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1. Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.7
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Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.

Creator: Steven S. DeKnight | Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 151,092

2. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.6
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39 Metascore

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Writers: Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson, B.L. Jurgens | Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 72,882

3. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Dan Brown | Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 281,536

4. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

7.1
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47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Writers: Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson | Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 168,171

5. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.2
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75 Metascore

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin | Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 239,641

6. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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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.

Writers: Lew Wallace, Karl Tunberg | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 139,980

7. History of the World: Part I (1981)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Musical

6.9
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Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Writer: Mel Brooks | Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 33,055

8. Son of God (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama

5.5
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37 Metascore

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Writers: Richard Bedser, Christopher Spencer, Colin Swash, Nic Young | Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops

Votes: 14,045

9. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Writers: Nikos Kazantzakis, Paul Schrader | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 36,666

10. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 108 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.3
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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.

Writers: Melvyn Bragg, Norman Jewison, Tim Rice | Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Votes: 18,271

11. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 225 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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The life of Jesus Christ.

Writers: Fulton Oursler, Henry Denker, James Lee Barrett, George Stevens | Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 5,948

12. Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV Mini-Series)

382 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.7
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A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 10,234

13. Quo Vadis (1951)

Passed | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A fierce Roman general becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emporer Nero.

Writers: John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, Henryk Sienkiewicz | Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 8,882

14. Ben Hur (2010 TV Mini-Series)

180 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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A young Jewish prince seeks revenge after an old friend wrongly imprisons him and his family.

Stars: Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily VanCamp, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 1,170

15. The Gathering (III) (2003)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.7
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While going to the town of Ashby Wake, the drifter Cassie is hit by a car driven by Marion Kirkman and loses her memory. Marion invites Cassie to stay in her huge old house with her family,... See full summary »

Writer: Anthony Horowitz | Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane, Kerry Fox

Votes: 6,306

16. Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | 137 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Writers: Christopher Fry, Pär Lagerkvist | Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado

Votes: 3,471

17. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family

6.7
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52 Metascore

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Writer: Mike Rich | Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 7,629

18. King of Kings (1961)

PG-13 | 168 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The life of Jesus Christ.

Writer: Philip Yordan | Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Ron Randell

Votes: 4,259

19. Ben Hur (2003 Video)

Unrated | 80 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.9
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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.

Writers: Abi Estrin Cunningham, Lew Wallace | Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr. | Stars: Charlton Heston, Duncan Fraser, Scott McNeil, Gerard Plunkett

Votes: 568

20. Masada (1981 TV Mini-Series)

394 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss, Barbara Carrera, Alan Feinstein

Votes: 1,539

21. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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52 Metascore

The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

Writer: John Goldsmith | Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Christopher Plummer, Stuart Bunce

Votes: 1,993

22. A.D. (1985 TV Mini-Series)

600 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Colleen Dewhurst, Ava Gardner, David Hedison

Votes: 305

23. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

8.1
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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Writers: Lew Wallace, June Mathis, Carey Wilson, Bess Meredyth, Katherine Hilliker, H.H. Caldwell | Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 5,805

24. Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama

5.7
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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, at the revealing of the impending birth by the angel Gabrie, and ... See full summary »

Writer: Albert Ross | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, David Threlfall

Votes: 985

25. The Final Inquiry (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.3
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In 35 A.D., a Roman tribune is sent to Palestine to investigate the death and possible resurrection of a certain Jesus from Nasareth.

Writers: Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Ennio Flaiano, Valerio Manfredi, Andrea Porporati | Director: Giulio Base | Stars: Daniele Liotti, Dolph Lundgren, Mónica Cruz, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 944

26. The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Writer: Brian Flemming | Director: Brian Flemming | Stars: Sam Harris, Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty

Votes: 4,378

27. Peter and Paul (1981 TV Movie)

198 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.

