It’s safe to say blockbuster movies are back, and faith-based movies and Christian films are making a big play in late 2023 and early 2024.
This past summer, Sound of Freedom, a gripping, faith-based film bringing to light the chilling reality of child trafficking, took audiences (and the box office) by storm. Even though it was primarily shown only at small theaters, this cinema underdog was a big hit, to put it mildly.
Sound of Freedom has set the stage, and here are eight other faith-based movies we can look forward to seeing in theatres over the coming months.
Christian movies hitting box offices in 2023/24
Route 60: The Biblical Highway
Taking audiences on a spiritual journey north to south through the Promised Land, Route 60: The Biblical Highway is making a brief stop in theaters on September 18 and 19, 2023. Follow along with David Freedman and Mike Pompeo as they tread on sacred ground in this epic cinematic documentary.
If you can’t catch it in theaters, look for Route 60: The Biblical Highway on popular streaming services soon.
Release date: September 18 and 19, 2023 only
A story of struggle and triumph, The Blind documents the early years of Phil Robertson’s life in Louisiana before his reality TV fame on Duck Dynasty. Based on a true story, we see Robertson fall in love and start a family, but everything begins to come crashing down as he struggles to confront the demons and shame of his past.
Discover how love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to raise a family and a dynasty from the ashes.
Release date: September 28, 2023
From the creators of Jesus Revolution and I Can Only Imagine, Ordinary Angels celebrates the love, kindness and compassion of a community coming together. When a little girl gets sick, ordinary people go to extraordinary lengths to get her the medical care she desperately needs.
Catch this heartwarming story of faith and community, starring Hilary Swank, when it hits the box office this October.
October 13, 2023 New release date coming soon
Journey to Bethlehem
This holiday season, relive the age-old tale of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus. Journey to Bethlehem is a new epic Christmas musical that blends modern pop music with classic Christmas songs we all know and love. Journey to Bethlehem, featuring Academy Award nominee Antonio Banderas as Herodes, is a mesmerizing biblical celebration for the whole family.
Release date: November 10, 2023
Rolling into theaters just before Christmas, Shepherd follows a young minister grieving the loss of his only son. Featuring a cast of talented African American actors, this film demonstrates how faith can pull us through even in our darkest days. Still in production, few details have been released about this film so look forward to seeing more come out about Shepherd in the fall.
Release date: December 22, 2023
The Book of Clarence
The year 2024 gets off to a strong start with The Book of Clarence. Clarence, played by LaKeith Stanfield, claims to be the new Messiah in an attempt to clear his debts and start a new life for himself in this biblical era comedy-drama. This star-studded cast features household names including Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy and co-producer Jay-Z.
Filled with plenty of witt and humor, The Book of Clarence puts an interesting modern spin on classic stories and characters from the Bible.
Release date: January 12, 2024
Passion of the Christ: Resurrection
Jim Caviezel, who starred in Sound of Freedom, will reprise his role Jesus Passion of the Christ: Resurrection. The original Passion of the Christ directed by Mel Gibson came out in 2004. Now 20 years later (how has it been 20 years!?) Gibson is delivering a sequel which focuses on the three-day period between Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.
Expect this highly anticipated epic cinematic drama to hit theaters in early 2024.
Release date: February 2024
The Ark and the Aardvark
In spring 2024, New Line Cinema is releasing their first animated film. The Ark and the Aardvark is about an Aardvark named Gilbert who has been tasked with the important job of shepherding all of the animals into Noah’s Ark. The film tells the classic story of Noah’s Ark but from a new perspective: the animals! With big Hollywood names including Aubrey Plaza, Craig Robinson, Rob Riggle and Miles Teller as Gilbert, this film is sure to be a hilarious animated comedy the whole family can enjoy.
Release date: April 30, 2024
The upcoming year is shaping up to be an exciting one for faith-based films with plenty to look forward to for audiences looking for their values to be represented on the silver screen.