The Afterlife is a fascinating other-worldly concept for many people. It has been spoken about in just about every religion on Earth and many books and movies have been written about it. There's even a website "Afterlife 101", that covers the subject pretty thoroughly.
I believe that the basic self/soul can percieve spiritual realities like the afterlife. These things are usually contacted as visions or intuitive, mystical perceptions.
Some beings are lucky enough to have first hand knowledge like "Out of Body Experiences".
Many movies dwell on the fact that the afterlife can be a horrifying experience in the body of a zombie or a vampire. None of those horror movies made it to my top ten list.
I wanted something that was realistic, entertaining and mentally expansive as well.
Here's the list starting with number one:
- Ghost: It was best picture in the early 1990s. Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg were great in it. One of the most memorable lines: The subway ghost yelled "If I could only have a drag" after he broke the glass of a cigarette machine.
- The Others: A family in an old dark house surrounded by fog hear the voices of spirits or something else. This is a chilling story of terrible secrets and grim disclosures.
- Heaven is Real: A four-year old child has an out of body experience that shows him secrets that he never knew about. Based on a true story.
- What Dreams May Come: The afterlife heaven and hell become blended together from human creativity. It's a story where redemption comes in a very different way.
- Insidious: It's a dark/scary view of what reality ("The Further") looks to those who haven't gone to the light or passed over.
- Beetlejuice: Humorist view on what can happen if you get involved with the wrong kind of people in the next world.
- Heaven Can Wait: Sometimes shit happens in the afterlife that shouldn't. Comedy about keeping body and soul in the right place. Lots of fun.
- Defending Your Life: This is definitely a new age view of heaven and what goes on there. It's a great place to eat anything you want.
- Made In Heaven: There is a possibility that some relationships are made in Heaven, but how do they end up on Earth.
- The Lovely Bones: A dead (murdered) teenager narrates the story from this world and the next. Film doesn't succeed as a crime thriller or sci/fi fantasy. The story was better in the book than in the movie.