Great Christians in film

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1. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

89 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 73,549 | Gross: $52.08M

2. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 36,805 | Gross: $0.02M

Silent film, masterpiece, about the process of Joan of Arc (1412-1431).

3. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 82,201 | Gross: $30.08M

Biopic about Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603), a protestant queen.

4. Pope Joan (2009)

149 min | Drama, Romance

A woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim in the ninth century disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham, John Goodman, Iain Glen

Votes: 7,606

Johanna Angelicus (814-847), the women who became Pope.

5. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 59,526 | Gross: $14.28M

Joan of Arc (1412-1431), first a warrior, later a witch and finally a Catholic saint.

6. Martin Luther (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther covering his life between 1505-1530 A.D. and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Niall MacGinnis, John Ruddock, Pierre Lefevre, Guy Verney

Votes: 361

Black and white film about the life of Martin Luther (1483-1546), the father of the Protestant Reformation.

7. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

Approved | 158 min | Biography, Drama, War

All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Robert Donat, Curd Jürgens, Michael David

Votes: 3,912

Biopic about Gladys Aylward (1902-1970), was a British evangelical Christian missionary to China.

8. Luther (2003)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

47 Metascore

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.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Molina

Votes: 13,732 | Gross: $5.79M

The life of the German reformer Martin Luther (1483.1546), in tune with our times.

9. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 46,372 | Gross: $58.97M

Biopic based on Scottish athlete Eric Liddell (1902-1945) and the Englishman Harold Abrahams (1899-1978), in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Liddell was called "The Flying Scotsman", he was an evangelical Christian and testified to his faith, then he went as a missionary to China, he died young and the whole Scotland wept for him. Abrahams was Jewish and a great friend of Liddell.

10. Francesco, giullare di Dio (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

The film dramatizes about a dozen vignettes from the life of St. Francis and his early followers - starting with their return in the rain to Rivotorlo from Rome when the Pope blessed their ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo, Severino Pisacane

Votes: 2,688

The holy madness of Francis of Assisi and his disciples. A masterpiece of Roberto Rossellini.

11. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean

Votes: 24,964 | Gross: $7.19M

The adventure of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), who followed the Biblical prophecies to discover the New World.

12. Shadowlands (1993)

PG | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Julian Fellowes, Roddy Maude-Roxby

Votes: 14,715 | Gross: $25.84M

The life of the Irish writer C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) specially the years in which it suffered the death of his wife.

13. Lust for Life (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

Votes: 8,784

14. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 219,114 | Gross: $182.21M

15. Romero (1989)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Raul Julia, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia, Eddie Velez

Votes: 1,842 | Gross: $1.32M

Biopic about the life of Oscar Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980), a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, defender of the poor, was murdererd by the government of his country.

16. Amazing Grace (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai

Votes: 22,326 | Gross: $21.21M

Biopic about William Wilberforce (1759-1833), an English politician, evangelical Christian, leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.

17. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 79,469 | Gross: $39.39M

18. I, the Worst of All (1990)

R | 105 min | Drama

A viceroy and an archbishop take their posts in Mexico. A local nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), intrigues them. The viceroy and his wife find her brilliant and fascinating. The ... See full summary »

Director: María Luisa Bemberg | Stars: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Héctor Alterio, Lautaro Murúa

Votes: 525 | Gross: $0.05M

Biopic about Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), Mexican poet, nun, theologian, philosopher, playwright, scientist, astronomer, musician, painter and historian.

19. Kino (1993)

109 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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Director: Felipe Cazals | Stars: Enrique Rocha, Rodolfo de Anda, Manuel Ojeda, Fernando Balzaretti

Votes: 29

20. The Hiding Place (1975)

PG | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland. Their uneventful lives are disrupted with the coming of the Nazis. ... See full summary »

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Julie Harris, Jeannette Clift, Arthur O'Connell, Robert Rietty

Votes: 1,525

Historical drama about Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983), a Dutch Christian, who helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust.

21. Karol, un uomo diventato Papa (2005 TV Movie)

186 min | Biography, Drama

The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 1,955

The life of Pope John Paul II (1920-2005).

22. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

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, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 3,579

Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), the saint of the ecologists.

23. John Wycliffe: The Morning Star (1984)

Not Rated | 75 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of 14th century John Wycliffe, AKA "The Morning Star of the Reformation", who was the first to translate the Bible into English.

Director: Tony Tew | Stars: Michael Bertenshaw, James Downie, Peter Howell, Barrie Cookson

Votes: 108

The life of John Wycliffe (1320-1384), an English theologian, preacher, reformer and traslator of the Bible in English.

24. John Hus (1977)

Not Rated | 55 min | Biography, Drama, History

A faithful recounting of the ministry, trial and martyrdom of the fifteenth century Bohemian priest John Hus, who built on the reforms of John Wycliffe, taught the Bible in the vernacular and who influenced Martin Luther a century later.

Director: Michael Economou | Stars: Rod Colbin, Regis Cordic, Marvin Miller, Sándor Naszódy

Votes: 51

John Hus (1373-1415), czech priest, philosopher and the first reformer of the Christian Church, he was burned at the stake.

25. Rita da Cascia (2004 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

The story of St. Rita of Cascia and her virtue.