Writers: Christopher Knopf, Stanley Hough | Director: Robert Day | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Foxworth, Eddie Albert, Raymond Burr

Votes: 400

28. The Gospel According to Matthew (1993)

258 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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Matthew 15:1 - 28:20 - The year is about 62 A.D., and the aging apostle Matthew recalls the remarkable events he witnessed as a young man. As his story unfolds, the centuries melt away and ... See full summary »

Writer: Johann Potgieter | Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Richard Kiley, Bruce Marchiano, Gerrit Schoonhoven, Dawid Minnaar

Votes: 347

29. The Jesus Film (1979)

G | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.1
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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 Testament,here is the life of Jesus from the miraculous virgin birth to the calling of ... See full summary »

Writer: Barnet Bain | Directors: John Krish, Peter Sykes | Stars: Brian Deacon, Rivka Neuman, Alexander Scourby, Niko Nitai

Votes: 1,397

30. Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)

Drama, History

6.8
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Three days before his execution, the elderly Apostle Peter tells his jailer about his time with Jesus.

Writers: Timothy Ratajczak, Gabriel Sabloff | Director: Gabriel Sabloff | Stars: Robert Loggia, Bruce Marchiano, Laurence Fuller, Ryan Alosio

Votes: 408

31. The Visual Bible: Acts (1994 Video)

193 min | History

7.0
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The accounts of the New Testament Book of Acts, dramatized and narrated, as recalled by old Dr. Luke.

Writers: Saint Luke, Joyce Marcarelli | Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Dean Jones, Henry O. Arnold, Jennifer O'Neill, Francesco Quinn

Votes: 175

32. The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 72 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.

Writers: Tom Fontana, Henry van Dyke | Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Martin Sheen, Alan Arkin, Eileen Brennan, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 344

33. The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000)

Unrated | 67 min | Drama

7.8
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Although in America, Helam witnesses the star heralding the birth of Christ, and 33 years later he faithfully awaits the promised coming of The Messiah despite persecution for this belief. ... See full summary »

Writer: Kieth Merrill | Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Rick Macy, Jeremy Hoop, Arianna Marsden, Joy Gardner

Votes: 435

34. The Viking Queen (1967)

91 min | Adventure

4.9
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To honour her father's dying wish, Queen Salina shares the rule of Icena with Justinian, a fair and just Roman. This displeases the bloodthirsty Druids on one side and the more hard-line ... See full summary »

Writers: Clarke Reynolds, John Temple-Smith | Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston, Andrew Keir

Votes: 612

35. Ben Hur (1907)

15 min | Short, Drama

5.7
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The scene opens with an assembly of citizens who are harangued by one of their number, whose words have great weight with the crowd, and their attitude of approval shows that Roman misrule ... See full summary »

Writers: Gene Gauntier, Lew Wallace | Directors: Harry T. Morey, Sidney Olcott, Frank Rose | Stars: Herman Rottger, William S. Hart

Votes: 388

36. The Inquiry (1986)

107 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

6.4
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A Roman agent is sent to Palestine to investigate rumors of the resurrection of an executed criminal.

Writers: Vittorio Bonicelli, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Damiano Damiani, Ennio Flaiano | Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Phyllis Logan, Angelo Infanti

Votes: 223

37. St. John in Exile (1986)

92 min | Drama

7.4
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Writer: Don Berrigan | Director: Dan Curtis | Star: Dean Jones

Votes: 139

38. Road to Emmaus (2010 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Drama

8.4
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Mourning the death of Jesus, two first-century travelers were joined by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few hours, the stranger revealed many mysteries that lay hidden in the ancient ... See full summary »

Writer: Mike Trinklein | Director: Steve Boettcher | Stars: Kristie Cooper, Darren Elliot Fulsher, Guy Holling, Michael Landers

Votes: 32

39. Color of the Cross (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

3.2
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34 Metascore

A retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, based on the idea that he was a black man whose death was a racially motivated hate crime.

