A Protestant Cinema

What are the aesthetics of film Protestantism?

It often seems like there are a million movies that deal with, depict, or faithfully struggle with Catholicism and Catholic culture. Filmmakers from Ford and Hitchcock to Rossellini and Bresson to Scorsese and Ferrara have suffused the aesthetics and moral questions of their faith into their cinema. But are there Protestant filmmakers who have done the same? Are there movies by non-Protestant filmmakers which explore the styles and culture and traditions of Protestantism, or of particular Protestant denominations? Those are the questions I've been thinking of.

Initially threw this together after the Reformation's 500th anniversary, decided to resurrect it. Suggestions welcome; ranking is more about grouping films and how the list looks to me than anything else.

EDIT 3: Revised and updated again! This time I removed all documentaries. They're great, but they should be on another list, and this freed up more space for new discoveries.

  • Ordet

    1

  • Stars in My Crown

    2

  • The Night of the Hunter

    3

  • Babette's Feast

    4

  • Hallelujah

    5

  • Silent Light

    6

  • Winter Light

    7

  • Days of Heaven

    8

  • First Reformed

    9

  • The Witch

    10

  • The Mill and the Cross

    11

  • Day of Wrath

    12

  • The Phantom Carriage

    13

  • The Wicker Man

    14

  • The Tree of Life

    15

  • The Apostle

    16

  • Selma

    17

  • Sergeant York

    18

  • Witness

    19

  • Places in the Heart

    20

  • The Sunset Limited

    21

  • Tender Mercies

    22

  • Chariots of Fire

    23

  • Mrs. Miniver

    24

  • Martin Luther

    25

  • Jan Hus

    26

  • The Miracle Woman

    27

  • The Seventh Seal

    28

  • The Virgin Spring

    29

  • Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    30

  • How Green Was My Valley

    31

  • One Foot in Heaven

    32

  • A Man Called Peter

    33

  • The Holly and the Ivy

    34

  • Driftwood

    35

  • Secret Sunshine

    36

  • Wise Blood

    37

  • The Sun Shines Bright

    38

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    39

  • Minari

    40

  • Hardcore

    41

  • The Scarlet Letter

    42

  • Cabin in the Sky

    43

  • The Blood of Jesus

    44

  • Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

    45

  • Pastor Hall

    46

  • Body and Soul

    47

  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    48

  • Rose o' Salem Town

    49

  • The Parson's Widow

    50

  • The New World

    51

  • Shadowlands

    52

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    53

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    54

  • A River Runs Through It

    55

  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    56

  • Friendly Persuasion

    57

  • Anne of Green Gables

    58

  • Angel and the Badman

    59

  • A Canterbury Tale

    60

  • Munyurangabo

    61

  • Son of Man

    62

  • Free In Deed

    63

  • Here I Am

    64

  • Harriet

    65

  • Cromwell

    66

  • Ben-Hur

    67

  • The Bishop's Wife

    68

  • The Preacher's Wife

    69

  • Pride and Prejudice

    70

  • A Christmas Carol

    71

  • The Miracle Maker

    72

  • At Play in the Fields of the Lord

    73

  • Burden

    74

  • Lars and the Real Girl

    75

  • The Wise Kids

    76

  • New Jerusalem

    77

  • This Is Martin Bonner

    78

  • Higher Ground

    79

  • The Best Intentions

    80

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    81

  • Witchfinder General

    82

  • Plymouth Adventure

    83

  • Sinister

    84

  • To End All Wars

    85

  • Blue Like Jazz

    86

  • The Second Chance

    87

  • Jesus

    88

  • Johnny Appleseed

    89

  • The 15:17 to Paris

    90

  • The Hiding Place

    91

  • Amazing Grace

    92

  • End of the Spear

    93

  • Paul, Apostle of Christ

    94

  • Jesus Is King

    95