“Woody Wednesday” Here is a list of the top 100 most Spiritually Significant films and Woody Allen’s movie “Crimes and Misdemeanors” made the list!

Woody Allen’s film “Crimes and Misdemeanors” makes the top 100 list!!! I have written about this movie over and over and over and I have even discussed this movie on the Arkansas Times Blog. Here is a list of the top 100 most Spiritually Significant films and Woody Allen’s movie “Crimes and Misdemeanors” made the list:

Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films?

December 4, 2012 By

I’m a sucker for movies, lists, and religious discussions. So when Arts & Faith started compiling lists of Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films in 2004, my interest was naturally piqued. (They’ve put the list out a few other times but this seems to be the best version.)

After seeing the list, though, I was left with a vague sense of disappointment. While there are many worthy inclusions, overall the list feels rather sparse and banal. Maybe that is an inevitable result of the list being compiled by popular vote. Or perhaps its due to the short time film has been an art form as compared to other mediums, such as literature. Then again it could be that I haven’t viewed enough of the films listed (I’ve only seen 61 of the 100). Whatever its shortcomings, the compilation does serve the primary purpose of such listmaking: to offer an abundance of material for debate. In that regard, the effort is a complete success.

Included amidst such spiritual gems as The Apostle and Ponette are ho-hum entries like Fearless and Secrets and Lies. As soon as you begin to wonder what the voters could have been thinking, you find they’ve snuck in a few minor masterpieces (Groundhog DayUnforgiven) that might have otherwise been overlooked. But just as soon as they regain my confidence I have to question how they could include Lars von Trier’s Dogville but not his hauntingly beautiful (if misogynistic) Dancer in the Dark. And what about . . . well, you get the idea.

Listed below are the hundred titles that were included (the ones I’ve seen are highlighted in bold). Beside the entries I’ve added a rating of one to four asterisks. The scale is not a measure of the movies overall quality but on what I would deem its “spiritual significance.”

13 Conversations About One Thing, 2001, Jill Sprecher

2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968, Stanley Kubrick (*)

The Addiction, 1995, Abel Ferrara (*)

Amadeus, 1984, Milos Forman (**)

American Beauty, 1999, Sam Mendes (0 stars)

Andrei Rublev, 1969, Andrei Tarkovsky

The Apostle, 1997, Robert Duvall (****)

Au Hasard Balthazar, 1966, Robert Bresson

Babettes Gestebud (“Babette’s Feast”), 1987, Gabriel Axel

Bad Lieutenant, 1987, Abel Ferrara (*)

Bad ma ra khahad bord (“The Wind Will Carry Us”), 1999, Abbas Kiarostami

The Big Kahuna, 1999, John Swanbeck

Blade Runner, 1982, Ridley Scott (***)

Breaking The Waves, 1996, Lars von Trier (***)

Changing Lanes, 2002, Roger Michell (**)

Chariots of Fire, 1981, Hugh Hudson (***)

Code inconnu (“Code Unknown”), 2000, Michael Haneke

Crimes And Misdemeanors, 1989, Woody Allen (*)

Days of Heaven, 1978, Terrence Malick  (*)

Dead Man Walking, 1995, Tim Robbins (**)

Dekalog (“The Decalogue”), 1987, Krzysztof Kieslowski (****)

Dersu Uzala, 1975, Akira Kurosawa

Dogma, 1999, Kevin Smith (*)

Dogville, 2003, Lars von Trier (*)

La Dolce vita, 1960, Federico Fellini (*)

The Elephant Man, 1980, David Lynch

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004, Michel Gondry (**)

Fearless, 1993, Peter Weir (*)

Fight Club, 1999, David Fincher (***)

Le Fils (“The Son”), 2002, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Fuori dal mondo (“Not of This World”), 1999, Giuseppe Piccioni

Grand Canyon, 1991, Lawrence Kasdan (*)

Groundhog Day, 1993, Harold Ramis (***)

Hell House, 2001, George Ratliff

Henry V, 1989, Kenneth Branagh (***)

Der Himmel¸ber Berlin (“Wings of Desire”), 1987, Wim Wenders (**)

Ikiru (“To Live”), 1952, Akira Kurosawa

It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946, Frank Capra (****)

Jean de Florette, Manon des sources, 1986, Claude Berri (**)

Jesus De Montreal (“Jesus of Montreal”), 1989, Denys Arcand (*)

Jesus Of Nazareth, 1977, Franco Zeffirelli

Le Journal D’un CurÈ De Campagne (“The Diary of a Country Priest”), 1951, Robert Bresson

Ladri di biciclette (“The Bicycle Thief”), 1948, Vittorio De Sica (**)

The Last Days of Disco, 1998, Whit Stillman (**)

The Last Temptation Of Christ, 1988, Martin Scorsese (0 stars)

Life of Brian, 1979, Terry Jones (*)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, 2001-2003, Peter Jackson (***)

Ma nuit chez Maud (“My Night At Maud’s”), 1969, Eric Rohmer

Magnolia, 1999, Paul Thomas Anderson (***)

A Man For All Seasons, 1966, Fred Zinnemann (***)

The Matrix, 1999, Andy & Larry Wachowski (***)

Mies vailla menneisyytt‰ (“The Man Without A Past”), 2002, Aki Kaurismaki

The Miracle Maker, 2000, Derek W. Hayes & Stanislav Sokolov

The Mission, 1986, Roland Joffe (***)

