List of Christian films

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This is a list of notable Christian films. Titles are listed in alphabetical order followed by the year of release in parentheses. The month or day of release is stated if known.

Pre-1930[edit]

Title Year Month Day Director
From the Manger to the Cross 1912 October 3 Sidney Olcott
Civilization 1916 June 2 Thomas H. Ince, Reginald Barker, Raymond B. West
Intolerance 1916 September 5 D. W. Griffith
The Ten Commandments 1923 December 21 Cecil B. DeMille
Ben-Hur 1925 December 30 Fred Niblo
The King of Kings 1927 April 19 Cecil B. DeMille

1930s[edit]

Title Year Month Day Director
The Miracle Woman 1931 August 7 Frank Capra
The Sign of the Cross 1932 November 30 Cecil B. DeMille
The Last Days of Pompeii 1935 October 18 Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
San Francisco 1936 June 26 W. S. Van Dyke, D. W. Griffith
Boys Town 1938 September 9 Norman Taurog
Angels with Dirty Faces 1938 November 26 Michael Curtiz
The Great Commandment 1939 October 2 Irving Pichel

1940s[edit]

Title Year Month Day Director
Sergeant York 1941 July 2 Howard Hawks
One Foot in Heaven 1941 October 2 Irving Rapper
The Devil and Daniel Webster 1941 October 17 William Dieterle
Heaven Can Wait 1943 August 11 Ernst Lubitsch
The Song of Bernadette 1943 December 21 Henry King
Going My Way 1944 May 3 Leo McCarey
The Keys of the Kingdom 1944 December 15 John M. Stahl
The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945 March 1 Albert Lewin
The Bells of St. Mary's 1945 December 6 Leo McCarey
Dragonwyck 1946 April 10 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Angel on My Shoulder 1946 September 20 Archie Mayo
Heaven Only Knows 1947 September 12 Albert S. Rogell
The Bishop's Wife 1947 December 9 Henry Koster
The Miracle of the Bells 1948 March 16 Irving Pichel
Gnana Soundari 1948 May 21 Joseph Thaliath Jr.
Gnana Soundari 1948 June 18 Murugadasa
3 Godfathers 1948 December 1 John Ford
Alias Nick Beal 1949 March 4 John Farrow

1950s[edit]

Title Year Month Day Director
Stars in My Crown 1950 May 11 Jacques Tourneur
The Flowers of St. Francis 1950 December 14
The First Legion 1951 April 27 Douglas Sirk
Journey Into Light 1951 September 28 Stuart Heisler
Quo Vadis 1951 November 8 Mervyn LeRoy
I Confess 1953 March 22 Alfred Hitchcock
Martin Luther 1953 May 8 Irving Pichel
The Robe 1953 September 16 Henry Koster
Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 June 18 Delmer Daves
Sign of the Pagan 1954 December 18 Douglas Sirk
The Silver Chalice 1954 December 20 Victor Saville
East of Eden 1955 March 9 Elia Kazan
Friendly Persuasion 1956 November 8 William Wyler
The Ten Commandments 1956 December 19 Cecil B. DeMille
The Midnight Story 1957 June 4 Joseph Pevney
The Big Fisherman 1959 August 4 Frank Borzage
Ben-Hur 1959 November 18 William Wyler

1960s[edit]

Title Year Month Day Director
Elmer Gantry 1960 June 17 Richard Brooks
Francis of Assisi 1961 July 12 Michael Curtiz
King of Kings 1961 October 20 Nicholas Ray
Jnaanasundari 1961 December 21 K. S. Sethumadhavan
Barabbas 1961 December 23 Richard Fleischer
Satan Never Sleeps 1962 July 12 Leo McCarey
Snapaka Yohannan 1963 March 31 P. Subramaniam
Lilies of the Field 1963 October 1 Ralph Nelson
El señor de La Salle[1] 1964 Luis César Amadori
The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1964 September 4 Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 February 15 George Stevens
The Agony and the Ecstasy 1965 October 7 Carol Reed
7 Women 1966 January 5 John Ford
A Man for All Seasons 1966 December 12 Fred Zinnemann
Andrei Rublev 1966 December 16 Andrei Tarkovsky
The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968 November 14 Michael Anderson

1970s[edit]

Title Year Month Day Director
Brother John 1971 March 24 James Goldstone
Johnny Got His Gun 1971 May 14 Dalton Trumbo
Annai Velankanni 1971 August 15 K. Thangappan
A Thief in the Night 1972 March 22 Donald W. Thompson
Pope Joan 1972 September 29 Michael Anderson
Brother Sun, Sister Moon 1972 December 2 Franco Zeffirelli
Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 August 15 Norman Jewison
Godspell 1973 August 24 David Greene
Jesus 1973 December 21 P. A. Thomas
Luther 1974 January 21 Guy Green
The Abdication 1974 October 3 Anthony Harvey
Thomasleeha 1975 July 19 P. A. Thomas
Rooster Cogburn 1975 October 17 Stuart Millar
Oh, God! 1977 October 7 Carl Reiner
Punitha Anthoniyar 1977 Unknown Unknown Nanjil Durai
Born Again 1978 October Unknown Irving Rapper
The Nativity 1978 December 17 Bernard L. Kowalski
Karunamayudu 1978 December 21 A. Bhimsingh
Hermano Puli 1979 April 6 F.V. Alfon
Jesus 1979 October 19 Peter Sykes, John Krish
Christmas Lilies of the Field 1979 December 16 Ralph Nelson

1980s[edit]

Title Year Month Day Name of Director
Oh, God! Book II 1980 October 2 Gilbert Cates
Rajadhi Raju 1980 Unknown Unknown Bapu
Peter and Paul 1981 April 12 Robert Day
From a Far Country: Pope John Paul II 1981 September 9 Krzysztof Zanussi
Chariots of Fire 1981 October 9 Hugh Hudson
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1982 February 4 Michael Tuchner, Alan Hume
The Scarlet and the Black 1983 February 2 Jerry London
Tender Mercies 1983 March 4 Bruce Beresford
The Prodigal Planet 1983 Unknown Unknown Donald W. Thompson
Oh, God! You Devil 1984 October 7 Paul Bogart
Mass Appeal 1984 December 6 Glenn Jordan
Kuzhandhai Yesu[2] 1984 Unknown Unknown V Rajan
Hi-Tops 1985 Unknown Unknown Ernie Rettino, Debby Kerner Rettino
The Fourth Wise Man 1985 March 30 Michael Ray Rhodes
Hinugot sa Langit 1985 June 7 Ishmael Bernal
The Mission 1986 October 31 Roland Joffé
Divine Mercy: No Escape 1987 September 15 Hermann D. Tauchert
Au revoir, les enfants 1987 October 7 Louis Malle
The Little Troll Prince 1987 November 27 Ray Patterson
Dayamayudu 1987 Unknown Unknown Vijayachander
Nakausap Ko ang Birhen 1988 March 24 Mike Relon Makiling
The Seventh Sign 1988 April 1 Carl Schultz
The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 August 12 Martin Scorsese
Adipapam 1988 September 10 P. Chandrakumar
Don Bosco 1988 September 30 Leandro Castellani
Lorenzo Ruiz: The Saint... A Filipino 1988 October 5 Maria Saret
Jesus of Montreal 1989 May 17 Denys Arcand
Romero 1989 August 25 John Duigan
To Kill A Priest 1989 October 13 Agnieszka Holland

1990s[edit]

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1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000s[edit]

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2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Country
2010 Holyman Undercover David A. R. White United States
No Greater Love Brad J. Silverman United States
Preacher's Kid Stan Foster United States
Beware of Christians Will Bakke United States
Letters to God David Nixon United States
Of Gods and Men Xavier Beauvois France
The Way Emilio Estevez United States
Spain
2011 The Grace Card David G. Evans United States
Soul Surfer Sean McNamara United States
The Encounter David A. R. White United States
Honoring a Father's Dream: Sons of Lwala Barry Simmons United States
Dominic: Light of the Church Marcelino Sari Philippines
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls Benjamin Nolot United States
The Greatest Miracle[8] Bruce Morris Mexico
Jerusalem Countdown Harold Cronk United States
Suing the Devil Timothy A. Chey Australia
United States
Ikaw ang Pag-ibig Marilou Diaz-Abaya Philippines
Courageous Alex Kendrick United States
2012 Joyful Noise Todd Graff United States
Apostle Peter and the Last Supper Gabriel Sabloff United States
The War of the Vendée[9] Jim Morlino United States
October Baby Erwin brothers United States
Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure Duane Barnhart United States
Mary of Nazareth Giacomo Campiotti Italy
Germany
Spain
Blue Like Jazz Steve Taylor United States
Cristiada Dean Wright Mexico
Between Heaven and Ground Zero André van Heerden Canada
Last Ounce of Courage Darrel Campbell
Kevin McAfee
United States
The Encounter: Paradise Lost Bobby Smyth United States
The Mark James Chankin United States
2013 Home Run David Boyd United States
Lazer Us Mann Munoz United States
Canada
Unstoppable Darren Doane United States
Alone yet Not Alone Ray Bengston
George D. Escobar
United States
The Book of Daniel Anna Zielinski United States
Grace Unplugged Brad J. Silverman United States
I'm in Love with a Church Girl Steve Race United States
The Christmas Candle John Stephenson United Kingdom
United States
Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir Francis Villacorta Philippines
2014 The Perfect Wave Bruce Macdonald South Africa
New Zealand
Indonesia
Son of God Christopher Spencer United States
God's Not Dead Harold Cronk United States
Noah Darren Aronofsky United States
Heaven Is for Real Randall Wallace United States
Moms' Night Out Erwin brothers United States
Virtuous Bill Rahn United States
Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
Persecuted Daniel Lusko United States
Holy Ghost Darren Wilson United States
The Identical Dustin Marcellino United States
The Remaining Casey La Scala United States
Believe Me Will Bakke United States
The Song Richard Ramsey United States
Left Behind Vic Armstrong United States
A Matter of Faith Rich Christiano United States
Saving Christmas Darren Doane United States
Exodus: Gods and Kings Ridley Scott United States
United Kingdom
Spain
The Gospel of John David Batty United Kingdom
Canada
United States
2015 Last Days in the Desert Rodrigo García United States
Old Fashioned Rik Swartzwelder United States
Do You Believe? Jon Gunn United States
For You Fr. Charles Sawaya Lebanon
The Ark United Kingdom
The Masked Saint Warren P. Sonoda United States
Little Boy Alejandro Monteverde United States
Mexico
Beyond the Mask Chad Burns United States
The Cokeville Miracle T. C. Christensen United States
War Room Alex Kendrick United States
Francis: Pray for Me Beda Docampo Feijóo Argentina
90 Minutes in Heaven Michael Polish United States
Captive Jerry Jameson United States
Woodlawn Erwin brothers United States
Felix Manalo Joel Lamangan Philippines
2016 The Ten Commandments: The Movie Alexandre Avancini Brazil
Risen Kevin Reynolds United States
The Young Messiah Cyrus Nowrasteh United States
Miracles from Heaven Patricia Riggen United States
God's Not Dead 2 Harold Cronk United States
Ignacio de Loyola Paolo Dy Philippines
Max and Me[10] Donovan Cook[11] Mexico
Ben-Hur Timur Bekmambetov United States
Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli[12] Gil M. Portes Philippines
Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson United States
The Promise[13] Terry George United States
The Atheist Delusion[14] Ray Comfort United States
Priceless Ben Smallbone United States
I'm Not Ashamed Brian Baugh United States
Hero of Auschwitz: The Life Story of St. Maximilian Kolbe[15][16] Jessy Maria India
Silence Martin Scorsese United States
2017 The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Dallas Jenkins United States
The Shack Stuart Hazeldine United States
Slamma Jamma Timothy A. Chey United States
Coming Home[17] Layne McDonald United States
The Case for Christ Jon Gunn United States
All Saints Steve Gomer United States
Altar Egos Sean Morgan United States
A Question of Faith Kevan Otto United States
Network of Freedom Pablo Moreno Spain
Same Kind of Different as Me Michael Carney United States
Let There Be Light Kevin Sorbo United States
The Star Timothy Reckart United States
Genesis: Paradise Lost Ralph Strean United States
2018 Samson Bruce Macdonald United States
South Africa
Like Arrows Kevin Peeples United States
Run the Race Chris Dowling United States
I Can Only Imagine Erwin brothers United States
Mary Magdalene Garth Davis United States
United Kingdom
Australia
Paul, Apostle of Christ Andrew Hyatt United States
God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Michael Mason United States
Come Sunday Joshua Marston United States
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word Wim Wenders France
Germany
Italy
Switzerland
God Bless the Broken Road Harold Cronk United States
Unbroken: Path to Redemption Harold Cronk United States
Indivisible David G. Evans United States
Amazing Grace Sydney Pollack United States
2019 Harriet Kasi Lemmons United States
The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story Aneesh Daniel United States
Breakthrough Roxann Dawson United States
Love and Mercy: Faustina Michał Kondrat Poland
Unplanned Cary Solomon
Chuck Konzelman
United States
The Pilgrim's Progress Robert Fernandez United States
A Hidden Life Terrence Malick United States
Germany
Overcomer Alex Kendrick United States
The Two Popes Fernando Meirelles United Kingdom
United States
Italy

