The media we consume can greatly influence our thoughts and behavior, so it's important for us Christians to be mindful of the things we watch. This is even more needed during this time of quarantines and sheltering, when most of us spend more time at home with our family.
So if you're turning to films to help uplift your days during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are our top spirit-boosting recommendations. We've picked inspirational movies that are mainstream but depict Christian themes like faith, integrity, and kindness. You can easily find these on Netflix, Hulu, or other media providers. Now all you need is a bucket of popcorn to pass around!
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
The first in a trilogy, this child-friendly adventure movie is based on the classic novel by C.S. Lewis, who was a known Christian author. As you follow the adventures of the Pevensie children in the magical land of Narnia, you'll likely find that the lore is a close simile for the story of Christianity, with the character Aslan (the lion) representing Christ.
2. Flipped (2010)
This little gem of a film, which is based on a Young Adult novel, looks like a 1960s-set puppy-love story at first glance, but it delves deeper into grownup themes like family, authenticity, and compassion. The movie follows young neighbors Juli and Bryce, their funny cat-and-mouse friendship (and romance?), and how their families react to each other. A delightful, insightful film for the young and young-at-heart.
3. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Based on a true story, this deeply moving and motivational film centers on Chris Gardner, a salesman who finds himself homeless with his small son. Chris's extraordinary struggle and perseverance against all odds have made millions cry from heartache, hope, and "happyness."
4. The Blind Side
Here's another biographical movie that has tugged on the hearts of viewers. It's the story of American football star Michael Oher, who was a struggling African-American teen adopted by a conservative Caucasian family. Though this movie was billed as a sports comedy-drama, it has become well-loved as an inspirational film.
5. A Walk to Remember (2002)
Now a classic flick about everlasting love, this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's novel is on anyone's list of tearjerkers. We witness the unlikely romance between polar opposites Jamie and Landon -- a love so powerful, it changed both their lives, made dreams come true, and brought them both closer to God. No matter how many times you watch this -- or with whom -- you have to prepare the Kleenex.
6. The Prince of Egypt (1998)
This 2D-animated film tells the Bible story of Moses and the Exodus, in a way that can keep your kids highly engaged. But even adults will be fascinated, too, because the movie does not shy away from the gravity of the story. The fantastic animation is also a visual treat for all ages. This is definitely a family movie to watch and re-watch.
7. August Rush (2007)
August Rush is the stage name of an orphan boy who has the gift of hearing the music of the world. He uses this gift to find his parents, who are also searching for him using the same talent. Straddling the line between the physical and the spiritual, this is a lovely adventure-drama for the whole family.
8. Unbroken (2014)
The incredible, near-impossible feats depicted in this film become even more astounding when you know it's based on a real person's life. US Olympian Louis Zamperini survives a World War II plane crash, only to find himself a prisoner of war in the most brutal conditions. His arduous fight for life and freedom will have you clenching in your seat and rooting for his redemption.
9. Wonder (2017)
Adapted from an acclaimed children's novel, this movie follows Auggie, a boy with a rare facial deformity. As he tries to fit in with other children, Auggie -- and the people around him -- get to know the wonders of kindness and acceptance. A sweet, warmhearted movie to watch with your kids.
10. Charlotte's Web (2006)
We just have to include this now-classic movie based on the novel by E.B.White. Play this movie on family night so your children can get to know Fern, Wilbur, Charlotte, and the other wonderful characters on their farm rescue adventure. Even grownup viewers will love revisiting this charming tale of friendship and togetherness.
Which one of these movies is your favorite? Apart from these ten, there are plenty other inspirational films that are anchored on the Christian faith. Do you have a recommendation? Tell us in the comments!
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