Top 10 Movie Discussion Guides

These 10 movies have explicit spiritual themes.
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6. Bella

Movie Discussion Guide
Bella's main character, José, is a wounded ex-soccer star. He is a brooding, often dour figure throughout the film, but when he finds that Niña (a waitress in his brother's restaurant where he is head chef) is pregnant, he decides to help. Later, we discover this is part of the way he believes he can find redemption for a car accident years before, in which he killed a little girl.

The film is touching because of the bravery and courage of the characters, and shows another path for the Niñas of the world who are pregnant, alone, and with few options for the future. José demonstrates through compassion, friendship, and gentle encouragement that there are other options than abortion

5. Prince Caspian

Movie Discussion Guide
In this sequel to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the four Pevensie children return to Narnia one year later in their time, but 1,300 years have passed in the magical land. Narnia is again ruled by an evil monarch, Aslan is nowhere to be found, and the "old Narnians" — dwarves, fauns, talking animals, and dancing trees — are in hiding. And a boy prince, heir to the throne, is running for his life.

This study guide will help you discuss some of the major themes of Prince Caspian. How do we deal with jealousy and pride? What do grace and mercy look like, especially when one wants revenge? And what does it mean to have the faith of a child?

4. The Nativity Story

Movie Discussion Guide
The Nativity Story showcases the powerful story of Jesus' birth in a sweeping yet intimate film. Beautifully rendered, the film offers contrasting pictures of those who trust in God and those who don't, presents various images of the journey of faith, and reveals God's faithfulness in keeping his promises to his people, even in highly unexpected ways.

This discussion guide will help you connect with the nativity story by reflecting on the miraculous events of God's incarnation and the powerful models of faith for us today.

3. Fireproof

Movie Discussion Guide
In Fireproof, we meet Caleb, the captain of a firefighting unit who lectures his men that "you never leave your partner behind." He, however, is in the middle of a fight with his wife, Kat, about their marriage. Their marriage spins dangerously close to complete destruction until Caleb's father arrives with a "40-Day Plan for Saving a Marriage." Will he do the plan with the same integrity with which he leads his crew? Will he manage to save his on-the-brink-of-divorce marriage?

This study guide will help you discuss some of the major themes of Fireproof. How do we deal with anger and lack of forgiveness in marriage? What does God offer to a couple to bring healing and hope? And what does it mean to truly believe in Christ and be fully committed to him?

2. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Movie Discussion Guide
Lewis's story is a tale rich with metaphors that reflect our sinful failures and God's endeavors to save us from the consequences. This study will explore the ways in which the adventures of the four Pevensie children in Narnia illustrate humankind's corruption and sinful behavior, the role of conscience, the power of trust, the value of forgiveness, and the way that Christ's sacrifice and resurrection liberates us from death's curse.

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