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Spiritual Films Listing

This is a listings of over 90 spiritual films. What constitutes a spiritual film is subjective. Those included in this list tend to be uplifting (I like films that leave me feeling good) and have some mystical quality. Not included are pure fantasy, science fiction and horror. Your suggestions for additions to the list are welcomed.

Some of the films listed were included with the monthly Spiritual Cinema Circle DVD's and may be difficult to locate separately.

Each listing includes name, major actors, and director only if well known. The first number is the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) rating by viewers. Ratings are from 1 to 10 with 8 = Excellent, 7 = Very Good, 6 = Good and 5 = Fair. The second number is the length of the movie in minutes. The last number is the year the movie was released.

Clicking on the title will take you to the IMDB movie listing where you can watch the trailer, see a list of all the actors and learn more about the movie.

A-B / C-D / E-G / H-K / L-M / N-R / S-V / W-Z

2001: A Space Odyssey
Gary Lockwood
Stanley Kubrick, Director
8.2 141 1968
Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.

A Beautiful Mind
Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connely
Ron Howard, Director
7.8 135 2001
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

The Abyss
Ed Harris
James Cameron, Director
7.4 146 1989
A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

All Of Me
Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin
Carl Reiner, Director
6.5 93 1984
A dying millionaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. But something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer's body - together with the lawyer.

Altered States
William Hurt, Drew Barrymore
6.5 102 1980
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter
Steven Spielberg, Director
6.1 123 1989
They couldn't hear him. They couldn't see him. But he was there when they needed him... Even after he was gone. A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot's passion for dare-devil fire fighting and his girl.

An Angel For May
Tom Wilkinson
6.8 98 2002
An English boy and his dog accidentally find a portal to the past. A story of healing in two time periods.

Angels In America
Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson
Mike Nichols, Director
8.2 352 2003
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.

Artificial Intelligence
Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, William Hurt
Steven Spielberg, Director
6.8 146 2001
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

August Rush
Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore
7.5 114 2007
A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Being There
Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine
7.9 130 1979
Chance, a simple gardener, has never left the estate until his employer dies. His simple TV-informed utterances are mistaken for profundity.

Beyond Bob
Leslie Ball
7.8 100 1995
A circle of friends reunite 10 years after their friend Bob died. As the reunion heats up, Bob shows up too.

Big Fish
Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Helen Bonham Carter
Tim Burton, Director
8.0 125 2003
A story about a son trying to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths his father told him about himself.

Book of Stars
Mary Stuart Masterson
6.5 107 1999
Two sisters are left to take care of one another. Their struggles reflect how we all feel on some level as we venture out into the world on our own.

Bruce Almighty
Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston
6.4 101 2002
A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

The Celestine Prophecy
Matthew Settle
4.9 100 2006
An adaptation of James Redfield's novel about the search for a sacred manuscript in the Peruvian rain forest.

Chances Are
RoBert Downey, Jr, Cybill Shepherd
6.40 108 1989
Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated, and twenty years later, fate brings him and Louie's daughter, Miranda, together.

Changing Hearts
Faye Dunaway
5.0 96 2002
Based on Daniel Wright's award-winning play "Colored Eggs", is a drama/comedy about life, loss and love among an eccentric group of characters whose lives intersect under less than ideal circumstances. A romantic comedy about dealing with cancer.

Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench
7.3 121 2000
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Christmas At Maxwell's
Andrew May
7.3 110 2004
A film about faith, love and the human spirit.

City Of Angels
Nicholas Cage, Meg Ryan
6.3 114 1998
Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room.

Cloud Atlas
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry
7.5 172 2012
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Jodie Foster, Matthew McConnaughy
Robert Zemeckis, Director
7.3 153 1997
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.

Conversations With God
Henry Czerny
Stephen Simon, Director
4.5 109 2006
Chronicles the dramatic true journey of a Neale Donald Walsche, a struggling man turned homeless, who inadvertently becomes a spiritual messenger and bestselling author.

Curtain Call
James Spader, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith
5.3 94 1999
A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach him about love and commitment.

The Day The Earth Stood Still
Keanu Reeve, Jennifer Connelly
5.4 104 2008
Earth is out of balance and an alien arrives to decide the fate of humanity. We must convince him that we can change in time to avert disaster. In the 1951 original the message was that humans must learn to live together in peace. In the remake we must learn to live in harmony with the planet. Interesting evolution of ideas.

Dear God
Greg Kinnear, Tim Conway
6.7 106 1958
When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The Post Office however is annoyed.

Bell, Book and Candle
James Stewart, Kim Novak
4.6 112 1997
A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancee, so she enchants him to love her instead... only to fall in love with him for real.

Defending Your Life
Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep
7.1 112 1991
In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.

Delivering Milo
Bridget Fonda, Albert Finney
5.2 94 2001
Milo is supposed to be born any minute; but he's not convinced that being in the body is where he wants to be. A guardian angel has 24 hours to convince him that life on Earth is worth the effort.

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
7.3 130 1999
The last known descendant of Christ is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loophole.

