I didn’t watch R-rated movies growing up. I still don’t – at least not most of the time.

Generally, an R rating equates excess: excessive violence, excessive language or excessive sexuality. Such glut can be troubling to my mind and my senses, not to mention my soul. It also can distract from a good story. Simply put: I don’t find most R-rated movies entertaining.

But there are exceptions to my R-rated rule. Some R-rated movies are inspiring, even faith-centric. In fact, a few would be considered “Christian” if not for their R-rated content. (Filtering services such as VidAngel and ClearPlay can remove the rough content, if needed.)

Below are seven inspiring movies that were Christian-centric … and were rated R. Most were given this rating for violence or language. None of the films on this list have excessive sexuality.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Photo courtesy: Unsplash/Glenn Carstens-Peters

Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.