Movies for Thinking about Christian History

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
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This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope... (122 mins.)
“ A beautiful and reasonably accurate telling of St. Francis' life. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Sant'Antonio di Padova (2002 TV Movie)
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Depiction of the life of St. Anthony, beginning with his initial calling to the priesthood as a young Portugese nobleman, and following him as he becomes a Franciscan monk and preaches across Africa and Europe. (102 mins.)
Director: Umberto Marino
“ This is a superb telling of the story of Anthony of Padua one of the early Franciscans, not from the group that first formed around Francis, but still one directly influenced by Francis himself. ” - RRHowell41
 
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“ William Carey was a missionary to India. This shows his ministry in India, along with some of the difficulties. ” - RRHowell41
 
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God's Outlaw (1986)
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A dramatized biography of William Tyndale, the 16th Century reformer determined to translate the Bible into English, which illegal act set him at odds with the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII. (93 mins.)
Director: Tony Tew
“ The Story of William Tyndale. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Luther (2003)
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During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation. (123 mins.)
Director: Eric Till
“ Reasonably accurate and worth watching. ” - RRHowell41
 
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A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
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The Mission (1986)
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18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ Political issues cause problems with missions to the people of South America ” - RRHowell41
 
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Black Robe (1991)
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A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter. (101 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ A missionary in Canada to the Algonquin Indians. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Molokai (1999)
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The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers. (109 mins.)
Director: Paul Cox
“ A good telling of this story. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Beyond the Next Mountain (1987)
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The story of how the Gospel of John changed the course of history for a tribe of headhunters. (97 mins.)
“ One man's struggle to bring the Bible to his own people in a mountainous region of India in their own language, after they had been Christian for many years. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Romero (1989)
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The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador. (102 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
“ The story of Oscar Romero in El Salvador. ” - RRHowell41