Donnie Darko
Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze
8.3 113 2001
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

Kevin Costner
5.8 104 2002
A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patients near death experiences.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet
8.5 108 2004
A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

Fairy Tale
Peter O'Toole, Harvey Keitel
6.2 99 1997
Two children in 1917 take a photograph, believed by some to be the first scientific evidence of the existence of fairies. Based on a true story.

The Family Man
Nicholas Cage, Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle
6.5 125 2000
A fast-lane investment broker, offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives, wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.

Field Of Dreams
Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones
7.6 107 1989
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.

Finding Joy
Billie Dean
5.0 95 2002
Joy Brown is a 40-something woman with little confidence, less self-esteem and a burning desire to realise her dream of being a singer/songwriter. But she can't sing.

Fire In The Sky
James Garner
6.2 109 1993
A group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens.

Five People You Meet In Heaven
Jon Voight, Ellen Bursty, Jeff Daniels
7.3 160 2004
On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life.

Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland
6.3 115 1990
Medical students begin to explore the realm of near death experiences, hoping for insights. Each has their heart stopped and is revived.

The Fountain
Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz
7.6 96 2006
What if you could live forever? Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

Dennis Quaid
7.3 118 2000
An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
Jerry Zucker, Director
6.8 128 1990
After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost.

The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
Rex Harrison, Gene Tierney
7.8 104 1947
In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

The Gift
Kate Blachett, Keanu Reeves, Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes
6.7 111 2000
When a local woman disappears and the police can't seem to find any leads, her father turns to a poor young woman with psychic powers. Slowly she starts having visions of the woman chained and in a pond.

The Green Mile
Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan
8.2 188 1999
The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of a wrongly accused man who has the power of faith healing.

Groundhog Day
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell
8.0 101 1993
A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

The Healer
Miranda Otto
6.9 114 2002
Her son dying of cancer and her marriage falling apart, Julie flees to Poland in search of a man who can heal using his hands

Heart and Souls
Robert Downey, Jr, Kyra Sedgwick
6.8 104 1993
A businessman is reunited with the four lost souls who were his guardian angels during childhood, all with a particular purpose to joining the afterlife.

Hearts In Atlantis
Anthony Hopkins
6.7 101 2001
A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enter their lives.

Heaven Can Wait
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Jack Warden
6.7 101 1978
A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an over-anxious angel before he was supposed to die, comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire.

Heaven's Bookstore
Yuko Takeuchi
7.3 111 2004
In Japanese with subtitles.

Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight
7.1 117 2003
A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

Brendan Fraser, Hellen Mirren
6.1 106 2008
A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all.

In To Me See
Gregory Linington
James Twyman, Director
6.0 70 2005

Neale Donald Walsch
Stehen Simon, Director
4.2 89 2005
Indigo is a film about loneliness, redemption, and the healing powers and grace of the new generation.

Indigo Evolution
Twyman, James
5.5 70 2005

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Hal Holbrook
4.8 120 1973
Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his sea-gull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques. Richard Bach's book. Neil Diamond's music.

Tony Goldwyn, F. Murray Abraham
6.1 90 2002
"Joshua" tells the story of a possible second coming of Christ to a small U.S. town.

Just Like Heaven
Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo
6.8 95 2005
A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment. Cute romantic comedy.

Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey
7.1 120 2001
Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Kate & Leopold
Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman
6.2 118 2001
A romantic comedy about Leopold, an English and broken baron living in New York in the 1870's. He needs to get married with a rich fiancée to recover his family position from ruin. Kate is a successful businesswoman living also in New York, but in 2001. Due to a time incident, they meet each other in the present days.

Kiss Me Goodbye
Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges
5.6 101 1982
Not until three years after the death of her husband Jolly, Kay dares to move back into their former home, persuaded by her new fiance Rupert. But soon her worst expectations come true, when not only her old memories haunt her, but also Jolly's ghost, who doesn't approve of her new mate.

Martin Scorsese, Director
7.0 134 1997
From childhood until adulthood, Tibet's 14th dalai lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Kung Fu Panda
Jack Black, Angelina Joelie, Dustin Hoffman
8.0 92 2008
Po the Panda is the laziest animal in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life.

L.A. Story
Steve Martin
6.8 95 1991
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.

The Lake House
Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves
6.8 105 2006
When two people "connect" the bond between them can be so pure and simple as to stir hearts in heaven. When they connect in all the right places at all the wrong times, heaven weeps for broken hearts. To heal these broken hearts, heaven breaks time.

The Last Mimzy
Timothy Hutton, Michael Clarke Duncan
6.5 96 2007
A brother and sister begin to develop special powers after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!

The Legend of Bagger Vance
Will Smith, Matt Damon
Robert Redford, Director
6.4 126 2000
A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity
Sandra Oh
6.8 90 2002
Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother's financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects.

Lost Horizon
Ronald Coleman, Jane Wyatt
Frank Capra
7.7 118 1937
A classic. A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

The Man From Earth
David Lee Smith
8.3 83 2007
A feast of ideas to chew on. After history Professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the University, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement. Anymore would spoil the story.

The Matrix
Keanu Reeves
Wachowski Brothers, Directors
8.5 136 1999
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.

