Movies and Videos
Here are some of our favorite nontheist movies and videos. Enjoy.
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Set in ancient Egypt under Roman rule, "Agora" follows astronomer Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) as she leads a few disciples fighting to save the wisdom of the ancient world. Among these disciples are two men vying for her heart: the privileged Orestes (Oscar Isaac) and a young slave Davus (Max Minghella).
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.
Atheism 2.0 TED talk
Alain De Botton describes how atheists should pay attention to what religion does well, outside of dogma
Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the 1985 novel by Carl Sagan. Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film. It stars Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway, a SETI scientist who finds evidence of extraterrestrial life and is chosen to make first contact.
Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.
Eddie Griffin: On Religion
Eddie Griffin: On Christians, Muslims, Bible, Jesus and Religion
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Elmer Gantry is a 1960 American drama film about a confidence man and a female evangelist selling religion to small-town America. Adapted by director Richard Brooks, the film is based on the 1927 novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis, and stars Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley Jones and Patti Page.
George Carlin - Stand Up About Religion
This is part of George Carlin's "You Are All Diseased" (1999) and other clips of his standup routines. One of funniest skewerings of religion on record, but all true.
God Is Not Great | Christopher Hitchens | Talks at Google
Author Christopher Hitchens discusses his book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" as a part of the Authors@Google series. The author of Why Orwell Matters and Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens is a Vanity Fair contributing editor, a Slate columnist, and a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly.
God is not a Good Theory (Sean Carroll)
Sean Carroll, a physicist at Caltech, explains the how well God works as a theory in the same way as any theory might be evaluated by science. He makes use of some novel arguments, especially in regards to how Christian apologists explain inconsistencies in their theory compared to scientific reality.
Harold and Maude
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.
Inherit the Wind
Inspired by the real-life "Monkey Trial" in 1925, where Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in violation of state law. Clarence Darrow is Henry Drummond (Spencer Tracy); William Jennings Bryan is Matthew Harrison Brady (Fredric March).
Lawrence Krauss - A Universe From Nothing
A (Radcliffe Institute, 2013) lecture on how it is likely, or at least plausible, that the Big Bang that created the universe was generated by the instability of absolutely nothing. That is, the universe came about from a state where there was no energy, matter, space, or even physical laws. Thus, there is no reason to presume a "prime mover".
Letting Go Of God
A personal journey to atheism that is humorously spelled out in the classic video “Letting Go of God” (2008) by Julia Sweeney. The SNL alumnus explains how she went through the long process from an upbringing in a devout Catholic family, to questioning the basis and practices of her faith, to trying a variety of other religions, to finally being an outspoken atheist.
Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi is a 2012 adventure-drama film directed and produced by Ang Lee and written by David Magee. Based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name, it stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Tabu and Adil Hussain in lead roles. The storyline revolves around an Indian sixteen-year-old vegetarian boy named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) who strives to live in the company of a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker while they are on a lifeboat alone travelling through the Pacific Ocean.
Madalyn Murray O'Hair with Johnny Carson
Madalyn Murray O'Hair Talks Atheism, Religion, and Four Letter Words - Carson Tonight Show
Militant Atheism by Richard Dawkins
Video of Richard Dawkins explaining his view about how atheists should be "out" about their beliefs.
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python . It was directed by Jones. The film tells the story of Brian Cohen (played by Chapman), a young Jewish-Roman man who is born on the same day as—and next door to—Jesus, and is subsequently mistaken for the Messiah.
Nadia Duncan: Unapologetic Black Atheist
Nadia Duncan spoke in Pittsburgh, Pa. during FFRF's 2016 National Convention on "Becoming an 'Unapologetic Black Atheist.'"
Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. In the film, an astronaut crew crash-lands on a strange planet in the distant future. Although the planet appears desolate at first, the surviving crew members stumble upon a society in which apes have evolved into creatures with human-like intelligence and speech. The apes have assumed the role of the dominant species and humans are mute creatures wearing animal skins.
Bill Maher’s documentary about religions. Irreverent and funny, he simply gives his subjects enough rope to hang themselves. He is unbiased in choosing his victims, exposing all of the major faiths and revealing their hypocrisy.
Sasha Sagan & Ann Druyan: FFRF award 2021
Speeches of Sasha Sagan & Ann Druyan accepting the 2021 FFRF "Emperor Has No Clothes Award"
The Black Robe (1991)
In the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary nicknamed Black Robe by the natives and his small party of companions try reaching the Huron tribe in Canada all while facing mistrust, Iroquois warring parties and harsh winter conditions.
The Four Horsemen HD: Hour 1 of 2
On the 30th of September 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down for a first-of-its-kind, unmoderated 2-hour discussion, convened by RDFRS and filmed by Josh Timonen.
The Invention of Lying (2009)
In a world where people speak the truth and have no concept of deception, a young man (Ricky Gervais) about to lose everything invents the "lie" and goes on to change not just the nature of movie-making, but creates the basis of religion. After much effort, he also gets the girl he loves.
The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson
Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.
'The Unbelievers', follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues.
Tim Minchin - Standup about Religion
A composite of Tim Minchin performances where he talks about religion. Hilarious!
Why Do We Believe Things That Aren't True?
Memetics: An explanation of the field of memetics and how it explains why people believe things that aren't true by Ryan Chapman.
Why I choose humanism over faith. A TED talk by Leo Igwe.
As a humanist, Leo Igwe doesn't believe in divine intervention -- but he does believe in the power of human beings to alleviate suffering, cure disease, preserve the planet and turn situations of poverty into prosperity. In this bold talk, Igwe shares how humanism can free Africans from damaging superstitions and give them the power to rebuild the continent.
Why We Believe in Gods - Andy Thomson - American Atheists 09
Andy Thomson gives his talk titled 'Why We Believe in Gods' at the go in Atlanta, Georgia. See more at http://RichardDawkins.net Also see Richard Dawkins talk from this convention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbza-UtseE0
Wild and Domesticated Religions: How the Machinery of Religion Evolved
Daniel Dennett, External Professor, Santa Fe Institute March 16, 2010 Religions have probably changed more in the last two centuries than they changed in the last two millennia, and perhaps they will change more in the next twenty years than they have in the last two centuries. Dennett discusses religions as intricately designed cultural survivors. He examines how and why their parts work together as they do and explores how we can respond thoughtfully to the challenges they currently suggest.