Top Documentaries & Bio-Pics; Dr. Diane Howard; Interviewer, Reviewer, Publicistby DrDianeHoward | created - 24 Oct 2019 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies), entertainment editor, picks Top Documentaries & Bio-Pic movies, for content and artistry which give Good to our world (See https://sonomachristianhome.com/author/diane-howard/)
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1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. The Nativity Story (2006)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
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: 12,001 | Gross: $37.63M
6. 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: 19,372 | Gross: $59.70M
7. Sabina: Tortured for Christ - The Nazi Years (2021)
PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History
A story of transformation and hope in a time of turmoil and terror.
Director: John Grooters | Stars: Raluca Botez, Emil Mandanac, Gabriel Costin, Adrian Titieni
8. C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert (2018 Video)
77 min | Biography, Drama, History
Filmed before a live audience, C.S. Lewis Onstage chronicles the famed author's reluctant journey from atheism to Christianity from his tumultuous youth to his harrowing service in WWI and professorship at Oxford.
Directors: Ken Denison, Max McLean | Star: Max McLean
9. Tolkien (2019)
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Tolkien's novels were inspired by his mom's storytelling, falling in love with another orphan, Edith, forming a brotherhood with 3 other misfits at school, Oxford, the trench war of WWI and later telling stories to his own kids.
Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi
Votes: 43,550 | Gross: $4.54M
10. A Hidden Life (2019)
PG-13 | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser
11. On Wings of Eagles (2016)
PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History
Eric Liddell - China's first gold medalist and one of Scotland's greatest athletes - returns to war-torn China.
Directors: Stephen Shin, Michael Parker | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruce Locke, Jesse Kove, Shawn Dou
12. 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: 7,541 | Gross: $14.39M
13. Against the Tide: Finding God in an Age of Science (2020)
128 min | Documentary
Against The Tide takes viewers on a journey from Oxford to Israel as John Lennox and Kevin Sorbo unpack and analyze theological and scientific evidence of God. "One of the best apologist documentaries ever made." (Crosswalk)
Director: Iain Morris | Stars: John Lennox, Kevin Sorbo
14. Emanuel (2019)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary
An inside look at the tragic event that took place in Charleston, South Carolina at the Emanuel AME Church, where 9 innocent churchgoers were gunned down.
Director: Brian Tetsuro Ivie | Stars: George Howard Adams, A.R. Bernard, Nadine Collier, Brien Gregorie
Votes: 298 | Gross: $1.20M
15. Kingdom Men Rising (2019)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
Kingdom Men Rising is a documentary exploring what it means to be a real man in the midst of cultural trends where there is confusion about masculinity. Challenging men to rise above what we've become to lives of no more excuses.
Director: Kyle Lollis | Stars: Tony Evans, Tim Brown, Tony Dungy, Arthur Evans
Votes: 52 | Gross: $1.19M
16. Apollo 11 (I) (2019)
G | 93 min | Documentary, History
A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins.
Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton
Votes: 26,370 | Gross: $9.04M
17. Breakthrough (2019)
PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama
When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.
Director: Roxann Dawson | Stars: Marcel Ruiz, Topher Grace, Sarah Constible, Dennis Haysbert
Votes: 10,474 | Gross: $40.71M
18. Unplanned (I) (2019)
R | 109 min | Biography, Drama
All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she believed in a woman's right to choose. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.
Directors: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon | Stars: Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz
Votes: 14,358 | Gross: $18.99M
19. Palau the Movie (2019)
Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
A story of relentless grit, motivational strength and humbling triumph, PALAU is a film many will relate to. As a young man, a passion and vision to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all ... See full summary »
Director: Kevin Knoblock | Stars: Gastón Pauls, Santiago Achaga, Agustin Amoedo, Alexia Moyano
Votes: 88 | Gross: $0.13M
20. The Long Goodbye-The Kara Tippetts Story (2019)
89 min | Documentary
Kara Tippetts, a wife and young mother with terminal breast cancer, shares the raw edges of dying with grace, dignity, and a sense of humor.
Director: Jay Lyons | Stars: Kara Tippetts, Ann Voskamp, Joanna Gaines, Joni Eareckson Tada
21. Patterns of Evidence: Moses Controversy (2019)
Not Rated | 140 min | Documentary
A filmmaker searches for scientific evidence that Moses wrote the first books of the Bible.