2020s[edit]

Year Title Director Country
2020 I Still Believe Erwin brothers United States
2021 The Girl Who Believes in Miracles Richard Correll United States

Upcoming[edit]

Title Director Country
Rise Kevin Rodney Sullivan United States
The Way of the Wind Terrence Malick United States
Lamb of God: The Concert Film Rob Gardner United States
My Brother's Keeper Kevan Otto United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Movie on De La Salle Available on DVD". RELAN. Christian Brothers Conference. December 3, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  2. ^ Kuzhandai Yesu | Kanne Vaa song. Saregama Tamil. November 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "6 Telugu Films That Celebrated The Spirit Of Christmas". pycker. 8 December 2018.
  4. ^ Aneesh Daniel on LinkedIn
  5. ^ Holyfire Ministry (April 30, 2009). Story of Barabbas - 1/3 (Hindi).
  6. ^ Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch (12 September 2016). The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film. De Gruyter. p. 1068. ISBN 978-1-5015-0016-9.
  7. ^ "Mulla Kireetam". Eros Now.
  8. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (August 17, 2011). "The Greatest Miracle DVD debuts in Spain". HM Magazine. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "The War of the Vendee". Amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  10. ^ Reuters Television (August 25, 2015). "Mexican animators bring story of Polish WW2 saint Kolbe to screen". Mexico City. Reuters. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  11. ^ Kay, Jeremy (August 6, 2014). "Dos Corazones Films launches in Mexico". Screen Daily. Media Business Insight Limited. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  12. ^ Manila Standard Showbitz (September 20, 2016). "Beginning today 'Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli' makes history". Manila Standard. Philippine Manila Standard Publishing Inc. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  13. ^ Kandiah, Krish (April 23, 2017). "'The Promise' - in depth interview with the producer of this unmissable movie for Christians". Christian Today. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Creationist Ray Comfort Just Won "Best Science Film" at a Christian Film Festival". Patheos.
  15. ^ Pozhathuparambil, John (November 14, 2016). "Friars in India Produce Film about St. Maximilian Kolbe". Conventual Franciscan Friars. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  16. ^ "U.S. premiere of film about St. Maximilian Kolbe at Bellarmine on Jan. 29". Bellarmine University. January 23, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  17. ^ "Coming Home". Dove. The Dove Foundation. Retrieved March 17, 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lindvall, Terry Sanctuary Cinema: Origins of the Christian Film Industry (New York University Press, 2007)
  • Lindvall, Terry and Andrew Quicke Celluloid Sermons: Emergence of the Christian Film Industry (New York University Press, 2011)