There are many Easter films that beautifully and emotionally tell the story of the Savior’s resurrection in a wide range of genres for all ages. These movies honestly and authentically present evil, pain, and suffering of this world. Somehow, all of this has been overcome by faith.

The top ten inspirational movies that present the overcoming power of rebirth, renewal, and redemption include the following:

#1 – The Bible
#2 – Breakthrough
#3 – The Case for Christ
#4 – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
#5 – I am Patrick
#6 – Miracles From Heaven
#7 – 90 Minutes in Heaven
#8 – The Passion of the Christ
#9 – Risen
#10 – Son of God


#1 – The Bible

The Bible, rated PG, is a biographical dramatic miniseries through landmark events leading to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This outstanding miniseries includes the following: Noah recounting Genesis One to his family as rain pours down on the Ark, lives of Adam and Eve,  Abraham and his wife, Exodus, Joshua at the Battle of Jericho, Samson, David, Solomon,  and Daniel. It then covers the: birth, ministry, death, resurrection of Jesus Christ; followed by the lives of Peter, Paul, and John. The Bible weaves the Biblical accounts together and keeps the integrity of Scripture with emotional and spiritual depth and engagement. Although details are left out and some added for dramatic effect, this miniseries with good acting brings the Bible to life in power and significance.

This series based on true events can be seen on Amazon Prime Video.


#2 – Breakthrough

Breakthrough, rated PG, is a biographical drama based on the true story of John Smith. When John was 14 years old, he drowned in Lake Saint Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. CPR was performed on John for 27 minutes to no avail in the emergency room. John’s adoptive mother came into this room, praying loudly, when suddenly there was a pulse. John was revived. However, the miracles continued because two weeks later, he walked out of the hospital with no brain, lung, or other physical impairment. Today John is alive and well. He is graduating from high school and preparing to study ministry.

This movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video.


#3 – The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ, rated PG, is a biographical drama based on the journey of an investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist. This captivating film about the award-winning journalist and avowed atheist Lee Strobel begins in 1980. Strobel’s investigative reporting earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. At the same time his career was taking off, his home life became a battle zone when his wife Leslie found faith in Christ. Applying his well-honed journalistic and legal skills, Lee set out to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife. Strobel used his legal experience and training as a former courtroom analyst to thoroughly study and build a case to discredit the deity of Jesus. Employing historical, personal, and medical records, Lee “cross-examined” a dozen leading experts with doctorates who are recognized authorities in their fields. Lee’s careful research and scrutiny led him to stunning conclusions and results.

This movie based on a true story can be rented or purchased at minimal cost or on Amazon Prime Video.


#4 – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, rated PG, is a wonderful family adventure & fantasy. It is based on C.S. Lewis’ classic novel by the same title. Because of an air raid in London during World War II, four children (Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan), are taken to the English countryside for safety. There, in Professor Kirke’s house, they enter through an old wardrobe into the land of Narnia. Narnia is a world with fascinating talking animals and mythical creatures. The children learn that the evil White Witch has taken control of the land, turning it into a state of forever winter. In this beautiful film full of delightful characters, the children learn of their destiny to set Narnia free. This movie is a captivating, compelling allegory of Christian resurrection and redemption.

This movie based on a true story can be rented or purchased at minimal cost or on Amazon Prime Video.


#5 – I am Patrick

I Am Patrick is a captivating docudrama based on original, primary documents. Patrick’s life is one of the best-documented from the early Christian centuries. The title of this inspiring movie is taken from Patrick’s own autobiography which begins with the words “I AM PATRICK.” This film covers Patrick’s journey from a life of comfort to enslavement to a faith that changed a nation and more. This inspiring movie tells the true story of the man who led thousands of people to Christ in Ireland during the collapse of the Roman Empire. Centuries of legend and myth are shed to tell the true story of Patrick through historical re-enactments, expert interviews, and Patrick’s own writings. This film releases in theaters on March 17, 2020.

Follow the availability of I Am Patrick on IMDb.


