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 captivating, serious, disturbing, realistic, psychological and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with religious persecution, religion, society, christian, faith, church, suspense, christianity, religions or cults and murder plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, France, Mexico and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as religious persecution: Silence (2016), Agora (2009), A Cry in the Dark (1988), The Passion of the Christ (2004), God's Not Dead: We The People (2021), God's Not Dead (2014), Farouk Omar (2012), Untold Scandal (2003), Joan of Arc (2019), Padre Pio: Miracle Man (2000).

List of religious persecution movies

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, biblical, christian film
Plot: religious persecution, faith, christian, undercover, fighting the system, special agents, religions or cults, escapades, rivalry, society, murder, government agent ...
Time: 21st century
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Silence (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico
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, cerebral, melancholic, intellectual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missionary, religious persecution, christianity, crisis of faith, religion, culture clash, torture, faith, doubt, clergy, betrayal, christian ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, portugal, tokyo, asia
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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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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, realistic, sincere, epic, stylized
Plot: catholic, religious persecution, faith, rebellion, civil war, battles, military, fighting the system, rebelliousness, political unrest, wartime life, injustice ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america
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A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain: During a camping trip to Ayers Rock in outback Australia, she claims she witnessed a dingo taking her baby daughter, Azaria, from the family tent. Azaria's body is never found. After investigations ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, tense ...
Plot: courtroom, court, courtroom drama, prejudice, legal, lawyer, investigation, injustice, false accusation, suspense, murder, religious persecution ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: australia, sydney australia
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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.
Style: disturbing, captivating, biblical
Plot: prophet, latter day saints, church, mormon, religious persecution, religion, faith, religious faith, family problems, suspense, social problems, male female relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1840s, 1820s
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2025: The World Enslaved by a Virus (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic world brought on by the Coronavirus, communism runs rampant, meetings are forbidden and Christianity is illegal. A band of young believers launch an underground revolution to reunite Christians and regain freedom from their ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, disturbing, christian film
Plot: distopia, religious persecution, christian, politics, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, pandemic, freedom fighter, repression, tyranny, republican, faith ...
Time: near future, future
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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: biblical, christian film, rough, controversial, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, manly
Plot: jesus, christianity, religion, betrayal, suffering, death, redemption, torture, bible, mission, sacrifice, roman ...
Time: biblical epic, ancient times, 1st century, 1930s
Place: holy land, jerusalem, rome italy, ancient greece, middle east
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God's Not Dead: We The People (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film centers on Reverend Dave who has to defend himself and a group of Christian homeschooling families after an inspection by a local government official.
Style: christian film, disturbing, social, captivating, psychological
Plot: christian, religion, christianity, faith, religious persecution, religious fanatic, religious faith, fighting the system, social problems, society, religious, belief in god ...
Place: washington d.c.
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God's Not Dead (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
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, thought provoking, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing
Plot: christianity, christian, religious, religion, jesus, life & death, teachers and students, religions or cults, college life, religious persecution, atheism, farce ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa, israel, middle east, egypt
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Farouk 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: koran, muslim, islam, prophet, arab culture, arabic history, family relations, conquering, christian, religious persecution, controversy, jewish ...
Time: 7th century, middle ages
Place: jerusalem, persia, arabia, egypt
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Untold Scandal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Based on the novel 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The irresistible temptress Lady Cho asks her cad of a younger cousin, Jo-won, to deflower the innocent ...
Style: sexual, sexy, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: cousin cousin relationship, seduction, loss of virginity, defloration, murder, betrayal, love and romance, couple relations, dishonesty, mind game, society, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century
Place: korea, asia
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Joan of Arc (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Dumont's sequel to Jeannette picks up where the previous film left off, with Jeanne's military victories, her capture, trial, and ultimate execution.
Style: psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, fairy tale
Plot: female warrior, female protagonist, burned alive, court, death sentence, medieval, religions or cults, religious hypocrisy, religious fanatic, historical figure, religious persecution, religious faith ...
Time: 15th century
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Padre Pio: Miracle Man (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 202 min.
Story: The poor Italian peasant boy Francesco already has visions of Jesus and Mary as a child, but the Devil visits him too. He, Francesco, is quite certain that he will become a priest. After entering the Capuchin Order it becomes clear that Padre Pio ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, spiritual
Plot: catholic, saint, religion, miraculous event, religious faith, catholic priest, religious persecution, priest, christian, religions or cults, social problems, faith ...
