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Movies with Strong Christian Content Are Flourishing


Miracles Made in Heaven:

Movies with Strong Christian Content Are Flourishing,

Short-Term and Long-Term Studies Show


Hollywood, Calif. – Movies with strong Christian, redemptive content and values are multiplying and flourishing, according to new 20-year and three-year studies.

Movieguide®:  The Family Guide to Movies & Entertainment studied 128 movies with strong Christian, redemptive content in 1996, 2012 and 2015 and found that the number of movies with such content has increased 194 percent since 1996 and 38.30 percent in the three years since 2012, from only 16 such movies in 1996 to 47 in 2012 and 65 in 2015.

The studies also showed that the box office totals for such movies in the United States and Canada have increased from only $208.63 million in 1996 to $3.69 billion in 2012 and nearly $5.35 billion in 2015, an increase of 2,463 percent and 44.78 percent, respectively.

“Movieguide®’s study didn’t just measure faith-based movies like THE PREACHER’S WIFE from 1996 and last year’s WAR ROOM,” Movieguide® Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr said. “We also studied major Hollywood movies with strong or even overt Christian content and values such as Disney’s 1996 animated classic THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and Universal’s blockbuster FURIOUS 7, both of which had overt, positive Christian content and values.”

Also included in Movieguide®’s database were small movies with Christian, redemptive content such as 1996’s CITIZEN RUTH and 2015’s CAPTIVE.

“For the last 20 years – and more – we’ve been showing Hollywood that movies with Christian faith and values not only inspire the human heart but also make good business sense,” Dr. Baehr said.

“Hollywood is listening, and God is clearly blessing our efforts and our strategy,” he concluded.

** Movies with Strong Christian Content

Year Number of Movies Total Box Office
1996 16 $0.21 billion
2012 47 $3.69 billion
2015 65 $5.35 billion


Author of “The Culture-Wise Family” and “How To Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul),” Dr. Baehr is chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC) and its family guide to movies and entertainment, Movieguide® (www.movieguide.org).

Now in their 31st year, CFTVC and Movieguide® are the largest, longest-running international, non-profit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media.”

Movieguide®’s Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala honors the best, most family-friendly movies and television programs honoring God and inspiring audiences with messages of Christian, biblical faith, hope, goodness, justice, redemption, forgiveness, and true divine love. At the Awards, Dr. Baehr presents highlights from Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, a comprehensive financial analysis of the movie business showing what kinds of movies and what kinds of movie content moviegoers favor the most with their hard-earned money.


Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

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