Christian Movie Reviews of the 80 Best Christian Movies

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There are many good Christian movies but some of them are super-cheesy and/or low budget.  So we have Christian movie reviews so you can choose what you think is the best Christian movie. Here are our picks for the best. What do you think? Did we get all of them? Are there some you like that we don’t have?

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#80 – Christmas Angel

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – A Christian family movie for Christmas that I LOVED. It was predictable and slow, but I loved Della Reese in it and the message that it gave. Everyone should watch this at Christmas time.

Summary – This Christmas, Olivia Mead has one wish: that her single mom (Teri Polo) would find someone that she can call “Dad.” She and her classmates soon discover that the answer to all their wishes lies inside a mysterious abandoned house. Within the house they discover Elsie Waybright (Della Reese), the Christmas Angel. Elsie tries to teach Olivia that some requests must be left to God. As Christmas day approaches, Olivia receives an unwelcomed answer, the suspicious Dr. Nathan Davis (Kevin Sorbo). This Christmas, will Elsie be able to teach Olivia and her friends to trust in God?

#79 – Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is funny and is good for both young and old. It is a good one for the whole family. It is a lot of fun and has a subtle spiritual message in it too.

Summary – Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape find themselves on the ride of their lives when they are mysteriously whisked back to the time when pirates ruled the high seas. As they help a brave princess rescue her brother from a dastardly pirate villain, they battle evil cheese curls, giant rock monsters and their own fears and become the most unlikely heroes you’ve ever seen.

#78 – Letters to God

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I really enjoyed this movie. It is very good. It is one of my favorite Christian movies. The story is touching and made me cry like a little girl. It was very touching and inspirational. I would like to see this movie again soon!

Summary – Tyler Doherty is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy armed with strong faith and courage as he faces his daily battle against cancer. Surrounded by a loving family and community, Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters he sends to his ultimate pen pal, God, on a daily basis. These letters find their way into the hands of Tyler’s postman, Brady, who is at crossroads in his life, searching for meaning. Brady at first is confused over what to do, but his decision ultimately is a testament to the power of Tyler’s shining spirit, bravery and grace. Inspired by a true story, Letters to God delivers a message of struggles regardless of what they may face in their everyday lives.

#77 – What Would Jesus Do?

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie teaches and shows how people who are not really living the best life can turn around and make the best of it by doing what Jesus would do. It is a powerful and awe-inspiring movie. It has a great message throughout.

Summary – A powerful and thought-provoking story about 4 individuals – a singer, a newspaper editor, a wealthy philanthropist and a Minister who lost his faith – all vowing to walk in the steps of Jesus. Every day and every decision becomes a turning point in their lives as they must ask themselves What Would Jesus Do?

#76 – October Baby

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is quite differing in opinion but that is mostly due to the nature of the movie and subject matter. Once you get past the differences I think all can agree that this movie has a great message of love and forgiveness that all can relate and grow from.

Summary – As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah-unscripted-collapses in front of the stunned audience. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future. In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.

#75 – Mandie and the Secret Tunnel

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is good for the whole family to enjoy. It is a movie that I personally didn’t like. I just found it a little boring but doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good movie.

Summary – Young Mandie’s life changes when her Cherokee friends help her escape to a mansion that holds the hidden secrets of her past and the key to her future. “Mandie and the Secret Tunnel” is an incredible adventure that takes Mandie in search of her family roots. Compelled by the story that her father told her from the time she was a small child, Mandie makes a discovery that ultimately reunites her with the family she never knew she had. It’s a story filled with adventure, mystery, comedy, and romance.

#74 – Baptists at our BBQ

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I thought this movie was very cheesy and had some humorous parts but was not my favorite movie at all. I did like the overall concept of unifying a community no matter what religion or any other factor though.

Summary – Tartan (Dan Merkley) is 29, single and Mormon. Tired of being set up by his marriage-conscious mother, Tartan takes a job as a forest ranger in Longfellow, a sleepy town where half the population is LDS, the other half is Baptists, and nobody can get along! Tartan’s not the only recent transplant: the beautiful (and single) Charity (Heather Beers) arrives in Longfellow to spend some time away from her ex-fiancee. Together Tartan and Charity devise a plan to unite the town by having an All-Faiths Barbecue!

#73 – Your Love Never Fails

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is cute. I enjoyed this movie, the parents work together to make things better for each other and their daughter. It is a fun and inspiring movie to do better with relationships.

