Movies like Pope Joan

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Pope Joan (2009)
 6.7
 8K
Pope Joan (2009)
Original name: Die Päpstin
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Germany, UK, Italy, Spain
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A 9th century woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: impossible love, vatican, ambition, cross dressing, clergy, healing power, monk, monastery, rise to the top, hidden identity, idealism, religions or cults, society, dishonesty, rivalry, empowerment, gender bending, bishop, strong female character, false identity, woman dressed as man, conspiracy, disguise, pope, poisoning ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, rome italy, italy, europe

Most similar movies to Pope Joan

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and emotional films with plots about society, religions or cults, clergy, ambition, dishonesty, state affairs and rivalry mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: The Physician (2013), The Whore (2010), Albert Nobbs (2011), Henry VIII (2003), The Borgia (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.4
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Pope Joan (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, who was made Pope for a brief period around 855 A.D. The movie presents her existence as fact, though it is questionable that Pope Joan really did exist, and portrays her relationships with other notables ...
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, captivating, atmospheric
Plot: pope, hidden identity, clergy, gender, rise to the top, dishonesty, ambition, society, religions or cults, power relations, legends and myths, gender bending ...
Time: middle ages
Place: rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 36K
The Physician (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study ...
Style: captivating, realistic, breathtaking, scenic, rough ...
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, apprentice, doctors and patients, society, medicine, orphan, medieval, culture clash, surgeon, mentor, unlikely relationship ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 18th century
Place: persia, iran, england, london, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 5.4
 731
The Whore (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Austria, Hungary
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Constance, 1410. Marie, daughter of the richest bourgeois of the city, is on the eve of marrying a prestigious lawyer, son of an earl. Although the compromise fills with pride the girl's father, anxious to ennoble, Marie is not just convinced ...
Style: serious, suspense, sincere, realistic
Plot: prostitute, brothel, life is a bitch, society, clergy, male female relationship, investigation, forced marriage, execution, rape, revenge, church ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 23K
Albert Nobbs (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape ...
Style: stylized, sincere, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: maid, cross dressing, gender, lesbian, master and servant, hotel, hidden identity, gender bending, society, woman dressed as man, butler, gender disguise ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era, 1800s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 2K
Henry VIII (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 193 min.
Story: Henry VIII is a two-part British television movie produced principally by Granada Television for ITV. It chronicles the life of Henry VIII of England from the disintegration of his first marriage to an aging Spanish princess until his death ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: king of england, ambition, romance, infidelity, intrigue, dishonesty, royal family, rivalry, head of state, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, clergy ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 1K
The Borgia (2006)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing
Plot: leadership, betrayal, rivalry, society, dishonesty, state affairs, downfall, uninhibited rivalry, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.5
 248
Alleged (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alleged is a romantic drama based on events occurring behind the scenes and outside the courtroom of the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. Charles Anderson, a talented young reporter, feels trapped working for his deceased ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: moral dilemma, idealism, fighting the system, rivalry, ambition, columnist, injustice, righting the wronged, couples, hopes, romance, courtroom drama ...
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
In Memory of Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Investigates the life a young man who has decided to enter a Jesuit monastery in Venice, but is then overcome by agonizing doubts before his ordination.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: monastery, introspection, teaching the ways of the world, lifestyle, hopes, society, clergy, religions or cults, starting over, christianity, obedience, self doubt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venice, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Stealing Heaven (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Abelard, a famous teacher of philosophy at the cathedral school of Notre Dame, falls in love with one of his students, Héloïse d'Argenteuil. A sixteen-year old girl raised in a convent, Héloïse has an intellectual curiosity and rebels ...
Style: sexual, erotic, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: nun, pregnancy, convent, celibacy, medieval, theology, love and romance, fall in love, tragic love, religions or cults, couples, power relations ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.6
 15K
Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA, Czech Republic, Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Style: biblical, uplifting, touching, sincere, intellectual ...
Plot: rebellion, politics, catholicism, clergy, sin, hypocrisy, human spirit, idealism, against the odds, social decay, rebelliousness, fighting the system ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: rome italy, germany, europe, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, factual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world war two, soldier, vatican, fighting the system, uninhibited rivalry, human spirit, military, clergy, hopes, survival, politics, nazi ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: europe, rome italy, italy, germany, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.3
 625
Meteora (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Greece, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In a monastery set on the top of sandstone pillars young monk Theodoros and nun Urania find themselves physically drawn to one and other after devoting their lives to the strict rituals and practises of the monasteries. Below them the eternal cycle ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: monastery, forbidden love, love affair, religions or cults, society, prayer, love, temptation, very little dialogue, sin, nun, sex scene ...
Time: middle ages
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, Hungary
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: medieval, catholic church, ambition, power struggle, state affairs, religions or cults, manipulations, royal family, throne, manipulation, rivals, power relations ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 1K
Francesco (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, factual, captivating ...
