Films about saints (mostly)

Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua (Portuguese: St. António de Lisboa), born Fernando Martins de Bulhões (1195 – 13 June 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, and died in Padua, Italy. Noted by his contemporaries for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was one of the most quickly canonized saints in church history. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946. He is also the patron saint of lost things.

Antonio di Padova, Il santo dei miracoli [Saint Anthony of Padua] (1931)

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The life of Saint Anthony of Padua taped in Italy and hosted by Bob and Penny Lord.

The film has three basic parts in the following order:

  1. St. Anthony's childhood, vocation, formation, ordination, and work as a priest;
  2. A recounting of some of the saint's miracles. The one that describes his bilocation to save his patron is filmically interesting;
  3. A most extraordinary piece of historical footage centering on the Cathedral at Padua that documents the celebration in 1931 of the 700th anniversary of St. Anthony's transitus.

Saint Thomas of Canterbury

Thomas Becket (/ˈbɛkɪt/; also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London, and later Thomas à Becket; 21 December c. 1119 (or 1120) – 29 December 1170) was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III.

Becket (1963)

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

Murder in the Cathedral (1951)

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Murder in the Cathedral is a 1951 British drama film directed by George Hoellering and starring John Groser. It tells the story of archbishop Thomas Becket and his temptations before he was murdered in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. The film is based on T. S. Eliot's verse drama with the same title. Eliot himself participates as the voice of the fourth tempter.


Saint Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti (October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902) is an Italian virgin-martyr of the Catholic Church, and one of the youngest canonized saints. She was born to a farming family. Her father died when she was nine, and they had to share a house with another family, the Serenellis. Maria took over household duties while her mother, brothers, and sister worked in the fields.

One afternoon, Alessandro, the Serenellis' son, made sexual advances to her. When she refused to submit to him, he stabbed her fourteen times. She was taken to the hospital but she died forgiving him. He was arrested, convicted, and jailed. During imprisonment he repented. After 27 years he was released from prison, and visited her mother to beg forgiveness, which she granted. He later became a lay brother in a monastery, dying peacefully in 1970. She was beatified in 1947, and canonized in 1950.

Cielo sulla palude [Heaven Over the Marshes] (1949)

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Unlike most Italian films of the 1940s, Augusto Genina's Cielo Sulla Palude opened in Venice rather than Rome. The film's American title was Heaven Over the Marshes, and indeed most of the story is set in the disease-ridden Pontine Marshes on the outskirts of Rome. This was the home of Maria Goretti, a pious young girl who was murdered by her would-be seducer. For reasons elucidated in the course of the film, Maria's short time on earth made her worthy of Sainthood, which was actually bestowed upon her shortly after the release of this film. Maria Goretti is well-played by Ines Orsini. Cielo Sulla Palude served as the comeback feature for director Augusto Genina, whose previous pro-fascist films had caused him to be blacklisted after WW II.


Saint John Bosco

Saint John Bosco (Italian: Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco; 16 August 1815 – 31 January 1888), popularly known as Don Bosco [ˈdɔn ˈbɔsko], was an Italian Roman Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the effects of industrialization and urbanization, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System.

Don Bosco (1935)

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Film biography has always been a popular genre in Italy with subjects ranging from Saint Francis to Giuseppe Verdi. This fascist-era movie is a reverent and appealing story of Giovanni Bosco (1815-1888) who became the founder of the Salesian teaching order which ministered to homeless boys and which is still very much in operation today. The movie is never maudlin (with a couple of lapses) and has some wonderful lyric-pastoral moments from John Bosco's Piedmontese childhood. Goffredo Alessandrini directed with a sure hand and Giampaolo Rosmino plays the adult Don Bosco with conviction. The music score is by the important modern Italian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero. One can note the fascist militia in Saint Peter's Square during the newsreel excerpts of Don Bosco's canonization ceremony at the end.


Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Edith Stein, religious name Teresa Benedicta a Cruce OCD, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross; 12 October 1891 – 9 August 1942), was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Roman Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is canonized as a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church.

Edith Stein (1962)

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Short film about the German Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism and was killed in Auschwitz.


Saint John-Baptist de La Salle

John Baptist de la Salle (April 30, 1651 – April 7, 1719) was a French priest, educational reformer, and founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church and the patron saint of teachers.

