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?