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1. Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine (2015– )


Jonathan Phillips attempts to find the answer to the question: How did Christianity grow and develop from just a small, Jewish sect to the largest, and majority, dominant religion of the West?

Star: Jonathan Phillips

Votes: 29

2. A History of Christianity (2009)


Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor, travels to historical points of interest relevant to Christianity discussing the origins and spread of Christianity in a span of 6 episodes.

Stars: Angela Palmer-Haibach, Diarmaid MacCulloch

Votes: 199

6. The Hidden Story of Jesus (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary

Renowned theologian Robert Beckford traces the astonishing similarities of the stories surrounding the lives of Jesus and other religious figures, including Horus, Mithras, Krishna and ... See full summary »

Director: David Batty | Stars: Robert Beckford, Lindsay Allason-Jones, Arik Ascherman, Deena Bandhu Das

Votes: 27

8. Lost Worlds (2005–2007)
Episode: The First Christians (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History

The world of Apostle Paul and the early Christians, including the Temple of Artemis and the secret caverns of Cappadocia, lives again.

Stars: Julian Bennett, Veronica Kalas, Eireann Marshall, Mark Wilson

Votes: 10

9. The Search for John the Baptist (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

John the Baptist's time on the biblical stage was brief, yet he left an indelible mark on Christianity. We know that he started the sacrament of baptism, but was he also the man behind the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hufnail | Stars: Shimon Gibson, Jérôme Murphy-O'Connor, Ronny Reich, James D. Tabor

12. Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years (2001– )

400 min | Documentary, History

This is both parts of a two-series set produced by the A&E network which explores the history of Christianity and its impact on the world from the year 0 to 2000. Part 1 (the first four ... See full summary »

Stars: Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Foster

Votes: 87

13. History of Christianity (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

6-part course on the history of Christianity, from the early days to modern times.

Star: Timothy George

Votes: 48

14. Peter Jennings Reporting: The Search for Jesus (2000 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

A serious news documentary examining the authenticity of the events in the life of Jesus

Stars: Peter Jennings, Jonah Blank, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan

Votes: 20

15. The Rise of Christianity: The First Thousand Years (1998 TV Movie)

184 min | Documentary, History

Documentary that explores the history of Christianity from the Roman Empire until the East/West split in 1054.

Votes: 10

16. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians - Part 1 (1998)

TV-PG | 120 min | Documentary

The story of the rise of Christianity.

Director: William Cran | Stars: William Cran, Gil Edgeley, Paula Fredriksen, Vince Hadley

Votes: 111


17. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians: Part 2 (1998)

TV-PG | Documentary

The impact of the Gospels after the First Revolt; Christianity spreads and conversion takes place in the Roman Empire in the second and third centuries.

Director: William Cran | Stars: William Cran, Gil Edgeley, Paula Fredriksen, Vince Hadley

Votes: 49

19. The Sea of Faith (1984)


A look at the history of Christianity and how it has responded to the scientific advances, political atheism and secularisation that are challenging many people's faith.

Stars: Don Cupitt, A.J. Ayer, David Cook, Sue Cook

Votes: 14

20. A Return to Grace: Luther's Life and Legacy (2017 Video)

TV-PG | 113 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

500 years ago, Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that rocked the western world-with an impact that continues to reverberate to this day. This entertaining new film follows the ... See full summary »

Director: David Batty | Stars: Pádraic Delaney, Gerhard Bode Jr., Hugh Bonneville, John A. Braun

Votes: 221

22. Knox (2015)

77 min | Documentary

This film examines the life and legacy of Scotland's controversial Reformer: John Knox.

Director: Murdo MacLeod | Stars: Jane Dawson, John McIntosh, Scott Spurlock, Douglas Somerset

Votes: 17

23. The Protestant Reformation (2008 TV Movie)

100 min | Documentary, History

This documentary traces the genesis of Protestantism from Martin Luther through his contemporaries and successors.

