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The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group 

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Updated March 19, 2020 2.3k votes 450 voters 44.3k views 53 items

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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

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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The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Facing the Giants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
starwarssuperfan added Mark Richt, Alex Kendrick, Erin Bethea

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alex Kendrick

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) 4 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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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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

Released: 2014

Directed by: Harold Cronk

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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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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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Soul Surfer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Carrie Underwood, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sean McNamara

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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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

Released: 2000

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

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) 9 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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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Heaven Is for Real is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Heaven Is for Real Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale

Released: 2014

Directed by: Randall Wallace

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) 11 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
starwarssuperfan added Michael W. Smith, J. Don Ferguson, Cameron Scher

Released: 2006

Directed by: Steve Taylor

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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Up is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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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To Save a Life is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Randy Wayne, D. David Morin, Arjay Smith

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brian Baugh

To Save a Life is a 2010 drama film written by Jim Britts and directed by Brian Baugh.

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Chariots of Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

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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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim McCanlies

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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Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Released: 2016

Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

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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Overcomer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Ben Davies

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alex Kendrick

Overcomer is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick. John Harrison (Alex Kendrick) is a high school basketball coach whose state championship dreams vanish when he ...more
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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Breakthrough is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace

Released: 2019

Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Breakthrough is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Roxann Dawson, based on the novel by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, which was inspired by true events. In early 2015, teenager ...more
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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Martino, Jimmy Hayward

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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When the Game Stands Tal... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis

Released: 2014

Directed by: Thomas Carter

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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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ericson Core

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies to Show a Church Youth Group
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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