Place: italy
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The Guard of Auschwitz (2018)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Nazi occupied Poland, during the World War II. Hans, a former brilliant student, has become an SS officer stationed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. When he is commissioned by his superior officer to build an efficient gas chamber, ...
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, nazi officer, nazism, ss officer, wartime life, wartime, military officer, soldier, military, nazi ...
Place: germany
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Sword of God (2018)
Genre: History
Country: Poland, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the early Middle Ages, two Christian knights set off to christen a small pagan village hidden deep in the mountains. Despite the differences in their views and perspectives on religion, the two men become travel companions and create a father-son ...
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating
Plot: inquisition, pagan, medieval, suspense, religious conflict, preaching, religious intolerance, religious conversion, religious persecution, showdown, religion, preacher ...
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At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, Switzerland, UK, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.
Style: melancholic, touching, psychological, rough, art film ...
Plot: artist, painter, art, loneliness, mental illness, priest, insanity, art gallery, obsession, doctor, genius, painting ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, victorian era, 1890s
Place: france, paris france
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Coven (2020)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, France, Argentina
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Basque Country, 1609. The men of the region are at sea. Ana joins other girls from the village to dance in the woods. Judge Rostegui, given the task of purifying the region by the King, arrests the women and accuses them of witchcraft. He decides to ...
Style: tense, disturbing, satanic
Plot: inquisition, spanish inquisition, witch, witch hunt, coven, witch burning, witchcraft, religious fanatic, religious differences, suspense, religions or cults, social problems ...
Time: 17th century
Place: basque country, spain
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The Swallows of Kabul (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Summer 1998 - Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.
Style: captivating, psychological, thought provoking, adult animation, disturbing
Plot: dispute, death, dog, social problems, female protagonist, social relations, life is a bitch, religious differences, religious conflict, religious persecution, religious hypocrisy, woman ...
Time: future, year 1998
Place: afghanistan
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The Desert Within (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: To redeem himself from a great sin, a man dedicates himself to building a church.
Style: tense, disturbing
Plot: mass murder, religion, murder, wartime, life is a bitch, religious persecution, social problems, death sentence, wartime life, suspense, family problems, social relations ...
Time: 1920s
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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, disturbing, scenic, propaganda film
Plot: christian, christianity, religious fanatic, manipulation, christian propaganda, faith, religion, alternate universe, religious persecution, bible, evangelist, religious ...
Place: phoenix arizona
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Queen Margot (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 159 min.
Story: The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the ...
Style: sexy, epic, visually appealing, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: french history, religion, renaissance, betrayal, royalty, male nudity, female nudity, sex, intrigue, politics, forbidden love, royal family ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century
Place: france, paris france, spain, england, poland ...
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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: christian, religious persecution, journey, mormon, latter day saints, pioneer, faith, prejudice
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: utah
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, uplifting
Audience: teens
Plot: mormon, leadership, family in danger, intrigue, dishonesty, rivalry, redemption, society, hopes, religions or cults, bankruptcy, religious ...
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: wagon train, loss of brother, female protagonist, love triangle, church, latter day saints, hardship, religious persecution, van, mormon, pioneer, mob violence ...
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: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional
Plot: religious conversion, rescue, leadership, human spirit, idealism, heroic mission, optimism, hopes, society, escapades, destiny, church ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1850s
Place: utah, salt lake city utah, usa, ohio
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The Name of the Rose (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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 ...
Style: tense, disturbing, enigmatic, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: murder mystery, inquisition, abbey, monastery, medieval, monk, priest, burned at the stake, murder, friendship, murder investigation, religious fanatic ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: italy
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The Holy Office (1974)
Genre: Drama
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: judaism, catholic, intrigue, spanish inquisition, religious persecution, inquisition, sex scene, female nudity, jewish, prison, rape, fear ...
Time: 16th century
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The Emigrants (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Sweden
Duration: 151 min.
Story: In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and ...
Style: epic, romantic, inter cultural, inspirational, saga ...
Plot: journey, farm hand, boat, death, immigration, sea voyage, scandinavian culture, female protagonist, road trip, emigrant, social injustice, food ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1840s
Place: minnesota, sweden, europe, eastern europe
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Question 7 (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Suspenseful story of a boy and his father, each forced to decide his future on his willingness to stand up for what he believes.
Plot: religious persecution, christianity, propaganda, anti communist, communism, pastor, crisis of conscience, conservatory, socialism, conscience
Place: east berlin, east germany
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