Best to Worst of Religious Films

Any film that has religion as a major theme (that I have seen) is listed.
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1.
King of Kings (1961)
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The life of Jesus Christ. (168 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
2.
Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
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The story of the fall and redemption of Jean Valjean, arrested for stealing some bread for his starving family...
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
3.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
4.
Jesus of Nazareth (1977 Mini-Series)
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Ressurection, JESUS OF NAZARETH brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels. (382 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
5.
Ben-Hur (1959)
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
6.
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump... (156 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
7.
The Sound of Music (1965)
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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
8.
Schindler's List (1993)
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In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (195 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
9.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
10.
The Nun's Story (1959)
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After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II. (149 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
11.
Quo Vadis (1951)
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A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero. (171 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
12.
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010)
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A celebratory 25th anniversary concert performance of the hit musical at The O2 in London. (178 mins.)
Director: Nick Morris
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
13.
Les Misérables (2012)
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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
14.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
15.
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
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The life of Jesus Christ. (225 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
16.
Les Misérables (1958)
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Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert. (210 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
17.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
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In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her. (117 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
18.
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
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A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. (118 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
19.
The Razor's Edge (1946)
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married. (145 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
20.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned. (143 mins.)
Director: Fred Niblo
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
21.
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
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Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac. (174 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
22.
The Scarlet and the Black (1983 TV Movie)
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Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome. (143 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
23.
Francis of Assisi (1961)
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Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God... (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
24.
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
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
25.
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
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King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
26.
Mother Teresa (2003 TV Movie)
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Mother Teresa - the movie: the inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa, a simple nun who became one... (180 mins.)
Director: Fabrizio Costa
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
27.
San Francisco (1936)
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A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco. (115 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
28.
Les Misérables (1998)
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Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives... (134 mins.)
Director: Bille August
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
29.
The King of Kings (1927)
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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection. (155 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
30.
Les Misérables (1935)
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In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman. (108 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
31.
The Nativity Story (2006)
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A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. (101 mins.)
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
32.
Sergeant York (1941)
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A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ 10/10 ” - elephant999
 
33.
The Crucible (1996)
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
34.
Going My Way (1944)
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Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy... (126 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
35.
Salome (1953)
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In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias... (103 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
36.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
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A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer. (91 mins.)
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
37.
Noah's Ark (1999 Mini-Series)
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In the Biblical story from Genesis, God floods the world as Noah rescues his family and the animals in a gigantic ark. (178 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ 9/10 ” - elephant999
 
38.
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
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
39.
The Angel Wore Red (1960)
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A clergyman leaves the priesthood over the church's indifferent position during the Spanish Civil War but finds himself attracted to a beautiful entertainer. (95 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
40.
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
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A compulsive gambler dies during a shooting, but he'll receive a second chance to reform himself and to make up with his worried wife. (98 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
41.
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
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In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud... (102 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
42.
The House of Rothschild (1934)
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The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within. (88 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
43.
The Fugitive (1947)
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Anti--Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest. (104 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
44.
Plymouth Adventure (1952)
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Trials and tribulations beset the one hundred odd settlers that journey to Virginia in 1620 including unexpectedly arriving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (105 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
45.
The Big Trees (1952)
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A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron. (89 mins.)
Director: Felix Feist
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
46.
Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999 TV Movie)
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A believable telling of the life of Mary, the chosen by God, mother of Christ. The story follows Mary before conception... (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
47.
Legend of the Candy Cane (2001 TV Movie)
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(42 mins.)
Director: John Schmidt
“ 8/10 ” - elephant999
 
48.
Sister Act (1992)
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When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
49.
Rain (1932)
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A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man. (94 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
50.
The Big Fisherman (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Exploring the life of Peter, from being a successful fisherman to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ and being dependent on Jesus Christ. (180 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
51.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
52.
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000 Video)
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When Joseph receives a beautiful coat from his parents, his eleven brothers hate him even more and are... (75 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
53.
The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)
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The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King. (72 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
54.
The Mighty Macs (2009)
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In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship. (99 mins.)
Director: Tim Chambers
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
55.
Joshua (2002)
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"Joshua" tells the story of a possible second coming of Christ to a small U.S. town. (91 mins.)
Director: Jon Purdy
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
56.
Rasputin (1996 TV Movie)
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HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Tsar Nicholas in Russia. (135 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
57.
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
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In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity. (96 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
58.
Millions (2004)
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Ethics, being human and the soul come to the fore when a 7-year old finds a bag of Pounds just days before the currency is switched to Euros and learns what we are really made of. (98 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
59.
The Emissary: A Biblical Epic (1997)
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This drama follows Saul the angry zealot to Paul the servant of Christ who will pay any price to bring his message to the world. (51 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
60.
The Jesus Film (1979)
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Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New... (117 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
61.
Mouse on the Mayflower (1968 TV Movie)
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The Mayflower journey as see thru the expectancies of a church mouce.
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
62.
The Small Miracle (1974 TV Movie)
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A small boy of rural Italy, befriends a Catholic priest and pleads for help to save his sick donkey... (73 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
63.
The Bible (2013 Mini-Series)
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The story of God's creation of the Earth and the landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. (600 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - elephant999
 
64.
Mary of Nazareth (2012 TV Movie)
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(100 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - elephant999
 
65.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
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Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
66.
Siddhartha (1972)
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The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse. (89 mins.)
Director: Conrad Rooks
“ 5/10 ” - elephant999
 
67.
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
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When the singing Veggies encounter some car trouble, they're stranded at old, rundown seafood joint where nothing is quite as it seems... (82 mins.)
“ 4/10 ” - elephant999
 
68.
An Easter Carol (2004 Video)
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When Mr. Nezzer tries to knock St. Bart's church down to make way for his new amusement park, Easter Land... (49 mins.)
Director: Tim Hodge
“ 4/10 ” - elephant999