Arts & Faith - Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films (2004)

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Arts & Faith is pleased to announce the Top100 Spiritually Significant Films list for 2004. The Top100 list draws upon decades of cinema and includes U.S. and foreign movies. Popular, "blockbuster" films are balanced with art films. The list offers readers the best, most spiritually significant films ever made.<br /><br />

The Top100 list was developed over several months using a combination of anonymous voting, open debate, and expert jury selection. Participants in the selection process were all users of the free Arts & Faith website. The list will be revised annually in the Spring, to reflect new films and refine the list to ensure it best represents the spiritual dimension of classic and modern film. Although developed from a Christian perspective, the focus of the list is the spiritual depth or focus of the films involved rather than moral or commercial value. Some films will appeal to everyone, but there are also films that will challenge many viewers.

[101 titles listed with ‘Jean de Florette’ and ‘Manon des sources’ counted separately]

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  1. 1.
    Addiction, The [VHS]
    by Abel Ferrara

  2. 2.
    Amadeus - Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
    by Milos Forman

  3. 3.
    Andrei Rublev (The Criterion Collection)
    by Andrei Tarkovsky

  4. 4.
    American Beauty (Widescreen Edition)
    by Sam Mendes

  5. 5.
    The Apostle

  6. 6.
    Au Hasard Balthazar

  7. 7.
    Babette's Feast
    by Gabriel Axel

  8. 8.
    Bad Lieutenant
    by Abel Ferrara

  9. 9.
    The Bicycle Thief
    by Vittorio De Sica

  10. 10.
    The Big Kahuna
    by John Swanbeck

  11. 11.
    Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
    by Ridley Scott

  12. 12.
    Breaking the Waves
    by Lars von Trier

  13. 13.
    Changing Lanes
    by Roger Michell

  14. 14.
    Chariots of Fire
    by Hugh Hudson

  15. 15.
    by Abbas Kiarostami

  16. 16.
    Code Unknown
    by Michael Haneke

  17. 17.
    Crimes and Misdemeanors
    by Woody Allen

  18. 18.
    Day of Wrath

  19. 19.
    Days of Heaven
    by Terrence Malick

  20. 20.
    Dead Man Walking
    by Tim Robbins

  21. 21.
    The Decalogue (Complete Set)

  22. 22.
    Dersu Uzala
    by Akira Kurosawa

  23. 23.
    Diary of a Country Priest (The Criterion Collection)
    by Robert Bresson

  24. 24.
    Dogma (Special Edition)

  25. 25.
    by Lars von Trier

  26. 26.
    La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (1961)
    by Federico Fellini

  27. 27.
    The Elephant Man
    by David Lynch

  28. 28.
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
    by Michel Gondry

  29. 29.
    by Peter Weir

  30. 30.
    Fight Club (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    by David Fincher

  31. 31.
    The Gospel According to St. Matthew
    by Pier Paolo Pasolini

  32. 32.
    Grand Canyon
    by Lawrence Kasdan

  33. 33.
    Groundhog Day (Special Edition)
    by Harold Ramis

  34. 34.
    Hell House
    by George Ratliff

  35. 35.
    Henry V

  36. 36.
    Ikiru (The Criterion Collection)
    by Akira Kurosawa

  37. 37.
    It's a Wonderful Life
    by Frank Capra

  38. 38.
    Jean De Florette
    by Claude Berri

  39. 40.
    Jesus of Nazareth

  40. 41.
    The Last Days of Disco
    by Whit Stillman

  41. 42.
    The Last Temptation of Christ (The Criterion Collection)
    by Martin Scorsese

  42. 43.
    Life is Beautiful
    by Roberto Benigni

  43. 45.
    Magnolia (New Line Platinum Series)
    by Paul Thomas Anderson

  44. 46.
    A Man Escaped [VHS]
    by Robert Bresson

  45. 47.
    A Man for All Seasons
    by Fred Zinnemann

  46. 48.
    The Man Without a Past
    by Aki Kaurismäki

  47. 49.
    Manon of the Spring (Original French)
    by Claude Berri

  48. 50.
    The Matrix
    by Andy Wachowski

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Untitled — 4 years ago

INTOTHEWILD most certainly should be included in this list

Untitled — 4 years ago

well, credit for picking the world’s greatest film, Sansho the Bailiff

Where, oh where.... — 5 years ago

is “The Lilies of the Field”?

Stigmata — 6 years ago

I am very very disappointed that STIGMATA – Rupert Wainwright, is not on this lists, in my opinion it’s one of the most spiritually significant movies ever…

Update — 7 years ago

Has anyone considered updating this to the 2006 version?

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