Movies like The Passion of the Christ

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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
 7.2
 199K
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, especially on the part of the jewish community. The films languages are Arabic, Latin and Hebrew and its actors are laymen which was controversially received as well.
Style: bleak, epic, rough, biblical, factual, brutal, emotional, serious, realistic, christian film ...
Plot: betrayal, christianity, suffering, torture, religion, sacrifice, clergy, religions or cults, redemption, bible, death, mission, last supper, brutality, jesus, roman empire, apostle, chosen one, life philosophy, trial, prophecy, punishment, loss of son, humiliation, interrogation ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem

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Most similar movies to The Passion of the Christ

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and biblical films with plots about redemption, society, betrayal, christianity, religion, religions or cults and storytelling mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Passion of the Christ: The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Gladiator (2000), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being ...
Style: surreal, psychological, thought provoking, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: temptation, christianity, betrayal, sin, redemption, desert, clergy, tragic hero, hopes, jesus christ, prophecy, roman ...
Time: ancient history, 30s, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a ...
Style: emotional, serious, disturbing, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: injustice, destructive relationship, discrimination, village, witnessing a crime, stoning, sadism, society, tragic hero, loss of family member, adultery, death penalty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 382 min.
Story: Passion, beauty, and brilliant storytelling are all on display in this six-hour-plus epic from Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell is superb in the title role, and with the overwhelming success of this TV movie throughout the world, ...
Style: epic, realistic, sentimental, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: christianity, roman empire, betrayal, execution, rabbi, self sacrifice, resurrection, ancient rome, last supper, apostle, jesus christ, christian ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 1.2M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to ...
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: warrior, vengeance, roman empire, courage, master warrior, pride and honor, emperor, heroes, tragic hero, freedom, slavery, revenge ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: spain, germany, rome italy, italy, dungeon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 199 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: betrayal, desert, temptation, redemption, society, death sentence, captivity, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, miraculous event, hopes, corrupted ruler ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, dungeon, jerusalem, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mary, Mother of Jesus is a 1999 made-for-television Biblical film that retells the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, his mother.
Style: touching, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, miraculous event, ambition, life is a bitch, family relations, hopes, parents and children, religions or cults, society, love affair, heroes, reincarnation ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.7
 37K
Ben-Hur (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, roman empire, vengeance, confined, false accusation, dishonesty, moral dilemma, male friendship, sibling rivalry, resistance fighter, ancient rome, justice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, greece, palestine, jerusalem, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
King of Kings (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.
Style: epic, biblical, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: redemption, betrayal, society, soldier, corrupted ruler, state affairs, unfulfillment, heroic mission, life is a bitch, miraculous event, hopes, politics ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
Place: middle east, holy land, dungeon, jerusalem, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 174 min.
Story: Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.
Style: epic, biblical, exciting, serious, based on the bible ...
Plot: bible, adam and eve, noah's ark, old testament, flood, good versus evil, redemption, christian, supernatural ability, rescue, heroes, leadership ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspense, depressing, serious ...
Plot: sexual harassment, nun, convent, sexual abuse, punishment, human spirit, life is a bitch, irish, rebellion, clergy, unwanted pregnancy, society ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 13K
The Apostle (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.
Style: talky, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: coma, redemption, small town, forgiveness, jealousy, preacher, minister, country, christianity, radio, hopes, social relations ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Nativity Story (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, biblical ...
Plot: christianity, sacrifice, pregnancy, priest, prophecy, temptation, oppression, angel, bible, christian, child birth, hopes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, jerusalem, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus. The film was directed by Norman Jewison. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two 1974 Golden Globe Award for ...
Style: biblical, lyrical, stylized, emotional, talky ...
Plot: betrayal, destiny, religion, hopes, singing, jesus, rock and roll, music, storytelling, atheism, christianity, dancing ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
Place: middle east, israel, holy land, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 4.8
 38K
God's Not Dead (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After he refuses to disavow his faith, a devout Christian student (Shane Harper) must prove the existence of God or else his college philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) will fail him.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, talky, psychological ...
