8 Compelling Christian Movies for Good Friday & Easter

As we approach Good Friday, I wanted to share eight compelling and completely NON-Cheesy Christian movies to watch.

The first four recommendations are courageous Faith-based pictures. The next four movies are honorable mentions with underlying Christian themes.

Movies for Good Friday & Easter

1. The Passion of the Christ (2004, Rated R)

The true story of the final 12 hours of Jesus’ time on earth, in the flesh, on the day of his crucifixion. The subtitles feel like second nature after the first few minutes, and in my opinion, add to its historicity. However, there is now an English version. (Note: this movie has some graphic torture scenes)


2. Risen (2016, Rated PG-13)

This is a story of the Resurrection told from the perspective of a high ranking Roman military officer. Pontius Pilot orders Clavius to find the body of Jesus after it has disappeared from the tomb on the day he rose from the dead.

3. The Case for Christ (2017, Rated PG)

This movie is based on the true story of Lee Strobel. Strobel was an avowed atheist and investigative journalist for The Chicago Tribune, who set out to challenge his Wife’s newly found Christian faith.

4. Ben-Hur (2016, Rated PG-13)

A new, shorter (two hour) version based on the classic Ben-Hur movie from 1959. A prince, falsely accused of treason, is sent into slavery. He eventually returns home seeking revenge, yet ends up finding redemption.

More Movies to Check Out

These four recommendations are amazing stories with underlying Christian principles.

5. Hacksaw Ridge (2016, Rated R)

The true story of Desmond Doss who refused to carry a weapon during WWII for religious purposes. He served as an army medic and received the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his heroic actions.

6. The 17 Miracles (2001, PG)

Based on the inspiring true story of Mormon pioneers who made the journey to Salt Lake City in the mid-1800s after getting a late start in the season. The pioneer group ends up facing a treacherous winter on their journey.

7. A Christmas Carol (Too many versions to list! Rated PG)

“Bah Humbug!” A Charles Dickens’ classic about redemption. There are many versions of this classic, including a Disney animation.

If you enjoy A Christmas Carol, The Man Who Invented Christmas is another good movie to check out.

8. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005, Rated PG)

This movie is an adventure-filled fantasy land story filled with incredible symbolism. Based on the children’s books by C.S. Lewis.

What other movies could be added?

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