Movies like The Passion of the Christ

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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
 7.1
 203K
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, factual, rough, biblical, brutal, emotional, serious, realistic, based on the bible ...
Plot: torture, christianity, betrayal, sacrifice, bible, religion, suffering, jesus, clergy, religions or cults, roman empire, redemption, death, jesus christ, mission, last supper, brutality, chosen one, life philosophy, trial, prophecy, punishment, loss of son, false accusation, humiliation ...
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, biblical, dramatic and intense films with plots about society, betrayal, redemption, christianity, religions or cults, religion and hopes mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Passion of the Christ: Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Gladiator (2000), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), King of Kings (1961), The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966). 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: thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological, serious, sincere ...
Plot: temptation, jesus christ, christianity, betrayal, sin, redemption, desert, clergy, tragic hero, hopes, prophecy, roman ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 30s
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem, israel
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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, biblical, serious, atmospheric, based on the bible ...
Plot: christianity, roman empire, self sacrifice, resurrection, jesus christ, faith, back from the dead, rabbi, execution, betrayal, ancient rome, last supper ...
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, Malta, Morocco
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: vengeance, roman empire, warrior, courage, emperor, gladiator, pride and honor, master warrior, freedom, tragic hero, slavery, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: italy, dungeon, rome italy, germany, north africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 260 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: betrayal, desert, temptation, redemption, religions or cults, righting the wronged, chosen one, miraculous event, corrupted ruler, heroes, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, dungeon, jerusalem, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, serious, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: redemption, betrayal, tragic hero, political unrest, injustice, state affairs, heroic mission, christianity, dishonesty, unfulfillment, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, dungeon, jerusalem, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
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, serious, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: adam and eve, noah's ark, bible, flood, old testament, heroic mission, miraculous event, redemption, hopes, heroes, supernatural ability, religion ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, realistic, emotional, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: pregnancy, parents and children, society, love affair, miraculous event, hopes, life is a bitch, heroes, religions or cults, family relations, ambition, reincarnation ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.7
 39K
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: roman empire, betrayal, vengeance, confined, false accusation, dishonesty, ancient rome, moral dilemma, male friendship, resistance fighter, sibling rivalry, justice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, greece, jerusalem, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.9
 5K
Barabbas (1961)
Genre: 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, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, jesus christ, haunted by the past, betrayal, hopes, human spirit, religions or cults, heroes, clergy, tragic hero, christian ...
Time: 1st century
Place: middle east, europe, holy land, mine, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, serious, atmospheric, realistic, biblical ...
Plot: christianity, sacrifice, pregnancy, prophecy, oppression, priest, temptation, angel, bible, society, religions or cults, family relations ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, israel, jerusalem, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, brutal, suspense, depressing ...
Plot: convent, nun, sexual harassment, sin, life is a bitch, punishment, unwanted pregnancy, innocence lost, sexual abuse, human spirit, violence against women, irish ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 106 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, hopes, singing, jesus, religion, rock and roll, music, storytelling, atheism, christianity, dancing ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
Place: middle east, israel, holy land, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 87K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, 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: philosophical, bleak, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, crisis of faith, religious persecution, torture, culture clash, clergy, betrayal, religion, doubt, religious icon, martyrdom ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, serious, psychological, touching ...
Plot: coma, redemption, preacher, small town, forgiveness, minister, jealousy, country, christianity, radio, dishonesty, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.7
 18K
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, uplifting, captivating, epic, serious ...
Plot: chosen one, torture, resurrection, heroes, hopes, society, oracle, redemption, bondage, miraculous event, religions or cults, humble ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: suicidal, belief, suicide attempt, one on one, question, christianity, doubts and hesitations, desperation, african american, suffering, ex convict, choice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: betrayal, faith, gender bending, society, injustice, redemption, religions or cults, leadership, dishonesty, royal family, human spirit, tragic hero ...
Time: 1960s
Place: southern italy, israel, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: perfume, church, library, redemption, artists and showbiz, human nature, society, lifestyle, introspection, religions or cults, prostitute, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, montreal quebec canada, montreal quebec, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: epic, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: apostle, prison, last supper, partners, religions or cults, miraculous event, heroes, rise to the top, hopes, society, redemption, clergy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 495
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: life is a bitch, hopes, obsessive quest, anti heroes, state affairs, clergy, redemption, leadership, dishonesty, against the odds, religions or cults, ambition ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, rome italy, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.9
 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, philosophical, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, hopes, monastery, psychic, sin, god or devil, navy, mentor, forgiveness, russian ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.0
 433
Judas (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but eventually decides to join the band, as well. He and Jesus ...
Style: touching, serious, biblical, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: betrayal, clergy, dishonesty, friendship, injustice, religions or cults, ambition, life is a bitch, tragic hero, christianity, main character dies, leadership ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: serious, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: bishop, investigation, alcohol abuse, society, crimes, miraculous event, life is a bitch, hopes, clergy, salvation, nun, catholic church ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.3
 759
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: serious, futuristic, sincere, epic, christian film
Plot: apocalypse, bible, christianity, ancient rome, heroic mission, legends and myths, hopes, prison, roman empire, heroes, curses spells and rituals, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 119
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating
Plot: betrayal, clergy, intrigue, religions or cults, friends, dishonesty, society, desert, rivalry, friendship, bible, perfume ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, suspense ...
Plot: injustice, destructive relationship, discrimination, witnessing a crime, sadism, tragic hero, loss of family member, village, couple relations, journalist, stoning, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Style: epic, biblical, stylized, harsh, exciting ...
Plot: ancient egypt, bible, destiny, god, religion, christianity, old testament, miraculous event, religions or cults, family relations, society, human spirit ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, holy land, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, disturbing, sincere, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: muslim, betrayal, friendship, redemption, childhood, courage, guilt, haunted by the past, secret, rape, political unrest, mission ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 20th century, 21st century, 70s ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, pakistan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.8
 231K
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, god, forces of nature, end of the world, survival, natural disaster, human nature, chosen one, god or devil, belief, chaos, moral dilemma ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A word for word depiction of the life of Jesus Christ from the Good News Translation Bible as recorded in the Gospel of John.
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, based on the bible
Plot: unfulfillment, hopes, heroes, life is a bitch, corrupted ruler, supernatural ability, state affairs, religions or cults, captivity, society, rise and fall, injustice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%