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Film director and screenwriter. Cinephile since birth. Director of DREAMS OF THE WAYWARD (2013). Film Studies MA student at Columbia University.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

25 "Unconventional" Christian and Faith-Driven Films

Here is a list of 25 films that deal with Christianity and faith in unique ways - in part because they are written and directed by artistic filmmakers.  These films challenge Christians and non-believers to examine their faith and encourage soul searching with their grandiose themes and intimate character studies.  Some of these films are not the most family friendly, but they deal with topics pertinent to Christianity.  Many Biblical accounts present us with people who do sinful and wicked things, but those things were written so that it may be learned from - and the same can be said of the follies that may or may not be within these films.

1.  The Seventh Seal (1957) by Ingmar Bergman


2.  Winter Light (1963) by Ingmar Bergman


3.  Stalker (1979) by Andrei Tarkovsky


4.  The Sacrifice (1986) by Andrei Tarkovsky


5.  The Tree of Life (2011) by Terrence Malick


6.  Signs (2005) by M. Night Shyamalan


7.  The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) by Martin Scorsese

8.  Hard Eight (1997) by Paul Thomas Anderson


9.  There Will Be Blood (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson


10.  The Master (2012) by Paul Thomas Anderson


11.  It's A Wonderful Life (1946) by Frank Capra


12.  Black Narcissus (1947) by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger


13.  In A Better World (2010) by Susanne Bier


14.  Interiors (1978) by Woody Allen


15.  Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) by Woody Allen


16.  Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989) by Woody Allen


17.  21 Grams (2003) by Alejandro González Iñárritu



18.  Breaking The Waves (1996) by Lars von Trier


19.  The Son (2002) by The Dardenne Brothers


20.  Taste of Cherry (1997) by Abbas Kiarostami


21.  Eternity and A Day (1998) by Theo Angelopoulos


22.  The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964) by Pier Paolo Pasolini











23.  Au hasard Balthazar (1966) by Robert Bresson


24.  The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) by Carl Dreyer


25.  Ordet (1954) by Carl Dreyer


Other films to see:  
Carl Dreyer's Day Of Wrath (1943)
Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973)
Andrei Tarkovsky's The Mirror (1975)

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