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 christian film, realistic, serious, biblical, bleak and captivating films and TV shows about / with religious persecution, christian, religion, christianity, faith, prayer, church, bible, religious conversion and martyr plots mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as religious persecution: Silence (2016), God's Not Dead (2014), Silence (1971), The Name of the Rose (2019), Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002), The Gospel According to Vic (1986), Stealing Heaven (1988), The Curse (1987), Gold Through the Fire (1987), Smuggler's Ransom (2007).

List of religious persecution movies

 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
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 4.8
 38K
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: serious, psychological, thought provoking, realistic, talky ...
Plot: christian, christianity, religious, teachers and students, atheism, religions or cults, college, college life, one on one, religion, religious persecution, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, campus, egypt, israel, middle east
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 7.3
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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: realistic, captivating, stylized, bleak, serious ...
Plot: christianity, clergy, danger, culture clash, fish out of water, life is a bitch, society, human nature, disorder, religions or cults, religious persecution, crisis of faith ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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The Name of the Rose (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In 1327, Friar William from Baskerville, followed by the young novice Adso da Melk, reaches an isolated Benedictine abbey on the Alps to aid in a dispute between the Franciscan Order and the Avignon papacy. Upon arrival in the abbey the two find ...
Plot: abbey, inquisition, religious fanaticism, heresy, superstition, catholicism, medieval, love interest, fight, monk, friendship, blood ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: italy
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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: captivating, sincere, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, folk hero, oracle, ambition, good versus evil, introspection, society, self discovery, family, clergy, fighting the system, obsessive quest ...
Time: middle ages, ancient history
Place: middle east
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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, humorous, realistic
Plot: school, society, hopes, life is a bitch, miraculous event, power relations, religions or cults, youth, terminal illness, religious persecution, saint, tumor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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: sexy, sexual, captivating, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: nun, convent, celibacy, pregnancy, theology, fall in love, love and romance, couples, society, romance, unfulfillment, youth ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 5.0
 2K
The Curse (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Italy
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: serious, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: mutant, pitchfork, farm, infection, cow, water, meteorite, chicken, fanaticism, family in danger, mad scientist, supernatural ...
Time: 80s
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Gold Through the Fire (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Peter's American dream came true. But the trial of his faith had just begun...
Style: christian film
Plot: prayer, russian, refugee, christianity, christian, outcast, religious persecution, courtroom, church, high school, popularity, soccer
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Smuggler's Ransom (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: It is 1985 and a Cold War is raging between East and West. A young woman named Carmen, while attempting to smuggle Bibles into Romania, is captured by communist forces. Unfortunately, Carmen’s father was a Soviet Nuclear Physicist who became ...
Style: christian film
Plot: christian, smuggler, prayer, rescue, gun, prisoner, religious persecution, government agent, faith, christianity, secret agent, bible ...
Place: romania
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If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1971)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Based on the preachings of Reverend Estus W. Pirkle, this film warns what will happen to America if the citizens do not give up their depraved ways and turn to God and Jesus for salvation. Communist infiltrators, the "footmen", will pave ...
Style: propaganda film
Plot: child execution, preacher, decapitation, severed head, children, pitchfork, church, execution, religious persecution, totalitarianism, propaganda, massacre ...
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A Distant Thunder (1978)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Patty is lying awake one night in a church basement, distraught and scared. She is to be executed the next morning for refusing to take the Mark of the Beast. Patty knows what lies ahead if she takes the mark but can still not believe in Christ.When ...
Style: christian film
Plot: bible prophecy, christian, religion, guillotine, religious persecution, preacher, minister
Time: future
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Behind The Sun (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: Samir Majan a young man born and raised a Muslim in the Middle East attends college in America. While at college Samir becomes a Christian, and must go home and face his family.
Style: christian film
Plot: outcast, religious conversion, christian, religion, muslim, islam, religious intolerance, airplane ticket, religious persecution, religious differences, friendship, father son relationship ...
Place: middle east
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Flame in the Wind (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in the splendor and terror of the Spanish Inquisition, Flame in the Wind tells the story of Carlos, an earnest young nobleman who is faced with a choice: the church system offers safety, protection, and respectability; the Scriptures offer ...
Style: christian film
Plot: spanish inquisition, accusation, burned at the stake, hiding place, prisoner, martyr, theology, inquisition, faith, soldier, religious persecution, bible ...
Time: 16th century
Place: spain, dungeon
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Years of the Beast (1981)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: College professor Stephen Miles (Gary Bayer), his wife, a young girl, and a drifter (Jerry Houser) are suddenly faced with a society where money is worthless, food is scarce, your neighbor is your enemy and oppression reigns. The four must survive a ...
