The list is made up of three categories, “Religion,” “Values,” and “Art,” with 15 films in each of the three categories. Some are well-known favorites (e.g., Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life; The Wizard of Oz). Others have extraordinary moral or spiritual significance (e.g., A Man for All Seasons; Schindlerâ€™s List). Still others are challenging â€œart filmsâ€ that demand literate critical engagement (the austere mysticism of Tarkovskyâ€™s Andrei Rublev and The Sacrifice; the exotic grotesquerie of Felliniâ€™s La Strada and 8Â½).
The list includes comedy (The Lavender Hill Mob), horror (Nosferatu), science fiction (2001: A Space Odyssey; Metropolis), animation (Fantasia), sports (Chariots of Fire), family melodrama (Little Women), a number of war movies, several silent films, even a Western (Stagecoach).
This openness to cinema in all its forms reflects the view articulated in the Holy Fatherâ€™s address to the pontifical commission. “The Churchâ€™s overall judgment of this art form, as of all genuine art, is positive and hopeful,” John Paul II declared. “We have seen that masterpieces of the art of film making can be moving challenges to the human spirit, capable of dealing in depth with subjects of great meaning and importance from an ethical and spiritual point of view.”
(via SF Signal)