Liberation Theology Movies: Christian SJW List

by martintom-57275 | created - 14 Feb 2017 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

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1. 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: 2,047 | Gross: $1.32M

2. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a Marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante

Votes: 10,319

3. Baptism of Blood (2006)

110 min | Drama

During the period of 1964 to 1985, Brazil lived a military dictatorship. In the 60s, the Dominican friars Tito, Betto, Fernando and Ivo help leftist organizations. However, they are ... See full summary »

Director: Helvecio Ratton | Stars: Caio Blat, Daniel de Oliveira, Léo Quintão, Odilon Esteves

Votes: 612

4. Reformation (2017)

180 min | Drama, History

Two-part drama about how, 500 years ago, a revolutionary priest named Martin Luther changed the face of Christendom and the path of European civilization forever.

Stars: Maximilian Brückner, Jan Krauter, Johannes Klaußner, Joachim Król

Votes: 135

5. Entre muntanyes (2019)

Documentary

Mossèn Ramón from Canillo is a rural priest, practitioner of liberation theology and the creator of the most appreciated educational system in Andorra: AINA. This is a physical and ... See full summary »

Director: David Haro Tornè | Star: Mossèn Ramón de Canillo

6. Daens (1992)

138 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje de Boeck, Michael Pas

Votes: 3,763

Christian socilist in action

7. He Who Must Die (1957)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan, Gert Fröbe

Votes: 626

8. Mary Magdalene (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

48 Metascore

Twelve men heard and spread the message of Jesus. Only one woman understood it.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim

Votes: 7,834 | Gross: $0.12M

9. Winstanley (1975)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, War

Winstanley explores the attempt by Gerrard Winstanley who formed 'The Diggers' and with a group of followers attempted to form a small farming community in one of the first proto-Communist attempts at collective agriculture.

Director: Kevin Brownlow | Stars: Miles Halliwell, Jerome Willis, Terry Higgins, Phil Oliver

Votes: 287

Radical protoanarchists

10. The Rosa Parks Story (2002 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama

A seamstress recalls events leading to her act of peaceful defiance that prompted the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.

Director: Julie Dash | Stars: Angela Bassett, Peter Francis James, Tonea Stewart, Von Coulter

Votes: 719

11. Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Chronicles the life of Dorothy Day who dedicated herself in service to her socialist beliefs and her adopted faith of Catholicism. The movement she created continues to thrive to this day, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen, Lenny von Dohlen, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 423 | Gross: $0.71M

12. They Killed Sister Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

Documentary on the killing of 73-year-old Catholic nun and activist Sister Dorothy Stang in February 2005, in the state of Pará (Brazilian rain forest), where she, for 30 years, fought ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Junge | Stars: Wagner Moura, Felício Pontes, Martin Sheen, Becky Spires

Votes: 162

13. Damnation (2017–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Western

An epic saga about the secret history of the 1930s American heartland, centering on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden.

Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Killian Scott, Sarah Jones, Chasten Harmon

Votes: 6,170

14. 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: 8,144

15. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

A determined priest and a Communist mayor develop a grudging friendship in spite of their official rivalry.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

Votes: 3,831

16. White Elephant (2012)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

67 Metascore

While working alongside his long-time friend and colleague in building a hospital for the residents of a Buenos Aries shantytown, a troubled priest finds solace in a young, atheist social worker.

Director: Pablo Trapero | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Jérémie Renier, Martina Gusman, Miguel Arancibia

Votes: 4,641 | Gross: $0.01M

17. The Return of Don Camillo (1953)

115 min | Comedy

Energetic priest Don Camillo returns to the town of Brescello for more political and personal duels with Communist mayor Peppone.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Arturo Bragaglia, Édouard Delmont

Votes: 2,177

18. The Trouble with Tolstoy (2011– )

67 min | Documentary

The Life of Tolstoy, from his gambling and youtful escapades, to his powerful religious conversion and finally death.

Stars: Alan Yentob, David Calder, Deborah Findlay, Galina Alexeeva

Votes: 35

19. Don Camillo e l'on. Peppone (1955)

97 min | Comedy

Bewildered, Don Camillo learns that Peppone intends to stand for parliament. Determined to thwart his ambitions, the good priest, ignoring the recommendations of the Lord, decides to campaign against him.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Claude Sylvain, Leda Gloria

Votes: 1,831

20. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018)

PG | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

Pope Francis travels the world speaking to those in need and delivering a message of hope.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Pope Francis, Ignazio Oliva, Sister María Eufemia Goycoechea, Joe Biden

Votes: 1,785 | Gross: $1.82M

21. Don Camillo in Moscow (1965)

93 min | Comedy

Priest Don Camillo blackmails his friendly rival Peppone into letting him join a Communist delegation visiting the Soviet Union.

