We are in the middle of the Year of Faith. When it started, I saw a lot of bloggers pondering what books to read. I agree art is a great vehicle to help us understand Catholicism. What about movies? Are there certain movies we can watch that will help us grow in our faith during the Year of Faith?
I found a list with the Fifty Best Catholic Movies of all time. When I read the title, I assumed they would be very pious movies like the ‘Song of Bernadette‘ and ‘Into The Great Silence‘. That was not the case. I will share the first ten movies on the list:
- The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorcese, 1993)
- Angels with Dirty Faces (Michael Curtiz, 1938)
- The Assisi Underground (Alexander Ramati, 1984)
- Au Revoir, Les Enfants (Louis Malle, 1987)
- The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1936)
- Babette’s Feast (Gabriel Axel, 1987)
- Bachelor Mother (Garson Kanin, 1939)
- Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio de Sica, 1947)
- Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1992)
- Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
You can find the entire list, with short excerpts of what the movie is about on Catholic Culture.
I have to admit I only have seen one movie out of these ten. Babette’s Feast is an awesome movie, set in Denmark after the French Revolution. Two spinsters, who are very Protestant, hire a French cook to commemorate the 100th birthday of their father, who was an important Protestant minister founding his own branch of Lutheranism, if memory serves me correctly. Slowly, but surely we find out that not everything is what it seems.
Since I liked ‘Babette’s Feast’ a LOT, I can’t wait to watch the others on the list. Is there a Catholic movie you loved, but isn’t on the list? Share it in the comments below!