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LISTING 100 Essential "Christian" Films

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I'll second Book of Life, X-men & The Apostle

Also If we're going to add evrything can I suggest Bruce Almighty. High art it's not, but it takes a surprisingly good look at spiritual issues given the shallowness of its genre.

Matt

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I probably won't have access to email until next Wednesday, so in the meantime here's the latest update on the list, incorporating your further suggestions and some others I came up with. Keep 'em coming!

THE PROMONTORY 100: Nominees

(Feb 20, 2004)

1. 13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING (2002) P02

2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

3. THE ADDICTION

4. THE ADVENTURES OF BARON VON MUNCHAUSEN

5. AGNES OF GOD (Norman Jewison)

6. AMADEUS (Milos Forman, 1984)

7. AMATEUR (Hal Hartley)

8. AMERICAN BEAUTY

9. AMERICAN HISTORY X (Tony Kaye, 1998)

10. AMISTAD

11. L'AMORE ("Ways of Love," Roberto Rossellini, 1948) M

12. ANDREI ROUBLEV (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969) M VR

13. ANGEL HEART

14. THE APOSTLE (Robert Duvall)

15. L'ARGENT

16. AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson, 1966) M

17. AU REVOIR, LES ENFANTS (Louis Malle, 1987) VV

18. BABETTE'S FEAST ("Babettes Gaestebud", Gabriel Axel, 1987) M VR

19. BAD LIEUTENANT (Abel Ferrara, 1992) M

20. BARCELONA (Whit Stillman, 1994)

21. BECKET

22. BEDAZZLED (1967)

23. THE BELIEVER

24. BEN-HUR (William Wyler, 1959) VR

25. THE BICYCLE THIEF (Vittorio de Sica, 1948) VV

26. THE BIG KAHUNA

27. BLACK ROBE

28. BLADE RUNNER

29. BLAISE PASCAL

30. THE BLOOD OF JESUS

31. BOOK OF LIFE (Hal Hartley)

32. BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier, 1996) M

33. BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON

34. BRUCE ALMIGHTY

35. THE BURMESE HARP (Kon Ichikawa, 1956) VV

36. CHANGING LANES (2002) P02

37. CHARIOTS OF FIRE (Hugh Hudson, 1981) VV

38. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Steven Spielberg, 1977) M

39. CLOSE-UP

40. COOL HAND LUKE

41. COTTON PATCH GOSPEL

42. CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS (Woody Allen, 1989) M

43. CRY FREEDOM (Richard Attenborough, 1987)

44. A CRY IN THE DARK

45. DAY OF WRATH ("Vredens dag," Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943) M

46. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

47. DAYS OF HEAVEN

48. DEAD MAN WALKING

49. DEKALOG (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994) VV

50. DERSU UZALA (Kurosawa, 1974) VV

51. THE DEVIL PROBABLY (Robert Bresson, 1977) M

52. DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST

53. DO THE RIGHT THING

54. DOGMA

55. DONNIE DARKO

56. ELEPHANT MAN

57. EUREKA (2000)

58. EUROPA '51

59. FACES

60. FEARLESS

61. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Norman Jewison)

62. FIELD OF DREAMS

63. FIGHT CLUB

64. THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS (Roberto Rossellini, 1950) M VR

65. THE FOUNTAINHEAD

66. FRANCESCO (Liliana Cavani, 1989) VR

67. GANDHI (Richard Attenborough, 1982) VV

68. GATES OF HEAVEN

69. GERTRUD

70. GET ON THE BUS

71. GODSPELL

72. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT MATTHEW (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964) VR

