Movies and TV shows like Jesus 1999

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Jesus (1999)
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Jesus (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, UK
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The film is notable for presenting a more human Jesus, compared to more solemn portrayals in earlier films; here Jesus laughs and cries like anyone else. Among other things, he weeps at Joseph’s funeral, throws stones in Lake Galilee when meeting Simon Peter and James son of Zebedee for the first time, dances at the wedding at Cana, and starts a water-splashing fight with his disciples as well. Satan is portrayed as a man in modern dress (and as a woman in red). During his temptation of Jesus, he shows him the Earth from the vantage point of space. Satan also shows Jesus images of wars and destruction carried out in his name. The film adds an apocryphal Roman historian named “Livio” who watches and comments as events unfold; he is presumably named after Livy.
Style: realistic, epic, serious, based on the bible, surprise ending, emotional, touching, captivating, christian film
Plot: bible, jesus christ, christianity, jewish, resurrection, religions or cults, hopes, society, sin, leadership, jesus, death of protagonist, main character dies, heroes, miraculous event, judaism, clergy, temptation, last supper, synagogue, ancient rome, religion, roman, torture, virgin ...
Place: palestine

Most similar movies to Jesus

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, epic, captivating and biblical films and TV series with plots about society, religions or cults, hopes, heroes, religion, redemption and bible mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Jesus: St. Paul (2000), In the Beginning (2000), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), The Bible: Moses (1995), Son of God (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, serious, atmospheric, based on the bible, biblical ...
Plot: christianity, jesus, self sacrifice, roman empire, resurrection, jesus christ, back from the dead, faith, betrayal, miraculous event, execution, rabbi ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
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100%
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St. Paul (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Director Roger Young (JOSEPH AND JESUS) presents this dramatic television miniseries that recounts the life of Paul (Johannes Brandrup) the Apostle of Jesus Christ. Originally known as Paul of Tarsus, Paul tortured and persecuted Christians until he ...
Style: realistic, serious, based on the bible, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: roman empire, folk hero, bible, christianity, apostle, christian, legends and myths, heroes, state affairs, bible story, ancient rome, father son relationship ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, rome italy, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In the Beginning (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.
Style: biblical, captivating, christian film, serious, epic ...
Plot: heroic mission, adventure, miraculous event, religions or cults, human spirit, redemption, rescue, danger, hopes, state affairs, bible, imaginary ...
Place: egypt, africa, middle east
⇓ 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, biblical, captivating, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: jesus christ, betrayal, desert, miraculous event, temptation, jesus, redemption, chosen one, hopes, leadership, society, tragic hero ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, jerusalem, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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The Bible: Moses (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic, Netherlands, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An ordinary man is called upon by God to do the impossible in this lovingly told production of the Old Testament story. When the Pharaoh of Egypt begins to tighten the noose on his Jewish slaves, Moses (Ben Kingsley) leads them to freedom. Philip ...
Style: biblical, epic, serious, based on the bible, disturbing ...
Plot: religions or cults, ten commandments, society, leadership, state affairs, danger, hopes, heroes, oracle, miraculous event, bible, exodus ...
Place: egypt, middle east, holy land, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: based on the bible, uplifting, captivating, epic, stylized ...
Plot: jesus christ, religions or cults, chosen one, tragic hero, prophet, resurrection, torture, clergy, idealism, belief, society, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Abraham (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, Italy, USA, Czech Republic, France
Duration: 175 min.
Story: This engrossing dramatization of the life of Abraham, the most tested servant of God and the father of Judaism, spans from the patriarch's quest for the Promised Land to the sacrifice of his son, Isaac.
Style: serious, epic, psychological, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: bible, prophet, desert, heroic mission, miraculous event, redemption, society, adventure, human spirit, hopes, bible story, city ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east, jordan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, based on the bible, epic
Plot: miraculous event, tragic hero, false accusation, heroic mission, human spirit, idealism, clergy, betrayal, ambition, religions or cults, injustice, rise and fall ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: jesus, sword and sandal, redemption, jesus christ, haunted by the past, human spirit, betrayal, hopes, religions or cults, heroes, tragic hero, clergy ...
Time: 1st century
Place: rome italy, middle east, europe, holy land, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, jesus, state affairs, tragic hero, political unrest, heroic mission, injustice, christianity, life is a bitch, dishonesty, unfulfillment ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem, egypt, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, go public, religions or cults, supernatural, society, leadership, hopes, destiny, jesus ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 516
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: serious, realistic, atmospheric, epic, contemplative ...
Plot: state affairs, life is a bitch, clergy, hopes, dishonesty, obsessive quest, society, ambition, anti hero, injustice, religions or cults, against the odds ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, rome italy, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Jesus Film (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: This classic film portrays 3½ years of Jesus' ministry as told in the Gospel of Luke from the Good News and King James translations of the Bible. Producer John Heyman created a film so true-to-life, you will feel like you are in first-century ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, epic, serious, christian film ...
