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    The (apparent) latest piece of schlock from Hollywood, "Evan Almighty", makes me think about what a serious filmmaker might have done with the same story (of Noah's Ark).

    It's been many many years since I've seen the Ten Commandments. Are there any good films out there about Bible (or any religious) stories (not stories directly about Jesus dying on the cross or resurrecting)?

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    Here's 3 classics to check out if you have not seen them already.
    Samson and Delilah (1949)
    Quo Vadis (1951)
    Ben Hur (1959)

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    One night wit the King is good, and the Ten Commandments is one of my all time favorite movies.

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    Not the Bible but The Message (1976) is an excellent movie about the story of Islam

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074896/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    Here's 3 classics to check out if you have not seen them already.
    Samson and Delilah (1949)
    Quo Vadis (1951)
    Ben Hur (1959)

    These three are very good, I personally like the Richard Geer version of King David. Also the Ben Hur movie, if you have never seen is tremendous.

    Others that are very good, in no particular order

    Some about Jesus
    The Gospel of John
    The Passion of the Christ
    The Greatest Story Ever Told


    The Robe
    The Nativity (New Release)
    Joshua (A contemporary retelling of Jesus)
    A Vegitales Jonah's Tale (I know, but it is very good technically)

    I belong to a Christian Film Critics Group called Arts & Faith, it has numerous well recognized and respected critics and film makers as a part of that group. Here is our list of the top 100 Spiritually Significant Films of All Time. The link to the web site is: http://artsandfaith.com/ The list changes from year to year, and to see some of the past lists you can go to this particular link: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showforum=46


    Rank Title
    1 Ordet
    aka The Word.

    2 Le Fils
    aka The Son.

    3 The Miracle Maker
    aka The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus.

    4 The Gospel According to Matthew
    aka Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo.

    5 The Diary of a Country Priest
    aka Le Journal D'un Cur? De Campagne.

    6 The Passion of Joan of Arc
    aka La Passion De Jeanne D'arc.

    7 The Decalogue
    aka Dekalog.

    8 Babette's Feast
    aka Babettes G?stebud.

    9 A Man Escaped
    aka Un condamn? ? mort s'est ?chapp? ou Le vent souffle o? il veut.

    10 Andrei Rublev
    aka Andrey Rublyov.

    11 Balthazar
    aka Au Hasard Balthazar.

    12 The Seventh Seal
    aka Det Sjunde Inseglet.

    13 Ikiru
    aka To Live.

    14 Winter Light
    aka Nattvardsg?sterna.

    15 The Mission
    16 The Apostle
    17 Three Colors Trilogy
    18 Jesus of Nazareth
    19 Jesus of Montreal
    aka J?sus De Montr?al.

    20 The Flowers of St. Francis
    aka Francesco, giullare di Dio.

    21 Dead Man Walking
    22 Stalker
    23 Magnolia
    24 La Promesse
    25 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
    26 Tender Mercies
    27 A Man for All Seasons
    28 Wings of Desire
    aka Der Himmel ?ber Berlin.

    29 Day of Wrath
    aka Vredens dag.

    30 Yi Yi: A One and a Two
    aka Yi yi.

    31 The Hiding Place
    32 Wild Strawberries
    aka Smultronst?llet.

    33 Rosetta
    34 After Life
    aka Wandafuru raifu.

    35 The Sacrifice
    aka Offret - Sacrificatio.

    36 To End All Wars
    37 Chariots of Fire
    38 Shadowlands
    39 The Big Kahuna
    40 Not of This World
    aka Fuori dal mondo.

    41 Schindler's List
    42 Millions
    43 The Straight Story
    44 A Taste of Cherry
    aka Ta'm e guilass.

    45 The Passion Of The Christ
    46 Becket
    47 Wit
    48 Open City
    aka Roma, citt? aperta.

    49 Nazarin
    aka Nazar?n.

    50 Secrets & Lies
    51 Romero
    52 Places in the Heart
    53 It's A Wonderful Life
    54 Ponette
    55 Les Mis?rables
    56 Luther
    57 Tokyo Story
    aka Tokyo Monogatari.

    58 Hell House
    59 Breaking The Waves
    60 Crimes And Misdemeanors
    61 To Kill a Mockingbird
    62 The Mirror
    aka Zerkalo.

    63 The Last Temptation Of Christ
    64 The Gospel of John
    65 Hotel Rwanda
    66 Fearless
    67 Solaris
    aka Solyaris.

    68 The Night Of The Hunter
    69 Cries and Whispers
    aka Viskningar och rop.

    70 Stromboli
    71 Stevie
    72 Dogville
    73 My Night at Maud's
    aka Ma nuit chez Maud.

    74 Black Robe
    75 Close-Up
    aka Nema-ye Nazdik.

    76 The Apu Trilogy
    77 Werckmeister Harmonies
    aka Werckmeister harm?ni?k.

    78 Waking Life
    79 Koyaanisqatsi
    aka Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance.

    80 Peter and Paul
    81 13 Conversations About One Thing
    82 The Sweet Hereafter
    83 Dersu Uzala
    84 Trial of Joan of Arc
    aka Proc?s de Jeanne d'Arc.

    85 Summer
    aka Le Rayon vert.

    86 Fiddler on the Roof
    87 The Bicycle Thief
    aka Ladri di biciclette.

    88 The Year Of Living Dangerously
    89 Money
    aka L'Argent.

    90 The Elephant Man
    91 Faust
    92 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
    93 A Moment of Innocence
    aka Nun va Goldoon.

    94 Jean de Florette / Manon of the Spring
    aka Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources.

    95 Sansho the Bailiff
    aka Sansh? day?.

    96 Lilies of the Field
    97 The Wind Will Carry Us
    aka Bad ma ra khahad bord.

    98 The Addiction
    99 The Song of Bernadette
    100 Tales of Ugetsu
    aka Ugetsu monogatari.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I looked for Samson & Deliah, and Quo Vadis, at the local video store but they weren't there.

    On the list of 100 given by Furches, I can vouch for The Seventh Seal, and Wild Strawberries, and Man for All Seasons--great movies all, and Les Miserables (there are several different versions; I like 1935 w/Charles Laughton).

    It seems a list of "spiritual" movies would not be complete without Gandhi.
    Last edited by matclone; 06-24-2007 at 11:24 AM.

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    The Scarlet and the Black is a real good Nazi Germany vs. The Vatican flick. One of my favorites. Stars Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer.

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    If you haven't seen To End All Wars on that list with Kieffer Sutherland, get it and watch it, it is also among my favorite stories and a great film. You may find it at blockbuster I know you can netflix it.
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    Might not be exactly what your looking for but... Dogma?
    There's no such thing as a pretty good aligator wrestler.

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