Movies are a part of our culture and life.  There’s no denying it.  And just like everything else in current world, you have limitless choices when it comes to the films that you watch.  I’ll be honest, I don’t choose movies based on the rating letter.  I’m more apt to choose based on critical reviews.

Regardless of what causes you to make a decision, I wanted to provide some reflection questions that can help us evaluate in light of the quote I mentioned a few weeks ago.  “There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” (Madeleine L’Engle)

1. Repeatability
-Can the film be viewed multiple times with profit or enjoyment?
-Usually character-driven movies score higher on this than plot-driven movies.

2. Significance
-Does the film treat an important subject in a substantial way?

3. Impact
-Mind: Does the film change the way you think or the way you understand something?
-Emotion: Does the film affect you viscerally?
-Behavior: Does the film change the way you live?

4.  Longevity
-Will people still be watching this film in years to come?

Viewed through this particular way of thinking, what are some movies that have influenced your faith?  What are some of the films that keep you thinking even after the credits stop rolling?  Here’s my list, and I don’t think any of them were from a Christian production company.

Top 10 influential movies – films that still keep me thinking.

10.  Hotel Rwanda
9.  Dead Poet’s Society
8.  The Spitfire Grill
7.  Shine
6.  Babette’s Feast
5.  Life is Beautiful
4.  Chariots of Fire
3.  Schindler’s List
2.  The Shawshank Redemption
1.  To Kill A Mockingbird
What movies challenge you?  Which of those would make your top five or top ten list?  How do you select the movies that you watch?  
  • I remember seeing Amistad in Highschool and thinking the whole world needed to be required to see it. I was also challenged by Blood Diamonds. With Joy, Carey

  • I second Le Chorist. It’s delightful; the musical score alone made me cry it’s so beautiful. Also, in the vein of delicious French film: Les Enfants du Paradis. Exquisite.

    An Ideal Husband — a wonderful story of grace and redemption and forgiveness, woven through delectable British wit.
    Nicolas Nickleby — Dickens. The meek shall inherit the Earth.
    The Bicycle Thief — A lesson in empathy, if you’ll take it. Italian.
    Life Is Beautiful — Beautiful. Also Italian.

    many from your list
    and many, many others!

  • kate

    LOVE this list – and I am adding some to my must watch in the near future. 
    A few I deem worthy are: -Searching for Bobby Fisher-Le Choriste (with subtitles – unless youre fluent in French)-A Beautiful Mind-Tangled – not even kidding. its FULL of scriptural truths. -October Sky

    • Anonymous

      Believe it or not I haven’t seen “A Beautiful Mind.” I’m going to have to put it on the list. Excited about “Le Chorist” as well – I don’t mind subtitles at all. “Babette’s Feast” on my list is also in subtitles. Happy Viewing!!