If there’s anything I love as much as Christian romance novels, it’s Christian romance movies. (Okay, let’s be real here—I love movies almost as much as books but not quite. I’ll always be a book nerd at heart.) Although I enjoy almost any clean romance, as with books, my favorites are the ones with a strong faith message—which is much harder to find in movies than in books, sadly. Over the past year or so, though, my fifteen-year-old daughter and I have been making our way through every Christian romance movie we can find, and we’ve come across some amazing gems.
Here are our favorites (I’ve linked to each movie on Amazon, just for the sake of convenience, but many of them can be found on other streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, or Hallmark):
All I can say is have a box or two of tissues handy for this one. I’m not usually a fan of dual timeline stories, but this one was masterfully done, making me care just as much about what had happened to Caroline (played by Betty White) and her husband in the past as about the current-day love story involving her grandson and the journalist profiling Caroline. My daughter and I must have spent half of this movie gripping each other’s hands as we learned along with Caroline what had happened to her husband, who never returned from World War II. And though there were buckets of tears, there were plenty of uplifting moments as well.
First a confession—I don’t generally listen to country music (aside from listening to it with my dad on hundreds of fishing trips as a kid). But this movie about a country singer who fights to win back the girl he left at the altar has a piece of my heart. I loved how fiercely protective Josie was of her daughter and how Liam—a complete mess at the beginning of the movie—came to accept and even adore his responsibilities as a father.
For someone who doesn’t listen to country music, I apparently like to watch movies about country singers. This one about a newly separated couple who spend Christmas together for the sake of their girls was incredibly touching. I loved that even though they were no longer together, Tracie found herself defending Rick and his career choice to her family. And the song he writes for her at the end—it’s enough to make me want to start listening to country music.
This was a quirky movie about a young widower who agrees to enter a dance contest with his daughter’s ballet teacher. It offers a mix of fun and entertaining scenes and some really heartfelt, touching moments as Jimmy reconciles his grief over his wife’s death with his new feelings for Faith, who, despite her name, is struggling with her own faith issues.
This one gets you right from the start, so be prepared for some tears. The faith journey in this movie is particularly strong, as Amber has to come to grips with her anger at God over her husband’s death, even as she starts to develop feelings for race car driver Cody. And yes, there’s a country music connection to this movie too, as it’s loosely based on the song “Bless the Broken Road” (recorded most famously by Rascal Flatts).
What about you? Do you love to watch Christian romance movies as much as you love to read Christian romance books? Have you watched any of the movies I’ve listed here? What did you think of them? Do you have any recommendations for romance movies with a strong Christian theme?