Movies about God, Spirituality, Metaphysics, and Humanityby danielendy | created - 18 Sep 2013 | updated - 24 Sep 2013 | Public
A list of some of the many films touch on the nature of God, both humorous and serious, reverent and irreverent.
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1. Oh, God! (1977)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy
When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.
Votes: 7,932 | Gross: $41.69M
3. Oh, God! You Devil (1984)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy
George Burns returns as God, and as Satan. They battle over the soul of a young rock star who is willing to sell his soul to the devil.
Votes: 2,139 | Gross: $21.54M
4. Bruce Almighty (2003)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.
Votes: 345,420 | Gross: $242.83M
God decides to take a vacation and Bruce is his stand-in.
5. Evan Almighty (2007)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.
Votes: 130,383 | Gross: $100.46M
An average modern-day guy is inspired to build an Ark.
6. Dogma (1999)
R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.
Votes: 198,111 | Gross: $30.65M
7. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
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.
A man discovers what life would have been like if he had never been born.
8. Defending Your Life (1991)
PG | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.
Votes: 15,473 | Gross: $16.37M
A hilarious imagining of the afterlife.
9. Michael (1996)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise.
Votes: 38,476 | Gross: $95.32M
An angel comes to earth.
10. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 539,861 | Gross: $70.91M
A man learns what really matters by reliving the same day.
11. What Dreams May Come (1998)
PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Chris Nielsen dies in car crash one night, and then goes to Heaven. Later, his widow Annie commits suicide, unable to overcome her loss. Chris descends into Hell to save her.
Votes: 95,210 | Gross: $55.49M
A man experiences the afterlife but he's missing the love of his life.
12. Phenomenon (1996)
PG | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
Votes: 70,857 | Gross: $104.64M
A man becomes brilliant beyond belief and people don't know how to react to him.
13. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,501,294 | Gross: $171.48M
A man discovers that reality is an illusion.
15. Meet Joe Black (1998)
PG-13 | 178 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Death, who takes the form of a young man (Brad Pitt), asks a media mogul (Sir Anthony Hopkins) to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter (Claire Forlani).
Votes: 194,751 | Gross: $44.62M
The grim reaper decides to see what life is like.
17. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 178,658 | Gross: $217.63M
A man comes back as a spirit to save the love of his life.
19. The Ten Commandments (1956)
G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
Votes: 57,484 | Gross: $93.74M
The epic film that brought the old testament to life.
20. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
Votes: 333,825 | Gross: $20.05M
The humorous story of a reluctant messiah.
21. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 235,115 | Gross: $100.92M
An interstellar transmission is decoded and an astronaut learns the truth about reality.
22. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 180 min | Drama, Fantasy
An elderly amusement park maintenance man, Eddie, is trapped in purgatory and the only way out is to confront five people from his past. Unfortunately, dark secrets from his service in the Philippines begin to haunt him.
23. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
G | 106 min | Drama, History, Musical
Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life told in an anachronistic manner.
Votes: 23,179 | Gross: $24.48M
24. The Man from Earth (2007)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.
25. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 841,948 | Gross: $293.51M
A man discovers the unexpected about life and the afterlife.
26. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,083,480 | Gross: $96.07M
In the midst of historic inhumanity one man decides to do what he can.
27. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 206,820 | Gross: $52.77M
The power of peace overcoming the power of war.
28. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family
During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
Votes: 11,005 | Gross: $5.01M
30. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 550,208 | Gross: $57.60M
31. Hereafter (2010)
PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A drama centered on three people - a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy - who are touched by death in different ways.
Votes: 87,199 | Gross: $32.75M
What happens when a man can't control his connection to the spirit world.
32. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 155,949 | Gross: $13.30M
33. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama, Romance
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Votes: 763,256 | Gross: $138.43M
A brilliant man's search for meaning.
34. The Help (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Votes: 391,473 | Gross: $169.71M
35. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Votes: 227,168 | Gross: $62.50M
What are the limits of destiny? Are we truly free?
36. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
37. Conversations with God (2006)
PG | 109 min | Adventure, Drama
Chronicles the dramatic true journey of a struggling man turned homeless, who inadvertently becomes a spiritual messenger and bestselling author.
Votes: 2,100 | Gross: $0.42M
A man begins a conversation with God that changes his life and the lives of many others.
38. The Celestine Prophecy (2006)
PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama
An adaptation of James Redfield's novel about the search for a sacred manuscript in the Peruvian rain forest.
Votes: 3,379 | Gross: $0.62M
40. Resurrection (1980)
PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy
A woman enters the afterlife briefly after a car crash that kills her husband. But she survives - and finds herself possessing strange powers.
Votes: 2,487 | Gross: $3.91M
41. Angels in America (2003)
TV-MA | 352 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-1980s and centers the story around a group of separate but connected individuals.