Writers: Jean Claude Nelson, James Troesh, Jean-Claude La Marre | Director: Jean-Claude La Marre | Stars: Jean-Claude La Marre, Johann John Jean, Adam Green, Jesse Holland

Votes: 280

40. The Passover Plot (1976)

PG | 108 min | Drama

4.8
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Dramatization of the controversial best-seller that posits an alternate version of the birth of Christianity. In this version, Jesus planned for His crucifixion by taking a drug that would ... See full summary »

Writers: Millard Cohan, Patricia Louisianna Knop, Hugh J. Schonfield | Director: Michael Campus | Stars: Harry Andrews, Hugh Griffith, Zalman King, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 57

41. Takeru Yamato (1994)

105 min | Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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After killing his brother, Prince Yamato is banished from his father's kingdom until he can bring his dangerous powers under control. On his journey, he meets and joins with the magical ... See full summary »

Writer: Wataru Mimura | Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Masahiro Takashima, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Hiroshi Fujioka, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 138

42. The Legend of the Three Trees (2001 TV Movie)

Animation, Family

7.7
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A story of three trees and God's plan for each of them.

Writers: George Taweel, Rob Loos | Star: Hal Holbrook

Votes: 26

43. El mártir del Calvario (1952)

113 min | Drama, History

6.4
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Writers: Gonzalo Elvira Sánchez de Aparicio, Miguel Morayta | Director: Miguel Morayta | Stars: Enrique Rambal, Manolo Fábregas, Consuelo Frank, Alicia Palacios

Votes: 80

44. The Great Commandment (1939)

78 min | Drama

6.7
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The Great Commandment is a Christian film directed by Irving Pichel, which portrays the conversion to Christianity of a young Zealot, Joel, and the Roman soldier Longinus through the ... See full summary »

Writer: Dana Burnet | Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: John Beal, Maurice Moscovitch, Albert Dekker, Marjorie Cooley

Votes: 54

45. Histoire de Judas (2015)

99 min | Drama

5.8
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The last days of Jesus into Jerusalem, from the perspective of an unexpected Judas, presented as the closest of his disciples.

Writer: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche | Director: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche | Stars: Nabil Djedouani, Mohamed Aroussi, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Marie Loustalot

Votes: 40

46. 79 A.D. (1962)

113 min | Drama, History

4.4
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Intrigue at the Roman Emperor's court prior to its destruction by Vesuvius.

Writers: Helmut Harun, Gianfranco Parolini, Giovanni Simonelli | Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Susan Paget, Brad Harris, Mara Lane, Jacques Berthier

Votes: 53

47. The Emissary: A Biblical Epic (1997)

6.7
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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.

Writer: Joyce Marcarelli | Director: Robert Marcarelli | Stars: Garry Cooper, Leon Lissek, Kermit Christman, Grant Parsons

Votes: 41

48. Jesus, the Son of God (1995 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Biography

6.5
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Jesus, the Son of God begins with Jesus, Mary and Joseph traveling to Jerusalem for the Passover in 13 A.D. Young Jesus, age twelve, walks behind His parents carrying a lamb. Jesus is to ... See full summary »

Writer: Brian Nissen | Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Ivan Crosland, Jonathan Best, Maikel Bailey, Pat Jackson

Votes: 22

49. Saul of Tarsus (1990 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.0
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Saul of Tarsus, a student of Jewish law, zealously persecutes early Christians. But after experiencing a blinding vision of Jesus while traveling to Damascus, where he intended to carry out... See full summary »

Writers: Brian Nissen, Orson Scott Card | Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Brian Nissen, John Runnels, Gregory Snegoff, Tony Larimer

Votes: 27

50. Barabbas (1953)

123 min | Drama

7.6
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The story about the thief who didn't get crucified because Jesus was choosen to take his place.

Writers: Pär Lagerkvist, Alf Sjöberg | Director: Alf Sjöberg | Stars: Lissi Alandh, Tor Bergner, Lillemor Biörnstad, John W. Björling

Votes: 37