Movies that make you think about religion

Both for my study and for personal reasons, I am very interested in the concept of religion as portrayed in the movies. When you're known with the metaphors and the Biblical figures (for instance), it's not that hard to detect religion almost everywhere.

There are, ofcourse, these big Biblical blockbusters (Noah, Ben-Hur), but sometimes the subtext is much more subtle. By offering this comprehensive list, I want to show that religious ideas and concepts formed and/or influenced quite a number of movies you saw, still want to see, (or don't want to see at all).

Note #1: this is no toplist, as some movies included here made me wanna hit something.

Note #2: I obviously haven't seen all these movies.

Note #3: I tried to include all sides of the spectre: christianity, Judaism, Islam, hinduism, buddhism, atheism, (philosophical) visions on religion, and of course everything in between.

  • The Celebration
  • Magnolia
  • The Matrix
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Apocalypto
  • A Little Princess
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Silence
  • The Hunt
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Dogville
  • Antichrist
  • Enter the Void
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Green Mile
  • The Island
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Tree of Life
  • Days of Heaven
  • To the Wonder
  • Song to Song
  • The Lobster
  • Ben-Hur
  • Ben-Hur
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Gospel According to Matthew
  • In My Father's Garden
  • The King of Kings
  • Life of Brian
  • Braveheart
  • Brimstone
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • Only God Forgives
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Platoon
  • The Truman Show
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Conjuring
  • The Conjuring 2
  • The Exorcist
  • The Crucifixion
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Jackie
  • The Last Samurai
  • Life of Pi
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • The Lion King
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Se7en
  • The Sea of Trees
  • Here I Am
  • Prometheus
  • Alien: Covenant
  • The Witch
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Suspiria
  • Pleasantville
  • Häxan
  • The Witches
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Devils
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Master
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Aladdin
  • American Sniper
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Silence
  • Children of Men
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • Noah
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Pi
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • A Cure for Wellness
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • 2012
  • Schindler's List
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Rapture
  • Les Misérables
  • Personal Shopper
  • American Pastoral
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence