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The 15 best Christian movies on Netflix (May 2021)

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Come Sunday and Soul Surfer as Christian movies on Netflix. Pic credit: Netflix/Sony

There are not a lot of movies out there for Christians to watch that have a faith-based message.

However, when turning on Netflix, feel secure that there are plenty of choices here for Christian viewers.

From movies that are inspirational to those that have a stronger message to deliver, there is a faith-based movie here for all Christians.

Every month, Netflix deletes movies from its streaming service when contracts expire. The good news is that Netflix also had plenty of great movies to replace them.

Bookmark this page, as we will update this article every month to remove the films that drop off and add great new Christian movies you can enjoy every month.

God Calling (2018)

God Calling (2018)
The cast of God Calling (2018). Pic credit: Silverbird Distribution

God Calling is a Nigerian movie from 2018 that is not only on Netflix but was featured in CNN African Voices.

This is a film that wants to tell us that God has a plan for every life, no matter how bad. The movie is about the aftermath of a death, a dramatic film born from tragedy.

A young couple loses its only child and spirals into despair. The husband seeks help in the arm of a female colleague while his wife, Sade, falls into a depression.

Nothing to Lose (2018)

Nothing to Lose (2018)
Petrônio Gontijo as Edir Macedo in Nothing to Lose. Pic credit: Swen Releasing

Nothing to Lose is a self-financed biopic of Edir Macedo, the Brazilian bishop that founded the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and who is the owner of the Record TV network.

Edir preached the gospel in parks and on street corners while practicing direct Christianity by caring for the homeless.

However, he found enemies in the Brazilian government and the Catholic Church and he eventually went to jail on charges of money laundering and other infractions.

This movie tells his story, from his point-of-view, from his rise as a preacher to his battles with what is portrayed here as corrupt government forces acting on behalf of the Catholic officials.

Greater (2016)

Greater (2016)
The Christian movie Greater. Pic credit: Hammond Entertainment

Greater is another religious inspirational sports movie.

This movie is a biopic of Brandon Burlsworth, a former walk-on for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team that went on to become an All-American.

He ended up drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, but he died in a car accident 11 days later. This is not a spoiler, as the movie starts with his funeral and his older brother’s anger at God for allowing this to happen.

The movie then traces Brandon’s journey from walk on to superstar, a man who inspired everyone around him.

The Young Messiah (2016)

The Young Messiah (2016)
The Young Messiah (2016). Pic credit: Focus Features

Based on a novel by Anne Rice, The Young Messiah tells the story of Jesus Christ when he was seven years old.

Following King Herod’s death, his family is moving from Egypt back home to Nazareth, where they originally fled to when Herod ordered the death of all children.

What they don’t know is that Herod’s son also wants the young Jesus dead.

The film then shows the story from the child Jesus’s point of view. Mary and Joseph have not told him about his birth or his role as the Savior. He then grows into the religious identity that would define him.

Faith Hope & Love (2019)

Faith Hope & Love (2019)
Peta Murgatroyd and Robert Krantz in Faith, Hope & Love. Pic credit: ArtAffects Entertainment

Faith is a divorcee who owns a dance studio that is going under. She enters into a dance competition to try to save the studio, and while there, she meets a widower named Jimmy Hope.

The movie also has Jimmy as a father of two little girls, and when one of the girls prays to God that Jimmy and Faith will become partners in the contest so she can have a mommy and daddy again, God answers her prayers.

Through Jimmy, Faith rediscovers her own faith and begins to realize her dreams while she teaches him how to love again.

Full Count (2019)

Full Count (2019)
John Paul Kakos in Full Count. Pic credit: Reel One Entertainment

Full Count is a religious sports movie.

Milton Young (John Paul Kakos) is a baseball pitcher who has dreams of playing college and then professional baseball. However, when his dad dies, he has to return to the farm town that he fought so hard to escape and work on his dad’s dying farm.

After his dad’s funeral, he is in an accident and killed a pedesttrian. He ends up in jail for two days and is praying the entire time, and when he gets out and goes home, he sees that his family’s crops have miraculously grown.

There is also an angel who helps him.

Riding Faith (2020)

Riding Faith (2020)
Riding Faith (2020). Pic credit: Vision Films

John Schneider of the Duke’s of Hazzard is back with the faith-based movie Riding Faith.

In this movie, a family ranch faces foreclosure, and mother Rebecca struggles with her daughter Grace after the death of father Mike (that is Schneider’s role).

