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Pope Joan (1972)
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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 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, strong female presence, hidden identity, power relations, religion, monk, nun, catholic priest, convent, bishop, catholicism, priest, cardinal the priest, mother superior, cross dressing
Time: 9th century, middle ages
Place: rome italy, europe

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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, state affairs, ambition, religion and hopes mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: The Abdication (1974), John Hus (1977), Thérèse (2004), Vision (2009), Peter and Paul (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Pope Joan (2009)
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: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: impossible love, cross dressing, ambition, clergy, woman dressed as man, healing power, monk, monastery, hidden identity, rise to the top, idealism, society ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: vatican, germany, rome italy, europe, 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: touching, gloomy, sincere, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: forbidden love, celibacy, catholic church, unfulfillment, state affairs, rivalry, romance, clergy, gender, love and romance, society, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 17th century
Place: sweden, rome italy, europe, vatican
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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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, contemplative, christian film
Plot: martyr, power relations, false accusation, political corruption, idealism, dishonesty, rebellion, fighting the system, hopes, society, clergy, religions or cults ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, central europe
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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, captivating ...
Plot: saint, convent, clergy, human spirit, self discovery, religions or cults, miraculous event, ambition, society, hopes, church, faith ...
Place: europe, france
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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: atmospheric, sincere, emotional, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: healing power, prodigy, human nature, religions or cults, monastery, idealism, introspection, hopes, power relations, visionary, against the rules, gender ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: germany, europe, rome italy
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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: biblical, captivating, atmospheric, epic, contemplative ...
Plot: heroes, life is a bitch, state affairs, leadership, dishonesty, clergy, anti heroes, hopes, ambition, obsessive quest, anti hero, injustice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, rome italy, israel
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36%
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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: sincere, realistic, serious, captivating, contemplative
Plot: church, burned alive, ambition, society, forbidden love, royal family, human nature, political intrigue, rebellion, life is a bitch, head of state, righting the wronged ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1600s, 1500s, renaissance
Place: italy, venice, rome italy, europe
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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: earnest, talky, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: idealism, treason, execution, ambition, period piece, decapitation, oath, death sentence, betrayal, hopes, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, rome italy, new york
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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, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: bishop, friendship, betrayal, politics, archbishop, intrigue, rise and fall, society, church, friends, religions or cults, dishonesty ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, london, vatican ...
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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, clergy, hopes, religions or cults, starting over, society, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, miraculous event, social differences ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 13th century
Place: italy, europe
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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: uplifting, biblical, intellectual, touching, sincere ...
Plot: rebellion, politics, catholicism, clergy, christianity, hypocrisy, sin, human spirit, idealism, fighting the system, social decay, rebelliousness ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: rome italy, germany, europe, vatican, england ...
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The Borgia (2006)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain, Italy
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, state affairs, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, downfall, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy
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Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A light hearted look at future Prime Minister Margaret Thatchers rise from research chemist in 1949 to becoming MP for Finchley in 1959 encompassing her early relationship and marriage to Oil Millionaire Denis Thatcher.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: politics, rise to the top, ambition, society, state affairs, feminism, campaign, head of state, election, strong female presence, british politics, satire ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: england, europe
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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, stylized, atmospheric, non-linear
Plot: rise to the top, empress, ambition, rise and fall, russian history, society, political intrigue, royal court, state affairs, clergy, battles, battle ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg
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Winnie Mandela (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Africa, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: ambition, society, state affairs, confined, politics, hopes, feminism, political unrest, isolation, pursuit, strong female presence, blind ambition ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
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God's Outlaw (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatized biography of William Tyndale, the 16th Century reformer determined to translate the Bible into English, which illegal act set him at odds with the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, contemplative, sincere ...
Plot: translator, burned alive, anti hero, religions or cults, church, state affairs, clergy, dishonesty, obsessive quest, anti heroes, against the rules, on the run ...
Time: 16th century
Place: germany, england
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King of the Sands (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Syria
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A daring, compelling and controversial take on the life of prince Abdulaziz Al Saud (Ibn Saud), founder of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Style: realistic, epic, serious, captivating
Plot: ruler, leadership, head of state, against the odds, rebellion, state affairs, battles, rise to the top, conquering, rebelliousness, dishonesty, ambition ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: saudi arabia
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Rasputin (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Into an era seething with war and revolution, a man comes with an incredible power to heal a nation...or destroy it. Based on the true story of one of the most powerful and mysterious figures in Russian history.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, ambition, clergy, state affairs, unfulfillment, society, rise and fall, rebelliousness, royal family, politics, revolution, visionary ...
Time: year 1916, edwardian era
Place: russia
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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: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: battles, cross, singing, monk, saint, heroic mission, society, clergy, obsessive quest, artists and showbiz, heroes, hopes ...
Time: 13th century, middle ages
Place: italy, jerusalem, israel, sahara
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Faustina (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 73 min.
Story: The Life of saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska, a Polish Nun.
Style: contemplative, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: convent, religions or cults, church, family relations, hopes, clergy, supernatural ability, society, nun, painting, faith, a vision ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
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Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Lithuania, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The eventful life of a humble Polish priest who once decried the pomp of the Catholic Church "a circus" and labeled the Pope a "prisoner of the Vatican" before ascending to the papal throne is explored as actor Thomas Kretschmann ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: fighting the system, clergy, hopes, dishonesty, leadership, rebellion, politics, society, state affairs, forbidden love, anti semitism, human spirit ...
Place: israel, poland, middle east, europe
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John Wycliffe: The Morning Star (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This affecting biography chronicles the life and times of prominent European philosopher John Wycliffe, who was the first to translate the Bible into English. The 14th century, Oxford University scholar often found himself caught between opposing ...
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: translator, clergy, religions or cults, injustice, ambition, fighting the system, heroes, society, hopes, rivalry, against the rules, rich and poor ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: england, europe
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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: emotional, bleak, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: church, christianity, clergy, state affairs, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition, society, heroes, romance, religions or cults, woman ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, switzerland, zurich switzerland
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Louis Cyr : The Strongest Man in the World (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Biopic of Louis Cyr, strongest man in the world at the end of the 19th Century.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching
Plot: performer's life, rise to the top, ambition, strong man, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, humble, strongman, human
Time: 19th century
Place: canada, quebec
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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, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: clergy, tragic hero, redemption, miraculous event, religions or cults, destiny, supernatural, hopes, society, leadership, go public, jesus christ ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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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: atmospheric, serious, epic
Plot: miraculous event, tragic hero, idealism, false accusation, heroic mission, human spirit, hopes, rise and fall, leadership, ambition, betrayal, clergy ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
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The Devils (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns.
Style: psychological, disturbing, cult film, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: convent, inquisition, hysteria, nun, clergy, sexual abuse, surrealism, priest, danger, society, perversion, rebellion ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: france, europe, england, london
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Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious, factual
Plot: deportation, fighting the system, rebellion, ambition, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, social relations, dance school, injustice, politics, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932
Place: ireland, new york
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24%
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Henry VIII (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, 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, dishonesty, intrigue, royal family, head of state, state affairs, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, clergy ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: england, europe
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Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.
Style: talky, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: british history, tudors, ambition, frame up, infidelity, king, betrayal, romance, politics, intrigue, love and romance, tragic hero ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, britain, london, scotland
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