Director: Lance Hori | Stars: Ryan Larkin, Rebecca Norris

Votes: 9

24. The Protestant Revolution (2007 TV Movie)


Four-part documentary series in which historian Tristram Hunt explores the scientific, cultural, economic and political aspects of Protestantism. In this opening part, he uncovers how a ... See full synopsis »

Director: Joseph Maxwell | Stars: Shanna Forrestall, Margaret Maye, Norman McIsaac, Matthew Mease

Votes: 22


25. Truth Prevails: The Undying Faith of Jan Hus (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary

Almost 600 years ago, a humble peasant stood alone against pope, emperor and king. He could either deny the truth he believed with all his heart, or he could die at the stake. Today Jan Hus... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Griffith | Stars: Abe Baily, Rob Huddleston

26. Martin Luther (2002 TV Movie)

TV-G | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

Martin Luther is born into a world dominated by the Catholic Church. For the keenly spiritual Luther, the Church's promise of salvation is irresistible. Caught in a thunderstorm and ... See full summary »

Director: Cassian Harrison | Stars: Liam Neeson, Timothy West

Votes: 199

29. Banned from the Bible II (2007 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

Scriptural scholars and archaeologists spotlight books omitted from the New Testament.

Director: Geoffrey Madeja | Star: Edward Herrmann

Votes: 86

30. Who Wrote the Bible? (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary

Who actually wrote the book that millions of people describe as the word of God? Christian theologian Robert Beckford sets off on a voyage of historical discovery through Genesis and beyond to uncover the Bible's complex origins.

Directors: Polly Morland, David Wilson | Stars: Robert Beckford, Janet Dibley, Edward Adams, Paul Bruce

Votes: 127

31. Who Wrote the New Testament? (2003– )

131 min | Documentary

Interviews with biblical scholars with varying views as well as examinations of historical artifacts uncovers what is currently known about the history behind the New Testament.

Votes: 23

33. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Secrets of the Vatican (2014)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary

From PBS and Frontline: Pope Benedict made history when he announced his resignation, becoming the first Pope to step down voluntarily in six hundred years. In his wake he left a bitterly ... See full summary »

Director: Antony Thomas | Stars: Will Lyman, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI

Votes: 133

34. Secrets d'histoire (2007– )
Episode: Si les murs du Vatican pouvaient parler (2013)

Documentary, Biography, History

About the secrets and mysteries that are hidden behind the walls of the Vatican.

Director: Guillaume de Lestrange | Star: Stéphane Bern

35. Sex and the Church (2015– )

TV-14 | 50 min | Documentary

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history.

Star: Diarmaid MacCulloch

Votes: 46

36. 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: 3,339

37. The Calling (II) (2009)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

Transporting viewers to distant lands and into deep regions of the human soul, The Calling presents candid portraits of three people drawn to Catholic religious life: Orlando Castillo, a ... See full summary »

Director: David Ranghelli

38. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,724 | Gross: $30.58M

39. Opus Dei - Una cruzada silenciosa (2006)

52 min | Documentary

Opus Dei is a documentary that goes to the heart of the most influential and secretive organization of the Catholic Church. An unprecedented journey into the world of Christian ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean de Certeau, Marcela Said | Star: Joaquín Lavín

Votes: 50

40. Hand of God (2006)

96 min | Documentary

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Director: Joe Cultrera

Votes: 52

41. Sex in a Cold Climate (1998 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, History

Interlocking interviews of 4 women interred in various Magdalene asylums and/or orphanages because of out-of-wedlock pregancies, being sexually assaulted, or just being "too pretty" (believe it or not).

Director: Steve Humphries | Stars: Dervla Kirwan, Martha Cooney, Christina Mulcahy, Phyllis Valentine

Votes: 348

42. England's Reformation: Three Books That Changed a Nation (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, History

It is 500 years since the Reformation, when England broke away from the authority of the Catholic Church. This is the story of three books at the heart of the schism. Presented by Dr Janina Ramirez.

Director: Anna Cox | Stars: Janina Ramirez, Elizabeth Evenden-Kenyon, Daryl Green

Votes: 9

43. Goodbye to Canterbury (2013 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Jack Macinnes | Star: Rowan Williams

Votes: 6

44. How God Made the English (2012– )


How God Made the English is a British documentary series about the English national identity and its history. It is shown on BBC Two and hosted by historian Diarmaid MacCulloch.

Star: Diarmaid MacCulloch

Votes: 9

47. KJV: The Making of the King James Bible (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 46 min | History