73. GRAND CANYON

74. THE GREEN RAY ("Le rayon vert", Eric Rohmer, 1986) M

75. THE GREEN ROOM ("Le chambre verte," Francois Truffaut, 1978) M

76. GROUNDHOG DAY (Harold Ramis, 1993) M

77. HARDCORE

78. HELL HOUSE (2002) P02

79. HENRY FOOL (Hal Hartley)

80. THE HIDING PLACE

81. THE IDIOT

82. IKIRU

83. AN INSPECTOR CALLS

84. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

85. INTOLERANCE (D.W. Griffith, 1916) VV

86. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946) VV

87. ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS

88. JACOB'S LADDER

89. JEAN DE FLORETTE

90. JEREMIAH JOHNSON (Syndey Pollack, 1972)

91. JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR (Norman Jewison)

92. JESUS OF MONTREAL

93. JESUS OF NAZARETH

94. JOSHUA

95. THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (Whit Stillman, 1998)

96. THE LAST LAUGH

97. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

98. THE LAST WAVE (Peter Weir)

99. LEFT BEHIND

100. THE LIFE & PASSION OF CHRIST (Ferdinand Zecca, 1903) VR

101. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

102. THE LIFE OF BRIAN

103. THE LIFE OF OHARU

104. LORD OF THE RINGS (Peter Jackson, 2001-2003) P02 P03

105. LOVE AFFAIR (Leo McCarey, 1939) M

106. LUTHER (2003) P03

107. MAGNOLIA (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999) M

108. MALCOLM X

109. A MAN ESCAPED

110. A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Fred Zinnemann, 1966) VR

111. THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (John Huston, 1975) M

112. THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST

113. MANON OF THE SPRINGS ("Manon des sources")

114. MASTER & COMMANDER

115. MATEWAN

116. THE MATRIX

117. METROPOLITAN (Whit Stillman, 1990)

118. THE MILKY WAY

119. MIRACLE MAKER

120. LES MISERABLES (Bille August)

121. LES MISERABLES DU VINGTIEME SIECLE (Claude LeLouche)

122. THE MISSION (Roland Joffe, 1986) VR

123. MOLOKAI

124. MONSIEUR VINCENT (Maurice Cloche, 1947) VR

125. THE MUSIC ROOM (Jalsagar)

126. NAZARIN (Luis Bunuel, 1958) VR

127. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S

128. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955) M

129. THE NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

130. NOSTALGHIA

131. NOT OF THIS WORLD

132. ON THE WATERFRONT (Elia Kazan, 1954) VV

133. OPEN CITY ("Roma, citta apperta," Roberto Rossellini, 1946) VV

134. ORDET ("The Word," Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955) M VR

135. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928) VR

136. THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

137. PERCEVAL

138. PERSONAL VELOCITY

139. PETER & PAUL (Robert Day, 1981)

140. PHONE BOOTH

141. PICKPOCKET

142. PLACES IN THE HEART

143. PLEASANTVILLE

144. PONETTE

145. LA PROMESSE

146. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

147. QUILLS

148. RAGING BULL

149. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

150. RAN (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)

151. THE RAPTURE

152. RED BEARD ("Akahige," Akira Kurosawa, 1965) M

153. RITE OF SPRING ("Acto da primavera," Manoel de Oliveira, 1963) M

154. A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (Robert Redford, 1992)

155. RIVERS & TIDES (2003) P03

156. THE ROBE

157. ROLLERBALL (Norman Jewison)

158. ROMERO

159. THE SACRIFICE ("Ofret," Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986) VR

160. SANSHO DAYU

161. SAVING GRACE (Robert M. Young, 1985)

162. SAVIOR

163. SCHINDLER'S LIST (Steven Spielberg, 1992) VV

164. SECRETS & LIES

165. THE SEVENTH SEAL (Ingmar Bergman, 1957) VV

166. THE SEVENTH SIGN (Carl Schultz, 1988)

167. SHADOWLANDS

168. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

169. SIGNS (2002) P02

170. THE SILENCE ("Tystnaden," Ingmar Bergman, 1963) M

171. SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Bunuel, 1965) M

172. SISTER ACT

173. SLING BLADE

174. SMOKE

175. SOLARIS (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)

176. THE SON ("Le fils," Dardennes Brothers) P03

177. SON OF MAN

178. SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (2002) P02

179. THE SPITFIRE GRILL

180. STALKER (Andrei Tarkovsky)

181. STARS IN MY CROWN

182. STEVIE (2003) P03

183. THE STRAIGHT STORY (David Lynch)

184. STRANGE CARGO

185. STROMBOLI

186. SUNRISE

187. TEARS OF THE SUN

188. TENDER MERCIES

189. THERESE (Alain Cavalier, 1986) VR

190. THE THIRD MIRACLE

191. THREE COLOURS: BLUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)

192. THREE COLOURS: WHITE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994) M

193. TILAI ("The Law," Idrissa Ouedraogo, 1990) M

194. TO END ALL WARS

195. TOKYO STORY

196. THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (Ermanno Olmi, 1978) VV

197. THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

198. THE TRUMAN SHOW

199. UMBERTO D

200. UNBREAKABLE

201. UTAMARO & HIS FIVE WOMEN (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946) M

202. UNFORGIVEN (Clint Eastwood, 1992) M

203. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) M

204. VANYA ON 42nd STREET

205. VOYAGE TO ITALY ("Viaggio in Italia," Roberto Rossellini, 1953) M

206. WAKING LIFE

