Modern directors do not like to film a movie about Orthodox Christians, and Catholics, of course. Directors like the images of Christian apostates, Christian ignoramuses, Christian hypocrites and Christian losers – they give the film a provocative “zest” and the directors the fame. However, there are also film-exceptions, in which Catholics are brave and sincere people. Today we will talk about Catholics (TOP 10 best Catholic movies to watch).
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The Boondock Saints (1999)
It would seem that this film, full of violent scenes, profanity and jokes far beyond the foul, cannot have anything in common with Catholicism, or with Christianity in general. But it is not so. At night, a voice from above came to the two Irish brothers (practicing Catholics): “Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood shall be shed by the hand of man: for God made man in His image” – they hear and decide to clear Boston from organized crime. And two guys take up the case, slaughtering first with the Russian, and then with the Italian mafia.
Director Troy Duffy intentionally does not allow the viewer to get distracted from spiritual problems and just watch the “action movie”: all key scenes of the film repeatedly bring us back to the main idea. However, the film is not a moralizing (and certainly not an apologetic) film and the main question remains open. Whatever one may say – the idea of a just war for many centuries occupies not only Catholic theologians but also all Christians of the world.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
A game with Death is in the TOP 10 best Catholic movies for all time.
This film is an encyclopedia of the mores and life of the Middle Ages when the forgiveness of sins and the amount of time spent in heaven were bought for a huge amount of money. This picture will appeal to many people for their eccentricity, unique storyline, acting and simply bewitching atmosphere.
The plot of the film begins with the knight offering death to play chess with him. The condition was that if Death wins, then it takes the knight with it, and if the knight wins, then Death will forever leave him. But this knight loses this fight. After, the action unfolds with Antonius, who came to confess. In confession, he tells about a plan to win chess over death. But he understands too late that his confessor is Death…
The Swedish picture in which people are experiencing a night of fear associated with the omen of a nuclear catastrophe. The picture is a religious parable directed by Andrei Tarkovsky on the sacrificial victim to God. As the victim in this film appears an aging author, ready to sacrifice himself to save all of the humanity.
Babette’s Feast (1987)
It is one of the best movies of the list of best Catholic movies for kids.
The story told in the film took place in Denmark in the second half of the 19th century. The pastor, who lived in a small fishing village with his two daughters, organized a sect for his parishioners. The main rule of it was abstaining from all the luxuries and joys of life. The scanty incomes and the poverty of the parishioners’ food were quite in line with their Lutheran beliefs. The daughters of Pastor Martine and Filippa were so imbued with fatherly beliefs and instructions that, after his death, they continued the work of their father. They preferred solitude and faith to personal happiness. Martine refused the proposed marriage and Filippa – from the career of the singer.
On the recommendation of a friend in their house settled Babette. Although the girls did not need a servant, she became a cook in their family. Having lived in the sisters’ house for many years, the woman learned that she became a happy winner of 10 thousand francs. She was going to leave her benefactors, giving before that a smart farewell dinner for all the inhabitants of the fishing village. Exquisite treats and wines have amazed the people accustomed to simple food. They admired the quality of the dishes, its taste, and variety. And only she alone knew the true price of her food.
The Italian film shows Francesco d’Assisi as a spiritual leader in the 13th century.
It is the Golden Mean of the TOP 10 best Catholic movies for families.
It is the French drama, which tells about the life of the Catholic Saint Teresa de Lisieux from the age of 15 when she retracted into the female cloister of the Carmelite nuns before her death there from tuberculosis disease.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Events historically reliably reproduced on the screen occur in England in the 16th century, during the reign of King Henry VIII. The plot is based on the conflict between the king and Thomas More, a great humanist, statesman, eminent jurist, and philosopher.
The Mission (1986)
In the eighteenth century, the colonization of South America was actively proceeding. The indigenous inhabitants of these places, Guarani Indians, are taken captive by the Portuguese conquistadors. At the same time, Father Gabriel, one of the members of the Jesuit order, begins his mission. He teaches the natives and defends people from the encroachments of the invaders with all his might.
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
In 1917, the Constitution was amended to add anti-religious laws by the head of state who was an ardent atheist. It was he who raised a storm of negative emotions among Mexicans, which provoked the outbreak of the 1926 civil war. The struggle for freedom with the political world forces local Catholics to take up arms and execute the brutal government. What will end this problem situation, and who will be able to resolve the bloody conflict?
The Rite (2011)
Anthony Hopkins is in the TOP 10 best modern Catholic films.
Some popularity to this picture brought only the participation of Anthony Hopkins, who played one of the main roles. This movie cannot be called either particularly spectacular or extremely exciting. However, this is one of the few truly Catholic films of this decade. By the way, the film is based on real events from the life of priest Gary Thomas, exorcist, who was also a consultant for the creation of the film.
The plot of the film, in general, is not new. Under the pressure of family circumstances, a young man enters the seminary, where he is sent for training as an exorcist. However, the young man is not even going to become a priest, not to mention exorcism, which he perceives with great skepticism, inherent in modern youth. Even when he is introduced to one of the most experienced exorcists, he suspects that an odd old man – an obvious charlatan.
But the deeper the young man comprehends the craft of the exorcist, the weaker his skeptical self-confidence becomes. But when he has to face dark forces face to face, he at once overcomes both his disbelief and the impure, and then dedicates himself to the service of the Church, taking the dignity. The main message of the film is that accepting God, one should also accept the Satan’s being, entering the battle for his own soul and the souls of others.
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