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    Christian Films and TV Shows

    I think we've all seen what mainstream movies have turned into nowadays. Violence, sex, exhibitionism, vulgarities and obscenities. As an alternative to this type of "entertainment", I watch Christian films and TV shows. They tend to be more conservative in nature, have old/traditional values and teach a few things about life. If you're a Christian, there are also spiritual truths in them, although one mustn't be Christian to enjoy Christian-themed films.

    Post examples of Christian films or TV shows, alternatively historical films about Christian figures or events:

    A famous Christian themed film was The Passion of the Christ (2004), an American biblical drama film written and directed by Mel Gibson.



    It was quite controversial at the time, critics saying the violence was excessive and it was dubbed as an "antisemitic film". While I'm normally not an advocate of excessive violence, in this context I think some violence had to be portrayed, to make the sacrifice of Jesus realistic and historical.

    Love Comes Softly is a 2003 made-for-television Christian drama film set in the 19th century, based on a series of books by Janette Oke.



    It's a film about love, the meaning of family, faith struggles but also God's plan for us. A famous quote from the movie is “The truth of God's love is not that He allows bad things to happen, it's his promise that he will be there with us when they do.” The film teaches a few valueable lessons about life. There are more film adaptations based on this book series.

    Luther is a 2003 American-German epic historical drama film loosely based on the life of Martin Luther starring Joseph Fiennes.



    The film was partially funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and covers Luther's life from his becoming a monk in 1505 to the Diet of Augsburg in 1530.

    The Ten Commandments (1956) is an American epic religious drama film which dramatizes the biblical story of the life of Moses.



    From this film we learn the journey of Moses, how he came to know God and built his faith.

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    Wikipedia:

    The Robe is a 1953 American Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that is responsible for the Crucifixion of Jesus. The film was released by 20th Century Fox and was the first film released in the widescreen process CinemaScope.


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    I'm not a Christian, but I think the Passion of the Christ demonstrates exemplary boldness, even if Gibson was forced to tone it down (the exclusion of the blood curse). I really did feel transported to that era (although I doubt that Christ first emerged in the first century), although the extra-biblical, Catholic-inspired scenes were unnecessary and detracting. I still think the idea of focusing more on his death by turning Christ into a bloody sacrifice largely substitutes what his life represented. It struck me as odd how virtually every adaptation of Jesus' story ends at his arrest and death. Wouldn't it be a nice change to instead explore more of his life, real or falsified? It's been said that the gospel of John wouldn't be able to fit in all that he did. But what about films?

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    Great thread idea Siebenbürgerin.

    My family and I have enjoyed 7th Heaven. Good TV series about family and all that comes with it. Pretty conservative/traditional about things, although we can also learn about the cost of making mistakes and venturing out into the world.

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    The series follows the Reverend Eric Camden—a Protestant minister living in the fictional town of Glenoak, California—as well as Eric's wife Annie and their seven children. Except for Lucy, the children are all named after key biblical figures. Originally, there are five children (making it a family of seven). The twins are born in season three, in the episode "In Praise of Women". Four of the children, Matt, Mary, Lucy, and Simon, at different times, move away from home during the show's run. Simon goes to college, Mary goes to live with her grandparents and Matt marries and pursues his career as a doctor, far away from the family. Despite these three being absent from the Camden home, the house is always full. When Lucy marries, they move into the garage apartment. Their daughter is born while they are there. Later, they move into a home next door. Ruthie leaves for a short while in the final season to go to Scotland. The Camdens offer shelter to various house guests at different points in the show.
    7th Heaven represents to me the all-American family. Or at least it used to be, in the past...


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    A wonderful movie about difficulties in marriage and rekindling the old love is Fireproof (2008). It's an American Christian drama film about a couple who struggles in their marriage and considers divorce. However, they decide to try a "Love Dare", a 40-day challenge for improving marriages by changing the way a spouse is treated. At first it goes reluctantly, but in the end they rediscover their love and the meaning of marriage.


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    The same producers made the film Letters to God (2010), which is a moving story about a little boy sick with cancer who has a love for writing and sending letters to God. This young boy is touching lives in his neighborhood and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact with. An unsuspecting substitute postman, with a troubled life of his own, becomes entangled in the boy's journey and his family by reading the letters. They inspire him to seek a better life for himself and his own son he's lost through his alcohol addiction.

    The film answers a lot of questions about life and God's role in being beside us in times of struggle.


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    Left Behind is a 2000 Canadian-American religious science fiction film about the Biblical prophecy of Armegeddon. When the Rapture begins and instantly takes all believers in Christ from the Earth, a reporter left behind learns that the Anti-Christ will soon take power.


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    Hacksaw Ridge


    HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, was wounded by a grenade, and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
    Never cared for Vince Vaughn much. Good role for him. The kind of movie you think about twice before putting on.

    I switched satellite off 6 years ago, watch old series like That 70 Show, Cheers, Frashier, Masterchef Austrailia, Allo Allo, Becker Blackadder etc. and then older movies.

    A few we rewatch every now and again not christian at all, just less cringe inducing with old world values and charm.

    The Adventures of Tintin
    The Incredible Mister fox - Clooney in a good movie who knew? Taking time off from Jihad I guess, probably needing the Benjamins.
    Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    Asterix and Obelix Take On Caesar
    Asterix.and.Obelix.God.Save.Britannia
    Barry Lyndon - Anti-hero
    Casablanca 1942
    Cross Of Iron 1977- Sam Peckinpah
    Das Boot
    Hot Fuzz
    Shaun of the dead
    Rear Windows 1954
    Lawrence of Arabia 1962
    Moon 2009
    Dr Strange-love
    Doctor Zhivago
    The Sound of Music 1965
    The Twilight Samurai 2002 - Sometime you have to pity the Japanese
    Troy
    Where Eagles Dare 1968 - Love the ambiance
    The Hobbit Trilogy - Excepts for all those colored folk in Lake town, I don't care all that much for them...
    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1973
    To Catch a Thief 1955
    James Bond films with Sean Connery
    James bond films with Daniel Craig
    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
    Spartacus 1960 - a flop for Kubrick at release, Tough coming off the back of the moon "landing". I Like it allot.
    Paths of Glory 1957
    Jack the Giant Slayer 2013
    Gone With The Wind 1939
    Seven Samurai 1954
    Quo Vadis 1951
    Murder on the Orient Express 2017
    Although the word "Commando" was wrongly used to describe all Boer soldiers, a commando was a unit formed from a particular district. None of the units was organized in regular companies, battalions or squadrons. The Boer commandos were individualists who were difficult to control, resented formal discipline or orders, and earned a British jibe that"every Boer was his own general".

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