Christian movies have been around for many centuries and became an extremely popular genre. This has led to the establishment of many online retailers that focus their business exclusively on the sale of Christian and family-friendly films.
Christian films usually contain a Christian themed message or moral, they are produced Christian filmmakers to a Christian audience. They are often interdenominational films buy can also be films targeting a specific denomination of Christianity.
Throughout the late 19th and into the 20th century, there was much dispute among Christians regarding Christian films. Many thought motion pictures were creating a graven image and wanted nothing to do with the film industry. Throughout the years however, many Christians began to utilize motion picture for their own purposes and from the early 20th century, the Protestant Church encourage film.
There have been many popular mainstream studio productions of films containing strong Christian messages or Biblical stories such as The Ten Commandments, The Passion of the Christ, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Book of Eli. These movies are not specifically part of the Christian film industry as they are more skeptical about their audience's religious beliefs.
Many Christian films are produced by openly confessing Christians in independent companies mainly targeting a Christian audience. This has been on the rise since the success of Sherwood Pictures' Fireproof, the highest grossing independent film of 2008. Fireproof was able to become successful because of the door that the film Passion of the Christ opened due to its box office success.