The 20 Best Mormon Movies of All Time

There have been a lot of “Mormon movies” made over the years.

Mormon Hub has ranked the best Mormon movies of all time. We’ll update the list as new films are released.

To qualify for the list, a movie had to be released commercially, could not be produced by the Church, and had to focus on distinctively LDS themes or characters. Our editorial board ranked each film they watched on a scale of 1-10. Our results follow. Please feel free to argue with us in the comments.

1. Freetown

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Avg. Score: 9.17

Taut “based on a true story” showing the worldwide impact of the church.

2. The Saratov Approach

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Avg. Score: 8.83

Missionaries are captured in Russia. Will they survive?

3. Forever Strong

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Avg. Score: 8.80

Mormon rugby players help recuperate juvenile delinquent. Plus Gary Cole and Sean Astin.

4. Saints and Soldiers

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Avg. Score: 8.75

An effective war movie with Mormonism reserved as merely a minor subplot.

5. The Other Side of Heaven

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Avg. Score: 8.69

Anne Hathaway before “Princess Diaries” and lots of pretty oceans.

6. The Best Two Years

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Avg. Score: 8.67

Surprisingly low, the peak of early Mormon drama and comedy in one.

7. The Singles Ward

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Avg. Score: 8.5

The movie that proved Mormons could be funny when we tried.

8. 17 Miracles

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Avg. Score: 8.50

The pioneer trek story centering around the titular miracles.

9. Emma Smith: My Story

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Avg. Score: 8.43

The restoration from the point of view of Emma Smith, detailing her less-known trials.

10. Ephraim’s Rescue

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Avg. Score: 8.40

The biopic of the man who rescued the Martin handcart company.

11. Charly

Avg. Score: 8.36

The tear-jerking young adult rom-com based on the Jack Weyland classic.

12. The Cokeville Miracle

Cokeville Miracle Movie StillAvg. Score: 8.22

A modern “based on a true story” thriller.

13. The Work and the Glory

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Avg. Score: 8.20

The most epic of the LDS films, it spawned a series based on the books.

14. Sons of Provo

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Avg. Score: 8.00

Underrated comedy. If you think “Mormon movies” can be ridiculous, well so do they.

15. God’s Army

Avg. Score: 7.78

The original that started “Mormon movies” as a phrase.

16. Once I Was a Beehive

Avg. Score: 7.71

The newest film on the list, how will its reputation do over time?

17. American Mormon

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Avg. Score: 7.5

The only documentary on the list. Spoiler: People think weird things about Mormons.

18. Mobsters and Mormons

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Avg. Score: 7.33

The movie with its entire concept in the title.

19. Johnny Lingo

Avg. Score: 7.27

For better or worse the origin of the “Eight Cow Woman”

20. Brigham City

Avg. Score: 7.25

Murder Mystery meets Mormon movies.

Honorable Mentions:

Saturday’s Warrior (1989)-7.14, Baptists at Our Barbecue-7.1, The R.M.-7.08, The Work and the Glory II: American Zion-7, The Singles 2nd Ward-6.5, American Mormon in Europe-6.33, The Home Teachers-6.25, Church Ball-6.20, Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-day Comedy-6.2, The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided-6.17







Christopher D. Cunningham is the managing editor for Public Square Magazine and contributor to Third Hour. He loves emphatically celebrating the normal healthy development of his sons Albus and Whitman, writing about the Church of Jesus Christ, finding the middle ground on most controversies, and using Western Family generic brand lip balm. Christopher is a proud graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a resident of San Antonio, Texas.