Matrix Reloaded
Keanu Reeves
Wachowski Brothers, Directors
7.0 138 2003
Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

The Matrix Revolutions
Keanu Reeves
Wachowski Brothers, Directors
6.4 129 2003
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

Meet Joe Black
Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt
6.7 178 1998
A media mogul acts as a guide to Death, who takes the form of a young man to learn about life on Earth and in the process, fall in love with his guide's daughter.

John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt
Nora Ephron
5.4 105 1996
Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise.

Minority Report
Tom Cruise
Steven Spielberg, Director
7.7 145 2002
In the future, criminals are caught before the crimes they commit, but one of the officers in the special unit is accused of one such crime and sets out to prove his innocence.

Mother Ghost
Mark Thompson
7.4 85 2002
Keith Bennet's mother passed away a year ago, and he feels like he has moved on with his life, until one morning his mother's jewelry shows up on his bathroom sink. The same jewelry she was buried in.

Mr. Destiny
Jim Belushi
5.9 110 1990
Would you give up everything you have... for everything you've ever wanted? Unhappy Larry Burrows sees what his life could have been like, had he made that winning home run as a teenager.

Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams
6.2 96 2004
Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

4.4 89 2006
Documentary. In a divided post 9-11 world, first-time filmmaker Ward Powers asks life's ultimate questions of world renowned spiritual leaders and ordinary people.

Pay It Forward
Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osmont, Helen Hunt
6.7 123 2000
Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.

Peggy Sue Got Married
Kathleen Turner, Nicholas Cage, Jim Carrey
Francis Ford Coppola, Director
6.2 104 1986
Peggy Sue faints at a High school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.

John Travolta, Robert Duvall
6.3 123 1996
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

Tobey Maguire
7.5 124 1998
Two teenagers find themselves in a 1950's sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Mary Steenburgen, Jeff Goldbloom
6.0 111 1995
A young bald albino boy with unique powers shakes up the rural community he lives in.

Practical Magic
Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman
5.5 103 1998
For two sisters from a family of witches, falling in love is the trickiest spell of all.

Sam Shepherd, Dennis Quaid
6.6 94 1999
An outlaw band rides into a town that is actually Purgatory, between Heaven and Hell.

Eleyn Bursyn, Sam Shepherd
7.4 103 1980
A woman experiences a near death experience after a car accident that kills her husband. As she begins her long process of physical healing she discovers that she has the ability to heal others. While most people simply accept her gift, her family and lover can't accept the gift because she does not place the healings within a religious context.

Return To Me
David Duchovny, Minnie Driver
6.6 115 2000
A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

The Secret
5.1 91 2006
Documentary. Interviews with leading authors, philosophers, scientists, with an in-depth discussion of the Law of Attraction. The audience is shown how they can learn and use 'The Secret' in their everyday lives.

Seven Years In Tibet
Brad Pitt
6.6 139 1997
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

The Sixth Sense
Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osmont
M. Night Shyamalan, Director
8.2 107 1999
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

6.8 82 20011
Lovell Milo suddenly begins to experience his life out of chronological sequence. Each time he sleeps he wakes at a different age.

Sliding Doors
Gwyneth Paltrow
6.8 99 1998
A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.

Snow Walker
Barry Pepper, James Cromwell
7.5 103 2003
A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing in the Arctic tundra.

George Clooney
6.2 99 2002
Upon arrival at the space station orbiting an ocean world called Solaris a psychologist discovers that the commander of an expedition to the planet has died mysteriously. Other strange events soon start happening as well, such as the appearance of old acquaintances of the crew, including some who are dead.

Somewhere In Time
Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour
6.9 103 1980
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to go back in time to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Stranger Than Fiction
Will Ferrill, Emma Thmpson, Dustin Hoffman
7.9 113 2006
An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Tuck Everlasting
William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley
6.4 90 2002
A young woman meets and falls in love with a young man who is part of a family of immortals.

Under The Tuscan Sun
Diane Lane, Sandra Oh
6.6 113 2003
While on vacation, a just-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany on a whim, hoping it will be the start of a change for the better in her life. A fine example of manifesting your desires.

Vanilla Sky
Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell
Cameron Crowe, Director
6.9 136 2001
A successful publisher finds his life taking a turn for the surreal after a car accident with a jaded lover.

Waking Life
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
7.5 99 2001
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

Waking The Dead
Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, Sandra Oh
6.6 105 2000
A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Sigourney Weaver
8.9 97 2008
In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Animated.

Whale Rider
Keisha Castle-Hughes
7.9 101 2002
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

What Dreams May Come
Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding, Jr.
6.4 113 1998
Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife...

What The Bleep Do We Know?
Marlee Matlin
5.3 109 2004
This film plunges you into a world where quantum uncertainty is demonstrated - where neurological processes, and perceptual shifts are engaged and lived by its protagonist - where everything is alive, and reality is changed by every thought.

Wings of Desire
Peter Falk
Wim Wenders, Director
8.1 127 1987
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Zen Noir
Duane Sharp
6.3 71 2004
A nameless 'noir' detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple, but his logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen.

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