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                            Arts & Faith’s Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
	1	Ordet (aka The Word)
		1954, Carl Theodor Dreyer
	2	Le Fils (aka The Son)
		2002, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
	3	The Miracle Maker (aka The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus)
		2000, Derek Hayes & Stanislav Sokolov
	4	The Gospel According To St. Matthew (aka Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo)
		1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini
	5	Diary of a Country Priest (aka Le Journal D’un Cure De Campagne)
		1950, Robert Bresson
	6	The Passion of Joan of Arc (aka La Passion De Jeanne D’arc)
		1927, Carl Theodor Dreyer
	7	Decalogue (aka Dekalog)
		1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski
	8	Babette’s Feast (aka Babettes Gæstebud)
		1987, Gabriel Axel
	9	A Man Escaped (aka Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut)
		1956, Robert Bresson
	10	Andrei Rublev (aka Andrey Rublyov)
		1966, Andrei Tarkovsky
	11	Au Hasard Balthazar (aka Balthazar)
		1966, Robert Bresson
	12	The Seventh Seal  (aka Det Sjunde Inseglet)
		1957, Ingmar Bergman
	13	Ikiru (aka To Live)
		1952, Akira Kurosawa
	14	Winter Light (aka Nattvardsgasterna)
		1963, Ingmar Bergman
	15	The Mission
		1986, Roland Joffe
	16	The Apostle
		1998, Robert Duvall
	17	Three Colors Trilogy (aka Trois couleurs)
		1993-94, Krzysztof Kieslowski
	18	Jesus Of Nazareth
		1977, Franco Zeffirelli
	19	Jesus of Montreal
		1989, Denys Arcand
	20	Francesco, giullare di Dio (aka The Flowers of St. Francis [USA]; Saint Francis, God’s Jester [UK])
		1950, Roberto Rossellini
	21	Dead Man Walking
		1995, Tim Robbins
	22	Stalker
		1979, Andrei Tarkovsky
	23	Magnolia
		1999, Paul Thomas Anderson
	24	La Promesse
		1999, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
	25	Sunrise
		1927, F.W. Murnau
	26	Tender Mercies
		1983, Bruce Beresford
	27	A Man For All Seasons
		1966, Fred Zinnemann
	28	Wings of Desire (aka Der Himmel uber Berlin)
		1987, Wim Wenders
	29	Day of Wrath (aka Vredens dag)
		1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer
	30	Yi yi (aka Yi yi: A One and a Two)
		2000, Edward Yang
	31	The Hiding Place
		1975, James F Collier
	32	Wild Strawberries (aka Smultronstallet)
		1957, Ingmar Bergman
	33	Rosetta
		1999, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
	34	After Life (aka Wandafuru raifu)
		1998, Hirokazu Koreeda
	35	The Sacrifice (aka Offret)
		1986, Andrei Tarkovsky
	36	To End All Wars
		2001, David L Cunningham
	37	Chariots Of Fire
		1981, Hugh Hudson
	38	Shadowlands
		1993, Richard Attenborough
	39	The Big Kahuna
		1999, John Swanbeck
	40	Not of This World (aka Fuori dal mondo)
		1999, Giuseppe Piccioni
	41	Schindler’s List
		1993, Steven Spielberg
	42	Millions
		2004, Danny Boyle
	43	The Straight Story
		1999, David Lynch
	44	Taste of Cherry (Ta’m e guilass)
		1997, Abbas Kiarostami
	45	The Passion Of The Christ
		2004, Mel Gibson
	46	Becket
		1964, Peter Glenville
	47	Wit
		2001, Mike Nichols
	48	Roma, città aperta (aka Open City [USA]; Rome, Open City [UK])
		1945, Roberto Rossellini
	49	Nazarin
		1959, Luis Bunuel
	50	Secrets and Lies
		1996, Mike Leigh
	51	Romero
		1989, John Duigan
	52	Places In The Heart
		1984, Robert Benton
	53	It’s a Wonderful Life
		1946, Frank Capra
	54	Ponette
		1996, Jacques Doillon
	55	Les Miserables
		2000, Josee Dayan
	56	Luther
		1973, Guy Green
	57	Tokyo Story (aka Tokyo Monogatari)
		1953, Yasujiro Ozu
	58	Hell House
		2001, George Ratliff
	59	Breaking The Waves
		1996, Lars von Trier
	60	Crimes And Misdemeanors
		1989, Woody Allen
	61	To Kill a Mockingbird
		1962, Robert Mulligan
	62	The Mirror (aka Zerkalo)
		1974, Andrei Tarkovsky
	63	The Last Temptation Of Christ
		1988, Martin Scorsese
	64	The Gospel of John
		2003, Philip Saville
	65	Hotel Rwanda
		2004, Terry George
	66	Fearless
		1993, Peter Weir
	67	Solaris (aka Solyaris)
		1972, Andrei Tarkovsky
	68	The Night of the Hunter
