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12 Faith-Promoting Movies Based on True Stories

by | Oct. 01, 2019

Despite new movies being released constantly, it’s hard to find something appropriate that the whole family will enjoy. These faith-filled movies are sure to engage your whole audience and start important conversations about overcoming trials with faith.

The Other Side of Heaven, Vol. 2: Fire of Faith

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

Missionary John H. Groberg returns to Tonga in the 1960s with his wife and their five young daughters. When their sixth child is born with a serious illness, the Grobergs face their ultimate test of faith, only to find themselves surrounded by the love and prayers of thousands of Tongans. Barriers of inter-religious strife are soon broken down as all unite in hopes of miracles.

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Jane and Emma

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

Sister Jane Manning, a free black woman and convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the Prophet, as a whirlwind of memory, loss, and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the Prophet's promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. Join these two remarkable women of faith on an imagined night that reveals the essence of their complex, raw, and ultimately beautiful friendship.

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Just Let Go

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

In the face of tragedy, Chris Williams made the most important decision of his life. On a cold night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, each face a drastically different future. But as Chris Williams sat in a demolished vehicle, realizing that his wife, unborn baby, 9-year-old daughter, and 11-year-old son had just been killed, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive. Chris Williams' story is the cinematic tale of how someone can forgive despite the desire for revenge that surfaces within the dark corners of the human heart—showing the world that hope, love, and forgiveness can overcome all when you just let go.

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Love, Kennedy

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

Kennedy Hansen is funny, loving, and seems to be a typical child until she inexplicably begins to fall. It takes years for a diagnosis: juvenile Batten disease—an extremely rare, terrible, and terminal prognosis. There is no cure for Batten disease, and after living only 16 years, Kennedy leaves behind a great legacy of love and friendship. But her story doesn't end at her death—in fact, that's when the miracles really begin.

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The Saratov Approach

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

The Saratov Approach is the extraordinary, untold story of Elders Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst and their week-long abduction in Saratov, Russia. On what seemed like any other day during their two-year missions, Elders Tuttle and Propst were approached by a man named Nikolai to meet a friend. But then the missionaries experience the unimaginable—they are kidnapped, beaten, and held for ransom for nearly a week on the other side of the world in Saratov, Russia. While their family, friends, and the world pray for their safe return, Tuttle and Propst are tested physically, emotionally, and most of all, spiritually.

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The Cokeville Miracle

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

On May 16, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville, Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a classroom that held every teacher and student in the school. In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis. When tragedy strikes, what do you see?

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The Other Side of Heaven

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

When a young man, John Groberg, is sent on a three-year mission to Tonga, he has no idea what he is getting into. In fact, just getting to Tonga is fraught with danger and unbelievable obstacles. Once there, he finds himself in the midst of a culture as remote to him as the island is to his Idaho Falls home. Not understanding the language and lonely for the girl he left behind, Elder Groberg faces suspicion, distress, typhoons, tidal waves, mosquitoes, and other perils of man and nature as he reaches out to the people of Tonga.

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Freetown

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia flee the widespread violence of their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local Church leader Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries make the difficult journey only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Based on true events, Freetown is a thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival.

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The High Road

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

When James Kirkwood promises his mother that he will safely lead his younger brother to the next camp, the two boys embark on a dangerous trek that illustrates the powerful principle of faith in every footstep.

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17 Miracles

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. 17 Miracles will open your eyes to the stories of the pioneers as you have never seen them before. 

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Ephraim’s Rescue

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

This is the heroic true story of a simple man who was called to do the work of angels. Ephraim's Rescue relates the story of Ephraim Hanks: a rescuer of the Martin Handcart company. Follow Ephraim as his adventures lead him to join the Church and to ultimately lead one of the most heroic rescues in American history. With a unique desire to help and strengthen others, Ephraim learns that each choice we make can prepare us for what lies ahead. He discovers, through it all, that decisions determine destiny.

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Story Tellers: An Evening with Colorful Characters

Faith-Promoting Family Movies

On a cold night in the Utah Territory, three opinionated men seemingly by chance find themselves sharing a campfire as they tell tales, swap insults, and expound on their personal beliefs and philosophies. However, one of the men is not there by mere coincidence. Join Porter Rockwell, Mark Twain, and J. Golden Kimball for an entertaining and intriguing evening with three of the most colorful characters of the Old West.

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