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Top 10 Faith-Based Movies Of 2023

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Top 10 Faith-Based Movies Of 2023

By Movieguide® Contributor

Christian movies had an impressive impact on the box office in 2023. Faith-based movies took theaters by storm, exposing viewers to the Gospel and spreading the word of God. From the blockbuster hit THE SOUND OF FREEDOM to the surprising success of THE BLIND, it was a banner year for religious films. These are the top 10 faith-based movies of 2023.

 

JESUS REVOLUTION

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
Kelsey Grammer, Jonathan Roumie and Kimberly Williams-Paisley are among the A-list actors featured in JESUS REVOLUTION. Based on a true story, the plot centers on a group of hippies and anti-war protestors who led a national spiritual awakening in the 1970s. It contains an extremely Christian worldview but has light violence with themes of substance abuse, sexual behavior and intense jeopardy. While not appropriate for children, JESUS REVOLUTION is an uplifting film about the calling of Christians to welcome lost souls to the Body of Christ.

SOUND OF FREEDOM

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.
SOUND OF FREEDOM follows the inspiring true story of Tim Ballard, a former government agent who puts his life on the line to rescue hundreds of children from sex trafficking. It features a very strong, Christian, moral worldview in a story about a man who sacrifices his safety and well-being to save hundreds of children. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for the movie’s mature subject matter, some implied and depicted violence, implied abuse of children, and a drug use scene. Ultimately, however, SOUND OF FREEDOM is a gripping and hope-giving movie.

THE HILL (2023)

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
THE HILL tells the true story of Ricky Hill’s inspirational journey into Major League Baseball. Colin Ford and Dennis Quaid flawlessly play the father-son duo who overcome Ricky’s spinal disease with prayer and perseverance. The film contains a very strong biblical worldview extolling faith and courage. There is brief foul language, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children. It’s an uplifting film for sports lovers ages 9+.

THE BLIND

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Caution advised for older children, including teenagers, and sensitive adults.
THE BLIND follows the life story of the Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. From his childhood to marriage and starting a family, Phil’s inner demons nearly destroy his family until a visit from a preacher changes his life forever. The film features a Christian worldview extolling transformation through Christ. THE BLIND contains light violence and mature themes, so MOVIEGUIDE® strongly suggests caution for children. THE BLIND is a powerful movie for adult audiences.

AFTER DEATH

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
AFTER DEATH is a documentary that takes a scientific look at Near Death Experiences. People share their personal stories of visiting the afterlife, with accurate details of the circumstances surrounding their experience. It’s a fascinating film with very strong Christian references supporting the Gospel. While there is no violence, there are conversations about topics that may frighten young children, such as car wrecks and medical emergency responses. MOVIEGUIDE® advises using caution with young children.

DIVINE INFLUENCER

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
DIVINE INFLUENCER follows the life of a spoiled social media influencer who loses her job, is cut off by her wealthy parents and is kicked out of her apartment. She resorts to becoming RA at a Christian rescue shelter’s dormitory for women, where she learns to help others and discovers God’s plan for her life. The film contains a very strong biblical worldview and some light violence but nothing over the top. DIVINE INFLUENCE is made for adolescents, so Movieguide® suggests kids 13+ will enjoy the film.

IDENTITY CRISIS

Quality:
***
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
IDENTITY CRISIS is a light-hearted film about a shy college girl who uses an old computer to clone a bolder image of herself. When the clone takes over her life, she realizes she must embrace her confidence to become her best self. It’s a sweet story with a very strong Christian worldview, extolling the value of every life. Teens will learn the power of God’s love for them. IDENTITY CRISIS features mild violence, but it’s all in good fun. Other than that, IDENTITY CRISIS has no questionable content.

JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM is a musical about the Nativity Story and tells the story of the birth of Jesus in a new way. Despite being told through musical numbers and performances, the filmmakers treat the subject with reverence. It’s an uplifting movie containing a very strong Christian worldview. There is some peril and jeopardy, but nothing too scary. JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM extolls faith and even has a few humorous moments. Be sure to add this to your Christmas watchlist for kids 8+.

FAMILY CAMP

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
FAMILY CAMP is an uplifting comedy about two polar opposite families who compete for a coveted trophy at a Christian camp. While each family comes across as dysfunctional, there are deeper themes about loving Christian families, committed spouses and family pride. It features a very strong Biblical worldview and no foul language. Parents should know that there is light slapstick violence and outrageous comedic moments. It’s a faith-based film the whole family can enjoy. FAMILY CAMP will have everyone smiling from ear to ear.

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

Quality:
****
Content:
+1 Moderately questionable elements. (Discernment required for young children.)
ON A WING AND A PRAYER is an action-packed film about the true story of Doug White, who is forced to fly a private plane after the pilot passes away mid-flight. He works with the air traffic controllers to save his family from a certain doom. The movie contains a strong moral worldview celebrating the power of prayer and God’s sovereignty. Parents should know there is jeopardy and intense action that may frighten young children. ON A WING AND A PRAYER keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

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