De La Salle dedicated much of his life to the education of poor children in France; in doing so, he started many lasting educational practices. He is considered the founder of the first Catholic schools.

El señor de La Salle [Saint John Baptist De La Salle] (1964)

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The inspiring story of a 17th century French priest who reluctantly became involved in educating poor children and in the process became the Founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, an order known today as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Actor Mel Ferrer gives a heartfelt performance as St. John Baptist de La Salle, a priest from a wealthy upper-class family who gave up everything to serve the needs of educating poor children, facing tremendous opposition along the way.

Today there are some 70,000 Lasallian educators, with about 900 of their educational institutions, including 64 colleges and universities, who join over 5,000 Christian Brothers in providing a Catholic education for a million students. His story is one of God's Providence, of great charity and perseverance, and of a genuine application of the Gospel to daily life in the classroom. His writings have become educational classics, and his meditations continue to inspire Catholic educators around the world to "see Christ beneath the rags of those confided to your care."


Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament

Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament, OLM, popularly spelled Faustina (born as Helena Kowalska; 25 August 1905 in Głogowiec – 5 October 1938 in Kraków, Poland[3]), was a Polish Roman Catholic nun and mystic. Her apparitions of Jesus Christ inspired the Roman Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy and earned her the title of "Apostle of Divine Mercy".

Faustyna (1995)

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An artistic representation of the mystical life led by Faustina Kowalska, a member of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, based upon experiences recorded in her spiritual diary. Movie of a religious character depicts the complexity of human nature and the impenetrable mystery of its relationship with God.


Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land.[3] Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Francesco (1989)

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Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi.

Francesco di Assisi [Francis of Assisi] (1966)

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Cavani made her first full-length feature film in 1966 with Francis of Assisi (Francesco d'Assisi). Made for television and aired in two parts, it was deeply influenced by the style of Rossellini and the atmosphere typical of the films of Pasolini. Made in a period of political unrest, it was to become a kind of manifesto of dissenting Catholicism. Starring Lou Castel, it portrays Francis of Assisi as a slightly depressed protestor and an avid, albeit mad, supporter of armed brotherhood. The ideal defender of the 1968 student movement. The film was a great success, but also triggered many negative reactions. It was called "heretical, blasphemous and offensive for the faith of the Italian people". It was the first of many polemical reactions to Cavani's work.

Francesco, giullare di Dio [The Flowers of St. Francis] (1950)

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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. The unconnected chapters are like parables, some with a moral. The slight and comic Ginepro returns naked to St. Mary's of the Angels, having given away his tunic, but not his ricotta. The aged Giovanni shouts and holds onto his cape; the beatific St. Clair pays a visit. Humble Francis doubts his leadership, hugs a leper, and sends his brothers spinning, dizzy, and smiling into the world. This brotherhood is infused with whimsy as well as belief.

Fratello sole, sorella luna [Brother Sun, Sister Moon] (1972)

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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.


Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (French: Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux), born Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), also known as Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, O.C.D., was a Roman Catholic French Discalced Carmelite nun who is widely venerated in modern times. She is popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus" or simply "The Little Flower".

Thérèse has been a highly influential model of sanctity for Catholics and for others because of the "simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life". Together with Saint Francis of Assisi, she is one of the most popular saints in the history of the church. Pope Pius X called her "the greatest saint of modern times".

Il processo di Santa Teresa del bambino Gesù (1967)

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In 1910, thirteen years after her death, a diocesan process is convened by the Bishop of Bayeux for beatification of Françoise-Thérèse Martin (1873-97). In front of three priests interrogators testify, besides the prioress of the Caramel of Lisieux, five nuns who knew the girl who was canonized as a saint in 1925. From a script by Marcelle Maurette, the drama carries out its investigation into the mystery of holiness through five portraits of nuns from whom, with effective brevity, is suggested the characters, the problems and the torments. From the dialectic between these characters and the invisible presence of Teresa Cottafavi brings a testimony on the monastic life that brings figurative images with clarity, intensity and dry wise direction of the interpreters. Difficult to grade a consensus amongst the actresses. Admirable also P. Graziosi in the role of the Promoter of the Faith. French cinema has devoted many films to the Carmelite saint. Began in 1923 by Michel Coissac with a documentary. Followed, at the end of the silent era, by La vie miraculeuse de Thérèse Martin (1929) by J. Duvivier; Thérèse Martin (1939) by Maurice de Canonge; Procès au Vatican (1951) by Jean Haguet and the admirable Thérèse (1986) by Alain Cavalier. Cottafavi's adaptation aired for the first time on 03/24/1967.