Nema-ye Nazdik (“Close-Up”), 1990, Abbas Kiarostami

The Night Of The Hunter, 1955, Charles Laughton (*)

Offretó Sacrificatio (“The Sacrifice”), 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky

On The Waterfront, 1954, Elia Kazan (*)

Ordet (“The Word”), 1955, Carl Theodor Dreyer

La Passion De Jeanne D’arc (“The Passion of Joan of Arc”), 1928, C. Dreyer (***)

The Passion Of The Christ, 2004, Mel Gibson (**)

Peter and Paul, 1981, Robert Day

Ponette, 1996, Jacques Doillon (****)

The Prince Of Egypt, 1998, Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells (*)

La Promesse, 1996, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Punch-Drunk Love, 2002, P.T. Anderson (*)

Roma, citti aperta (“Open City”), 1945, Roberto Rossellini

Sansho Dayu (“Sansho the Bailiff”), 1954, Kenji Mizoguchi

Schindler’s List, 1993, Steven Spielberg (***)

Secrets & Lies, 1996, Mike Leigh (*)

Shadowlands, 1993, Richard Attenborough (**)

The Shawshank Redemption, 1994, Frank Darabont (***)

Signs, 2002, M. Night Shyamalan (**)

The Sixth Sense, 1999, M. Night Shyamalan (**)

Det Sjunde Inseglet (“The Seventh Seal”), 1957, Ingmar Bergman (***)

Smultronst llet (“Wild Strawberries”), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

Solyaris (“Solaris”), 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky

Stalker, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky

Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, 1977, 1980, 1983, George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand (*)

Stevie, 2002, Steve James (**)

The Straight Story, 1999, David Lynch (*)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, 1927, F.W. Murnau

Sanger fran andra vaningen (“Songs From the Second Floor”), 2000, Roy Andersson

The Sweet Hereafter, 1997, Atom Egoyan (***)

Tender Mercies, 1983, Bruce Beresford (***)

Trois coulers: Bleu, Trzy kolory: Bialy, Trois coulers: Rouge (“Three Colors: Blue, White, Red”), 1993, 1994, 1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski (***)

Tokyo Monogatari (“Tokyo Story”), 1953, Yasujiro Ozu

The Truman Show, 1998, Peter Weir (***)

Unforgiven, 1992, Clint Eastwood (****)

Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (“The Gospel According to Matthew”), 1964, Pier Paolo Pasolini

Vanya on 42nd Street, 1994, Louis Malle (*)

Le Vent souffle o˘ il veut (“A Man Escaped”), 1956, Robert Bresson

La Vita Ë bella (“Life is Beautiful”), 1997, Roberto Benigni (**)

Vredens dag (“Day of Wrath”), 1943, Carl Theodor Dreyer

Waking Life, 2001, Richard Linklater

Werckmeister Harmonies, 2000, Bela Tarr

Witness, 1985, Peter Weir (*)

The Year Of Living Dangerously, 1982, Peter Weir (*)

Yi yi (“Yi Yi: A One and a Two”), 2000, Edward Yang

Zerkalo (“The Mirror”), 1975, Andrei Tarkovsky

Agree with my choices and ratings? Which films would you include? And which films on the list should I watch?

__________________

I have spent alot of time talking about Woody Allen films on this blog and looking at his worldview. He has a hopelessmeaningless, nihilistic worldview that believes we are going to turn to dust and there is no afterlife. Even though he has this view he has taken the opportunity to look at the weaknesses of his own secular view. I salute him for doing that. That is why I have returned to his work over and over and presented my own Christian worldview as an alternative.

My interest in Woody Allen is so great that I have a “Woody Wednesday” on my blog www.thedailyhatch.org every week. Also I have done over 30 posts on the historical characters mentioned in his film “Midnight in Paris.” (Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway,T.S.Elliot,  Cole Porter,Paul Gauguin,  Luis Bunuel, and Pablo Picasso were just a few of the characters.)

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I love the movie “Midnight in Paris” by Woody Allen and I have done over 30 posts on the historical characters mentioned in the film. Take a look below:

“Midnight in Paris” one of Woody Allen’s biggest movie hits in recent years, July 18, 2011 – 6:00 am

(Part 32, Jean-Paul Sartre)July 10, 2011 – 5:53 am

 (Part 29, Pablo Picasso) July 7, 2011 – 4:33 am

(Part 28,Van Gogh) July 6, 2011 – 4:03 am

(Part 27, Man Ray) July 5, 2011 – 4:49 am

(Part 26,James Joyce) July 4, 2011 – 5:55 am

(Part 25, T.S.Elliot) July 3, 2011 – 4:46 am

(Part 24, Djuna Barnes) July 2, 2011 – 7:28 am

(Part 23,Adriana, fictional mistress of Picasso) July 1, 2011 – 12:28 am

(Part 22, Silvia Beach and the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore) June 30, 2011 – 12:58 am

(Part 21,Versailles and the French Revolution) June 29, 2011 – 5:34 am

(Part 16, Josephine Baker) June 24, 2011 – 5:18 am

(Part 15, Luis Bunuel) June 23, 2011 – 5:37 am

(Part 1 William Faulkner) June 13, 2011 – 3:19 pm

I love Woody Allen’s latest movie “Midnight in Paris”, June 12, 2011 – 11:52 pm

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