Library Picks- Top Recent Redemptive, Family Movies, 2020- Dr. Diane Howard, Movie Reviewer, Editor, Interviewer

by DrDianeHoward | created - 28 Aug 2019 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Top Recent Redemptive, Family Movies for Libraries (home, educational, churches, and public) - Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performances Studies),movie editor, interviewer, and publicist reviews top redemptive, family movies & TV for content and artistry to promote the best for a range of viewers for Good, eternal difference in our world (See https://dianehoward.com/)

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1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 213,635 | Gross: $370.78M

2. The Case for Christ (2017)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama

50 Metascore

An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.

Director: Jon Gunn | Stars: Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Frankie Faison, Robert Forster

Votes: 7,681 | Gross: $14.68M

3. Son of God (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller

Votes: 18,221 | Gross: $59.70M

4. The Bible (2013)

TV-14 | 440 min | Action, Drama, War

A religious dramatic miniseries about God's creation and physical landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Stars: Keith David, Robert Powell, Jake Canuso, Diogo Morgado

Votes: 10,617

5. 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: 4,598

6. The Gospel of John (2014)

Unrated | 160 min | Drama

The life and toils of Jesus Christ, depicted as written in the gospel of John. Narrated in English, following the New International Version of the scripture, while the actors speak in Aramaic.

Director: David Batty | Stars: David Harewood, Selva Rasalingam, Mourad Zaoui, El Mahmoudi M'Barek

Votes: 639

7. The Gospel of Matthew (2014)

Not Rated | 190 min | Drama

Four writers. Four narratives. One life. For the first time in film history the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have been reconstructed in four feature length, documentary-style ... See full summary »

Director: David Batty | Stars: Selva Rasalingam, Karima Gouit, Ramdane Aala, Ettuhfi Abdellatif

Votes: 115

8. The Gospel of Mark (2015)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

According to THE GOSPEL OF MARK, Jesus is a heroic man of action, an exorcist, healer, and miracle worker - the Son of God who keeps his identity secret. This critically acclaimed, epic ... See full summary »

Director: David Batty | Stars: Selva Rasalingam, Karima Gouit, Ramdane Aala, Ettuhfi Abdellatif

Votes: 113

9. The Gospel of Luke (2015)

Not Rated | 215 min | Drama

The Gospel Of Luke from The Bible.

Director: David Batty | Stars: Selva Rasalingam, Karima Gouit, Mourad Zaoui, El Mahmoudi M'Barek

Votes: 283

10. Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey (2018 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

Explore key moments in Billy Graham's journey as a dairy farmer's son who rose to prominence, becoming one of the most influential religious leaders in modern history.

Directors: Daniel Camenisch, Vonda Harrell | Stars: Billy Graham, Paul Harvey, Jeff Hoyt, Morrow Graham

Votes: 167

11. How Should We Then Live? (1977– )

This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer's spectacular series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective. It presents profound truths in simple language and concludes that... See full summary »

Stars: Francis Schaeffer, Francis A. Schaeffer

Votes: 40

12. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 54,180 | Gross: $58.97M

13. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 41,171 | Gross: $26.41M

14. Overcomer (2019)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Family, Sport

17 Metascore

A high-school basketball coach volunteers to coach a troubled teen in long-distance running.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Alex Kendrick, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cameron Arnett, Shari Rigby

Votes: 3,571 | Gross: $26.25M

15. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 289,316 | Gross: $255.96M

16. Mully (2015)

TV-PG | 81 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

A homeless orphan in Kenya becomes a lucrative businessman, only to give it all up and open an orphanage that today serves over 2000 Kenyan children.

Director: Scott Haze | Stars: Charles Mully, Esther Mully, Isaac Mulli, Ndondo Mulli

Votes: 230

17. God's Not Dead (2014)

PG | 113 min | Drama

16 Metascore

College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White, Dean Cain

Votes: 40,139 | Gross: $60.76M

18. God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

PG | 120 min | Drama

22 Metascore

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in deep trouble.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Hayley Orrantia

Votes: 11,316 | Gross: $20.77M

19. God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018)

PG | 105 min | Drama

33 Metascore

Pastor Dave responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down.

Director: Michael Mason | Stars: Megan Alexander, Adeeja Rochele Anderson, Carrlyn Bathe, Lauren Taylor Berkman

Votes: 3,300 | Gross: $5.73M

20. Is Genesis History? (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Explore the world to see how it intersects with the stories related in Genesis. Del Tackett of "The Truth Project" hikes through canyons, climbs mountains, and dives below the sea to examine two competing views - one compelling truth.

