Movies with a strong Christian component

axel_finn

Chicken
The Spitfire Grill is a sweet little intimate movie whose inception is a bit of a miracle itself. Head of a Catholic nonprofit decides he wants to make a movie and ends up with high tier Hollywood director, actors, and an excellent script.

How did this happen?

A moving and personal little film.

Have always wanted to see this movie. Thanks for reminding me to check it out.
 

Godward

Robin
Next to Ostrov and Des hommes et des dieux, I would highly recommend Fuori dal mondo ("Not of This World", 1999).

The film basically start with this scene (the conversation is in Italian, but evidently no language skills are needed to understand what is happening):


There is so much that can be said about this film, but James Bowman's film review got at the heart of the matter:

It tells the story of a nun, Sister Caterina (Margherita Buy), on the point of taking her final vows, who is presented with a foundling child by a jogger. Sister Caterina makes some effort to identify the mother by the sweater the baby is wrapped in, and this clue leads her to Ernesto Nitti (Silvio Orlando), the lonely and emotionally bottled-up proprietor of a dry-cleaning establishment in Milan. Both the nun and the dry-cleaner are drawn into a complex emotional attachment to the child—and to each other—which threatens to explode the carefully-constructed lives they have built for themselves.

In a Hollywood movie, they would naturally set up housekeeping together and adopt the child, but Hollywood would consider the sister's religious vocation no obstacle at all. Here it is central to the film's meaning, not only because Sister Caterina is wavering between the cloister and the world, and the baby comes to represent for her all that she is giving up, but also because Ernesto, an atheist, is fascinated by it. “Is it true you get a call?” he asks her shyly. Hard as her choice seems to her, he envies her having it at all. “Sometimes you can't choose,” he says. More generally, he wonders what it means to believe. “Say God exists,” he says. “Why all this bowing and praying? Why all this exaggerated love?”

“Because love is exaggerated,” answers Sister Caterina. “Have you ever loved someone without exaggeration?” Ernesto has nothing to say to this. We can actually see him wondering if he has ever loved anyone at all.

If you have a chance of finding a (rare) copy of this film: get it. This is a gem to watch.
 

Mark-David

Pigeon
Whats your guys tought on the Conjuring movies? They are very focused in catholism excorism of demons. Would this be considered a Christian movie?
I would argue against that. Movies like this exploit Christian imagery and themes in order to thrill and excite rather than spark reflection. On top of this, the base material for the films, the exploits of the Warrens, are extremely dubious. They did get the backing of one priest, who wrote a book titled The Demonologist about them. But generally the story of the Warrens is littered with hoaxes, New Age-tinged clairvoyancy, and all manner of "charistmatic" themes that should raise eyebrows if not suspicions. When I think of what makes a Christian movie, or even a movie that engages seriously and sincerely with Christian themes, I don't think of Demon-Horror designed to make me jump rather than reflect on who I am and my salvation.
 

Caramasão

Sparrow
Orthodox Inquirer
A demonically inspired movie. Sorry to say this. It's utterly demonic and blasphemus.
Just like his other "Christian" movie, The Last Temptation of Christ.

Scorsese is connected with the Jesuit priest James Martin, which says a lot about the kind of Catholic he is.
 
Just watched this series and it is solid. The series was filmed on a low budget and the acting is not great but it is decent overall. The message is good. Free to watch on youtube (although picture quality is a bit grainy but tolerable). I don't know why the score is low, my guess is anti-Christian people gave it 1 or 2 stars to bring down the score. The first 2 were the best in my opinion, but the last 2 were also decent.


 
Also as an aside: What are you opinions on horror movies that clearly deal with the satanic - but Christian faith and symbols are used to defeat evil. Probably the zaniest example I can think of is "From Dusk Till Dawn" which has a preacher who has questioned his faith regain it and defeats vampires. Personally I think many cases are an exploitation of Christians tropes - or even parody and not true respect for faith and its ability to defeat evil.

