The Film List

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 the 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.

Anchoress (1993) anchoress2

“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
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Andrei Rublev (1966)
“The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.” 8.4/10
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Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
“A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.” 8.1/10
Trailer

Behind This Convent (2008)
(Note: This is not the “nunsploitation” film of a similar name.)
Documentary. “April 10th, 1994. Killers stormed a convent in of the small hill towns of Rwanda. They selected two hundred Tutsis from the group and executed them behind this convent. Behind This Convent is the story of from the point of view of survivors who have witnessed the darkest hour of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.” 6.8/10

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)
“At a big city Catholic school, Father O’Malley and Sister Benedict indulge in friendly rivalry, and succeed in extending the school through the gift of a building.” 7.5/10

The Birth, the Life, and the Death of Christ (1906)
“The life of Jesus Christ in 25 scenes.” 6.3/10

Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
brother-sun-sister-moon“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.” 7.2/10
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Francesco, Guillare di Dio (1950)
“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 Rule and ending with their dispersal to preach.” 7.6/10
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God is the Bigger Elvis (2011)
Documentary. “Dolores Hart left a successful Hollywood acting career to become a nun.” 7.1/10
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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
“The Life of Jesus Christ.” 6.6/10
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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
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Ida (2014)ida
“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
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Journal d’un Curé de Campagne (1951)
“A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.” 8/10
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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)
6.6/10
Here is a source for the full hand-tinted silent film.

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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

La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison (2010)
Documentary. “How does an American nun end up serving a ‘life sentence’ in a Mexican prison? Mother Antonia, ‘La Mama’, has done so by choice for more than 30 years. After a life of privilege in Beverly Hills that included 2 marriages, 2 divorces and 7 children, Mary Brenner became a nun at age 50. She felt called to Tijuana’s most notorious prison, La Mesa Penitentiary. Outside prison walls, she founded her own order, Servants of the Eleventh Hour. Like La Mama, they are all older women who believe they can make a difference, serving the poorest of the poor. Despite alarming violence in Tijuana and severe prison overcrowding, Mother Antonia says she will never leave ‘sus hijos’, the prisoners she considers her sons and daughters.” 4.6/10
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Merton: A Film Biography (1984)
Documentary. 7.4/10
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La Vie Miraculeuse de Therese Martin (1929)

Monsieur Vincent (1948)
“St. Vincent de Paul struggles to bring about peace and harmony among the peasant and the nobles in the midst of the Black Death in Europe, carrying on his charitable work in the face of all obstacles.” 7.1/10

The Nun: The Story of a Carmelite Vocation (2007)
Documentary.
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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
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Offret (1986)
“At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.” 8.2/10
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Ordet (1955)
“Follows the lives of the Brogen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with one and other, and the rest of the town. The various events that unfold throughout the film tests all of their faith and beliefs.” 8.1/10

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“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
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The Reluctant Saint (1962)
“In 17th century Italy, a simple and clumsy young man joins a Franciscan order, pursues full priesthood and performs a miracle that eventually ensures his sainthood.” 7.3/10
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The Scarlet & the Black (1983)
“Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome.” 7.8/10
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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
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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. 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
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Therese (1986)
“The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of “the little way” to God are shown clearly, using plain modern language. A sense of angelic simplicity comes across without fancy lights, choirs, or showy miracles.” 7.5/10
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The Ten Commandments (1956)
7.9/10
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Citing this page:
Solomon, Alana. “The Film List.” Ortolana Studio & Press. Ortolana Studio & Press, 17 Oct. 2016.

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