American Bible Society

Movie Discussion Guide

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man is about more than a guy jumping from one tall building to the next. It contains biblical themes, such as power, sacrifice and service. Let’s talk about what those themes mean—in the movie and in our lives.

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The Passion of the Christ

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ depicts Jesus’ incredible life and sacrifice for us. Jesus was like no other. He was fully God and fully human. He was perfect in every way. He frustrated the religious establishment, yet he captivated thousands when he walked the earth. His life, crucifixion, and resurrection continue to impact millions of people today.

As we contemplate Jesus’ life and this powerful film, we’ll focus on three themes: obedience, sacrifice and love.

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Son Of God

Son of God brings the life of Jesus Christ to the big screen like never before. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, striking locales, special effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer.

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

The movie contrasts the power of hate and fear with the transforming effect of mercy and forgiveness. Now in Theaters.

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The Butler

Lee Daniels’ The Butler is inspired by the life of Cecil Gaines. He was a butler at the White House from 1957 to 1986. Lee Daniels’ The Butler depicts the effects of injustice, ignorance, hatred and fear that Cecil and other African-Americans faced during his lifetime. The eye-opening images remind us of a horrible time of our nation’s history and challenge us to address the remnants of racism today.

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Man of Steel

 This Father’s Day, the epic story of Superman is given a new life. It’s a timeless story that can connect us to the ultimate story of heroism, fatherhood, grace, and redemption. 

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To The Wonder

Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder (his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated The Tree of Life) is a love story that explores relationships between man and woman, humans and God. The filmmaker digs up half-hidden, uncomfortable truths, all in an effort to find a more transcendent definition of love. And in so doing, viewers are led to the realization that loving relationships can be difficult, even people’s relationship with God.

Thank you for using this guide to facilitate a conversation about this thought-provoking film and to explore its themes through the lens of the Bible.

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Les Misérables

The epic musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel is a story of forgiveness, redemption and love. Les Misérables is filled with imagery, symbolism, and timeless biblical truths.

In this guide you’ll explore just a few of the many themes from the film. Use this guide to start a conversation about the issues raised here. Enjoy the conversation!

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The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkein’s story is a grand and epic tale of adventure and self-discovery. As rich in imagery as it is symbolism, The Hobbit provides many opportunities to connect themes in the Bible to the world around us. Here, you’ll find just a few of many examples of these ideas woven throughout the film. This guide is designed to help facilitate a conversation about the themes and motives behind The Hobbit. Enjoy the conversation!

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The Life of Pi

Having lost everything in a tragic series of events, Piscine Molitor Patel (a.k.a. Pi) floats in the middle of the ocean with no survival skills or hope of rescue. But rather than giving up, Pi prays, searching for direction and meaning. Through Pi’s story, we learn more about faith and God. We may not agree with everything in Life of Pi, but the film still has a lot to teach us.

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a touching fable about being a child, being a parent and being able to embrace life’s most wondrous gift: love. And while God is never mentioned in the movie, his handiwork is everywhere. Through Jim, Cindy and Timothy Green, we’re reminded that one of God’s greatest gifts — the family — isn’t a gift to take for granted. It takes time and care to make it work, and it’s as much art as science.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Confronted with disaster and the deterioration of her father’s health, young Hushpuppy guides us through the survival of Katrina in a place she calls “The Bathtub.”

Beasts of the Southern Wild is an untold story about a Louisiana community surviving Katrina and embarking on a journey where they find new life in the wake of near unimaginable tragedy.

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Disney Pixar's BRAVE

Brave is the story of young Princess Merida and her determination to make her own way in life. Fighting the customs of her kingdom and her role as a woman, she struggles to make her own destiny. This guide is designed to help frame and facilitate a conversation on the themes and motives behind Pixar’s Brave. Enjoy the conversation!

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Talk About Blue Like Jazz

Blue Like Jazz is a movie that tells the story of one person’s search to discover God for himself. It is a story that involves doubt, insecurity, bad behavior, questioning and an honest look at what it takes to have a faith of your own, not merely one that you inherit from family or a church community. Questions are here to help you think and explore through a biblical lens. Use them for your own reflection, with a group of friends or as part of a regular study group.

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Act of Valor

Act of Valor introduces a band of brothers laying it all on the line, serving and earning a place of honor. It’s the same call for followers of Jesus Christ. It is serious business. But in the process, God makes us the men He longs for us to be for the unique purposes entrusted to each of us.Use this conversation guide to get a dialogue going in your group. How can you live a life of valor?.

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Explore Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher examines themes of how God deals with issues of violence and redemption, responding to the poor and needy and the struggles of finding God in the face of life’s biggest agonies. Using the story of one man’s journey from crime to Christ, Machine Gun Preacher tells a haunting and honest tale of redemption rubbed raw. Download your Conversation Guide here, grab some friends, and dig in.

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life examines themes and questions that explore who we are, where we came from, who and where is God, why we suffer, and how we should live. Using biblical imagery, The Tree of Life poses questions that have been asked for centuries. Use this guide to frame a conversation. Download a Conversation Guide here to help you think and explore the powerful themes of this film through a biblical lens. Answer just a few, or go deeper. Enjoy the conversation!

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