The Arts & Faith Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films

Arts & Faith is pleased to announce the 2004 Top100 list of spiritually significant films. The Top100 list draws upon decades of cinema and includes U.S. and foreign movies. Popular, “blockbuster” films are balanced with art films. The list offers readers the best, most spiritually significant films ever made. … 

The Top100 list was developed over several months using a combination of anonymous voting, open debate, and expert jury selection. Participants in the selection process were all users of the free Arts & Faith website. The list will be revised annually in the Spring, to reflect new films and refine the list to ensure it best represents the spiritual dimension of classic and modern film. Although developed from a Christian perspective, the focus of the list is the spiritual depth or focus of the films involved rather than moral or commercial value.

The Top100 is available at Additional discussion of the Top100, including breakdown by director and other analysis is available on the Arts & Faith website at

About Arts & Faith: With hundreds of active users, Arts & Faith includes a wide range of Christian opinion on film, ranging from professional film reviewers to clergy and lay people from around the world and many walks of life. In addition to movies, Arts & Faith also has sections devoted to music, literature, and other arts and cultural topics. All registered users have the ability to participate in the lively ongoing conversation. Registration is free.

Arts & Faith is non-commercial and non-demoninational. It is supported by voluntary contributions. Arts&Faith is presented in association with The Film Forum , Looking Closer , Flickerings , The Matthew’s House Project , Decent Films , and MoviesMatter .


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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.