3 Films that Will Restore Your Faith — Right in Time for the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, we have a number of uplifting movies that will raise your spirits and restore your faith in mankind. These uplifting films are perfect to watch with your family as holiday movies. Here are three of our most inspirational and faith-based films:

1. Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith

Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith

Bradley Whitford stars as Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie) in this adaptation of the bestselling author’s memoir about his time spent penning his rabbi’s eulogy. Acclaimed actor Laurence Fishburne proves his versatility in his role of a reformed criminal-turned-preacher who gets a second chance in life. Although the film spans many months, there’s a distinct faith-based theme, making it perfect for the holidays.

 

2. Joyeux Noel

Joyeux Noel

It’s Christmas Eve 1914, and the first World War rages across Europe. Allied and German troops sit huddled in winter weather separated from each other by only a couple dozen yards of bombed out moonscape. Both sides are cold, miserable and longing to be at home with their loved ones. The spirit of the holiday captivates troops on either side of the divide and soon there is an impromptu truce; German, French and British soldiers soon start bonding through celebration and song. This true story was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Contains strong violence and a brief sexual scene. This previously untold story depicts that even in the bleakest days of warfare the warmth of human kindness never goes out.

 

3. Seven Years in Tibet

Seven Years in Tibet

Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and reluctant Nazi, leaves his wife and infant son to venture to the Himalayas in 1939, just as WWII breaks out. Once on the subcontinent, he falls into the hands of the Allies. When he and his fellow Austrian mountaineer Peter Aufschnaiter escape the POW camp, they head for Tibet. He and his mate soon discover themselves to be the sole Westerners in Lhasa. He soon develops a friendship with the Western-culture obsessed teenage Dalai Lama, a friendship that changes both of their lives. Contains some adult language and strong violence. A lush, stirring adaptation of the memoir of the actual adventurer who had his entire outlook on life changed by his profoundly spiritual experience.

 

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About Steven Tagle

Steven Tagle has been published in Spork and The Rumpus, and his documentaries have aired on Current TV. The recipient of a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, he studies fiction writing in the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers.

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