Director: Thomas Purifoy | Stars: Del Tackett, Kevin L. Anderson, Steve A. Austin, Steven W. Boyd

Votes: 1,464 | Gross: $2.69M

21. Samson (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Drama

17 Metascore

After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine Prince, a young Hebrew with supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and God.

Directors: Bruce Macdonald, Gabriel Sabloff | Stars: Taylor James, Billy Zane, Lindsay Wagner, Caitlin Leahy

Votes: 4,122 | Gross: $4.72M

22. Amazing Grace (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The idealist William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai

Votes: 23,783 | Gross: $21.21M

23. 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: 6,604 | Gross: $14.39M

24. End of the Spear (2005)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

45 Metascore

Two people come to the end of a spear in order to realize that the divisions between them are not real.

Director: Jim Hanon | Stars: Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman, Christina Souza

Votes: 4,869 | Gross: $11.97M

25. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 362,579 | Gross: $291.71M

26. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter

Votes: 140,049 | Gross: $104.39M

27. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

PG | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Family

62 Metascore

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley

Votes: 192,357 | Gross: $141.62M

28. 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: 13,169 | Gross: $67.79M

29. 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: 3,356 | Gross: $4.70M

30. Pocahontas: Dove of Peace (2016 TV Short)

Not Rated | 35 min | Documentary, Short

Pocahontas is the true story of an amazing young woman who became an ambassador between two nations.

Director: Jarrod Anderson | Stars: Isaac Ignacio Bennett, Randall C. Benton, Felipe Chavez, Sean Edwards

Votes: 9

31. The Pilgrims (2015 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

Arguably one of the most fateful and resonant events of the last half millennium, the Pilgrims' journey west across the Atlantic in the early 17th century is a seminal, if often misunderstood episode of American and world history.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Sue Allan, Bernard Bailyn, Michael Braddick, Marge Bruchac

Votes: 98

32. Saints & Strangers (2015– )

192 min | Drama, History

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

Stars: Vincent Kartheiser, Kalani Queypo, Tatanka Means, Keenan Arrison

Votes: 1,659

33. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman | Stars: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

Votes: 8,919

34. Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure (2012)

PG | 84 min | Documentary, History

Follow Kirk Cameron across Europe and the U.S. as he seeks to discover the people, places and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.

Director: Duane Barnhart | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Todd Akin, Sue Allan, David Barton

Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.18M

35. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 30,832

36. The Peanuts Movie (2015)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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: 41,883 | Gross: $130.18M

37. The American Heritage Series (2009)

TV-G | Documentary

Discover the forgotten and astonishing story of our nation's founding in the American Heritage Series. For centuries, we were taught a providential view of American history that presented ... See full summary »

Director: David Barton

Votes: 13

38. 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: 29

39. Same Kind of Different as Me (2017)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.

Director: Michael Carney | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight

Votes: 6,243 | Gross: $6.42M

40. Priceless (II) (2016)

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

41 Metascore

A widower who's lost custody of his daughter finds himself unable to hold down a job. He agrees to drive a truck cross-country, no questions asked, but when he discovers the nature of his cargo, he is faced with a life-changing decision.

Director: Ben Smallbone | Stars: Joel Smallbone, Bianca A. Santos, David Koechner, Jim Parrack

Votes: 3,361 | Gross: $1.50M

41. Run the Race (2018)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Sport

35 Metascore

Against the backdrop of high school football and track, two brothers in a small Southern town face escalating problems with two different world views, straining - but ultimately strengthening - the bonds of brotherhood.

Director: Chris Dowling | Stars: Tanner Stine, Kristoffer Polaha, Evan Hofer, Kelsey Reinhardt

Votes: 1,255 | Gross: $6.42M

42. When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Sport

41 Metascore

The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern

Votes: 15,263 | Gross: $30.13M

43. Dr. Seuss' the Grinch (2018)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

51 Metascore

A grumpy Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams

Votes: 46,801 | Gross: $270.62M

44. Freedom (II) (2014)

R | 94 min | Drama, Music

30 Metascore

Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cousens | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Sharon Leal, David Rasche, Kimberly Nichole

Votes: 1,715

45. Do You Believe? (2015)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama