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Peggy Fletcher Stack
Peggy Fletcher Stack has been producing stories for The Salt Lake Tribune's award-winning Faith section for nearly two decades. Writing about contemporary faith, rituals, and spirituality as well as religion's conflicts and cohesion has always been Stack's passion. Follow her at facebook.com/peggy.fletcherstack, Twitter @religiongal

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The most inspirational movies? And the winners are ...

Looking for a movie to give you a good cry and warm your heart?

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Beliefnet can help. The multi-faith website has produced a list of "Top 100 Inspirational Movies." The tally spans a range of genres and offers something for every taste — whether you're a religious moviegoer seeking to lift your spirit or a secular film buff hoping to soothe your soul.

Breaking the tape at No. 1, "Chariots of Fire," the Oscar-winning film about an Olympic runner/Presbyterian preacher who refuses to go for the gold on Sunday.

The silver medal goes to another perennial crowd-pleaser: the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life."

The top 10 list also includes children's films such as "Toy Story" and "E.T.," sports films like "Field of Dreams," "Rocky" and "Rudy," and dramas and biographies ("Gandhi," "The Shawshank Redemption").

"Movies play a huge role in our culture and affect the way people feel about themselves, other people in their lives and life in general," Beliefnet President and CEO Steve Halliday said in a release. "This list is particularly useful for parents who want their families to be entertained through movies that reflect positive themes of perseverance, inspiration and faith, while having fun along the way."

Before you click on the DVD, check out the list. What do you think? What's missing? What shouldn't be there?

Now fire up the popcorn and grab the Kleenex.

Peggy Fletcher Stack



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