207. A WALK TO REMEMBER

208. WHALE RIDER

209. WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND

210. THE WIDOW OF ST. PIERRE

211. WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957) VV

212. THE WIND WILL CARRY US (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999) M

213. WINGS OF DESIRE

214. WINTER LIGHT ("Nattvardsgasterna," Ingmar Bergman, 1963) M

215. WIT

216. WITNESS

217. THE WRONG MAN

218. X-MEN

219. X-2

220. THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

221. YENTL (Barbara Streisand, 1983)

222. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

223. "Many of Stan Brakhage's shorts..."

224. "Any film by Ozu..."

225. "Eric Rohmer's films..."

P02: PFCC Most Significant Exploration of Spiritual Themes nominee, 2002

P03: PFCC Most Significant Exploration of Spiritual Themes nominee, 2003

M: Museum of Modern Art exhibition, "The Hidden God: Faith & Film" (2003)

VR: The Vatican Film List: Religion (1995)

VV: The Vatican Film List: Values (1995)

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TIME BANDITS (1981)

Until someone makes an adequate Narnia, there are the Time Bandits and Ralph Richardson's "Supreme Being." Plus:

KEVIN [to Mum & Dad]: Don't touch it! It's EVIL!"

BOOM!

I rest my case.

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Dead Man Walking? Hello?

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Here's some Studio Era films that have provoked spiritual/moral questions at screenings I've been a part of in recent years:

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931)

Freaks (1932)

The Island of Lost Souls (1933)

The Devil & Daniel Webster (1941)

Meet John Doe (1941)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

and so have these:

Code Unknown (2000)

Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

Burnt by the Sun (1994)

The Ice Storm (1997)

Pi (1998)

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You Can't Take It with You

Strange Cargo

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

The Bishop's Wife

Painted Desert

Mary Poppins

The Great Dictator

The Keys of the Kingdom

The Lilies of the Field

"M"

Metropolis

A Tale of Two Cities

The Scarlet Pimpernel

How Green Was My Valley

The Field

Not that such Disneytwaddle should make the list, but The North Avenue Irregulars and Hot Lead & Cold Feet both had explicit religious content...

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Should I assume that we're only considering the 1990s version of Shadowlands? Or, since TV-movies like Peter and Paul have been mentioned, are we also considering the 1980s version of Shadowlands too? FWIW, I would add the 1950s and 1990s versions of Cry the Beloved Country to this list of nominees, too (though I've only seen the 1990s version).

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Dead Man Walking?  Hello?

It's on the list--#48 in the Feb. 20 posting.

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Should I assume that we're only considering the 1990s version of Shadowlands?  Or, since TV-movies like Peter and Paul have been mentioned, are we also considering the 1980s version of Shadowlands too?

Good question. I've always thought the 1980s version was better--by which I mean, the actors looked more like the real people they were supposed to be portraying, the theology was more solid, and the whole thing was less sentimental.

But I suppose we'll have to hammer this kind of question out in detail later.

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Dead Man Walking?  Hello?

It's on the list--#48 in the Feb. 20 posting.

I swear that wasn't there this morning!! wink.gif

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FWIW, I would add the 1950s and 1990s versions of Cry the Beloved Country to this list of nominees, too (though I've only seen the 1990s version).

The 1950s version is certainly worthy. (I haven't seen the 1990s version.)

But who nominated Left Behind? C'mon--next we'll be nominating Thief in the Night, A Distant Thunder, The Late Great Planet Earth, The Cross and the Switchblade...

Note to Ron: The above should not be considered a nomination of those films. I will, however, suggest The Hiding Place as well as the original Star Wars trilogy.

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I don't really have anything new to add, which is why I haven't posted sooner, however I would like to second You Can't Take It With You and was glad to see the post mrmando. But let's not be too hard on a thief in the night wink.gif

Close-Up is an interesting look at grace within the legal system so I really like that selection.

A Pure Formality is a new one I would add to this list.

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Romero

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story

Diary of a City Priest

Repentance

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Testament - Lynne Littman - 1983

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Romero

Haven't seen the other three you mentioned, though doubtless they are worthy, but I can't believe I forgot this one, which certainly should be on the list. Also one of Raul Julia's great roles.

