Movies like Pope Joan

If you like "Pope Joan" you are looking for captivating, serious and realistic movies about / with impossible love, clergy, vatican, pope, ambition, monk and cross dressing themes of Drama and Romance genre shot in Germany or UK.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Save
this
list

to
Pope Joan (2009)
 6.7
 8K
Pope Joan (2009)
Original name: Die Päpstin
Genre: Drama, 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: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: impossible love, clergy, vatican, pope, ambition, monk, cross dressing, monastery, hidden identity, empowerment, destiny, gender bending, religions or cults, society, gender, rise to the top, idealism, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, rivalry, unfulfillment, power relations, healing power, bishop ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, europe, italy, rome italy

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Pope Joan

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and atmospheric films with plots about society, love and romance, romance, couples, unfulfillment, female nudity and dishonesty mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: Vision (2009), The Whore (2010), Henry VIII (2003), Meteora (2012), Leon Morin, Priest (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Subscribe for new and better recommendations:
 5.6
 289
Pope Joan (1972)
Genre: 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: serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: pope, clergy, hidden identity, rise to the top, gender bending, religions or cults, society, gender, legends and myths, ambition, dishonesty, power relations ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 939
Vision (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, emotional, captivating, sincere
Plot: clergy, prodigy, monastery, against the rules, feminism, religions or cults, gender, hopes, society, power relations, human nature, idealism ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: germany, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 5.3
 674
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, realistic
Plot: prostitute, clergy, church, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, execution, brothel, investigation, monk, dwarf ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.3
 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: head of state, betrayal, intrigue, romance, uninhibited rivalry, couple relations, infidelity, royal family, dishonesty, rivalry, state affairs, couples ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 558
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, light
Plot: monastery, forbidden love, religions or cults, love and romance, society, love affair, pubic hair, bare breasts, candle, female nudity, blood splatter, male nudity ...
Time: middle ages
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Leon Morin, Priest (1961)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job. Barny lives with her daughter and works correcting tests and feels a great attraction toward her boss Sabine. When the Germans ...
Style: serious, talky, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: clergy, church, new wave, village, introspection, self discovery, unfulfilled love, wartime life, cause and meaning, religions or cults, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Girl and Death (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands, Russia, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The Girl and Death tells us the impossible love story of Nicolai and the courtesan Elise. A love obstructed by materialism, wealth and death threat.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: impossible love, true love, materialism, romance, tragic love, love and romance, couples, unfulfillment, freedom, tragedy, courtesan, physician ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, clergy, introspection, religions or cults, society, power relations, starting over, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, misfit, lifestyle, obedience ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, venice, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
Aimee & Jaguar (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Berlin 1943/44 ("The Battle of Berlin"). Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name, belongs to an underground organization. Lilly, a devoted mother of four, though an occasional unfaithful wife, is ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, lesbian, impossible love, wartime life, woman in danger, fall in love, love and romance, society, couples, gender, couple relations, true love ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, sexual, realistic, sexy, captivating ...
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, theology, nun, convent, pregnancy, celibacy, tragic love, forbidden love, romance, society, couples ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Torrents of Spring (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1840, a young Russian aristocrat, Dimitri Sanin, is returning home after a long tour of Europe. In Germany, he falls in love with a beautiful pastry shop girl, Gemma Rosselli, who soon starts sharing his feelings. They decide to get married and, ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estate, love triangle, betrayal, master and servant, crumbling marriage, forbidden love, romance, infidelity, store, love affair, tragic love, true love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 529
The Promise (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Switzerland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: politics, romance, couple relations, impossible love, love affair, social differences, tragic love, lovers reunited, terminal illness, fall in love, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s
Place: germany, europe, prague, german democratic republic, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 22K
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, serious, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: cross dressing, gender bending, gender, maid, lesbian, master and servant, butler, transvestism, hidden identity, hotel, society, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s, 1800s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 571
Night Sun (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on Leo Tolstoy's novel, Father Sergius, Night Sun stars Julian Sands as Sergio, a nobleman in 18th-century Italy who is expected to marry a duchess, Nastassja Kinski. Upon learning that she was previously the King's mistress, Sergio ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: solitude, human nature, introspection, redemption, society, downfall, couple relations, social differences, religions or cults, hopes, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 4K
Lola (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor against the new straight-arrow ...
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, clever, tense ...
Plot: prostitution, performer's life, idealism, corruption, province, brothel, redemption, couple relations, love affair, showbiz, righting the wronged, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 8K
Othello (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, classic literature, dramatic ...
