Movies for Reflection

recommended viewing for the Lenten Season
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1.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
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A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ A priest's spiritual struggle as his corporal and spiritual strength weakens. ” - dchozenwan
 
2.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
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Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ One of the previous decade's most controversial movies. Violent (and realistic?) depiction of Jesus Christ's final moments. ” - dchozenwan
 
3.
The King of Kings (1927)
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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection. (155 mins.)
“ A lavish MGM production from the silent era. The film stars H.B. Warner as Jesus Christ. ” - dchozenwan
 
4.
King of Kings (1961)
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The temporary physical life of everyone's Savior, Jesus Christ. (168 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Remake of the 1927 similarly-titled film. ” - dchozenwan
 
5.
The Ten Commandments (1923)
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The first part tells the story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, his receipt... (136 mins.)
“ Events in the Exodus interpersed with modern contemporary (1923) depictions of the Ten Commandments. ” - dchozenwan
 
6.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ Version of the 1923 film, with the modern contemporary time frame omitted. ” - dchozenwan
 
7.
Ben-Hur (1959)
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Famous for the widely-imitated chariot race scene ” - dchozenwan
 
8.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
“ Earlier version of the 1959 Charlton Heston starrer. ” - dchozenwan
 
9.
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
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Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac. (174 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Chronicles significant events in the Old Testament; from the Creation of Man to Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac. ” - dchozenwan
 
10.
Life of Brian (1979)
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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
“ Rib-tickling, hilarious attack on religious fanaticism that prevails to this day ” - dchozenwan
 
11.
The Mission (1986)
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18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ Jesuit missionaries' struggle for the rights on indigenous people. The scene showing the symbolic absolution of Rodrigo Mendoza's (Robert de Niro) transgressions is a remarkable one to me. ” - dchozenwan
 
12.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Sir Thomas More stood by his moral and religious views in view of stringent royal pressure. ” - dchozenwan
 
13.
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump... (156 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
14.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
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A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
15.
The Burmese Harp (1956)
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In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
16.
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
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A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero. (108 mins.)
 
17.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
18.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
19.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
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A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
20.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
21.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
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The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross. (164 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
22.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
23.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
 
24.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
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A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity. (149 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
25.
Angels & Demons (2009)
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Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church. (138 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
26.
Dead Man Walking (1995)
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A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
 
27.
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
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A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. (118 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
28.
Schindler's List (1993)
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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
 
29.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
30.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
31.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
32.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
33.
Gandhi (1982)
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Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
 
34.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
35.
Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)
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The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history. (163 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
36.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
37.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
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A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
 
38.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
39.
The Green Mile (1999)
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The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
40.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont