Here it is: the compilation affectionately referred to around here as the “Jesus Movie Master List.” Since I have not yet seen all of these movies, this list should not be taken as an endorsement. After I watch a film, it’s linked to any corresponding blog post.
In the meantime, here is the list with IMDb summaries and scores (for what they’re worth). Trailers and clips are linked where available.
“In fourteenth-century England, peasant girl Christine Carpenter is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary that the local priest (who lusts after her) suggests she be walled up in the church as an anchoress, a holy woman with responsibility for blessing the villagers. But when the priest has Christine’s mother tried as a witch, she digs herself out of her cell, a crime for which the punishment is death.” 6.3/10
Andrei Rublev (1966)
“The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.” 8.4/10
The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ (1906)
“The life of Jesus Christ in 25 scenes.” 6.3/10
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
“The Life of Jesus Christ.” 6.6/10
Die Grosse Still (2005)
Documentary. “An examination of life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France.” 7.4/10
“Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.” 7.4/10
Life and Passion of Christ (1907)
“Depicting well-known incidents in the life of Jesus Christ, this milestone of early cinema won world fame, huge audiences and a screen life of decades when most secular films of the time measured their commercial life in weeks. ” 6/10
The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ (1903)
Here is a source for the full hand-tinted silent film.
Little Sister (2016)
Young nun Colleen is avoiding all contact from her family, returning to her childhood home in Asheville NC, she finds her old room exactly how she left it: painted black and covered in goth/metal posters. 6.3/10
Of Gods & Men (2010)
“Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.” 7.2/10
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
“A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d’Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.” 8.3/10
The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984)
Documentary. “Ken Burns examines the American utopian 19th century religious sect known as the Shakers.” 7.3/10
Simon of the Desert (1965)
“Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him to come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.” 8/10
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
“In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.” 7.7/10
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Citing this page:
Solomon, Alana. “The Film List.” Ortolana Studio & Press. Ortolana Studio & Press, 17 Oct. 2016.