Netflix Has 25 Amazing Christian Movies About Love, Hope, and Perseverance to Watch This Holiday Season
The appeal of Netflix is that it offers a huge selection of movies in every genre, no matter what sort of movie you’re searching for. Netflix offers a variety of films for all tastes, whether you’re looking for something uplifting, a comedy that will have you in stitches, or a family-friendly film for the little ones. The most family-friendly movies, however, occasionally include deeper messages and ideas about religion and life that we can all take away from. If Christian films are what you’re searching for, there are a ton of them available on Netflix.
How can we persevere in the face of adversity? Movies are one of the most significant methods to learn lessons on life, love, faith, and character strength. We could all use a reminder that there is a purpose for us.
Here are the best 10 Christian movies on Netflix to watch—at all times of the year, but most especially during the holiday season.
1. A Week Away(2021)
A musical, A Week Away is Netflix’s latest faith movie release starring Kevin Quinn and Bailee Madison. Troubled teenager Will Hawkins (Quinn) has two choices after he has a run-in with the law: go to juvie or choose Christian summer camp. The latter more appealing, Will begrudgingly attends camp where he finds a surprising connection in the last place he expected to open his heart to love.
2. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2019)
Since Netflix pulled Soul Surfer, the dramatic Christian movie based on the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, it’s since replaced the movie with Hamilton’s 2019 documentary. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is about the young surfer’s life after the shark attack that seemingly defined her—spoiler alert: It didn’t. As much as faith and prayer was a thematic element in Soul Surfer, Unstoppable is Hamilton’s story of a longing for a happy, healthy marriage, becoming a mother, and her strength and courage both on and off the surf.
3. Blue Miracle(2021)
Starring Jimmy Gonzales, Dennis Quaid, and Anthony Gonzalez, Blue Miracle is the true story about a guardian and his kids finding an unlikely partnership with a boat captain in order to win a fishing competition and save their boys-only orphanage in Mexico. Perhaps you can find faith even out on the water.
4. The Shack (2017)
Starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, and Tim McGraw, The Shack is a faith movie based on the book of the same name. After Mack Phillips’ young daughter goes missing during a family vacation, it feels like he will never recover. But then, one day, a letter is left in his mailbox asking him to meet him at the deserted shack in the wilderness where his daughter was presumably murdered. What (or really, who) he finds there, isn’t her killer, however—but something much more profound.
5. Come Sunday(2018)
Based on real-life, Come Sunday tells the story of Carlton Pearson, an internationally-renowned pastor who makes headlines when he begins to question church doctrine and ultimately, his faith.
6. God Calling (2018)
7. Fatima (2020)
Fatima takes place in 1917 Portugal. Three children claim to see visions of the Virgin Mary, who passes on a message of unwavering faith. But not everyone is on board with the message; families, neighbors, and even the local authorities raise suspicions as a community divides over the visions.
8. Mary Magdalene (2019)
Starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix as Mary and Jesus respectively, Mary Magdalene is the spiritual story of twelve men who heard the message of jesus, but the one woman who understood what the message meant.
9. The Young Messiah(2016)
The Young Messiah tells the story of God’s son, Jesus Christ. When he was seven years old, Jesus and his family left Egypt to return to Nazareth. A beautiful movie that tells the story from Jesus’ young perspective as he grows and evolves into the spiritual icon we know of and praise today, this film is a meaningful educational tool for families and children to learn of Jesus.
10. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Based on a true story, Gifted Hands stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ben Carson, a talented medical student who, with the encouragement of his mother, fights against all odds to eventually become a life-saving brain surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital.