Christian movies have a unique place in the lives of Christians. They have a way of strengthening our faith and getting us deeply rooted in the things of God through pictures and real testimonies plotted in stories. Many have been healed, problems solved and miracles has happened by watching Christian movies. Today, I’ll share with you the top 7 Christian movies in recent times based on content, revenue and reception!
1. The Shack (2017)
The Shack is a Christian drama film released in 2017 centered on a man, Mac Philips who after suffering a major family setback succumbed to serious depression that causes him to question his beliefs. A mysterious letter he received at the height of the moment tested his faith and urged him into a wilderness. This was the beginning of discovering truths that caused a dramatic change in his life for the better. He got to understand the tragedy better, ushering him into a new space. This movie comes in handy when Christians go through calamities that forces us to question the very faith we profess. The Shack grossed $57.4 million in the United States and Canada and $39.6 million in other countries for a worldwide gross of $96.9 million. Although the movie largely received positive responses from some critics, others disapproved the depiction of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit tagging it as unbiblical.
2. I Can Only Imagine (2018)
I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American Christian biographical drama film based on the story behind the group MerceyMe’s song, I Can Only Imagine, regarded as the best Christian Single of all times. Released in the United States on March 16, 2018, It became a box office success, grossing $86 million worldwide with a production budget of $7 million, earning more than twelve times its budget. It is the fifth highest-grossing music biopic and sixth highest-grossing Christian film of all-time in the United States.
3. War Room (2015)
War Room 1 is one of the most popular and most watched Christian movies worldwide. It follows in the challenges that most believers grapple with on daily basis . Released in 2015, the movie is plotted around a seemingly happy Christian family from the outside but fraught with challenges in the inside. Things took a bad turn when the head of the house, Tony became verbally abusive to his wife, Elizabeth with infidelity undercurrents. It took the intervention of an acquaintance to identify the problem and helped Elizabeth pull through setting the family back to normalcy. She did this by introducing Elizabeth to prayers and the ‘War room’. This movie touched many homes going through similar ordeal and further emphasized the importance of prayers in the face of adversities. As Mathew 6 v 6 says, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” The movie upon release received negative reviews from critics but was loved by the Christian community. It became a box office hit grossing $74 million worldwide including $67.8 million domestically and became the 7th highest-grossing film in the United States.
4. Miracles from Heaven (2016)
Miracles from Heaven is a 2016 American Christian drama film which recounts the true story of young daughter who had a terrible life-threatening disease and was later cured miraculously with the help of her mother Christy, to the amazement of family and medical experts. After the healing, she narrates how her soul left her body and how God promised her healing. However, her healing was met with mixed feelings as some believed and others chose to remain in disbelief. The movie grossed $61.7 million in North America and $12.2 million in other territories and climbed a global total of $73.9 million with a budget of $13 million.
5. God’s Not Dead (2014)
Released in 2014, the film was staged around a college student in a classroom setting. His faith was being challenged by an atheist professor who saw God as an art of science. The story is based on Rice Broocks’ book God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty. Dr. Radisson the lecturer asked that his class must sign a declaration that “God is dead” in order to pass his course. Josh, a student refused because of his belief but the other side is, that course was an academic requirement. The professor then asked that Josh debates his position, ‘God is Alive’ for a pass mark. The continuous debate led to him Jeopardizing his faith, relationships and future. This movie reechoes the fact that Christians are not promised a smooth journey. Christians would go through trials that could threaten their faith but in all these we need to turn to prayer rather than engage in needless banter as Proverbs 26 v 4 rightly says, “Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.” The movie attracted mostly negative reviews, but won the heart of Christians worldwide and grossed over $62 million. It was criticized also for stereotyping atheists instead of engaging in meaningful debate.
6. Break Through (2019)
Breakthrough is a 2019 American Christian movie based on the Christian book, The Impossible, an account of true events. John an adopted son goes through a series of problems at school because of his identity. He later got trapped in water and mysteriously survived at a point where all hope was lost as his foster parents prayed for his survival. In an interesting twist of events, he came back to life causing unbelievers to believe in God. The movie was premiered in St. Louis on March 20, 2019, and on April 17, 2019 in the United States by 20th Century Fox. The film had mixed to positive reviews and was celebrated for its inspirational content. The movie grossed $40.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $9.7 million in other countries and a worldwide total of $50.4 million.
7. Soul Surfer (2011)
Soul Surfer is a 2011 American drama hinged on a 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board Released in theaters on April 8, 2011 in the United States and Canada. Filming took place in Hawaii and Tahiti in August 2010. Soul Surfer was released in theaters on April 8, 2011 in the United States and Canada and become a commercial success, earning $47.1 million. It received mixed reviews from critics. In the plot Bethany, a young surf enthusiast loses an arm after a near death attack by a shark while surfing in the sea. Her faith in God and support from family and friends helped her to recover and got back to surfing.
We can’t conclude this list without an honorable mention of the 2004 bestselling christian movie of all time, the Passion of the Christ, a powerful rendition of what our Lord and savior suffered for our sake. It earned over $622 million with repeat box office releases.
Movies carry power and has the ability to transform lives. As you enjoy these Christian thrillers, be deeply immersed in it, pray along the characters and experience the glory of God through ground-breaking testimonies.