Style: christian film
Plot: apocalypse, church, christianity, christian, assassination, religion, disappearance, husband wife relationship, prime minister, prayer, faith, professor ...
Time: future
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Paul: The Emissary (1997)
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Robert Marcarelli - In this impressive drama, starring Gary Cooper, we follow Saul the angry zealot to Paul the servant of Christ, who will pay any price to bring his message to the world. - Garry Cooper, Leon Lissek, Kermit Christman
Style: biblical, christian film, based on the bible
Plot: bible, apostle, stoning, prison guard, change of heart, religious persecution, fortune teller, prisoner, earthquake, evangelist, execution, storm ...
Time: 1st century
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 5.4
 8
Patmos (1985)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 72 min.
Story: As an older man, the Apostle John was sentenced to forced labor on the Island of Patmos. God honored John with His visions, faithfully transcribed to become the Book of Revelation.
Style: christian film
Plot: martyrdom, religious persecution, roman, island, prisoner, roman empire, exile, martyr, apostle, slave labor, christian, revelation ...
Time: 1st century
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A King for Burning (1993)
Genre: History
Country: Germany
Duration: 197 min.
Story: "King of the Last Days" is a German television miniseries in 1993 about the 16th century Anabaptist rebellion in Münster .
Plot: bible, female nudity, branding, public execution, religious persecution, burned at the stake
Place: germany
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The Holy Office (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The long arm of the Inquisition, or the "Holy Office," reached at least as far as 16th-century Mexico (known as New Spain at the time). Many Spanish Catholics of Moorish or Jewish origin found it expedient to flee to the New World to ...
Plot: inquisition, religious persecution, burned at the stake, sex, rape, prison, torture, spanish inquisition, fear
Time: 1500s
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Jesus: The Desire of Ages (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: "Jesus - The Desire of Ages" is a soft glove in a hard hand as far as Christian movies go. It packs a punch of theological and emotional power gloved in all the soft, warm fuzzies that make family viewing so enjoyable. The movie opens with ...
Style: biblical
Plot: religion, christian, virgin mary, prophecy, roman soldier, messiah, bible, religious persecution, disciple, last supper, bible story, jesus christ
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Accidental Activist (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Ted and Lynn Murphy lead a simple suburban life. They have three wonderful children, their own small business, and good relationships with friends and neighbors. But that life is turned upside down when Ted signs a petition advocating traditional ...
Style: christian film
Plot: religious persecution, small business, boycott, landlord, gay friend, gay, homosexual, reporter, christian, husband wife relationship, activist, activism ...
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New World Order: The End Has Come (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: "New World Order" is a Christian-themed film about the second half of the Tribulation, popular in current eschatological circles. After the Rapture, two young women question their true loyalties during the Earth's final days.
Style: christian film
Plot: religion, christian, tattoo, newscaster, religious persecution, antichrist, news reporter, execution, resistance, faith, prayer, bar ...
Time: future
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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: doubt, mormonism, religious leader, arrest, mormon, female protagonist, religious persecution, prophet, death of child, faith, husband wife relationship, prayer ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
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 4.7
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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: faith, religious persecution, mormon, pioneer, journey, prejudice, latter day saints, christian
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: angel, riverboat, mormonism, revelation, lynch mob, prophet, religion, mormon, latter day saints, religious persecution, mob violence
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1840s, 1820s
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The Freedom of Silence (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's the year 2030, and the government has outlawed Christianity. Enter Zach Thompson, a brave man who teams up with a friend to hack into the government's computer system to reclaim religious freedom for Americans.
Style: christian film
Plot: sermon, christian, christianity, hacker, bible, arrest, religious persecution, interrogation, torture
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 9.0
 3K
Omar (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: United Arab Emirates, Qatar
Story: The life of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, the second Caliph of Islamic State, before and after he embraces in Islam.
Plot: islam, camel, emperor, controversy, jewish, death, slave, elephant, christian, religious persecution, husband wife relationship, flashback ...
Place: jerusalem, persia
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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, jury, courtroom, church, high school, alternate universe, faith, prayer, teacher, school, religion, christianity ...
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 7.2
 2K
Romero (1989)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
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, serious, tense, tragic ending, christian film ...
Plot: murder, church, bishop, fighting the system, priest, politics, clergy, campaign, political unrest, society, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 80s
Place: latin america, south america
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 4.6
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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, bleak, serious, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: military, state affairs, wartime life, apocalypse, battles, political corruption, anti war, political conspiracy, leadership, dishonesty, heroes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
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