Best Christian Movies 2014: Was 2014 year of Christian movies?
Was 2014 the year of the Christian film?
2014 was a milestone / watershed for the Christian movies. 2014 seemed a significant year as far as Christian movies are concerned, because of the sheer volume of Christian movies produced and released by big Hollywood production companies.
Given the number of faith films released in 2014, confidence in Christian-themed content has indeed seems to be growing. With a slate of Christian-centric films from Hollywood, 2014 has been dubbed by industry press as the year of biblical movies.
The best Christian movies of 2014 are:
God's Not Dead
Heaven Is for Real
Son of God
Moms' Night Out
I have deliberately left out “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Noah” from the list of best Christian films of 2014.
Aronofsky's "Noah" boasted a big budget but lacked Biblical significance. Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins, the film made over $300 million at the box office. But the film earned dismal reviews from critics across the board. It drew protests from faith groups for not being true to Scripture.
Exodus: Gods and Kings, director Ridley Scott’s 2014 Moses-Pharaoh showdown, which went heavy on Christian Bale and light on actual Christianity and failed to recoup even half of its $140 million price tag in the US. The Christian Bale-starred film put too much emphasis on a biblically unsound brotherhood between Moses and the Pharaoh while also boasting a scattered script.
Best Christian movie: God's Not Dead 2014
Directed by: Harold Cronk
Produced by: Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe & Anna Zielinski
Written by: Chuck Konzelman & Cary Solomon
Based on the book: God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty by Rice Broocks
Starring: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A. R. White & Dean Cain
Music by: Will Musser
Cinematography: Brian Shanley
Edited by: Vance Null
Distributed by: Pure Flix Entertainment
Running time: 113 minutes
Rating: 4.9/10 (IMDb)
- The film became a surprise success at the box office. In its first weekend of release, the film earned $8.6 million from 780 theaters, causing Entertainment Weekly's Adam Markovitz to refer to it as "the biggest surprise of the weekend".
- God's Not Dead grossed $60.8 million in North America and $1.9 million in other territories for a total of $62.6 million, against a budget of $2 million.
God's Not Dead 2014
The explicitly Christian film, God's Not Dead is centered on a college philosophy teacher whose curriculum is challenged by a new Christian student. This Christian movie weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action.
Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), college freshman and devout Christian, finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Jeffrey Radisson demands his students sign a declaration that "God is dead". Josh is the only student who refuses to sign. Radisson requires Josh to debate the topic with him and the class members will decide the winner. Josh's girlfriend Kara breaks up with him for insisting on confessing his belief in God.
Radisson gives Josh twenty minutes at the end of the first three lecture sessions. While Josh presents his evidence that God created the universe in the first session, he argues that macroevolution is not as solid of a theory as it is usually presented in the next session. In the first two sessions, Radisson has counter-arguments for some of Josh's points.
In the third and final debate between Radisson and Josh, they both make compelling points. Then Josh poses a question to Radisson: "Why do you hate God?" After hearing this question twice more, Radisson explodes in rage, confirming he hates God for his mother's death that left him alone despite his prayers. Josh then casually asks Radisson how he can hate someone that does not exist.
Martin is a student from China whose father had forbidden him from talking about God in order not to jeopardize Martin's brother's chance at overseas study. He stands up eventually and says, "God's not dead." Almost the entire class follows Martin's lead and Radisson leaves the room in defeat.
The film's main characters all assemble at a concert by Christian pop rock group the Newsboys. In the concert, a video clip of Willie Robertson congratulating Josh was played. The Newsboys play their song "God's Not Dead", dedicating it to Josh.
This Christian film was a key player in changing the landscape of other Christian films. It took a firm stand for Christianity rather than cowering apologetically beneath a weak faith message. It may be criticized for its one-dimensional portrayal of atheists. However, it became a headliner for the growing list of Christian films that are teaching Christians how to stand against religious persecution.
The movie surely educates, entertains and inspires moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.
Heaven Is for Real
- Director: Randall Wallace
- Producer: Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes
- Writers: Chris Parker, Lynn Vincent, Randall Wallace, Todd Burpo
- Composer / Music: Nick Glennie-Smith
- Cinematographer: Dean Semler
- Production Company: Roth Films, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures
- Distribution Company: Provident Music Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Sony Pictures Releasing, TriStar Pictures
- Based on the book: Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
- Starring: Connor Corum, Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Lane Styles, Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church
- Runtime: 100min.
- MPAA Rating: PG
- Rating: 5.8/10 (IMDb)
Heaven Is for Real 2014
This Christian movie “Heaven is For Real,” is based on Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent’s 2010 bestseller of the same name. The movie depicts the true story of one child's extraordinary near-death experience.
'Heaven Is for Real' is the true story of the four-year old son Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) of a small town Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear).Colton experienced Heaven during emergency surgery. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating, his mother calling people to pray in the waiting room and his father in another room yelling at God not to let him die.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared impossible-to-know details about his sister and great grandfather. He also meets Jesus, describing his physical appearance.
