Summer is a great time for families to watch good movies with outdoor scenes, as well as Christian themes worth discussing. Fortunately, there are many worthwhile choices on streaming sites. These movies not only entertain, but they enlighten and edify. They have excellent artistry and content. They provide outstanding discussion starters for families and create interest in being in the great American outdoors.

Here are our top choices for a range of ages and demographics of excellent movies for families that have the best content, acting, and cinematography for Summer.

#1 – Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown
#2 – Highway to Heaven
#3 – Woodlawn
#4 – A.D. The Bible Continues
#5 – The Bible
#6 – Chronicles of Narnia
#7 – How Should We Then Live?
#8 – The Blind Side
#9 – The Stray
#10 – National Parks Exploration Series

#1 – Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

When the Peanuts gang goes to summer camp, they participate in a river-raft race against some cheating bullies. Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, presents enduring Christian themes through the comic antics of The Peanuts characters. Charlie Brown learns to work through his disappointments. Lucy learns that sometimes it is okay to be nice. Sally learns about unconditional love. Charlie Brown shares the heart of Christian redemption when he says, “It’s not often that you get the opportunity to start over with a clean slate.”  Linus shares a Biblical perspective in Peanuts movies. Peanuts films are great choices for all ages, especially during the summer.

Peanuts movies can be seen free with Prime or at a minimal cost on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

#2 – Highway to Heaven

Highway to Heaven G is a classic television series. Five seasons of this redemptive show include outdoor, camp, and other summer settings. An ex-police officer is the sidekick of a probationary angel, Michael Landon. Together they serve to heal relationships in a wide range of heart-warming, entertaining, comic scenarios. The episodes provide interesting, authentic characters with universal themes.

Highway to Heaven can be seen free with Prime or at a minimal expense on most streaming sites, including Amazon Prime Video.

#3 – Woodlawn                      

Woodlawn PG is based on the true story of the integration of an Alabama high-school football team. It documents the rise of former Miami Dolphins running back, Tony Nathan. The movie is set in racially violent and torn Birmingham, Alabama. In 1963, a bomb thrown into a crowded African American church had tragically killed four girls in their Sunday school classes and led to violence that left two more persons dead. Racial divisions, tension, and violence continued into the ’70s.

The movie shows how football coach Tandy Gerelds welcomes the arrival of talented black players after Woodlawn High School becomes integrated. The Woodlawn team still struggles to compete against its rivals at Banks High School. Finally, Black and White football players on both the Woodlawn and Banks teams experience reconciliation, led by Chaplain Hank Erwin. It is one of the best movies available for a racially tense time such as this and provides real solutions to divisiveness.

Woodlawn can be seen at a minimal cost on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

#4 – A.D. The Bible Continues

A.D. The Bible Continues is a series that authentically, historically, and accurately depicts the Biblical accounts of the early church from the Gospels and Books of Acts. Dramatic details in the story that are not found in the Biblical accounts are based on histories of the period that are recognized and respected by scholars. This series reveals the brutality and violence of the times, but most importantly the overcoming power of God’s spirit. Our Lord Jesus Christ and His followers bring Truth, Light, and Eternal Hope to an oppressed world.

A.D. The Bible Continues can be seen at a minimal cost on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

#5 – The Bible

The Bible PG is a biographical miniseries about landmark events leading to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It then covers the birth, ministry, death, and 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. Although details are left out and some added for dramatic effect, this miniseries brings the Bible to life in power and significance. The voices of the seasoned actors are especially appealing as most come from dialect backgrounds that support rich, nuanced vocal delivery. This series is most suitable for older children through adults.

The Bible, based on true events, can be seen on most streaming sites including  Amazon Prime Video.

#6 – Chronicles of Narnia

Chronicles of Narnia movies are some of the best family, adventure, Christian movies with many amazing, fantasy characters. The series begins with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. 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 Christ’s resurrection and redemption.

Chronicles of Narnia movies can be rented or purchased at a minimal cost on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

#7 – How Should We Then Live?

How Should We Then Live? is a brilliant film series based on true events in the rise and decline of Western thought and culture. It gives an overview and depth of insight about Western history, philosophy, and science. With wonderful cinematography, it presents great works of art from around the world as reflections and windows into these insights. It is an excellent Christian historic and art series for all ages of adults and for family summer discussions. It helps viewers to understand where the conflicts of today come from and how to find freedom without chaos.

How Should We Then Live? episodes can be seen on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

#8 – The Blind Side

The Blind Side PG-13 is based on a true story. Michael Oher, now a senior in high school, is living on the street with no possessions and no real hope. Leigh Anne Tuohy, a wealthy Caucasian mom, first gives Michael a place to stay for one night in her family’s home. Michael ends up moving into the Tuohy family home. Michael slowly learns to trust Leigh Anne and her embracing family. He begins to open up to them and even begins to smile more. When Michael’s grades improve, he joins the football team. Because of his size, he is given the job of blocking the quarterback. Leigh Ann’s son, S. J. Touhy, also coaches and supports Michael with some hilarious antics. Michael becomes a star player on the football team.

The Blind Side can be purchased or rented at a minimal cost on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

#9 – The Stray


As the Davis family is struggling and falling to pieces, a stray dog, Pluto, appears. He has a positive redemptive impact on the family, led by a worn-out mom and a workaholic father. The Stray PG is based on a true story about a young father who takes his nine-year-old son, the family dog, and two of his son’s friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado. All five of them are struck by lightning and they struggle to survive. Pluto earns his place in the family by saving a toddler, becoming a special companion to the nine-year-old, and encouraging the restoration of marriage and family relationships.

The Stray can be rented or purchased at a minimal cost on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

#10 – National Parks Exploration Series

The National Parks Exploration Series is a breathtaking exploration through America’s National Parks. It includes aerial views, ground tours, interviews with park rangers, and more. This enables viewers to discover the allure and artistry of nature’s wilderness areas. The series has 11 episodes that include: The Black Hills, The Northwest Passage, The Everglades, Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Death Valley, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, and millions of acres of untouched nature. The sights and sounds of the unique ecosystems immerse audiences into wonderful worlds throughout America.

National Parks Exploration Series can be rented or purchased at a minimal cost on most streaming sites including Amazon Prime Video.

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