Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thirty-Six Compelling Films that Can Spark Good Conversations about Catholicism

The phrase "Catholic film" gets thrown around a lot in conversation these days. However, in my opinion, a truly Catholic film is one that is beautifully made from a technical and artistic standpoint, and tells the truth about the moral and spiritual order in a compelling manner.


One of my biggest pet peeves are Catholic books and films that are backed by good intentions but are either poorly made and/or are too niche. Often these films and books are intended as tools for evangelization, but in the end they speak only to Christian and/or Catholic audiences.

So over the course of the past several years I have compiled a list of movies that I would not be embarrassed to show to my non-Catholic and non-Christian friends. These films draw from a variety of genres and film eras, and so I am hopeful that folks will find something for everyone.

Lady Bird, 2018.
Also, please know that just because I think a film is Catholic does not mean it is necessarily family friendly i.o.w. devoid of explicit sexual content, foul language, or violence. I strongly recommend looking up the parental guidelines on IMDb (International Movie Data Base) before watching these films, especially with children.

Also, please let me know of other films you would recommend as beautiful, truth bomb-dropping, compelling, not-embarrassing Catholic films!

A Man for All Seasons, 1966
The Lord of the Rings, 2001-2003
Up, 2009
Becket, 1964
Lady Bird, 2018
Darkest Hour, 2018
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, 1989
Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
Calvary, 2014
I Confess, 1953
The Sound of Music, 1965
On the Waterfront, 1954
Chariots of Fire, 1981
Brideshead Revisited, 1981
Stranger Things, 2016-2019
Into Great Silence, 2005
The Painted Veil, 2006
Angels with Dirty Faces, 1938
Lilies of the Field, 1963
The Way, 2010
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013
Iron Man, 2008
Yours, Mine, and Ours, 1968
It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
The Lion King, 1994
Juno, 2007
Sleeping Beauty, 1959
Life is Beautiful, 1997
The Prince of Egypt, 1998
True Grit, 2010
Boys Town, 1938
The Giver, 2014
Les Miserables, 1998
The Rookie, 2002
The Trouble with Angels, 1956
The Avengers, 2012


Avengers: Endgame, 2019.

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