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10 Christian Documentaries to Consider Watching

I’m not a huge fan of movies. I’d much rather spend my free time reading or with family and friends. And although I’m not a huge TV guy, I enjoy watching documentaries. There are plenty of good Christian documentaries available to watch, and below you’ll find ten to consider. Some of the following Christian documentaries are available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Christian Documentaries

10 Christian Documentaries to Consider Watching

In no particular order.

1. Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History by Tim Challies and Stephen McCaskell

This DVD is the companion to the book that goes by the same title, Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History, a book that made my 10 Christian Books to Look Out for in 2020 post. This documentary looks captivating.

“EPIC explores historical objects that help tell the story of Christianity. The book (written by author Tim Challies) focuses on the story and historical significance behind each object. The 10-episode documentary series (filmed by director Stephen McCaskell) follows Tim on his journey around the world, showing how each object was located and capturing the beauty and wonder of the adventure.”

2. Calvinist by Les Lanphere

“When a generation finds the theology and practice of the modern church wanting, they turn to the internet for answers. An investigation into the roots of the reformation reveals a theology that challenges everything they thought they knew about Christianity. With a fresh view of God, where do they go from here? CALVINIST is the theology documentary of a lifetime.”

3. Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God by Dr. Joel Beeke and others

“Joyless. Severe. Fanatical. “Haunted by the fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” That’s the Puritan reputation. But to what extent is that reputation deserved? Drawing on the latest research, and featuring interviews with some of the most celebrated scholars in the field, this beautiful and atmospheric new documentary takes us from the birth of Puritanism all the way through to its influence in the present day.”

4. Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer

“Discover the story behind the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation. Told through a seamless combination of live-action storytelling and artistic animation, Martin Luther’s daring life is presented in extensive detail while still making the film relevant, provocative, and accessible.”

5. Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I watched this I think earlier this year or late last year and I really enjoyed it.

“When Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899 -1981) gave a series of lectures on preaching in 1969, he coined a phrase that became an emblematic description of his own ministry: ‘What is preaching?’ he asked. ‘Logic on fire!’ This official documentary charts the story of this most remarkable man, widely considered to be one of the most influential Christian preachers of the 20th century.”

6. Tortured For Christ

“Filmed entirely on location in Romania, including in the very prison where Pastor Richard Wurmbrand endured torture and solitary confinement, this is the cinematic retelling of one of the most powerfully inspiring and historically significant testimonies of all time.”

7. Through the Eyes of Spurgeon by Stephen McCaskell

This one is free and you can watch it on YouTube here:

8. The God Who Speaks

“The God who speaks traces the evidence of the Bible’s authority through interviews with some of the most respected experts and apologists, scholars and Pastors in the evangelical world. Exploring the latest evidence, it answers time old questions, can we know God, does he speak in ways we can understand and, has God Spoken? The latest proof for the inspiration of and reliability of the Bible.”

9. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister

“Bonhoeffer is the compelling true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was imprisoned and killed by the Nazis for his connection to the German Resistance and their failed attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Heavily influenced by the death of his brother in World War I and the teachings of Swiss theologian Karl Barth, Bonhoeffer commits his life at a young age to studying the teachings of Christ as found in the Bible and being a man of faith, even in the midst of incredible darkness.

Featuring rare archival footage, interviews with family members and former students like Eberhard Bethge, and the voice of Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa), this powerfully moving documentary sheds light on his underground seminary, his travels to America and Harlem that had a profound impact on his feelings toward social injustice, his calls to change the world for better, and his noble response to Nazi Germany as a Christian.”

10. Spirit and Truth: A Film About Worship by Les Lanphere

You can watch the trailer here:


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About David Qaoud

David Qaoud (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of Bethesda Evangelical Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and founder of gospelrelevance.com. His work has appeared on The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Banner of Truth. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and son. You can follow him on Twitter.