Religious persecution movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant religious persecution movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, christian film, captivating, suspense and emotional films and TV shows about / with religious persecution, society, religions or cults, religion, christian, faith, life is a bitch, christianity, church and prayer plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, Mexico and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as religious persecution: Silence (2016), God's Not Dead 2 (2016), God's Not Dead (2014), Omar (2012), Handcart (2002), Legacy (1993), Ephraim's Rescue (2013), Silence (1971), Arthdal Chronicles (2019), Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002).

List of religious persecution movies

Silence (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, 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, stylized, bleak, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, religious persecution, crisis of faith, torture, culture clash, clergy, betrayal, religion, doubt, martyrdom, portuguese ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Moment After II: The Awakening (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In The New World Order, who can you trust? Religious "fanatics"? The government? Ragtag militia? Religious "fanatics"?After a dramatic escape from death row, former FBI agent Adam Riley (David A.R. White) reunites with his friend ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, christian film
Plot: religious persecution, undercover, fighting the system, special agents, religions or cults, deadly, rivalry, danger, chases and races, escapades, society, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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God's Not Dead 2 (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all.
Style: christian film
Plot: christian, christianity, prayer, christian propaganda, religious persecution, teacher, lawsuit, faith, religious fanatic, manipulation, bible, religion ...
Place: phoenix arizona
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For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, epic, stylized
Plot: rebellion, battles, military, fighting the system, rebelliousness, political unrest, wartime life, religions or cults, injustice, civil war, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: mexico, latin america
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God's Not Dead (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After he refuses to disavow his faith, a devout Christian student (Shane Harper) must prove the existence of God or else his college philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) will fail him.
Style: christian film, psychological, thought provoking, serious, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: christianity, christian, religion, religious, teachers and students, one on one, religions or cults, college, college life, college student, religious persecution, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, israel, middle east, egypt
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Omar (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Morocco
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The life of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, the second Caliph of Islamic State, before and after he embraces in Islam.
Style: serious, realistic, christian film, rough
Plot: islam, prophet, koran, muslim, arab culture, arabic history, conquering, family relations, arab, christian, religious persecution, jewish ...
Time: 7th century
Place: jerusalem, persia, arabia
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Handcart (2002)
Genre: History
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This is a fictional love story with the 1856 Handcart Pioneers as the backdrop. Sam Hunter, falls for a Mormon Pioneer woman, Abigail, as she is moving west. As the pioneers stop in his town of Iowa City, he pretends to desire joining the Mormon ...
Plot: latter day saints, religious persecution, journey, mormon, faith, pioneer, christian, prejudice
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: utah
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Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A film that focuses on some of the events during the life of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, which was both filmed and distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Plot: mob violence, mormon, lynch mob, religious persecution, latter day saints, prophet, murder, a vision, mormonism, polygamy, riverboat, revelation ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 1820s, 1830s
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The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided (2006)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Joshua Steed returns to Missouri a wealthy man with a beautiful wife; however, the past has a way of catching up. Soon Joshua is tangled in a web of rumors, deception and betrayal that threatens to tear his family apart. Back in Kirtland, financial ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: mormon, leadership, family in danger, society, hopes, danger, dishonesty, redemption, religions or cults, bankruptcy, rivalry, intrigue ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s
Place: missouri, usa, ohio
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Legacy (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A portrayal of the early Latter-day Saints' joys, sacrifices, hopes, and trials; their epic journey to the Salt Lake Valley; and their legacy of faith in Jesus Christ.
Plot: van, mormonism, wagon train, female protagonist, love triangle, pioneer, loss of brother, mormon, latter day saints, religious persecution, mob violence, hardship ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1840s
Place: missouri, ohio, illinois, new york state, new york
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Ephraim's Rescue (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: From T.C. Christensen, director of the sensational pioneer film, 17 Miracles, comes the heroic true story of a simple man who was called to do the work of angels. Ephraim’s Rescue relates the story of Ephraim Hanks: a rescuer of the Martin ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: rescue, religious conversion, mormon, faith, heroic mission, idealism, human spirit, leadership, optimism, destiny, society, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 18th century
Place: utah, ohio, usa, salt lake city utah
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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, bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: christianity, life is a bitch, clergy, danger, society, human nature, culture clash, fish out of water, disorder, religions or cults, religious persecution, jesuit ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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Arthdal Chronicles (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: In a mythical land called Arth, the inhabitants of the ancient city of Arthdal and its surrounding regions vie for power as they build a new society.
Style: political, suspense, enigmatic, epic, tense ...
Plot: prophecy, rise to power, fictional country, politics, romance, leader, secret, tribe, culture clash, invasion, warlord, hidden identity ...
Time: ancient world, prehistoric times, prehistory, prehistoric
Place: korea
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Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: More than fourteen centuries ago, Mecca was filled with gambling, drunkenness, slavery, the mistreatment of women, and greed. The holy Ka'bah was littered with idol gods. Pilgrims came by the thousands to worship them. Quarysh, Mecca's ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: prophet, desert, folk hero, leadership, human spirit, self discovery, ambition, good versus evil, miraculous event, fighting the system, introspection, righting the wronged ...
