5 inspiring movies with meaning
These days, there's almost too much to watch out there! We've got plenty of streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime offering literally thousands of films and series' for us to watch. There's YouTube - home of the majority of the world's vlog content - and of course TV itself, home of soaps, news and reality television.
With all of this choice, catering for any and every viewing preference, it can be overwhelming deciding what to watch. So we thought we'd put together a helpful guide for you, listing some films we've enjoyed over the years. And, as an added extra, the films on this list are perfect for those days when you need inspiring or some extra motivation. Enjoy!
1 - SOUL SURFER (2011, RATED PG)
Soul Surfer tells the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack, and yet through her faith overcame the odds and her own fear of returning to the water. Inspiring from start to finish, it's available on Amazon Prime to watch, and Netflix has a documentary called 'Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable' which tells her life story too (trailer for that is also above).
2 - HACKSAW RIDGE (2016, RATED 15)
This one is a 15 so only watch it if you're old enough (and you don't mind movies about war) but we had to include it on our list, as it's just so inspiring. It tells the true story of Desmond Doss, a WW2 medic in the US Army. Doss' faith means he refuses to kill, and he becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. He relies on God to help him save lives, rather than take them. It's available to watch on Amazon Prime.
3 - NOAH (2014, RATED 12A)
Yes it's the bible story of Noah and the ark...but not as you'd expect. It's big-budget, features huge special effects, and stars big-hitting Hollywood stars including Russel Crowe (who was also in Gladiator) and Emma Watson (you know what film series she was in). If you want to read this story in the bible you can read it in Genesis 6, 7 and 8, and the movie is on Amazon Prime too.
4 - THE SHACK (2017, RATED 15)
After the disappearance of his youngest child, Mack Phillips is severely depressed. His life takes an unlikely turn when he receives a mysterious letter asking him to visit a cabin. That description makes it sound like a horror, but it really isn't - we promise! This movie changes the way you think about God and about faith, and helps you see things in a different light. Well worth a watch, and it's on Netflix.
5 - GOD'S NOT DEAD (2014, RATED PG)
I couldn't leave this one out - I have a family member who loves it and tries to put it on every time I visit, so they'd have been gutted if I left it off the list! Professor Jeffrey Radisson, an atheist, challenges a student to prove to him that God is not dead when he refuses to deny his faith. It's motivating and inspiring, particularly for anyone who wants to find out more about God. It's on Amazon Prime at the moment too, so you can watch it there.