ChristianCinema.com, with the largest selection of Christian movies on Digital HD, released its annual top 10 bestselling Christian movies for 2018. The impact of Christian films continues to grow at the box office and in the home media market, as critics and audiences take notice. Here, fans of Christian and family movies can take a look at the top home entertainment on Digital of 2018, and check out those that they missed in theaters.
Newcomers lead the way at the backend of the top 10 with Samson, I Believe, and The God Who Speaks. Samson (2018) tells the Biblical story of the judge Samson who, empowered by God with supernatural strength, endangers his destiny with impulsive decisions that lead to betrayal by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress. Battling the Philistines, he is captured and blinded by his enemies, but when he repents, God intervenes.
I Believe encourages the audience to experience faith through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy who has a supernatural encounter with God, and ends up on a quest to “find out more about what Christians believe.” Facing opposition from his own father Simon (Matt Lindquist), an atheist TV newscaster, Brian finds allies in the pastor of a local church (Wilford Brimley) and a wounded U.S. Marine (Jeremy London). Brian’s pure and innocent faith brings about manifestations of God’s extraordinary power that quickly become breaking news.
The God Who Speaks won the Bronze Crown Award and lands at eighth on the top 10 list. Tracing the evidence for biblical authority, the film studies the evidence of the Bible’s authority through interviews with some of the most respected apologists, scholars and pastors in the evangelical world. Answering common objections to biblical reliability and the Bible’s formation, this documentary challenges the church to live as if God truly does speak.
The Coming Convergence dropped from the third spot in 2017, but still lands in the top 10 of 2018 at number seven. Written and directed by Brent Miller Jr., the film proposes that new evidence of the Tribulation has been revealed, following the story of a young girl (Erin Hawkins) that is living through the end of days. Her cinematic interruptions throughout the documentary act as a warning to the genuine reality humankind will soon face.
The third film in the God’s Not Dead series, God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness, finds itself at the sixth spot for 2018. After a fire rips through St. James Church, destroying the church and killing one of Pastor Dave’s (David A.R. White) close friends. As adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy to kick the congregation off campus, a controversy erupts: can Christians fight for their rights and be the light for Christ at the same time? Dave is forced to ask for help from his estranged lawyer brother (John Corbett), and ask deep questions that have held the family apart: Is God really good all the time? Where is God when bad things happen? Can Christ really heal the brokenhearted?
The fifth film on the list finds Kevin Sorbo, who helped launch the success of the God’s Not Dead series, as the director and star of another film about an atheist, Let There Be Light. World-famous atheist Dr. Sol Harkens (Sorbo) delights in debating Christians. Isolated from his wife Katy (Kevin’s real-life wife Sam Sorbo), his self-destruction culminates in a car crash that leaves him clinically dead for four minutes. Clinging, reluctantly, to forgiveness, Sol struggles to find out the meaning behind his newly-granted message, "Let There Be Light."
Last year’s ninety-ninth film, Mountain Top moved up to the top ten in 2018! Based on Robert Whitlow’s novel, the film is directed and produced by Gary Wheeler, spinning a story about a small-town Appalachian lawyer-turned-preacher who must return to the courtroom. At stake are elements of his own life wrapped up in a case he seems specifically wired to solve.
The third film, The Trump Prophecy, is new to the list, reflecting the story of Mark Taylor who had a vision about how Donald Trump would be the next president. Starting a prayer movement among thousands of people praying for the leadership of America, the film opens up conversations about faith, business, finance, military, and world affairs to respond to a few questions like: How does a healthy American economy affect world economics? What does the current US administration mean to the middle east and specifically Israel? How does a strong US military affect the world climate for peace?
Repeating at the second spot on this list is The Insanity of God. Based on the book of the same name by real-life missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken, the film shows how faith can survive, even flourish, in the world where sin, despair, and tragedy seem to have the upper hand. As the Ripkens taught believers around the world to endure persecution and loss, they discovered the truths for themselves in "how to follow Jesus, how to love Jesus, and how to walk with Him day by day even when it doesn't make sense."
And, the number one film of 2018 is …. Genesis Paradise Lost. Telling the Biblically-accurate story of the first seven days of Creation through mind-blowing cinematography, the film is available with subtitles in almost thirty languages. Animated with 3D technology, the film splices interviews with experts to provide a thought-provoking exploration of the way God created, well, everything. For those seeking to unpack the origin scriptures of Genesis, or defend their understanding of intelligent design, Genesis: Paradise Lost shows how faith can match both faith and science.
4. Mountain Top
9. I Believe
10. Samson (2018)