Any devoutly religious person will tell you they don’t believe God is a person so much as a higher power. Belief in God isn’t the weakness many Atheists see it as – it’s a faith in the good of all humans and hope for a spiritual afterlife that carries with us through death. It’s easy to dismiss God when you’re young, but the older and closer you get to death, the more prominent mortality and the existence of a higher power weigh on your life.
Here are the top 20 movies about God, angels, and the kingdom of heaven made prior to 2020.
20. Angels With Angles (2005)
God (Rodney Dangerfield) is tired of getting no respect, so he sends George Burns (Frank Gorshin) to Earth to redeem a Cuban cigar smuggler.
19. Two of a Kind (1983)
God is a fan of Grease, so He brings John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John back together as a bank robber and teller who are good people deep down.
18. Breaking the Waves (1996)
Emily Watson is a deeply religious woman in a small town who starts sleeping with men to do God’s work, and it gets increasingly depraved until she’s violently gang-raped to death.
17. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
A man is killed saving a girl from a freak accident and meets five people in heaven who impacted his life.
16. Prince of Egypt (1998)
An animated musical retelling of the Book of Exodus, where Moses and Rameses debate the treatment of Jewish slaves.
15. All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Burt Reynolds plays Charlie, a casino-owning dog who’s killed and returns to earth for revenge.
14. Heart and Souls (1993)
A man’s guardian angels keep him alive through adulthood until he finally resolves their issues.
13. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Not so much about heaven as the wars man has over which “God” is the right one during the Crusades.
12. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Banker George Bailey wants to commit suicide until his guardian angel shows him what life would be like without him.
11. Heaven Is for Real (2014)
A young boy has surgery and comes back with far-too-real descriptions of heaven.
10. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
The Monty Python crew follow Brian, the young man born one stable down from Jesus who has an adventurous life of his own.
9. Angels in the Outfield (1951/1994)
The coach of the California Angels MLB team realizes he’s being helped by a boy’s wish to real-life angels.
8. Constantine (2005)
God has an interesting sense of humor in this Keanu Reeves-led film about a man with cancer trying to escape hell by fighting demons.
7. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)/Heaven Can Wait (1978)/Down to Earth (2001)
A successful man (Robert Montgomery, Warren Beatty, and Chris Rock, respectively) dies by mistake, but his body is already destroyed, so he’s returned in the body of an old, rich man who’s just been murdered.
6. Michael (1996)
A disheveled man named Michael (Travolta, again) claims to be an angel and nobody’s quite sure if it’s true.
5. City of Angels (1998)
4. Bruce Almighty (2003)/Evan Almighty (2007)
3. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Mel Gibson’s epic opus follows the story of Christ’s crucifixion from the new testament as Jesus (Jim Caviezel) is handed over to Roman soldiers and tortured.
2. The Ten Commandments (1956)
Charlton Heston’s Moses preaches the word of God while unleashing plagues against Egypt, crossing the Red Sea, and ascending Mount Sinai to find God’s scrolls.
1. Oh, God! (1977)/Oh, God! Book II (1980)/Oh, God! You Devil! (1984)
John Denver, Louanne Sirota, and Ted Wass each receives a visit from God (George Burns) and a mission. This trio of movies cemented Burns in popular culture for a new generation about a decade prior to his death at 100 years old.