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
Plot: pope, clergy, religions or cults, gender bending, ambition, legends and myths, society, dishonesty, gender, rise to the top, hidden identity, power relations, 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 epic films with plots about society, clergy, religions or cults, religion, priest, dishonesty and state affairs mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: The Abdication (1974), John Hus (1977), The Radicals (1989), The Emigrants (1971), Valley of the Bees (1968). 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: cross dressing, impossible love, monk, monastery, ambition, vatican, pope, clergy, poisoning, rise to the top, hopes, hidden identity ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, italy, europe, rome italy
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95%
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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: realistic, touching, gloomy, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: celibacy, forbidden love, catholic church, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, love and romance, romance, gays and lesbians, religions or cults, royal family, clergy, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: sweden, europe, rome italy
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82%
 6.7
 60
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, serious, christian film
Plot: martyr, society, rebellion, power relations, religions or cults, political corruption, dishonesty, fighting the system, false accusation, clergy, idealism, hopes ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.7
 78
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, captivating, emotional, serious, bleak
Plot: church, christianity, religions or cults, life is a bitch, romance, state affairs, hopes, heroes, clergy, ambition, society, woman ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, zurich switzerland, switzerland
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67%
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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, rough, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: journey, sailing ship, ship, human spirit, obsessive quest, immigrants, family in crisis, escapades, hopes, couple relations, family problems, couples ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: sweden, minnesota, europe
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66%
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: serious, realistic, epic, captivating
Plot: parents and children, love and romance, family in crisis, state affairs, heroes, religions or cults, friends, cause and meaning, family relations, clergy, introspection, society ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe
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64%
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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, serious, bleak, factual, realistic ...
Plot: hopes, clergy, religions or cults, society, starting over, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, saint, social differences, miraculous event ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: biblical, realistic, epic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: rise to the top, corrupted ruler, heroes, state affairs, ambition, society, royal family, dishonesty, battles, religions or cults, sword and sandal, religion
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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53%
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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, tense, stylized, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, tragic love, french revolution, haunted by the past, bishop, rich and poor, love and romance, parents and children, crimes, life is a bitch, revolution, false accusation ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: europe, france, paris france
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53%
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, starting over, misfit, introspection, hopes, teaching the ways of the world, power relations, religions or cults, society, lifestyle, clergy, novice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venice, europe, italy
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51%
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: singing, saint, monk, cross, showbiz, society, church, heroic mission, artists and showbiz, heroes, hopes, obsessive quest ...
Time: middle ages
Place: italy, jerusalem, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: 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 ⇓
49%
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, erotic, sexual, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: nun, convent, celibacy, pregnancy, theology, fall in love, love and romance, clergy, unfulfillment, romance, youth, couples ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: sincere, captivating, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: convent, monastery, power relations, clergy, society, celibacy, innocence lost, lesbian, pubic hair, confession, women's rights, lawyer ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, dishonesty, royal family, friends, religions or cults, rivalry, intrigue, church ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: realistic, emotional, atmospheric, serious, sexual ...
Plot: convent, monastery, nun, priest, suicide, village, religions or cults, destructive relationship, youth, clergy, new wave, gender ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: sincere, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: church, racism, bishop, bigotry, abortion, priest, catholic priest, celibacy, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, hopes, siblings relations ...
Place: georgia, rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: stylized, captivating, realistic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: christianity, human nature, fish out of water, disorder, society, culture clash, danger, life is a bitch, clergy, religions or cults, religious persecution, portuguese ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 561
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, serious, stylized, captivating
Plot: politics, society, war, heroes, state affairs, rise to the top, political unrest, ambition, military, clergy, battles, samurai ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, korea, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, captivating, realistic, serious, earnest ...
Plot: idealism, treason, ambition, execution, period piece, oath, betrayal, uninhibited rivalry, hopes, state affairs, blind ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: gloomy, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: convent, family relations, suburbs, religions or cults, lifestyle, society, artists and showbiz, suburban life, hopes, clergy, lesbian, death ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, captivating, gloomy, atmospheric, serious
Plot: convent, against the rules, destructive relationship, romance, defamation, couples, clergy, family in crisis, love and romance, family relations, disgraced, injustice ...
Time: middle ages
Place: norway, europe
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45%
The Other Conquest (1998)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The film is a drama about the aftermath of the 1520s Spanish Conquest of Mexico told from the perspective of the indigenous Aztec people. It explores the social, religious, and psychological changes brought about by a historical process of ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: pagan, military, culture clash, clergy, society, leadership, heroes, religions or cults, palaces castles and temples, native american, mexican, female nudity ...
Time: 16th century
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: realistic, epic, stylized, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: clergy, head of state, political unrest, dishonesty, leadership, corrupted ruler, state affairs, unfulfillment, political corruption, society, ambition, rebellion ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: tense, epic, serious, realistic
Plot: pope, catholic church, vatican, rebelliousness, love triangle, politics, prison, religions or cults, revolution, escapades, obsessive quest, state affairs ...
Time: 60s
Place: china, europe, asia, soviet union, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Alfred the Great (1969)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to take up arms against the invaders, leading the English ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: viking, heroic mission, military, clergy, palaces castles and temples, battles, religions or cults, moral dilemma, society, war, heroes, battle ...
Time: ancient history
Place: england, europe
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41%
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Bel Ami (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Georges Duroy travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world ...
Style: realistic, captivating, stylized, serious, sexual
Plot: womanizer, manipulations, ambition, rise to the top, adultery, dishonesty, strong sexual content, rich and poor, society, journalist, male objectification, infidelity ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: captivating, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, miraculous event, escapades, legends and myths, reincarnation, tragic hero, clergy, leadership, dishonesty, religions or cults ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Baby of Mâcon (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A town cursed with barren women and famine is saved by a miracle birth to an old, ugly woman: the Mother. Immediately afterwards, the old woman's Daughter (Ormond) claims to have delivered the baby herself in a virgin birth. She imprisons the ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, offbeat, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: virginity, bishop, hypocrisy, baby, blood, violence, sex, play, society, starvation, manipulations, babies and infants ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: epic, captivating, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: rebellion, political unrest, life is a bitch, state affairs, religions or cults, society, rebelliousness, rebel, war, axe, danish, tragic event ...
Time: 19th century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%