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.