Some movies that I now realize I need to go back and rewatch because I now have insight that might help me understand the movie better, which might help me with understanding further. They include: Sphere, The Matrix, The Butterfly Effect, and Inception. Are there any you can think of? Have you watched any of these movies? What can you share about insights you gained from them?
asked 06 Mar '11, 21:48
Barry Allen ♦♦
Kung Fu Panda: You are what you think you are.
answered 08 Mar '11, 17:32
Kung Fu Panda 2 has an excellent message about inner peace.
(08 Aug '11, 11:26) AboveBelow
A Chorus Line: Try, try again. If you do lose, you still can win.
Avatar: Take control of your life.
The King's Speech: Everybody has problems.No exceptions.
Notting Hill: Love can come from anywhere, and if it does, grab it!
Star Wars: It does not matter if you have a bad parent. What matters is what YOU are.
Song of Bernadette: God likes humble people a whole lot!
Inception: Every second really matters!
Vanilla Sky: Face what you fear!
Fireproof: Prayer works. It really does.
What Dreams May Come: You really know you love someone when you are willing to go thru Hell for them...
Saving Private Ryan: War should be abolished...it is an offense against God.
Pretty Woman: All it takes is one person who believes in you.
The Commitments: Laughter is truly the best medicine.
Schindler's List: God is truly everywhere. He exists in Good Men and Women.
Sound of Music: When God closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.
Ghost: Death is not final! Love conquered it years ago! Just a few of my favorites...
All my love, Jai
answered 07 Aug '11, 07:43
@jaianniah-just brilliant, love it
(07 Aug '11, 07:59) blubird two
(07 Aug '11, 11:50) Jaianniah
Nice! Thanks! Did you write these down as you heard them in the movies or did you remember all that?
(07 Aug '11, 12:51) Fairy Princess
I thought about some of my very favorite movies, and what they taught me. Then I just made up the list. Thanks so much!>>>>>>>>>>>
(07 Aug '11, 16:26) Jaianniah
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That's a very good question because it made me notice that since my discovery of spirituality, everything I watch, hear and experience is spiritual!
thank you, namaste
answered 08 Mar '11, 15:17
Yes, like they have a message.
(25 Jul '12, 10:25) Fairy Princess
I think the one of the movie which have a very good message regarding spirituality is: AVATAR.
answered 12 Mar '11, 08:31
I am surprised no one has mentioned this film: The Shawshank Redemption
One of the best films I have seen. Not an obvious choice because the spiritual message is in the subtext but a great one.
btw, this film is considered as No.1 film (yes, above Citizen Kane) of all time by critics and audiences alike
Also, it is rated R for adult themes (no nudity though)...just so you know:)
answered 25 Jul '12, 01:20
@Xoomaville-This film is a classic.Its a bit of a cult film to. Didn't it come out at a bad time and miss all the awards or something like that.I would say it was probably the top selling DVD for a long time :)
(29 Jul '12, 15:32) Satori
@Satori, It has a growing 'cult' following as its not PG 13. It's not an obvious pleaser as its (a) based on Stephen King's (master of Horror) story and (b) Set in a prison, the themes portrayed in it are adult or rather 'grown up' like holding onto one's dreams, friendship, surviving hardships, making the best of adversity etc. And the way it is done is very emotional without being too melodramatic:) Highly recommended :)
(30 Jul '12, 00:28) Xoomaville
@Xoomaville - Excellent choice. This is one of my favourite movies.
(09 Aug '12, 05:05) Pink Diamond
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What Dreams May Come
Death Sport (the philosophy of David Carridine's character "I am my only master.")
Circle of Iron (Silent flute)
The Matrix Trilogy
The Lawnmower Man
The Peaceful Warrior
Phenomenon (1996) movie John Travolta
update Some I had forgotten.
Flatliners (The importance of love, healing and forgiveness)
Dreamscape (Remember we have the power as co-creators to overcome what we fear.)
Saved By The Light (Similar to Flatliners the importance of forgiveness righting wrongs healing those we hurt, compassion and love)
Really as I look at all of these the main message is our thoughts create our experiences.
Amish Grace (This movie teaches forgiveness)
Movies that teach spiritual principles
Beyond The Secret
The Secret Behind The Secret
What The Bleep Do We Know
The Shadow Effect
Two very good Christian movies that teach us our power through Christ
Finger of God, and Furious Love.
Update added 8-8-12
I have been watching a lot of Christian movies lately. I find that these movies leave me feeling wonderful and inspired more than any worldly movie ever does. I feel so enriched and enlivened watching these rather than just entertained like most worldly movies do.
Fireproof (That when we put God first and care enough to love others as we would love to be loved we can not only heal relationships but grow together as well.)
Amish Grace (Forgiveness is the key to moving on and being in God's good graces, it not only heals others it heals ourselves as well.)
The Climb (We can save someone not only physically but emotionally, spiritually and soul wise as well, this can not only save his soul but his marriage and family as well.)
Facing The Giants (Never give up and always give it your very best, praise God whether you win or lose.)
The Way Home (Do not lose faith, when we pray God will send the help we need.)
Gifted Hands (We can change the world, one person can change the world, yes you can! A mother's love not only impacts her children but everyone her children ever touch for life.)
Flywheel (The power of redemption and honesty to change your life.)
answered 07 Mar '11, 04:59
Cool, thanks. I went to netflix and added what they had. I saw sphere. Pretty intense.
(07 Mar '11, 15:51) Fairy Princess
@Wade Casaldi, a great list:)
(25 Jul '12, 13:39) Xoomaville
Star Wars! Or is that too obvious? :)
answered 12 Mar '11, 22:55
May the force be with you ;)
(13 Mar '11, 03:20) Fairy Princess
I just watched Secret of the Cave. It had a surprise spiritual message.
