If you’re in search of a good Christian movie with plenty of redeeming values you’re in luck.
While some of these films do contain references to God and other religious themes, they are all based on real-life experiences or are works of fiction that are not based on any biblical stories.
1. Beyond the Mask
Set during the American Revolution, the film follows an ex-mercenary (Andrew Cheney) as he tries to redeem himself from his murderous past. Starring John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings) as the traitorous Charles Kemp, the film explores the meaning of forgiveness and redemption. Can a former assassin escape his past and win the affection of the woman he loves? While the characters are fictional, the story is based on actual events and packed with plenty of action. Also, the film was written, directed and released by the Burns Family Studios, a former homeschooled family.
2. I’m Not Ashamed
Grab your tissues and prepare for an emotional story of one girl’s walk with God. This film is based on the true-life story of Rachel Joy Scott; the first student shot and killed during the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Columbine, Colorado. The story shows what it truly means to devote your life to God and make the world a better place. Rachel struggles to navigate high school, keep her friends and find a boyfriend all while staying true to herself and God. Starring Masey McLain as Rachel Joy Scott, this film will leave you inspired as you witness the courage of one girl as she never gives up on her faith, even at the point of death.
3. Mom’s Night Out
Need a little comedic relief? This clean Christian comedy will have you laughing throughout the entire movie. The story is about an overworked mom (Sarah Drew) who needs a little break from her three children. She plans the perfect girl’s night out and leaves her children in the capable hands of her husband. What could go wrong? Featuring Lord of The Rings star Sean Astin and country music sensation Trace Adkins, this film explores the beauty of living an imperfect life for God. The clean jokes and fresh material are what keep the movie entertaining from start to finish.
4. The Ultimate Gift
Based on the best-selling novel by Jim Stovall, the story follows Jason, a spoiled man who must perform a series of odd tasks to receive his inheritance left to him by his deceased grandfather. Along the way, he befriends a single mom and her dying daughter. What first started out as a series of random, inconvenient tasks soon takes over Jason’s life and compels him to change his life for the better. The film stars Drew Fuller, James Garner, and Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin.
5. God’s Not Dead
Josh Wheaton is an eager college student ready to learn. He enrolls in a philosophy class and unknowingly, has chosen atheist Professor Jeffrey Radisson. On the first day of class, Professor Radisson asks all the students to conform to his logic, that there is no God. Each student must write three words: God is dead. A Christian, Josh is unable to write the words. Since Josh will not conform to his professor’s will, he must defend the antithesis, that God is not dead. The film stars Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White and Dean Cain.
6. In The Name of God
Wanting to replace the hole in their family left by a lost son, a Christian family adopts a troubled boy, Mason (Patrick Davis). Things are complicated as Mason does not seem to like anyone. He argues with his step-brother and church counselor whom he’s assigned to. Mason must learn to forgive himself and open himself up to his new family. In doing so, he discovers the true meaning of family.
Tony (T.C. Stallings) and Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirerseem) seem to have it all: money, a big house, and a beautiful daughter. However, underneath it all, they are struggling to keep their marriage together. As a final resort to save her marriage, Elizabeth sets up a “war room” in which she visits daily to pray for her husband. Setting aside all negative feelings towards him, Elizabeth prays for Tony to come back to her. The film is written, directed and produced by the Kendrick brothers.
8. Soul Surfer
This inspiring true story follows Bethany Hamilton, the teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. 13-year-old Bethany is a rising surfer full of potential. While out surfing with some friends, a 14-foot-long (4.3 m) tiger shark bites off her left arm. The attack leaves her questioning her faith and everything she thought she knew. With a new perspective, Bethany must learn to overcome the odds and relearn her love for surfing. The movie stars AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton with Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid and notable appearances by Kevin Sorbo and country music star Carrie Underwood.
9. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
A Hollywood star finds himself in trouble and is sentenced to do community service at a local church. Rather than work as a janitor, he fakes a Christian background and auditions for the part of Jesus Christ in the church’s annual Passion Play. What started out as a simple role soon transforms him into a journey of faith as Gavin learns the story of God and the meaning of the Passion of Christ. Starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, and Neil Flynn.
Set in Birmingham, Alabama in 1973, a gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and faith while dealing with racial tensions both on and off the field. Based on the true-life story of Tony Nathan, the film shows the courage of one student as he overcomes racial hatred and leads his team to victory. Directed by the Erwin brothers, the film stars Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin as well as Nic Bishop and Caleb Castille as Tony Nathan.
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