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insidevatican2001, 90 minutes
Martin Sheen narrates National Geographic's behind-the-scenes peek into the inner workings of the Vatican, one of the most famous, yet mysterious, locales on Earth. With access into the private chapels and papal quarters, no stone is left unturned. For nearly 2,000 years, the Vatican has managed to remain mostly unchanged spiritually and physically as the world has endured repeated wars, famines and political upheavals. Rating: NR
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon

Nicholas30 minutes
The true story of the boy whose charity and care for people helped him become Saint Nicholas, a great bishop whose spirit lives on as Santa Clause. Rating: NR
Category: Grades K-6     
Location: RE - Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon

PatchAdams1998, 1 hour 56 minutes
While Robin Williams has demonstrated an almost preternatural ability to sublimate his well-established comic persona when essaying dramatic roles, the thoroughly enjoyable Patch Adams is one of those rare movies that allows him to play a memorable character who's alternately silly and solemn. He's perfectly cast as real-life doctor Hunter "Patch" Adams, the sawbones with a smile. Patch believes heartily in the healing power of humor, which he dispenses regularly to patients over the objections of a staid, established medical establishment. Frequently sidesplitting, but also profoundly moving in spots, Patch Adams provides a dazzling showcase for one of the screen's most popular and innovative stars. Rating: PG-13
Category: Jr High to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

patrickshep1993, 30 minutes
Fun-loving Patrick had it easy at his parents’ seaside villa. At 16, he thought he had it made for life-that is, until the day riders kidnapped him to nearby Ireland. Now a slave and shepherd, Patrick faced a bleak and uncertain future. To survive, he’d have to conquer cold hunger, wild beasts, and even worse enemies. What’s more, Patrick would have to conquer himself. So he turned to God. With new strength and inner freedom, he began an incredible saga of faith against which no enemy would ever prevail.
Blending historical facts with beloved traditions, PATRICK, BRAVE SHEPHERD OF THE EMERALD ISLE brings to life a long-lost world of Druids, warriors and kings. One that brave Patrick, following the example of the Good Shepherd, illuminated forever. Rating: NR
Category: Grades K-6     
Location: RE - Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon

romero1989, 120 minutes
Archbishop Oscar Romero (Raul Julia) stands between 1980s El Salvador's ruling military elite and a band of Marxist guerillas as a man with simple demands: freedom and justice for all people. He braces for violence from both factions with quiet resolve, but in a tragic twist, Romero's words fall short of delivering true change during his lifetime. The film, based on real events, was shot on location in Mexico. Rating: PG-13
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: YC - Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

schindlerslist1993, 193 minutes
Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, a greedy German factory owner made rich by exploiting cheap Jewish labor. But as World War II unfolds, he becomes an unlikely humanitarian, spending hisì entire fortune to help save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz. Co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Steven Spielberg's holocaust epic won seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and is an unforgettable testament to the possibility of human goodness. Rating: R
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

sisteract1992, 101 minutes
Songbird Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) needs protection after inadvertently seeing her gangster boyfriend, Vince (Harvey Keitel), commit murder. She's rechristened Sister Mary Clarence and stashed in a convent, where her heretical behavior shakes up the order -- especially starchy Mother Superior (Maggie Smith). Relegated to the choir, Deloris peppers their repertoire with doo-wop and soon draws the media's attention ... and Vince's. Rating: PG
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

sisteract21993, 107 minutes
Now that nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier is out of the witness protection program, Mother Superior wants her back in thehabit -- this time, to help save an ailing parochial school. Rating: PG
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

songbernadette1943, 156 minutes
Jennifer Jones shines in her Best Actress Oscar-winning role (and screen debut, no less!) about the French peasant girl who sees a miraculous vision of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes in 1858. Based on the titular novel by Franz Werfel, the movie examines Bernadette's many tribulations -- from life with her impoverished family and her difficulties at school to the derision her visions elicit and her affliction with bone-marrow cancer. Rating: NR
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Tailer

tencommandments1956, 220 minutes
The story of Moses comes to life in director Cecil B. DeMille's gigantic retelling. As the Egyptian prince turned Prophet of the Jews, Charlton Heston is Biblical fury incarnate, memorably smashing God's stone tablets in the face of his golden calf-worshipping followers. Yul Brynner is the caustic Pharaoh Rameses, who pursues Moses' followers at his own peril. Rating: G
Category: Entire Family     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

