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Pure Flix EditorsFeb 15, 2023 12:00:00 AM5 min read

11 Documentaries That Will Make You Smarter

Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and enjoy a little entertainment on TV, but films and TV shows can also be great tools for keeping your brain sharp. Luckily, Pure Flix has some Christian documentaries that can help make you smarter.


We've collected just a few of the best Christian documentaries and family-friendly documentaries that are not only entertaining, but will also make you smarter! Let's dive into some excellent religious documentaries:

Documentaries That Will Make You Smarter


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Go behind the scenes of the life and preaching of Billy Graham, the American evangelist and prominent evangelical Christian figure. This eye opening documentary will show how this humble evangelist responded to criticism, faced his fears, and remained committed to proclaiming the message of Christ through it all.

Stream "The Message Lives On" available on Pure Flix.

2. The Journey of Faith


This documentary features footage and interviews while Corbin Bernsen films his movie, "Rust."  Inspired by the Red Paperclip trade, together, Corbin Bernsen, a film crew, and the town of Kipling, make a movie during a frigid winter, and little did they know the miracles that would transpire. Watch this inspiring and eye opening documentary where you will learn more about the world than you knew before. 

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3. The Price of Fame

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You've probably heard the saying "everybody's got a price." Ted DiBiase coined the term during his pro wrestler career. This eye-opening documentary takes you through DiBiase's journey through pro-wrestlings past to tell the faith-based story of his wrestling rise, fall, and redemption. Told by his son, along with appearances by his wife and many other pro wrestling legends, this documentary is one you don't want to miss.

Watch "The Price of Fame" now on Pure Flix.


4. The Long Goodbye: The Kara Tippetts Story

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Mommy blogger Kara Tippetts never expected her terminal breast cancer diagnosis. This documentary explores how her blog turned from a source of mommy tips to a place where she processed her faith, her diagnosis and her journey back to our forever home. With footage and interviews from those closest to Kara, this documentary will open your eyes to how healing the dying journey can truly be.

Watch "The Long Goodbye" available now on Pure Flix.


5. The Source: Travel The Road


Deep in the jungles of Colombia and Peru, Tim Scott and Will Decker, of Travel the Road, are hot on the trail of cocaine traffickers. This four part documentary exploring the the drug trade has Scott and Decker on a mission to the cocaine traffickers' source and minister the gospel to those involved in this violent industry. "The Source" is an eye-opening documentary that is an unprecedented look into the global drug trade. It is a story of unrelenting justice, raw combat, and heartrending redemption.

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6. Return to Africa

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Timothy Scott and William Decker of Travel the Road, a groundbreaking Christian documentary series that follows the lives of missionaries, journey to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel and share their eye opening experiences of Africa. Their mission is to reach the Hadzabe bushmen of northern Tanzania. This visceral and poetic journey highlights the marvels and wonders of Africa and delivers a message of hope.

Binge the season of "Return to Africa" now on Pure Flix.


7. The Pacific

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Back at it again, Tim Scott and Will Decker of Travel the Road head to the majestic islands of The Pacific. This three-part documentary explores thier journey into learning more about this specific area of the world. Venturing from the isolated jungles of the Solomon Islands to the erupting volcano of Vanuatu, the missionaries experience beautiful, unspoiled and mysterious lands as they set out to deliver the Gospel. The Pacific is a stunning, visual tour of paradise on earth that highlights tribal cultures while showing the power of the God's Word in action.

Watch all of "The Pacific" now streaming on Pure Flix.

8. Corrie Ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated

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“Corrie Ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated” is one of the best Christian documentaries in our list — one that offers a lens into the lives of one of World War II’s heroes. Struggling to reconcile God’s goodness with the terrible realities of the Nazi camps, Corrie and her sister, Betsie, desperately clung to their Christian faith.

This is one of the more unique religious documentaries that will make you smarter, as it details Corrie's story; she and her family were arrested by the Nazis for hiding Jews in their home. Her sister died in a concentration camp, though Corrie was eventually released. She later founded a post-war home for survivors and went on to preach about forgiveness. It’s a religious documentary you won’t want to miss.

Watch “Corrie Ten Boom: A Faith Undefeated” on Pure Flix.

9. Passion Of Saint Perpetua: Martyr Of The Faith


Have you heard of Perpetua? Perhaps not, but in this film — which is one of the most fascinating Christian documentaries — you'll learn about this martyr of the early church. The true account of the courageous young martyr holds a plethora of relevance for us today. This documentary will make you smarter as you learn more about a historical figure of the early Christian church.

Dive right into "Passion of Saint Perpetua" on Pure Flix.

10. John Wesley Biography


This eye opening documentary describes the full and vibrant life of John Wesley, one of the most influential Christian ministers in his time. This documentary explores the details of this theologian's life who was a leader of a revival movement within the Church of England. This documentary will make you smarter because it'll open your eyes to his literary and evangelism work.

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11. Scalia: Portrait of a Man and Jurist

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This eye-opening documentary examines the judicial life, intelligence and legacy of the controversial and influential Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. This documentary explores Scalia's youth as a devout Catholic, how his religion influenced his rulings and his political views.

Stream "Scalia: Portrait of a Man and Jurist" now available on Pure Flix.

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