Arts and Faith Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films (2020)

Out of over 300 film nominations from 20+ film critics and cinephiles, here is the Arts & Faith online forum's list of Top 100 "Spiritually Significant" Films for 2020. Here are descriptions of what "spiritually significant" means, from film critic Steven D. Greydanus and myself (Joel Mayward):

SDG: "Originally called the Arts & Faith 'Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films,' the list is not confined to explicitly religious subjects, but spiritual and moral concerns are a unifying principle. The list honors films not simply for technical achievement or historical importance, but because they reflect profoundly on the mystery of humanity, and often because they have played some significant role in the personal journeys of the voting members."

JM: "These are films which may…

  • Ordet

    1

  • Andrei Rublev

    2

  • The Tree of Life

    3

  • Babette's Feast

    4

  • Of Gods and Men

    5

  • Silence

    6

  • The Kid with a Bike

    7

  • Do the Right Thing

    8

  • Ikiru

    9

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    10

  • First Reformed

    11

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    12

  • The Miracle Maker

    13

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

    14

  • Into Great Silence

    15

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    16

  • The Seventh Seal

    17

  • Three Colors: Blue

    18

  • The Night of the Hunter

    19

  • Night and Fog

    20

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    21

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    22

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    23

  • Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

    24

  • Monsieur Vincent

    25

  • The House Is Black

    26

  • My Night at Maud's

    27

  • A Man for All Seasons

    28

  • Heartbeat Detector

    29

  • A Moment of Innocence

    30

  • Close-Up

    31

  • To Sleep with Anger

    32

  • The Gleaners and I

    33

  • Spirited Away

    34

  • The Apostle

    35

  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs

    36

  • The Man Who Planted Trees

    37

  • Bicycle Thieves

    38

  • The Grapes of Wrath

    39

  • Beau Travail

    40

  • Munyurangabo

    41

  • Secrets & Lies

    42

  • Frisco Jenny

    43

  • Tokyo Story

    44

  • L'Avventura

    45

  • Amazing Grace

    46

  • Wings of Desire

    47

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    48

  • Tender Mercies

    49

  • The Music Room

    50

  • The Song of Bernadette

    51

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    52

  • Dead Man Walking

    53

  • Blade Runner

    54

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    55

  • The Burmese Harp

    56

  • Lourdes

    57

  • Cameraperson

    58

  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams

    59

  • The Mill and the Cross

    60

  • Chariots of Fire

    61

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    62

  • Stop Making Sense

    63

  • Grand Illusion

    64

  • Vertigo

    65

  • Embrace of the Serpent

    66

  • Secret Sunshine

    67

  • A Serious Man

    68

  • In Praise of Love

    69

  • In a Lonely Place

    70

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    71

  • Calvary

    72

  • The Act of Killing

    73

  • Ponette

    74

  • After Life

    75

  • Amadeus

    76

  • Witness

    77

  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    78

  • The Mission

    79

  • At the Death House Door

    80

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    81

  • Magnolia

    82

  • 7th Heaven

    83

  • Silent Light

    84

  • On the Waterfront

    85

  • The Phantom Carriage

    86

  • Schindler's List

    87

  • The Work

    88

  • Ushpizin

    89

  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    90

  • The Immigrant

    91

  • Selma

    92

  • The Red Shoes

    93

  • Timbuktu

    94

  • Places in the Heart

    95

  • Still Life

    96

  • Nazarin

    97

  • What Time Is It There?

    98

  • This Is Martin Bonner

    99

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    100