Grave of Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988, Japan)

#97 in my list of top 100 spiritually literate films is Grave of Fireflies. This is the heartbreaking anime story of two orphans left to survive on their own after air raids wipe out their town and kill their mother. The older brother is caring, protective, and selfless as he stops at nothing to give … Continue reading Grave of Fireflies (Isao Takahata, 1988, Japan)

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Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948)

#98 in my top 100 spiritually literate films is Bicycle Thieves. This film is the pinnacle of Italian neo-realism. It is an unflinching look into the desperation of the poor and destitute. The story is stripped bare until there is only the understated essentials remaining. A father and son try to fix an injustice that … Continue reading Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948)

Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, 1957, Italy)

#99 in my top 100 spiritually literate films is Nights of Cabiria. This is the heartbreaking yet glorious story of a prostitute in search of redemption. A near death experience forces her to reconsider her life, and her question, "What if I had died?" begins a quest for purpose. Cabiria joins a group that is … Continue reading Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, 1957, Italy)

The Top 100 Spiritually Literate Films

Over the next number of months I will be counting down what I consider to be the top 100 spiritually literate films of all time. These are the films that have impacted me the most on a profound spiritual level. They have pushed my faith to new levels and driven my relationship with God into … Continue reading The Top 100 Spiritually Literate Films

Bella (Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, 2006, USA)

#100 in my top 100 spiritually literate films is Bella. This is a film that treads lightly but sensitively around abortion, adoption, and the sanctity of life. It’s a tragic but ultimately triumphant film about overcoming evil with good by confronting your own demons and learning to care for those that can’t care for themselves. … Continue reading Bella (Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, 2006, USA)