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Top Religious Films of the Decade?

Eric Repphun has posted his top 11 religiously themed films of the decade here (with explanations why). They are:

Sunshine (Danny Boyle, 2007)

Children of Men (Afonso Cuaron, 2006)

There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

Heaven (Tom Tykwer, 2002)

The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)

Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2006)

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (Kim Ki-Duk, 2003)

The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005)

Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

The Bothersome Man (Jens Lien, 2006)

And the worst (and this one was easy): The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson, 2004)

Some very good choices, especially Children of Men and The Dark Knight. I think an argument could be made for Man Dancin' (Norman Stone, 2003), Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck, 2007) and Shooting Dogs (Michael Caton-Jones, 2005). What would be on your list?


Ella Ward

An obvious choice maybe but - The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008 dir. Mark Herman based on a novel by John Boyne)

Hauntingly good film with an ending that stays with you for days. Asa Butterfield - one of the young lead actors has the most expressive eyes that draw you in through the screen.

A refreshing, different and highly emotive film about the holocaust.


Dean Spanley (Toa Fraser, 2008)



rather obvious perhaps, but I think the Matrix trilogy deserves to be on there, especially the third film- I find it impossible to think about Christus Victor without using images from this movie.

I think Saved deserves an honourable mention, too.

John Smith

I think the list is 'top' religious films. Not a cgi filled feast with parodic echoes of atonement theories. Don't get me wrong, I found the final Matrix very entertaining, but I don't think it is even close to any of these films.




Well maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see how at least 3 of those listed that I have seen are religious at all.

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