Plot: betrayal, friends, murder, jealousy, vengeance, tragic love, racism, shakespeare, couple relations, interracial relations, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, venice, mediterranean sea, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 3K
Romeos (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Lukas, 20, is a prisoner in his own body. As a pre-op transgendered person, he is constantly finding himself trapped in uncomfortable, compromising positions. His best friend, Ine introduces him to the gay scene in Cologne where he meets the ...
Style: emotional, serious, sexual, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, gender, gays and lesbians, lgbt, gay, self discovery, youth, best friends, love affair, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 391
Strangers (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Six days in the lives of an Israeli living in a kibbutz and a Palestinian living in Paris, which starts with an accidental meeting in the Berlin Subway during the World cup finals, will change them completely.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: unlikely couple, fall in love, dogma, unfulfilled love, hopes, romance, love and romance, unfulfillment, friends, friendship, impossible love, wartime life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, germany, berlin germany, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 976
Camila (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Buenos Aires of the 1840s, a young Jesuit and a wealthy socialite fall in love and begin a torrid affair. They escape from the city, and, in disguise, set up house in a village, assuming they are safe and beyond the cares of anyone. However, both ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, love affair, romance, village, love and romance, small town, society, couples, clergy, hidden identity, intrigue ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Before the Revolution (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: communism, idealism, introspection, romance, rebelliousness, self discovery, love affair, coming of age, love and romance, rebellion, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.8
 1K
Summer Lover (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On honeymoon on the island of Lesbos, a woman falls for the daughter of a Russian archaeologist.
Style: serious, erotic, realistic, melancholic, suspenseful ...
Plot: love triangle, island, tragic love, betrayal, dishonesty, unfulfillment, lesbian relationship, sexual relations, romance, impossible love, gender, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: greece, europe, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Tengri: Blue Heavens (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This is a love story set in the steppes of Central Asia of today. Temür a thirty year old Kazakh decides to start life again in his ancestral village in the Kyrghyz Mountains. He discovers soon after his arrival that he is a misfit in this ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: impossible love, violent husband, muslim, violence against women, love and romance, romance, husband wife estrangement, society, village, unsupportive spouse, wilderness, against the rules ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: racism, foreigner, romance, immigrants, fall in love, german, wife husband relationship, unsociability, parent child relationship, urban, unlikely couple, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, morocco, europe, west germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
Swann in Love (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Swann (Jeremy Irons), an eligible bachelor in the best circles of fin-de-siècle Paris, has also some more vulgar but rich friends, the Verdurins. Through them he meets Odette (Ornella Muti), a courtesan, with whom he falls hopelessly in love. She ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, sexual, neurotic
Plot: prostitute, obsession, femme fatale, gays and lesbians, romance, rise to the top, couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, sexual relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france, egypt, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Metropolitan Archbishop Lakota of L'viv, freed after twenty years in the Soviet Gulag, travels to Rome where circumstances conspire to see him elevated to the Papacy. Inspired by the life story of Ukrainian Catholic Cardinal Josyf Slipyj,
Style: epic, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: pope, catholic church, vatican, clergy, obsessive quest, catholicism, philosophy, threat, catholic, human spirit, rebelliousness, revolution ...
Time: 60s
Place: china, asia, soviet union, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Notre-Dame de Paris (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris" which follows the gypsy dancer Esmeralda and the three men who vie for her love: the kind hunchback Quadimodo, the twisted priest Frollo, and the unfaithful soldier ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
Plot: life is a bitch, clergy, theater, social misfits, concert, impossible love, unfulfilled love, romance, love and romance, misfit, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: middle ages
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Moll Flanders (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, escaping to the dangerous streets of London. Further misfortunes ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: prostitute, death of husband, shipwreck, mother daughter reunion, evil priest, self discovery, reunion, rich and poor, romance, society, clergy, master and servant ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 18th century, 1700s
Place: england, london, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Decameron (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An adaptation of nine stories from Bocaccio's "Decameron": A young Sicilian is swindled twice, but ends up rich; a man poses as a deaf-mute in a convent of curious nuns; a woman must hide her lover when her husband comes home early; a ...
Style: sexual, humorous, semi serious, epic, realistic
Plot: infidelity, siblings relations, church, nun, artists and showbiz, fall in love, couple relations, sexuality, love affair, romance, sexual relations, love and romance ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.5
 2K
Umrao Jaan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: kidnapping, prostitute, forbidden love, romance, impossible love, social differences, destiny, bollywood, love and romance, society, unfulfilled love, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Set in puritanical Boston in the mid 1600s, the story of seamstress Hester Prynne, who is outcast after she becomes pregnant by a respected reverend. She refuses to divulge the name of the father, is "convicted" of adultery and forced to ...
Style: sexual, sexy, serious, realistic, baroque ...
Plot: forbidden love, destructive relationship, clergy, couples, extramarital affair, infidelity, pregnancy, romance, puritan, betrayal, interracial relations, love affair ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: massachusetts, new england, england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Subscribe for new and better recommendations: