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1. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 32,579 | Gross: $28.35M

2. Becket (1964)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the King's.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi

Votes: 13,968

3. Francesco (1989)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol, Nikolaus Dutsch

Votes: 1,408

4. Simon of the Desert (1965)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 9,671

5. State buoni se potete (1983)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Around the year 1500, the Italian priest Don Filippo Neri helps street kids and orphans in his poor little chapel. He is no clergyman by the book, but a true believer in terms good and bad ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Magni | Stars: Johnny Dorelli, Philippe Leroy, Rodolfo Bigotti, Flora Carabella

Votes: 1,314

6. The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

A series of vignettes depicting the lives of the original Franciscan monks, including their leader and the bumbling Ginepro.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo, Severino Pisacane

Votes: 3,373

7. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Passed | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 49,884 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Thérèse (1986)

94 min | Drama

A story of life of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Director: Alain Cavalier | Stars: Catherine Mouchet, Hélène Alexandridis, Aurore Prieto, Clémence Massart-Weit

Votes: 864

9. Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Drama

A story of Mother Teresa, beginning in Calcutta, India, where she faces adversity from every direction and where she lays the foundation for her crusade to help the poorest of the poor.

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Keene Curtis, Helena Carroll, David Byrd

Votes: 256

10. There Be Dragons (2011)

PG-13 | 122 min | Biography, Drama, War

33 Metascore

Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 4,621 | Gross: $1.07M

11. Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005 TV Movie)

186 min | Biography, Drama

The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 2,519

12. Faustina: The Apostle of Divine Mercy (1994)

73 min | Biography, Drama

The Life of saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska, a Polish Nun.

Director: Jerzy Lukaszewicz | Stars: Dorota Segda, Danuta Szaflarska, Agnieszka Czekanska, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 218

13. Joan the Maid 1: The Battles (1994)

PG | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

A part of Joan of Arc's life. At the beginning, Jeanne (Joan) has already left Domremy, she is trying to convince a captain to escort her to the Dauphin. It ends during Jeanne's first ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Tatiana Moukhine, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Marie Richier, Baptiste Roussillon

Votes: 627 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Joan the Maid 2: The Prisons (1994)

176 min | Biography, Drama, History

Film about the later life of Joan Of Arc including her trial and execution.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, André Marcon, Jean-Louis Richard, Marcel Bozonnet

Votes: 543

15. The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | 156 min | Biography, Drama

A young girl claims to have seen a divine vision, which prompts both a religious phenomenon and extreme skepticism.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Vincent Price

Votes: 6,429

16. The Reluctant Saint (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Ricardo Montalban, Lea Padovani, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 368

17. Monsieur Vincent (1947)

Not Rated | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Maurice Cloche | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Aimé Clariond, Jean Debucourt, Lise Delamare

Votes: 751

18. Molokai (1999)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of the nineteenth century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: David Wenham, Kate Ceberano, Jan Decleir, Chris Haywood

Votes: 1,238

19. St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor (2007 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama

Tells the story of how a pious doctor in 19th Century Italy changes the way patients are treated in the city of Napoli.

Director: Giacomo Campiotti | Stars: Giuseppe Fiorello, Kasia Smutniak, Ettore Bassi, Emanuela Grimalda

Votes: 396

20. A Time for Miracles (1980 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama

A true story about Elizabeth Bayley Seton, the first American to ever be canonized as a saint by the Pope. She took up Catholicism after the death of her rich husband, fought bigotry, and opened free Catholic schools and orphanages.

Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Rossano Brazzi, John Forsythe

Votes: 87

21. The Seventh Room (1996)

108 min | Biography, Drama, War

This movie is based on the life of Saint Edith Stein. She was a German nun of Jewish descent who had converted to Catholicism. Much of her early life was spent as an outspoken academic. ... See full summary »

Director: Márta Mészáros | Stars: Maia Morgenstern, Elide Melli, Jan Nowicki, Anna Polony

Votes: 181

22. 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: 4,302

23. Bakhita (2009 TV Movie)

Biography

Bakhita is captured as a slave as a child, a Viennian man sees her. Many years later the man has returned to do business and recognizes her. After saving her, he takes her back to his home.... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Campiotti | Stars: Teresa Acerbis, Ettore Bassi, Federica Bau, Sonia Bergamasco

Votes: 214

24. Life for Life: Maximilian Kolbe (1991)

90 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Catholic saint Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941), who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Edward Zentara, Christoph Waltz, Artur Barcis, Gustaw Lutkiewicz

Votes: 272

The story of Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941), who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz.

25. Anthony, Warrior of God (2006)

110 min | Biography

The life of Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) from his arrival on Sicily's shores via shipwreck in 1221 to his death. He's a Portuguese monk who, once in Italy, seeks out St. Francis. Anthony's ... See full summary »

Director: Antonello Belluco | Stars: Jordi Mollà, Paolo De Vita, Matt Patresi, Andrea Ascolese

Votes: 183

26. Joan of Arc (1948)

Approved | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, Selena Royle, Robert Barrat

Votes: 3,026

27. Don Bosco (2004 TV Movie)

PG | 146 min | Drama

The life of Saint Don Bosco.

Director: Lodovico Gasparini | Stars: Flavio Insinna, Lina Sastri, Charles Dance, Daniel Tschirley

Votes: 291

28. Heaven Over the Marshes (1949)

111 min | Biography, Drama

In 1902 in the disease-ridden Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region, 12-year-old Maria Goretti lives with her parents, poor farmhands, in the house of Serenelli, a heavy-drinking farmer ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Rubi Dalma, Michele Malaspina, Domenico Viglione Borghese, Ines Orsini

Votes: 120

29. The Passion of Bernadette (1990)

TV-G | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

Bernadette knows she's been chosen to be the Bride of the Lord.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Sydney Penny, Emmanuelle Riva, Catherine de Seynes, Malka Ribowska

Votes: 121

30. Maria Goretti (2003 TV Movie)

Drama

The life of the virgin and martyr Santa Maria Goretti.

Director: Giulio Base | Stars: Massimo Bonetti, Luisa Ranieri, Flavio Insinna, Martina Pinto

Votes: 128

31. Saint Philip Neri: I Prefer Heaven (2010 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama

Philip Neri was a priest in the 16th century known for his humor, charity, and prayer life. Hoping to go to India, Philip was guided instead to re-evangelize a corrupt and decadent Rome. He is remembered as the "Apostle of Rome".

Director: Giacomo Campiotti | Stars: Roberto Citran, Sergio Fiorentini, Stefano Fregni, Francesco Grifoni

Votes: 356

32. Rita da Cascia (2004 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

The story of St. Rita of Cascia and her virtue.

Director: Giorgio Capitani | Stars: Vittoria Belvedere, Martin Crewes, Simone Ascani, Enzo Marino Bellanich

Votes: 200

33. Padre Pio (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama

The poor Italian peasant boy Francesco already has visions of Jesus and Mary as a child, but the Devil visits him too. He, Francesco, is quite certain that he will become a priest. After ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Carlei | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Jürgen Prochnow, Lorenza Indovina, Pierfrancesco Favino

Votes: 813

34. Theresa: The Body of Christ (2007)

97 min | Biography, Drama

A drama based on the life of Spain's feminist mystic Saint Teresa (Vega).

Director: Ray Loriga | Stars: Paz Vega, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, Eusebio Poncela

Votes: 423

35. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 64,903 | Gross: $14.28M

36. 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: 2,170 | Gross: $1.32M

37. Vision (2009)

Unrated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Lena Stolze

Votes: 1,144 | Gross: $0.43M

38. The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Unruly Mystic is an inspirational documentary of how the filmmaker reaffirms his life's work when he fell in love with a 12th century Saint.

Director: Michael M. Conti | Stars: Michael M. Conti, Matthew Fox, Sofia Strehlow

Votes: 14



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