What Is A Faith-Based Film?
In the last two years, the box office receipts for faith-based films has soared. With over 1,400 Faith and Spirituality titles for rent on DVD.com, we see the surge in interest, too. What is behind this phenomenon? Here's a look at what movies you have loved, and where you are likely to live.
When it comes to the definition of a faith-based film, we tend to agree with respected Belief.net Film Critic and Movie Mom, Nell Minow. Faith-based films can be about any faith, even the absence of obvious organized religion, if they inspire awe and mystery for the divine among all of us. Films like The Chronicles of Narnia, based on a Christian allegory book series by C.S. Lewis, are perennial favorites on DVD.com. Nell's favorite faith-based film is The Gospel According To St. Matthew, a classic from 1964.
Faith is a powerful draw in film making. For example, in 2014, faith-based films like God's Not Dead and Exodus: Gods and Kings did better at the box office than Academy Award Winner Birdman! (Source: Box Office Mojo)
A new generation of filmmakers like Alex and Stephen Kendrick are drawing on their personal beliefs, as well as good movie-making, to create enduring titles that inspire and challenge in new ways, such as Fireproof, one of our all-time top rented DVDs, and Courageous. In 2015, their latest film War Room is the 6th highest-grossing Christian film of all time – and it was only released in August!
You blew us away, too – over 20 million Faith and Spirituality DVDs have been rented at DVD.com in the last 5 years. You come from all parts of America, and many walks of life. Our home state of California rented the most!
We thought it would be fun to see where you are on social media, too. In the graphic to the left, you'll see many of the faith hashtags we could find on Twitter and Instagram. Are there more we missed? Tell us in the comments below.
Plus, many more of your 2015 faith-based favorites will be released on DVD next year. Here is just a sampling of what you can anticipate – click any of the links to add these to your queue.