We have been arguing about the meaning of life on the canvas, on tapes, on the stage and on the pages of novels. To feel the spirit of our age, today we are going to review not books and not fine arts, but cinema. It is a really supreme art because, in the world of secular ideologies, cinema has produced the most direct and the clearest explanations. In case you need clear explanations of some of your high school subjects, buying essays online is a great idea.

Have you ever noticed that the process of choosing a movie to watch can take hours? It feels like you are digging in a trash can. There are so many meaningless films which claim to be philosophical that you can’t rely on the title, description or list of the world-known actors. That is why we have gathered for you the most inspiring, sometimes controversial and not well-known movies which even the movies buffs might have missed.

Diary of a Country Priest, 1951

Director: Robert Bresson
Starring: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral

Probably, one of the most important films in the history of cinema devoted not only to questions of faith and religion but also broader – to question of destiny, service, the meaning of life. 

For today’s audience, old-fashioned “Diary of a Country Priest” cannot boast of spectacular visual images or panache like “Noah” by already known Darren Aronofsky. It is quiet, the unshowy story of a young priest who, despite his own inexperience, doubts, and weaknesses, as well as intrigues and indifference of others, is just doing his job day by day. What kind of job? Everyone will take the answer to this question to the measure of the personal cynicism: to serve the people, to take care of their souls, to bring them to God.

Constantine, 2005

Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton

It is the opposite film to the previous one. The visuals in the film are really impressive (especially for the beginning of the 21st century), the action is great, and the sound is stylish. There are no deep thoughts, but there is symbolism.

It is a story of Constantine who has the power to see half-breeds or demons and angels that inhabit humans on Earth. As a young kid, he believed visions meant to be insane and committed suicide, but doctors resuscitated him. He spent a few minutes in hell because of taking his own life. Since then, he has been trying to buy his way back into heaven by exercising demons.

The fantastical things in the film – demons, possession, angels – treat as being as of this world. We all feel these kinds of forces.

The brilliance of that film is its ideas: balance – the eternal struggle of the dark and the white, where everyone is free to choose their side, religious dogma and the basis of theology. All of these were fastened by interesting quotes and unusual narrative, in which religion goes beyond the scope of classic Bible format.

Hacksaw Ridge, 2016

Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

There will not be a long text because any words can’t be as stunning as the film does.

You are going to watch a true story of young provincial worker Desmond Doss, the man who served during World War II and had a unique requirement of not being able to touch the gun. He wanted to save lives on the battlefield as a medic rather than take them. After watching this masterpiece, you will find the answer to really an important question – is it possible to fight without weapons?

Brooklyn, 2015

Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen

It is a beautifully told story and magnificently shot film about a young Irish girl who crosses the Atlantic to come to America in the 1950s. If you lost faith in good filmmaking, this movie will bring you back to life. Why so?

First of all, it feels like you have been knowing the main character for 10 years and she is just like your girl-next-door. Secondly, it turns out that there are some great stories which can wow you with no excessive twists and effects. Thirdly, it is one of those moves that if you come across it while channel surfing, you will stop and watch it to the end regardless of where you pick it up.

Dunkirk, 2017

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy

I did not count but the main characters of “Dunkirk” said only around 200 words throughout the entire film. There are no philosophical dialogues or “life is hard” quotes, only three forces of nature and thousands of British soldiers who have been languishing on this little patch of land while awaiting rescue.

Just another war blockbuster you might say. Why is this film so special? There is no great victory, no triumph, no heroes, and no chances to win this battle. All you are going to see are defeat, retreat, and fiasco. That is not the spoiler just because we all know from history the way it ended. But can’t still wrap your mind around the fact that there are no enemies as well. The only opponent is the war itself, the absolute evil.

Have you ever seen how the sea burns or how the waves crash under your head? Well, in this film, you will. Christopher Nolan has tried to show us one simple thing – sometimes to stay alive is a true victory.