Thérèse (1986)

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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.


Saint Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d'Arc, IPA: [ʒan daʁk]; 6 January c. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. Joan of Arc was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée, a peasant family, at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret, and Saint Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory.

Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles [Joan the Maid 1 - The Battles] (1994)

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This is the first part of Jacques Rivette’s epic six-hour long film adaptation of the Joan of Arc story. Whilst not in the league of Carl Dreyer’s 1928 masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, it is nonetheless a compelling and artistically pleasing entry in the ever-growing catalogue of Joan of Arc films.

Jeanne la Pucelle II - Les prisons [Joan the Maid 2 - The Prisons] (1994)

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Part two of Jacques Rivette’s epic retelling of the life of Joan of Arc, ‘The Prisons’ continues with Jeanne (Sandrine Bonnaire) leading her countrymen in victorious assaults on the English army. But when she is finally captured and put on trial, she finds both her life and the sanctity of her body at stake.

Joan of Arc (1948)

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The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

La merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d'Arc [Saint Joan the Maid] (1929)

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A little forgotten by the historians the cinema because of film of Dreyer left the previous year, this "Jeanne d' Arc", in a very different style, is however remarkably carried out. We are here in the more popular register of the great historical reconstitutions with great reinforcement of horses and ebullient oil. With a superb Jeanne d' sixteen year old Arc, interpreted by Simone Genevois.

This spectacle film was produced by the production branch of Rapid-Film: Les Productions Natan. The release of this film came within the sphere of the merged operations of the Rapid-Film and Pathé-Cinéma companies.

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc [The Passion of Joan of Arc] (1928)

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With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981—in a Norwegian mental institution.

Procès de Jeanne d'Arc [The Trial of Joan of Arc] (1962)

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A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of the English, filmed in a spare, low-key fashion.

Saint Joan (1957)

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In 1456, French king Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the 17 year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.


Saint Bernadette Soubirous

Bernadette Soubirous (Occitan: Bernadeta Sobirós; 7 January 1844 – 16 April 1879) was the firstborn daughter of a miller from Lourdes (Lorda in Occitan), France, and is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.

Soubirous is best known for the Marian apparitions of a "young lady" who asked for a chapel to be built at the nearby garbage dump of the cave-grotto at Massabielle where apparitions are said to have occurred between 11 February and 16 July 1858. She would later receive recognition when the lady who appeared to her identified herself as the Immaculate Conception.

L'affaire Lourdes (1967)

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L'histoire de la petite Bernadette Soubirous reconstituée à travers les réactions de ses parents, voisins, amis et ennemis. Les visions de la fillette divisèrent l'opinion publique en deux camps: croyants et incrédules. "L'Affaire Lourdes" éclate comme une bombe. L'Eglise reste sur une prudente réserve, mais les foules accourent de toutes parts. L'affaire que l'on voulait étouffer, parvient jusqu'aux oreilles de l'empereur Napoléon III. Cependant, indifférente aux remous, la petite Bernadette poursuit sereinement son dialogue avec "la Dame" qui lui sourit dans la grotte de Massabielle...

Une reconstitution historique de bonne facture délivrée sur le ton de l'enquête policière.

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 town, and transforms their lives.

Aquella Joven de Blanco [A Little Maiden in White] (1964)

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Cristina Galbó portrays Marie Bernarde "Bernadette" Soubirous, the firstborn daughter of a miller from Lourdes, France, a christian mystic and saint in the catholic church.

Je m'appelle Bernadette [Call Me Bernadette] (2011)

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Entre les mois de février et juillet 1858, dans la Grotte de Massabielle, la Vierge est apparue dix-huit fois à Bernadette Soubirous, petite fille misérable de Lourdes. Une véritable "révolution" mariale qui, au cœur du Second Empire, bousculera l’ordre établi par son message universel d’amour et de prière.


