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17 Inspirational Movies Based on True Stories

It’s no secret stories are powerful. They make us laugh, they make us cry, and they often teach us valuable lessons about life. While fables and fiction are fun and often valuable, the best kind of stories  are the ones that are true. Great American Pure Flix has an endless amount of movies based on true events - including many that show the fruitfulness of God's love and mercy.

Christian stories based on true events are powerful because they show us how big our God is. From stories about miracles, to moments of redemption and healing, these movies based on true events will inspire you in your everyday life:

1. The Blind


Long before Phil Robertson was a reality - TV star, he fell in love and started a family, but his demons threatened to tear their lives apart. This is the true story that started a dynasty. This exclusive movie shows the power of God's grace and true redemption.

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Read Also: Behind the Scenes of 'The Blind' with the Robertson Family

2. Miracle at Manchester

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God is still in the business of miracles. Based on the true story, a high schooler’s bright future changes in an instant when he’s diagnosed with aggressive cancer. But the power of prayer and support from his community renews a father’s faith and brings healing to a family.

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Read Also: The True Story of 'Miracle At Manchester': How a Father's Change of Heart Inspires Hope

3. Pardoned by Grace

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Based on the incredible true story of Scott Highberger's transformation from a man who ran from God into a man who brought thousands to Him. Starring Joey Lawrence, this true story is a testimony to God's grace, redemption and endless mercy.

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4. I Am Not Ashamed

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This Pure Flix Original movie based on the powerful true story and inspired by the journal entries of Rachel Joy Scott. Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. After her passing, Rachel's journal entries encouraged many to by God's faithfulness and His love. Her hope in seeking Him is evident in her writings and her actions. 

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5. Lifemark

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In this biographical drama, David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birthmother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. Inspired by true events and the documentary titled "I Lived on Parker Avenue," this feel good movie will only leave you with love of life and gratefulness of God's mercy.

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Read Also: The True Story Behind Kirk Cameron & Kendrick Brothers Film 'Lifemark'

6. The Most Reluctant Convert

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This movie, starring Max McLean and Nicholas Ralph, is based on the true events of the beloved author C.S. Lewis' life.  Follow the remarkable spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis, through his childhood, to his renowned works including The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity, as they come to life on screen. This feel good movie will make you believe that even the harshest of critics can have a turn of heart.

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7. 5000 Blankets

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Inspired by a remarkable true story, Phillip and his mom (Anna Camp) are determined to change lives after his father disappears due to a mental health crisis. Phillip's generosity and faith spark a citywide movement.

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Read Also: ‘Start Walking & Living Like Jesus’: True Inspiration Behind ‘5000 Blankets’

8. Tulsa

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Inspired by true events, a desperate Marine biker's life is turned upside-down when he is united with the sassy 9-year-old daughter he never knew existed.

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9. The Unmiracle

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Inspired by true events, this tale of how a small town reacts to the accidental drug overdose of a popular high school girl is told through 7 interconnecting storylines. Starring Kevin Sorbo, this movie shows the power of taking responsibility of your actions while also bringing to light the opioid crisis that has swept the nation. Grab your tissues, this movie based on true stories is steeped in emotion and transformation.

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10. Case for Christ

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Based on a true story, Lee Stroebel an award-winning investigative journalist -- and avowed atheist. At risk of losing his wife over something he never expected, her newfound Christian faith, he applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the religion. Will he find what he always considered to be true or will his search end with unexpected, life-altering results?

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11. No Vacancy

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Based on a true story, a jaded reporter finds herself following the story of a church purchasing a motel to help homeless families. This feel good movie follows a pastor who just wants to help an underserved community despite controversy from government officials and a recovering addict who benefitted from the services offered by the church. Read more about the true events that inspired this film here.

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12. Palau


The true story of a man who was born in a small town in Argentina, committed his life to the work of the Lord and embarked on a journey to become one of the greatest evangelists in history.

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13. Sunrise In Heaven

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After a devastating car crash leaves her beloved husband on life support, one woman must find strength in her faith as she faces the prospect of his passing.

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14. Newton’s Grace

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"Newton's Grace" is the true story of a real "Prodigal Son," the story of miraculous forgiveness and change that lies behind the powerful words of one of the world's most beloved hymns.

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15. The Way Home

The Way Home

When a parent’s worst nightmare happens and their 2-year-old goes missing, the entire community rallies around them to help find the missing boy before it’s too late. “The Way Home,” starring Dean Cain, is based on the true story about hope, faith and community that took place in Carrollton, Texas.

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16. Nail 32

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“Nail 32” is an inspirational drama, based on the true story of Jasper Weaver. Brad Johnson plays Jasper “Buck” Livingston, a young cowboy who wants to serve Christ. Even through disappointment, hardship and failure, Buck’s incredible journey as a rodeo cowboy, rancher, father, and preacher proves that every life matters, and even ordinary men can live a life filled with extraordinary purpose. This is truly one of the movies based on true stories worth streaming.

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17. Badge of Faith

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Bryan Lawrence is a cop dedicated "to protect and serve." After a near fatal attack, Bryan finds himself in a whole new world - one where he is completely helpless. The doctors say he will never walk again, but Bryan puts his faith in God.

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That concludes our list of top ten movies based on true stories to stream right here on Great American Pure Flix. Not a member? Sign up for your free 7-day trial today.


Sarah Hartland

Sarah Hartland knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she wrote her first short story in the fourth grade. By the time she was in high school, she had written two novellas and countless short stories. It was her love of storytelling that led her into marketing and media.

Sarah freelanced throughout her time at Colorado Christian University, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. At CCU, Sarah competed in speech and debate across the country, securing multiple awards and a national debate championship. She co-lead CCU's first-ever broadcast media program, CCU.TV, and served as the program's Student Producer during her senior year.

When she's not writing blog posts or editing a video, Sarah loves to swing dance, ski, travel, or visit her seven younger siblings in Montana.