Kids Movies The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group  

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List Rules Vote up the films appropriate to screen at a youth ministry event that will hold their interest and facilitate discussion about faith.

When looking for films appropriate for kids, you can certainly look to the MPAA's rating system for guidance. However, for a Church youth group, it's not so simple. In addition to wanting a movie free of inappropriate material, films with Christian themes are definitely a bonus. Ideally, movies for youth ministry should be wholesome and fun films everyone can enjoy. Below, you'll find some films for pre-teens and teenagers that are appropriate for a predominantly Christian audience. 

There are plenty of movies for youth groups that tackle the Bible and faith fairly directly. The Chronicles of Narnia is famous for its many allusions to Christianity and The Prince of Egypt is a gripping animated film that tells stories from the Bible. However, youth groups do not have to be solely exposed to Christian movies. Some films explore the tenants of Christianity without being overtly religious. Films like Horton Hears a Who! and Finding Nemo encourage loyalty, determination, and kindness, for example. Browse this list to find the best movie to show your youth group! 

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I Can Only Imagine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
starwarssuperfan added J. Michael Finley, Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American drama film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, based on the story behind the Christian song by MercyMe. Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) finds inspiration for ...more

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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb Soul Surfer is a 2011 American biopic drama film directed by Sean McNamara. It is a film adaptation of the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back ...more

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The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. The film was directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia Franc... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of fantasy films from Walden Media, based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of novels by C. S. Lewis. From the seven novels, there have been three film ...more

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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more

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Facing the Giants is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
starwarssuperfan added Mark Richt, Alex Kendrick, Erin Bethea Facing the Giants is a 2006 American Christian drama film directed by and starring Alex Kendrick. The supporting cast was composed of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church, and it is the ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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Heaven Is for Real is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale Heaven Is for Real is a 2014 American Christian drama film directed by Randall Wallace and written by Christopher Parker, based on Pastor Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent's 2010 book of the same ...more

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie Lego: The Piece of Resistance is a 2014 animation, action and comedy film written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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When the Game Stands Tall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis When the Game Stands Tall is a 2014 sports drama film. The film, which stars Jim Caviezel as Coach Bob Ladouceur, Laura Dern as Bev Ladouceur, Michael Chiklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson and ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of ...more

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The Second Chance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
starwarssuperfan added Michael W. Smith, J. Don Ferguson, Cameron Scher The Second Chance is a 2006 drama film, directed by veteran musician Steve Taylor. The film won Best Feature Film at the Christian WYSIWYG Film Festival. The film was released in the United ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Jaden Smith The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and it was produced by Jaden's parents Will and Jada. It is a ...more

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God's Not Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
starwarssuperfan added Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Franklin Graham God's Not Dead is a 2014 Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and stars Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A. R. White and Dean Cain. The film was released to theaters on March 21, 2014, ...more

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Man of Steel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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The Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Dan Tamberelli The Mighty Ducks is a 1992 American sports comedy film directed by Stephen Herek, starring Emilio Estevez. It was produced by Avnet–Kerner Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It ...more

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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Mark Wahlberg ...more

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more

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Ever After is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott Ever After is a 1998 American romantic comedy-drama film inspired by the fairy tale Cinderella, directed by Andy Tennant and starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, and Dougray Scott. The ...more

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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To Save a Life is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Randy Wayne, D. David Morin, Arjay Smith To Save a Life is a 2010 drama film written by Jim Britts and directed by Brian Baugh.

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Flywheel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
starwarssuperfan added Alex Kendrick, Michael Catt, Tracy Goode Flywheel is a 2003 American Christian drama film about the unexpected pitfalls that a used car dealer can expect to experience if he suddenly goes honest. The dealer intentionally overcharges ...more

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Freedom Writers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton Freedom Writers is a 2007 drama film starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey. It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell who wrote ...more

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of U... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American fantasy dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is an adaptation of the first three novels of A Series of Unfortunate ...more

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Little Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Josh Hutchersonm, Cynthia Nixon, Bradley Whitford Little Manhattan is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed and written by husband and wife Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Though Levin is credited as the director and Flackett as the ...more

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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles on a ...more

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Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third ...more

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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo 13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more