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: 5,870 | 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: 5,866 | 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: 2,926 | 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: 848 | 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: 591

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: 1,315 | 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: 20,565 | 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: 31,275 | 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: 11,304 | 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 archnemesis, 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: 38,203 | Gross: $130.18M



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