Time: middle ages, ancient history, 7th century
Place: middle east, arabia
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The Gospel According to Vic (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Vic Mathews teaches a remedial class at the Blessed Edith Semple School in Scotland. Some at the school are trying to discover the two more miracles that would promote the late Edith Semple to sainthood; Mathews, a non-believer, wishes the school ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: school, miraculous event, religions or cults, power relations, life is a bitch, hopes, society, youth, terminal illness, love interest, skepticism, satire ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, england, glasgow scotland
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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: sexual, erotic, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: nun, celibacy, convent, pregnancy, theology, medieval, fall in love, love and romance, couples, tragic love, power relations, religions or cults ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, paris france, europe
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The Curse (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Nathan Hayes is a religious man trying to hold onto his farm and keep his family in line. A real estate developer is trying to buy most of the farm property in the area, including Mr. Hayes family farm, in the hope that the Tennesse Valley Authority ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, enigmatic, psychotronic
Plot: mutant, infection, contamination, meteorite, farm, space and aliens, chaos, danger, escapades, supernatural, rescue, countryside ...
Time: 80s
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Emma Smith: My Story (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: By the side of a founder of a new faith was a woman of undeniable courage.
Plot: mormon, latter day saints, faith, prophet, mormonism, religious leader, female protagonist, religion, religious persecution, arrest, lynch mob, prayer ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
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Romero (1989)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his county. This fil chronicles the transformation ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspense, tragic ending ...
Plot: murder, church, bishop, fighting the system, priest, politics, battles, campaign, political unrest, society, clergy, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: latin america, south america
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Rumors of Wars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A suspenseful, genre-bending film with two converging storylines. An aspiring college journalist records events in a diary about the turmoil of a society due to the insertion of a RFID chip mandated by the government. ? Years later in the rubble of ...
Style: rough, futuristic, serious, realistic, christian film ...
Plot: military, life is a bitch, wartime life, anti war, apocalypse, political conspiracy, dishonesty, heroes, leadership, danger, college, new world order ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
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The Message (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, UK, Saudi Arabia, Egypt
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.
Style: epic, rough, captivating, exciting, controversial ...
Plot: muslim, arab, desert, religions or cults, prophet, battles, exile, islam, society, adventure, leadership, oppression ...
Time: ancient history, 7th century, middle ages
Place: middle east, arabia
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China Cry: A True Story (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Drama set in the 1950s, based on a true story, about a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, who is brought as part of a wealthy Chinese family. She is eager to become part of Mao Tze Tung's "new society", but soon becomes disenchanted by the ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: revolution, pregnancy, down on your luck, family life, survival, concentration camp, rich and poor, captivity, bittersweet, strong female presence, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, shanghai, shanghai china
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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: sword and sandal, redemption, jesus christ, jesus, haunted by the past, human spirit, religions or cults, betrayal, hopes, heroes, tragic hero, clergy ...
Time: 1st century
Place: rome italy, middle east, europe, holy land, jerusalem
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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: emotional, stylized, touching, sincere, epic ...
Plot: roman empire, political unrest, master and servant, religions or cults, impossible love, christianity, historical character, destiny, love and romance, mathematics, unfulfillment, philosophy ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world, 5th century
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, alexandria egypt, rome italy ...
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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: captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic, epic
Plot: apostle, miraculous event, christian, clergy, heroes, rise to the top, religions or cults, redemption, partners, hopes, prayer, betrayal ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: rome italy
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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: emotional, bleak, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: church, christianity, state affairs, life is a bitch, hopes, religions or cults, clergy, ambition, society, heroes, romance, woman ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, switzerland, zurich switzerland
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The Printing (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The Printing is a family film produced by Unusual Films that tells the story of faithful Christians that continue printing and smuggling Bibles even when they know they are being hunted down by the Soviet Russian government.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, exciting, uplifting ...
Plot: danger, society, life is a bitch, rebellion, against humanity, against the rules, fighting the system, religions or cults, injustice, peaceful mission, prayer, orderly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: russia, soviet union
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Home Beyond the Sun (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Home Beyond the Sun is the story of persecution, faith, and freedom escaping a world of fear. A bible college student, Jenna goes to teach in an area of China where her faith is forbidden. She discovers an orphanage and befriends a Chinese orphan, ...
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: orphan, family relations, rebellion, hopes, life is a bitch, society, rich and poor, adoption, religions or cults, christian, teacher, pursuit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china
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God's Outlaw (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatized biography of William Tyndale, the 16th Century reformer determined to translate the Bible into English, which illegal act set him at odds with the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: translator, burned alive, anti hero, religions or cults, church, state affairs, clergy, dishonesty, obsessive quest, anti heroes, against the rules, on the run ...
Time: 16th century
Place: germany, england
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Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life. What is a moral person to do in a time of savage immorality? That question tormented Dietrich ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, emotional, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, idealism, human spirit, rebelliousness, against the odds, life is a bitch, rebellion, fighting the system, society, state affairs, against humanity, clergy ...
Place: germany, europe, switzerland, new york, usa ...
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