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10 Inspirational Christian Movies Based On Books

10 Inspirational Christian Movies Based On Books

Bookworms will love this curated list of Christian movies based on books. From historical fiction to true-life miracles, there’s nothing better than getting lost in a good story. See if your favorite faith-based movie made the list. 

 

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is a heartwarming movie based on the novel by Christine Beam, whose daughter, Anna Beam, suffers from an incurable medical disorder. She is miraculously cured when she accidentally falls 60 feet into the hollow of a tree. This faith-based family drama features a mother and father who lean on each other (and God) in a time of crisis. Scenes with jeopardy and children’s diseases may be intense for young children. This one is a tear-jerker, so have a box of tissues nearby.

LOVE COMES SOFTLY

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
LOVE COMES SOFTLY is a Hallmark movie based on the novel by Janette Oke. Set in the Old West, it tells the story of a young widow who must build a new life with a widower and his daughter. It shows that Godly compassion and understanding can heal all things. The film contains a strong Christian worldview extolling biblical wisdom. LOVE COMES SOFTLY has light language and mild violence. It’s a romantic film more suited for teenagers and adults. As far as Hallmark movies go, this is one of the better ones.

THE CASE FOR CHRIST

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST is a faith-based drama based on the book by Lee Stroble. It follows a journalist who attempts to disprove Christianity when his wife’s new-found faith challenges his atheist beliefs. It’s a thought-provoking film that explores the evidence of Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. The movie contains a solid biblical worldview but has light language and mild violence. Best of all, THE CASE FOR CHRIST is an investigative film that provides Biblical answers for atheists or Christians who might be questioning their faith. It’s a transformative story from the director of another great film, DO YOU BELIEVE?

GOD'S NOT DEAD

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
GOD’S NOT DEAD is an inspiring, evangelistic movie based on a book of the same name about a college student who challenges his philosophy professor’s curriculum when asked to sign a pledge that God is dead. Several lawsuits involving the place of Christian faith in universities inspired the plotline. It features a strong Biblical worldview that could spark a fascinating conversation for small groups, making it a solid pick for a men’s ministry discussion group. GOD’S NOT DEAD is an exceptional movie with a great soundtrack.

THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is a faith-based movie inspired by the novel written by John Bunyan. It takes viewers on an epic adventure alongside Christian Pilgrim, who embarks on a journey to the Celestial City where Jesus reigns. He must overcome obstacles and avoid peril along the way. The film contains a very strong moral worldview, but parents should know there are spiritual themes that may frighten young children. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is appropriate for kids 8+.

90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN is based on the best-selling novel and tells the true story of Pastor Don Piper, a preacher who is pronounced dead after a car accident. He’s brought back to life after seeing heaven and must lean on his faith to recover from his painful injuries. It contains a strong moral worldview with no bad language and mild violence. Inspiring and poignant, 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN takes a hard look at the afterlife and challenges the mind and the heart.

THE BLIND SIDE

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
THE BLIND SIDE is a mainstream Hollywood movie that delivers a faith-based message. It tells the true story of a Christian family who welcomes Michael Oher, a homeless young man, into their home. The movie contains very strong themes of Christian faith and pro-capitalist worldviews. There is light violence, language and references to sex. Despite these missteps, THE BLIND SIDE is an uplifting and powerful movie appropriate for the 12+ crowd. Football fans should add this one to their must-watch list.

LEFT BEHIND

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
LEFT BEHIND is the film adaptation of the best-selling novel written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It follows a group of survivors after an apocalyptic event sends the world into chaos. The film contains a powerful message about the rapture with a very strong Christian worldview that shares the Gospel with viewers. There is quite a bit of violence and mature themes, so caution should be used for young viewers. LEFT BEHIND is a powerful film for the 14+ crowd.

SOUL SURFER

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
SOUL SURFER is an inspiring movie based on the real-life accident of a young surfer named Bethany Hamilton who lost an arm after a shark attack. She overcomes her own fears to return to the water. It contains a strong Christian moral view and a story about faith that teaches girls about the power of courage. Viewers cheer Hamilton onto victory. Parents should know there is light violence during the shark attack, which might frighten younger children. SOUL SURFER is better suited for older children and teens, making it a thrilling option for book lovers and movie buffs.

FACING THE GIANTS

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
FACING THE GIANTS is an action-packed high school football movie with heart, based on the book written by Michael Catt, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick and Lisa Harper. The story follows a down-on-his-luck coach with a losing team who faces their fears on and off the field. Through prayer, the coach learns the importance of serving God over winning football games. He rebuilds the team, revival breaks out in the school and miracles unfold. The film has a strong evangelical worldview. Parents should know there is mild football violence. FACING THE GIANTS is an exciting film adapted from a novel.

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