As well as providing entertainment, these are some of the best quality films out there.
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There have been a lot of individuals looking for entertainment on streaming platforms because of the closure of movie theaters around the country because of the coronavirus outbreak.
To get the most out of your time, choose something that will both entertain and inspire you.
Here is a list of high-quality films that are ideal for Catholics who want to ponder their faith in a deeper way. The Knights of Columbus have developed useful study aids for each of the films, which you may access by clicking on the titles.
A Man for All Seasons
It’s hard not to admire St. Thomas More in the fullest meaning of the phrase. Even though he knew he was about to be executed, he clung to his religion and conscience and refused to recognize Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.
The Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor Oscars went to this picture. Orson Welles, Robert Shaw (Quint from Jaws), and John Hurt star in this all-star lineup (who holds the record for most on-screen deaths).
Judgment at Nuremberg
What happened to Nazis after WWII and their role in the Holocaust is depicted in this Best Picture-nominated film, which focuses on a fictional military tribunal. With a star-studded cast ranging from Montgomery Clift to Judy Garland to William Shatner, Spencer Tracy leads the way.
This is also the first commercial film to feature footage from a Nazi concentration camp, so that’s pretty cool. Judgment at Nuremberg examines the importance of valuing each and every human being.
On the Waterfront
It’s hard to watch this Best Picture winner without falling in love with Marlon Brando’s charismatic portrayal of a former boxer who takes on the corrupt union executives who wield unbridled power. Is it anti-Communism? Yes. Is it pro-Catholic in any way? Yes.
One of the most memorable lines in film history is also included in the film. When you get to it, you’ll know.
The themes of battle and peace, fraternity and leadership, manipulation and trust are all explored in this film adaptation of a Shakespeare play. Because British troops were outnumbered 5 to 1 in the historic fight, it’s also an underdog story.
As a bonus, here’s a bit of trivia for you in the future: In honor of Henry V’s phrase “We few, we happy few,” HBO’s Band of Brothers was renamed. “We are a brotherhood.”
A Jesuit priest evangelizes the indigenous people of South America in this film starring Robert De Niro. It received seven Academy Award nominations and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm d’Or award for its outstanding achievement.
We Were Soldiers
The battle sequences are graphic, but they accurately depict the pivotal moments that altered the path of the Vietnam conflict. Mel Gibson stars as one of the men who dedicated his life to serving God, nation, and his fellow soldiers in this film about the Vietnam War.
Liberating a Continent
When Pope John Paul II visited Poland in 1978, he provided hope to a continent torn apart by the “Iron Curtain” of the Soviet Union. Real people, actual repercussions, and the real power of prayer are the focus of this story.
For Greater Glory
A government persecution of Mexican Catholics in the early 1920s forced them to struggle for their lives and religious freedom. Several Knights, including six who were eventually canonized, were killed during the fight.
Religious freedom remains relevant today, as Christians face persecution all across the world.
The story revolves around a former gunslinger who tries to assist a family of farmers who are being persecuted by cattle ranchers who have hired their own gunfighter, all while dealing with themes of heroism, redemption, and justice. Shane was ranked 45th on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies list of the greatest movies of all time.
He first portrayed Oskar Schindler, a heroic Holocaust survivor. Michael Collins was his next role. Biopic about the Irish revolutionary, soldier, and politician who fought for independence from the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century starring Liam Neeson.
Both the cinematography and the score were up for Academy Award consideration, and Neeson and the picture took home top honors at the Venice Film Festival.
Katya should be at the top of your list if you want to see a foreign film. Nominated for the 80th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, it chronicles the story of Soviet atrocities against the Polish, including a mass execution and its cover-up. The Soviet acts depicted in the film are not fictional.
King Henry II’s friendship with St. Thomas Becket disintegrates due to the latter’s loyalty to the Catholic Church in this classic film starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole.
Becket was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for both of his performances in the film. As a result, the two actors had a combined 14 nominations for acting awards, with neither O’Toole nor Burton taking home the trophy.)