Library Picks- Top Redemptive, Family Movies; Dr. Diane Howard; Movie Reviewer, Editor, Interviewerby DrDianeHoward | created - 28 Aug 2019 | updated - 1 month 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
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: 240,142 | Gross: $370.78M
2. The Case for Christ (2017)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama
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: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Frankie Faison
Votes: 9,680 | Gross: $14.68M
3. Son of God (2014)
PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
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: 19,368 | 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
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
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
7. The Gospel of Matthew (2016)
Not Rated | 190 min | Drama
This critically acclaimed, epic production – five years in the making – is the first-ever word-for-word account of the life of Jesus as recorded in the biblical Gospel of Matthew.
Director: David Batty | Stars: Selva Rasalingam, Karima Gouit, Ramdane Aala, Ettuhfi Abdellatif
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
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
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
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
12. Chariots of Fire (1981)
PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, are driven to win in the 1924 Olympics as they wrestle with issues of pride and conscience.
Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers
Votes: 63,480 | Gross: $58.97M
13. Ben-Hur (2016)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish 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: 45,398 | Gross: $26.41M
14. Overcomer (2019)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Family, Sport
A high-school basketball coach is asked to take over the cross-country program, where he encounters a troubled teen.
Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Alex Kendrick, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cameron Arnett, Shari Rigby
Votes: 5,278 | Gross: $26.25M
15. The Blind Side (2009)
PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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: 344,574 | 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
17. God's Not Dead (2014)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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: 43,868 | Gross: $60.76M
18. God's Not Dead 2 (2016)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy
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: 13,023 | Gross: $20.77M
19. God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018)
PG | 105 min | Drama
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: 4,256 | 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: 1,651 | Gross: $2.69M
21. Samson (2018)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Drama
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: 4,786 | Gross: $4.72M
22. Amazing Grace (2006)
PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History
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: 25,262 | Gross: $21.21M
23. Woodlawn (2015)
PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
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: 7,539 | Gross: $14.39M
24. End of the Spear (2005)
PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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: 5,392 | Gross: $11.97M
25. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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: 410,295 | Gross: $291.71M
26. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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: 159,684 | Gross: $104.39M
27. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
PG | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Family
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: 217,114 | Gross: $141.62M
28. War Room (2015)
PG | 120 min | Drama
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: 15,472 | Gross: $67.79M
29. 90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama
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: 4,134 | Gross: $4.70M
30. Pocahontas: Dove of Peace (2016)
Not Rated | 35 min | Documentary, Biography, History
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
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
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
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
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: 845 | Gross: $0.18M
35. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
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
36. The Peanuts Movie (2015)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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: 47,806 | 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
38. Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine (2015– )
335 min | 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
39. Same Kind of Different as Me (2017)
PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama
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: 8,422 | Gross: $6.42M
40. Priceless (II) (2016)
PG-13 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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: 4,005 | Gross: $1.50M
41. Run the Race (2018)
PG | 101 min | Drama, Sport
Against the backdrop of high-school football and track, two brothers in a small Southern town face escalating problems with two different worldviews, straining--but ultimately strengthening--the bonds of brotherhood.
Director: Chris Dowling | Stars: Tanner Stine, Kristoffer Polaha, Evan Hofer, Kelsey Reinhardt
Votes: 1,622 | Gross: $6.42M
42. When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Family
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: 16,459 | Gross: $30.13M
43. The Grinch (2018)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams
Votes: 78,047 | Gross: $270.62M
44. Freedom (II) (2014)
R | 94 min | Drama, Music