		1955, Charles Laughton
	69	Cries And Whispers (aka Viskningar och rop)
		1972, Ingmar Bergman
	70	Stromboli
		1949, Roberto Rossellini
	71	Stevie
		2002, Steve James
	72	Dogville
		2003, Lars Von Trier
	73	My Night at Maud’s (aka Ma nuit chez Maud)
		1969, Eric Rohmer
	74	Black Robe
		1991, Bruce Beresford
	75	Close-Up
		1990, Abbas Kiarostami
	76	The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
		1955, 1956, 1959, Satyajit Ray
	77	Werckmeister Harmonies (aka Werckmeister harmoniak)
		2000, Bela Tarr
	78	Waking Life (Animated)
		2001, Richard Linklater
	79	Koyaanisqatsi (aka Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance)
		1982, Godfrey Reggio
	80	Peter and Paul
		1981, Robert Day
	81	13 Conversations About One Thing
		2001, Jill Sprecher
	82	The Sweet Hereafter
		1997, Atom Egoyan
	83	Dersu Uzala
		1975, Akira Kurosawa
	84	The Trial of Joan of Arc (aka Proces de Jeanne d’Arc)
		1962, Robert Bresson
	85	Le rayon vert (aka Summer [USA], The Green Ray [UK] )
		1994, Eric Rohmer
	86	Fiddler On The Roof
		1971, Norman Jewison
	87	Ladri di biciclette (aka The Bicycle Thief [US], The Bicycle Thieves [UK])
		1948, Vittorio De Sica
	88	The Year of Living Dangerously
		1982, Peter Weir
	89	L’Argent (aka Money)
		1983, Robert Bresson
	90	The Elephant Man
		1980, David Lynch
	91	Faust
		1926, F.W. Murnau
	92	Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
		1999, Paul Cox
	93	A Moment of Innocence
		1996, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
	94	Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring (aka Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources)
		1986, Claude Berri
	95	Sanshô dayû (aka The Bailiff [USA], Sansho the Bailiff [UK])
		1954, Kenji Mizoguchi
	96	Lilies of the Field
		1963, Ralph Nelson
	97	The Wind Will Carry Us (aka Bad ma ra khahad bord)
		1999, Abbas Kiarostami
	98	The Addiction
		1995, Abel Ferrara
	99	The Song of Bernadette
		1943, Henry King
	100	Tales of Ugetsu (aka Ugetsu Monogatari)
		1951, Kenji Mizoguchi
Just The List (Alphabetical)
	13 Conversations About One Thing - #81
	2001
	Jill Sprecher
	A Man Escaped (aka Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut) - #9
	1956
	Robert Bresson
	A Man For All Seasons - #27
	1966
	Fred Zinnemann
	A Moment of Innocence - #93
	1996
	Mohsen Makhmalbaf
	After Life (aka Wandafuru raifu) - #34
	1998
	Hirokazu Koreeda
	Andrei Rublev (aka Andrey Rublyov) - #10
	1966
	Andrei Tarkovsky
	Au Hasard Balthazar (aka Balthazar) - #11
	1966
	Robert Bresson
	Babette’s Feast (aka Babettes Gæstebud) - #8
	1987
	Gabriel Axel
	Becket - #46
	1964
	Peter Glenville
	Black Robe - #74
	1991
	Bruce Beresford
	Breaking The Waves  - #59
	1996
	Lars von Trier
	Chariots Of Fire  - #37
	1981
	Hugh Hudson
	Close-Up - #75
	1990
	Abbas Kiarostami
	Cries And Whispers (aka Viskningar och rop) - #69
	1972
	Ingmar Bergman
	Crimes And Misdemeanors  - #60
	1989
	Woody Allen
	Day of Wrath (aka Vredens dag) - #29
	1943
	Carl Theodor Dreyer
	Dead Man Walking  - #21
	1995
	Tim Robbins
	Decalogue (aka Dekalog) - #7
	1988
	Krzysztof Kieslowski
	Dersu Uzala - #83
	1975
	Akira Kurosawa
	Diary of a Country Priest (aka Le Journal D’un Cure De Campagne) - #5
	1950
	Robert Bresson
	Dogville  - #72
	2003
	Lars Von Trier
	Faust - #91
	1926
	F.W. Murnau
	Fearless - #66
	1993
	Peter Weir
	Fiddler On The Roof  - #86
	1971
	Norman Jewison
	Francesco, giullare di Dio (aka The Flowers of St. Francis [USA]; Saint Francis, God’s Jester [UK]) - #20
	1950
	Roberto Rossellini
	Hell House - #58
	2001
	George Ratliff
	Hotel Rwanda  - #65
	2004
	Terry George
	Ikiru (aka To Live) - #13
	1952
	Akira Kurosawa
	It’s a Wonderful Life - #53
	1946
	Frank Capra
	Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring (aka Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources) - #94
	1986
	Claude Berri
	Jesus of Montreal  - #19
	1989
	Denys Arcand
	Jesus Of Nazareth  - #18
	1977
	Franco Zeffirelli
	Koyaanisqatsi (aka Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance) - #79
	1982
