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25 Movies Way More Christian Than So-Called "Christian" Movies

Whether it's Saving Christmas or The Passion of the Christ, films that take as their starting point an understanding that they are - in one way or another - a Christian movie, or a movie Christians should see, are usually way less Christian than much of mainline cinema (which is often referred to as un-Christian). Say that ten times fast.

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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

So many Christian themes - redemption, freedom, justice.
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So many Christian themes - redemption, freedom, justice.

2. 12 Years A Slave (2013)

One of the main ways Christians can be Christian - is recognizing how horrific Christianity has been (and still can be).
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One of the main ways Christians can be Christian - is recognizing how horrific Christianity has been (and still can be).

3. Amistad (1997)

See: "12 Years A Slave."Also, Djimon Hounsou in THIS SCENE.
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See: "12 Years A Slave."

Also, Djimon Hounsou in THIS SCENE.

4. The Central Park Five (2012)

Documentarian Ken Burns takes a story that needs to be told, and tells it.
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Documentarian Ken Burns takes a story that needs to be told, and tells it.

5. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

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It's not all super serious films, either - here, a journey changes the powerful to recognize true justice.

6. Gran Torino (2008)

A racist, ignorant old man in a changing neighborhood...ends up completely overturning the dominant cultural narrative of redemptive violence. #whew
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A racist, ignorant old man in a changing neighborhood...ends up completely overturning the dominant cultural narrative of redemptive violence. #whew

7. The Help (2011)

The subtitle says it all: "Change begins with a whisper." The radical Jesus movement, anyone?
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The subtitle says it all: "Change begins with a whisper."

The radical Jesus movement, anyone?

8. Talladega Nights (2006)

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Not really, but this is just such a great scene.

9. The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

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So many powerful themes that connect directly with the Christian story.

10. The Hurricane (1999)

Another case of a wrongful imprisonment (true, as opposed to Shawshank) - as well as racial themes - that align with Jesus' own story.
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Another case of a wrongful imprisonment (true, as opposed to Shawshank) - as well as racial themes - that align with Jesus' own story.

11. Son of Man (2006)

Okay, fine, one specifically "Christian" movie that makes the list - but only because of its unflinching connections between the biblical story and modern-day South Africa.
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Okay, fine, one specifically "Christian" movie that makes the list - but only because of its unflinching connections between the biblical story and modern-day South Africa.

12. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

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Okay, Ridley Scott isn't the greatest director, but focusing on a story connected to the Crusades and a community of Christians, Muslims, and Jews working together? Yes, please.

13. Lamb (2002)

Yeah, it's not a movie. Yet.But when it is one (and they hopefully cast Aziz Ansari as Biff), it will be a movie more Christian than any so-called "Christian" movie. Ever.

Yeah, it's not a movie. Yet.

But when it is one (and they hopefully cast Aziz Ansari as Biff), it will be a movie more Christian than any so-called "Christian" movie. Ever.

14. Leap of Faith (1992)

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Phenomenal film about a totally fake/corrupt traveling tent evangelist.

15. Doubt (2008)

Probing deep into a 1960s Catholic parish in New York City, with incredible acting and tough questions (never fully answered). Yes.(RIP, PSH.)
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Probing deep into a 1960s Catholic parish in New York City, with incredible acting and tough questions (never fully answered). Yes.

(RIP, PSH.)

16. Psycho (1960)

The psycho is humanized in such a stunning way, it challenges our demonizing of the "other" that happens way too often within Christianity.
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The psycho is humanized in such a stunning way, it challenges our demonizing of the "other" that happens way too often within Christianity.

17. Raising Helen (2004)

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Not the most stirring film, but this scene is worth it for Christians to see.

18. Road to Perdition (2002)

Like Shawshank, we have some religious themes in the title itself - and the film is just as "religious," though not in the way we might think.
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Like Shawshank, we have some religious themes in the title itself - and the film is just as "religious," though not in the way we might think.

19. Saved! (2004)

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Classic. (Many Moore is throwing a Bible in this scene, btw.)

20. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Three kids are the center of this fantasy, illustrating Jesus' point that "the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
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Three kids are the center of this fantasy, illustrating Jesus' point that "the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

21. Children of Men (2006)

Dystopic/futuristic movies with a strong sense of hope (as in CoM) as opposed to "Left Behind" are, actually, much more biblical.
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Dystopic/futuristic movies with a strong sense of hope (as in CoM) as opposed to "Left Behind" are, actually, much more biblical.

22. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Another example of a true story that digs deep into the struggle for justice that is at the heart of the Christian story.
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Another example of a true story that digs deep into the struggle for justice that is at the heart of the Christian story.

23. Romero (1989)

See #22.
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See #22.

24. Whale Rider (2002)

Just. Watch. This.
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Just. Watch. This.

25. Selma (2014)

I mean, duh.
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I mean, duh.

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