The Adjustment Bureau
Jeremy Fink and The Meaning of Life.
answered 07 Aug '11, 01:35
Note: Not all are from Hollywood
Groundhog Day (Comedy, Romance)- About changing reality
Sliding Doors (Comedy, Romance) - About parallel lives
Bedazzled (Comedy) - About external vs internal power
Departures (Drama, Comedy) - About finding meaning in all you do
K-Pax (Drama, Comedy) - About alien civilizations and higher consciousness
Another Earth (Drama, Romance)- About parallel lives
The Truman Show (Comedy) - About questioning your realty
In Time (Action) - About giving value to every minute
answered 25 Jul '12, 10:41
A man overcomes his fears in a plane crash to help other survivors through their losses and post traumatic stress.
A very powerful moving film.
With a happy go lucky attitude and a lot of belief you can achieve anything.
We all have the choice to look at our "Groundhog days" in a more positive way :)
All you need is love.
Inspiring film about tradgedy,courage and enlightenment.
answered 25 Jul '12, 09:47
the green mile was not name. also powder and phenomenon.
also ong back 3 (light, dark meditation and ignorance)
the karate kid (everything is kung fu, the miroir)
the tao of kung fu
experience and enjoy.
answered 07 Aug '11, 11:26
Thanks, white tiger. Is it important to watch Ong Back 1 before 2 and 3?
(07 Aug '11, 13:41) Fairy Princess
nope you can watch ong back 3 as a stand alone. experience and enjoy.
(07 Aug '11, 18:37) white tiger
So many movies I love are mentioned here already. But to chip in my two cents:
Amadeus - Spectacular genius, unrecognized. This means don't believe everything you hear about yourself.
It's a Wonderful Life - Redemption, silver screen style
The Abyss - As Satori said
The Green Mile - 'Nuff said
Shawshank Redemption - As Xoomaville said. Redemption, King style
K-Pax - I believe in K-Pax. I would have followed him anywhere.
Wuthering Heights - About how truly crazy love can get
The Life of David Gale - The death penalty. All its faces.
A Christmas Carol - Redemption, Dickens style
Phantom of the Opera - Watched a thousand times. Sided with the hideous, muderous, insane Phantom every single time.
Dear Frankie - Even single moms can have love.
answered 29 Jul '12, 14:06
Probably the most spiritual movie I have ever seen is the fantasy film "The Neverending Story."
If you watch it through a spiritual lens, you'll see that the whole movie is essentially a message regarding the things we talk about on "Inward Quest."
Trying to avoid getting sucked down into the Swamps of Sadness, by not giving into despair: "Everyone knew that whoever let the sadness overtake him would sink into the swamp."
The sphinxes which shoot anyone down when they begin to doubt themselves..."Stay confident!"
And of course the theme that we are so much powerful than we assume, if we could only find the faith in ourselves, if we could only believe we have that power.
Even the theme song (by Limahl) states: "Dream a dream...and what you see will be."
Transcript from the film:
Bastian: What is that ?
Empress Moonchild: One grain of sand. It is all that remains of my vast empire.
Bastian: Fantasia has totally disappeared ?
Empress Moonchild: Yes.
Bastian: Then everything has been in vain.
Empress Moonchild: No, it hasn't. Fantasia can arise in you. In your dreams and wishes Bastian.
Bastian: How ?
Empress Moonchild: Open your hand.
She puts the grain into his hand and he looks at it.
Empress Moonchild: What are you going to wish for ?
Bastian: I don't know.
Empress Moonchild: Then there will be no Fantasia any more.
Bastian: How many wishes do I get?
Empress Moonchild: As many as you want. And the more wishes you make, the more magnificent Fantasia will become.
Bastian: Really ?
Empress Moonchild: Try it.
Bastian: Then my first wish is...
answered 30 Jul '12, 13:50
One of my most liked not mentioned above is 'Yes Man' with Jim Carrey.
answered 09 Aug '12, 05:12
Had not seen this before, but noticed that @Satori (Thank You!) had already mentioned this movie, (above) and I feel it needs more explanation.
Jeff Bridges character, Max, has a fear of flying. He is in an airliner that has lost control and heading for a crash. At this point he seems to somehow connect with an inner calm that prompts him to relate with other passengers. He sits beside a terrified boy and calms him.
The plane crashes hard, many people are killed. If he had remained where he was sitting, he probably would have been killed, like his business partner.
He maintains his calm and calls through the smoke and fire, "Follow me." A few surviving passengers hear his voice and follow him away from the plane that then explodes, but they are saved.
He feels a great love for people. After the crash he maintains his calm. He feels that he died and came back, death no longer frightens him. He is Fearless.
He begins to live more fully. Everything is bright and clear. Clean and beautiful. Metaphysically he realizes that he can't be killed. He walks across an expressway. He dances on the edge of a tall building. He eats and enjoys strawberries though he had been deathly allergic to them before. He immerses himself in every moment.
He saw life on a larger scale, seemingly insignificant events take on a greater meaning in the now. He helps a woman who lost her two year old son in the crash. by getting into her world and helping her see a better perspective and release her resistance to death.
The ending could be interpreted in many ways. To me, he had lost touch with his wife and son, just drifting apart, in his new, calm, state of being, he further distanced himself, gradually they came to understand the value of his perspective and he came to understand theirs.
Some points well made. I zoomed past the grisly details of the crash. I recommend the movie as long as you have your finger on the fast forward button!
answered 14 Sep '12, 08:38
@Dollar Bill- Your welcome and nice summary of the film. Glad you enjoyed:)
(14 Sep '12, 11:36) Satori
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