Bill’s Top 5 Faith-Filled Movies

Steve is certainly getting ambitious, posting his top 100 movies of all time and all! Thankfully I can say I’ve seen most of them…and agree…mostly…

Instead of competing with his list there, I decided to go the opposite direction and post my top 5. I recently watched a show on ABC about the Top 5 Movies of All Time… You can see it here if you like.

They covered every category, from the top 5 sci-fi, action, and drama flicks to the top 5 kisses in the movies. They ended up making Gone with the Wind(gag!) the top movie of all time!

Instead of competing with either list, I decided to make my own. The one category they forgot were those connected with the faith. As I was putting these together more and more kept popping in my head.  All the ones I listed on my Top 10…mostly…have a faith connection.  I seem to gravitate toward the deeper side of movies anyway.  But when I sat down to write this these five seemed to stick in my head.  So… here they are.

The top 5 Faith-Filled movies…According to Bill

5… The Passion of the Christ. Okay… I thought I’d start with an obvious one, but this one has become a classic for many people. When it first came out, I watched it five times I think with five different groups of people, taking each of them afterward to dinner to process the event. Processing is necessary in this case as the film itself is quite graphic to watch. Kinda leaves you numb too.  Some have criticized this movie as being a little over the top.  I see it as a great conversation piece…even among Christians!

4… The Life of Brian! Okay this is the opposite of the Passion of the Christ…but if God had a sense of humor(and I do believe God does) I think this would be one of his top movies. There are some GREAT lines in this movie…and it makes the question: Who are you following? So much more relevant.  Plus it makes you realize that there were more “Messiahs” out there than just Jesus.  Maybe Brian was among them… poor fellow!

3… Big Fish! Talk about a deep movie about the power of storytelling and the reality of narrative!  Wow!  This movie made me realize how post-modern I truly am in my thinking and theology.  The story is the thing…  And in the end, the story is all that matters.

2…The Lord of the Rings…As ONE WHOLE STORY… Tolkien wrote this tale as a metaphor for the life of faith…not as an alegory to it as C.S. Lewis wrote the Narnia series. What better example of the world being saved by the least of them all then this movie. Frodo is a wonderful representative of Christ, I think, as Christ carries our sin to Mount Doom…where he ends up dying for all of us! Lots of good books on how to incorporate these movies into your adult Sunday Schools as well.

And the #1 Movie of faith is… The Matrix Series!

Okay… gonna cheat a little here and put all three Matrix movies together, even though many didn’t like #2 and #3.  The story is amazingly like Christ’s story. The first movie has Jesus’ story played out by Neo who dies when the bullet hits him and is resurrected…becoming a whole new person. The last movie kinda goes backward but is still very powerfully faithful as Neo carries the sin(that is this terrible virus) into the world (the computer system) to save humanity. He ends up dying of course and the machines carry his body away…which if you look closely shows him stretched out as if he were on a cross! Gave me chills watching it!

Anyway… there’s my top 5 faith-filled movies. Just a warning. Three of these are R rated(#5, #4, and #1)… but if you’re a thinking adult in the mood for something to challenge and perhaps deepen your faith, watch closely and these films will retell the story of salvation in ways you’ve never seen before.

So… what movies inspire YOUR faith??  Comment away and tell us what you think…

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