Monday, April 15, 2024

List: Top 3 Movies As Prayers

This week on Episode 222 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Josh Larsen’s new book Movies Are Prayers: How Films Voice Our Deepest Longings, we talked about our Top 3 movies as prayers. What does that mean exactly? Well, we define that more in our interview with Josh on the show, but essentially we narrowed it down to the films that help demonstrate how we view the world and our place in it. This could be from a perspective of faith, or not, and that’s what’s interesting about this idea. Either way, these films help emulate our deepest sense of identity – making this challenge very difficult.

On that note, what movies would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours:

*Keep in mind we have different criteria for our lists as well*


1) The 400 Blows / Warrior
2) Inside Out
3) The Lord of the Rings


1) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
2) Blade Runner
3) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya


1) The Man Who Planted Trees
2) Persepolis
3) Ragtime

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

The Godfather, A Man Escaped, The End of the Affair, Citizen Kane, Midnight Special, Grave of the Fireflies, The Tree of Life, Star Wars, The Royal Tenenbaums, Arrival, Locke, 12 Angry Men, Modern Times, Metropolis, Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men, Pather Panchali, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Before Trilogy

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. Due to the very personal nature of this list, the possibilities are endless. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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