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Leda Gloria, Gianni Garko

Votes: 1,638

22. Cesar Chavez (2014)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

Director: Diego Luna | Stars: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich

Votes: 3,150 | Gross: $5.55M

23. When the Mountains Tremble (1983)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

A documentary on the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with firsthand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.

Directors: Newton Thomas Sigel, Pamela Yates | Stars: Rigoberta Menchú, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 145

24. Selma (I) (2014)

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

81 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: 81,364 | Gross: $52.08M

25. Hit & Stay (2013)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, History, News

A feature-length documentary about priests and nuns who protested the Vietnam War by breaking into draft boards, destroying draft records, and then waiting around to be arrested. Their ... See full summary »

Directors: Skizz Cyzyk, Joe Tropea | Stars: Rahne Alexander, Joel Andreas, Bill Ayers, Daniel Berrigan

Votes: 19

27. Sur Nos Traces (2013)

64 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

Priests. Revolutionaries. Grandpas. In 1965, six priests in their 20s leave their native Spain to discover the World. As missionaries in Bolivia, they think they'll change mentalities; but ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Rodriguez

28. The Mission (1986)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

55 Metascore

Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 53,929 | Gross: $17.22M

29. Amazing Grace (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

65 Metascore

The idealist William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) 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: 23,493 | Gross: $21.21M

30. The Last Station (2009)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's (Christopher Plummer'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: 17,462 | Gross: $6.62M

31. Noah (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson

Votes: 238,065 | Gross: $101.20M

32. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 19,441 | Gross: $15.86M

33. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 4,027

34. Investigation of a Flame (2003)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, History

On May 17, 1968, three Catholic priests, a nurse, an artist and four others walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned ... See full summary »

Director: Lynne Sachs | Stars: Daniel Berrigan, David Darst, John Hogan, Tom Lewis

Votes: 20

35. Sunday School with Franz Hinkelammert (2012)

52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The violent overreaction to 9/11 and the revolutions of the 1960's cannot be explained only with fear and politics. Franz Hinkelammert, a German-born liberation theologian, economist and ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Finn

36. Bonhoeffer (2003)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Dramatic documentary about the young German pacifist and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who resisted the Nazi regime and was hanged two weeks before World War II was over.

Director: Martin Doblmeier | Stars: Martin Doblmeier, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Adele Schmidt, Richard Mancini

Votes: 327 | Gross: $0.16M

37. Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)

Unrated | 72 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A group of women rise up to peace to Liberia and help bring to power the country's first female head of state.

Director: Gini Reticker | Stars: Janet Johnson Bryant, Etweda Cooper, Vaiba Flomo, Leymah Gbowee

Votes: 481 | Gross: $0.08M

38. The Radicals (1989)

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: 81

39. Jesus of Montreal (1989)

R | 120 min | Drama

A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Rémy Girard

Votes: 6,677 | Gross: $1.60M

40. Priest (1994)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

A homosexual Catholic priest finds out during confessional that a young girl is being sexually abused by her father, and has to decide how to deal with both that secret and his own.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson

Votes: 9,503 | Gross: $4.18M

41. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

Director: Marc Rothemund | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf

Votes: 25,905 | Gross: $0.68M

42. Roses in December (1982)

Not Rated | 56 min | Documentary

Detailing the rape, torture and murder of four American missionaries in El Salvador by members of the El Salvador National Guard, as well as the subsequent attempts by the government to cover up the story.

Directors: Ana Carrigan, Bernard Stone

Votes: 18

43. The Fight in the Fields (1997)

120 min | Documentary, Biography

This documentary traces the history of the United Farmworkers Union and the life of its founder, Cesar Chavez, from his birth in Arizona, his education into organizing and non-violence, his... See full summary »

Directors: Rick Tejada-Flores, Ray Telles | Stars: Daryl Arnold, Jerry Brown, LeRoy Chatfield, Cesar Chavez

Votes: 25

44. Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine (2014)

93 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

An African American gospel choir is the Greek chorus for a Palestinian play on Martin Luther King, Jr. which tours the West Bank, preaching nonviolence. The devoutly Christian choir grew up... See full summary »

Directors: Kamel El Basha, Connie Field | Stars: Ramzi Maqdisi, Georgina Asfour, Mohammed Al-Basha, Mahmoud Awad

Votes: 6

45. Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (2006– )

Biography, Drama

A mini-series based on the work of Canadian political icon Tommy Douglas.

Stars: Kristin Booth, George Alexander, Ryland Alexander, Kent Allen

Votes: 185

46. The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 72 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9