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

by dhoward-9 | created - 05 Jan 2016 | updated - 05 Jan 2016 | Public
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1. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 124,229 | Gross: $115.64M

2. A.D. The Bible Continues (2015)

44 min | Drama

Follows the book of ACTS. Shows the complete message of Christ and the transformation of Saul to Paul and how the high priest of Judea does not believe in what has taken place after the Crucifixion of Christ.

Stars: Richard Coyle, Vincent Regan, Adam Levy, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 3,464

3. When Calls the Heart (2014– )

TV-G | 43 min | Drama

Elizabeth Thatcher, a young school teacher from a wealthy Eastern family, migrates from the big city to teach school in a small coal mining town in the west.

Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Martin Cummins, Daniel Lissing

Votes: 7,015

4. 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: 5,691 | Gross: $2.56M

5. 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: 2,828 | Gross: $4.70M

6. 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: 580

7. 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: 1,266 | Gross: $0.35M

8. Return to the Hiding Place (2013)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, History, Thriller

When the Nazis begin killing Jews in Holland, a group of youth fight to save the lives of the innocent.

Directors: Peter C. Spencer, Josiah Spencer | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, Mimi Sagadin, Craig Robert Young, David Thomas Jenkins

Votes: 626

9. Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine (2015– )

History

Jonathan Phillips attempts to find the answer to the question: How did Christianity grow and develop from just a small, Jewish sect to the largest, and majority, dominant religion of the West?

Star: Jonathan Phillips

Votes: 22

10. Saints & Strangers (2015– )

192 min | Drama, History

Story of the Voyage of the Mayflower and the first year of The Pilgrims in America.

Stars: Keenan Arrison, Alex Burger, Tamer Burjaq, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 1,308



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