Diane Howard, Ph.D., Family & Redemptive Movie Journalist, picks her top ten redemptive movies for content and artistry for 2015

by dhoward-9 | created - 04 Jan 2016 | updated - 04 Jan 2016 | Public
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1. Woodlawn (2015)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight, C. Thomas Howell

Votes: 5,654 | Gross: $14.39M

2. Captive (II) (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A single mother struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Kate Mara, David Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Michael Kenneth Williams

Votes: 5,734 | Gross: $2.56M

3. 90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama

28 Metascore

A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Hayden Christensen, Hudson Meek, Bobby Batson

Votes: 2,839 | Gross: $4.70M

4. The Letters (II) (2014)

PG | 114 min | Drama

25 Metascore

A drama that explores the life of Mother Teresa through letters she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor, Father Celeste van Exem over a nearly 50-year period.

Director: William Riead | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Rutger Hauer, Max von Sydow, Priya Darshini

Votes: 820 | Gross: $1.65M

5. The Drop Box (2015)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, News

One winter, a pastor finds an abandoned infant on his church steps, and builds 'a drop box' to rescue any others.

Director: Brian Ivie

Votes: 582

6. Noble (2014)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. A true story.

Director: Stephen Bradley | Stars: Deirdre O'Kane, Sarah Greene, Gloria Cramer Curtis, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 1,273 | Gross: $0.35M

7. Little Boy (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, War

30 Metascore

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

Director: Alejandro Monteverde | Stars: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, David Henrie, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 20,320 | Gross: $6.42M

8. The 33 (2015)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin

Votes: 30,550 | Gross: $12.19M

9. War Room (2015)

PG | 120 min | Drama

26 Metascore

A seemingly perfect family looks to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore

Votes: 11,055 | Gross: $67.79M

10. The Peanuts Movie (2015)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

Director: Steve Martino | Stars: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi

Votes: 37,478 | Gross: $130.18M



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