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Top 10 Redemptive Films to Stream During COVID-19


Many family movies that have come out in theaters are now available through streaming or DVD. Movies like I Still Believe have been released early for streaming due to the temporary closing of theaters. Here are some of the best recent family films shown in theaters for you to stream during COVID-19. These movies are for a wide range of genres and ages.

The top ten family movies that can now be seen at home during quarantine include (in alphabetical order):

#1 – Blind Eyes Opened
#2 – Breakthrough
#3 – Harriet
#4 – A Hidden Life
#5 – I Am Patrick
#6 – I Still Believe
#7 – Overcomer
#8 – Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle
#9 – The Pilgrim’s Progress
#10 – Tolkien

#1 – Blind Eyes Opened

Blind Eyes Open is a broad and comprehensive, but inspirational picture of human trafficking. This captivating documentary features the gripping stories of six courageous individuals who were trafficked in America. Their accounts expose the reality that sex trafficking is happening in the United States and engage audiences to think about their own communities. While their stories are tragic, their testimonies are full of hope in Jesus Christ and Christian people, organizations, and churches. These stories reveal to us that even from the darkest pits of sex trafficking, God can and does restore. One of the darkest evils in our society today can be overcome with the collaboration of churches, civic organizations, and law enforcement. This film is appropriate for young teens through adults.

To learn how to see this enlightening movie, visit 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 continue because two weeks later, he walks out of the hospital with no brain, lung, or other physical impairments. Today John is alive and well. He is graduating from high school and preparing to study ministry.

To learn how to stream or purchase this movie based on a true story visit Amazon Prime Video.

#3 – Harriet

Harriet rated PG-13 is based on the autobiographical story of the extraordinary Harriet Tubman. The cinematography, acting, and music in this compelling movie are outstanding.

Harriet is about a slave in the South before the Civil War named Minty,  who is married to a free African American man. She longs to be free under the brutal, racist rule of Gideon, who controls the plantation. Minty runs away, pursued by evil pro-slave forces, and successfully gets to freedom, where she takes the name of Harriet Tubman. She returns to the South to get her husband, whom she discovers is now married to another African American woman because he thought Minty was dead. She returns on the dangerous trek to the North through the Underground Railroad with a group of slaves who become free like her. Through God and prayer, she continues to free more slaves along the way. This movie is appropriate for teens through adults.

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

#4 – A Hidden Life

A Hidden Life PG-13 is based on real events. It is about an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Franz, an Austrian peasant farmer conscripted into the German Nazi Army, faces imprisonment,  execution, and the rejection of his own community. His family’s unwavering faith keep their spirits alive, as documented in the letters that have survived. Malick’s breath-taking cinematography, skillful use of symbols, and slow pacing that engages the audience’s hearts and minds are powerful. Most Importantly, Franz Jägerstätter leaves a strong legacy of honor for his family and the world. This theme of legacy of honor even with a seemingly “Hidden Life” is important for all of us. It is most appropriate for older children through adults. This movie is now available on most streaming services.

This movie based on real events can be rented at minimal cost on Amazon Prime Video.

#5 – I Am Patrick

I Am Patrick is a captivating docudrama. Based on original, primary documents, the title of this inspiring movie is taken from Patrick’s own autobiography which begins with the words “I am Patrick.” Patrick’s life is one of the best-documented from the early Christian centuries.

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. This film covers Patrick’s journey from a life of comfort to enslavement to a faith that changed a nation and more. This film reveals centuries of legend and myth. It tells the true story of Patrick through historical re-enactments, expert interviews, and Patrick’s own writings. It is suitable for older children through adults.

For a $15 donation, viewers can get the DVD of this amazing movie based on true events. Visit the official website.

#6 – I Still Believe

Amid life’s challenges, I Still Believe, rated PG, is a powerful reminder that in life’s storms, true hope can be found. God is available to us, which is especially important in our suffering. I Still Believe is an encouraging movie about the power of Love and how one life can change the world. It is the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp. God has been with him in great challenges and loss. This singer-songwriter, in the face of overwhelming grief, has found the strength to press on. This movie is appropriate for older children through adults.  It is now available on most streaming platforms.

To rent of purchase this inspirational film based on a true story visit Amazon Prime Video.

#7 – Overcomer

Overcomer, rated PG, is a dramatic sports movie about finding our identity in Christ. This movie is about a high school coach, John Harrison, and his basketball team. They face an uncertain future when their town’s largest manufacturing plant shuts down, causing hundreds of people to move away. John begins to coach cross-country, a sport he doesn’t like. He faces an additional challenge when he begins to mentor and coach Hannah Scott, an unlikely and disabled runner who pushes herself to her limits.

