10 Most Spiritually Significant Films
Relevant Magazine recently published their list of the 10 most spiritually significant films of the last ten years. Violence, sexual content and foul language abound on their list – but there is also grace, hilarity, redemption and love, reminding us of the things we can glean when we are willing to move beyond initial judgments.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
In this film, George Clooney’s character, Everett, is ever the sceptic. He scoffs at his friends’ conversions and dismisses them as superstition. Still, when he’s faced with death, God no longer seems like a superstition.
The Big Kahuna
The Gospel shows up in unexpected places in The Big Kahuna, with burned out salesman Phil exemplifying Christ better than born again Bob. Bob Devitio’s speech about treating the Gospel like a sales pitch is one of the most overtly Christian messages in film in the last decade.
American History X
American History X was a racism fueled, violent movie, but it’s message was clear: no one is beyond redemption, even long-seated hatred can be overcome.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Bizarre as it is, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind shows us that the pain we go through has a purpose.
Make no mistake, American Beauty has some extremely graphic content. At its crux though, it’s a story about the beauty of life, even when it seems mundane. American Beauty shows us the tings for which we should be most grateful are often the things we overlook.
Paul Haggis’ ensemble story shows us the gritty reality of the hatred and prejudices that can live in all of us, and defuses our preconceived notions by humanising everyone involved.
The Green Mile
Of all the films on this list, this is one of the most overtly spiritual. John Coffey plays an unabashed miracle worker, and the intervention of God is never questioned. Throughout the film, we see the sanctity of human life, and the tragedy when it’s taken away.
No Country for Old Men
The Coen brothers make their second appearance on this list with their adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. In spite of it’s relentless violence and darkness, there’s actually a redemptive message hidden in this film. On its surface No Country for Old Men seems to show triumph of evil over good though its sheer determination. But the underlying theme of the film is that good people must carry the spark of human kindness even when all around is dark.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
This true story is powerful and heart breaking, but gives us a look at what makes us human. We are more than the sum of our parts.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy is really a redemptive story. We see, through Royal, that any of us can change, even when we’ve spent our entire lives being selfish.