Summary – Your Love Never Fails is the story of Laura (Elisa Donovan), a working mother who just wants to spend more time with her daughter Kelsey, 9. Unfortunately, her demanding boss Paul (Fred Willard) has other ideas. When Kelsey’s father, Dylan (Brad Rowe) files for joint custody, Laura is forced to take Kelsey to Texas, where she confronts the lifestyle, church and father (Tom Skerritt) that she left behind. With the help of the local church pastor, Frank (John Schneider), Laura and Dylan will find their way back to the commitment they made to each other and to Kelsey.

#72 – Rust

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie doesn’t have any content you need to be worried about showing children but the subject matter and format probably would be a little advanced or boring to children. It is a good movie showing that no matter what path we find ourselves on we can always find our way back.

Summary – In the midst of a midlife crisis of faith, a man finds hope where he least expects it – his hometown. James Moore (Golden Globe nominee Corbin Bernsen) is a former pastor who returns home to discover a family new to the area has been killed in a mysterious fire, and his childhood friend is implicated in the murder. Convinced of his friend’s innocence, James sets out on a mission to find the truth…and in the process, rediscovers his own lost faith.

#71 – Me Again

Grade: C

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie teaches a life lesson that we need to sometimes step back and see how others see us. We need to make sure that in everything we do we are being the person we want to be. This movie is kind of silly and ridiculous but has a good message to it. I probably won’t ever watch it again but the first time was pretty okay.

Summary – From the outside looking in, Rich Chaplin (David A.R. White) has everything that any Pastor and family man could ever want. In reality he has lost sight of everything that matters the most, including his family. When he wishes for a life other than his own, he suddenly finds himself trapped within the lives of everyone his apathy has affected. This unforgettable journey brings Rich to view life through the eyes of a diverse cast of characters including an elderly woman (Della Reese), a top fashion model (Logan White), his own wife (Ali Landry) and even a goldfish! It might even take an encounter with a strangely familiar angel, (Bruce McGill) to help him realize that he is wasting his chance to love and impact the most important people in his life. Join Rich as he finds himself on a wild and hilarious ride that will change his life forever.

#70 – Facing the Giants

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –This movie is great! I was surprised to see it ranked so low on the list. It is a movie for the whole family and all should see this show once. It is quite enjoyable and touching showing we need faith and courage.

Summary – In six years of high school football, coach Grant Taylor has never led his Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. When faced with seemingly insurmountable professional and personal crises. the idea of giving up has never come easier. It’s only after an unexpected visitor challenges him to trust in the power of faith that he discovers the strength to persevere.

#69 – Escape

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I have not personally seen this movie so I can not give my own opinion about this one, but is there someone who has seen it that would like to share their opinion?

Summary – Doctors Paul and Kim Jordan are struggling to find peace in their lives after the tragic loss of their baby’s life. Paul (C. Thomas Howell from The Amazing Spider Man, ET) persuades Kim to escape reality and flee to the exquisite islands of Southeast Asia. Paradise becomes a nightmare when he is kidnapped by human traffickers in need of a skilled doctor. Faced with a fight for survival, Paul finds himself captive alongside the wealthy Malcolm Andrews (John Rhys-Davies from Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings). He quickly realizes there is no hope for his captors dying leader and is forced to examine his eternal fate. With life and death in the balance, Malcolm challenges Paul to stop running from God. Will Paul realize that trust in God is his only hope for escape and reunion with his wife?

#68 – The Ultimate Gift

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I really liked this movie. It is charming to watch the story unfold. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. I thought the little  girl in this movie was very cute and did a great job of acting in her part. Well done film.

Summary – Based on Jim Stovall’s best-selling novel, The Ultimate Gift sends a young man of privilege on an improbable journey. Trust fund baby Jason Stevenes (Drew Fuller) loves all of life’s gifts, as long as they’re bankable. But when his wealthy grandfather, Red (Garner), dies, Jason receives a most unusual inheritance: twelve tasks, which Red calls “gifts,” to challenge Jason to grow as a man. If he succeeds, the experience will not only change Jason forever, but he will discover the real meaning of wealth.

#67 – Encounter: Paradise Lost

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I didn’t like this movie very much because there was A LOT of violence in it. There is an actor that plays Jesus Christ, and he was very cheesy and wasn’t at all like I picture Christ actually being. This one definitely isn’t the one for small children!

