Top 100 Best Selling Christian Films of 2017 on ChristianCinema.com

ChristianCinema.com, with the largest selection of Christian movies on Digital HD, released its annual top 100 bestselling Christian movies for 2017. 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 2017, and check out those that they missed in theaters.

Christian Cinema’s new number one film for 2017, Priceless was the result of for King and Country’s push to highlight the evils of human trafficking and remind men about how they should cherish and protect women and children. Taking their ministry to a whole new level, the Smallbone brothers worked to tell the story of James Stevens, a man who has lost himself in the downward spiral of his life. Driving a truck with a questionable cargo, Stevens realizes that he’s part of the system driving two sisters into sex slavery. He’s forced to make a decision: will he take the money and run, or will he stand up for something greater than himself? With incredible drama and stylized filmmaking, the story is action-packed and thought-provoking. 

The documentary The Insanity of God lands at #2 on the list, based on Nik Ripken’s 2013 memoir of the same name, about his family’s experience as missionaries. The Ripkens shared their story of missionary living, and triumph in the face of tragedy through their book, but hearing from them personally is absolutely moving. Called to missions out of rural Kentucky, the Ripkens first served in Somalia, where anti-Christian persecution killed one-hundred percent of the people that the Ripkens discipled in their faith. During the same period, their son died from a lack of appropriate medical care. In the face of dangerous persecution - and personal loss- the Ripkens withdrew from Africa, doubting the presence and power of God in situations like that. But in their exploration of faith by others in Communist countries like Russia, the call of God's heart began to embolden the Ripkens in the midst of their grief.

Another memoir, this time from Lee Strobel, turned The Case for Christ into the #4 film of 2017. In the top twenty-five Christian films ever at the box office, the story shows us the marriage of Lee and Leslie Strobel and the love of both Strobels for the heart of God… as Leslie’s faith drove Lee to a full-fledged journalistic investigation of the gospel. Crafted as a moving, emotive drama by writer Brian Bird and directed by Jon Gunn, the cinematic version of the Strobels’ story stars Mike Vogel and Erika Christensen, with supporting roles by Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster, and Frankie Faison. A Pure Flix production, this is a true story that everyone who has a relationship with Jesus Christ, and those who are considering one, should see.

The #5 film of 2017 is a recorded stage production of Stephen Baldwin’s Heaven How I Got Here, A Night with the Thief on the Cross. In the story, based on the story of the crucifixion of Jesus found in Luke 23, Baldwin shares a one-man account of redemption and grace that weaves together the biblical events of the crucifixion and imagines the details of the life of the thief. He recounts the events of that day as he experienced them then, and as he looks back later from the perspective of his new life in heaven in this one-man play recorded live. For fans of the recorded performance, the #29 film on the list is Jonah the Musical from Sight & Sound. 

Landing at #6 and #36 are the second and first seasons of the National Bible Bee Game Show, respectively. The National Bible Bee Game Show is hosted by Kirk Cameron; it assembles seventy-two young people across three age divisions (Seniors, Juniors, and Primaries) in a contest showcasing Bible-verse memory and applied Bible study. With $270,000 in prize money, the field of contestants comes from participants at the annual National Bible Bee. Three to four young people faced off in each round, challenging themselves and each other with the 183 Bible passages and 700 verses they had memorized. Judged by former pro athlete and entrepreneur David Benham, former Bible Bee Game Show winner Hannah Leary, and Living Waters Ministries president Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, they worked to show what they had learned about the Bible in each week’s episode. Now fans can own the whole season of the first and second year.

Another real-life film, Victor shows up at #7 on this year’s list, telling of a rough childhood, teenage drug use, and powerful salvation in the life of Victor Torres. In the 1960s, Torres grew up in the shadow of Brooklyn, New York’s Roman Lords, a rumbling gang of young men who found joy in street fights and rush of heroin addiction. Based on the autobiographical Son of Evil Street, the theatrical release Victor shares how Victor, his mother, and his faith rose above the trouble that threatened to envelop him.

Beyond the Mask landed third in 2015 and first in 2016, sliding just a handful of spots on 2017’s list thanks to an at-home audience that used a Kickstarter campaign to finance the theatrical release. With help from Stephen Kendrick, the Burns cousins worked out those themes in an American Revolution era film. Against this backdrop, Will Reynolds, the former leading mercenary for the British East India Company is on the run in the American Colonies from the nefarious Charles Kemp (John Rhys-Davies). Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of the woman with whom he's never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. But what he discovers is that wearing a mask physically or emotionally can’t save him from a life of despair - only the grace of God can do that.

This year’s tenth bestselling film, Alone Yet Not Alone, was the #2 release of both 2015 and 2016 and holds strong here in the top ten. Recounting the real-life adventures of the Leininger family, German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania, the film highlights the story of Barbara and Regina who were kidnapped by Delaware Indians during the French and Indian War in the 1755 Penn’s Creek Massacre. A solid period piece about surviving tragedy and focusing on God, the film proves to continue to hold its staying power in 2017.

Just Let Go, which landed at #4 in 2016, falls seven spots to #13 in 2017. The inspirational true story of Chris Williams, the film highlights forgiveness and faith in a real-life tragedy. On a cold February night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, each faced a drastically different and uncertain future. But as Williams sat in his demolished vehicle, staring at the car that had just caused the death of his wife, his unborn baby, his nine-year-old daughter, and his eleven-year-old son, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive.

Several other real-life stories adapted cinematically landed on the 2017 list. The sixty-fifth film on the Christian box office ever, I’m Not Ashamed shows Columbine massacre in a whole new light. Woodlawn (#43, and #22 on the Christian Box Office all-time list) continues to remind people that faith (and sports) can help us overcome our greatest fears and differences. The Hiding Place (#25) and Return to the Hiding Place (#60) continue to highlight the resistance of people of faith against the Nazis. And the 100th film, Badge of Faith, shows how one policeman’s faith changed the lives of those around him, even in his own suffering. 

On another level, documentaries held strong too, with films like Mully (#20), about how one man’s road to redemption lead to the salvation of many orphans in Africa or The Heart of Man (#78) which showed an inspired blend of dramatic re-enactment and interviews about the way that sexuality plays out in our lives of faith. 

And then there are the fictional dramas, like New Life (#15) about experiencing tragedy and new hope in marriage, Prayer Never Fails (#24) about mentoring and standing up for your faith in a public forum, and The Fight Within (#42) that showed faith in the middle of the MMA cage. All of these and many more serve as inspirational films for 2017’s best-selling titles.