Some of the best movies ever made have significant theological or religious themes laying just beneath their surface. For one example we can look at the movie Crash, the 2004 Academy Award winner for Best Picture. An amazing film with a haunting soundtrack, it's many intertwined subplots actually have quite a few religious and spiritual themes, I mention just two, though there's actually many more.
There's the sub-plot story of LAPD Officer John Ryan. Early in the movie he really acts the part of a bad man, he's in a very bad mood one afternoon and pulls over a black couple for basically "driving while black", scares the living hell out of and harasses the husband and then feels up the wife while frisking her, leaving her traumatized from the experience. Later on the wife is involved in a car accident and is trapped in the car, with it flipped over on it's roof and gas leaking all around it. The bad cop now arrives on the scene, and after he enters the car to try and cut her free, she realizes who her "rescuer" is and screams for him to go away. He convinces her that the car is going to go up in a ball of flames any minute and he is all she's got right now. As he is trying to cut her loose the gas around the car ignites and the others outside the car pull Officer Ryan out of the car by his legs to get him out of harm's way. And in an act of redemption the "bad cop" crawls back into the car and pulls the woman out just before the car goes up in a ball of flames.
And there's Anthony, the car-jacking hood. After a car-jacking that goes very badly, ending with the would be victim of the car-jacking taking away Anthony's gun and leaving him so completely humiliated and shamed that the driver actually gives Anthony his gun back before kicking him out of his car, showing his complete lack of fear or respect for the now emasculated car-jacker. For the first time in his life Anthony is aware of his own depravity, and his lack of observing any moral code, and what a pathetic little man he really is. A little while later he comes across the abandoned panel van that was driven by the guy he and his buddy had accidentally run over earlier, and grabs the van he drives it to a chop shop to make a quick buck. Inside the chop shop they find out that inside the back ofthe panel van are a bunch of illegal Thai immigrants, who are here to be sold into underground slave labor in Chinatown and the chop shop owner offers Anthony $500 for each immigrant. For probably the first time in his life Anthony listens to that voice of conscience and does the right thing, turns down the money and drives the immigrants into town and sets them free, while giving them 40 bucks to "go buy some chop suey", he drives off smiling, feeling like a redeemed man.
And don't even get me going about the little girl with the "invisible impenetrable cloak" and the theology of providence.
Anyway, that's the way I see it, anyone want to unearth the theological themes behind their favorite movie