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Entertaining Angels was made by the same Catholic production company that made Romero; both are solid films which revisit Christians in history and important social issues.

Diary of a City Priest is a recent independent film based on the writings of a priest (David Morse) in an urban mission and is intended in some ways as an homage to Diary of a Country Priest although stylistically, it isn't that similar. It was recently released on DVD.

Repentance is a Georgian (Russian) film made in 1984 that uses a unique mixture of fantasy, black comedy, and drama to criticize Stalinism, suggest a spiritual revival, and let more than a few skeletons out of the closet. It was shelved until Gorbachev released it in 1987 and personally promoted it as the token film of glasnost. It played to sell-out crowds in Russia for months and months.

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Mike, I just watched Mamoulian's Jeckyll & Hyde and I agree, it's pretty incredible. It was just released on a very nice DVD that includes the inferior '41 remake with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman, an amiable commentary by a horror scholar, and the Hare & Hyde Bugs Bunny short. Recommended.

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Mike, I just watched Mamoulian's Jeckyll & Hyde and I agree, it's pretty incredible.  It was just released on a very nice DVD that includes the inferior '41 remake with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman, an amiable commentary by a horror scholar, and the Hare & Hyde Bugs Bunny short.  Recommended.

i totally second that motion.

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Mike, I just watched Mamoulian's Jeckyll & Hyde and I agree, it's pretty incredible.  It was just released on a very nice DVD that includes the inferior '41 remake with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman, an amiable commentary by a horror scholar, and the Hare & Hyde Bugs Bunny short.  Recommended.

I just rented that today based off your message here. I plan on watching it later in the week.

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THE PROMONTORY 100: Nominees

(Feb 25, 2004)

1. 13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING (2002) P02

2. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) An JB

3. THE ADDICTION () RR

4. THE ADVENTURES OF BARON VON MUNCHAUSEN () ML

5. AGNES OF GOD (Norman Jewison) DM

6. AMADEUS (Milos Forman, 1984) JB

7. AMATEUR (Hal Hartley) PTC

8. AMERICAN BEAUTY () RR

9. AMERICAN HISTORY X (Tony Kaye, 1998) JB

10. AMISTAD () JB

11. L'AMORE ("Ways of Love," Roberto Rossellini, 1948) M

12. ANDREI ROUBLEV (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969) M VR DC

13. THE APOSTLE (Robert Duvall) A MP

14. L'ARGENT () DCst

15. AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (Robert Bresson, 1966) M

16. AU REVOIR, LES ENFANTS (Louis Malle, 1987) VV

17. BABETTE'S FEAST ("Babettes Gaestebud", Gabriel Axel, 1987) M VR DM JO An

18. BAD LIEUTENANT (Abel Ferrara, 1992) M BR JB

19. BARCELONA (Whit Stillman, 1994) BR

20. BECKET () RR

21. BEDAZZLED (1967) DM DC

22. THE BELIEVER () RR

23. BEN-HUR (William Wyler, 1959) VR NA

24. THE BICYCLE THIEF (Vittorio de Sica, 1948) VV

25. THE BIG KAHUNA () NA

26. THE BISHOP'S WIFE () MM

27. BLACK ROBE () RR

28. BLADE RUNNER () DCst JB

29. BLAISE PASCAL () DC

30. THE BLOOD OF JESUS () DC

31. BOOK OF LIFE (Hal Hartley) PTC MP

32. BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier, 1996) M AW DM

33. BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON () DM

34. BRUCE ALMIGHTY () MP

35. THE BURMESE HARP (Kon Ichikawa, 1956) VV

36. BURNT BY THE SUN (1994) MHst

37. CHANGING LANES (2002) P02 MP

38. CHARIOTS OF FIRE (Hugh Hudson, 1981) VV An

39. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (Steven Spielberg, 1977) M

