June 24, 2004


The 2004 Arts & Faith Top 100 Spirtually Significant Films

(in alphabetical order -- click here for an analysis by director or here for a chronological view)

The Addiction, 1995, Abel Ferrara

Amadeus, 1984, Milos Forman

American Beauty, 1999, Sam Mendes

Andrei Rublev, 1969, Andrei Tarkovsky

The Apostle, 1997, Robert Duvall

Au Hasard Balthazar, 1966, Robert Bresson

Babettes Gæstebud ("Babette's Feast"), 1987, Gabriel Axel

Bad Lieutenant, 1987, Abel Ferrara

Bad ma ra khahad bord ("The Wind Will Carry Us"), 1999, Abbas Kiarostami

The Big Kahuna, 1999, John Swanbeck

Blade Runner, 1982, Ridley Scott

Breaking The Waves, 1996, Lars von Trier

Changing Lanes, 2002, Roger Michell

Chariots of Fire, 1981, Hugh Hudson

Code inconnu ("Code Unknown"), 2000, Michael Haneke

Crimes And Misdemeanors, 1989, Woody Allen

Days of Heaven, 1978, Terrence Malick

Dead Man Walking, 1995, Tim Robbins

Dekalog ("The Decalogue"), 1987, Krzysztof Kieslowski

Dersu Uzala, 1975, Akira Kurosawa

Dogma, 1999, Kevin Smith

Dogville, 2003, Lars von Trier

La Dolce vita, 1960, Federico Fellini

The Elephant Man, 1980, David Lynch

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004, Michel Gondry

Fearless, 1993, Peter Weir

Fight Club, 1999, David Fincher

Le Fils ("The Son"), 2002, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Fuori dal mondo ("Not of This World"), 1999, Giuseppe Piccioni

Grand Canyon, 1991, Lawrence Kasdan

Groundhog Day, 1993, Harold Ramis

Hell House, 2001, George Ratliff

Henry V, 1989, Kenneth Branagh

Der Himmel über Berlin ("Wings of Desire"), 1987, Wim Wenders

Ikiru ("To Live"), 1952, Akira Kurosawa

It's A Wonderful Life, 1946, Frank Capra

Jean de Florette, Manon des sources, 1986, Claude Berri

Jésus De Montréal ("Jesus of Montreal"), 1989, Denys Arcand

Jesus Of Nazareth, 1977, Franco Zeffirelli

Le Journal D'un Curé De Campagne ("The Diary of a Country Priest"), 1951, Robert Bresson

Ladri di biciclette ("The Bicycle Thief"), 1948, Vittorio De Sica

The Last Days of Disco, 1998, Whit Stillman

The Last Temptation Of Christ, 1988, Martin Scorsese

Life of Brian, 1979, Terry Jones

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The
Return of the King
, 2001-2003, Peter Jackson

Ma nuit chez Maud ("My Night At Maud's"), 1969, Eric Rohmer

Magnolia, 1999, Paul Thomas Anderson

A Man For All Seasons, 1966, Fred Zinnemann

The Matrix, 1999, Andy & Larry Wachowski

Mies vailla menneisyyttä ("The Man Without A Past"), 2002, Aki Kaurismaki

The Miracle Maker, 2000, Derek W. Hayes & Stanislav Sokolov

The Mission, 1986, Roland Joffé

Nema-ye Nazdik ("Close-Up"), 1990, Abbas Kiarostami

The Night Of The Hunter, 1955, Charles Laughton

Offret - Sacrificatio ("The Sacrifice"), 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky

On The Waterfront, 1954, Elia Kazan

Ordet ("The Word"), 1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer

La Passion De Jeanne D'arc ("The Passion of Joan of Arc"), 1928, C. Dreyer

The Passion Of The Christ, 2004, Mel Gibson

Peter and Paul, 1981, Robert Day

Ponette, 1996, Jacques Doillon

The Prince Of Egypt, 1998, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells

La Promesse, 1996, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Punch-Drunk Love, 2002, P.T. Anderson

Roma, città aperta ("Open City"), 1945, Roberto Rossellini

Sansho Dayu ("Sansho the Bailiff"), 1954, Kenji Mizoguchi

Schindler's List, 1993, Steven Spielberg

Secrets & Lies, 1996, Mike Leigh

Shadowlands, 1993, Richard Attenborough

The Shawshank Redemption, 1994, Frank Darabont

Signs, 2002, M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense, 1999, M. Night Shyamalan

