Let’s dive right in there. The very best christian movies of all time in a top 10. Religious movies about God, Jezus or the Bible.
The Passion of the Christ
Directed by Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ graphically narrates the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ leading to His crucifixion. It was heavily based on the gospel accounts in the Bible. Despite the R-rating for the violence shown, it was critically acclaimed and received many awards and nominations.
The Ten Commandments
Cecile B. De Mille directs the epic classic The Ten Commandments. It focuses on the life of Moses, as a prince of Egypt, and the deliverer of the Hebrew slaves. It is cited as one of the biggest blockbusters of the decade and is listed as one of the best films in the epic genre.
William Wyler directs Ben Hur, a religious epic on the rise and fall and rise again of Judah Ben-hur, played by Charlton Heston. It was the highest grossing film in 1959 and is “considered one of the greatest films ever made”.
God’s Not Dead
Harold Cronk helms God’s Not Dead, based on the book of the same name. It tells the story how a college student defended his faith to an atheist professor. It received mixed reviews, mostly positive from the Christian community, and negative from mainstream critics.
The Hiding Place
James F. Collier helms The Hiding Place, the story of how Corrie ten Boom and her family hid Jews in their house during the Holocaust in the Netherlands and how they were later sent to a concentration camp. Corrie was the only one in her family who survived.
Chariots of Fire
From producer David Puttnam and director Hugh Hudson come Chariots of Fire, a story about Olympians Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams. Both overcame persecution because of their beliefs and ended up winning gold medals for their country. The film won critical acclaim and nods from the Academy Awards.
Alex Kendrick directs Fireproof, which he co-wrote and co-produced with brother Stephen Kendrick. It is a story of a married couple on the verge of divorce. Through patience and unconditional love, they were able to reconcile their differences and renew their wedding vows. It got mixed reviews from mainstream critics but received accolades from Christian organizations.
Kevin Reynolds directs and co-writes Risen, with Paul Aiello, a story about a Roman soldier tasked to find the body of Jesus after His resurrection. Through his investigation, he encounters the Christ and has a change of heart. It received positive response from critics and moviegoers alike.
Darren Aronofsky helms Noah, inspired by the biblical account of Noah in the Book of Genesis. It tells of Noah’s struggles in building the ark and protecting his family. It received positive reviews from critics and Christian organizations, with the latter understanding the creative license undertaken to interpret the biblical account.
Martin Scorsese helms and co-writes Silence, a movie about the journey of 2 Jesuit priests to find their mentor and to spread Christianity as they face persecution. It was critically acclaimed and selected as one of the American Film Institute’s 10 Best Films of the Year.