40. CLOSE-UP () DCst A

41. CODE UNKNOWN () MHst

42. COOL HAND LUKE () DM

43. COTTON PATCH GOSPEL () RR

44. CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS (Woody Allen, 1989) M

45. CRY FREEDOM (Richard Attenborough, 1987) JB

46. A CRY IN THE DARK () RR

47. CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY (Zoltan Korda, 1951) PTC

48. CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY (Darrell Roodt, 1995) PTC

49. DANCING AT LUGHNASA (1998) MHst

50. DAY OF WRATH ("Vredens dag," Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943) M DC

51. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL () DM

52. DAYS OF HEAVEN () DCst

53. DEAD MAN WALKING () DB

54. DEKALOG (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994) VV

55. DERSU UZALA (Kurosawa, 1974) VV DCst

56. THE DEVIL & DANIEL WEBSTER (1941) MHst

57. THE DEVIL PROBABLY (Robert Bresson, 1977) M

58. DIARY OF A CITY PRIEST () DC

59. DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST () SNT

60. DO THE RIGHT THING () DM

61. DOGMA () RR

62. DONNIE DARKO () RR

63. DR. JEKYLL & MR HYDE (Mamoulian, 1931) MHst DC S

64. ELEPHANT MAN () RR

65. ENTERTAINING ANGELS () DC

66. EUREKA (2000) DCst

67. EUROPA '51 () DC

68. FACES () DCst

69. FEARLESS (Peter Weir) JB

70. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Norman Jewison) RR

71. THE FIELD () MM

72. FIELD OF DREAMS () DM MP

73. FIGHT CLUB () JW

74. THE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS (Roberto Rossellini, 1950) M VR DC

75. THE FOUNTAINHEAD () JB

76. FRANCESCO (Liliana Cavani, 1989) VR

77. FREAKS (1932) MHst

78. GANDHI (Richard Attenborough, 1982) VV

79. GATES OF HEAVEN () RR

80. GERTRUD () DCst

81. GET ON THE BUS () NA

82. GODSPELL () RR

83. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT MATTHEW (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964) VR SNT

84. GRAND CANYON () RR

85. THE GREAT DICTATOR () MM

86. THE GREEN RAY ("Le rayon vert", Eric Rohmer, 1986) M

87. THE GREEN ROOM ("Le chambre verte," Francois Truffaut, 1978) M

88. GROUNDHOG DAY (Harold Ramis, 1993) M

89. HARDCORE () RR

90. HELL HOUSE (2002) P02

91. HENRY FOOL (Hal Hartley) PTC

92. THE HIDING PLACE () MM

93. HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY () MM

94. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939) MHst

95. THE ICE STORM (1997) MHst

96. THE IDIOT () DCst

97. IKIRU () RR

98. THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS () MM

99. AN INSPECTOR CALLS () RR

100. INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE () JW

101. INTOLERANCE (D.W. Griffith, 1916) VV

102. THE ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (1933) MHst

103. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946) VV

104. ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS () RR

105. JACOB'S LADDER () JB

106. JEAN DE FLORETTE () BR

107. JEREMIAH JOHNSON (Syndey Pollack, 1972) JB

108. JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR (Norman Jewison) RR

109. JESUS OF MONTREAL () DM JB

110. JESUS OF NAZARETH () AW JB

111. JOSHUA () RR

112. THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM () MM

113. THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO (Whit Stillman, 1998) PTC

114. THE LAST LAUGH () DCst

115. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST () DM SNT

116. THE LAST WAVE (Peter Weir) RR

117. THE LIFE & PASSION OF CHRIST (Ferdinand Zecca, 1903) VR

118. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL () MP

119. THE LIFE OF BRIAN () RR

120. THE LIFE OF OHARU () DCst

121. THE LILIES OF THE FIELD () MM

122. LORD OF THE RINGS (Peter Jackson, 2001-2003) P02 P03 RR JB

123. LOVE AFFAIR (Leo McCarey, 1939) M

124. LUTHER (2003) P03

125. M () MM

126. MAGNOLIA (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999) M RR MP

127. MALCOLM X () DM

128. A MAN ESCAPED () DC An

129. A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (Fred Zinnemann, 1966) VR NA

130. THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (John Huston, 1975) M

131. THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST () RR

132. MANON OF THE SPRINGS ("Manon des sources") BR

133. MARY POPPINS () MM

134. MASTER & COMMANDER () JB

135. MATEWAN () DM

136. THE MATRIX () RR

137. MEET JOHN DOE (1941) MHst

138. METROPOLIS () MM

139. METROPOLITAN (Whit Stillman, 1990) BR

140. THE MILKY WAY () DC

141. MIRACLE MAKER () RR

142. LES MISERABLES (Bille August) MP

143. LES MISERABLES DU VINGTIEME SIECLE (Claude LeLouche) RR

144. THE MISSION (Roland Joffe, 1986) VR RR MP

145. MOLOKAI () RR

146. MONSIEUR VINCENT (Maurice Cloche, 1947) VR

147. THE MUSIC ROOM (Jalsagar) DCst

148. NAZARIN (Luis Bunuel, 1958) VR DC

149. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S () DC

150. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Charles Laughton, 1955) M DC

151. THE NIGHTS OF CABIRIA () DCst

152. NOSTALGHIA () DC

153. NOT OF THIS WORLD () RR

154. ON THE WATERFRONT (Elia Kazan, 1954) VV

155. OPEN CITY ("Roma, citta apperta," Roberto Rossellini, 1946) VV DC

156. ORDET ("The Word," Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955) M VR JW S An MP

157. PAINTED DESERT () MM

158. THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928) VR NA

159. THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST () RR

160. PERCEVAL () DC

161. PERSONAL VELOCITY () RR

162. PETER & PAUL (Robert Day, 1981) JB

163. PHONE BOOTH () RR

164. PI (1998) MHst

165. PICKPOCKET () DCst

166. PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) MHst

167. PLACES IN THE HEART () DM

168. PLEASANTVILLE () DM

169. PONETTE () DC

170. LA PROMESSE () DCst

171. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE () MP

172. A PURE FORMALITY () A

173. QUILLS () DM

174. RAGING BULL () SNTst

175. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, 1981) JB

176. RAN (Akira Kurosawa, 1985) JB

177. THE RAPTURE () RR

178. RED BEARD ("Akahige," Akira Kurosawa, 1965) M DCst

179. REPENTANCE (1984) DC

180. RITE OF SPRING ("Acto da primavera," Manoel de Oliveira, 1963) M

181. A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (Robert Redford, 1992) JB

182. RIVERS & TIDES (2003) P03

183. THE ROBE () NA

184. ROLLERBALL (Norman Jewison) DM

185. ROMERO () DM DC

186. THE SACRIFICE ("Ofret," Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986) VR DCst An

187. SANSHO DAYU () DCst

188. SAVING GRACE (Robert M. Young, 1985) RR

189. SAVIOR (Predrag Antonijivec, 1998) BR

190. THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL () MM

191. SCHINDLER'S LIST (Steven Spielberg, 1992) VV

192. SECRETS & LIES () DCst MP

193. THE SEVENTH SEAL (Ingmar Bergman, 1957) VV

194. THE SEVENTH SIGN (Carl Schultz, 1988) JB

195. SHADOWLANDS (Norman Stone, 1985) PTC

196. SHADOWLANDS (Richard Attenborough, 1993) JB

197. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION () DM

198. SIGNS (2002) P02

199. THE SILENCE ("Tystnaden," Ingmar Bergman, 1963) M

200. SIMON OF THE DESERT (Luis Bunuel, 1965) M

201. SISTER ACT

202. SLING BLADE () RR

203. SMOKE () RR

204. SOLARIS (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974) DC An

205. THE SON ("Le fils," Dardennes Brothers) P03

206. SON OF MAN () MP

207. SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (2002) P02

208. THE SPITFIRE GRILL () NA

209. STALKER (Andrei Tarkovsky) DC

210. STAR WARS original trilogy () MM

211. STARS IN MY CROWN () DC

212. STEVIE (2003) P03

213. THE STRAIGHT STORY (David Lynch) RR

214. STRANGE CARGO () DC MM

215. STROMBOLI () DC

216. SUNRISE () DCst

217. TALE OF TWO CITIES () MM

218. TEARS OF THE SUN () RR

219. TENDER MERCIES () RR

220. TESTAMENT (Lynne Littman, 1983) DM

221. THERESE (Alain Cavalier, 1986) VR DC

222. THE THIRD MIRACLE () RR

223. THREE COLOURS: BLUE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993) DC

224. THREE COLOURS: WHITE (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1994) M

225. TILAI ("The Law," Idrissa Ouedraogo, 1990) M

226. TIME BANDITS () BR

227. TO END ALL WARS () RR

228. TOKYO STORY () DCst

229. THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (Ermanno Olmi, 1978) VV An

230. THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL () RR

231. THE TRUMAN SHOW (Peter Weir) JB

232. UMBERTO D () DCst

233. UNBREAKABLE () RR

234. UTAMARO & HIS FIVE WOMEN (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946) M

235. UNFORGIVEN (Clint Eastwood, 1992) M

236. VERTIGO (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) M

237. VANYA ON 42nd STREET () RR

238. VOYAGE TO ITALY ("Viaggio in Italia," Roberto Rossellini, 1953) M

239. WAKING LIFE () MP DC

240. A WALK TO REMEMBER () RR

241. WHALE RIDER () DM

242. WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND () RR

243. THE WIDOW OF ST. PIERRE () RR

244. WILD STRAWBERRIES (Ingmar Bergman, 1957) VV DC

245. THE WIND WILL CARRY US (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999) M DCst

246. WINGS OF DESIRE () JO JB

247. WINTER LIGHT ("Nattvardsgasterna," Ingmar Bergman, 1963) M DC

248. WIT () RR

249. WITNESS (Peter Weir) RR