 

Pointy Elbows

Woodpecker
Orthodox
A bit off topic, but I watched "Godfather" part I with my son tonite. Classic example of patriarchal leadership of a family enterprise, with of course, many sinful elements. The Catholic faith is revered, traditions are observed, leadership of the enterprise and family is rooted in the men, who take the greatest risk and go to lengths to insulate the women and children from the fallout. Obviously, it is a dirty business, but these fallen men make their way through their obstacles. Looking forward to Part II.

I see the moral dilemma as parallel to what we may have to face in the event of a societal breakdown.
 

Sol Invictus

Sparrow
Orthodox Catechumen
There are some good Russian films with a strong Christian focus to go along with several of the ones that were listed earlier in this thread (The Island and Priest).

Viking - The story of Vladimir the Great, the Viking ruler who converted the Rus to Orthodox Christianity:


(Can only find the dubbed version on YouTube, would love to watch it subtitles)

The Horde - Set during the time of the Golden Horde's rule, Alexius, Patriarch of Moscow, is sent to the capital city of the Horde in order to try to heal the mother of the khan.


Tsar - Starring Piotr Mamonov, who was also the lead in the film The Island, cast as Tsar Ivan the Terrible. Shows the struggle that Ivan had between his Orthodox faith and his descent into insanity.


(This version isn't dubbed or subtitled and appears to have been edited. I'd suggest looking for the full version with English subtitles)
 

GodfatherPartTwo

Woodpecker
Also as an aside: What are you opinions on horror movies that clearly deal with the satanic - but Christian faith and symbols are used to defeat evil. Probably the zaniest example I can think of is "From Dusk Till Dawn" which has a preacher who has questioned his faith regain it and defeats vampires. Personally I think many cases are an exploitation of Christians tropes - or even parody and not true respect for faith and its ability to defeat evil.

Entertaining movie. As to your question: lots of movies do stuff like this. You'll see a protagonist who may or may not be a Christian use Christian relics to defeat demonic creatures. Its cool imagery but it's superstitious and not a true faith in Christ.
 

Godward

Robin
The Russian film The Monk and the Demon is another interesting watch, especially for those who enjoyed Ostrov. It is a comedy, and as such it addresses topics such as sainthood and demonic possession in a lighthearted way. Yet, it makes some serious points: the importance of perseverance in the faith, but also of an interesting dynamic of the demonic [spoiler alert]: the demon in the story tries to murder the saint when it thinks the saint is falling from grace, yet tries to prevent the saint from dying when he discovers that he is in a state of grace (and would thus go to heaven).


 

Don Quixote

Pelican
Orthodox Inquirer
I'm going to throw in a weird movie that may not seem Christian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocktail (1988 film). The movie is basically to me about how a life of materialism and hedonism leads to despair. In fact one main character in the film (the role model/mentor for the Tom Cruise character) commits suicide because of this, causing the main character to try to turn his life around and actually commit to marriage. It's weird because it gets so dark extremely fast out of nowhere, when the rest of the movie is basically just silliness. This was actually pretty crazy for me when watching it lol. There is no direct Christian reference per se, but I thought it was indirectly addressing certain Christian themes.
 

ChiefSinnerJohn

Pigeon
Orthodox
I was blown away by the movie A Man For All Seasons, about an English statesmen who stuck to his faith in spite of intense pressure against King Henry VIII. The acting and dialogue were superb.


And of course there is The Island (Ostrov) [2006] about a Russian monk in repentance.


Any more movies like these two?

Here are a couple of my favorites in addition to the Island:

1.) Healing Fear - very moving film on the life of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon


2.) Angels Aisle - the film follows a young Chekist who demonstrates his commitment to the Bolshevik cause by executing a priest when all around him fail to do so. A tale of Crime and Punishment reminiscent of Dostoyevsky’s classic. The film also reminds me of the Island in some ways.
There are two versions uploaded to YouTube. One has larger more clear subtitles which block more of the screen, and the other has smaller more faint subtitles which allow for a more full view of the screen but the subtitles are faint and may be harder to read at times


 
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