agonyecstasy1965, 138 minutes
Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel directed by Carol Reed. While the novel covers Michelangelo's life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) him to paint the famed chapel. Rating: NR
Category: 8th grade to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

assisi1984
In the Italian town of Assisi during World War II, 300 Jews were sheltered and protected by a peasant turned priest, Father Rufino Niccacci. He dressed many of them as monks and nuns, taught them Catholic ritual, and hid them in the monasteries. Others lived in parishioner's homes and, with fake identity cards, found jobs and blended into the community. The town's printing press, which during the day printed posters and greeting cards, at night printed false documents that were sent by courier to Jews all over Italy. Rating: PG
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

bibleinthebeginning1966, 174 minutes
An elaborate Hollywood retelling of the Bible stories narrated by the film's director John Huston. We open with the Creation of the World and arrive at the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and continue on to Cain and the murder of Abel. Next, we visit Noah and his ark with its spectacular flood sequence. Then we come to the story of Nimrod, King of Babel, the emergence of man's vanity and the heights to which it could aspire if unchecked. Finally we cover Abraham, a mystic who spoke personally with God, a leader of men, a builder of nations, a pioneer and a warrior and Sarah. Rating: G
Category: Grade 6 to Adult     
Location: RE - Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

sundanced2005, 30 minutes
One day in 1917, while herding sheep in the small Portuguese village of Fatima, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco are attracted by what seems to be a "dancing" image that hangs over the trees. Soon, it becomes apparent that what they've seen is the Virgin Mary, sharing her message of hope and faith with the world. But the adults the children tell don't believe they've truly witnessed Our Lady -- until they see a vision for themselves. Rating: NR
Category: Grades K-6     
Location: RE - Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon

greateststory1965, 199 minutes
This all-star saga depicts scenes from Christ's life, including the choosing of the Apostles, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion  and the Resurrection. Filmed in Death Valley and in Utah, Nevada and Arizona, this dazzling epic garnered five Oscar nods. Rating: G
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

keyskingdom1945, 137 minutes
Gregory Peck turns in an Oscar-nominated performance in his ìsecond feature film, in which he plays a young priest whose nontraditional beliefs set him apart from his pious superiors (including Vincent Price). Sent to China to reconstruct a ramshackle mission, the maverick Father Francis Chisholm (Peck) comes face to face with a variety of professional challenges, including an invading army of nonbelievers. Rating: NR
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon

fatima1952, 102 minutes
Based on actual events, this compelling drama set in 1917 Fatima, Portugal, tells the story of three children (Susan Whitney, Sherry Jackson and Sammy Ogg) who have visions of the Virgin Mary. Fearing reprisals from the anti-Catholic government, adults caution the children not to reveal what they've seen. But word gets out, and soon, 70,000 pilgrims gather to witness a miracle. The film was nominated for a Best Music Score Oscar. Rating: NR
Category: Entire Family     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon

miracleworker1962, 106 minutes
A bout with scarlet fever has rendered Helen Keller (Patty Duke)  blind, deaf and mute. When her parents can no longer cope with the feral girl's tantrums, they call in inexperienced but innovative teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft). Though Helen perceives sign language as a finger game, Annie's unflagging tutelage ultimately awakens in her charge the concept of words. Bancroft (Best Actress) and Duke (Supporting Actress) won Oscars for their work. Rating: NR
Category: Entire Family     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

themission1986, 125 minutes
In the 18th century, a Jesuit missionary establishes a church in the hostile jungles of Brazil, but finds his work converting the indigenous Indians threatened by his superiors. Meanwhile, a slave hunter converts and joins the Father on his mission. Rating: PG
Category: High School to Adult     
Location: Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

Nativitystory2006, 101 minutes
Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale of the Nativity from director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen). The film follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in a small village, where they find shelter in an innkeeper's stable and deliver baby Jesus to the world. Rating: PG
Category: Jr. High to Adult     
Location: RE - Ridgewood PL - Netflix - Amazon - Trailer

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Parish Video Library

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Our Parish Video Library contains a list of recommended movies and DVDs for all age groups in a variety of different categories.
You can find these in different locations:
Ridgewood Public Library (Ridgewood PL), The Youth Center (YC) & Religious Ed Center (RE), and at Netflix or Amazon.com