Summary – In this explosive, challenging sequel to the faith-based sleeper hit “The Encounter”, a retiring drug smuggler (MIANO), his drug-addicted wife and his ruthless bodyguard (DANIELS), find themselves trapped by a suspended DEA Special Agent (WHITE) at a Thai resort owned by a troubled former Wall Street investment banker (Hutton) and his wife, who mourn the loss of their only son in a devastating tsunami. It is an explosive mix of personalities. Violence looms, but a mysterious guest, claiming to be Jesus Christ (MARCHIANO), arrives to offer each of them one final chance at redemption in this inspiring, thought-provoking thriller.

#66 – The Singles Ward

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is super cheesy, but if you are a Mormon or understand Mormon humor, this one will keep you laughing throughout. I thought it was better than a lot of other “Mormon movies.”

Summary – A divorce lands Jonathan (Will Swenson) back into the congregation his Mormon faith designates as a “singles ward”–a place to cultivate new friendships with the goal of marriage. Unsatisfied with this turn of events, Jonathan leaves his church and invents a comedy routine poking fun at LDS, a decision that turns awkward quickly when he falls for Cammie (Connie Young), a member of the same ward he left.

#65 – The Perfect Game

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is inspiring because it is based on a true story. It is a wonderful story about pursuing your goals and having faith that you can accomplish anything as long as you are determined to do so. I recommend this one, especially if you enjoy sports!

Summary – Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek) is Cesar, who returns to his native town, Monterey, Mexico after his major league career is cut short. Moises Arias (Hannah Montana), Jake T. Austin (Wizards Of Waverly Place), Jansen Panettiere (Ice Age) and Ryan Ochoa (Pair Of Kings) costar as impoverished baseball-loving kids who recruit him to coach their rag-tag team. Together, they beat the odds and overcome hardships and bigotry to compete in the 1957 Little League World Series.

#64 – Saturday’s Warrior

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is an LDS movie that is pretty old and really cheesy, but I really like it. Parts of it are inaccurate, but putting that aside, it has a good message and tells a good story.

Summary – The musical Saturday’s Warrior is a compelling story of family devotion, romance, humor, teenage distraction and pre-mortal promises that will make you think about where you came from and why you are here. Based on a long running stage play of the same name.

#63 – Sons of Provo

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I would say that this movie caters to a very specific audience. Some people think it is really dumb, and some people really like it. For me personally, it wasn’t my favorite.

Summary – Sons of Provo is a hilarious behind-the scenes “mockumentary” of the greatest LDS boy band that never really was! Will Swenson (The Singles Ward), Kirby Heyborne (The Best Two Years), and Danny Tarasevich are the fictional Everclean, a semi-talented pop group destined for worldwide fame (but they’d settle for the state of Utah…and probably Idaho). These squeaky-clean Momma’s-Backstreet-Boys are touring across the state, bringing their righteous dance grooves to the Mormon masses. Will their newfound popularity take them to higher levels of awesomeness, or will it tear them apart like cheap acid-free scrapbooking paper?

#62 – Fireproof

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I really liked this movie! The first twenty minutes or so are tough to get through because there is a lot of fighting and yelling between the husband and wife, but in the end, it is a great story about saving a marriage and learning to love each other through selfless acts of kindness. I recommend it!

Summary – Kirk Cameron (Left Behind) stars as Caleb Holt, a heroic fire captain who values dedication and service to others above all else. But the most important partnership in his life, his marriage, is about to go up in smoke. This gripping story follows one man’s desire to transform his life and marriage through the healing power of faith and fully embrace the fireman’s code: Never Leave Your Partner Behind.

#61 – Rejoice & Shout

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – If you enjoy “gospel music,” you’ll really like this movie! The whole movie is about how gospel music got several African-Americans through hard times and struggles that they had. It will definitely lift your spirits!

Summary – Rejoice & Shout covers the 200 year musical history of African-American Christianity, featuring the legends of Gospel music, including The Staple Singers, The Clara Ward Singers, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Culled from hundreds of hours of music, tracing the evolution of gospel music through its many styles-the spirituals and early hymns, the four-part harmony-based quartets, the integration of blues and swing, the emergence of “soul”, and the blending of rap and hip-hop elements. It connects the history of African-American culture with gospel as it first impacted popular culture at large and captures so much of what is special about this music and African-American Christianity.

