Christmas- Top Ten Redemptive/TV Movie Picks, 2019-2020- Dr. Diane Howard, Movie Reviewer, Editor, Interviewer

by DrDianeHoward | created - 30 Oct 2019 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performances Studies),movie editor, interviewer, 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. 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: 18,216 | Gross: $59.70M

2. 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: 10,615

3. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

52 Metascore

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 9,785 | Gross: $37.63M

4. The Star (2017)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

42 Metascore

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Director: Timothy Reckart | Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez

Votes: 6,281 | Gross: $40.85M

5. The Christmas Candle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Family

33 Metascore

A pastor who's suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle, which he strives to abolish.

Director: John Stephenson | Stars: Hans Matheson, Samantha Barks, Lesley Manville, Sylvester McCoy

Votes: 1,759 | Gross: $2.21M

6. Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014)

PG | 79 min | Comedy, Family

18 Metascore

His annual Christmas party faltering thanks to his cynical brother-in-law, former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron attempts to save the day by showing him that Jesus Christ remains a crucial component of the over-commercialized holiday..

Director: Darren Doane | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Darren Doane, Bridgette Cameron, Ben Kientz

Votes: 14,892 | Gross: $2.78M

7. 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: 30,793

8. 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: 46,704 | Gross: $270.62M

9. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1983 TV Movie)

48 min | Comedy, Family

A teacher puts on a Christmas pageant and puts the worst children in school as the stars.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Loretta Swit, Jackson Davies, Antony Holland, David Alexander

Votes: 611

10. 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: 362,493 | Gross: $291.71M



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