I have been married for 21 years. I have four children, and my oldest child is 20. We are foster parents and adoptive parents. All of that puts a toll on a marriage. I love to watch a good faith-based film with family values.
Finding inspirational movies about marriage is something I love to do. I love to watch these Christian love movies while I am preparing dinner, or folding laundry. You can find most of these films on Pure Flix, but you can also find them on other streaming service such as Netflix or Prime.
Extraordinary is a film based on the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and College Professor David Horton. This Christian film is a true story that shows a man whose passion for running brings his family to a crossroads where they might not stay a family.
His family thinks his running days are over after his open-heart surgery and knee damage. But when David decided to run across the country, his family is left wondering if they matter to him at all. David learns the most important race of his life is his marriage race.
Being a father and husband is an important purpose. He doesn’t have to keep searching for purpose in his life. His love for his wife is a profound love that when nurtured and cared for creates a family.
Psalm 55:22 tells us to cast our cares on the Lord. And when we do that, we can run any race he lays out for us.
My daughter is a track star, and because of that, I have found myself at the track on many weekends throughout the years. Cross country is the most difficult race and only the strongest runners run this race.
I was very inspired by this true story. Not only inspired to run the race God has laid out for us but also inspired to make sure my family is always my first priority.
Indivisible is a true story of an army chaplain recovering from the trauma of war. The true love story of David and Heather shows the true difficulties of war. When David is given overseas orders and has to leave his wife, she finds her purpose in community service.
While David helps soldiers with their struggling marriages, he doesn’t see the problems growing in his own marriage.
This movie shows the true difficulties military spouses feel when they live as single parents when their spouses are stationed outside of the USA. We also see the emotional problems of PTSD and the effects of war on a man.
While the effects of war are the main message of the movie, it does not shy away from emphasizing the Christian values that lead the couple back together. It is very interesting to see the effects of war from a Christian perspective. God can truly make beauty from ashes.
I have a family member who returned from the war with PTSD and his struggles have impacted his marriage. I know firsthand how hard it is for the family when a soldier returns and needs help adjusting. This is a great movie to watch to help churches understand the struggles of military families.
If you are looking for a movie to play at your church this Valentine’s Day, this is the one I would recommend. A great movie about marriage, while also educating your congregation on the needs of military families.
Marriage Retreat (2011)
I was excited to see a movie with Reginald Val Johnson. I loved him in Family Matters! If you are looking for a clean comedy that talks about the problem of marriage in a light-hearted funny way, this is the movie you are looking for.
This is a story of three couples struggling with an unhappy marriage, and with God’s guidance, they learn to find the path to happiness. The movie shows a retreat for a married couple looking to re-ignite the flame of love.
A week away from the person that they are supposed to love, but is driving them crazy. The marriage therapist attempts to bring the couples back to love with activities that only seem to annoy them.
But each couple sees a marriage change and become once again a love affair with the person they have vowed their lives together. I watched this movie while I was baking cookies and it was the perfect movie to keep me laughing while I baked.
If you are looking for something light to watch during your household chores time, this is a great movie for that.
You can’t talk about Christian movies about marriage without talking about Kirk Cameron and Fireproof. I watched this great movie when my kids were little, and throughout my marriage, as my children have grown, I have remembered often the lessons learned from this movie.
The overall message I learned was that you can not control other people’s actions you can only control your actions. And when you get your own heart in a good place, and serve the people you love, putting your own needs last, you will find that your marriage will grow into peace.
The call is to take the love dare. We all want a peaceful home, and this beautiful movie shows you how to live out your vows. We can find peace in the power of the Holy Spirit who changes us, and that changes the marriage and the family.
A fun fact about the movie Fireproof. Kirk Cameron’s wife plays the “stunt double” of the actress playing the wife in the story. So, the kiss in the movie is between Kirk and his real-life wife.
The War Room (2015)
The war room is a movie brought to you by Kendrick Brothers. This is a story of a couple that has everything except love. They have a beautiful home, a beautiful daughter, and great careers, but no love. The couple, Tony and Elizabeth are played by T.C. Stallings and Priscilla Shirer.
The couple is nearing divorce and needs marriage counseling. God sends along the most usual counselor. Elizabeth realizes her husband is getting ready to have an affair and finds hope when she meets Miss Clara who shows her the power of prayer.
When Elizabeth invites Jesus Christ into the marriage things start to turn around. But then there is the question of integrity and admitting to past mistakes. Tony and Elizabeth take a beautiful journey from brokenness to standing strong in integrity, love, and strength.
This film will inspire you to save your marriage and live a prayer-filled life. Today I have a prayer wall in my office and it is inspired by the prayer closet in this movie.
In 2011 when this movie first came out, I was doing mission work in a low-income housing area. We got permission to use the city field and rented a huge screen, and we showed this movie to the audience. We were not sure what the families in this area would think of the movie.
It was a high-crime neighborhood, with gang violence, and mostly all broken families. The field was full, and when the movie ended, they applauded. Some of the people there came to talk to us after about the message of hope.
This is another movie by the Kendrick brothers and Alex Kendrick stars in this movie, playing the father Adam Mitchell. In this movie, a group of police officers learns that courage is not only needed on the job but also in the home. We need men of courage to rise and defend their families.
This is a great family-friendly film that you can watch as a whole family.
Not Easily Broken (2009)
This faith-based movie, Not easily broken starts where many romance movies end, with the wedding. Because the wedding is just the start. Dave and Clarice are the couple in the movie, and almost as soon as the wedding is over and the marriage starts, they see problems.
Dave wants children, but Clarice doesn’t. Since Dave has no children, he finds a group of kids that need a mentor and starts pouring his love, attention, and time into the group of kids. His new wife is suddenly no longer a priority. His new priority is his community service.
Both Dave and Clarice are thinking only about their own needs and their desires. And that is the root of the problem. As their love story unravels, they are met with a crisis that makes them decide what their prorates are.
This is the true way to a happy marriage. Putting the needs of our loved ones before our own needs. Marriage is not a 50/50 commitment. It is a 100/100 commitment. When each of us gives 100% we will create a marriage and family where everyone feels safe and protected.