Friday Fives: The Top Five Grossing Christian-Themed Movies in History

Of course the problem with a list such as the one you find on this week’s Friday Fives is defining what it is exactly that makes up a “Christian-themed” film. I understand that there is much disagreement about what makes a film “Christian” or “Biblical.” So I included the five top grossing movies of all time that most of us will agree at least reflect a recognizable Judeo-Christian foundation. There were movies that were left off my list – Noah is the most obvious example – that some would have included.

Feel free to email me your views and comments. I’m interested in your list.

Here’s mine by total box office receipts to date.

5. Heaven is For Real

Year: 2014
Total Gross: $91,443,253
Rank on All-Time List: 588
The Scoop: The newest release on the list and based on the best-selling book, this movie’s compelling story along with Greg Kinnear’s performance are likely what have it pushing toward the $100 million mark.


4. The Prince of Egypt

Year: 1998
Total Gross: $101,217,900
Rank on All-Time List: 569
The Scoop: One reviewer said that this Dreamworks animated musical of the Moses story surprised Christians with its faithfulness to the Biblical account and the overall quality and fidelity of the story. It certainly is star-studded, featuring well-known Hollywood names such as Val Kilmer, Sandra Bullock, Steve Martin, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, etc. etc.


3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Year: 2005
Total Gross: $291,709,845
Rank on All-Time List: 56
The Scoop: I decided only to include the highest grossing of the Narnia films. If I hadn’t, the list could have been almost filled with them (as is the case with the Lord of the Rings variations listed below). The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is at 298 on the all time list. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is at 534.


2. The Passion of the Christ

Year: 2004
Total Gross: $370,270,943
Rank on All-Time List: 25
The Scoop: Perhaps the most important Christian-themed film in the history of movies.


1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Year: 2002
Total Gross: $377,019,252
Rank on All-Time List: 23
The Scoop: As was the case with the Narnia movies referenced above, this list could be made up completely of Lord of the Rings related films.  I just thought the list would be more interesting if I spread out the attributions. The Two Towers is at number 28 all time. The Fellowship of the Ring is at 38. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is at 46. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is at 75.