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, visually appealing, atmospheric, allegory and melancholic films and TV shows about / with monk, murder, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, monastery, greed, vengeance and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Action and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
monk movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as monk: Of Gods and Men (2010), Shaolin (2011), Black Death (2010), Bulletproof Monk (2003), The Name of the Rose (1986), Season of the Witch (2011), Mystery!: Cadfael (1994), The Island (2006), Pilgrimage (2017), Samsara (2001).

List of monk movies

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: thought provoking, captivating, sincere, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: monk, terrorism, clergy, monastery, hostage, faith, execution, muslim, evacuation, peace, political unrest, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996, 1990s
Place: algeria, palestine, france
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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: stylized, serious, epic, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: monk, martial arts, duel, shaolin monk, martial artist, state affairs, shaolin, dictatorship, political unrest, emperor, conquering, regret ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
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Black Death (2010)
Genre: Action, 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: gothic, bleak, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: medieval, plague, monk, danger, obsessive quest, village, dealing with death, clergy, knight, heroic mission, good versus evil, inquisition ...
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, humorous, semi serious, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: monk, heroes, good versus evil, prophecy, martial arts, master warrior, scroll, knife fight, adventure, supernatural, culture clash, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, contemporary, 1940s, 21st century ...
Place: tibet, usa, san francisco, asia, hong kong ...
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Crime, 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: intellectual, psychological, suspenseful, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: clergy, investigation, monk, monastery, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder, serial killer, god or devil, temptation, execution, danger ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, italy, southern france, france
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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: gothic, stylized, suspense, dark, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dark fantasy, knight, witch, supernatural, good versus evil, gothic horror, legends and myths, monk, supernatural ability, inquisition, curse, witches ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe
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Mystery!: Cadfael (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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, realistic, suspenseful, atmospheric, contemplative
Plot: monk, monastery, priest, investigation, clergy, mystery, crimes, murder, amateur detective, christianity, danger, murder investigation ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe
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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, cerebral, breathtaking, meditative, serious ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, loneliness, religion, life philosophy, hopes, psychic, sin, mentor, forgiveness, god or devil ...
Place: russia
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Pilgrimage (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, psychological, bloody
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monk, pilgrimage, vikings, knight, relic, male objectification, warrior, religion, viking, penance, heroic mission, journey ...
Time: 13th century, middle ages
Place: ireland
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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: captivating, serious, thought provoking, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, self discovery, social differences, human nature, culture clash, lifestyle, monastery, hopes, rich and poor, religions or cults, regret ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, tibet, india
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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, gloomy, epic, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: monk, christianity, artist, human spirit, social misfits, hopes, horse, prince, painting, greek, invasion, monastery ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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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, thought provoking, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: monk, s&m, incest, estrangement, social decay, society, chaos, religions or cults, life is a bitch, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain
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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: priest, devil, good versus evil, antichrist, monk, prophecy, apocalypse, murder, rottweiler, gory, supernatural, mystery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: rome italy, europe, england, jerusalem, london
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Little Buddha (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: 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: serious, sentimental, meditative, compassionate, touching ...
Plot: reincarnation, self discovery, monk, buddhist, teachers and students, enlightenment, power relations, religions or cults, buddha, human nature, society, introspection ...
Place: tibet, seattle, asia, usa, seattle washington
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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: suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, macabre, gothic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monk, monster, murder, train, expedition, creature, anthropologist, supernatural, mystery, zombie, alien, death ...
Time: 1900s, prehistory, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: china, siberia, russia, europe, asia ...
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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: absurd, humorous, surreal, cult film, ironic ...
Plot: holy grail, monty python, adventure, monk, legends and myths, king arthur, sword fight, knight, disorder, courage, parody, absurd humor ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe, scotland yard
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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: meditative, philosophical, atmospheric, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, redemption, meditation, monk, solitude, teachers and students, mentor, human nature, guilt, isolation, life, buddhist monk ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan, China
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, realistic, captivating, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, conquering, monk, king, leadership, battle, escape, leader, ambition, rise to the top, historical character, legendary ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: mongolia, asia, china
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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: serious, atmospheric, touching, emotional, enigmatic ...
Plot: monk, musician, monastery, auction, violin, romance, obsessive quest, collector, obsession, classical music, husband wife relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 18th century
Place: montreal, oxford university, shanghai, beijing china, vienna
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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: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, adventure, good versus evil, secret identity, monk, invisibility, atomic bomb, danger, undercover, heroic mission, vigilante, escapades ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, tibet, usa, asia
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
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, intense, stylized, scenic, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night, family outing, girls' night
Plot: knight, robin hood, folk hero, justice, thief, chase, good versus evil, courage, adventure, archer, sword fight, greed ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, holy land, israel, jerusalem
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Running on Karma (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monk, murder, martial arts, investigation, supernatural ability, crimes, love affair, rivalry, deadly, track down, law enforcement, clergy ...
Time: contemporary
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Xiaolin Showdown (2003)
Genre: Animation, Short, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Xiaolin Showdown is an American animated television series that aired on Kids WB and was created by Christy Hui. Set in a world where martial arts battles and Eastern magic are commonplace, the series follows four young warriors in training that ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: monk, dragon, martial arts, superhero, good versus evil, curses spells and rituals, legends and myths, adventure, imaginary, wizards and magicians, fight for supremacy, vengeance ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Onigamiden - Legend of the Millennium Dragon (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A spectacular journey of an unwilling young hero thrust into a mysterious past full of monsters, dragons, and strange hidden powers. Through a series of out of this world battles and adventures, Jun, a shy middle school boy, is transformed into a ...
Style: exciting, stylized, emotional, serious, epic
Audience: teens
Plot: monk, battles, heroic mission, adventure, save the world, self discovery, danger, rivalry, destiny, time travel, uninhibited rivalry, escapades ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
Place: japan, asia
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Pope Joan (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, UK, Italy, Spain
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A 9th century woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: impossible love, vatican, ambition, cross dressing, clergy, healing power, monk, monastery, hidden identity, rise to the top, idealism, religions or cults ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, rome italy, italy, europe
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Sita Sings the Blues (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The movie is about Sita, the Hindu Goddess from the epic "The Ramayana", who accompanies Lord Rama on a 14 year exile in forest. Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ruler of Lanka. This movie tells the story of Rama and Sita, along-with a ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, epic, captivating, colourful ...
Plot: mistrust, monk, jazz, martyr, duty, long distance relationship, suspicion, gossip, leaving home, exile, imaginary, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s
Place: india, asia
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The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Hungary
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, feel good, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: in the woods, adventure, fairy, legends and myths, viking, good versus evil, monk, trapped, monastery, underwater, obsessive quest, imaginary ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland, europe
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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: exciting, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, monk, betrayal, heroes, army, rebel, clergy, cheating, vengeance, righting the wronged, memory loss, good versus evil ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china
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Requiem (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Four hardened crooks break out of prison. Hunted down, with nowhere to run, they seek refuge in the only place the police cannot follow, a Cistercian monastery. Cut off from the outside world, a nightmare stand off develops between the fugitives, ...
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, enigmatic
Plot: monk, monastery, revenge, prisoner, prison, murder, escaped prisoner, isolation, mystery, hostage situation, crucifix, prison escape ...
Place: france
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Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: anthology, atmospheric, bleak, scary, serious ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, spirit, supernatural, materialism, escapades, heroes, secret identity, betrayal, husband wife relationship, painting ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, middle ages, 12th century, 1900s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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