Inspired by the words and encouragement of an unlikely new friend, John trains Hannah for the most significant and life-changing race she will face. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least-likely runner to attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year. With Coach Harrison’s mentorship and that of his new friend, Hannah overcomes the seemingly impossible on many significant and surprising fronts. Overcomer has left audiences filled with hope, inspired to dream, and challenged to find their real identity in Christ.

To learn how to stream or purchase this movie go to Amazon Prime Video.

#8 – Patterns of Evidence: Red Sea Miracle

The Red Sea Miracle is one of the greatest miracles in the Bible. Moses and the Israelites are trapped at the sea by Pharaoh’s army when God miraculously parts the waters, rescuing the Israelites and destroying Pharaoh and his chariots. The Bible describes the crossing happening at a deep and mighty sea, and that’s how director Cecil B. DeMille depicted it in his epic, “The Ten Commandments.”

Today, many scholars are skeptical of spectacular miracles. They claim that if the Exodus sea-parting happened, it must have been caused by naturalistic means at a shallow lake in the north of Egypt’s Nile delta. The Red Sea Miracle is the first in a two-part film series by Patterns of Evidence. In this investigation, he examines the journey to the crossing location, looking at two competing views of the Red Sea Miracle. It is one of the biggest biblical documentary investigations of all time, uncovering new evidence for the story that challenges our previous understanding of history.

See the evidence as the Bible comes alive with dramatic recreations, 3D animations, never seen before footage, and interviews from leading Egyptologists, Exodus explorers, and Bible scholars. This fascinating movie is available on DVD. It is appropriate for older children through adults.

To learn more about how to see The Patterns of Evidence Series, including Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle, go the official website.

#9 – The Pilgrim’s Progress

The Pilgrim’s Progress rated PG is an animated adventure movie that is appropriate for older children through adults. The Pilgrim’s Progress is a deeply significant film based on John Bunyan’s powerful classic story. It contains universal themes about the Christian journey of overcoming perils and life/death struggles on the way to the Celestial City.

The film has been produced to inspire American families as well as to support missionaries and churches in volatile regions around the world. The Pilgrim’s Progress is a best-selling fiction book in history. It has never been out of print. It is the first novel written in English. This epic story of the journey of Christian and his burden still resonates with readers today, just as it did 340 years ago!  The Pilgrim’s Progress is a film that gives viewers the courage to live out their faith in a culture that often stands against it.

To learn how to rent at minimal cost or purchase this classic movie go to Amazon Prime Video.

#10 – Tolkien

Tolkien rated PG-13 is a new biographical drama about J.R.R. Tolkien, his early life, and the influences on Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories. It is most appropriate for young to older adults, due to the WWI images and literary elements. This is a lovely inspirational choice for a date-night movie.

Tolkien focuses on the formative years of the renowned author’s life, as he develops friendships, inspiration, and courage among a group of young artists. Their fellowship strengthens as they grow up and struggle with love and loss together. It includes Tolkien’s challenging courtship of Edith Bratt, until the outbreak of the First World War which threatens to tear their bonds apart. Tolkien overcomes the challenges with his classmates, his beloved Edith, his mentors, and WWI to write the profound tales of Middle Earth. The characters and stories portray Christian virtues and character qualities that overcome intense violence, hostile power, greed, and evil.

To learn how to stream or purchase this movie go to Amazon Prime Video.

Redemptive family movies are providing refreshing inspiration and hope. Although theaters are currently closed, many redemptive family movies with Christian values on DVD or via streaming are showing us how to find healing, unity, and a positive way forward in the divisiveness of our day.

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

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For more movie recommendations, check out these resources:

Top 10 Redemptive Films of 2019

10 Films to Encourage Your Faith

Top 10 Redemptive Christian Films

8 Redemptive Films to Strengthen Your Marriage

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Diane Howard
Diane Howardhttps://dianehoward.com/
Dr. Diane Howard is a frontline journalist known for exclusive interviews with leading figures in artistic, redemptive media. She has been involved in decades of qualitative and quantitative research on the verifiable power of role models. She also serves as talent and as a dialogue, dialect, voice-over coach. A former Professor of Performance, Media, and Film Studies with a Ph.D. in Performance Studies (College of Communication, University of Texas, Austin), she has been involved in multiple aspects of artistic, redemptive communication media, regionally to internationally. She can be found online at dianehoward.com. As a free resource for churches, Diane has created an IMDb list of films for church libraries available here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls090258766/  


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