Movies like Pope Joan 1972

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Pope Joan (1972)
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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 of the time.
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic, contemplative
Plot: pope, clergy, religions or cults, gender bending, ambition, legends and myths, society, dishonesty, gender, rise to the top, hidden identity, power relations, strong female presence, religion, monk, nun, catholic priest, convent, bishop, catholicism, priest, cardinal the priest, mother superior, cross dressing
Time: middle ages
Place: europe

Most similar movies to Pope Joan

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and contemplative films with plots about society, clergy, religions or cults, religion, state affairs, hopes and catholic church mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: The Abdication (1974), John Hus (1977), The Radicals (1989), The Emigrants (1971), The Nun (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Pope Joan (2009)
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, realistic, serious
Plot: impossible love, vatican, ambition, cross dressing, clergy, healing power, monk, monastery, rise to the top, hidden identity, idealism, religions or cults ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, italy, europe, rome italy
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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: captivating, sincere, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: forbidden love, celibacy, catholic church, gender, society, state affairs, love and romance, romance, royal family, clergy, rivalry, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: sweden, europe, rome italy
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57%
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John Hus (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: A faithful recounting of the ministry, trial and martyrdom of the fifteenth century Bohemian priest John Hus, who built on the reforms of John Wycliffe, taught the Bible in the vernacular and who influenced Martin Luther a century later.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, contemplative, serious, christian film
Plot: martyr, dishonesty, hopes, fighting the system, clergy, power relations, religions or cults, false accusation, rebellion, society, idealism, political corruption ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, central europe
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50%
 6.7
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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: realistic, contemplative, emotional, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: church, christianity, ambition, life is a bitch, heroes, state affairs, romance, hopes, society, religions or cults, clergy, religious persecution ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, zurich switzerland, switzerland
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45%
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The Emigrants (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Sweden
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, realistic, contemplative, saga ...
Plot: emigrant, seasickness, sailing ship, journey, sea voyage, ship, family in crisis, couple relations, human spirit, family problems, hopes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: sweden, europe, minnesota
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44%
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The Nun (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Suzanne Simonin describes her life of suffering in letters. As a young woman she is sent to a convent against her will. Since her parents cannot afford the dowry required for a marriage befitting her rank they decide she must instead become a nun. ...
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, serious, psychological ...
Plot: convent, power relations, clergy, society, strong female presence, celibacy, women's rights, religion, abuse of power, humiliation, nun, confession ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, europe
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44%
Valley of the Bees (1968)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ondrej, a young boy who loves bees and bats, is introduced to his new mother, a woman much younger than his father. Her brings her a bowl of flower petals which she starts to throw in the air and then gives out a shriek, as she discovers several ...
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, serious
Plot: romance, state affairs, heroes, love and romance, religions or cults, friends, cause and meaning, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, introspection, society ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe
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41%
A Story of David: The Hunted (1960)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Israel
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Directed by Bob McNaught. King Saul of Israel is jealous of the fame and adoration of David, who long ago slew Goliath and brought victory to Saul's armies. Now Saul, egged on by his Edomite counselor Doeg, attempts to have David killed. ...
Style: realistic, epic, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: battles, corrupted ruler, state affairs, heroes, society, rise to the top, religions or cults, ambition, royal family, dishonesty, sword and sandal, bible ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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40%
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The Nun (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In eighteenth-century France, a girl is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire.
Style: emotional, atmospheric, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: convent, monastery, suicide, priest, nun, coming of age, destructive relationship, religions or cults, gender, innocence lost, dishonesty, strong female presence ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
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38%
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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: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, epic, serious ...
Plot: ambition, redemption, against the odds, leadership, dishonesty, clergy, state affairs, heroes, anti heroes, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, hopes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, rome italy, israel
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38%
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, serious, stylized, captivating
Plot: political unrest, state affairs, heroes, war, society, politics, ambition, military, samurai, clergy, battles, rise to the top ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, china, asia, korea
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36%
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Vision (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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: sincere, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, serious ...
