Have Hope! We Discovered 11 Best Christian Family Movies on Netflix About Love, Hope, and Perseverance.
The beauty of Netflix is that no matter what type of film you’re looking for, the streaming service has a massive selection in every genre to choose from. Netflix has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something uplifting, a comedy that will have you in stitches, or a kid-friendly movie that the whole family can enjoy together. However, the best family-friendly movies are those that have larger meanings and themes about life and faith that we can all learn from. If Christian movies are what you’re looking for, there are plenty to choose from on Netflix for you and your family.
How do we persevere in the face of adversity? 2021 is unquestionably the year to curl up under a blanket and watch an inspiring film about resilience and faith in a higher power. After all, this year has been a true test of faith. We could all use a reminder that there is a plan for us, and movies are one of the most powerful ways to learn about life, love, faith, and character strength.
Here are the 11 Christian family movies to watch on Netflix at any time of year, but especially during the holiday season.
1. A Walk to Remember (2002)
The film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel A Walk to Remember, starring Mandy Moore and Shane West, was one of the most talked-about films of the early 2000s. And for good reason: both the film and the book are still relevant today. When Jamie (Moore) is diagnosed with cancer as a teenager, the last thing she expects is to fall in love in high school. But when bad boy Landon (West) begins to get to know Jamie, that all changes. What about the rest? History. It’s not the tragedy that will stick with you from this film, though it is heartbreaking. It’s a memorable love story.
2. Soul Surfer (2011)
Soul Surfer is based on the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton and follows one young woman’s journey through faith even when it is tested. Hamilton (played by AnnaSophia Robb), a pro surfer, is ambushed by a shark and has her arm amputated as a result. But she finds the strength to keep going and get back on her surfboard through faith and prayer. Soul Surfer, starring Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, and Carrie Underwood, is a must-see for everyone.
3. The Healer (2017)
Alec is a mediocre handyman who is perpetually broke, but when his uncle agrees to pay off his debt, Alec agrees to relocate abroad in exchange. He is now attempting to make a name for himself as an electrician in a small town in Nova Scotia. However, a misunderstanding results in the newspaper ad portraying him as a mystical healer. When families flock to Alec to heal their children’s illnesses and their grandparents’ ailments, Alec may discover that the ad wasn’t a mistake at all, and that it may be his destiny to truly heal people.
4. God Bless the Broken Road (2018)
To summarize a line from God Bless the Broken Road, it is at times like these that you must rely on your faith. Amber must find strength in her relationship with God after her husband is killed in combat in order to stay afloat, make ends meet, and raise her daughter. This is a beautiful film starring Patrika Darbo, Kim Delaney, and Jordin Sparks about how grief isn’t just an end, but perhaps also a new beginning.
5. God’s Not Dead (2014)
God’s Not Dead, a Christian film fan favorite, was created with those who doubt His existence in mind. When college sophomore Josh (Shane Harper) enrolls in a philosophy class taught by the avowed atheist professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo), who claims that God is no longer alive, he challenges him and defends his own faith. Josh is determined to refute professor Radisson’s claims, even if it means failing the class. God’s Not Dead, which also stars David A.R. White and Dean Cain, as well as appearances by Willie and Korie Robertson and The Newsboys, is so inspiring and well-received that a sequel was made. God’s Not Dead 2 is currently unavailable on Netflix.
7. An Interview With God (2018)
What would you ask Him if you had the opportunity to do so? Paul (Brenton Thwaites) is a journalist who has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview God (David Strathairn). However, as the interview progresses, Paul’s world crumbles around him and his faith is tested. Can the man claiming to be God provide him with answers and restore his faith?
8. Never Heard (2018)
Aaron Davis (David Banner) is imprisoned for a crime he denies committing. Meanwhile, his son Jalen (Romeo Miller) wanders the streets of Los Angeles without his father, falling in with the wrong crowd and dealing drugs. When it all comes down to it, will prayer and the power of faith be able to save everyone involved? Never Heard, which also stars Karrueche Tran, Robin Givens, Dijon Talton, Dorien Wilson, Karen Abercrombie, and Jackie Long, is about a test of faith: Will Jalen opt for the fast or the faith?
9. The Young Messiah (2016)
The story of God’s son, Jesus Christ, is told in The Young Messiah. Jesus and his family left Egypt when he was seven years old to return to Nazareth. This film is a meaningful educational tool for families and children to learn about Jesus because it tells the story from Jesus’ young perspective as he grows and evolves into the spiritual icon we know and praise today.
10. Full Count (2019)
Milton Young, who was once at the top of his game and full of potential, suddenly loses everything: his father, his dream of playing professional baseball, and his family’s farm. But he might discover, through faith, that things, even seemingly terrible things, have a way of working themselves out.
11. The Gospel of Matthew/Luke/John (2014)
These three films, The Gospel of Matthew, The Gospel of Luke, and The Gospel of John, are fictional explorations of the lives of the Apostles. Each of these films, which use word-for-word language from the Bible, can be used as biblical aids to religious education for families and children.
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