1. The Gospel of John: New International Version
Official Synopsis:The life and toils of Jesus Christ, depicted as written in the gospel of John. Narrated in English, following the New International Version of the scripture, while the actors speak in Aramaic.
Why you should watch it: The only left to the imagination are the video images presented in this movie, and everything you’re listening to is word-for-word from the Bible. It’s pretty cool because you can have someone read you the entire gospel of John in just 2 hours and forty minutes. There is also an option to watch the King James Version or a Spanish version.
Official Synopsis: A woman's idyllic life is shattered when her husband is killed in a senseless act of violence. As she prepares to take matters into her own hands, two unexpected encounters begin to change everything.
Why you should watch it: It is based off an actual true story of Joe Bradford. Reminds me of work that Adam Bruckner does in Philadelphia (if you don’t know him, check out a documentary I filmed called “The Backyard Philly Project”). Joe Bradford is another inspiring man who does work with inner-city children in Nashville, TN. Just check it out, it may inspire you to do something great in your community too.
3. The Passion of The Christ
Official Synopsis:Jesus Christ's last hours and crucifixion
Why you should watch it: The images will haunt you! It may feel a little overdone, but watching Jim Caviezel as Jesus will bring tears to your eyes, you may almost feel that you are there watching Jesus’ last hours.
4. Son of God
Official Synopsis: The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
Why you should watch it: According to Oasis Blogger, Dave Baun, “All who were there watched the credits in their entirety, as if nobody wanted it to end. There were a few scenes during the credits that covered some stories that were left out of the movie. As we walked out in silence, it was obvious that all in attendance were deeply moved. The only words spoken were that of my friend saying "Good luck writing that one" - knowing this review was to follow. Before leaving I had to sit in the parking lot to process some of the emotions that were built up inside of me while in the theater.” Read more of his review here.
Official Synopsis: “Ragamuffin” is the true story of Rich Mullins, a prodigy musician who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a weathered, callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with alcoholism, addiction, and women tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he wrestled with success in Nashville, depression in Wichita, and oblivion in the Four Corners, Rich became one of the first of his time to live honestly amidst a culture of religion and conformity.
Why you should watch it: This is probably an odd movie out for this Lent list, but I found the story to be intriguing. I bought one of Rich Mullin’s CDs when I was in Middle School, “Brother’s Keeper.” It was long until I got into his music he passed away in a tragic car accident on the way to his shows. I remember feeling devastated as a teenager. But learning about his life helped me relate to his struggles, and this movie is a story and a testimony about him. Maybe you don’t know this, but Rich Mullins is well known for his song “Awesome God.” The movie is not happy, it doesn’t resolve, it feels dark and sometimes hard to follow, but it takes you into the life of an artist, someone who seeks redemption and a life with God.