National Review Online just released their top 25 "conservative" movies. I've only seen a couple of them, which means I'm not very conservative, or I have different tastes than John J. Miller, or I don't see as many movies.
In any case, the top NRO film was "Lives of Others." Hmmm . . . Here's their list. Click here: The Best Conservative Movies on National Review / Digital
If NRO can have a top 25 of "conservative" movies, maybe we Reformed types (OK, we'll let our Lutheran and evangelical friends participate as well) can come up with our own list.
So, if you can think of any movie which you think every Reformed Christian ought to see, post them in the comments section below, and after some times goes by, I'll post the list.
As for me, here are a few I can think of (in no particular order) . . . I'm sure I'll add more later on (as I think of them).
Tombstone (1993) -- What can I say? This is my all-time favorite movie. I'll never forget seeing Mike Horton, Rod Rosenbladt, and R.C. Sproul watching this on pay-per-view in the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver (during CBA). That scene of male-bonding is permanently etched in my memory. I'm sure RC can still recite the dialogue from memory.
Cromwell (1993) -- As a historical drama, its so-so. But it is rather chilling to see soldiers advance to battle while singing Psalms and holding banners with Bible verses. The scene of the Arminian king Charles I's execution (Alec Guinness) is haunting. As the executioner pulls the king's head from the basket and holds it up, he declares, "Behold! Your king." Man, is that powerful.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy -- Easily the most beautifully-done films I've ever seen. Doesn't the Dark Lord Sauron and his army of Orcs remind us of the totalitarian/fascist state?
Lady Jane (1985) -- Lady Jane Gray was Queen of England for a mere nine days. The scene when she's grilled about the number of sacraments is very powerful. A bit of a "chick flick" but still quite good.
To End All Wars (2001) -- A very powerful film which wrestles with the question, "what does it mean to love our enemies?" especially when the scene is the brutality of war and forced labor in a prison camp.
Luther (2003) -- OK, its not as good as the old black and white film Martin Luther (1953), and we can quibble about some of the content, but it does a great job of giving us a sense of the times.
Babette's Feast (1989) -- Two Danish girls (daughters of a Lutheran pastor) prepare a glorious feast in a drab Danish village of drab Danish people. The drab folks prefer their drab existence to the glorious meal freely offered them. The Lutheran and sacramental imagery is obvious--but even we Reformed folk can appreciate the point.