Evangelical Films Ranked in Order of Popularity

Popular Evangelical Films Span Recent Titles to Old School Productions

From the popular “Left Behind” series to the its modern remake, Christian evangelical films seem to be either hit or miss. Here is a list of some Christian movies that remain near and dear to viewers’ hearts.

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Top 5 Often-Searched for Evangelical Films

Looking for evangelical films (filmes evangelicos) to watch with your Bible study group or with the family over the weekend? This list of popular Christian movies might be able to help you out.

From the popular “Left Behind” series to the its modern remake, Christian evangelical films seem to be either hit or miss, yet many of them manage to remain near and dear to viewers’ hearts.

Film details, such as descriptions, reviews, gross, etc., are sourced from IMDB.com unless otherwise noted. These movies are compiled based on how often they are searched for online, not by how much money they made in the theaters.

Fireproof

This 2008 movie starring Kirk Cameron as a firefighter on the brink of losing his marriage is probably one of the most popular Christian movies in recent times. The basic description of “Fireproof” states: “In an attempt to save his marriage, a firefighter uses a 40-day experiment known as “The Love Dare.” The popular Kendrick brothers (Alex and Stephen Kendrick) are credited for the story and screenplay. Depending on where you look, “Fireproof” is either hot or a flop. For example, on Amazon, the DVD received 4.8 stars out of 5 based on 3,586 customer reviews. Meanwhile, on Rotten Tomatoes, critics gave “Fireproof” a 40% “fresh” rating, which means they mostly thought the movie was “rotten.”

God’s Not Dead

This 2014 movie got even worse reviews from critics (and general audiences) than Kirk Cameron’s “Fireproof” — but that doesn’t mean “God’s Not Dead” didn’t hit big at the box office. In fact, the movie about how “college philosophy professor Mr. Radisson’s curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists” grossed  $60,753,735 in the U.S. alone. The film was made on a $2 million budget. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that the box office beast resulted in “God’s Not Dead 2.” Although part two recouped its $5 million budget (it grossed  $20,773,070 in the U.S.) it failed to repeat the magic.

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Courageous

“When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives,” reads the description for this 2011 movie. Another Kendrick brothers production, “Courageous” is another oft-looked for Christian movie. “Courageous” is wildly popular on Amazon, where it has near-solid five star status.

Facing The Giants

This movie is from way back — 2006 — but it has stood the test of time, remaining a favorite for many Christians. Guess who gets writer and director credits for “Facing the Giants?” — Yes, the Kendrick brothers again with the Midas touch. The movie making brothers seem to know how to give Christian viewers the kind of inspiring movies they long for. The film’s description: “A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.” Considering that the budget for this movie was just $100,000, they cleaned up pretty nicely at the box office, reaping more than $10 million.

Left Behind: World at War

Although the end times book series the “Left Behind” films are based on have done amazingly well among readers, some of the films have been straight flops, even with Christian viewers. Description: “The world falls into chaos as Nicolae Carpathia detonates nuclear devices across the globe and stages multiple devastating attacks against both the Tribulation Force and an international militia, led by U.S. President Gerald Fitzhugh.” Nicolae Carpathia, in case you haven’t read the books, is the big bad beast. President Fitzhugh is played by Louis Gossett Jr., while Kirk Cameron picks up his role as Buck Williams. Amazingly, “Left Behind: World at War” was filmed in just one month, according to IMBD.com.

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That brings us to the end of our list of popular evangelical films, but here are a few more leading searched for Christian movies you might enjoy.

  • A Thief in the Night (1973) – another end of the world classic
  • Heaven Is for Real (2014) – based on a little boy’s purported visit to heaven
  • Letters to God (2010) – a little boy with cancer who inspires everyone around him
  • Jesus Camp (2006) – a “riveting” and “provocative” documentary about kids who aspire to become “the next Billy Graham”

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