#6 – Miracles From Heaven

Miracles from Heaven, rated PG, is a biographical drama based on true events in the life of the Beam family. The movie is based on Christy Beam’s bestselling book about the amazing true story of her daughter. Christy Beam is a determined, devoted mother whose world is turned upside down when her daughter Anna is struck with a rare, incurable, painful digestive disorder. With a mother’s tenacious determination, Christy does everything she can to care for her child through a medical maze. When she struggles in her faith and when all truly seems lost, a series of amazing events unfold that leave not only Christy but doctors, family and community at once baffled.

This movie can be rented or purchased at minimal cost or on Amazon Prime Video .


#7 – 90 Minutes in Heaven

90 Minutes in Heaven, rated PG-13, is a biographical drama based on true events in the life Pastor Don Piper. Piper was heading home after a pastors’ conference when a truck hit Don’s car, completely crushing it and killing Don Piper. Don found himself standing in front of a heavenly portal, surrounded by familiar faces. Pastor Dick Onerecker came upon the accident moments after it happened. The EMS team told him that Don was dead. Nonetheless, Dick was compelled to stop and to pray for him.

Miraculously, Don suffered no head or internal injuries, although almost every bone in his body was either broken or shattered. Piper says, “…it was the most real thing that ever happened to me… know what I’ve seen.”  Don Piper believes he was sent back to spread a special message: “Heaven is a real place.”

This movie based on a true story can be rented or purchased at minimal cost or on Amazon Prime Video .


#8 – The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ, rated R, is a powerful and realistic biographical drama. This gripping movie, filmed in Latin and Aramaic, presents the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The movie film also has flashbacks in Christ’s life, such as The Last Supper and The Sermon on the Mount. This passionate movie also highlights the dark spiritual warfare raging around Jesus Christ during His Passion. The first scene presents Jesus weeping in the Garden of Gethsemane, as Satan tries to lure Jesus away from his destiny on the cross. Jesus stomps on the head of the serpent when He arises. Judas leads the temple guards into the garden to arrest Jesus and the brutal treatment of the Messiah continues until His final victory in His Resurrection.

This movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video.


#9 – Risen

Risen is a captivating, action movie (PG-13) that tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from a Roman point-of-view. As historical fiction, it stays fundamentally grounded in the Biblical accounts. This fascinating movie follows Roman soldier and non-believer, Clavius. He has been tasked with leading soldiers who crucified Jesus and guarded His tomb. When the soldiers guarding the tomb have fallen asleep and Christ’s body is missing, Pontius Pilate orders Clavius to investigate. After Clavius and his aide fail in their initial bribery attempt, they interrogate Mary Magdalene. She tells them they can’t find the body because Jesus has risen from the dead. This engaging movie builds in suspense to a strong conclusion.

This movie can be rented or purchased at minimal cost or on Amazon Prime Video.


#10 – Son of God

Son of God is a biographical drama of the life of Jesus Christ. It presents Jesus Christ as God in the flesh, serving sacrificially to redeem mankind. The movie begins with John’s narration of God’s promises and covenants with His people throughout Israel’s history. Jesus, thirty years after his birth, calls Peter to join Him to change the world. Tension begins as Pharisees challenge Jesus regarding his teachings and miracles. Conflict then increases with the Romans and the Jews during Passover. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey only to begin His journey to the Cross but finally to be resurrected.

You can watch this movie for a small fee on Amazon Prime.


Many of these movies are now available on DVD or through various forms of streaming. They are excellent picks for libraries: personal, church, public and more. See other top pick lists by years and categories on IMDb.

In our growing spiritual revivals, redemptive family movies are providing refreshing inspiration and hope. Redemptive family movies with Christian values are showing us how to find healing, unity, and a positive way forward in the divisiveness of our day.

Much is at stake with success of redemptive movies in terms of eternal personal and corporate redemption. We can facilitate the impact of inspiring, hopeful, redemptive and future ones like them by seeing, supporting, sharing, and showing these fine movies with family, friends, our churches, and the world.

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