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A Canon of Religious Cinema

Essential films for those of faith who don’t ascribe to the cinematic methods of Kirk Cameron.

Entries must either deal explicitly with faith, God, and Christianity or sustain direct thematic conversation with specifically religious ideas. Challenging films are included and welcomed, but those that are ultimately critical of religion or treat it less than earnestly will probably not be added.

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Pinocchio
  • Day of Wrath
  • The Song of Bernadette
  • A Canterbury Tale
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Black Narcissus
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Ordet
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Pickpocket
  • Léon Morin, Priest
  • King of Kings
  • Winter Light
  • The Gospel According to St. Matthew
  • A Man for All Seasons
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • The Nun
  • Andrei Rublev
  • My Night at Maud's
  • The Exorcist
  • Wise Blood
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • The Mission
  • Babette's Feast
  • Wings of Desire
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Dekalog
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Thin Red Line
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Signs
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • Mary
  • Children of Men
  • Silent Light
  • Spider-Man 3
  • No Country for Old Men
  • In Bruges
  • A Serious Man
  • The Secret of Kells
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Mill and the Cross
  • Les Misérables
  • To the Wonder
  • Calvary
  • Song of the Sea
  • Knight of Cups
  • The Witch
  • Silence
  • Arrival
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • First Reformed
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Light from Light
  • A Hidden Life
  • The Green Knight