250. THE WRONG MAN () DC

251. X-MEN () DM MP

252. X-2 () DM

253. THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (Peter Weir) RR

254. YENTL (Barbara Streisand, 1983) JB

255. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME () RR

256. YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU () MM A

257. "Many of Stan Brakhage's shorts..." () DC

258. "Any film by Ozu..."

259. "Eric Rohmer's films..." An

P02: PFCC Most Significant Exploration of Spiritual Themes nominee, 2002

P03: PFCC Most Significant Exploration of Spiritual Themes nominee, 2003

M: Museum of Modern Art exhibition, "The Hidden God: Faith & Film" (2003)

VR: The Vatican Film List: Religion (1995)

VV: The Vatican Film List: Values (1995)

A: Andrew

An: Anne

AW: AlanW

BR: BethR

C: Christian

DB: DanBuck

DC: Doug Cummings

DM: Darrel Manson

JB: Jason Bortz

JO: Jeffrey Overstreet

JR: J Robert Parks

JW: Jim Weed

MH: mike_h

ML: (M)Leary

MM: MrMando

MP: Matt Page

NA: Nick Alexander

PTC: Peter Chattaway

RR: Ron Reed

S: stef

SNT: SoNowThen

st (following an entry): "spiritual themes"

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Being a much bigger fan of lists than I should be, I love this idea. But I'm also a bit uncomfortable that we're going to rush to a vote. I gotta imagine there aren't many of us who have seen even 75% of the movies on this list. Maybe this can be a long-term project, with people voting once they think they've reached critical mass and then continually updating as they see more nominated films. Or maybe it would be better for people to rate each of the films they've seen. This would give each movie an average score, plus a snapshot of how many people have seen the film. That way you wouldn't have to choose between 20 masterpieces; you could legitimately give "10" to each of them.

Just throwing out ideas.

And for other possibilities...

25th Hour

Apocalypse Now (amazing film on the nature of the human condition)

City of Lost Children (so many interesting issues on the nature of creation, esp. Milton's themes in Paradise Lost)

Dreamlife of Angels

Exotica (Atom Egoyan)

In this World

Lilya 4-Ever

Three Colors: Red (not sure why this one hasn't been mentioned)

Time of the Wolf

Werckmeister Harmonies

Yi Yi (I know Mike H has my back on this one)

J Robert

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The Count of Monte Cristo - 2002; directed by Kevin Reynolds.

(I believe there are several older adaptations, but I'm not sure which one is more universally praised)

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The Count of Monte Cristo - 2002; directed by Kevin Reynolds.

(I believe there are several older adaptations, but I'm not sure which one is more universally praised)

Ya know, this film didn't generate a lot of discussion here, but I liked it quite a bit, especially on second viewing.

By the time I got around to seeing it that second time, I had seen Martin Scorcese's "Gangs of New York" -- a wildly uneven but extremely ambitious revenge movie -- and it occurred to me that the modest "Count" remake told a similar story much more efficiently, and with more redemptive overtones.

Good pick!

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Yeah, CoMC was a cool movie. smile.gif

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Being a much bigger fan of lists than I should be, I love this idea. But I'm also a bit uncomfortable that we're going to rush to a vote.

Yes, I know what you mean. I'm mulling various approaches to the question (weighted voting based on films actually viewed, ongoing updates/revisions/editions, putting the thing in the hands of some sort of editorial squad, having a mix of popular "highest vote getter" poll winners and less-well-known-but-gotta-be-there films and personal-selection-of-specific-Promontorians flicks, etc, etc), and have initiated correspondence with our Mighty Leader about how he might prefer to see this unfold.

Thanks for the ideas about how we might arrive at our Hundred (or 101, as has been elsewhere suggested) - keep 'em coming!

And for other possibilities...

All to be duly noted in the next list update. Isn't this fun!

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