Re the new movie “The Blind Side”, some stories have emerged about the Christian faith of the real people involved & how Sandra Bullock remarked that meeting them made it easier “to have faith in people of faith… they walk the walk”. I haven’t gotten out to it yet, but apparently the Christian element is very present. Yet it is not a “Christian movie”, defined as a movie made by Christians to promote their faith (usually marked by low production values).
So what other movies come to mind which are in this category? To qualify, Jesus must be mentioned as the main spiritual object of devotion and life is improved by faith in him or following him. Prayers being answered is a plus. Just for a challenge, omit Biblical & historical epics, Christmas movies, & movies based on Christian classic lit (Narnia).
Movies that come to mind~
Chariots of Fire
A Place in the Heart
Where the Heart Is
IIRC Fried Green Tomatoes
Not sure if Bridge to Terabithia counts because of the “classic lit” qualifier.
It just occurred to me- all these movies are set in the South, except for Dogma.
So extra points if you can think of one set in an upper-scale urban area in which the most prominent Christian character is not a poor but wise black person who teaches her employers the important things of life.
Somebody a while ago mentioned their church movie group had a viewing of Lars and the Real Girl - I hadn’t seen the movie at the time and was a little astonished, but after I saw the movie I understood. The Christian element is indeed present (church is a big part of the characters’ lives) but really it’s about loving your neighbor.
There is a scene at the beginning where a bible quote is referenced, and it keeps coming back throughout the game. In fact, in the ultimate scene/mission of the game, the quote is key. Other than that, there really isn’t much a Christian theme to the game overall, though.
That’s good- I kinda edged things like that out as “classic Christian lit”.
One version of a classic that is more blatantly Christian than most other versions was Copolla’s “Bram Stoker’s DRACULA” (also the bloodies & sexiest). There were also more than usual C’tian overtones to the Branaugh “Frankenstein”. While James Whale meant to be somewhat subversive in his use of religious symbols, a good argument can be made for the Christianity of ‘Bride of Frankenstein’.
Constantine’s definitely a winner! A lot of supernatural horror is.
The OMEN trilogy for sure. Also, for a non-supernatural one- the real THE WICKER MAN (I maintain that the film, while showing Sgt Howie as an uptight priggish man is still ultimately on his side as a dutiful upright officer of the law & a devout Christian.)
As for Forrest Gump-
I’m pretty sure there’s a scene where Sally Fields tells Forrest that God’s got a special plan for him.
Forrest in (Bubba’s family’s?) church with a strong hint that he’s a regular
Lt. Dan talking about the chaplain in the hospital telling him to find Jesus & he’d be walking on new legs in Heaven “Have you found Jesus, Forrest?”
“I didn’t know He was missing.”
Then when they’re on the boat & the hurricane rises, Lt Dan is out in it, railing at God. Then they emerge the next morning as the only surviving shrimp boat.
Later, Lt. Dan thanks Forrest for saving his life & jumps into the water while Forrest says “I think Lt. Dan made his peace with God that day.” IF THAT WASN’T A BAPTISM SCENE, I don’t know what is!
Then at Forrest’s wedding to JenNAY, Lt. Dan walks into a very Paradisial scene on prosthetic legs with his new wife.
Dogma counts, because although it is all about Christianity, it wasn’t created as a “Christian Movie”–as a vehicle for proselytizing.
“Christian Lit” and “Christian Movies” and “Christian Music” are marketing genres. So Amy Grant used to be Christian Music, but then moved to Country, but her singing didn’t change, just the marketing. You’ll see all kinds of references to Christianity in Country music, but it’s Country Music, not Christian Music.
(Possibly open spoilers about Bruce Almighty and The Green Mile.)
Bruce Almighty has what is arguably the best presentation of God to come out of Hollywood in recent memory. This passage, in particular, is pretty powerful:
God: But, you can’t mess with free will.
Bruce: Why not?
Totally deep and awesome.
My brother is an evangelical pastor from a very conservative denomination, and he was the one who said it really presented the image of God well.
Also, there is a very strong allusion to Christianity in The Green Mile. I seem to recall there being a lot of discussion about “John Coffey” having the initials “J. C.” and being able to perform miracles.