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40 Faith-Based Netflix Series to Watch Right Now

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Since its inception in 1998, more than 75 million people worldwide have signed up for Netflix, the DVD-by-mail and global streaming service for hit movies, documentaries, television series and, now, original programming.

Of course, the entertainment world is filled with secular and often downright sinful stuff, but when Netflix subscribers feel the need for spiritually uplifting, Christian, and inspirational material, the streaming service's library is happy to oblige.

Newsmax has amassed a list of 40 of the top religious Christian movies, series, and documentaries currently available to stream on Netflix for when you feel the need for soul-enriching entertainment and information.

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1. "The Passion of the Christ" — Mel Gibson's graphic 2004 movie about Christ's death, starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, is a gripping rendition of the greatest story ever told — in Aramaic, vernacular Hebrew, and Latin, with subtitles.

2. "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" — A TV movie version of Mitch Albom's hit book, this 2004 film tells the story of a man who dies at 83, convinced his life was a failure. He goes on to meet in heaven with five individuals whose lives he positively affected.

3. "Left Behind" — Based on the best-selling evangelical novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this 2000 movie brings to life the aftermath of Judgment Day and the period leading up to Armageddon.

4. "Son of God"
— This 2014 movie, shot on location in the Holy Land, stars Diogo Morgado as Jesus and Roma Downey as Mary, and relates the story of Christ's life, death, and resurrection.

5. "The Robe" — The 1953 movie starring Richard Burton shows the trials faced by the Roman tribune in charge of Christ's execution, who later becomes a Christian and is executed for his belief.

6. "The Bible"
— This stunning 2013 10-hour miniseries covers the entire Bible, from the beginnings of Genesis through the revelations of St. John.

7. "Joseph: King of Dreams" — An animated children's version of the Old Testament story of Joseph, this inspirational 2000 miniseries stars Ben Affleck and Mark Hamill.

8. "The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus"
— Country music legend Johnny Cash produced this moving, inspirational, and song-laden tribute to Christ, shot on location in the Holy Land and released in 1973.

9. "The Prince of Egypt" — Aimed at children, this animated 1998 Christian movie tells of Moses leading the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, starring Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes.

10. "Fifty Shades of They: Insights That Bring Life To Your Relationships" — Pastor Ed Young takes a Christian approach to how the choices we make affect our relationships in this 2015 TV special.

11. "Luther"
— The gripping story of one of the founders of the Protestant faith, Martin Luther, is told in this 2003 film, which relates the nailing of his famed 95 theses on a cathedral door, his opposition to the establishment church, and his role in the Protestant Reformation.

12. "The Book of Daniel" — Starting as a slave, Daniel's path to leadership of his people and his fateful encounter in the lion's den is recounted in this inspirational 2013 movie.

13. "Unconditional" — Inspired by true events, this 2012 Christian movie is about a woman who seeks the killer of her husband and finds a new faith in God.

14. "Patterns of Evidence: Exodus" — In this 2014 documentary, archaeologists visit the Holy Land in search of proof that the Exodus, the escape of the Jews from Egypt, actually occurred.

15. "Secrets of the Bible" — Follow experts and adventurers in this 13-part documentary series as they seek proof of Biblical events.

16. "Winning Life's Battles"
— Evangelist Joyce Meyer shows how true believers in God can use His power to handle life's problems and win their battles with Satan.

17. "The Book of Esther" — In this 2013 movie, Jewish girl Esther becomes the consort of King Xerxes of Persia and halts his plot to exterminate the Jews.

18. "Apostle Peter and the Last Supper" — Imprisoned by the Romans for his beliefs, Peter attempts to convert them three days before his execution in this 2012 movie starring Robert Loggia.

19. "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery" — This six-part 2015 documentary series examines stories of Jesus, looking at the Shroud of Turin, Jesus' brother James, Mary Magdalene, Judas, and the True Cross.

20. "The Keys of the Kingdom" — Gregory Peck stars in this 1944 inspirational film as a young priest struggling in China to establish a Catholic parish.

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21. "The Story of Ruth" — This 1960 movie tells of the Biblical woman who was sold as a slave to pagans, meets a Hebrew man, falls in love, and adopts the religion.

22. "Starting Over with Andy Stanley" — Georgia pastor Stanley examines mistakes we all make in marriage, career, and life, and gives the Christian approach to making things right.

23. "The Pope From The End of the World" — Pope Francis is the subject of this 2013 documentary that examines his past in Argentina, from being a provincial Jesuit priest to later becoming the leader of the Catholic church.

24. "#Death to Selfie with Steven Furtick"
— The pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, tackles life's problems and shows how Christians can lead authentic lives of faith in the modern world.

25. "Secrets of Mary Magdalene" — This 2006 documentary examines the life of the woman who was one of Christ's leading disciples and was present during his ministry and crucifixion.

26. "The Scroll: Revelation" — Leading spiritual figures share how their faiths have helped them through trying times in this 2014 documentary. Two more episodes, "The Scroll: Transformation" and "The Scroll," are also available.

27. "Meet the Mormons"
— Hear the stories of six members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who tell of their redemption and service to others.

28. "The Gospel of John" — This 2014 movie tells the story of Christ and His times as seen through the eyes of the apostle John, using the text of the King James Bible.

29. "Brother White" — A white associate pastor of a California mega-church becomes pastor of a black church in a poor section of Atlanta in this 2012 inspirational movie.

30. "Apostles of Comedy" — Four Christian stand-up comics prove that comedy doesn't have to be dirty to be funny in this family-friendly film from 2008, which was recorded in Nashville in front of a live audience.

31. "The Rise of Hope" — Yet another moving and inspirational biography of Pope Francis from his beginnings in Argentina to his life and influence in the Vatican.

32. "Thou Shalt Laugh" — Hosted by John Tesh, this 2009 film showcases the performances of several Christian stand-up comedians.

33. "Unstoppable" — Kirk Cameron attempts to answer the question of where God is in times of tragedy and suffering in this film, which was inspired by the death of a close friend who was taken by cancer at the age of 15.

34. "Iesodo: Believe" — A white dove, whose name means "The Way of Jesus," shares inspirational stories for kids from the New Testament.

35. "Irreplaceable"
— This inspirational 2014 film from Focus on the Family featuring Tim Sisarich, former executive director of Focus on the Family New Zealand, seeks to answer whether family relationships can be sustained in today's world.

36. "Wrestling for Jesus: The Tale of T-Money" — A rural South Carolina man uses professional wrestling as a means to evangelize in this 2011 documentary.

37. "Where Was God? Stories of Hope After The Storm" — After a tornado destroyed the town of Moore, Oklahoma, in 2013, survivors shared their inspirational stories of the power of faith in their struggles to carry on.

38. "Ragamuffin" — The late Christian hit singer and songwriter Rich Mullins walked away from fame to teach music to children on a poor Navajo reservation in New Mexico in search of an authentic Christian life.

39. "The Woodcarver" — A troubled teen and an embittered woodcarver discover the importance of faith together in this 2012 film starring John Ratzenberger.

40. "Redeemed" — When a married corporate executive has an extramarital encounter with another woman, a good friend's advice puts him back on the road to faith and fidelity.

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The entertainment world is filled with secular and often downright sinful stuff, but when Netflix subscribers feel the need for spiritually uplifting, Christian, and inspirational material, the streaming service's library is happy to oblige. Here are 40 faith-based Netflix shows to watch right now.
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