#60 – Suits on the Loose

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – In my opinion, this is probably the silliest of the Mormon movies that are out there. There are a few funny parts, but overall this one wasn’t my favorite.

Summary – Suits on the Loose is the story of two rebellious teens, Justin and Ty, and their breakout from a desert survival camp. When two naive Mormon missionaries, Elder Talbot and Elder Johnson, run into a restroom at a remote rest stop, Justin steals their car. Scrapping their military fatigues for the conservative missionaries’ tags in hopes of passing through any road blocks, their guise is so good that the police insist upon escorting the escapees directly to New Harmony, the town that’s been anxiously awaiting their Mormon missionaries. As the two renegades find themselves embraced by the town’s hospitality, they try to map out their escape. With Elder Talbot and Elder Johnson destined to arrive, what will happen when the town of New Harmony discovers that their missionaries are actually on the lam from the law? Can they keep up the charade and fool everyone around them or will they be found out?

#59 – Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure

Grade: C+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie wasn’t my favorite. I personally thought it was kind of boring at parts and the acting wasn’t all that great.

Summary – Reunited with the mother she never knew, Mandie Shaw (Lexi Johnson) finally has the family she always dreamed of, until Uncle John threatens to tear it all apart to keep an old promise. After he forbids Mandie from joining his quest, Mandie and her friends embark on a harrowing journey by train to protect Uncle John. Grand adventure ensues as they struggle to solve riddles and dare to face the secrets of the Lost Antler Cave Mine.

#58 – The Note III

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is all about giving yourself and others a second chance, and that is what makes this a good movie. It was awesome to see the characters work together to help each other become better people!

Summary – A romantic getaway for Peyton and husband King Danville (Ted McGinley) takes an unexpected detour when an infant is abandoned at their doorstep, transforming them into temporary parents. Petyon is reminded of her secret past and relies on her journalistic instincts to uncover the baby’s story in this all-new tale of hope, inspiration and second chances.

#57 – Courageous

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a great movie because it teaches that we need to worry about what really matters most in life, which is our family. It’s a good story about the transformation of a husband and a father.

Summary – As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer, yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, they quickly discover that their children are beginning to drift further away from them. When tragedy hits home, these men are left with a newfound urgency to renew their faith and reach out to their own children. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them?

#56 – Big Miracle

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is cheesy and isn’t really spiritual, but it is a good movie. If you are an animal lover, this would be a good movie for you.

Summary – When a family of whales is trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle, a small-town reporter (Krasinski) and an animal-loving volunteer (Barrymore) rally an unlikely coalition of Alaskan natives, oil tycoons and the Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales before it’s too late.

#55 – Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a good movie that tells the true story of Joseph Smith and his retrieval and translation of the golden plates. It helped me realize just how difficult it must have been for Joseph to do what he did!

Summary – Step into nineteenth-century New England and experience the story of one of the most influential men in religious history. At only twenty-one years of age, Joseph Smith Jr. receives a prophetic revelation that he is to translate ancient scripture into what would be published as the Book of Mormon. But his calling is not without turmoil and sacrifice for both Joseph and his young bride, Emma. The pair must endure rejection and persecution as they labor to know and do the will of the Lord. This film is a must-see for Latter-day Saints or anyone who has heard the name of Joseph Smith.

#54 – A Shine of Rainbows

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I haven’t seen this movie myself, but I’ve heard that it’s a good one for the whole family with good themes.

Summary – An orphaned boy named Tomas is adopted by Maire O’Donnell (Connie Nielsen) to live on a whimsical Irish isle filled with new friends, secret caves and a lost baby pup seal stranded on the coast. But when Maire’s reluctant husband Alec (Aidan Quinn) refuses to accept Tomas as his own son, the boy drifts down a fateful path of adventure and self-discovery, illuminating how rainbows can shine around – and within – us all.

#53 – Love’s Abiding Joy

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a wonderful story of hope and joy. It is a great way to show that although we have struggles and trials in our lives the Lord always knows what he is doing and has a plan for each of us.

Summary – Following a treacherous journey West, Missie (Erin Cottrell) and her husband (Logan Bartholomew) have set up a homestead where they’ve begun to raise a family. And now that a railroad line connects the states, Missie’s father (Dale Midkiff), is able to visit. But when the joyful reunion is interrupted by tragedy, the faith and love of this family is once again challenged in a story you and your family will never forget.

#52 – Love Takes Wing

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is great for learning and seeing a good example of faith and hope when you endure and keep trying.