Director: Timothy P. Mahoney | Stars: Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron, William G. Dever, Manis Friedman, Duane Garrett
22. The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story (2019)
PG-13 | 112 min | Drama
In India, a journalist investigates whether or not an Australian missionary is performing illegal conversions on the local townspeople.
Director: Aneesh Daniel | Stars: Sharman Joshi, Stephen Baldwin, Shari Rigby, Manoj Mishra
Votes: 927 | Gross: $0.61M
23. Harriet (I) (2019)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn
24. George Washington (1984)
480 min | Biography, Drama, History
The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, David Dukes, Jaclyn Smith
25. Heaven Is for Real (2014)
PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Family
A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum
Votes: 27,834 | Gross: $91.44M
26. Miracles from Heaven (2016)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family.
Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino
Votes: 26,998 | Gross: $61.71M
27. 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: 4,137 | Gross: $4.70M
28. The Case for Heaven (2022)
115 min | Documentary
A compelling argument is made not only with interviews of those (not necessarily religious believers) who had near-death experiences, but an interview with a Cambridge neurologist who explains the "something" that neurons can't define.
Director: Mani Sandoval | Stars: John Burke, Steve Caballero, Francis Chan, Sharon Dirckx
Votes: 121 | Gross: $1.50M
29. Hidden Figures (2016)
PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner
Votes: 241,067 | Gross: $169.61M
30. American Underdog (2021)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of NFL MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to becoming an American Football star.
Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, Hayden Zaller, Ser'Darius Blain
31. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)
PG | 91 min | Documentary
Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.
Director: John Chester | Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester, Todd, Alan York
Votes: 8,272 | Gross: $4.37M
32. Colors of Character (2020)
Steve Skipper is one of America's most prolific and honored artists. His works have hung in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the U.S. Capitol, the International Motorsports Hall of ... See full synopsis »
Director: Chris Danielson | Stars: Don Keith, Steve Skipper
33. Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors (1999)
50 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
34. Blind Eyes Opened (2020)
Unrated | 115 min | Documentary
A Christian documentary diving into the sex trafficking industry in the US exposing the darkness that fuels demand, highlighting survivors' transformations through Christ, and showing Christ as the hope for all involved.
Director: Geoffrey Rogers | Star: Brook Susan Parker
35. Never Again? (2020)
120 min | Documentary
"Never Again?" seeks to educate others on the horrors and consequences of anti-Semitism. The film follows the journey of a Holocaust Survivor and former radical Islamist as they seek to leave behind a legacy of love over hate.
Director: Calvin Aurand | Stars: Alan Dershowitz, Eyal Dror, Kasim Hafeez, Shuki Hajdu
36. 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: 344,916 | Gross: $255.96M
37. Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015 TV Movie)
TV-G | 81 min | Drama, Family, Musical
Discover the magic and warmth of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, based on the inspiring story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee.
Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney
38. Dunkirk (2017)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy
Votes: 683,369 | Gross: $188.37M
39. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer
Votes: 550,859 | Gross: $67.21M
40. Greyhound (2020)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Drama, History
Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.
Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Matt Helm
41. 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain (2017)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
An adrenaline seeking snowboarder gets lost in a massive winter storm in the back country of the High Sierras where he is pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to battle his own personal demons as he fights for survival...."
Director: Scott Waugh | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino, Sarah Dumont, Kale Culley
42. The First American (2016)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, History
George Washington is central to understanding America's founding. He was the crucial figure in winning the American Revolution, in creating the Constitution, and in establishing the ... See full summary »
Director: Kevin Knoblock | Stars: Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich, Robert Lyons, Beverley Simmons
43. 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
44. Free Burma Rangers (2020)
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary
The film follows Dave, Karen, and their three young children, as they venture into war zones where they are fighting to bring hope. Viewers will follow the family into firefights, heroic rescues, and experience life-changing ministry.
Directors: Brent Gudgel, Chris Sinclair | Stars: David Eubank, Karen Eubank, Peter Eubank, Sahale Eubank
45. The Victor Marx Story (2012)
60 min | Documentary