When the mother sells a horse that was Grace’s last memory of her dad (he bought it for her), the two drift further apart, with Grace losing her faith and her mother struggling to understand why her prayers are not being answered.

Like Arrows (2018)

Like Arrows
Micah Lynn Hanson in Like Arrows. Pic credit: FamilyLife Films

Like Arrows is a faith-based movie that hit Netflix, initially released in 2018.

This was the first movie ever for FamilyLife Films, although it was not originally meant to be a movie, as it started as a video conference series.

Like Arrows features an ordinary couple journeying through every phase of parenting – from pregnancy to the golden anniversary. The film then shows the couple’s typical parenting struggles.

Through this, they become aware of their need to introduce God’s message into their marriage and family.

God Bless the Broken Road (2018)

God Bless the Broken Road
The Christian movie God Bless the Broken Road. Pic credit: Freestyle Releasing

Released in 2018, God Bless the Broken Road is a story about a young single mom trying to make ends meet.

Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood) stars as Amber Hill, a single mother whose husband died two years previously – a soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan.

She was a strong Christian before his death, but since her loss, she has become depressed and angry, turning her back on her faith. The film shows Amber’s journey back to God and also has a side break where it shows how her husband died a hero, saving others.

Come Sunday (2018)

Come Sunday
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Come Sunday. Pic credit: Netflix

Come Sunday is a Netflix original faith-based Christian film starring Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave).

This is a movie that is different than other Christian based films released over the past few years. This is a film for more liberal-leaning Christians rather than the evangelical crowd.

Based on the story first reported on This American Life, Come Sunday is about a protege (Ejiofor) of Oral Roberts (played by Martin Sheen) who comes to reject the notion of eternal damnation.

Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)

Joseph: King of Dreams
The Christian animated movie Joseph: King of Dreams. Pic credit: DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation created a Christian DTV movie in 2000 called Joseph: King of Dreams.

Now available to watch on Netflix, this is a faith-based movie that features some big-name voices like Ben Affleck and Mark Hamill.

The story is from the Bible, telling the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. While not up to the level of the higher budgeted Prince of Egypt (this is a prequel to that film), the film is pretty loyal to the story from the Bible.

Freshman Year (2019)

Freshman Year (2019)
Diallo Thompson in Freshman Year. Pic credit: Netflix

Freshman Year is a Christian movie that was a Netflix original from 2019.

CJ (Diallo Thompson) and Marcella (Natalia Dominguez) both leave home for college and develop a strong romance after meeting each other.

CJ was from a strict Christian household while Marcella is from a single-mother household, and while not a Christian, is someone with strong morals.

The film has a twist where CJ falls into temptation, and when he gets Marcella pregnant, both have to make difficult life choices.

The Healer (2017)

The Healer (2017)
Oliver Jackson Cohen in The Healer. Pic credit: Vision Films

Released in 2017, The Healer is a faith-based movie on Netflix that isn’t quite as heavy-handed as some other Christian movies.

The movie didn’t hit Netflix until a couple of years after its release and was an instant success.

Alec Bailey (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, The Haunting of Hill House) is a down-on-his-luck English repairman who soon discovers that he has the power to not only fix things but help fix people.

Soul Surfer (2011)

Soul Surfer (2011)
AnnaSophia Robb in Soul Surfer. Pic credit: Sony

Soul Surfer is the most famous Christian movie on Netflix, a former big-screen movie success from Sony.

AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) stars as real-life surfing legend Bethany Hamilton, a woman who lost her arm in a shark attack. Despite this setback, Hamilton is a born again Christian and put her life in God’s hands, not letting anything stop her from reaching her dreams.

Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt co-star in the movie as Bethany’s parents, while Kevin Sorbo, Craig T. Nelson, and Carrie Underwood also have roles.

The Reliant (2019)

The Reliant (2019)
Kevin Sorbo in The Reliant. Pic credit: Studio City Pictures

Just because it is a Christian movie, that not mean it can’t be fun and full of action as well.

Kevin Sorbo, who made his name as Hercules in the classic TV show, has moved into the role of an almost full-time faith-based movie star (God is Dead, Soul Surfer).

The Reliant is a pure B-grade action movie that old fans of Sorbo might expect while delivering a message his newer fans have come to expect.

In The Reliant, Rick (Sorbo) is a father of five, desperate to gather his family as civil unrest explodes in his small town. While his daughter doesn’t like the idea of guns, she soon understands her family’s Second Amendment right to defend themselves.

Shawn S. Lealos

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