Movies worthy of recommending to fellow Catholics

***I was looking for a thread like this, but didn’t see one so I thought I would starat one.

I would like to see recommendations for movies with strong moral messages and/or positive world views.

I will start things off by recommending a made for TV movie called “The Staircase” which is a true story of the old Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, NM which starred Barbara Hershey and William Peterson (“Gil Grissom” from CSI).

Two mysteries surround the spiral staircase in the Loretto Chapel: the identity of its builder and the physics of its construction.

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the problem, but they all concluded access to the loft would have to be via ladder as a staircase would interfere with the interior space of the small Chapel.

Legend says that to find a solution to the seating problem, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the elegant circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers.

The stairway’s carpenter, whoever he was, built a magnificent structure. The design was innovative for the time and some of the design considerations still perplex experts today.

The staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without nails—only wooden pegs. Questions also surround the number of stair risers relative to the height of the choir loft and about the types of wood and other materials used in the stairway’s construction.

Over the years many have flocked to the Loretto Chapel to see the Miraculous Staircase. The staircase has been the subject of many articles, TV specials, and movies including “Unsolved Mysteries” and the television movie titled “The Staircase.”***

There are plenty of threads on the topic - just do a search on ‘catholic movies’ and you should find 'em.

There are several, i would recommend. My favorite is Song of Bernadette. There is another about Bishop Romero but I forget the title. There is another about Fatima. Bella is another great contemporary movie. The Chosen by Chaim Potok, while not specifically a Catholic movie is a great parable of why God permits us to suffer. Marcellino, Pan Y Vino is a great Mexcian movie with subtitles. When i think of any more I’ll pass them on to you.

Just rented a very good film with Robert Downey, Jr. called “The Soloist.” Some language, but well made & compassionate.

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