15 Most Memorable Gospel Scenes
-- Whether filled with gut-splitting humor, or heart-wrenching song, using gospel or "church" scenes on the big screen has become an important part of our movie culture.
Some of the most memorable gospel scenes have poked fun at the exuberance and style of preachers. While other scenes have mingled angelic voices with inspirational messages of joy, sorrow and the power of forgiveness.
Mybrotha.COM has compiled a list of the 15 most memorable gospel scenes we've seen in movies:
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)Character
: (Meadowlark Lemon as Rev. Grady Jackson)Scene/Song
: Rev. Grady Jackson has basketball on the brain and his disorganized sermon is filled with comedy, music and a great escape.
Lottery Ticket (2010)Character
: (Mike Epps as Reverend Taylor)Scene/Song
: Mike Epps goes totally nuts as Rev. Taylor, a pastor who loves money and demands more of it from his willing congregation of followers.
Sister Act 2 (1993)Character
: (Ryan Toby as Westley Glen 'Ahmal' James)Scene/Song
: "Oh Happy Day" (Edwin Hawkins Singers)
Toby's character brings down the house with bubbly rendition of "Oh Happy Day," and a high note you won't soon forget.
Coming To America (1988)Character
: (Arsenio Hall as The Reverend)Scene/Song
: An impromptu sermon breaks out at the Miss Black Awareness Pageant as the reverend is visibly overcome with joy at the sight of beauty.
Uptown Saturday Night (1974)Characters
: (Flip Wilson as The Reverend; Church choir)Scene/Song
: "How I Got Over" (Mahalia Jackson)
With an audience full of undesirables, Flip Wilson teaches life's lessons through comedy and the choir's rousing rendition of a gospel classic.
Joyful Noise (2012)Character
: (Keke Palmer as Olivia Hill)Scene/Song
: "Man In the Mirror" (Michael Jackson)
Keke Palmer's sassy character helps lead her mother's choir into a national competition.
Diary of A Mad Black Woman (2005)Character
: (Tiffany Evans as Tiffany)Scene/Song
: "Father Can You Hear Me" (Tyler Perry and Elvin D. Ross)
With an angelic voice, Tiffany Evans inspires the congregation with "Father Can You Hear Me" and goes on to become a music superstar.
The Gospel (2005)Character
: (Boris Kodjoe as David Taylor)Scene/Song
: "You Are Good" (Greg Kirkland)
A successful young R&B singer comes home after his father, the bishop, becomes ill.
The Preacher's Wife (1997)Character
: (Whitney Houston as Julia Biggs/Choir)Scene/Song
: "I Love the Lord" and "Joy to the World"
Houston's magnificent voice highlights this comedy drama about a good-natured reverend and a flirtatious angel.
The Fighting Temptations (2003)Characters
: (Ann Nesby as Aunt Sally Walker & Shirley Caesar)Scene/Song
: "Getting Ready" & "The Stone"
Two of the most powerful voices in American gospel music come together to wow the congregation.
Daddy's Little Girls (2007)Character
: (Judy Peterson as choir soloist)Scene/Song
: "Step Aside" (Yolanda Adams)
This moving rendition of "Step Aside" was highlighted on the bonus DVD, but the choir scene in the movie delivered plenty of emotion.
I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)Character
: (Marvin Winans as Pastor Brian w/Gladys Knight)Scene/Song
: "You Just Don't Want To Know" (Marvin Winans)
A community leading pastor, Winans' character hits several spiritual high notes with this performance.
Blues Brothers (1980)Character
: (James Brown as Rev. Cleophus James)Scene/Song
: In this '80s classic, a spirit-stirring sermon by the Godfather of Soul preceeds one of the best choreographed congregations ever seen in a movie.
Imitation of Life (1959)Character
: (Mahalia Jackson as choir soloist)Scene/Song
: "Trouble of the World" (Mahalia Jackson)
The greatest gospel singer of all time provides one of the most memorable and emotional performances during a funeral.
The Color Purple (1989)Character
: (Margaret Avery as Shug Avery)Scene/Song
: "God Is Trying To Tell You Something" (Shirley Caesar)
Arguably the most famous gospel scene ever recorded for a movie, Margaret Avery reconciles with her pastor father in a powerful performance.