The Film Shack – The Best Spiritual Movies
Kick back in the shack and support the best spiritual movies by renting or downloading these top ten spiritual films.
1) American Beauty (1999): One of the best spiritual movies, it’s the closest a movie has ever come to expressing the feel of a cosmic consciousness experience….
2) Ansel Adams: American Experience (2002): As a young man hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Ansel Adams saw something that he would spend the rest of his life trying to convey through his photographs. A stunning documentary by Ric Burns.
3) The Thin Red Line (1998): Set during the American invasion of Japanese-held Guadalcanal, this war film drifts between the human and the transcendent.
4) Fearless (1993): Harrowing depiction of a jetliner crash, music from Gorecki’s Symphony No.3, and the powerful story of one man’s transcendent experience make this one of my favorites.
5) Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5: “The Inner Light”(Episode 225, Season 5, 1992): A poignant and mind-bending episode that makes me weepy every time.
6) Our Town (1940, 1977, 1989): A Thornton Wilder play which looks at the pleasures and pains of life in the small New Hampshire town of Grover’s Corners in the early years of the 20th century.
7) Jacob’s Ladder (1990): A Vietnam vet fears for his sanity as dream-like images and demons begin to appear.
8) The Fountain (2006): Visually entrancing, peppered with thought-provoking moments, and hauntingly scored by Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet, The Fountain is nevertheless far from flawless.
9) Into Great Silence (2005): A documentary about life in a Carthusian monastery.
10) Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982): Harrison Ford as a film noir detective of the future whose job is to hunt renegade androids on a quest to extend their life span.
Moon (2009): “The fact that I’m talking to a clone is slightly troubling.”
The Matrix (1999): “You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me.”
Unforgiven (1992): This Clint Eastwood film broke new ground in its attempt to display the harsh realities of gunplay and justice in the Old West.
Beyond Mind, Beyond Death (2005): Documents the annual April TAT Conference. No-nonsense, practical spiritual teachings.