Plot: miraculous event, crucifix, christianity, unfulfillment, hopes, tragic hero, heroes, blind ambition, state affairs, religions or cults, righting the wronged, leadership ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 756
Solomon (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, USA, Netherlands, UK
Duration: 166 min.
Story: David, now an old man, is still king of Israel. Among his sons, the ambitious Adonijah and the clever Solomon. The two young men are fierce rivals, since both are prospective heirs to the throne and only one can be successful.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, epic, atmospheric ...
Plot: battles, heroes, legends and myths, couple relations, royal family, healing power, religions or cults, political unrest, fall in love, rivalry, society, betrayal ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, miraculous event, faith, gender bending, state affairs, leadership, life is a bitch, religions or cults, injustice, idealism, human spirit, redemption ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s
Place: palestine, southern italy, israel, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, religions or cults, dishonesty, clergy, injustice, friendship, supernatural ability, ambition, tragic hero, life is a bitch, christianity, main character dies ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 2K
Joseph (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.
Style: realistic, serious, epic, based on the bible, biblical
Plot: old testament, betrayal, religions or cults, family relations, royal family, parents and children, dishonesty, adventure, society, miraculous event, vengeance, siblings relations ...
Place: egypt, middle east, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: serious, uplifting, captivating, epic, realistic
Plot: apostle, miraculous event, christian, religions or cults, clergy, rise to the top, heroes, redemption, hopes, partners, prayer, betrayal ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Ten Commandments (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: When an oracle prophesizes that a child will become Prince of Egypt, a time of danger approaches the kingdom. The Egyptian Pharaoh orders the massacre of all newborn males. But one child, Moses-the son of a Hebrew slave-escapes certain death when he ...
Style: biblical, exciting, serious, epic
Plot: bible, human spirit, destiny, against the odds, hopes, rescue, adventure, heroes, imaginary, leadership, redemption, siblings relations ...
Place: egypt, africa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, ...
Style: biblical, bleak, factual, rough, epic ...
Plot: christianity, jesus christ, betrayal, jesus, religion, torture, bible, sacrifice, religions or cults, life philosophy, suffering, roman empire ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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David (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 190 min.
Story: The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." (I Samuel, 8:5). And so the prophet Samuel gives the Hebrews their first king, Saul. Saul, ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: prophet, tragic hero, heroes, battles, king, ambition, underdog, rivalry, dishonesty, religions or cults, oracle, couples ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 3K
Caesar (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
Style: captivating, stylized, epic, serious, realistic
Plot: roman empire, julius caesar, dictatorship, politics, tragic hero, ambition, war hero, treason, emperor, rivalry, head of state, rise and fall ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: egypt, middle east, europe, africa, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 986
Jeremiah (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears to Jeremiah in different human guises on several occasions, and makes it clear to him that he has been selected to announce God's ...
Style: sincere, epic, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: prophet, oracle, dishonesty, life is a bitch, society, heroes, escapades, religions or cults, false accusation, heroic mission, village, bible ...
Time: ancient history
Place: middle east, israel, egypt, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Moses the Lawgiver (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Story of Moses. Originally a TV Miniseries recut for theaters
Style: epic, atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: desert, folk hero, hopes, heroes, leadership, oracle, religions or cults, heroic mission, against the odds, escapades, society, ambition ...
Time: ancient history
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, social differences, miraculous event ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 12th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire is a 2006 BBC One docudrama series, with each episode looking at a different key turning point in the history of the Roman Empire.
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, serious
Plot: roman empire, emperor, politics, historical character, religions or cults, political intrigue, political unrest, lust, christianity, battles, rebelliousness, power struggle ...
Time: ancient history
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
One Night with the King (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: This amazing biblical drama chronicles the brave and historic legend of Hadassah, a Jewish orphan with exceptional beauty who rises to become Queen Esther of Persia and saves Persian Jews from genocide. By revealing her heritage to the king, Esther ...
Style: biblical, captivating, based on the bible, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: save the day, old testament, battlefield, queen, medieval, destiny, royal court, rise to the top, royal family, betrayal, anti semitism, female protagonist ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, egypt, israel, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, realistic, serious, tricky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: christianity, jesus, angel, religions or cults, bible, prophecy, priest, miraculous event, childbirth, pregnancy, family relations, a vision ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, palestine, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: sincere, serious, futuristic, epic, christian film
Plot: apostle, apocalypse, christianity, bible, ancient rome, heroic mission, hopes, religions or cults, danger, society, redemption, end of the world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Billy: The Early Years (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Most of us know Billy Graham as the self-assured and charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now, with the release of Billy: The Early Years, we meet Billy as the earnest and promising young ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: self discovery, hopes, life is a bitch, lifestyle, society, redemption, idealism, miraculous event, clergy, christianity, born again christian, doubt ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%