The list author says: "Let's face it: there's nothing worse in the cinematic world than one of those overly pious religious movies so popular a generation ago: 'The Robe,' 'Ben Hur,' 'The Ten Commandments,' 'The Greatest Story Ever Told,' 'The Song of Bernadette,' and so on. They generally suffered from bad scripts and bad directing, and their messages were so heavy-handed that you wanted to run screaming out of the theatre when they were over to find something wicked to do.
Despite this, film is a fantastic medium for exploring the spiritual hunger that most human beings experience. Here are a few of the very best cinematic attempts to give voice to our deepest spiritual intuitions, fears, and hopes. Most are feature films; some are documentaries. Some have explicitly 'religious' messages, but a few are not-so-obvious allegories. God often wears a disguise (thank God!)."