Director: Giorgio Capitani | Stars: Vittoria Belvedere, Martin Crewes, Simone Ascani, Enzo Marino Bellanich

Votes: 135

The life of Saint Rita of Cascia (1381-1457), an Italian nun and a holy widow venerated in the Catholic Church.

26. Sant'Agostino (2010 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the life and conversion of Aurelius Augustinus to Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Alessandro Preziosi, Monica Guerritore, Alexander Held, Johannes Brandrup

Votes: 232

The life of Augustine of Hippo (354-430), theologian and philosopher, maybe the most influential leader in Christian history, after Saint Paul.

27. God's Outlaw (1986)

Not Rated | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Tony Tew | Stars: Roger Rees, Bernard Archard, Keith Barron, Kenneth Gilbert

Votes: 172

Biopic about William Tyndale (1490-1536), an English scholar, translator of the Bible into English; sentenced by King Henry VIII, Tyndale suffered the martyrdom.

28. Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo (2007)

97 min | Drama

A drama based on the life of Spain's feminist mystic Saint Teresa (Vega).

Director: Ray Loriga | Stars: Paz Vega, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, Eusebio Poncela

Votes: 371

Provocative film about Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), a Spanish mystic and Roman catholic saint.

29. The Radicals (1990)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History

The dramatic story of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.

Director: Raul V. Carrera | Stars: Norbert Weisser, Mark Lenard, Leigh Lombardi, Christopher Neame

Votes: 75

Historical drama on the radical reformers, called "anabaptists" (16th century).

30. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 23,863 | Gross: $8.32M

31. Hidalgo - La historia jamás contada. (2010)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

From his jail cell at Chihuahua's Military Hospital, Hidalgo begins to remember moments of his life, particularly his tenure as Parish Priest in the town of San Felipe Torres Mochas where ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Serrano | Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Demián Bichir, Cecilia Suárez, Raúl Méndez

Votes: 292

The life of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753-1811), was a Mexican priest, leader of the Mexican War of Independence.

32. The Seventh Room (1996)

108 min | Biography, Drama, War

This movie is based on the life of Saint Edith Stein. She was a German nun of Jewish descent who had converted to Catholicism. Much of her early life was spent as an outspoken academic. ... See full summary »

Director: Márta Mészáros | Stars: Maia Morgenstern, Elide Melli, Jan Nowicki, Anna Polony

Votes: 111

The life of Edith Stein (1891-1942), also Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, a German Roman Catholic nun, born into Jewish family, atheist in her teenage years, later philosophy doctor, disciple of Heidegger and Husserl, and finally converted to Catholicism.

33. Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, History

The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Johanna Klante, Robert Joy, R.H. Thomson

Votes: 501 | Gross: $0.30M

Biopic about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), a German Lutheran pastor and disident anti-Nazi.

34. Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Drama

A story of Mother Teresa, beginning in Calcutta, India, where she faces adversity from every direction and where she lays the foundation for her crusade to help the poorest of the poor.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Keene Curtis, Helena Carroll, David Byrd

Votes: 214

The life of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), an Albanian Roman Catholic nun, defender of the poor.

35. Hudson Taylor (1981)

85 min | Biography, Drama

Biopic of Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), a British protestant missionary in China.

Director: Ken Anderson | Stars: Mike Hickman, Rebecca Baker, Charles Applegate, J. Wesley Baker

Votes: 25

Biopic about Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), a British Protestant Christian missionary to China.

36. Francisco - El Padre Jorge (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History

A look at the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, form his early childhood days in Argentina to his becoming Pope Francis.

Director: Beda Docampo Feijóo | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, Silvia Abascal, Anabella Agostini, Eugenia Alonso

Votes: 400

37. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews

Votes: 5,466

38. Joan of Arc (1948)

Approved | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, Francis L. Sullivan, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 2,307

39. Francis of Assisi (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

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. Clare (Dolores Hart) is a young ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 641

40. Palavra e Utopia (2000)

130 min | Biography, History

The story of Father Antonio Vieira, a 17th-century Portuguese priest who lived in Brazil and worked for better treatment of the Indians and to abolish slavery.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Lima Duarte, Luís Miguel Cintra, Ricardo Trêpa, Miguel Guilherme

Votes: 324

41. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 59,589 | Gross: $16.29M

42. Morelos (2012)

105 min | History

La película retrata los últimos años de la vida de José María Morelos y Pavón (1812-1815), héroe mexicano quien tras burlar el cerco de sus enemigos, toma una de las ciudades más ... See full synopsis »

Director: Antonio Serrano | Stars: Dagoberto Gama, Raúl Méndez, Juan Ignacio Aranda, Stephanie Sigman

Votes: 55

43. End of the Spear (2005)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

45 Metascore

Two people come to the end of a spear in order to realize that the divisions between them are not real.

Director: Jim Hanon | Stars: Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman, Christina Souza

Votes: 4,604 | Gross: $11.97M

44. The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)

GP | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Crusading minister gets involved in the lives of members of a New York City street gang.

Director: Don Murray | Stars: Pat Boone, Erik Estrada, Jacqueline Giroux, Jo-Ann Robinson

Votes: 859

45. The Last Station (2009)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 16,412 | Gross: $6.62M