10 Best Christian Filmmakers

Saturday, January 22 by Twynna Elpmertz

The media is quick to say that Hollywood is devoid of true religion, but this list of the 10 best Christian filmmakers of all time begs to differ. Did you know that “Mission Impossible 2“,“Gigi“,“North by Northwest“ and more were all produced or directed by Christian filmmakers? It’s true! Here’s a list to keep you inspired.

  1. John Woo Yu-Sen. Born in China, Yu-Sen’s family fled to Hong Kong when he was five to escape religious persecution for being Christian. He was sent to a Christian school and wanted to be a minister when he was young. Today, he is known for his innovative fight scene choreography. He reached fame in the Hong Kong movie scene before moving to America and producing “Broken Arrow”, “Mission: Impossible 2” and more.
  2. Mike Nawrocki. An actor, director and producer, Nawrocki is most known for his extensive work with the Christian animated films “Veggie Tales”. He is the voice of Larry the Cucumber and writes most of that veggie’s silly songs.
  3. Phil Vischer. The other man behind “Veggie Tales”, Vischer is also an actor, producer and director. He has worked with every Veggie Tales film produced and, most recently, directed, produced and acted in the “What’s in the Bible” series. His daughter Shelby and wife Lisa have both been involved in “Veggie Tale”.
  4. Russell S. Doughten. Producer of the 1950s classic “The Blob”, Doughten also produced seventeen other films during his 30 year run. He also wrote, directed and produced “A Thief in the Night”.
  5. Alex Kendrick. Born in Georgia, Kendrick is an ordained Baptist minister. He was producer, director and writer of “Fireproof”, “Flywheel” and “Facing the Giants”, all of which he also acted in.
  6. Ralph Winter. Producer of several dozen movies, Winter is most known for producing the “X-Men” movies. He was also behind the 2001 “Planet of the Apes”, the 2000 Christian best seller “Left Behind” and multiple Star Trek movies from the 80’s and early 90’s.
  7. Roger Corman. Between 1954 and today, Corman, practicing Catholic, has produced nearly 400 films, almost entirely horror films aimed at teenagers. Many of his films, such as “Big Bad Mama” and “Lady in Red” have become cult classics.
  8. Vincente Minnelli. Father of Liza Minnelli, Minnelli was born in 1903 and was a practicing Catholic. He produced nearly 40 films, including “Meet Me in St Louis”, “Madame Bovary”, “Father of the Bride”, “An American in Paris” and “Gigi”.
  9. John Ford. Considered by many to be America’s greatest director, Ford directed 148 films between 1917 and 1976. A Catholic, his most famous film was the 1939 hit “Stagecoach”.
  10. Alfred Hitchcock. The 68 films Hitchcock directed during his 38 year career are some of the best loved suspense films of all time. He is the genius behind thrillers such as “Rear Window” and “Vertigo.” Raised Catholic, he continued practicing his religion as an adult.
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