Monk movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant monk movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, stylized, melancholic, atmospheric, harsh and realistic films and TV shows about / with monk, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, death, destiny, catastrophe, culture clash, runaway and violence plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Action genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
monk movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as monk: The Name of the Rose (1986), The Island (2006), Shaolin (2011), Black Death (2010), Bulletproof Monk (2003), Andrei Rublev (1966), Season of the Witch (2011), The Omen (1976), Mystery!: Cadfael (1994), Of Gods and Men (2010).

List of monk movies

The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
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, clever, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: monk, investigation, clergy, monastery, uncover truth, danger, god or devil, execution, christianity, temptation, trial, amateur detective ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, italy
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The Island (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the ...
Style: psychological, serious, cerebral, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, psychic, god or devil, monastery, mentor, loneliness, hopes, forgiveness, christian, sin, life philosophy ...
Place: russia
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Shaolin (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. ...
Style: serious, epic, stylized, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: monk, martial arts, duel, shaolin monk, violence, mixed martial arts, fictional war, kung fu, tai chi, martial artist, wu shu, warlord ...
Time: 20s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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Black Death (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Horror, Mystery
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: As the plague decimates medieval Europe, rumours circulate of a village immune from the plague. There is talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to raise the dead. A fearsome knight joined by a cohort of soldiers and a young monk are ...
Style: bleak, gothic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: monk, plague, knight, village, good versus evil, obsessive quest, danger, supernatural, dealing with death, clergy, heroic mission, heroes ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: england, europe, london
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Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mysterious and immortal Tibetan kung fu master, who has spent the last 60 years traveling around the world protecting the ancient Scroll of the Ultimate, mentors a selfish street kid in the ancient intricacies of kung fu.
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monk, martial arts, heroes, prophecy, good versus evil, injection, knife fight, scroll, adventure, culture clash, rivalry, anti heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 40s, 20th century, 21st century, year 1943
Place: tibet, san francisco, usa, asia, hong kong ...
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Andrei Rublev (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 165 min.
Story: An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually gains a reputation for his art. But after Rublev witnesses ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: monk, artist, social misfits, monastery, christianity, human spirit, painter, prodigy, torture, rape, power, religions or cults ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Season of the Witch (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A 14th century Crusader returns with his comrade to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. The Church commands the two knights to transport a witch to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence.
Style: stylized, serious, suspense, bad ending, entertaining ...
Plot: knight, supernatural ability, monk, supernatural, witch, plague, monastery, good versus evil, curses spells and rituals, ritual, fight, catholic church ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe
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The Omen (1976)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Immediately after their miscarriage, the US diplomat Robert Thorn adopts the newborn Damien without the knowledge of his wife. Yet what he doesn’t know is that their new son is the son of the devil. A classic horror film with Gregory Peck from ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, scary, biblical ...
Plot: devil, priest, prophecy, monk, good versus evil, murder, gory, mystery, death, supernatural ability, apocalypse, nanny ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, jerusalem, rome italy
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Mystery!: Cadfael (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Cadfael is the name given to the TV series of The Cadfael Chronicles adaptations produced by British television company ITV Central between 1994 and 1998. The series was broadcast on the ITV network in the UK, and starred Sir Derek Jacobi as the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: monk, priest, mystery, monastery, investigation, amateur detective, clergy, crime, murder, danger, riddles and clues, multiple suspects ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe
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Of Gods and Men (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: French drama based on the 1996 kidnapping and killing of seven monks in Algeria. A group of Trappist monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population. When a bloody conflict between ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: clergy, terrorism, monk, monastery, faith, medicine, hostage, protection, koran, peace, evacuation, sunrise ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1996
Place: algeria, palestine, france
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black ...
Style: humorous, absurd, surreal, witty, clever ...
Plot: holy grail, monk, knight, monty python, king arthur, camelot, wedding reception, treasure hunt, legends and myths, parody, cult, arranged marriage ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, dungeon, europe, scotland yard
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The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right ...
Style: surreal, clever, dark humor, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: monk, society, incest, s&m, sniper, chaos and mayhem, social decay, chaos, human nature, estrangement, religions or cults, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, spain
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Horror Express (1972)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mysterious and unearthly deaths start to occur while Professor Saxton is transporting the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature he found in Manchuria back to Europe.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, british horror ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: train, monk, evil alien, monster, alien, zombie, cossack, hidden identity, stockings, crate, fossil, gothic horror ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, prehistory, 80s
Place: china, siberia, russia, asia, england ...
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The Golden Child (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A detective specializing in missing children is on a madcap mission to save a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties, scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses ...