Todd is faced with the dilemma of whether his son's experience was genuine or just hallucination based on a near-death experience. When Todd is called by a radio station for an impromptu interview on the air, he invites them to attend his sermon the following Sunday. At the church, he preaches about his son's experiences and reveals his support for him.
Researching on the internet, Todd finds a story about a Lithuanian girl having similar experience. She painted a portrait of Jesus, which was similar to Colton's description of how Jesus looked when he visited Heaven
The movie concludes with photos of Colton and his family in the present day.
The disarmingly simple message is that Heaven is a real place and Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle
Best Christian film 2014
Which one is the best Christian movie of 2014?
Son of God
Mark Burnett, Roma Downey
Christopher Spencer, Colin Swash, Nic Young, Richard Bedser
Composer / Music
Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe
Provid Music Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Darwin Shaw
Son of God 2014
Son of God 2014 is an epic Bible drama about the life of Jesus. This Biblical movie is an adaptation of the ten-hour miniseries, The Bible, which was aired in March 2013 on the History channel. The story encompasses the birth of Christ to his Resurrection. The movie takes selections from the miniseries and adds scenes that were left on the cutting-room floor.
Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film-Son of God-features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
It marks the first motion picture about Jesus' life since Passion of the Christ was released in 2004.
The movie concludes with an elderly John, the last surviving disciple of Christ, saying that all of the disciples were eventually killed for their beliefs, except him. He has been exiled to live alone until he dies. John then sees Jesus, who tells him he will not die, but have everlasting life, and Jesus will return one day.
Moms' Night Out
Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Producer: Kevin Downes
Writers: Jon Erwin
Composer / Music: Marc Fantini, Steffan Fantini
Cinematographer: Kristopher Kimlin
Production Company: Kevin Downes Productions, Pure Flix Entertainment, The Erwin Brothers
Distribution Company: Affirm Films, Provident Music Distribution, Pure Flix Entertainment
Starring: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Andrea Logan White, Robert Amaya, Harry Shum Jr., Abbie Cobb, David Hunt
MPAA Rating: PG
Rating: 5.5/10 (IMDb)
Moms' Night Out 2014
Moms' Night Out 2014,Christian-based comedy, is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that revolves around the theme of parenting.
Allyson, mother-of-three, and her two friends, Izzy and Sondra, want a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation ,i.e., a long much needed moms’ night out. But in order to do this, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?
A night to unwind and ease feeling of overworked was bellied when they finds out that their reservation is cancelled. After their reservation is cancelled things go from bad to worse. Allyson's sister-in-law, Bridget, realizes that her infant son, Phoenix, is missing. The four travel across the city looking for the child, and ultimately learn to quit blaming others for their own problems.
Meanwhile, their husbands attempt to look after the children, with disastrous results.
The Song 2014
- Director: Richard Ramsey
- Producer: Cassandra Arza Pelan, Shane Sooter, Tony Young
- Writers: Richard Ramsey
- Composer / Music: Vince Emmett
- Cinematographer: Kevin Bryan
- Production Company: City on a Hill Productions
- Starring: Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, Danny Vinson
- Edited by: Jared Hardy
- Distributed by: Samuel Goldwyn Films
- Runtime: 116min.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Rating: 6/10 (IMDb)
The Christian movie, The Song 2014, is inspired by the Song of Songs, an Old Testament book of the Bible written by Solomon. is a romantic drama about a singer-songwriter, whose marriage suffers when the song he wrote for his wife propels him to stardom.
Aspiring singer-songwriter, Jed King is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father. When he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed meets the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose, and a romance quickly blooms. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart.
This movie is a great film for marriage and forgiveness. There is a lot of Scripture throughout the film that may be difficult to understand for someone who isn’t a Christian or it may be a little distracting or annoying.
The film ends with the powerful verses from Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014 & Noah 2014
Exodus: Gods and Kings
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Producer: Jenno Topping, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Peter Chernin, Ridley Scott
- Writers: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Steven Zaillian
- Composer / Music: Alberto Iglesias
- Cinematographer: Dariusz Wolski
- Production Company: Babieka, Chernin Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Volcano Films
- Distribution Company: 20th Century Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Golshifteh Farahani
- Run time: 150 minutes
Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, the film- Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014 - brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale). He rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt to Cannan and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
- Director: Darren Aronofsky
- Producer: Arnon Milchan, Darren Aronofsky, Mary Parent, Scott Franklin
- Writers: Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky
- Composer / Music: Clint Mansell
- Cinematographer: Matthew Libatique
- Production Company: Disruption Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, Regency Enterprises
- Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI)
- Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman
- Runtime: 137min.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
Noah 2014 is an adaptation of the story of Noah depicts the visions that led him to voice dire prophesies of apocalypse and to build an ark to survive.