Hopeful Movies, TV; Dr. Diane Howard, Movie Editor, Interviewer, Publicist

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Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performances Studies); reviews top redemptive, family movies & TV for content and artistry to promote the best for a range of viewers for Good, eternal difference in our world (See https://dianehoward.com/)

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1. Son of God (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller

Votes: 18,579 | Gross: $59.70M

2. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 260 min | Biography, Drama, History

An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 9,691 | Gross: $15.47M

3. Risen (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, History

51 Metascore

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 26,612 | Gross: $36.87M

4. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 42,747 | Gross: $26.41M

5. 90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama

28 Metascore

A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Hayden Christensen, Hudson Meek, Bobby Batson

Votes: 3,606 | Gross: $4.70M

6. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 56,804 | Gross: $58.97M

7. God's Not Dead (2014)

PG | 113 min | Drama

16 Metascore

College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White, Dean Cain

Votes: 41,347 | Gross: $60.76M

8. God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

PG | 120 min | Drama

22 Metascore

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her response lands her in deep trouble.

Director: Harold Cronk | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Hayley Orrantia

Votes: 11,834 | Gross: $20.77M

9. God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018)

PG | 105 min | Drama

33 Metascore

Pastor Dave responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of the local university, burned down.

Director: Michael Mason | Stars: Megan Alexander, Adeeja Rochele Anderson, Carrlyn Bathe, Lauren Taylor Berkman

Votes: 3,579 | Gross: $5.73M

10. Woodlawn (2015)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

57 Metascore

A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight, C. Thomas Howell

Votes: 6,909 | Gross: $14.39M

11. Overcomer (2019)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Family, Sport

17 Metascore

A high-school basketball coach volunteers to coach a troubled teen in long-distance running.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Alex Kendrick, Priscilla C. Shirer, Cameron Arnett, Shari Rigby

Votes: 4,206 | Gross: $26.25M

12. I Still Believe (2020)

PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

41 Metascore

The true-life story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss that looks to prove there is always hope.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: K.J. Apa, Britt Robertson, Nathan Parsons, Gary Sinise

Votes: 9,804

13. I Can Only Imagine (2018)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Family

30 Metascore

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins

Votes: 15,054 | Gross: $83.48M

14. A Week Away (2021)

TV-PG | 94 min | Drama, Family, Musical

32 Metascore

With nowhere left to go, Will Hawkins finds himself at camp for the first time. His instinct is to run, but he finds a friend, a father figure, and even a girl who awakens his heart. Most of all, he finally finds a home.

Director: Roman White | Stars: Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, Jahbril Cook, Kat Conner Sterling

Votes: 3,564

15. Heaven Is for Real (2014)

PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum

Votes: 26,302 | Gross: $91.44M

16. Colors of Character (2020)

Documentary

Steve Skipper is one of America's most prolific and honored artists. His works have hung in the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the U.S. Capitol, the International Motorsports Hall of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Chris Danielson | Stars: Don Keith, Steve Skipper

17. The Case for Christ (2017)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama

50 Metascore

An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.

Director: Jon Gunn | Stars: L. Scott Caldwell, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Frankie Faison

Votes: 8,298 | Gross: $14.68M

18. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 375,812 | Gross: $291.71M

19. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

PG | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Family

62 Metascore

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley

Votes: 199,655 | Gross: $141.62M

20. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter

Votes: 145,861 | Gross: $104.39M

21. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

A probationary angel, sent back to Earth, teams with an ex-cop to help people.

Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, James Troesh, Margie Impert

Votes: 4,765

22. Touched by an Angel (1994–2003)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese), and Andrew (John Dye) are a trio of angels sent to Earth to tell depressed and troubled people that God loves them and hasn't forgotten them.

Stars: Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye, Valerie Bertinelli

Votes: 6,588

23. Blue Bloods (2010– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Revolves around a family of New York cops.

Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou

Votes: 34,063

24. Kingdom Men Rising (2019)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

Kingdom Men Rising is a documentary exploring what it means to be a real man in the midst of cultural trends where there is confusion about masculinity. Challenging men to rise above what we've become to lives of no more excuses.

Director: Kyle Lollis | Stars: Tony Evans, Tim Brown, Tony Dungy, Arthur Evans

Votes: 46 | Gross: $1.19M

25. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

76 Metascore

A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 44,463 | Gross: $28.61M

26. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Music

59 Metascore

A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly, Jay Thomas, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 36,702 | Gross: $82.57M

27. Like Arrows (2018)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to change their parenting strategy, and are surprised to find that effective, life-long solutions were closer than they thought.

Director: Kevin Peeples | Stars: Micah Lynn Hanson, Alan Powell, Elizabeth Becka, Garry Nation

Votes: 455 | Gross: $0.84M

28. Priceless (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

41 Metascore

A widower who's lost custody of his daughter finds himself unable to hold down a job. He agrees to drive a truck cross-country, no questions asked, but when he discovers the nature of his cargo, he is faced with a life-changing decision.

Director: Ben Smallbone | Stars: Joel Smallbone, Bianca A. Santos, David Koechner, Jim Parrack

Votes: 3,618 | Gross: $1.50M

29. Cinderella (I) (2015)

PG | 105 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

67 Metascore

When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 165,900 | Gross: $201.15M

30. Harry (2016–2018)

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

Singer and entertainer Harry Connick Jr. hosts this new self-titled daytime talk show, featuring interviews with big celebrities and segments spotlighting heroes in the community.

Stars: Harry Connick Jr., Danny Seo, Jill Goodacre, Jessie Graff

Votes: 182

31. War Room (2015)

PG | 120 min | Drama

26 Metascore

A seemingly perfect family looks to fix their problems with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Karen Abercrombie, Beth Moore

Votes: 14,017 | Gross: $67.79M

32. Maya Angelou And Still I Rise (2016)

Not Rated | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, History

66 Metascore

The first feature documentary about the remarkable writer, poet, actress, activist Maya Angelou.

Directors: Rita Coburn, Bob Hercules | Stars: Cicely Tyson, Guy Johnson, Diahann Carroll, Don Martin

Votes: 520

33. Amazing Grace (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The idealist William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai

Votes: 24,297 | Gross: $21.21M

34. Like Arrows (2018)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

When conflict, rebellion, and resentment overwhelm their family, Charlie and Alice are forced to change their parenting strategy, and are surprised to find that effective, life-long solutions were closer than they thought.

Director: Kevin Peeples | Stars: Micah Lynn Hanson, Alan Powell, Elizabeth Becka, Garry Nation

Votes: 455 | Gross: $0.84M

35. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 69,549 | Gross: $120.28M

36. The Captive (I) (2014)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

36 Metascore

Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos

Votes: 31,934



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