Saint Damien of Molokai

Father Damien or Saint Damien of Molokai, SS.CC. or Saint Damien De Veuster (Dutch: Pater Damiaan or Heilige Damiaan van Molokai; 3 January 1840 – 15 April 1889), born Jozef De Veuster, was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium and member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary religious institute. He won recognition for his ministry from 1873 to 1889 in the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi to people with leprosy (also known as Hansen's disease), who were required to live under a government-sanctioned medical quarantine on the island of Molokaʻi on the Kalaupapa Peninsula.

During this time, he taught the Catholic faith to the people of Hawaii. Father Damien also cared for the patients himself and established leadership within the community to build houses, schools, roads, hospitals, and churches. He dressed residents' ulcers, built a reservoir, made coffins, dug graves, shared pipes, and ate poi from his hands with them, providing both medical and emotional support.

After sixteen years caring for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of those in the leper colony, Father Damien realized he had also contracted leprosy when he was scalded by hot water and felt no pain. He continued with his work despite the infection but finally succumbed to the disease on 15 April 1889.

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)

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The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.

Father Damien: The Leper Priest (1980)

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More formally known as Father Damien: The Leper Priest, this made-for-TV biopic stars a heavily-wigged Ken Howard in the title role. Father Damien was a Belgian priest who, in 1873, was assigned a far-from-desirable congregation: the leper colony of Molokai in the Hawaiian islands. At first appalled by the colony and its denizens, Damien devoted his life to administering to their needs and improving their living conditions. He died in 1889 at the age of 49, having long earlier contacted leprosy himself. When originally telecast October 27, 1980, Damien: The Leper Priest was dedicated to the memory of David Janssen, who before his death was slated to portray Father Damien.


Saint Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) was a French Roman Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He was canonized in 1737. He was renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity and is known as the "Great Apostle of Trumpets".

Monsieur Vincent (1947)

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In plague-ravaged 17th Century Europe, Saint Vincent de Paul devotes himself to his mission of persuading the wealthy to improve the fortunes of the poor. From humble beginnings (having lived the early part of his life in captivity and slavery), Saint Vincent de Paul starts out as a humble priest. Struck by the suffering of the poor and the indifference of the nobility, he takes it upon himself to convince the latter of their obligation to help those who are worse off than themselves...


Father António Vieira

Father António Vieira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu viˈɐjɾɐ]; 6 February 1608, Lisbon, Portugal – 18 July 1697, Bahia, Portuguese Colony of Brazil) was a Portuguese Jesuit philosopher and writer, the "prince" of Catholic pulpit-orators of his time.

Palavra e Utopia [Word and Utopia] (2000)

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The story of Father Antonio Vieira, a 17th-century Portuguese priest who lived in Brazil and worked for better treatment of the Indians and to abolish slavery.


Father Arsenie Boca

Arsenie Boca (Romanian pronunciation: [arˈseni.e ˈboka]; 29 September 1910 – 28 November 1989) was a Romanian Orthodox monk, theologian and artist. He was persecuted by the Communists and named among the 100 greatest Romanians. He was born in Vața de Sus, Hunedoara County, Romania, died at Sinaia Monastery and was buried at Prislop Monastery in Silvașu de Sus village.

Parintele Arsenie Boca: Omul lui Dumnezeu [Father Arsenie Boca: A Man of God] (2011)

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His colleagues at the Theological Academy of Sibiu named him The Saint, he is considered a founding father of the Romanian Philokalia by father Dumitru Staniloaie, who thought of him as an unparalleled phenomenon of Romanian monasticism; sought after and followed by thousands of believers eager to quench their spiritual thirst from his inexhaustible spring of serenity; legendary for his prophesying and healing gifts, painter of souls and painter of churches, man of culture, philosopher of sciences and religion, father Arsenie Boca was, just like Saint Basil as depicted by him in his essential work The Path of the Kingdom: a disciple calmly walking across the stormy seas, an unmoving pillar against the troubled waves, a man among people, providing guidance and strength with otherworldly serenity, unflinching in the belief that God alone is ruler of our world. An unequaled personality, a magnet for thousands of people in all walks of life, and also a target for suspicion for the authorities of his day, who failed to understand the source of his exceptional power to gather people around him.


