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

January 17, 2017

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!

(This post may contain affiliate links. For my full disclosure policy, clickΒ here.)

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.


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 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!


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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  • Ashley LaMar

    January 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

    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.

    1. Abbey

      January 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Oh I love that one! I’m a sucker for all the VeggieTales! πŸ˜‰

  • Betty Predmore

    January 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for the list!! Great info that I will definitely be using.

    1. Abbey

      January 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Of course, Becky! I’m glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Althouse

    January 17, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I loved Woodlawn! And I agree, it wasn’t cheesy just an awesome faith filled movie..

    1. Abbey

      January 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      That’s one of my favorites on this list, Sarah! So powerful! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ Now One Foot

    January 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    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™‚

    1. Abbey

      January 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! They definitely did better with #2! Those are both excellent movies that I think you’ll really enjoy! πŸ™‚

  • Megan

    January 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    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.

    1. Abbey

      January 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Megan! Some of them certainly are super cheesy, but you should definitely try out some of these! They’re great! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    January 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Jonah is hilarious! I love Veggie Tales.

    1. Abbey

      January 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Me too, Rachel! Even as an adult, I think it’s hilarious! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren C. Moye

    January 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    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.

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Lauren! Overall, I agree with you! πŸ™‚ War Room is really really good! I’d put it top on your list!

  • Kelsie

    January 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I haven’t seen the Ben Hur re-make yet, and I also haven’t seen God’s Not Dead 2 yet. Thanks for sharing these!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for checking it out, Kelsie! I think you’ll really like Ben Hur! πŸ™‚

  • Rose

    January 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Finding good family-friendly movies is always a challenge. I love the range of titles here!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      I agree, Rose! Thanks so much!

  • Kristy from Southern In Law

    January 18, 2017 at 2:14 am

    We are always looking for movies to play for our youth group kiddos on special nights so I need to check some of these out!

    I totally love the Veggie Tales’ Jonah too, haha!

    1. Abbey

      January 26, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Oh they would love some of these, Kristy! πŸ™‚

  • Abby @ WinsteadWandering

    January 18, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I need to find some of these, especially Mom’s Night Out. I and definitely need to introduce my kids to Jonah!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Definitely, Abby! Mom’s Night Out is so funny!

  • Joy DeKok

    January 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

    We finally watched Woodlawn the other night – it was SO good. We’ll watch it again. Now to add the others to our watch list! Thanks!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      That’s great, Joy! I hope you enjoy the others, as well! πŸ™‚

  • Christa s sterken

    January 18, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Mom’s Night Out makes me laugh and cry every single time. A great movie. Thanks for the list!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Isn’t it awesome?! Thanks, Christa! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Lynn

    January 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I saw God’s Not Dead and heard about Ben-Hur. They both looked very good!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      I agree, Rachel! πŸ™‚

  • Sabrina

    January 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    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!!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Jonah is so cute! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed it, Sabrina!

  • Kristine-Bites of Flavor

    January 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Great list!! I haven’t seen many of these so I’m adding to my Netflix queue as we speak πŸ™‚

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks, Kristine! That’s awesome! πŸ™‚

  • Carmen

    January 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I have only seen half of these movies. I am always looking for great family friendly movies. Thanks for the list! This will definitely come in handy!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Awesome, Carmen! Thanks for checking it out! πŸ™‚

  • Diane

    January 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I for one LOVE Veggie Tales!! Lol. This is great!! Thank you for this!!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Me too, Diane! I’m glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  • montanahappy.com

    January 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I’m always looking for good movies that are good. Thanks so much for putting this list together!

    1. Abbey

      January 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Of course! Thanks for checking it out! πŸ™‚

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    January 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    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!

    1. Abbey

      January 24, 2017 at 10:50 am

      I can understand that, Summer! You should definitely give some of these a try, though! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Hartland

    January 18, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Have you checked out PureFlix.com? Most of these movies are on there and its WAY cheaper than buying all the DVDs. (They also have a GREAT affiliate program for bloggers!)

    1. Abbey

      January 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

      I’ve heard of them, but never used them! Thanks, Sarah! πŸ™‚ I’ll check it out!

  • Becky

    January 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    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!

    1. Abbey

      January 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Thanks, Becky! I like the cheesy ones sometimes, too! πŸ˜‰

  • Crystal

    January 19, 2017 at 10:52 am

    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™

    1. Abbey

      January 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

      That’s great, Crystal! I hope you find the perfect one! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie Malcolm

    December 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    You had me at “non-cheesy”….nothing bugs me more than wasting my time on cheesy movies. Great suggestions I can appreciate.

  • Julie

    December 14, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing this list! I’m bookmarking it and pinning it so I have it for future reference!

  • Rebekah

    December 16, 2017 at 10:34 am

    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!

  • Amber

    December 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    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™‚

  • Kristin Cook

    January 2, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I just love Veggie Tales. I think my favorite will always be “The Toy Who Saved Christmas”, but there are so many good ones!

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