Friday Fun: My Favorite Christian Movies

I have been thinking a great deal lately about Christian films. Last week’s sermon had some illustrations drawn from these movies. When I say Christian movies, I mean movies that were made primarily by Christians for Christians. Many of these are made with a low-budget and use no big-name actors.

I will be the first to admit that there are numerous terrible ones out there, but there are some that I come back to again and again.

These are my favorites.

1. The Passion of the Christ. There is a lot not to like about this movie. It uses a poetic license to add in extra drama and gore. With that said, has there been a more moving portrayal of the crucifixion of Jesus?

2. Fireproof. The honest look at a man and his wife is filled with joy and pain. Sure, parts of the movie are stretched to fit the theme, but it does not detract too much. It is a movie I return to occasionally to remind myself of the commitment to marriage.

3. Luther. This movie with Joseph Fiennes inspires me. It is a look at the reformer through semi-historical eyes. Maybe it is because I am a preacher, but I love this movie.

4. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This is a classic story with profoundly biblical imagery. My boys were young when it came out, and we watched it repeatedly. It always holds a special place in my heart.

5. The Case for Christ. My wife and I just watched this movie. It is the story of Lee Strobel and his journey to faith. I love the honest and raw emotion of a man who rejects religion but can’t seem to shake it. I will definitely be watching it again.

Honorable Mention. The rest of the movies in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Soul Surfer. Chariots of Fire is inspiring. The Mission is not a traditional Christian movie, but I enjoy the story. Finally, Leap of Faith with Steve Martin challenges me on several levels.

These are my favorites. I have obviously not seen all the Christian movies that have been made through the years. What are your favorites and why? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments. If you don’t have one that you like, maybe you could try one of these this Christmas season.

One thought on “Friday Fun: My Favorite Christian Movies

  1. I agree on The Passion of the Christ. Twisted enough to make you uncomfortable, but no other movie about Christ is more moving. Keep meaning to show it to the kids, but we’re rarely up for a movie that long or heavy. I am also not a big fan of movies made by Christian production companies, but love it when I find movies that get Christians right. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, but I loved The Apostle with Robert Duvall when I saw it many years ago. I think I mentioned this one to you before, but Lars and the Real Girl is a very sweet movie that shows the church reaching out and showing love when it’s needed most and when judgement would be so easy. And one of my favorites is Dead Man Walking. Despite the horrible things he’s done in his life, Jesus opens his arms wide for his prodigal son. Good stuff.

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