In 1995, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications compiled this list of "great films." The 45 movies are divided into three categories: Religion, Values, and Art. The Kelly Library owns all but one of these films on DVD.
ND699 .R8 A65 1998 DVD
185 minutes; released 1969
A 15th-century monk perseveres in painting icons despite the civil disruptions and cruel turmoil of his times. In Russian with English subtitles.
PN1997 .M589 2003 DVD
125 minutes; released 1986.
Jesuit missionaries in the jungles of late eighteenth century Brazil try to protect the indigenous people from slave-traders. Starring Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons.
PN1997 .P3854 1999 DVD
82 minutes; released 1928.
Carl Theodore Dreyer's black and white silent film about the trial and execution of St. Joan of Arc. French intertitles and optional English subtitles.
BT301 .V5 2003 DVD
44 minutes; released 1905.
An early silent film version of the life of Christ directed by Ferdinand Zecca and Lucien Nonguet.
BX4700 .F6 F73 2005 DVD
In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini lovingly convey the universal teachings of humility, faith, and sacrifice of Saint Francis of Assisi.
BT301.2 .P377 2007 DVD
136 minutes; released 1966.
Pier Paolo Pasolini's black-and-white movie interpretation of the life of Christ.
PN1997 .T447 2002 DVD
90 minutes; released 1986.
Alain Cavalier's feature-length movie about the life of the Carmelite nun, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. In French or English with optional English subtitles.
PN1997 .O73 2001 DVD
126 minutes; released 1955.
A father and his three sons have different religious experiences. In Danish with optional English subtitles.
PN1997 .Z44 2000 DVD
145 minutes; released 1986.
Andrei Tarkovsky's dark drama of redemption and nuclear holocaust. In Swedish with English subtitles.
BX4700 .F6 F73 2003 DVD
115 minutes; released 1989.
The story of Saint Francis of Assisi. Starring Mickey Rourke.
PS3134 .B42 2001 DVD
212 minutes; released 1959.
A Jewish prince in first-century A.D. Palestine is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend; he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. Based on the novel by Lew Wallace. Starring Charlton Heston.
PN1997 .B193 2001 DVD
113 minutes; released 1989.
The daughters of a devout Danish clergyman struggle between piety and passion when their father dies and a French gourmet cook comes to town. In English, French, Danish, or Spanish.
PQ6555 .N382 2004 DVD
92 minutes; released 1958.
A simple priest tries to live a pure and honest life according to the Christian virtues, but is shown distrust and hatred by those around him. In Spanish with optional English subtitles.
BX4700 .V6 M657 2008 DVD
112 minutes; released 1947.
A feature-length movie about the life of Saint Vincent de Paul, the 17th century French priest who devoted himself to the poor,sick and abandoned.
PR6003 .O474 M32 1998 DVD
120 minutes; released 1966.
Saint Thomas More, formerly Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII, is put on trial for defying the king's will. Based on the play by Robert Bolt. Starring Paul Scofield.
DS481 .G3 G36 2001 DVD
188 minutes; released 1982.
The biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, a small-time Indian lawyer who rose to fame through his philosophy of non-violent but direct-action protest.
PN1997 .I58 1991 DVD
178 minutes; released 1916.
Four separate but interwoven stories, unified by the common theme of man's inhumanity to man.
PN1997 .D44 2003 DVD
10 (55 minute) episodes each; released 1987.
Krzysztof Kieslowski's series of ten dramas each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments. In Polish with English subtitles.
PN1997 .A974 2006 DVD
103 minutes; released 1988.
A Jewish boy is hidden from the Nazis in a French Catholic boarding school. In French with English subtitles.
DK771 .U9 A82 2000 DVD
140 minutes; released 1978.
An eccentric Mongolian frontiersman saves the members of a Russian surveying expedition by teaching them how to survive in the wilderness. Based on the novel by Vladimir Klavdievich Arsen'ev. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.
PN1997 .A434 2000 DVD
177 minutes; released 1978.
The life of a rural peasant family in early twentieth century northern Italy. In Italian, with English subtitles.
D743.23 .R66 1997 DVD
105 minutes; released 1945.
A woman and a priest work with the Italian underground in Nazi-occupied Rome. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. In Italian, with optional English subtitles.
PN1997 .S583 2002 DVD
91 minutes; released 1957.
A retired professor who lives alone with his housekeeper reminisces about his failures and disappointments in personal relationships. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. In Swedish with optional English subtitles.
PN1997 .S5683 1998 DVD
96 minutes; released 1957.
A knight returning home from the Crusades encounters Death, who agrees to a chess game. In the balance hang the lives of the knight and a group of traveling players. In Swedish with English subtitles.
PN1997 .C437 2005 DVD
123 minutes; released 1981.
In this true story of two British runners competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics, a fervent Scottish missionary runs to serve God while the other runner, a Jewish student at Cambridge, sprints to seek glory and fight prejudice.
PQ4807 .A74 L32 1998 DVD
89 minutes; released 1948.
An unemployed man needs a bicycle to work, but then his bicycle is stolen. In Italian with English subtitles.
PN1997 .I88 C263 2001 DVD
160 minutes; released 1946.
A man facing financial ruin contemplates suicide until his guardian angel shows him how meaningful his life has been to those around him.
PR9619.3 .K46 S32 2004 DVD
196 minutes; released 1993.
The true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during World War II.
PN1997 .O442 2001 DVD
108 minutes; released 1954.
A former boxer stands up to the criminal boss of a corrupt union of dock workers. Directed by Elia Kazan. Starring Marlon Brando.
D743.23 .B57 2007 DVD
116 minutes; released 1956.
A Japanese soldier is nursed back to health by a Buddhist monk, then devotes himself to searching the jungle battlefields for the abandoned remains of dead soldiers to give them a decent burial.
PN1997 .T86 2001 DVD
148 minutes; released 1968.
A team of scientists is sent to investigate a four-million-year-old black monolith found on the moon. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
PN1997 .S774 2003 DVD
108 minutes; released 1954.
A young woman is sold to a traveling circus performer. Directed by Federico Fellini. In Italian, with optional English subtitles.
PN1997 .C5115 2001 DVD
119 minutes; released 1941.
A powerful newspaper publisher dies, and a reporter tries to piece together the meaning of his life. Directed by Orson Welles.
PN1997 .M436 2002 DVD
124 minutes; released 1927.
An early silent film about a futuristic city where the workers live in the dark underground and the rich enjoy splendour.
PN1995.75 .M63 2003 DVD
A factory worker driven to boredom by the soulless momentum of work executes a series of slapstick routines around machines, including a memorable encounter with an automatic feeding apparatus. Starring Charlie Chaplin.
Not available in the Kelly Library
PN1997 .O77 2001 DVD
138 minutes; released 1963.
With both career and marriage in chaos, an Italian movie director protects his overgrown ego by retreating into surreal memories of the past and wild fantasies about the present. Directed by Federico Fellini. In Italian with optional English subtitles.
PN1997 .G66 1999 DVD
114 minutes; released 1937.
Two French soldiers escape from a World War I German prison camp. In French, with optional English subtitles.
PN1997 .N67 2001 DVD
64 minutes; released 1922.
The first film version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire) leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats.
PN1997 .S74 1997 DVD; released 1939.
A group of American settlers travels westwards into Apache territory. Directed by John Ford. Starring John Wayne.
PQ4827 .A54 G32 2004 DVD
185 minutes; released 1963.
An Italian aristocrat watches the changes in his world in mid-nineteenth century Sicily.
PN1997 .F3 2000 DVD
125 minutes; released 1940.
Mickey Mouse becomes an apprentice to a sorcerer and misuses his powers.
PS3503 .A923 W592 1999 DVD
101 minutes; released 1939.
Dorothy Gale is swept away in a tornado from her home in Kansas to the Land of Oz. To return home, she must travel to the Emerald City and get the help of a great wizard. On her journey she befriends a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Lion.
PN1997 .L38 2002 DVD
81 minutes; released 1951.
Alec Guinness plays a timid bank clerk with an almost perfect scheme to steal a million pounds in gold from the Bank of England.
PS1017 .L522 2001 DVD
115 minutes; released 1933; black and white.
The story of four New England sisters and their family during the American Civil War. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Directed by George Cukor. Starring Katharine Hepburn.