Top 10 spiritual movies throughout history
by Matthew Welsh, Esq.
What are the top 10 spiritual movies throughout history? Below is my humble attempt to try to list them. (Many of the summaries come from the movie’s description listed on Amazon.)
Based on Neale Donald Walsch’s best-selling, acclaimed trilogy, Conversations with God is an entertaining yet practical exploration of perhaps the most spiritual experience a person can have, regardless of their faith. The movie takes you behind the book and shows Neale’s personal journey.
In Avatar, a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
After winning a Golden Globe, director James Cameron explained what he felt the message of his movie is during his acceptance speech when he said:
“Avatar asks us to see that everything is connected, all human beings to each other and us to the Earth. And, if you have to go four and half light years to another made up planet to appreciate this miracle of a world we have right here, then well you know what, that’s the wonder of cinema, that’s the magic.”
The unlikeliest cult hit of 2004, What the (Bleep) Do We Know?, is a lecture on mysticism and science mixed into a sort-of comedic narrative.
The Celestine Prophecy is an action-adventure adaptation of the hit novel by James Redfield, a film about the magic of coincidences and following our intuition.
Spiritual Warriors is an exciting, suspenseful yet heartfelt film that delivers the message, ‘Every life has a purpose.’ Along the way, we join Finn (Jsu Garcia) in his adventure as an out-of-work actor, through his harrowing escape from a drug deal gone bad into his unexpected, intriguing friendship with Roger (Robert Easton), a compelling and patient spiritual teacher. A truly satisfying and provocative film, Spiritual Warriors inspires the Spiritual Warrior within us as we discover that we are the ones we have been looking for.
The Blind Side tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless child from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a wealthy family who help him fulfill his inner and outer potential.
The Blind Side shows that it is possible for people to act unselfishly just for the sake of wanting to help someone else.
Produced by Stephen Simon, Robin Williams and Annabella Sciorra star in this visually stunning metaphysical tale of life after death.
Neurologist Chris and artist Annie had the perfect life until they lost their children in an auto accident; they’re just starting to recover when Chris meets an untimely death himself. He’s met by a messenger named Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and taken to his own personal afterlife — a freshly drawn world reminiscent of Annie’s own artwork, still dripping and wet with paint. Meanwhile a depressed Annie takes her own life, compelling Chris to traverse heaven and hell to save Annie from an eternity of despair.
The movie based on Dan Millman’s Peaceful Warrior novel that visually portrays the internal battle of a young man trying to overcome his ego’s fears and desires so that he can connect with his Higher Self and the present moment.
George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve.
A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director’s optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra’s triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming — in the teary-eyed final reel — his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement.
A phenomenal hit when it was released in 1989, Field of Dreams has become a modern classic and a uniquely American slice of cinema. It functions effectively as a moving drama about the power of dreams, a fantasy ode to our national pastime, and a brilliant adaptation of W.P. Kinsella’s exquisite baseball novel Shoeless Joe.
As just about everyone knows by now, Costner stars as Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, who hears the mysterious words “If you build it, he will come,” and is compelled to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. His wife (Amy Madigan) supports the wild idea, but a reclusive novelist (modeled after J.D. Salinger and played by James Earl Jones) is not so easily persuaded.
The idealistic farmer is either a visionary or a deluded fool, but his persistence is rewarded when spirits from baseball’s past begin appearing on the ball field.
Okay, so what am I missing? What would you have included or removed from the list?
Reprinted from Matthew Welsh’s Spiritual Media Blog Newsletter.
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