Criticism of religion movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant criticism of religion movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out visually appealing, weird, thought provoking, interesting, clever and cult film films and TV shows about / with criticism of religion, storytelling, dialogue, brutality, religion, mentor, death, catastrophe, suspense and violence plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Mexico and other countries.
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criticism of religion movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as criticism of religion: The Wicker Man (1973), The Holy Mountain (1973), Life of Brian (1979), Conan the Barbarian (1982), History of the World: Part I (1981), The Dead Zone (1983), The Name of the Rose (1986), Bad Dreams (1988), Leap of Faith (1992), Dogma (1999).

List of criticism of religion movies

The Wicker Man (1973)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, twist ending, scary, controversial ...
Plot: cult, religion, ritual, disappearance, paganism, investigation, sacrifice, female nudity, secret society, human sacrifice, temptation, police ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: scotland, europe, united kingdom, scottish highlands, fictional island
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The Holy Mountain (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Mexican master leads a Christ figure and other disciples to a mountain of immortal wise men. The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky's flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The ...
Style: psychedelic, surreal, disturbing, art house, experimental ...
Plot: hermaphrodite, male nudity, trippy, enlightenment, alchemist, female nudity, surrealism, cult, bird, mountain, insanity, existentialism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, peru
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Life of Brian (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the ...
Style: parody, controversial, funny, humorous, satirical ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: religion, satire, monty python, christmas, jewish, ancient rome, ancient, absurdism, dark humor, british, male nudity, god ...
Time: biblical epic, 1st century, 1930s
Place: ancient greece, jerusalem, palestine, middle east, holy land
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Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood ...
Style: dark fantasy, epic, exciting, stylized, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword and sorcery, barbarian, sword fight, cult, fight, good versus evil, snake, slavery, warlord, sword, medieval, violence ...
Time: 80s, prehistoric times, stone age
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History of the World: Part I (1981)
Genre: Comedy, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.
Style: parody, funny, humorous, witty, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: roman empire, spanish inquisition, satire, torture, revolution, farce, ancient, jesus, jewish, irreverent, transformation, vengeance ...
Time: 18th century, 1st century, prehistory, future, 16th century ...
Place: rome italy, france, ancient greece, europe, spain
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The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the ...
Style: psychological, neo noir, suspenseful, dark, scary ...
Plot: supernatural, dark hero, serial killer, suspense, supernatural ability, coma, car accident, twists and turns, destiny, psychology, investigation, a vision ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, 70s
Place: maine, canada, usa, new hampshire
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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Life's questions are 'answered' in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. Then there's the National Health doctors who try to claim a ...
Style: parody, funny, surreal, philosophical, absurd ...
Plot: satire, surrealism, cult, monty python, philosophy, death, dark humor, existentialism, afterlife, greed, meaning of life, gluttony ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1870s, 1910s, 80s
Place: england, europe, africa
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, suspenseful, gloomy, clever ...
Plot: investigation, monastery, uncover truth, clergy, monk, medieval, murder, religion, murder mystery, riddles and clues, twists and turns, abbey ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: canada, europe, france, south of france, italy
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Bad Dreams (1988)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Unity Field, a "free love" cult from the '70s, is mostly remembered for its notorious mass suicide led by Harris, its charismatic leader. While all members are supposed to burn in a fire together, young Cynthia is spared by chance. ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, rough, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hospital, cult, macabre, supernatural, suicide, cult leader, afterlife, insanity, sole survivor, psychopath, mind game, woman in danger ...
Time: 80s, 70s
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Capt. Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's half brother who kidnaps three diplomats and hijacks the Enterprise in his obsessive search for God.
Style: futuristic, exciting, saga, humorous, bad ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, star trek, space opera, space, alien, god, teleportation, space exploration, hostage, desert, planet, space adventure ...
Time: future, 23rd century
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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Leap of Faith (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jonas Nightengale is a fraudulent Christian faith healer who makes a living travelling around America holding revival meetings and conducting 'miracles' with the help of his friend and manager, Jane, and their entourage. One of their ...
Style: feel good, light, melancholic, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: religion, redemption, character study, preacher, loneliness, dishonesty, cons and scams, small town life, small town, male female relationship, miraculous event, magic realism ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, texas, usa
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Dogma (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The latest battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil has come to New Jersey in the late, late 20th Century. Angels, demons, apostles and prophets (of a sort) walk among the cynics and innocents of America and duke it out for the fate of ...
Style: humorous, clever, controversial, witty, satirical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: religion, angel, god, dark humor, save the world, satire, heaven and hell, religions or cults, god or devil, atheism, good versus evil, stripper ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: illinois, new jersey, usa, wisconsin
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Orgazmo (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Joe Young is a devout Mormon living in L.A. trying to raise enough money to go back to Utah and marry his girlfriend, Lisa. Joe is spreading the word about the church of Latter Day Saints one day when he's confronted by two burly bodyguards. A ...