Plot: christian, christianity, student life, teachers and students, power relations, one on one, social relations, religions or cults, religious, society, college life, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: campus, usa, egypt, israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: 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.
Style: bleak, stylized, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, faith, gender bending, imaginary, hopes, life is a bitch, society, dishonesty, human spirit, royal family, leadership, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s
Place: southern italy, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Sunset Limited (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: intellectual, talky, bleak, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: belief, suicide attempt, suicidal, question, one on one, christianity, professor, ex convict, religions or cults, suffering, desperation, debate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.8
 17K
Son of God (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
Style: stylized, serious, epic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: chosen one, torture, resurrection, humble, heroes, clergy, idealism, tragic hero, oracle, religions or cults, bondage, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 17K
Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, father, redemption, human spirit, friendship, self discovery, honest law enforcer, friends, family relations, hopes, parents and children, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 7.8
 477
Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: society, religions or cults, ambition, anti heroes, life is a bitch, against the odds, leadership, dishonesty, heroes, obsessive quest, clergy, injustice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, rome italy, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 5K
Barabbas (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where ...
Style: epic, biblical, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, rivalry, hopes, state affairs, unfulfillment, miraculous event, corrupted ruler, haunted by the past, betrayal, royal family, human spirit ...
Time: 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, europe, mine, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The film portrays Saint Peter reflecting on his time with Jesus and his fellow Apostles during his final imprisonment in Rome. In particular, Peter attempts to convert one of his jailers, Martinian, by relating the life, teachings, and sacrifice of ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, captivating, epic, serious
Plot: apostle, last supper, prison, society, rise to the top, miraculous event, hopes, redemption, partners, heroes, clergy, religions or cults ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church.
Style: serious, thought provoking, disturbing, gloomy, biblical ...
Plot: library, church, perfume, redemption, society, introspection, lifestyle, human nature, clergy, religions or cults, prostitute, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, montreal quebec canada, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 83K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Mexico, Taiwan, UK, USA, Japan, Italy
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
Style: bleak, philosophical, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, religious persecution, crisis of faith, torture, culture clash, betrayal, japanese history, religion, doubt, martyrdom, religious icon ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 8.0
 10K
The Island (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the ...
Style: psychological, cerebral, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, psychic, christian, god or devil, hopes, monastery, sin, navy, mentor, forgiveness, russian ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Third Miracle (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: bishop, investigation, life is a bitch, crimes, miraculous event, hopes, society, alcohol abuse, clergy, saint, crisis of faith, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 744
The Apocalypse (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It is 90 AD, and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God and ruler over heaven and earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity, are a thorn in his side and he is having them cruelly ...
Style: futuristic, sincere, serious, epic, christian film
Plot: apocalypse, ancient rome, bible, christianity, prison, religions or cults, heroes, hopes, legends and myths, society, captivity, roman empire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 113
Story of Judas (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man ascends a barren summit. It is Judas, come to collect Jesus and carry him down the mountain on his back, joking and panting as he does so. After bathing in the river and taking part in a henna ceremony, Jesus leaves for Jerusalem. Judas is ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: jesus christ, clergy, betrayal, society, intrigue, dishonesty, desert, friends, friendship, rivalry, religions or cults, bible ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Kite Runner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Style: emotional, realistic, epic, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: muslim, betrayal, rape, friendship, redemption, childhood, courage, guilt, invasion, escape, dying, death ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, california, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.8
 227K
Noah (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.
Style: captivating, exciting, biblical, epic, suspense ...
Plot: apocalypse, forces of nature, survival, christianity, human nature, god or devil, belief, ship, moral dilemma, natural disaster, redemption, chaos ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 7K
I Am David (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on Anne Holm's acclaimed young adult novel North to Freedom, I Am David chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy (Ben Tibber) who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp on his own -- through sheer will and determination. All ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: reunion, rescue, survival, politics, artist, stowaway, friendship, self discovery, communism, innocence lost, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 1950s
Place: switzerland, italy, denmark, bulgaria, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%