Blessed Óscar Romero y Galdámez

Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980) was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, who served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence.

Romero (1989)

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The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.


C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College, 1925–1954) and Cambridge University (Magdalene College, 1954–1963). He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

Shadowlands (1993)

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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S.


Saint Simeon Stylites

Saint Simeon Stylites or Symeon the Stylite (Syriac: ܫܡܥܘܢ ܕܐܣܛܘܢܐ‎ šamʻun dasṯonáyá, Koine Greek Συμεών ὁ στυλίτης Symeón o Stylítis, Arabic: سمعان العمودي‎‎ Simʿān al-ʿAmūdī) (c. 390? – 2 September 459) was a Syriac ascetic saint who achieved notability for living 37 years on a small platform on top of a pillar near Aleppo (in modern Syria). Several other stylites later followed his model (the Greek word style means "pillar"). He is known formally as Saint Simeon Stylites the Elder to distinguish him from Simeon Stylites the Younger, Simeon Stylites III, and Saint Symeon Stylites of Lesbos.

Simón del desierto [Simon of the Desert] (1965)

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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 come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.


Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Joseph of Cupertino, O.F.M. Conv. (Italian: Giuseppe da Copertino) (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663) was an Italian Conventual Franciscan friar who is honored as a Christian mystic and saint. He was said to have been remarkably unclever, but prone to miraculous levitation and intense ecstatic visions that left him gaping.

The Reluctant Saint (1962)

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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.


Moses

Hebrew liberator, leader, lawgiver, prophet, and historian, lived in the thirteenth and early part of the twelfth century, B. C.

The Ten Commandments (1956)

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To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharaoh, Rameses I, condemning all newborn Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses' fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'.


Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko

Jerzy Popiełuszko (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ popʲɛˈwuʂkɔ]; 14 September 1947 – 19 October 1984) was a Polish Roman Catholic priest who became associated with the opposition Solidarity trade union in communist Poland. He was murdered in 1984 by three agents of Służba Bezpieczeństwa (Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs), who were shortly thereafter tried and convicted of the murder.

He has been recognized as a martyr by the Roman Catholic Church, and was beatified on 6 June 2010 by Archbishop Angelo Amato on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI. A miracle attributed to his intercession and required for his canonization is now under investigation.

To Kill a Priest (1988)

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Directed by Agniezska Holland, this gripping and chilling drama is based on the true story of political unrest in Poland prior to the fall of communism and Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the Solidarity chaplain who was murdered by the secret police in 1984. Christopher Lambert is Father Alek, a Polish labor union chaplain at Saint Sebastian's church in Warsaw. All gathered within the great church ad.


Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B. (German: Hildegard von Bingen; Latin: Hildegardis Bingensis; 1098 – 17 September 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.

Hildegard was elected magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136; she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play. She wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising miniature illuminations in the Rupertsberg manuscript of her first work, Scivias. She is also noted for the invention of a constructed language known as Lingua Ignota.

Although the history of her formal consideration is complicated, she has been recognized as a saint by branches of the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. On 7 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church.

Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen [Vision - From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen] (2009)

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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 counter to the patriarchal world around her.


Saint John of the Cross

John of the Cross (Spanish: San Juan de la Cruz; 1542 – 14 December 1591) was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest, who was born at Fontiveros, Old Castile.

John of the Cross is known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church.

La noche oscura [The Dark Night of the Soul] (1989)

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A fascinating study of the poet Saint John of the Cross, and his spell in solitary confinement. Set in the convent of Toledo, this film explores the temptations that surrounded him, the dreams that afflicted him, his sanctity and his sanity.




Films about Christ

Golgotha [Behold the Man] (1935)

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Dramatization the Passion and the Resurrection of Jesus, according to the New Testament.

Il vangelo secondo Matteo [The Gospel According to St. Matthew] (1964)

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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.

King of Kings (1961)

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The temporary physical life of everyone's Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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In the tradition of Cecil B. Demille's epic Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told chronicles the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Directed by George Stevens, The Greatest Story Ever Told is a sweeping epic the likes of which hasn't been seen since Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus and The Ten Commandments. Charlton Heston, John Wayne Sidney Poitier, Victor Buono, Martin Landau, Claude Rains, Telly Savalas, Jose Ferrer', Sal Mineo and Ed Wynn just to name a few of the top drawer stars that joined the project.

In his Motion Picture debut, Max Von Sydow imbues the role of Jesus with a compassion and love that more recent renderings have not so richly emphasized. Whenever the Bible is dramatically produced, stories within the Bible are taken out of context, and Biblical accuracy gives way to dramatic license. The Greatest Story Ever Told is not immune from this kind of presentation and characters that are not scripturally based as well as events that never occurred are added for dramatic effect. That having been said, this particular story on the Life of Christ is incredibly well done and a very emotional film on several levels. At 3 hours and 20 minutes it does an incredible job and is worth every minute of the film's running time.

The King of Kings (1927)

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Mary Magdalene becomes angry when Judas, now a follower of Jesus, won't come to her feast. She goes to see Jesus and becomes repentant. From there the Bible story unfolds through the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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The carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for him. But as his mission nears fulfillment, he must face the greatest temptation: the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name.




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Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark (1969)

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A television documentary series outlining the history of Western art, architecture and philosophy since the Dark Ages. The series was produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC2. Both the television scripts and the accompanying book version were written by art historian Kenneth Clark (1903–1983), who also presented the series. The series is considered to be a landmark in British Television's broadcasting of the visual arts.

Des hommes et des dieux [Of Gods and Men] (2010)

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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.

Die Große Stille [Into Great Silence] (2005)

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Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months-filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. This transcendent, closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one-it has no score, no voiceover and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created, "Into Great Silence" dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More meditation than documentary, it's a rare, transformative theatrical experience for all.

Father Brown (1954)

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Alec Guinness stars as Father Brown, full-time priest and part-time sleuth, in this comic mystery based on the character created by novelist G.K. Chesterton. When Father Brown is entrusted with transporting a valuable religious artifact from London to Rome, he's understandably upset when it's stolen from him. Brown has reason to believe that a notorious international thief lifted the cross he was carrying, and the good Father finds himself on a dual-purpose mission: to recover the stolen goods and to compel the thief to repent before God.

Flying Padre (1951)

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Two days in the life of priest Father Fred Stadtmuller whose New Mexico parish is so large he can only spread goodness and light among his flock with the aid of a mono-plane. The priestly pilot is seen dashing from one province to the next at the helm of his trusty Piper Club administering guidance (his plane, the Flying Padre) to unruly children, sermonizing at funerals and flying a sickly child and its mother to a hospital.

La Gerusalemme liberata [The Mighty Crusaders / Stormloop tegen de Saracenen] (1958)

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Godefroy de Bouillon leads a crusade to conquer Jerusalem, with the Pope's benediction. The siege to the Saracen city, and the mass battle will decide who will prevail in the region - but feminine charms and spy rings are as important for the end game.

O Milagre de Santo Antonio [The Miracle of Saint Anthony] (2012)

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In the middle of June the village of Santo Antonio de Mixoes da Serra in the Valdreu region of Northern Portugal honours its Patron Saint with a very special festival. On this day the local farmers bring their animals to the church – cows, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits – to be blessed. This ancient tradition is passed from generation to generation, and today, just as hundreds of years ago, animals and people flock up the mountain roads to the church square to become a part of the religious festival. The film is about this miracle.

Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece: Christ of St. John of the Cross (2006)

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This extraordinary crucifiction scene - inspired by a weird mix of Spanish mysticism and nuclear physics - is often called the 20th century's greatest religious painting. Yet the artist was a notorious blasphemer whose work had provoked outrage in the Catholic Church.

Salvador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross excited controversy from the moment it appeared. The artist has been denounced as a tasteless joker, and many artists and critics continue to despise a painting they call 'vulgar' and 'kitsch'.

This documentary describes how Dali­ set about creating a synthesis of Catholic mysticism and nuclear physics, and how he suspended a Hollywood actor from the ceiling as a model and employed a quantity surveyor to work out the perspective. ' What's so good about the picture,' says Neil MacGregor, the director of the British Museum, 'is that "in every way" it is impossible.' And whether you admire the painting or not, here is an accomplished documentary about it.

The Crusades (1935)

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King Richard and the Third Crusade (1190-1192) are given the DeMille treatment with more spectacle than history.

Barabbas (1961)

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Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Barabbas (1953)

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