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