The Most Spiritually Significant Films (Arts & Faith)

Every now and then someone will put forth the Arts & Faith Top 100 as the finest "great films list" ever made, and while I haven't seen enough movies to have a real opinion on that, there's no doubting that the list is full of incredible cinema that appeals to all kinds of film lovers, be they spiritual or not.

Originally launching in 2004 as the Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films (and now simply known as The Arts & Faith Top 100 Films), the list is put together every few years by the people at Image, whose stated mission is to "support and showcase art shaped by the faith traditions of western civilization." The latest list from 2011 was put together by…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    1

  • Andrei Rublev

    2

  • Ordet

    3

  • Dekalog

    4

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    5

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    6

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

    7

  • The Son

    8

  • Ikiru

    9

  • Babette's Feast

    10

  • Mirror

    11

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    12

  • The Seventh Seal

    13

  • Three Colors Trilogy

    14

  • Stalker

    15

  • Magnolia

    16

  • Winter Light

    17

  • The Searchers

    18

  • Tokyo Story

    19

  • La Promesse

    20

  • Tender Mercies

    21

  • The Apostle

    22

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    23

  • Bicycle Thieves

    24

  • A Man for All Seasons

    25

  • The Miracle Maker

    26

  • Paths of Glory

    27

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    28

  • Wild Strawberries

    29

  • Into Great Silence

    30

  • Munyurangabo

    31

  • Pather Panchali

    32

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    33

  • Nights of Cabiria

    34

  • The Night of the Hunter

    35

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    36

  • Chariots of Fire

    37

  • The Straight Story

    38

  • Touch of Evil

    39

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    40

  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    41

  • Apocalypse Now

    42

  • Code Unknown

    43

  • Black Narcissus

    44

  • Day of Wrath

    45

  • The Child

    46

  • Close-Up

    47

  • Yi Yi

    48

  • Ponette

    49

  • The Burmese Harp

    50

  • Stroszek

    51

  • Places in the Heart

    52

  • The New World

    53

  • Still Life

    54

  • Jesus of Montreal

    55

  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    56

  • Eureka

    57

  • Heartbeat Detector

    58

  • Summer Hours

    59

  • PlayTime

    60

  • Ran

    61

  • Rashomon

    62

  • The Double Life of Véronique

    63

  • My Night at Maud's

    64

  • Becket

    65

  • Silent Light

    66

  • Wings of Desire

    67

  • A Man Escaped

    68

  • Faust

    69

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    70

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    71

  • Paris, Texas

    72

  • Vivre Sa Vie

    73

  • How Green Was My Valley

    74

  • The Return

    75

  • M

    76

  • The Island

    77

  • Days of Heaven

    78

  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    79

  • Paprika

    80

  • Floating Weeds

    81

  • Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

    82

  • Vertigo

    83

  • Syndromes and a Century

    84

  • After Life

    85

  • Spirited Away

    86

  • The Trial

    87

  • The Rules of the Game

    88

  • Sullivan's Travels

    89

  • Schindler's List

    90

  • Dogville

    91

  • There Will Be Blood

    92

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    93

  • Early Summer

    94

  • Amadeus

    95

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    96

  • Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

    97

  • Ratcatcher

    98

  • The Iron Giant

    99

  • The Story of the Weeping Camel

    100