8 Family-Friendly, Non-Cheesy Christian Movies You Need To See

My husband is a filmmaker, and we love movies, but it can be hard to find a movie that’s clean, family-friendly, and not super cheesy!

However, we feel that as Christians, we need to prioritize our faith over our entertainment, so weΒ make it our goal to search out and find these movies! It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!

Looking for family-friendly, non-cheesy Christian movies to watch during movie night? Here's a whole list you're sure to love!

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God’s Not Dead 2

I was not a fan of the first God’s Not Dead, because it was just too cheesy! But as a former teacher, this sequel hits close to home. It’s well-made, has great acting, and tackles real issues in a powerful way.

Alone Yet Not Alone

Based on a true story and set during the French and Indian War, it’s a movie about daughters who are taken from their home by Indians. This is an intense and emotional film, but it is also a beautiful story of God’s love and faithfulness.

Woodlawn

This is another true story, set in Birmingham in the 1970s. It’s about a football team that experiences a true revival in their school. Sean Astin stars in it, and my favorite line is, “This is what happens when God shows up.” This is a powerful film, especially good for teenage boys.

Polycarp

Polycarp was a 2nd century martyr, and this is his story. He befriends an adopted slave girl and as he teaches her about Christ, his faith is put to test. As he stands for Christ, she must decide what she believes. It’s a great story, and the movie is extremely well-made.

War Room

The main message of this movie is the power of prayer, and believe me, they demonstrate POWER in prayer! But they also work in some hilarious moments, and I think that makes it even better!

Jonah

Yes, the old Veggietales movie. My husband and I sat down and watched this a few months ago, and even as 20-somethings, we really enjoyed it! It has some great life lessons, tells the story of Jonah very well, and is actually really funny!

Moms’ Night Out

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It shows the realness of families and the struggles that moms fight against. It’s also absolutely HILARIOUS and is sure to keep the whole family entertained!

Ben-HurΒ (2016)

This is a remake of the 1959 film. It’s an awesome story of forgiveness, family, and the love of Christ. It’s one of my husband’s favorite movies, and I have to agree! (*note: the chariot race scene contains intensity that may not be appropriate for very young viewers.)

With a little one in the house now, Caleb and I have started paying even more attention to the movies that we watch, and each of these has our seal of approval. They’re all appropriate for the whole family, but they aren’t so cheesy that it’s painful to watch. πŸ˜‰

If you’re needing some new ideas for movie night, you can’t go wrong with any of these!

Have you seen any of these? What did you think of them? What are favorite family-friendly, non-cheesy Christian movies? Tell me in the comments!

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51 Replies to “8 Family-Friendly, Non-Cheesy Christian Movies You Need To See”

  1. The only one I’ve seen is Jonah but as a former Sunday School teacher I think I’ve seen and memorized almost every Veggie Tales movie. I’m still partial to the one with the chocolate bunny.

  2. This is a great list! I agree that God’s Not Dead was not a very entertaining movie but it’s great to hear they did better the second time around! I’ve been meaning to check out Woodlawn and the new Ben-Hur! Jonah is a favorite around our house πŸ™‚

  3. This is a brilliant post idea. All of the Christian movies I have watched have been terrible! So cheesy. I haven’t seen any of these movies though, so I’ll have to give them a go.
    I totally agree with you on prioritizing our faith over entertainment.

  4. The only one I’ve seen on this list is “Moms Night Out.” While some of the “lessons” in the movie were still a little heavy-handed, overall the movie was like a breath of fresh air. It managed some real comedy without going cheesy.

    I haven’t been avoiding War Room, but I haven’t had the chance to watch it either. And I have been avoiding GND2 because of how heavy-handed the storytelling was in it. I mean, there were some good points, but also a lot of groanworthy points. I’m glad to hear the sequel is better.

  5. Nice list! We love Veggie Tales around here and have the Jonah movie. I watched mom’s night out one evening when hubby took the kids to a movie and it was really good!!

  6. I have only seen two of these – Jonah and War Room…mostly because I hate Christian movies. Like you said, the vast majority are cheesy and even sometimes, not biblically accurate, le sigh – the worst. War Room was actually really well done. I was pleased with it!

  7. I’ve seen a couple of these, but I can’t wait to add the others to my list! But I have to admit…I kind of love the cheesy ones sometimes, too! Ha! It sure is hard to find clean entertainment, so I really appreciate this list!

  8. And the suggestions that pop up on Amazon when you view one of these all look really great too! Really wishing I could afford about 15 movies right now! haha. I am going to have to settle on one super cheap one instead. πŸ™

  9. Jonah and Mom’s Night Out are AWESOME!!! I really want to watch Ben-Hur with my boys too. They love their animated version, so I’m pretty sure they would love this live version too. Pinning!

  10. My husband and I have particularly enjoyed both God’s Not Dead movies. The first because he used to be an atheist and we connect to the redemption aspect. The second movie because he was a teacher who had to take a stand for his faith in the classroom.
    There a few I have never heard of so I see future date nights!! πŸ™‚

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