Controversial religious (& around religious & antireligious)

by willet2 | created - 03 Jun 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

fight against evil; exorcisms; horrors; different religious interpretation; incompatible with the tradition conveyed by the holy books; exposing the absurdities of religion; abuses caused by religion --- If you like a discussion about religious issues, from the academic side, see here: YouTube: Religion (negation) + Philosophy + Science + Politics + Culture

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1. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 46,547 | Gross: $7.63M

2. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

47 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 201,580 | Gross: $370.78M

3. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 170,266

4. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 153,867 | Gross: $18.66M

5. Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen (2008 Video)

120 min | Documentary

Richard Dawkins is joined by Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens to discuss science, god, religion and much more.

Director: Josh Timonen | Stars: Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens

Votes: 373

6. Religulous (2008)

R | 101 min | Documentary, Comedy, War

56 Metascore

Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Bill Maher, Tal Bachman, Jonathan Boulden, Steve Burg

Votes: 56,117 | Gross: $13.00M

7. Outside Satan (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

63 Metascore

In a village on the French Opal Coast, a drifter engages in a perplexing relationship with a young woman who has suffered abuse.

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: David Dewaele, Alexandra Lemâtre, Christophe Bon, Juliette Bacquet

Votes: 1,656

8. Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

TV-MA | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy

A priest stuck in a rural congregation and burdened with his overwrought spirituality, finds purpose in a troubled woman accused of murder.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Alain Artur

Votes: 2,566

9. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

TV-14 | 106 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn

Votes: 3,186

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

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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

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

Votes: 4,796

11. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,299 | Gross: $0.90M

14. Revelations (2005– )

43 min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery

Just before the start of the Apocalypse, a physicist and a nun race against the clock to see if the end of the world can be averted.

Stars: Bill Pullman, Natascha McElhone, Michael Massee, Mark Rendall

Votes: 1,430

15. Miracles (2003– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Paul investigates modern miracles for the Catholic Church. After he witnesses a true, supernatural miracle, only for his findings to be dismissed, Paul leaves behind the Church and is approached by Alva Keel to join his organization.

Stars: Skeet Ulrich, Angus Macfadyen, Marisa Ramirez, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 1,141

16. Apparitions (2008– )

Action, Drama, Horror

Father Jacob Myers, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, played by Martin Shaw, examines evidence of miracles to be used in canonisation but also performs exorcisms. As he learns, Jacob's... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Shaw, Rick Warden, Siobhan Finneran, John Shrapnel

Votes: 1,428

17. Lucifer (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Lucifer Morningstar has decided he's had enough of being the dutiful servant in Hell and decides to spend some time on Earth to better understand humanity. He settles in Los Angeles - the City of Angels.

Stars: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside

Votes: 155,464

18. Damien (2016)

60 min | Drama, Horror

After discovering his origins, Damien Thorn must cope with life as the Anti-Christ.

Stars: Bradley James, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Omid Abtahi, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 6,868

19. The Exorcist (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Follows three priests dealing with cases of a demonic presence targeting a family and a foster home.

Stars: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Kurt Egyiawan, Hannah Kasulka

Votes: 22,238

20. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 334,772 | Gross: $232.91M

21. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

46 Metascore

A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Campbell Scott

Votes: 111,120 | Gross: $75.07M

22. Root of All Evil? (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Richard Dawkins' highly critical documentary attacks the pulsing heart of all mainstream religion- faith; with special focus on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Contains repeated ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Barnes | Stars: Yousef Al-Khattab, Richard Dawkins, Ted Haggard, Richard Harries

Votes: 3,447

23. The Brand New Testament (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens

Votes: 25,905 | Gross: $0.09M

24. The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford

Votes: 160,604

25. Constantine (2005)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

50 Metascore

Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf

Votes: 279,029 | Gross: $75.98M

26. The Prophecy (1995)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest and a little girl can stop him.

Director: Gregory Widen | Stars: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 27,232 | Gross: $16.12M

27. The Prophecy II (1998 Video)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Gabriel returns to try to destroy the human race he despises so much, with the help of a suicidal teen and the opposition of the angel Danyael.

Director: Greg Spence | Stars: Christopher Walken, Russell Wong, Jennifer Beals, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 6,643

28. The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000 Video)

R | 84 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A nephilim (half-man/half-angel), guided by visions and aided by the ex-arch angel Gabriel, finds himself hunted and forced to confront Pyriel, the Angel of Genocide.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Christopher Walken, Vincent Spano, Dave Buzzotta, Kayren Butler

Votes: 4,676

29. Stigmata (1999)

R | 103 min | Horror

28 Metascore

When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce, Nia Long

Votes: 60,796 | Gross: $50.05M

30. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 98,088 | Gross: $4.27M

31. The Final Conflict (1981)

R | 108 min | Horror

34 Metascore

The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow

Votes: 16,838 | Gross: $20.47M

32. Lost Souls (2000)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

16 Metascore

A Catholic teacher meets an atheist journalist, whom a group of Catholics and Priests believes has been chosen by the devil to be the Antichrist.

Director: Janusz Kaminski | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Sarah Wynter, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 10,051 | Gross: $16.78M

33. The Order (2003)

R | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

21 Metascore

A young priest is sent to Rome to investigate the troubling death of the head of his order.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Shannyn Sossamon, Benno Fürmann

Votes: 16,328 | Gross: $7.66M

34. Deliver Us from Evil (I) (2014)

R | 118 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

40 Metascore

New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy

Votes: 63,879 | Gross: $30.58M

35. The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

38 Metascore

American seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donaghue) travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga

Votes: 85,731 | Gross: $33.05M

36. The Island (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

Director: Pavel Lungin | Stars: Pyotr Mamonov, Viktor Sukhorukov, Dmitriy Dyuzhev, Yuriy Kuznetsov

Votes: 10,119

37. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

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

Votes: 335,546 | Gross: $20.05M

38. Adam's Apples (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen

Votes: 41,951 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Calvary (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

77 Metascore

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 52,321 | Gross: $3.59M

40. The Conclave (2006)

100 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1458, five years after the fall of Constantinople to the Turk, eighteen cardinals met in Rome to elect a new pope. A 27-year-old Spanish cardinal, Rodrigo Borgia, learns to play a very dangerous game; how to survive his first conclave.

Director: Christoph Schrewe | Stars: Manu Fullola, Brian Blessed, James Faulkner, Rolf Kanies

Votes: 467

41. The Third Miracle (1999)

R | 119 min | Drama

55 Metascore

The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. During his investigation, the priest, who is experiencing a crisis of faith, re-discovers his own purpose in life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Sofia Polanska, Pavol Simon, Ivan Lukac, Patrik Minar

Votes: 3,015 | Gross: $0.74M

42. Bless the Child (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

17 Metascore

Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult willing to do anything to gain them.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Rufus Sewell, Holliston Coleman

Votes: 13,293 | Gross: $29.37M

43. The Devil's Doorway (2018)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror

48 Metascore

In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for 'fallen women', only to uncover something much more horrific.

Director: Aislinn Clarke | Stars: Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn, Helena Bereen, Lauren Coe

Votes: 2,064

44. Clergy (2018)

133 min | Drama

Three Catholic priests meet to celebrate the anniversary of an event which could have taken their lives. Their experiences and motivations to serve as priests are extremely different, and soon each of them will have to face new challenges.

Director: Wojciech Smarzowski | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Robert Wieckiewicz, Jacek Braciak, Joanna Kulig

Votes: 2,691

45. Tell No One (2019)

121 min | Documentary

The documentary follows the true and elaborate depiction of pedophilia in the Polish Catholic Church.

Director: Tomasz Sekielski | Stars: Franciszek Cybula, Irena Drewla, Stanislaw Gadecki, Slawoj Leszek Glodz

Votes: 2,143

46. Of Gods and Men (2010)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, History

86 Metascore

Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach

Votes: 14,002 | Gross: $3.95M

47. The Body (2001)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

21 Metascore

A crucified body dated back to the first century A.D is uncovered at an ancient cave in Jerusalem. Trouble ensues as word spreads.

Director: Jonas McCord | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Olivia Williams, John Shrapnel, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 7,027 | Gross: $0.03M

48. The X-Files (1993– )
Episode: All Souls (1998)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

When a girl dies a mysterious death, Scully and Mulder discover more girls' lives are at stake in a divine battle of good versus evil.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Glenn Morshower, Jody Racicot

Votes: 2,273



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