting right with God is just not true to life. I would have put the Prince of Egypt on the list if it were up to me. Otherwise a great list.

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Derek Hill June 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Thank you for your thoughts Dave. I agree that “The Passion” was just awe inspiring and life changing. You really get a good glimpse at what the last days of Christ’s life here on earth looked like. The scourging scene and the crucifixion bring tears to my eyes every time. I couldn’t agree more with you on “Fireproof” either. “Facing the Giants” may have had its predictable moments, but the message that it delivered was powerful. The Prince of Egypt is an awesome movie for sure! God bless you and thank you for visiting our site! Stop by anytime you like!

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Eric Powell January 11, 2014 at 12:16 am

Enjoyed your list. I’ve seen all of these. I just stumbled upon The Ultimate Life in my local video rental store last weekend. It’s kind of a pre-sequel to the Ultimate Life. I enjoyed that too. Also I’m glad I stumbled upon your website as I was searching for someone who kept up with new Christian Movies coming out in 2014. Your post on that topic was very helpful. As a leader of a Men’s Ministry it’s always helpful to have resources to share and topics to ignite healthy discussions.

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Derek Hill January 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Hello Eric. Thank you for your suggestion on “The Ultimate Life”. I have not seen it yet, but if I get a chance I will check it out. Have you “liked” our facebook page yet? We post every article we publish on there so you can check them out. We are definitely excited to see the Christian movies coming out this year! God bless you as you lead your men’s ministry!

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