Many complain about the worldly Hollywood movies, but as the saying goes, “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” In 2019, the theaters will see a record number of these candles – faith-based films – in theaters with a diverse range of powerful, life-changing messages. These films touch the unchurched and also inspire believers. A well-made, faith-based film is like a carefully-crafted, illustrated sermon; it will grab people’s attention and then touch their hearts.
Releases for 2019
Some of these films will play in a very limited number of theaters while others will be wide releases. Check websites for additional information. Some dates are subject to last-minute changes. All films listed with “start” dates are regular releases that will show at least a week in select theaters. Fathom Events (indicated by **), are scheduled for one to three nights only.
“Run The Race” (started 2/22) Two brothers, shaken by tragedies, show what’s possible when you run to the overwhelming love of God. Produced by Tim & Robby Tebow. runtheracemovie.com
“Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy” (** 3/14, 16, 19) Documentary uncovers scientific evidence that Moses actually wrote the first five books of the Bible. patternsofevidence.com
“Faith, Hope & Love” (starts 3/15) Delightful, uplifting love-comedy about a widower who “learns to dance.” With Peta Murgatroyd (2-time Dancing With The Stars winner), Robert Krantz, Corbon Bernsen, Ed Asner, fhl.movie
“The Islands” (starts 3/22) Based on the incredible true story of Chiefess Kapiolani who by descending into an active volcano to demonstrate her new-found faith ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii. theislandsmovie.com
“Unplanned” (starts 3/29) True-life journey of Abby Johnson, one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors who became one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America. unplannedfilm.com
“Palau: The Movie” (** 4/4, 6) True story of Argentinian Luis Palau and his journey from poverty to one of the greatest evangelists in history, showing what God can do with a willing heart. palauthemovie.com
“The Best Of Enemies” (starts 4/5) Based on the 1971 true story of the unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader. With Academy Award® nominee Taraji P. Henson and Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell. thebestofenemies.movie
“Noah” (** 4/9, 11, 13) Lavishly-produced Broadway quality, musical presentation filmed before a live audience of the Biblical account of the Noah and the Great Flood. noahevent.com
“Breakthrough” (starts 4/17) True story of a boy who falls through the ice and “dies.” Produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven, The Star). breakthroughmovie.com
“Ben Hur” (** 4/17, 19) 60th Anniversary showing of the 1959 film starring Charlton Heston as Judah Ben Hur. Based on the classic 1880 book Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which was written by a skeptic turned believer. fathomevents.com
“The Pilgrims Progress” (** 4/18, 20) Animated CGI version of John Bunyan’s classic 1678 book of an allegory of the Christian life. pilgrimsprogressanimation.com
“Kingdom Men Rising: No Excuses” (** 4/29, 30) Dr. Tony Evans and his guests explore what it means to be a real man in the midst of confusing cultural trends. KingdomMenRisingMovie.com
“Chonda Pierce: Unashamed” (** 5/7, 9) Chonda communicates deep and meaningful truth making you laugh at the same time. With guests Mike Huckabee, Danny Gokey and the Benham Brothers. ChondaMovie.com
“The Favorite” (starts 5/31) Story of two brothers as they experience love, forgiveness, loss, healed relationships and ultimately the realization that we are all God’s Favorite. Inspired by true events. Starring John Schneider. thefavoritemovie.com
“Emanuel” (** 6/17, 19) On 6/17/2015, A white supremacist murdered nine African Americans during their Bible Study. Victims and survivors share their story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness. emanuelmovie.com
“One Nation Under God” (** 7/4) Explores the role of religion in schools, first amendment rights and the courage necessary to stand by one’s convictions. With
Kevin Sorbo. onenationunderGodmovie.com
“Overcomer” (starts 8/23) Tragedy turns to triumph as an unlikely coach helps the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year. From the Kendrick Brothers (Facing the Giants, War Room). overcomermovie.com
“The Reliant” (late 2019) A family fights for survival and to hold onto their faith as society collapses around them. Apocalyptic thriller with a pro-2nd Amendment message. Starring Kevin Sorbo and Brian Bosworth. thereliantmovie.com
“Roe V. Wade” (Fall 2019) Untold story of the lies and manipulation that resulted in legalized abortion in America. Produced by Dr. Alveda King (Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Starring Jon Voight and Steve Guttenberg. facebook.com/roevwademovie/
Help these films touch more lives
We can all have a part in helping these films touch and change lives since “…The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few…” (Luke 10:2a) To get involved you can…
- Stay informed about upcoming faith-based films through sites like facebook.com/LightinDarkPlace and/or by joining the movie email list (details below).
- Spread the word via social media, fliers, posters, church bulletins, etc. Share this list of upcoming films with your church.
- See the films on opening weekend and help your church or organization to organize groups (large or small) to attend.
- Purchase tickets early as possible. Advanced ticket purchases can expand a film’s release to additional theaters and larger auditoriums.
See you at the movies!
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Stanley Goldenberg has been involved in grassroots promotion of Christian films for 12 years. He hosts a regular “Movie Connection” program on LIFE-FM (90.9 FM) in Miami. He is also a hurricane research meteorologist who has published scientific articles and appeared in numerous TV hurricane specials.