Family Favorite Feature Films
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the films listed may be too intense or contain other content that would not be appropriate for younger ages. I am also aware that everyone has unique standards and guidlines for their own families. Please take the time to examine these films and I hope the "Content Review" links will be helpful. Lastly, in case anyone is wondering, no the movies are not listed in any particular order.
The War Within
Michael Sinclair (Brett Varvel) is a syndicated cartoonist whose dream of a perfect life is upended when tragic events transform his dream into a nightmare. The result is a war that wages within his soul which is personified by six members; Mind, Memory, Emotion, Will, Conscience, and Heart.
The ensuing battle for control adversely effects his relationship with his wife Amy (Rebecca Reid) and causes Michael to doubt his faith in God.
Ace Wonder is a boy detective, struggling to find a storyline for his latest novel. When his path tangles with Derek Morton, a simple family mystery becomes a very real case of corporate espionage, scientific discovery, and a coldblooded killer. Will Derek learn his grandfather's secret before it's too late?
Two Hats addresses the subject of foreign missions, highlighting the ministry of Brad and Deborah Wells, along with their 7 children in Papua New Guinea. Brad started the country’s first Christian radio station in 2000 and is now reaching 50,000+ listeners per day.
Everywhere we go we are surrounded by screens. Have we entered a techno utopia or a virtual prison? Should we be celebrating unreservedly or should we be cautious and skeptical? Is it the greatest leap in productivity or the biggest setback from the things most meaningful in life?
Has today’s connectivity drawn us closer to one another or strangely more disjointed? Is our social experience richer and deeper or more shallow and artificial? Is it all of these things or none of them?
Discover insightful answers to these questions from media experts, church leaders, and inspiring individuals and families from across the country. Most importantly you’ll discover how God’s word addresses the unique media challenges we face today.
"Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.
When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?"
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
In the Roman province of Judea, Jews return to the city of their birth for the census. A bright star in the night over Bethlehem marks the birth of Jesus Christ. Years later, Roman commander Messala, who was brought up in Judea, takes command of the Roman garrison in Jerusalem. His Jewish boyhood friend Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) greets him. Messala is delighted, but when Judah refuses to name Jewish patriots, Messala sentences him to the slave galleys and imprisons his mother, Miriam, and sister, Tirzah. Judah vows revenge. Judah's search for his mother and sister and his quest for revenge intersects with crucial biblical events such as the Sermon on the Mount and the crucifixion. Among BEN-HUR's vivid dramatic sequences are an exciting sea battle and the famous chariot race that pits Judah against Messala in one of cinema's greatest action sequences.
Facing the Giants
"In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure.
However, an unexpected challenge helps him find a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field and off. With God, all things are possible!"
"Growing up, Catherine Holt always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her daddy. Now, after seven years of marriage, Catherine wonders when she stopped being "good enough" for her husband.
As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb's father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father's sake more than for his marriage.
But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever...rescuing his wife's heart."
Letters to God
A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and community and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. An unsuspecting substitute postman, with a troubled life of his own, becomes entangled in the boy's journey and his family by reading the letters. They inspire him to seek a better life for himself and his own son he's lost through his alcohol addiction.
Inspired by a true story, Letters to God is an intimate, moving and often funny story about the galvanizing effect one child’s belief can have on his family, friends and community.
Pendragon: Sword of His Father
Son of British Chieftain Justinian the Pendragon, young Artos has grown up in a quiet coastal village. Justinian entrusts the boy with a vision – to defend the people God has trusted them with.
The first independent Christian film of its kind, Burns Family Studios presents an epic adventure set in Britain’s Dark Ages. With riveting action, stunning visuals, and a powerful score, Pendragon’s message of faith, courage, and vision is sure to inspire your family for generations to come.
Runner From Ravenshead
Sam has been sentenced to Ravenshead Prison, guarded by wardens who keep a vigilant watch and relentlessly pursue anyone that tries to escape. Fortunately, the City of Refuge Guide Service is there to direct escaping prisoners toward freedom.
