Sunday, September 21, 2008

Favorite Christian Movies

These are some Christian movies that I enjoyed (in no particular order):

The Pretender

This is a neat little movie about a guy pretending to be a Christian in order to get a Christian girl. I would recommend any Christian girl watch this as it offers a glimpse of some of the kind of guys that are out there. Good for youth groups.

Pamela's Prayer

This movie was actually one that my wife wanted to see and I was pleasantly surprised by it. This is a MUST-watch for young Christian girls. It espouses real Christian purity in regard to relationships. This girl's father, a praying Christian, wants his daughter to marry a man who has never kissed a girl, and wants his daughter to save even her first kiss for marriage. It is a beautiful, Godly message that Christians seldom adhere to these days. If you are a dad and have a little girl, PLEASE buy this movie.

Never Ashamed

I really enjoyed this movie and can relate to it. It's about a high-school guy who was sent to a Christian summer camp to straighten up, but ended up being converted. At first he feels awkward about how to express his new faith to his old friends, but he eventually learns that we should never be ashamed of Christ, as He is never ashamed of us.

Late One Night

This was one of the first Christian movies I'd ever seen. I was not a Christian, and wouldn't be for years to come, but when I happened to see this short movie in my teens, it moved me. It offers a beautiful glimpse of a Christian displaying Christ's character in a difficult situation. Very practical.

We finally saw this at the theatre (I now understand we shouldn't go to theatres) and both found it to be exceptionally touching! Not only does this movie set forth a great example of how to love our spouse unconditionally as Christ loved us, but it is also an excellent witnessing tool as it lays out so simply a true conversion process based on experiencing Christ's love for us.

Pilgrim's Progress

This is by far the best version of John Bunyan's classic book that I have ever seen! I initially bought this movie for my 2 1/2 year old son, but found that my wife and I loved it just as much as he does! I HIGHLY recommend this to any parent!

God's Outlaw
This is the story of William Tyndale, whose translations make up a large part of the King James Version. It starts with him preaching truth from the Bible and upsetting the leaders of the Catholic Church in England. Eventually he ends up a fugitive from Rome's persecution while dedicating his life to translating the Bible into English for his fellow countrymen. The passion of William Tyndale is always an inspiration to me. He chose to obey God rather than men, and paid with his life. This movie has some of the most beautiful voice-overs of Bible passages and writings of William Tyndale. Roger Rees' best performance, in my humble opinion.

Luther (2003 version)
I really enjoy this movie for a number of reasons but a couple of the main ones are these: it had a larger budget than most Christian movies and it shows, and Joseph Fiennes is a terrific actor and did a wonderful job portraying Luther as a tortured soul trying to find the true, loving nature of God. The movie follows Luther from his becoming a monk to his alliance with the princes of Germany to separate from the Roman Catholic Church and worship God according the the Scriptures. The movie has a strong message of righteousness by faith alone. Beautiful.

The Climb
This is a story about two mountain climbers who are forced to team up in order to get sponsored to climb the mountain of their dreams. One climber is a Christian and one is not. They butt heads through the entire movie but end up becoming great friends. This movie is a little cheesy but I like it.

Cry from the Mountain
I have only seen this movie once and that was a long time ago. But I remember I really enjoyed watching it and was very touched, especially by the Billy Graham crusade shown at the end. This movie is about a father and son who go on a kayak trip in the wilderness and have an accident which leaves the father seriously injured. They take refuge with an old hermit who helps bring them to Christ while also having his own hard-heart awakened.

One Night with the King

This is another higher-budgeted movie, which is nice. It is a telling of the story of Esther, who saved the Jews from destruction following their release from captivity in Babylon. It isn't entirely Biblically accurate, but does not step on any Christian beliefs. It simply adds a couple side-stories that aren't in the Biblical account of Queen Esther. It is somewhat of a romance which my wife enjoyed.

The Robe
This is a classic Christian movie that follows the story of the Roman soldier who won the Robe of Christ at the crucifixion. It was very entertaining and filled with sound Christian faith.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon
This is a dramatic telling of the conversion and early ministry of Saint Francis. It is a wonderful movie in my opinion and delivers a scathing rebuke to those who complicate the Gospel. In the movie, Saint Francis' message was simple: live simply, love unconditionally, be content with what God gives you. One of the main things I love about this movie is the beautiful filming locations depicting the Italian countryside, although I'm not sure if it was actually filmed there.


One of the best movies ever made. Period. The story of a wealthy man living in Jerusalem during the time of Christ's ministry. Friendships, betrayals, chariot races, faith, love...this movie has it all. Easily one of Charlton Heston's best performances.


Hands down the best film ever made on the life of Christ. Bruce Marchiano portrays a Jesus full of love and compassion. A Jesus that smiles and hugs and has a passion for his children. If I could only own one DVD for the rest of my life, this would be it. This film is taken word-for-word from the NIV version of the Gospel of Matthew. I would have preferred they use the NKJV but it doesn't really bug me.

This is not an exhaustive list of good Christian movies, just the ones that come to mind as my favorites out of the small sampling that I've seen. :-)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for commenting on a few Christian movies. I especially appreciate such films that are historical.

    I watched "God's Outlaw" and "Luther" in the last two weeks. Awesome individuals. I loved both films.

    Most of us who are Christian have a huge debt to people like Luther and Tyndale. They paved the way. Regardless of our denomination.

    I recently watched "Jan Hus". Good film. He is less well known but another courageous and faithful man. Truly great. And still a national hero in the Czech Republic.

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