Movies like Barabbas

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Barabbas (1961)
 7.0
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Barabbas (1961)
Genre: Adventure, 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 he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, captivating, realistic, biblical, dramatic, breathtaking, harsh, earnest ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, clergy, tragic hero, betrayal, leadership, human spirit, miraculous event, royal family, religions or cults, dishonesty, heroes, christian, hopes, christianity, society, state affairs, captivity, haunted by the past, rivalry, unfulfillment, pardon, corrupted ruler, religion, slavery ...
Time: 1st century
Place: europe, holy land, middle east, jerusalem, mine

Most similar movies to Barabbas

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, epic, realistic and captivating films with plots about society, heroes, religion, religions or cults, betrayal, redemption and hopes mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Barabbas: The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), King of Kings (1961), Peter and Paul (1981), The Message (1976), Jesus of Nazareth (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 199 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: desert, betrayal, temptation, tragic hero, leadership, jesus christ, redemption, human spirit, miraculous event, religions or cults, heroes, hopes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, jerusalem, dungeon, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, serious, sincere, captivating, biblical ...
Plot: betrayal, redemption, tragic hero, jesus christ, leadership, miraculous event, political unrest, religions or cults, injustice, politics, dishonesty, christian ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, jerusalem, dungeon, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 7.8
 477
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, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: leadership, obsessive quest, christian, religions or cults, hopes, society, state affairs, anti heroes, clergy, redemption, injustice, against the odds ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, atmospheric, serious, based on the bible
Plot: christian, jesus christ, clergy, god, last supper, bible, supernatural ability, tragic hero, betrayal, leadership, redemption, legends and myths ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 8.2
 40K
The Message (1976)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, UK, Saudi Arabia
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.
Style: epic, serious, captivating, exciting, rough
Plot: muslim, religions or cults, war, desert, leadership, adventure, islam, arab, society, exile, fighting the system, hopes ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, captivating, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: christianity, roman empire, betrayal, last supper, apostle, resurrection, ancient rome, christian, jesus christ, idealism, religions or cults, rabbi ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: biblical, epic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: loincloth, christianity, tragic hero, religions or cults, christian, dishonesty, heroes, hopes, rivalry, society, state affairs, blind ambition ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Spain, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: 1492: Conquest of Paradise depicts Christopher Columbus’ discovery of The New World and his effect on the indigenous people.
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventurer, adventure, tribe, culture clash, tragic hero, indigenous, obsessive quest, rebellion, rebelliousness, royal family, battles, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: spain, europe, caribbean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: leadership, self discovery, miraculous event, social decay, adventure, religions or cults, heroes, society, rescue, chaos and mayhem, state affairs, chaos ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, uplifting ...
Plot: betrayal, faith, gender bending, clergy, tragic hero, leadership, human spirit, miraculous event, idealism, redemption, royal family, christianity ...
Time: 1960s
Place: southern italy, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Italy
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, exciting, serious, biblical, 70mm film ...
Plot: bible, noah's ark, adam and eve, flood, christian, redemption, supernatural ability, good versus evil, legends and myths, miraculous event, religions or cults, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: epic, sincere, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: pope, infidelity, clergy, battle zone, politics, tragic hero, human spirit, tragic love, ambition, artist, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1960s, 1500s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.2
 2K
King David (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David.
Style: epic, realistic, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: royal family, rivalry, war, dishonesty, bible, heroes, adventure, state affairs, tragic hero, religions or cults, historical event, battlefield ...
Time: ancient history
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: captivating, biblical, epic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: save the day, royal court, queen, anti semitism, heroes, state affairs, destiny, rise to the top, royal family, hopes, orphan, society ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, egypt, israel, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: tragic hero, redemption, legends and myths, miraculous event, religions or cults, heroes, hopes, society, clergy, leadership, destiny, reincarnation ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.7
 37K
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, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, roman empire, vengeance, confined, false accusation, dishonesty, moral dilemma, male friendship, resistance fighter, sibling rivalry, justice, mentor ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, greece, jerusalem, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 12K
El Cid (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: war, tragic hero, knight, convent, betrayal, adventure, vengeance, siege, treason, honor, historical figure, heroic mission ...
Time: middle ages
Place: spain, europe, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 17K
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: epic, serious, stylized, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: resurrection, jesus christ, torture, chosen one, tragic hero, miraculous event, belief, bible, religions or cults, clergy, idealism, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.1
 711
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: serious, captivating, epic, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: king, tragic hero, folk hero, head of state, family, bible, prophet, leadership, rise to the top, heroes, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.0
 13K
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, clever, talky, realistic, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, bishop, friendship, archbishop, politics, intrigue, church, rise and fall, religions or cults, dishonesty, rivalry, society ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.0
 429
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: serious, touching, psychological, biblical
Plot: betrayal, clergy, religions or cults, injustice, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch, supernatural ability, tragic hero, leadership, friendship, destiny ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Constantine and the Cross (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Constantin is fighting against Barbarians with his father when he is called to Rome. In his way to Rome, he falls in an ambush planned by Maxence, who wants to become emperor.
Style: serious, epic, realistic, christian film
Plot: emperor, christianity, ancient rome, master warrior, tragic hero, revelation, roman, betrayal, adventure, intrigue, rise to the top, royal family ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 1K
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: epic, exciting, serious
Plot: bible, anti heroes, leadership, adventure, human spirit, miraculous event, religions or cults, heroes, society, family relations, redemption, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east, jordan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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End of the Spear (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: "End of the Spear" is the story of Mincayani, a Waodani tribesman from the jungles of Ecuador. When five young missionaries, among them Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, are speared to death by the Waodani in 1956, a series of events unfold to ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, tense ...
Plot: jungle, redemption, murder, parents and children, crimes, deadly, heroes, hopes, family relations, dealing with death, human spirit, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 1950s, 1940s
Place: ecuador, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 83K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Mexico, Taiwan, UK, USA, Japan, 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, religious persecution, crisis of faith, torture, culture clash, betrayal, religion, japanese history, doubt, courage, loneliness ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 14K
Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA
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: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: catholicism, clergy, church, politics, theology, idealism, hypocrisy, bribery, sin, obsessive quest, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, rome italy, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: bleak, epic, rough, biblical, factual ...
Plot: betrayal, christianity, suffering, torture, clergy, religion, religions or cults, sacrifice, redemption, last supper, mission, bible ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 51K
The Mission (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a Spanish Jesuit goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region, a slave hunter is converted and joins his mission. When Spain sells the colony to Portugal, they are forced to ...
Style: epic, touching, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Plot: jungle, slavery, mission, waterfall, christianity, redemption, clergy, native, punishment, duel, massacre, adventurer ...
Time: 18th century
Place: brazil, argentina, south america, latin america, portugal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and American) plundering of China.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, one man army, rivalry, racism, tragic hero, school, culture clash, vengeance, adventure, heroes, society ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 4K
Cromwell (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, military, revolution, parliament, tyranny, king, intrigue, rise and fall, rise to the top, political unrest, war ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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