Plot: saint, religions or cults, clergy, hopes, society, starting over, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, miraculous event, social differences ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 12th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 2K
The Cardinal (1963)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.
Style: sincere, emotional, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, family relations, church, bishop, racism, priest, bigotry, abortion, ku klux klan, catholic priest, state affairs, hopes ...
Place: vienna, boston, italy, rome italy, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.4
 18K
Bel Ami (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Georges Duroy travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, womanizer, infidelity, ambition, manipulations, manipulation, rise to the top, older woman younger man sex, adultery, society, rich and poor, strong sexual content ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Spain, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The Bridge of San Luis Rey is American author Thornton Wilder's second novel, first published in 1927 to worldwide acclaim. It tells the story of several interrelated people who die in the collapse of an Inca rope-fiber suspension bridge in ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: investigation, destiny, bridge, social decay, danger, life is a bitch, clergy, escapades, murder, haunted by the past, survival, religions or cults ...
Time: 18th century
Place: peru, latin america, spain, andes mountains
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
 275
The Abdication (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church.
Style: touching, gloomy, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: celibacy, forbidden love, catholic church, rivalry, romance, clergy, gender, religions or cults, unfulfilled love, state affairs, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 17th century
Place: sweden, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 5.0
 784
Raspoutine (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric, non-linear
Plot: empress, ambition, rise to the top, rise and fall, state affairs, society, political intrigue, royal court, clergy, conspiracy, battles, battle ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 731
Giordano Bruno (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Flying from his enemies in the Catholic Church, the free thinking philosopher, poet and scientist Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) has found some protection in Venice. But the Roman Inquisition, fearing his influence in Europe, wants to bring him on trial ...
Style: contemplative, captivating, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: church, burned alive, against the rules, clergy, fighting the system, forbidden love, human nature, royal family, political intrigue, life is a bitch, rivalry, righting the wronged ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1600s, 1500s, renaissance
Place: venice, italy, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.7
 106
Here Below (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The true story of a nun who betrayed a network of Resistance fighters after having a passionate but doomed love affair with a priest during the Second World War.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy
Plot: impossible love, nun, catholic church, german occupation, wartime life, love affair, forbidden love, fall in love, convent, betrayal, society, clergy ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.8
 13K
Becket (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas ...
Style: epic, tense, talky, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: bishop, friendship, betrayal, politics, archbishop, intrigue, rise and fall, society, church, religions or cults, friends, dishonesty ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, london, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 4K
Mad Love (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Italy, Portugal, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The love story who transformed Juana I de Castilla, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". The tragic fate of a Queen madly in love to an unfaithful husband, Felipe el Hermoso, Archduke of Austria.
Style: captivating, sexy, serious, melancholic, gothic ...
Plot: betrayal, love and romance, intrigue, politics, infidelity, obsession, tragic hero, royal family, isolation, couple relations, state affairs, rivalry ...
Time: 1500s, 1920s, 18th century
Place: spain, austria, europe, portugal, flanders ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Flight of the Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alexis is an explosive personality, passionate about life, humanity, nature, love and beauty. That is until the breakneck rhythm, intensity, stress and convolutions of career and economic success shatter him, alienating him from everyone and ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak
Plot: friendship, rise to the top, ambition, society, intrigue, obsession, idealism, rivalry, dishonesty, family relations, love, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 83
The Radicals (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.
Style: emotional, bleak, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: church, christianity, life is a bitch, heroes, society, religions or cults, clergy, state affairs, ambition, hopes, romance, woman ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, switzerland, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.3
 323
The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: captivating, psychological, atmospheric, epic, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, politics, political unrest, intrigue, rivalry, society, dishonesty, revolution, family life, royal family, parents and children, downfall ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.9
 48K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: clever, serious, captivating, epic, stylized ...
Plot: historical character, siblings relations, intrigue, brother sister incest, lust, rivalry, sex scene, clergy, sin, graphic violence, priest, manipulations ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.7
 2K
Quo Vadis (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Ancient Rome, during the time of Emperor Nero. Vinicius, a young patrician, falls in love with the beautiful Lygia, the daughter of a Barbarian commander who was killed in battle, and wants her for his concubine. For Lygia, a Christian, being a ...
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, epic
Plot: heroic mission, tragic love, fall in love, rise to the top, ambition, rivalry, society, adventure, love and romance, war, state affairs, politics ...
Place: europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) who becomes mistress to England's king, Henry VIII (Jared Harris), before ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, sexy
Plot: mistress, infidelity, sister, uninhibited rivalry, royal court, love and romance, intrigue, blind ambition, romance, rise to the top, betrayal, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Friends of Jesus - Thomas (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples, he had worriedly taken refuge with friends in Jerusalem after Jesus's arrest. After Jesus's burial, the disciples decide to leave ...
Style: biblical, captivating, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: clergy, tragic hero, redemption, miraculous event, religions or cults, destiny, supernatural, society, leadership, hopes, go public, jesus ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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