Entertainment 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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Facing the Giants is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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The Chronicles of Narnia Franc... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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God's Not Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 6 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 Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Heaven Is for Real is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Second Chance is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 14 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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To Save a Life is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 16 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 Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Up is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Shack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene
The Shack is a 2017 American Christian fantasy-drama film directed by Stuart Hazeldine, based on the 2007 novel by William P. Young. Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) was abused by his father. He ...more
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The Lego Movie 2: The Second P... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a 2019 3D computer-animated space action musical comedy film directed by Mike Mitchell. Now a Master Builder, life for Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt) is ...more
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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 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 Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks
The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. An ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who finds himself being the only one ...more
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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 23 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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When the Game Stands Tall is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 25 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