1. Karol, A Man who Became Pope and The Pope, the Man: two of the best ever movies on John Paul II.
  2. Faith like Potatoes: a true story of a farmer from South Africa and his conversion experience.  Very impressive man.
  3. Road of Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan: originally made for the Canadian Eucharistic Congress a couple of years ago, this documentary tells the story of Cardinal Van Thuan’s life, including his time in prison in Vietnam.
  4. Monsieur Vincent: made in 1947, an Academy Award winning movie of the life of St. Vincent de Paul.
  5. The Tale of Despereaux: I have to say that I am not a huge fan of animated films, but this one has captured my heart.  The animation is outstanding, but the story itself is what I love.  Plenty of one-liners to ponder.
  6. Ushpizin: a delightful movie about an orthodox Jewish couple whose faith is tested after praying for a child on the Succoth holyday.  Good laughs, yet very inspiring.  (Thanks, Cec, for lending it to us!)
  7. Good-bye, Mr. Chips: made in 1939, I believe.  Won some kind of award.  Story of a strict school teacher whose life is softened by his bride.
  8. Sophie Scholl: based on true story of a group of college students who mounted an underground resistance movement to the Nazis in 1943.  Sophie is a strong Christian who wanted to convert to Catholicism before her death.
  9. St. John Bosco: Mission to Love:  I love this man!
  10. Short YouTube video: The Prodigal SonVery moving 5 minute rendition.
  11. Another short (20 minutes) beautiful film with the star from Bella: The Butterfly Circus.
  12. Gifted Hands, the very moving and inspiring story of Ben Carson, chief pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins.
  13. Of Gods and Men, story based on the Trappist martyrs from Algeria.
  14. The Way Back, a powerful story of forgiveness based on true story of a group of prisoners who broke out of a Siberian work camp and walked from there to India.
  15. The Story of Ian and Larissa, a powerful story of love and grace.  You can view it here.
  16. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days: “A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.”   Sophie and her brother, Hans, both asked to be received into the Catholic Church an hour before they died.  You can read more about that here.
  17. Saint Barbara, Convert and Martyr of the Early Church, quite an inspiring story, despite the romance.
  18. The Giver
  19. The Hundred-Foot Journey: the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town: one operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other a Michelin-starred restaurant.  A story of kindness winning out.
  20. Gettysburg.  Never get tired of this movie and the strength of character that it portrays.
  21. Despicable Me 2.  Don’t get me going.  Can’t stop laughing.
  22. 42 The Jackie Robinson Story  A time to be ashamed and a time to be proud.
  23. The Help  I’m sure this will become a classic.
  24. Les Miserables  (Jackman, Crowe)  Unforgettable.
  25. The Power of Forgiveness Representative from many backgrounds–a powerful testimony to forgiveness.
  26. Marie’s Story Beautiful story and beautifully done.
  27. Cinderella We loved it!
  28. Harriet.  Hoping this becomes a classic shown in every high school
  29. Sully  Want to always be a passenger on his plane.
  30. Won’t You be my Neighbor?  Who can ever get too much of Mr. Rogers?
  31. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
  32. A Hidden Life: “the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter’s rejection of Adolf Hitler and his refusal to serve in what he sees as an unjust war.” I have not seen one bad review of this film.
  33. All or Nothing, Sr. Clare Crockett. “A budding actress leaves her career and the open doors to fame behind to give her life to God. Some might see this as a total failure. But was it? Those who knew Sr. Clare speak in this film. After her tragic death in the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador, the failure might be seen as having reached its devastating end. Yet, many think that the story doesn’t end there .”

There you go.  Check back later for more!

8 thoughts on “Movies

  1. Last evening I finished watching the second film about the beloved John Paul II. Wow, so powerful! Such an incredible man, a true saint. I feel I know him better as a brother in Christ. It makes me want to go back and reread everything I have read of his. I think I will.
    Have a blessed day!

  2. A wonderful movie on the power of forgiveness and standing up for your faith is an old movie called, The Scarlet and the Black. It is a bout a priest in the vatican during WWII and how he helps hundreds to escape.

  3. Two good movies I’ve seen lately: Toy Story 3 is funny, and the ending is very touching, especially for moms. The Bucket List is surprisingly insightful about faith and love and what’s really important in life.

  4. My favorite film of all time is”The Mission.” It is about Jesuit missionaries in South America before they were disbanded, Its a beautiful film of faith, courage and martyrdom!

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