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, biblical, exciting, serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic, breathtaking, harsh, earnest ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, heroes, miraculous event, clergy, betrayal, pardon, religions or cults, royal family, captivity, human spirit, hopes, haunted by the past, society, dishonesty, rivalry, tragic hero, leadership, state affairs, unfulfillment, corrupted ruler, christian, christianity, religion, slavery ...
Time: 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, europe, 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, religions or cults, state affairs, religion, dishonesty and betrayal mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Barabbas: King of Kings (1961), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Peter and Paul (1981), The Jesus Film (1979), Jesus of Nazareth (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: redemption, betrayal, political unrest, dishonesty, miraculous event, unfulfillment, heroic mission, hopes, corrupted ruler, state affairs, life is a bitch, politics ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
Place: middle east, holy land, jerusalem, dungeon, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, realistic, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Plot: betrayal, desert, temptation, redemption, state affairs, corrupted ruler, life is a bitch, miraculous event, hopes, unfulfillment, death sentence, society ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, jerusalem, dungeon, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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, serious, atmospheric, based on the bible
Plot: christian, leadership, dishonesty, human spirit, supernatural ability, religions or cults, betrayal, ambition, injustice, clergy, idealism, tragic hero ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 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: clergy, injustice, leadership, dishonesty, obsessive quest, society, against the odds, anti heroes, state affairs, hopes, life is a bitch, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, sincere, serious, sentimental, epic ...
Plot: christianity, loincloth, state affairs, imaginary, hopes, blind ambition, unfulfillment, tragic hero, rivalry, miraculous event, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: christianity, roman empire, betrayal, execution, self sacrifice, rabbi, apostle, jesus christ, last supper, christian, resurrection, ancient rome ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, exciting, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: slave, demolished city, miraculous event, chaos and mayhem, state affairs, adventure, self discovery, religions or cults, chaos, leadership, heroes, social decay ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, biblical, exciting, serious, 70mm film ...
Plot: flood, bible, noah's ark, adam and eve, old testament, good versus evil, redemption, christian, religions or cults, rescue, injustice, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, dishonesty, clergy, ambition, religions or cults, injustice, tragic hero, life is a bitch, friendship, christianity, main character dies, supernatural ability ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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, exciting, captivating, rough
Plot: muslim, desert, war, angel, religions or cults, exile, islam, arab, leadership, society, adventure, rebellion ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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: rivalry, war, dishonesty, heroes, royal family, adventure, state affairs, religions or cults, tragic hero, bible, historical event, battlefield ...
Time: ancient history
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, uplifting, serious, sincere ...
Plot: betrayal, faith, gender bending, life is a bitch, imaginary, hopes, redemption, leadership, royal family, dishonesty, human spirit, miraculous event ...
Time: 1960s
Place: southern italy, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: destiny, supernatural, leadership, heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, society, reincarnation, redemption, tragic hero, clergy, religions or cults ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: save the day, old testament, royal court, anti semitism, queen, heroes, state affairs, destiny, rise to the top, society, hopes, orphan ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, egypt, israel, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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: captivating, uplifting, stylized, serious, epic ...
Plot: chosen one, resurrection, torture, clergy, tragic hero, hopes, miraculous event, humble, heroes, oracle, idealism, society ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tribe, adventurer, adventure, rebellion, culture clash, dishonesty, escapades, native americans, state affairs, military, obsession, danger ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: spain, europe, caribbean, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: atmospheric, serious, epic, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: tragic hero, king, prophet, uninhibited rivalry, couple relations, state affairs, rise to the top, underdog, religions or cults, battles, oracle, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east
⇓ 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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: war, knight, siege, convent, treason, tragic hero, betrayal, adventure, vengeance, on the run, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: middle ages
Place: spain, europe, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
 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, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, roman empire, vengeance, confined, false accusation, dishonesty, moral dilemma, male friendship, resistance fighter, sibling rivalry, ancient rome, justice ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, greece, palestine, jerusalem, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, pope, politics, hopes, gays and lesbians, battle zone, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, human spirit, couples, heroes, society ...
Time: 16th century, 1960s, renaissance, 1500s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: epic, serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: emperor, ancient rome, christianity, war, intrigue, ambition, politics, betrayal, adoption, heroes, royal family, dishonesty ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: exciting, epic, serious
Plot: bible, state affairs, escapades, hopes, miraculous event, family relations, heroic mission, anti heroes, adventure, religions or cults, society, leadership ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east, jordan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, tense, talky, clever, realistic ...
Plot: bishop, friendship, betrayal, politics, archbishop, introspection, state affairs, friends, religions or cults, rivalry, rise and fall, society ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
The Final Inquiry (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: Italy, USA, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: It is the year 33 of the Vulgar Era. The Emperor Tiberius is troubled by strange phenomena, an earthquake and the sky turning black as an eclipse. His astrologers give him fair warning: their omens indicate that the world is in the throes of a great ...
Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, serious, christian film
Plot: betrayal, deadly, heroes, rabbi, supernatural, religions or cults, anti heroes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, state affairs, rivalry, roman empire ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: captivating, serious, stylized, epic, biblical ...
Plot: rescue, redemption, against the odds, society, visionary, hopes, heroes, human spirit, leadership, folk hero, religions or cults, danger ...
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: epic, realistic, captivating, uplifting, serious
Plot: prison, last supper, apostle, partners, heroes, religions or cults, miraculous event, hopes, rise to the top, redemption, society, clergy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ 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: bleak, philosophical, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, crisis of faith, religious persecution, torture, culture clash, betrayal, japanese history, religion, doubt, martyrdom, portuguese ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, religion, sacrifice, clergy, religions or cults, jesus, redemption, bible, death ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.8
 878
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: epic, serious, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, heroic mission, escapades, life is a bitch, false accusation, village, heroes, religions or cults, society, oracle, bible, prophet ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.1
 1K
Marco Polo (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Assigned to accompany two priests on a mission to convert the court of Kublai Khan to Christianity, Marco Polo is abandoned in the mountains when the priests, doubting the very existence of China, turn back. Polo eventually pushes bravely forth ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: adventurer, state affairs, adventure, danger, culture clash, heroes, escapades, heroic mission, hopes, vengeance, survival, orphan ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%