It seems like everyone has been exposed to some form of media that has religious overtones. In the US we know that it's mainly a judeo-christian influence on movies, television, etc.
So, What are some movies you enjoy that have some kind of religious overtone, or are outright in their statements on religion?
One of my personal favorites is a Indian movie called OMG - Oh My God, where a shop keeper sues god for destroying his shop. [Which I hear is loosely based on an Australian film called "The Man Who Sued God" and a similar themed stageplay]
I also really enjoy the Peanuts specials.
Father Ted is an awesome critique of catholic priests - hilarious. Of course, Life of Brian, along with a lot of python takes the piss out of religion mercilessly (spanish inquisition), of course Nuns on the Run. Dogma I have on DVD. simply having a female god in it is enough to cause issues I would have thought. You can't get away from religion in Vampire movies of course and from dusk 'til dawn has the lapsed pastor regaining some faith to fight evil before being turned himself. But there are a lot of epic religious movies that are worth watching. Theres an old version of Joan of Arc that moves me to tears by her sense of honour and commitment. Theres 'the robe' which springs to mind. Of course the original ten commandments is a classic of the genre.
Well damn that's a question I could discuss for days. Literally.
When I was a teenager, my parents would send me to a two week bible camp. When you got there you could choose a plethora of activities from sports to crafts and all sorts of stuff. One year I took a class focused on this subject. We'd watch movies and clips and discuss how we could apply the secular content to biblical lessons. Pretty neat class.
Signs was one we watched. Faith is a huge theme in the film. You have a former priest lamenting the death of his wife, whose faith is conflicted... He believes in God, or he used to...but he still wants to. He's just angry, grieving and lost. Meanwhile, aliens are supposedly visiting earth. Now our characters are conflicted because what they know to be true...is changing. They're no longer special in the universe. The most powerful moment comes in the climax.... The alien has Gibson's asmatic son and sprays some sort of poison in his airways. They are determined to save him and discover in the process that water harms the creature. Of course water is everywhere in glasses because Gibson's daughter thinks its contaminated and never drinks more than a sip. Merrill overpowers the creature and Gibson takes his son outside placing him on the ground while holding him in his arms. Merril finds him with his eyes closed as if praying... But he just keeps assuring himself "His lungs were closed" over and over. The film closes with Gibson's character living with a sense of renewed faith.