Style: humorous, sexy, funny, parody, absurd ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, adult
Plot: sex, satire, violence, sarcasm, stupidity, dumb, fight, superhero, fish out of water, adult filmmaking, righting the wronged, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, xian, utah
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The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, surreal, intense, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, martial arts, existentialism, philosophy, cyberpunk, alternate reality, virtual reality, fight, gunfight, post apocalypse, hacker ...
Time: future, near future, 20th century, 90s, 22nd century ...
Place: los angeles
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The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, scary, atmospheric, gothic ...
Audience: teens, adult
Plot: ghost, haunted house, suspense, supernatural, afterlife, nightmare, twists and turns, mysterious character, spiritualism, mansion, isolation, supernatural horror ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: europe, english channel, england
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The Village (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever.
Style: surprise ending, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, clever ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: village, plot twist, psychology, isolation, forest, utopia, macabre, twists and turns, mysterious place, small town, village life, cult ...
Time: 18th century, 1890s, 2000s, 19th century, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new england
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The Golden Compass (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.
Style: epic, fairy tale, exciting, dark fantasy, aesthetic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: fantasy world, journey, steampunk, alternate reality, orphan, magical, parallel world, polar bear, wizards, best friends, witch, magic ...
Place: england, london, oxford university
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The Island (2005)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: In 2019, Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly "Utopian" but contained facility. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully-controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to The Island — reportedly the last ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, intense, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: distopia, escape, cloning, fugitives, technology gone awry, future dystopia, conspiracy, island, clones, utopia, lookalikes, dystopic future ...
Time: future, year 2019, 2010s, 21st century
Place: los angeles
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Adam's Apples (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.
Style: surreal, cynical, humorous, funny, psychological ...
Plot: priest, religion, funeral, church, belief, racial slur, dark humor, prejudice, disability, existentialism, skinhead, morality ...
Time: 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, indonesia, saudi arabia
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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, disturbing, gloomy, epic, atmospheric ...
Plot: greed, oil, character study, ambition, money, suspense, rivalry, rise to the top, religion, father son relationship, visceral, evil ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s, 19th century, middle ages ...
Place: california, los angeles, pacific ocean, usa, san francisco
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Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, tense, breathtaking, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: survival, slavery, tribe, chase, jungle, manhunt, ancient history, solar eclipse, warrior, violent, ancient civilization, sacrifice ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: central america, mexico
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Red State (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter Christian fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
Style: psychological, disturbing, tense, controversial, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, gay slur, protest, torture, satire, gay, religion, religious fanaticism, church, dark humor, sacrifice, religious fundamentalist ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, texas, xian
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The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: atmospheric, twist ending, psychological, scary, bad ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, survival, apocalypse, suspense, religious fanatic, fear, creature, small town, macabre, spider, twists and turns, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: usa, maine
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Doubt (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and ...
Style: sincere, psychological, clever, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: priest, clergy, suspense, religion, sexual abuse, nun, teacher, guilt, pedophilia, pedophile, catholic, school ...
Time: 60s, victorian era, year 1964, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
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Martyrs (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Style: disturbing, scary, twist ending, brutal, splatter ...
Plot: torture, cult, kidnapping, violence, child abuse, brutality, revenge, death, afterlife, torment, vengeance, torture chamber ...
Time: year 1971
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Year One (2009)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.
Style: parody, funny, humorous, satirical, absurd ...
Audience: teens, adult
Plot: caveman, satire, road trip, farce, slavery, religion, stupidity, sarcasm, friendship between men, circumcision, virginity, dumb ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory, stone age
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Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Fresh off ripping space-time a new one at the end of "Bender's Big Score," the Planet Express crew is back to mend the tear in reality, or (hopefully) at least not make it worse. Beyond the tear, though, lurks a being of ...
Style: humorous, melancholic, stylized, talky, not serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: space and aliens, alien, beast, save the world, scientist, robot, monster, first contact, parallel universe, technology, evil alien, vengeance ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, new york
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The Invention of Lying (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in a world where the concept of lying doesn't exist, a loser changes his lot when he invents lying and uses it to get ahead.
Style: funny, philosophical, clever, light, humorous ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: atheism, alternate reality, society, rags to riches, love and romance, truth, love triangle, satire, life after death, creativity, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Time: 13th century, 21st century
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Agora (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Malta, Bulgaria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.
Style: epic, emotional, philosophical, sincere, intellectual ...
Plot: ancient history, impossible love, roman empire, mathematics, political unrest, atheism, medieval, antiquity, historical character, religions or cults, master and servant, religion ...
Time: 5th century, middle ages
Place: ancient greece, egypt, alexandria egypt, rome italy, iberian peninsula ...
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Salvation Boulevard (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
Style: cynical, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, funny ...
Plot: pastor, religion, life turned upside down, false accusation, on the run, dark humor, frame up, investigation, society, farce, spirituality, religions or cults ...
Place: usa, mexico
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