When Sam makes her break, the under-staffed Guide Service is forces to commission the enthusiastic but accident-prone janitor, Henry, instead of a regular guide. Rollicking adventure, fun and humor combine with an engaging story in this allegory that teaches how to find rest from the struggles of life.
As children of the World War I era, our parents were inspired by Gary Cooper’s touching portrayal of Sergeant Alvin York in this award-winning film. Grab the popcorn and gather your family to see Alvin’s dramatic conversion to faith in Jesus Christ in response to years of prayer from a loving mother, and his heroic act of self-sacrifice during battle.
A great tool to teach Christian manhood. (The fact that Hollywood produced this film is proof that even a broken clock is right twice a day.)
Follow Me Boys
After one year too many on the road with a ramshackle jazz band, Lem Siddons decides to put down roots. He marries sweetheart Vida Downey and embarks on a lifelong roller-coaster ride as a scoutmaster to a steady stream of high-spirited youngsters. As he becomes more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, ultimately realizing that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town. Set against lovingly recreated scenes of 1930s America, this family classic shines with humor and warmth.
Two hotshot mountain climbers forge an uneasy friendship in order to reach their ultimate summit. A daring rescue just earned flamboyant Derrick Williams, the climb of a lifetime, but his dream comes with an unwanted partner. Safety man Michael Harris doesn't hot dog, doesn't blaze trails and rarely takes life to the edge. Media attention forces training to take a back seat in their fire-and-ice relationship. But no amount of training can prepare them for the harsh reality of the Chilean Andes. The Climb escalates into a test of wills, character and sacrifice that pushes both men beyond limits.
“The Penny” is a drama/thriller that follows a series of seemingly insignificant events in a number of people’s lives. Hidden amidst their “bigger” problems, these disconnected pieces of their lives go unnoticed until they begin to fit together in a totally unexpected way. Suddenly these strangers are thrust together by what some would call luck, chance, fate, coincidence, or even destiny. But is it something even bigger than that?
An inspiring film that demonstrates that God’s providence, not “luck,” directs the destiny of men. Watch as the lives of three strangers are intertwined by a penny.
When Christian principles become socially unacceptable and society moves to repress them, what will the Christians do? Witness the Soviet Union—before glasnost. Fear of the KGB pervades society. Christian faith is stifled wherever it is discovered.
Most believers cling to a hollow shell of Christianity tolerated in "registered" churches. However, some believers opt to remain "unregistered," worshipping God openly and accepting the consequences. A brave few dare to print Bibles—right under the noses of the KGB. This story is about them.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Jefferson Smith, an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, is selected to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair. Surely this naive bumpkin can be easily controlled by his respected yet corrupt senior senator from the state. Director Frank Capra fills the movie with Smith's wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington...but the wonder begins to fade as Smith discovers corruption and greed in the Nation's Capitol. Bright, funny, and beautifully paced, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is Capra's ode to the power of innocence. The film also calls for faith in traditional American values of patriotism and faith in the people, and provided an educational lesson in how bills are passed through Congress.
Treasures of the Snow
This is the movie for children who need to learn the true meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Filmed in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, Treasures of the Snow is a Christian film about a young boy named Lucien who makes a mistake, is rejected by his community, but is later befriended by an old woodcarver who teaches him a valuable skill.
In the end, anger and revenge are replaced by the love of Christ in a wondrously surprising conclusion.
Movie Rating: Not Rated
Suggested Ages: All Ages
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I Am David
David, a 12-year-old, escapes from a Communist concentration camp with little more than a compass, a sealed letter, a loaf of bread, and instructions to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark. David is thrust into the free world for the first time in his young life as he travels across Europe. His spiritual voyage of discovery, where David slowly loses his instinctive mistrust of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and ultimately, love, addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the resilience of youth and the unbreakable spirit of a child.
The Grace Card
After his son's death, embittered police officer Mac McDonald loses faith in God and himself, but his new partner, part-time pastor Sam Wright, offers him friendship and sets him on the path to grace and redemption in this stirring Christian drama.