Poll Results: How Many Christians Watch R-Rated Movies

via christiancinema.com and democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php 

Christians Watching Rated R Movies According to ChristiaNet Poll

June 25,2007 /Christian Newswire/ — ChristiaNet.com, the world’s largest Christian portal with twelve million monthly page loads, asked participants in a recent poll, “How often do you watch rated R movies?” Out of 649 Christians polled, 61% responded that they “never” watch rated R movies. As one participant said, “I’m not interested in anything that does not honor God.” According to Bill Cooper, President of ChristiaNet, “I’m encouraged that the vast majority of Christians seek to put God first when making entertainment choices.”

Top reasons why the majority of Christians polled don’t watch rated R movies can be divided into three categories. Many Believers feel watching such shows is not Christ-like. As a Christian they believe they should be glorifying God with their time and talents. While others say these types of entertainment just don’t interest them. Finally, some Christians believe that watching rated R movies would fill their minds with bad images that are tempting and eventually lead to sin.

Eighteen percent of those polled, actively view rated R movies every month. Even though this is the smallest group, this number is too high in a Christian Worldview. Reasons for the frequency of watching such shows include boredom, watching rated R movies purely for the entertainment value or they like action movies that get the R rating for violence. As one viewer said, “I like to watch movies just to pass the time.” Given the decline of moral values in churches today, one would hope these “Christians” would fill their idle time with reading the Bible or building a relationship with God.

Twenty-one percent of Christians surveyed stated that they only watch rated R movies a few times a year. This begs the question, “Why would any Christian watch an R rated movie?” In this group, Believers cited they have watched “Schindler’s List” and “The Passion Of The Christ.” This group made it clear that these movies were rated for the intense images of the circumstances surrounding the content of the story.

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top 7 services for streaming movies – free or subscription

Yes we know the largest libraries of online streaming videos are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Plus, you could count Crackle too. (For this post , we’re not counting the pay-per-view streaming movies that could be purchased at online stores at iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and others.)

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But there’s more.

Here’s some other online libraries with 1000’s of movies and shows that can be streamed online, either free or for a basic subscription of under $10/month. (cf. Beyond Netflix and Hulu: 4 worthwhile movie streaming services.)

SnagFilms – over 10,000 films, with large selection of documentaries, foreign and independent films for free [aside: SnagFilms changed its logo in June 2013]

Fandor – “In terms of the breadth and depth of the cinematic experience, it would be hard to beat Fandor. For $10 a month, you get access to hundreds of motion pictures, from rare, serious European features to educational shorts and the silliest exploitation flicks.”

Mubi – “Every day our experts introduce you to a film they love and you have a whole month to watch it, so there will always be 30 extraordinary films for you to enjoy.” // if you like their taste in films, they’ll pick ’em for you so you don’t have waste time browsing through 100s and 1000s of average movies to find a great one to watch

[update 12/14/16] Found 2 more: Popcornflix • Tubi TV

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cf. MPAA’s list of all legal services


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top movies on amazon prime

Amazon Prime Instant is awesome with over 6000 tv show episodes and movies available for free streaming. But, great movies are hard to find. Here’s a short list of the better ones:

Speed http://www.amazon.com/Speed/dp/B0012NO4WO/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1321245…

Notting Hill http://www.amazon.com/Notting-Hill/dp/B001HBYH9Q?ie=UTF8&tag=movi0f1-20&a…

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind http://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Sunshine-Spotless-Mind/dp/B001TAJGO6?ie=UTF8&am…

Being John Malkovich http://www.amazon.com/Being-John-Malkovich/dp/B001O37WTY?ie=UTF8&tag=movi…

You’ve got mail http://www.amazon.com/Youve-Got-Mail/dp/B001N3LLH4/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qi…

Mrs. Doubtfire http://www.amazon.com/Mrs-Doubtfire/dp/B0052BXZIQ/ref=sr_1_54?ie=UTF8&qid…

March of the penguins http://www.amazon.com/March-of-the-Penguins/dp/B001OKKRVM/ref=sr_1_402?ie=UTF…

The fugitive http://www.amazon.com/The-Fugitive/dp/B001EBYM8A/ref=sr_1_74?ie=UTF8&qid=…

Amadeus http://www.amazon.com/Amadeus-Directors-Cut/dp/B001TH44VY/ref=sr_1_108?ie=UTF…

Driving Miss Daisy http://www.amazon.com/Driving-Miss-Daisy/dp/B001N3MY34/ref=sr_1_126?ie=UTF8&a…

Lethal weapon http://www.amazon.com/Lethal-Weapon/dp/B001EC0OLS/ref=sr_1_139?ie=UTF8&qi…

Chariots of fire http://www.amazon.com/Chariots-of-Fire/dp/B000I14XLS/ref=sr_1_316?ie=UTF8&amp…

Silverado http://www.amazon.com/Silverado/dp/B001ATN3QS/ref=sr_1_326?ie=UTF8&qid=13…

the apostle http://www.amazon.com/The-Apostle/dp/B002YH5RY6/ref=sr_1_444?ie=UTF8&qid=…

analyze this http://www.amazon.com/Analyze-This/dp/B000HF4VWQ/ref=sr_1_480?ie=UTF8&qid…

or, you could browse the highest ranked via avg. customer review in the Amazon Prime Instant free movies. 

What would you add?