Must Watch Catholic/Christian Movies

Although most of these movies are not about religious figures or biblical stories. All of these films share the ethics or morals, we share as Catholic Christians. In some way or another they can be connected back to God teachings. (warning some of these films are not family friendly)

(CLASSICAL)

1. Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

The classic story of an innocent man wrongly, but deliberately imprisoned and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. Dashing young sailor Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) is a guileless and honest young man whose peaceful life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk) are abruptly shattered when his best friend Fernand (Guy Pearce), who wants Mercedes for himself, deceives him.

God can be seen in the priest character. Who doesn’t lose even though he has wrongly imprisoned for decades. This character shares both his faith and knowledge with Dantes.

2.  Les Miserables (1985)

This story is about forgiveness, trusting in God, a change of heart and how one person can change the lives of many.

After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson) is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

3.  Jane Eyre (Masterpiece 2006)

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding

This one of my favorites! Most people seem to look over this movie, not sure why. This is a film every young woman should watch. Jane is the an ideal example of a person who follows God’s wishes before her own desires. She stays faithful throughout her hard life.

4.  The Crucible

This movie adaption of Arthur Miller’s play shows how people can be manipulated and sentenced to death for things they have not done. But some characters keep their faith till the very end. The scene that hit me the hardest was the closing scene where they are saying the “Our Father” right before they are hung.

A small group of teen girls in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts caught in an innocent conjuring of love potions to catch young men are forced to tell lies that Satan had invaded them and forced them to participate in the rites and are then forced to name those involved. Thrown into the mix are greedy preachers and other major landowners trying to steal others’ land and one young woman infatuated with a married man and determined to get rid of his innocent wife.

(PRO-LIFE)

5. Gimme Shelter

This is a tear jerker. Excellent acting! “A pregnant teen (Vanessa Hudgens) learns to break the bonds of her past and embrace her future after taking refuge at a shelter for homeless youths.”

6.  October Baby

Family friendly movie about a girl who finds out her birth mother tried to abort her and her journey to cope and forgive. (This movie is somewhat cheesy at time but still a good watch.)

7.  The Pregnancy Project

Gaby Rodriguez decides for her high school senior project to fake being pregnant to learn about how people treat teen moms. This film is also family friendly but can also be cheesy at points.

(MUSICAL MOVIES)

8.  Les Miserables (2012) the musical

Although this production is no where near the brilliance of stage production or the 1985 film. This is still worth watching. (some characters were poorly casted)

After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

9.  The Sound of Music

A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

10.  Scrooge

The musical version of a Christmas Carol. A story of how people can have a change of heart and learn to give of themselves.

(BIBLICIAL/MIRACLES)

11.  Passion of Christ

No explanation necessary. (for mature audiences)

12.  The Ten Commandments

The story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God and his journey to free the Jews.

13. The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)

In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of religious experiences are cause for serious concern. Yet the children stand by their story, and the message of peace and hope the Lady brings. In the last vision, attended by thousands of people, the Lady proves her reality with a spectacular miracle that is seen by everyone present. Based on actual events at Fatima in the summer of 1917.

14. The Miracle of Marcelino

Sidenote: This movie is a foreign film. It is very poorly dubbed.

Marcelino is a young boy who lives with monks in a Monastery. One monk told Marcelino never to go up the stairwell of the onastery. But, Marcelino went upstairs, out of curiosity to see what was there. He sees a a big crucifix in the room, and puts out bread andwine, and miraculously, Jesus appears, comes down from the cross and eats. He talks to Marcelino, said he was a good boy, and told Marcelino he could have one wish. Marcelino wishes to see Jesus’ mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Marcelino’s mother. Jesus says he has to fall asleep in order to get his wish. Marcelino falls asleep on Jesus’ arm. Marcelino bears the vision of The Blessed Virgin and his mother. The monks then realize that Jesus came down to talk with the boy, and believe it was a true miracle. Jesus gave the boy the name “Marcelino Pan y Vino”: “Bread and Wine.”

15.  The Scarlet and the Black (1983)

Defying a Nazi colonel (Christopher Plummer), Vatican Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty (Gregory Peck) hides thousands of escaped POWs in occupied Rome.

16. Bells of Saint Mary’s

Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) is transferred to the Roman Catholic inner-city school St. Mary’s, where he quickly falls into conflict with its headmistress, Sister Mary (Ingrid Bergman). Their primary disagreement has to do with the deteriorating school itself. Father O’Malley feels it should be abandoned and the children sent to other schools. Sister Mary and the other nuns, however, believe there is still hope, possibly in the form of charity from a wealthy business owner (Henry Travers).

17. Ben Hur

Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. Heston finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.

18.  The Robe

In this biblical epic, a drunk and disillusioned Roman, Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton), wins Jesus’ robe in a dice game after the crucifixion. Marcellus has never been a man of faith like his slave, Demetrius (Victor Mature), but when Demetrius escapes with the robe, Marcellus experiences disturbing visions and feels guilty for his actions. Convinced that destroying the robe will cure him, Marcellus sets out to find Demetrius — and discovers his Christian faith along the way.

(CHRISTMAS) 

19. A Christmas Carol (too many good versions to just post one)

20. It’s a Wonderful Life

(SCI-FI)

21. GATTACA

This movie discusses the issues with genetic modification. (We never have the right to play the role of God)

Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior “in-valid.” He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered “valid.” He assumes Jerome’s DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent’s plans.

(FANTASY)

22. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This whole storyline is based on bible references. Aslan is a symbol of Jesus. (http://www.gotquestions.org/Narnia_Lion-Witch-Wardrobe.html)

During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter (William Moseley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and her sister, Susan (Anna Popplewell). There they join the magical lion, Aslan (Liam Neeson), in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton).

23. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

One year after their previous adventure, the Pevensie children (Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell) return to the magical land of Narnia and find that 1300 years have passed there. War has come to Narnia once again, and the children join forces with Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) to overthrow the evil King Miraz and restore peace to the land.

24.  Harry Potter (Whole Series)

Harry Potter has so many great values weaved throughout the whole series.

Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths.

25.  Lord of the Rings (Whole Series)

The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer – to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

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