Style: humorous, not serious, offbeat, exciting, entertaining ...
Plot: social worker, monk, chosen one, good versus evil, adventure, rescue, missing person, evil, demon, missing child, kidnapping, culture clash ...
Time: 80s
Place: tibet, los angeles, usa, california
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Tai-Chi Master (1993)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Falsely accused for cheating in a martial arts competition, two boyhood friends are banished from their Shaolin Temple and go their separate ways. As adults, they join opposing sides in a civil war. When one betrays the other, they settle their ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, monk, betrayal, adventure, vengeance, heroic mission, rebel, emperor, army, monastery, buddhism, good versus evil ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china
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The Shadow (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the 1930's comic strip, puts the hero up against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city to ransom using an atom bomb. Using his powers of invisibility and "The power to cloud men's ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, secret identity, invisibility, adventure, vigilante, heroic mission, monk, hypnosis, danger, undercover, atomic bomb ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, tibet, usa, asia
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, philosophical, melancholic, meditative ...
Plot: teachers and students, lust, isolation, buddhist monk, redemption, buddhism, human nature, guilt, philosophy, mentor, life changing experience, monk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, stylized, captivating
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: heroic mission, supernatural ability, friendship, imaginary, young heroes, chosen one, adventure, forces of nature, journey, good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, magical ...
Time: 2000s
Place: asia
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Before the Rain (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Republic of Macedonia, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, non-linear ...
Plot: monk, love affair, violence, albanian, mountain, christian, restaurant, girl, politics, murder, photographer, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: macedonia, former yugoslavia, england, london, europe ...
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Little Buddha (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Liechtenstein, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Little Buddha is a movie about the life of Siddhartha starring Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, meditative, dramatic ...
Plot: self discovery, reincarnation, monk, buddhist, teachers and students, introspection, buddha, parents and children, religions or cults, coming of age, hopes, society ...
Place: tibet, asia, seattle, usa, seattle washington
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The Last Airbender (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The story follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations.
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, epic, intense ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: supernatural ability, adventure, good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, martial arts, destiny, chosen one, save the world, master warrior, heroic mission, heroes ...
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Super Nacho (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Nacho Libre is loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta ("Friar Storm"), aka Rev. Sergio Gutierrez Benitez, a real-life Mexican Catholic priest who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador. He competed in order to support the orphanage ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, offbeat ...
Plot: nun, sport, monk, monastery, orphan, wrestling, priest, clergy, goofy hero, orphanage, money, underdog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: When the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham murders Robin's father, the legendary archer vows vengeance. To accomplish his mission, Robin joins forces with a band of exiled villagers (and comely Maid Marian), and together they battle to end the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, entertaining, intense, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens, family outing
Plot: knight, folk hero, good versus evil, adventure, courage, robbery, thief, robin hood, chase, dishonesty, greed, justice ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, dungeon, holy land, jerusalem
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Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: serious, captivating, atmospheric, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: monk, culture clash, human nature, self discovery, buddhism, buddhist, infidelity, love triangle, rich and poor, social differences, temptation, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, tibet, india
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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan, a slave who went on to conquer half the world in the 11th century.
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conquering, monk, battle, slavery, leadership, tribe, arranged marriage, king, escape, blind ambition, childhood, war ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: mongolia, asia, china, dungeon
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, melancholic, stylized, touching, artsy ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, reincarnation, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, love, couple relations, love of one's life ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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The Red Violin (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, Italy, USA, UK, Austria
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: monk, auction, violin, orphan, monastery, musician, revolution, obsessive quest, state affairs, vengeance, romance, dishonesty ...
Time: 18th century
Place: montreal, beijing china, oxford university, shanghai, vienna
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Vuelve (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A visual incursion into the troubles psyche of a young boy whose unstable and manipulative mother committed suicide in front of him.
Plot: monk, suicide, boy, mother, coming of age, incest, damage, mother son relationship, ghost, electric shock, death, bathtub ...
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Pilgrimage (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Belgium, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 13th century Ireland a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.
Style: bloody
Plot: monk, mute character, torture, pilgrimage, relic, stoning, rock, journey, knight, traveler, warrior, religion ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland
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The Monkey King 3 (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The third installment of the blockbuster fantasy series sees the return of the Monkey King (Aaron Kwok) in his most action-packed adventure yet! While continuing their epic journey to the West, the Monkey King and his companions are taken captive by ...
Style: suspense, exciting, fairy tale, surprise ending, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: martial arts, fight scenes, good versus evil, fight, rescue, magic, supernatural ability, monk, woman in danger, heroic mission, love, death ...
Place: china
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