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Heaven help us: Top 10 religion movies in the '80s



History of the World Part 1Happy Easter, '80s Nation! Truth be told, the '80s were not the golden age for movies about religion. Sure, there were some classics -- did you really think Chariots of Fire was just about the Olympics? -- but for the most part, I doubt you own many of these on DVD. Even the funniest ones -- Wholly Moses, History of the World -- can't match the firepower of Life of Brian or Dogma

Still, we persevered to produce this list of the Top 10 Movies about Religion in the '80s -- six really quality flicks ... and four that pack more punchlines than prayers. 

10. HEAVEN HELP US (1985): Donald Sutherland, Andrew McCarthy and John Heard. "We all come to the order, full of ideas... and we often find that we have much to learn ourselves."

9. WHOLLY MOSES (1980): Dudley Moore, Laraine Newman and James Coco. "Hey everyone. My husband is going to do God now. He just met him. He's doing God."

8. AGNES OF GOD (1985): Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly. "My dear, I don't think a Communion wafer has the recommended daily allowance of anything."

7. AU REVOIR, LES ENFANTS (1987): Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö and Francine Racette. "Stop acting so pious. There's a war going on, kid."

6 . THE MEANING OF LIFE (1983): John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle. "And spotteth twice they the camels before the third hour. And so the Midianites went forth to Ram Gilead in Kadesh Bilgemath by Shor Ethra Regalion, to the house of Gash-Bil-Betheul-Bazda, he who brought the butter dish to Balshazar and the tent peg to the house of Rashomon, and there slew they the goats, yea, and placed they the bits in little pots. Here endeth the lesson."
5. HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1 (1981): Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines and Dom DeLuise. "The Lord, the Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen ... Oy! Ten! Ten commandments for all to obey!"

4. YENTL (1983): Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving and Mandy Patinkin. "If we don't have to hide my studying from God, then why from the neighbors?" ... "Because I trust God will understand. I'm not so sure about the neighbors."

3. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988): Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel and Barbara Hershey. "It is accomplished!"

2. THE CHOSEN (1981): Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger and Robby Benson. "There is a story in the Talmud about a king who had a son who went astray. The son was told, 'Return to your father.' The son replied that he could not. The king then sent a messenger to the son with the message... 'Come back to me as far as you can, and I will meet you the rest of the way."

1. CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981): Ben Cross, Ian Charleson and Nicholas Farrel. "God made countries, God makes kings, and the rules by which they govern. And those rules say that the Sabbath is His. And I for one intend to keep it that way."

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