	Godfrey Reggio
	L’Argent (aka Money) - #89
	1983
	Robert Bresson
	La Promesse - #24
	1999
	Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
	Ladri di biciclette (aka The Bicycle Thief [US], The Bicycle Thieves [UK]) - #87
	1948
	Vittorio De Sica
	Le Fils (aka The Son) - #2
	2002
	Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
	Le rayon vert (aka Summer [USA], The Green Ray [UK] ) - #85
	1994
	Eric Rohmer
	Les Miserables - #55
	2000
	Josee Dayan
	Lilies of the Field - #96
	1963
	Ralph Nelson
	Luther  - #56
	1973
	Guy Green
	Magnolia  - #23
	1999
	Paul Thomas Anderson
	Millions  - #42
	2004
	Danny Boyle
	Molokai: The Story of Father Damien - #92
	1999
	Paul Cox
	My Night at Maud’s (aka Ma nuit chez Maud) - #73
	1969
	Eric Rohmer
	Nazarin - #49
	1959
	Luis Bunuel
	Not of This World (aka Fuori dal mondo) - #40
	1999
	Giuseppe Piccioni
	Ordet (aka The Word) - #1
	1954
	Carl Theodor Dreyer
	Peter and Paul - #80
	1981
	Robert Day
	Places In The Heart  - #52
	1984
	Robert Benton
	Ponette - #54
	1996
	Jacques Doillon
	Roma, città aperta (aka Open City [USA]; Rome, Open City [UK]) - #48
	1945
	Roberto Rossellini
	Romero - #51
	1989
	John Duigan
	Rosetta - #33
	1999
	Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
	Sanshô dayû (aka The Bailiff [USA], Sansho the Bailiff [UK]) - #95
	1954
	Kenji Mizoguchi
	Schindler’s List  - #41
	1993
	Steven Spielberg
	Secrets and Lies - #50
	1996
	Mike Leigh
	Shadowlands  - #38
	1993
	Richard Attenborough
	Solaris (aka Solyaris) - #67
	1972
	Andrei Tarkovsky
	Stalker  - #22
	1979
	Andrei Tarkovsky
	Stevie - #71
	2002
	Steve James
	Stromboli - #70
	1949
	Roberto Rossellini
	Sunrise - #25
	1927
	F.W. Murnau
	Tales of Ugetsu (aka Ugetsu Monogatari) - #100
	1951
	Kenji Mizoguchi
	Taste of Cherry (Ta’m e guilass) - #44
	1997
	Abbas Kiarostami
	Tender Mercies  - #26
	1983
	Bruce Beresford
	The Addiction - #98
	1995
	Abel Ferrara
	The Apostle - #16
	1998
	Robert Duvall
	The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) - #76
	1955, 1956, 1959
	Satyajit Ray
	The Big Kahuna  - #39
	1999
	John Swanbeck
	The Elephant Man - #90
	1980
	David Lynch
	The Gospel According To St. Matthew (aka Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo) - #4
	1964
	Pier Paolo Pasolini
	The Gospel of John - #64
	2003
	Philip Saville
	The Hiding Place - #31
	1975
	James F Collier
	The Last Temptation Of Christ  - #63
	1988
	Martin Scorsese
	The Miracle Maker (aka The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus) - #3
	2000
	Derek Hayes & Stanislav Sokolov
	The Mirror (aka Zerkalo) - #62
	1974
	Andrei Tarkovsky
	The Mission - #15
	1986
	Roland Joffe
	The Night of the Hunter  - #68
	1955
	Charles Laughton
	The Passion of Joan of Arc (aka La Passion De Jeanne D’arc) - #6
	1927
	Carl Theodor Dreyer
	The Passion Of The Christ  - #45
	2004
	Mel Gibson
	The Sacrifice (aka Offret) - #35
	1986
	Andrei Tarkovsky
	The Seventh Seal  (aka Det Sjunde Inseglet) - #12
	1957
	Ingmar Bergman
	The Song of Bernadette - #99
	1943
	Henry King
	The Straight Story  - #43
	1999
	David Lynch
	The Sweet Hereafter  - #82
	1997
	Atom Egoyan
	The Trial of Joan of Arc (aka Proces de Jeanne d’Arc) - #84
	1962
	Robert Bresson
	The Wind Will Carry Us (aka Bad ma ra khahad bord) - #97
	1999
	Abbas Kiarostami
	The Year of Living Dangerously - #88
	1982
	Peter Weir
	Three Colors Trilogy (aka Trois couleurs) - #17
	1993-94
	Krzysztof Kieslowski
	To End All Wars - #36
	2001
	David L Cunningham
	To Kill a Mockingbird - #61
	1962
	Robert Mulligan
	Tokyo Story (aka Tokyo Monogatari) - #57
	1953
	Yasujiro Ozu
	Waking Life (Animated)  - #78
	2001
	Richard Linklater
	Werckmeister Harmonies (aka Werckmeister harmoniak) - #77
	2000
	Bela Tarr
	Wild Strawberries (aka Smultronstallet) - #32
	1957
	Ingmar Bergman
	Wings of Desire (aka Der Himmel uber Berlin) - #28
	1987
	Wim Wenders
	Winter Light (aka Nattvardsgasterna) - #14
	1963
	Ingmar Bergman
	Wit - #47
	2001
	Mike Nichols
	Yi yi (aka Yi yi: A One and a Two) - #30
	2000
	Edward Yang
                        
