We’ve all undoubtedly spent way too much time in front of our TVs since all this shelter-in-place stuff began more than a month ago. The good news, though, is there’s plenty of quality movies to watch.
If you’re looking for some good Christian films to watch this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here are five worthwhile movies:
The Case for Christ (2017)
This Pure Flix movie, directed by Jon Gunn and starring the late Robert Forster, Faye Dunaway, Erika Christensen, and Mike Vogel, chronicles the journeys of real-life investigative reporter Lee Strobel, who set out on a mission to disprove the Christian faith and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
His no-holds-barred search to discredit Christianity caused a major rift between Strobel and his wife, who became a Christian while he was still determined to falsify the faith at the center of his journalistic inquiry.
After two years of intense research and meticulous investigation, Strobel was compelled to accept the truths of Christianity. He went on to write about his incredible journey in his best-selling book, “The Case for Christ.”
An Interview with God (2018)
The Astute Films movie, directed by Perry Lang and written by Ken Aguado, stars David Strathairn, Brenton Thwaites, and Hill Harper. The fictional film tells the story of Paul Asher, a budding journalist who had just returned home after being deployed to Afghanistan.
When he comes home, Asher’s marriage — and life — is crumbling around him. His life, though, takes an interesting turn when he’s offered the intriguing opportunity to interview a mysterious man claiming to be God, played by Strathairn.
Speaking to Faithwire in 2018, the film’s co-producer, Harrison Powell, said he hoped the film would encourage people to ask questions and start conversations about faith in God.
“Our thought is, film is art and great art should ask questions, sometimes more than it gives answers,” he said.
Same Kind of Different As Me (2017)
This Paramount Pictures film, based on the New York Times bestseller by the same title, stars Greg Kinnear, René Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, and Jon Voight. It chronicles the real-life experiences of art dealer Ron Hall, who, after coming clean about an affair, is challenged by his wife Debbie to make up for his selfishness by volunteering with her at the local homeless shelter.
Initially cynical about the entire thing, Hall ultimately befriends a homeless man who introduces himself as Denver. Hall’s relationship with Denver leads to a moving reconciliation between himself and his father, played by Voight.
Variety described the faith-based film as a “sincere and sometimes clumsy plea for old-fashioned Christian empathy.”
Good Sam (2019)
Though it’s not a Christian movie in the traditional sense, the Netflix original film “Good Sam” is chock full of worthwhile faith-based lessons.
The movie, which boasts a “Dove Approved” seal, follows the story of intrepid New York City beat reporter Kate Bradley, played by Tiya Sircar, as she works to unmask the identity of a mysterious good Samaritan leaving bags of $100,000 on residents’ doorsteps.
In its review of the film, Movieguide said “Good Sam” is “filled with positive Christian, biblical messages that obviously draw on the biblical story found in Luke 10,” when Jesus tells his disciples the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
For those who want to see a biblical epic, the Pure Flix movie “Samson,” starring Taylor James, Billy Zane, Lindsay Wagner, and Caitlin Leahy, tells the story of Samson in the Old Testament book of Judges.
In the film, set not long before the reign of King David, the Hebrews in Israel are under the harsh rule of the Philistines. It’s prophesied that Samson will help God’s people defeat the Philistines with his supernatural strength. His weakness, though, is his sexual desire.
Throughout the action-packed film, viewers see how God helps Samson overcome his physical temptations to use him in greater ways.
And the good news about all five of these movies is there’s all on Netflix.