Faith On Screen: 5 Religious Movies

Wednesday, December 28 by Joseph Gibson

“The Gospel According to St. Matthew”

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The best Jesus movie ever made by a gay atheist communist, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” is a neo-realistic look at Christ. Just imagine what it would look like if a documentary crew could have followed Jesus and the disciples around, and you have a decent approximation of the visual style in the movie. It’s also a respectful portrait of the subject, following the text much more closely than other movies from more religious filmmakers.

The Wrong Man

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Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t known for portraying religion in his movies, but the Big Guy plays quite a big role in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. Henry Fonda plays a working-class musician who gets wrongfully convicted of a robbery. While serving his jail time, he takes solace in a portrait of Jesus, making this one of the most subtle and earnest portraits of religious faith in Hollywood movies.