Document Text Contents
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Arts & Faith’s Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films

1 Ordet (aka The Word)
1954, Carl Theodor Dreyer

Dreyer’s film, which must be one of the most beautifully photographed films ever
made, explores the gulf between religious orthodoxy and true faith. The simplicity
and luminescence of the rural setting only adds to the power of the understated
drama, in which son Johannes believes he is the reincarnated Christ. Questioning
where truth, miracles and madness overlap, this is film as a true art form. It’s also
one of the Vatican’s top 10 recommended films and features what Paul Schrader
describes as “one of the greatest moments in film history.”

2 Le Fils (aka The Son)
2002, Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Carpenter Olivier teaches his craft to teenagers and becomes obsessed with a new
student, Francis. An ambiguous relationship develops between them until a
revelation shows the past that binds them together. A film of profound emotional
and moral complexity and a subtle and disquieting study of a man devastated by
tragedy.

3 The Miracle Maker (aka The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus)
2000, Derek Hayes & Stanislav Sokolov

A mother and father in search of help for their sick daughter cross paths with an
extraordinary carpenter named Jesus, who has devoted his life to spreading God’s
word. An amazing miracle brings to light the true meaning of Christ, and the
sacrifices he endured for the deliverance of mankind. A compelling story of faith,
trust, and devotion. A full-length feature delivering stunning state-of-the-art 3D
claymation and a star-studded cast of voice talents including Ralph Fiennes as
Jesus, William Hurt and Julie Christie. Originally broadcast on ABC television.

4 The Gospel According To St. Matthew (aka Il Vangelo Secondo
Matteo)

1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini

A strikingly visual rendering of the biblical text. Imagine a skilled and respectful
documentary crew had followed Jesus in his wanderings. This is a passionate,
moving depiction, and if it took a gay, pagan communist to bring the story so vividly
to life, then so be it.

