Arts & Faith's top 100 films

Arts & Faith has put together an interesting list of top 100 films. They’re also gradually adding commentary on individual selections.

If you’re not a fan of foreign and independent film, the list might overwhelm you a little. I’m no aficionado but I dabble, and I was glad to see some favorites here: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue and Three Colors Trilogy, Carl Theodore Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew.

But the list also includes 80 movies I’ve never seen, as well as a few I found disappointing, such as the 1966 adaptation of Robert Bolt's Thomas More hagiography A Man for All Seasons.

It’s a relief, however, that Arts & Faith isn’t too cool to include It’s a Wonderful Life. The list in general is light on lighter fare, but it does offer one Woody Allen movie, though from his thoughtful-black-comedy phase, not his string-of-ridiculous-gags phase (go to 1:17). Monty Python’s Life of Brian is absent—conspicuously, in my view, for any list focused on films with faith-related themes.

What’s on your essential list of films for people of faith?

Via dotCommonweal.

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pastor cindy said... Just

pastor cindy said...

Just say "As It is In Heaven" - a Swedish film (2005, I think) which is a lovely story of redemption . . .
Also "The White Ribbon" is German. Out now.
And "A Serious Man" - cohen brothers' take on Job. Really good.

MMG said... Luis Bunuel's

MMG said...

Luis Bunuel's The Milky Way is a current fave. BTW, Art & Faith's site must be receiving a lot of traffic from you and Commonweal. The bandwidth has been exceeded!

Anonymous said... I would

Anonymous said...

I would add The Chorus(Les choristes)directed by Christophe Barratier.

David Henson said...

David Henson said...

Passion of Joan of Arc is amazing, with an even better story behind it. The one surviving copy was found in a Danish asylum for the mentally ill!

Frank Capra's The Miracle Woman makes my list.

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