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#1 Ron Reed

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 02:20 PM

The Arts & Faith 100: Spiritually Significant Films
May 5, 2004

Here it is!

Titles listed in blue are first round choices, appearing on the largest number of lists submitted by the first round panel (fourteen lists were received: results can be viewed at the end of the Round One thread). Titles listed in black are second round choices, selected by a weighted balloting process open to all Arts & Faith participants (thirty-five ballots were received: results can be viewed at the end of the Round Two thread). Titles listed in purple are third round choices, selected by our juries. Thanks Mike, Doug, Matt, Peter and Jeffrey!

This is just an "in house" posting. PLEASE DO NOT CIRCULATE THIS LIST UNTIL ALAN MAKES THE FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT: he's going to open a special new section dedicated to these films, and issue a proper press release. We want to be the first ones to announce our list, obviously, and if it gets circulated it may end up posted elsewhere before we can do so. Thanks for your co-operation in this.

In a similar vein, please limit your conversation about the list to the Top 100 forum, which is a "members only" area at present.

Enough of that - here's your list!


The A&F 100: Spiritually Significant Films
May 5, 2004

13 Conversations About One Thing (Jill Sprecher, 2001)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
The Addiction (Abel Ferrara, 1995)
Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)
American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)
Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)
Apostle, The (Robert Duvall, 1997)
Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)
Babette's Feast (Babette's Gaestebud, Gabriel Axel, 1987)
Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara, 1992)
Bicycle Thief, The (Ladri di biciclette, Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
Big Kahuna, The (John Swanbeck, 1999)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
Breaking The Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)
Changing Lanes (Roger Michell, 2002)
Chariots Of Fire (Hugh Hudson, 1981)
Close-Up (Nema-ye Nazdik, Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
Code Unknown (Code inconnu, Michael Haneke, 2000)
Crimes and Misdemeanours (Woody Allen, 1989)
Day of Wrath (Vredens dag, Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943)
Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)
Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins, 1995)
Dekalog (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1987)
Dersu Uzala (Akira Kurosawa, 1975)
Diary of a Country Priest, The (Robert Bresson, 1951)
Dogma (Kevin Smith, 1999)
La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1961)
Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
Fearless (Peter Weir, 1993)
Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paola Pasolini, 1964)
Grand Canyon (Lawrence Kasdan, 1991)
Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
Hell House (George Ratliff, 2001)
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh, 1989)
Ikiru (To Live, Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
It's A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
Jean de Florette / Manon des sources (Claude Berri, 1986)
Jesus Of Montreal (Denys Arcand, 1989)
Jesus Of Nazareth (Franco Zeffirelli, 1977)
The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman, 1998)
Last Temptation of Christ, The (Martin Scorsese, 1988)

Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è bella, Roberto Benigni, 1997)
Life Of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
Lord Of The Rings trilogy (Peter Jackson, 2001-2003)
Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)
Man Escaped, A (Robert Bresson, 1957)
Man For All Seasons, A (Fred Zinnemann, 1966)
The Man Without A Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä, Aki Kaurismaki, 2002)
Matrix, The (Andy & Larry Wachowski, 1999)
The Miracle Maker (Derek W. Hayes & Stanislav Sokolov, 2000)
Mirror, The (Zerkalo, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975)
Mission, The (Roland Joffe, 1986)
My Night At Maud's (Ma nuit chez Maud, Eric Rohmer, 1969)
Night Of The Hunter, The (Charles Laughton, 1955)
Not of This World (Fuori dal mondo, Giuseppe Piccioni, 1999)
On The Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954)
Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945)
Ordet (The Word, Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)
Passion Of Joan of Arc, The (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
Passion of the Christ, The (Mel Gibson, 2004)
Peter and Paul (Robert Day, 1981)
Ponette (Jacques Doillon, 1996)

Prince Of Egypt (Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells, 1998)
La Promesse (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 1996)
Punch-Drunk Love (P.T. Anderson, 2002)
Sacrifice, The (Offret, Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986)
Sansho the Bailiff (Sansho Dayu, Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)
Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh, 1996)
Seventh Seal, The (Det Sjunde Inseglet, Ingmar Bergman, 1957)

Shadowlands (Richard Attenborough, 1993)
Shawshank Redemption, The (Frank Darabont, 1994)
Signs (M. Night Shyamalan, 2002)
Sixth Sense, The (M. Night Shyamalan, 1999)
Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
Son, The (Le Fils, Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 2002)
Songs From the Second Floor (Sånger från andra våningen, Roy Andersson, 2000)
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)
Star Wars original trilogy (George Lucas, 1977; Irvin Kershner, 1980; Richard Marquand, 1983)
Stevie (Steve James, 2002)
Straight Story, The (David Lynch, 1999)
Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997)
Tender Mercies (Bruce Beresford, 1983)
Three Colours: Blue, White & Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993, 1994, 1994)

Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari, Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
Truman Show, The (Peter Weir, 1998)
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
Vanya on 42nd Street (Louis Malle, 1994)
Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001)
Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, 2000)
Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
Wind Will Carry Us, The (Abbas Kiarostami, 1999)
Wings Of Desire (Der Himmel uber Berlin, Wim Wenders, 1987)
Witness (Peter Weir, 1984)
Year Of Living Dangerously, The (Peter Weir, 1982)
Yi-Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)