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I am currently working on a series which focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings and the Christians parallels within. However, I thought it would be nice to have a few short, fun posts to mix things up in the process. The Lord of the Rings is great to read and watch, and there are many intentionally Christian themes within it. There are many other movies with either Christian themes or strong secular themes on a number of issues which provoke discussion. I am providing a short list of movies that I have seen that have great depth to them and help provide a means of discussing complex theological issues to people on the streets (not that I live on the streets, but you know what I mean).


The Lord of the Rings

Superman Returns

Pan’s Labyrinth

Shawshank Redemption

Schindler’s List

The Pianist

It’s a Wonderful Life

Les Miserables (The one with Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, and Uma Thurman is great.)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Also, Gran Torino, Mystic River, Dirty Harry, Invictus, Letters from Iwo Jima)


The Dark Knight

Fight Club

The Matrix

Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade

Requiem for a Dream

The Prestige




The Truman Show

These are not in any order and I have left out many of my favorite movies intentionally because I wanted to only include movies that treat various issues and “make you think” afterward whether on Christian themes or secular themes/issues. I could list more, but this is not supposed to be long and is not at all comprehensive.

What are some of your favorite movies that “make you think” about various issues whether secular or Christian?

(Again, don’t just list favorite movies in general, but movies that you like that treat Christian or secular issues in an explicit way and leave you thinking about these issues afterward. The point is to be able to understand film in the context of a Christian worldview and how we can relate difficult theological concepts to people or relate complex emotions to the message of the Gospel.)