Summary – Still as feisty as ever, Belinda Simpson is now a doctor in a small Missouri town where an unknown plague is spreading fear and resentment among the townspeople. One local resident thinks the illness was spread from the town orphanage and wants to see it shut down. Belinda struggles to make sense of the disease and God’s plan for the beleaguered town. But with the support of Lee Owens, the town’s handsome young blacksmith and her best friend, Belinda learns that if she can rely on faith and love then everything else may just fall into place!

#51 – For the Love of Grace

Grade: B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a romance that teaches a good lesson at the same time, so I recommend this one to everyone!

Summary – Firefighter Steve Lockwood (Mark Consuelos) is dealing with the untimely death of his wife while trying to keep his mind on his job. After he saves the life of a young woman (Chandra West) from an apartment fire, the two begin to get acquainted, and each begins to heal from their wounded pasts and start to see the different possibilities that the future holds.

Comments

  1. says

    Wow, thank you for this! It's so hard to find Christian movies sometimes that aren't super cheesy. I'll def. watch The Christmas Shoes this coming winter and I'll have to rent Hachi : A dog's tale for family night!

  2. says

    I. Love. Christian movies. Most. Of. Them has real. Meaning. To. The story. There is. No sex involved. Or. Violence or. Cuzzing. Just. Doesnt. Make. Sense. Ya know. I do. Believe. What. Ppl. Show. On tv. Is. A. Bad influence. On. Children. They. Learn. From. It.

  3. says

    I love movie lists. I have not seen most of the movies listed, but I will check them out. From the list, I am judging that you are going for happy Christian movies, which is why The Passion was not listed.

  4. says

    I'm so excited to go and try to find these movies they all sound great.these r movies that I can actually sit with my daughters and watched them without worring about dirty scene and dirty words…thank you for the listing.

  5. says

    I haven't heard of many of these movies in this list. I do however love the Love Comes Softly series of movies, The Christmas Shoes. and Amish Grace. I'll have to check out some of the other ones you have mentioned.

  6. Mary Jo Mudd says

    I haven't seen all of these, but I will now. But the ones I have seen are really good movies! Thank you for sharing these. Some of them I haven't even heard of, but will now have to check out!

  7. says

    This is great. They all sound like wonderful movies. There are not alot of movies with no swearing etc. in them now a days. My daughter in law would like this list to – thanks forall the information on the movies.

  8. Julie Wood says

    Thank you so much for posting these awesome Christian movies to watch. I do not know some of them, and I like watching good Christian movies!

  9. Holly Lampi Trudeau says

    All great choices, always looking for family apporpriate movies that we can watch together! I loveedd Hachi! Made me cry but so sweet & cute!

  10. Lori Davis says

    Thanks for the list. You always hear "You can't judge a book by it's cover" so it is nice to have a guide like this!

  11. Paula K. Varble says

    I love this list. I haven't been able to see most of these because my small town video store doesn't offer them. The Blind Side is one of my all-time favorites though. Good wholesome but didn't know if was classified under Christian genre. That's great!

  12. says

    This is great. They all sound like wonderful movies. There are not alot of movies with no swearing etc. in them now a days. My daughter in law would like this list to – thanks forall the information on the movies.

  13. Michelle Sweeten says

    Enjoyed the list! Helps my Netflix que! As for the Ipad 2, I love that is has wifi….. never used one before, so I'm sure there would be more!

  14. says

    This is great. They all sound like wonderful movies. There are not alot of movies with no swearing etc. in them now a days. My daughter in law would like this list to – thanks forall the information on the movies.

  15. Stevie Albertson says

    It's light weight & the Apple app store – it'd be so convenient to take w/ us when we go places w/ my daughter & we need something to occupy her.

  16. Stevie Albertson says

    I watch Mrs. Miracle every time it's on around the holidays & I love Love Comes Softly – 1 of my favorite movies of any type – I must watch it a couple times a year.

  17. says

    This is great. They all sound like wonderful movies. There are not alot of movies with no swearing etc. in them now a days. My daughter in law would like this list to – thanks forall the information on the movies.

  18. says

    THE APOSTLE, by Robert Duvall, is the best Christian movie of all time. 90% thumbs up even on ROTTEN TOMATOES, (a secular critic-site). Many invaluable lessons for the young tikes, and adults alike. P.S.–the ending is an inspiring, tear-jerker. God had a plan all along…

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