5 Diary of a Country Priest (aka Le Journal D’un Cure De Campagne)
1950, Robert Bresson

A young priest arrives in the country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first
parish posting, but he is immediately rejected by the apathetic and hostile
congregation. Through his diary entries, the young priest communicates his
suffering and the crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village.

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Diary of a Country Priest was the film that saw Bresson beginning to implement his
style of stripping away all but the very essentials of dialogue, image and music from
his work.

6 The Passion of Joan of Arc (aka La Passion De Jeanne D’arc)
1927, Carl Theodor Dreyer

Some films have their own mythology - none more so than this. An intensely
powerful depiction of spiritual grace and suffering, this is a truly astounding film. It
was Falconetti’s only screen role and was enough to make her one of the great
‘faces’ of cinematic history. No film has ever scrutinised a human face with such
electrifying intensity. One of the great works of art in whatever form.

7 Decalogue (aka Dekalog)
1988, Krzysztof Kieslowski

Kieslowski’s series of hour-long films originally conceived for Polish TV, loosely
based on the Ten Commandments and exploring the lives of ordinary people living
in the same modern Warsaw apartment block. The themes are universal – love,
marriage, infidelity, parenthood, guilt, faith and compassion, some are profoundly
moving, others delicately shaded; all touched by Kieslowski’s masterly direction and
resonant imagery.

8 Babette’s Feast (aka Babettes Gæstebud)
1987, Gabriel Axel

In the wild Jutland peninsula of 1870s Denmark, a servant who was once a
renowned Parisian chef surprises her austerely religious friends with the gift of a
sumptuous feast. Joyous and heartwarming, as sensitively crafted as the exquisite
culinary fare - whose essential, magical ingredients are generosity and love. An
Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

9 A Man Escaped (aka Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le
vent souffle où il veut)

1956, Robert Bresson

Based on the real-life escape of French Resistance fighter from the Gestapo’s Fort
Montluc prison in 1943, A Man Escaped depicts the protracted, painstaking escape
with riveting minimalism. With a hypnotic, concentrated purity verging on the
spiritual, this is an unquestioned masterpiece of world cinema.

10Andrei Rublev (aka Andrey Rublyov)
1966, Andrei Tarkovsky

Charting the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th century
Russian history, this is widely regarded as Tarkovsky’s finest film. It’s also justifiably
the Vatican’s No. 1, and is among the most awesome and profound artistic
achievements of the 20th century.

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62The Mirror (aka Zerkalo)
1974, Andrei Tarkovsky

Seamlessly blending past and present, dreams and memory, art, levitation and a
wider overview of 20th Century Russian history, Tarkovsky’s enigmatic account of
childhood (and simultaneous expression of faith) is one of cinema’s unique personal
statements. Underpinned by spellbinding, almost rapturous, visual imagery -
elements take on miraculous properties - this is film as poetry.

63The Last Temptation Of Christ
1988, Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s adaptation of Kazantzakis’ book is a dusty, evocative portrait of a soul
torn between divinity and worldly pain and sexuality.

64The Gospel of John
2003, Philip Saville

The Gospel of John is just as it states, an energetic adaptation of the Gospel
precisely Word for Word based on the Good News Translation Bible. Henry Ian
Cusick’s compelling performance as Jesus is core the success of the film.
Christopher Plummer’s narration moves things on nicely. This is a realistic
representation of the life of Jesus Christ, according to the disciple John.

65Hotel Rwanda
2004, Terry George

A film based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, the man who refused to ignore
the atrocities suffered by the people of Rwanda. As the violence escalated and
innocent people were slaughtered, Paul opened up his hotel to offer shelter to the
thousands in need.

66Fearless
1993, Peter Weir

Jeff Bridges stars as architect Max Klein in this drama about the survivor of a plane
crash who, in the aftermath, loses all sense of fear. Max strikes up a friendship with
another survivor (Rosie Perez), who lost her son in the crash, and tries to convince
her, through her grief, of the value of life.

67Solaris (aka Solyaris)
1972, Andrei Tarkovsky

Mind-bending, metaphysical sci-fi about a psychologist who is sent to a space
station to investigate mysterious deaths and discovers supernatural phenomena.
Slow-moving and elegaic, hypnotic once one adjusts, an undoubted tour de force by
Tarkovsky, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

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