Plot: healing power, prodigy, religions or cults, human nature, monastery, against the rules, hopes, power relations, clergy, introspection, idealism, gender ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: germany, europe, rome italy
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36%
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Silence (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and search for their mentor.
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: christianity, danger, human nature, society, culture clash, fish out of water, clergy, disorder, life is a bitch, religions or cults, religious persecution, loss of faith ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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36%
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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, gloomy ...
Plot: saint, religions or cults, hopes, clergy, society, starting over, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, miraculous event, social differences ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Therese (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: convent, clergy, society, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, hopes, suburbs, religions or cults, suburban life, family relations, notebook, fish ...
Time: 80s
Place: france, europe
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34%
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even ...
Style: talky, realistic, contemplative, serious, captivating ...
Plot: idealism, treason, ambition, execution, period piece, oath, betrayal, hopes, religions or cults, uninhibited rivalry, blind ambition, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, new york
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34%
Les Miserables (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert.
Style: captivating, stylized, tense, realistic, touching ...
Plot: french revolution, redemption, tragic love, rise to the top, parents and children, dehumanization, society, injustice, fugitives, life is a bitch, rich and poor, chief ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: europe, france, paris france
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33%
Kristin Lavransdotter (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Kristin Lavransdatter is a 1995 Norwegian film directed by Liv Ullman, featuring Elisabeth Matheson, Bjørn Skagestad, Jørgen Langhelle, Lena Endre and Sverre Anker Ousdal, based on Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. It was the Norwegian entry ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: convent, injustice, society, rebelliousness, tragic love, couples, strong female presence, clergy, love and romance, romance, family relations, destructive relationship ...
Time: middle ages
Place: norway, europe
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33%
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Thérèse (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith, trials, and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the most popular saint of ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, realistic, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: convent, saint, human spirit, clergy, self discovery, society, ambition, miraculous event, religions or cults, hopes, church, nun ...
Place: europe, france
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33%
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Tsar (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: clergy, leadership, political unrest, head of state, corrupted ruler, royal court, rebelliousness, dishonesty, political corruption, russian history, rise and fall, rebellion ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
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32%
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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: captivating, emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious
Plot: german occupation, french resistance, impossible love, catholic church, nun, religions or cults, wartime life, strong female presence, clergy, convent, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: france, europe
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31%
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: captivating, serious, sexy, erotic, sexual ...
Plot: nun, convent, pregnancy, celibacy, theology, fall in love, love and romance, power relations, unfulfillment, romance, youth, tragic love ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, europe, paris france
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31%
Francis of Assisi (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of a lusty, fighting young adventurer who exchanged his sword for a cross
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: saint, singing, monk, cross, clergy, society, church, obsessive quest, animal life, heroes, artists and showbiz, hopes ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, israel, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
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Giordano Bruno (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 115 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: sincere, captivating, contemplative, serious, realistic
Plot: church, burned alive, human nature, dishonesty, righting the wronged, against the rules, wizards and magicians, religions or cults, cause and meaning, clergy, royal family, political intrigue ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century, 1600s, 1500s, renaissance
Place: italy, venice, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: empress, rise to the top, ambition, rise and fall, political intrigue, state affairs, society, royal court, clergy, battle, conspiracy, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s
Place: russia, europe, saint petersburg
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30%
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: realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: monastery, religions or cults, clergy, starting over, misfit, lifestyle, introspection, society, teaching the ways of the world, power relations, hopes, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, serious, bleak
Plot: rebellion, rebel, rebelliousness, society, religions or cults, life is a bitch, political unrest, state affairs, war, christianity, tragic event, religion ...
Time: 19th century
Place: norway, europe
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30%
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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: emotional, captivating, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: racism, bishop, church, abortion, bigotry, priest, catholic priest, hopes, rebellion, society, politics, ambition ...
Place: georgia, rome italy, italy
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29%
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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, clever, realistic ...
Plot: bishop, friendship, betrayal, politics, archbishop, intrigue, royal family, dishonesty, clergy, church, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: social worker, against the odds, fighting the system, uncover truth, deportation, society, injustice, life is a bitch, state affairs, rebellion, family reunited, righting the wronged ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%