Det Sjunde Inseglet ("The Seventh Seal"), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

Smultronstället ("Wild Strawberries"), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

Solyaris ("Solaris"), 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky

Stalker, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, 1977, 1980, 1983, George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand

Stevie, 2002, Steve James

The Straight Story, 1999, David Lynch

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, 1927, F.W. Murnau

Sånger från andra våningen ("Songs From the Second Floor"), 2000, Roy Andersson

The Sweet Hereafter, 1997, Atom Egoyan

Tender Mercies, 1983, Bruce Beresford

13 Conversations About One Thing, 2001, Jill Sprecher

Trois coulers: Bleu, Trzy kolory: Bialy, Trois coulers: Rouge ("Three Colors: Blue, White, Red"), 1993, 1994, 1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski

Tokyo Monogatari ("Tokyo Story"), 1953, Yasujiro Ozu

The Truman Show, 1998, Peter Weir

2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968, Stanley Kubrick

Unforgiven, 1992, Clint Eastwood

Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo ("The Gospel According to Matthew"), 1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini

Vanya on 42nd Street, 1994, Louis Malle

Le Vent souffle où il veut ("A Man Escaped"), 1956, Robert Bresson

La Vita è bella ("Life is Beautiful"), 1997, Roberto Benigni

Vredens dag ("Day of Wrath"), 1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer

Waking Life, 2001, Richard Linklater

Werckmeister Harmonies, 2000, Béla Tarr

Witness, 1985, Peter Weir

The Year Of Living Dangerously, 1982, Peter Weir

Yi yi ("Yi Yi: A One and a Two"), 2000, Edward Yang

Zerkalo ("The Mirror"), 1975, Andrei Tarkovsky

A few of our favorites are missing, including:

Pi (1998) (Darren Aronofsky)

Donnie Darko (2001) (Richard Kelly)

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000) (Eric Till)

Field of Dreams (1989) (Phil Alden Robinson)

Cool Hand Luke (1967) (Stuart Rosenberg)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) (Milos Forman)

Unbreakable (2000) (M. Night Shyamalan)

Bruce Almighty (2003) (Tom Shadyac)

Song of Bernadette (1943) (Henry King)

-Moving Pictures: These movies will keep your video player—and your conversations—going for a long time: the Arts & Faith Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films. (Ron Reed, Christianity Today)

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2004 12:00 AM

What, no "Billy Jack"?

I've seen only 7 of them, which probably explains my spiritual desolation.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 22, 2004 5:16 PM

What, no "Life of Brian?"

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at June 22, 2004 8:43 PM


Posted by: Jeff Guinn at June 22, 2004 8:44 PM

They missed Resurrection (1980), about a woman (Ellen Bustyn) who recovers from a near-death experience with mysterious healing powers. A very good film that never got the recognition it deserved, and I say that as a pretty non-spiritual person.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 22, 2004 9:40 PM

Jeff Guinn:

It's there, as it should be. My fellow evangelicals missed the point the first time through but got it later. Great film.

Posted by: Jeff at June 22, 2004 10:21 PM

I thought Babbetts feast was one of the worst movies I have ever seen and that Grand Canyon was one of the best.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at June 22, 2004 10:37 PM

"Roger and Me" is missing, as is "My Dinner with Andre".

40 of those films on the list are from the past decade (1995-2004). So what 40% from this list will not be on the list for 2014? Which 40 films were on the 1994 list that aren't on this one?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 22, 2004 11:35 PM

What about "The Green Mile", "The Exorcist", "Dark City", "Gattaca"?

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 23, 2004 12:58 AM

Dark City: a fine s.f. film. Another that might deserve to be on the list: Brainstorm.

Posted by: PapayaSF at June 23, 2004 1:14 AM

Orrin has this thing about Forrest Gump, but it should be there.

Posted by: Peter B at June 23, 2004 9:00 AM

The Rapture

Posted by: Tom L at June 23, 2004 1:34 PM

I agree - "Forrest Gump" should be there. So should "Ordinary People". And "High Noon".

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 23, 2004 10:17 PM

LILIES OF THE FIELD isn't on the list? HUH?

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at June 24, 2004 12:45 AM

Two others:


The Little Prince

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 25, 2004 12:45 AM

They left "A Christmas Carol" off??? Ben Hur?? The Ten Commandments?????

Posted by: Robert Duquette at June 25, 2004 12:47 AM

Don't forget "Life is Beautiful".

Posted by: ratbert at June 26, 2004 10:12 AM