At times, it can be a little difficult to find a genuinely good movie as a Christian teen, or even a Christian, in general. As followers of Christ, we want something that will teach us life lessons about God’s glory, grace and faithfulness, all while giving us characters that allow us to see parts of ourselves, experiences that we may have faced or be facing, and a plot line that keeps us on the edge of our seats
Watching movies that can teach us about the Lord are always worth a watch, but there are many films that attempt to do so, only to produce a boring result. Yes, we are Christians. And that being said, we still want to see impactful movies that replenish our want to know more about our Heavenly Father.
That’s exactly why I will be listing 5 faith-filled movies that every Christian teenager (and family) needs to watch. Make sure you grab those tissues, because some tearjerkers are present.
5. Summer Snow (2014)
Summer Snow is about a little girl named Halle, along with her newly-single father, her older teenage brother , and her older sister who was recently engaged to be married–all of which are adjusting to life without their mother and wife, a woman of faith who recently passed due to cancer. This is easily one of the best Christian movies that I’ve ever watched. The acting in this film is incredible, and the theme about faith in God develops steadily throughout the whole film. Everything in this movie makes it a must-watch for viewers of all ages.
4. Facing the Giants (2006)
Quite a few years have passed by since I’ve watched this one, but I do remember really liking it and appreciating the message about how through our faith, God can help us face the giants; the struggles that we may face. The protagonist is a high school football coach who uses his faith to battle the giants in his personal life and that of his students.
Not to mention that it is directed by the Kendrick Brothers, who make some of the most amazing films for believers. Me and Goodmommy–my grandmother and guardian– have a place in our hearts for a number of their movies, including “War Room” “Fireproof” “Courageous” and another that I will be listing later on. Facing the Giants is a sweet and heartfelt movie with a thought-provoking lesson that can last a lifetime.
3. Raising Izzie (2012)
First off, let me say that I am loving the diversity of this film–movies about adopting orphaned children, especially children of a different race, tend to catch my attention. A little girl named Izzie and her older sister, Gerty, are adopted by a couple who can’t conceive. When the wife, who is also Gerty’s teacher, learns about their situation, she convinces her husband to adopt the two girls, only for the loving new mother to enter a coma.
This movie is very realistic with some of the characters who are struggling with faith and others who have an undying faith in God. The whole story is extremely family-oriented with a strong example of sisterly bonds and an entertaining plot to keep you at the edge of your seats.
2. Miracles from Heaven (2016)
Oh my Jesus! Let. Me. Tell. You. This movie deserve 1,000 awards, because it is everything that you could want in a Christian film. The little girl is named Anna, who has recently contracted a seemingly incurable disorder that prevents her from properly digesting food. After surviving a head-down fall inside a tree, Anna retells the story of how she took a visit to heaven. Her family is soon shocked to see that she is suddenly showing signs of healing from her condition. This whole movie will make even the strongest people cry, both with sadness and joy with its theme that God is a miracle worker. And the best part…it’s a true story.
1. Overcomer (2019)
I watched Overcomer with Goodmommy just weeks after it was released for my birthday…and we both absolutely loved it. Recently, we rewatched the movie, and our opinions still stand. Like I recently stated about another movie on this list, one of my favorite elements of this film is the diversity and amount of representation. It is centered around Hannah Scott, a 15-year-old girl with asthma who is an aspiring runner. Highschool basketball coach and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, soon begin to train Hannah for the biggest race of her life.
This has got to be my favorite movie by the Kendrick Brothers; it’s almost as if they get better and better during each release. The acting is spot-on, with a performance that is bound to make you emotional. Hannah is a wonderful lead and example for teens and kids of all ages with her love for the Lord as she evolves throughout the movie. Overcomer has converted non-believers to Christianity, and I can’t deny that it’s a movie that everyone should see. Believe me when I tell you that you won’t regret it.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this list of Christian movies for all teens and families. Sharing my faith with others is always a blessing, and watching movies centered around Christianity is one way to grow our relationship with the Lord. These films are definitely top-tier, and I pray that they fill your heart with a growing faith and love for God.
Question of the Day: Have you ever watched any of these films? If not, do you have any family-friendly Christian movie recommendations for me?
Thank you so much for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Always remember that God is love! ❤️