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, captivating, visually appealing, suspense and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with monk, storytelling, death, mentor, murder, dialogue, medieval, destiny, danger and monastery plots mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres shot in UK, USA, Germany and other countries.
monk movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as monk: Of Gods and Men (2010), The Island (2006), The Name of the Rose (1986), Shaolin (2011), Black Death (2010), Season of the Witch (2011), Samsara (2001), Mystery!: Cadfael (1994), Bulletproof Monk (2003), Andrei Rublev (1966).

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: sincere, thought provoking, unusual plot structure, meditative, visually appealing ...
Plot: monk, monastery, faith, clergy, muslim, terrorism, islam, religion, courage, christian, idealism, hostage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: algeria, france, palestine
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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, philosophical, cerebral, breathtaking, meditative ...
Plot: redemption, christian, monk, solitude, religion, life philosophy, loneliness, island, philosophy, monastery, psychic, forgiveness ...
Place: russia
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, 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, gloomy, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: investigation, monastery, clergy, medieval, monk, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder, abbey, inquisition, god or devil, crimes ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, south of france, france, italy
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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, stylized, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: martial arts, shaolin, shaolin monk, monk, martial artist, shaolin kung fu, wu shu, monastery, conquering, kung fu, dictatorship, refugee ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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Black Death (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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, atmospheric, bleak, scary, brutal ...
Plot: medieval, plague, knight, monk, witch, obsessive quest, dealing with death, inquisition, pagan, adventure, sword and sorcery, sword and shield ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: england, london, europe
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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: dark fantasy, gothic, gothic horror, dark, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: witch, supernatural, knight, legends and myths, good versus evil, witchcraft, monk, sword and sorcery, inquisition, demon, possessed girl, adventure ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe
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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: philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, sexy, serious ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, self discovery, human nature, monastery, culture clash, buddhist monk, buddha, social differences, lifestyle, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tibet, asia, india, himalaya
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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
Genre: Action, 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, realistic, captivating, intense, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conquering, monk, leadership, king, escape, genghis khan, battles, husband wife reunion, medieval, rise to the top, betrayal, warlord ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: mongolia, china, asia
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Mystery!: Cadfael (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: monastery, investigation, monk, priest, crimes, clergy, medieval, mystery, murder, riddles and clues, murder investigation, christianity ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe
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Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
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, sexy, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, monk, adventure, prophecy, good versus evil, heroes, dragon, master warrior, culture clash, supernatural, superhero, supernatural ability ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, contemporary, year 1943, 21st century
Place: tibet, china, hong kong, usa, san francisco ...
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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: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, coming of age, buddhist monk, existentialism, isolation, guilt, life, meditation, buddhist, monk, solitude, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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Andrei Rublev (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 205 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, breathtaking, philosophical, gloomy ...
Plot: monk, artist, human spirit, painter, christianity, medieval, art, hunger, religion, social misfits, saint, creativity ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: russia, vatican, ussr, moscow russia
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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, intense, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, destiny, supernatural ability, chosen one, adventure, heroic mission, good versus evil, young heroes, master warrior, save the world, heroes, supernatural ...
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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: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, captivating, bloody
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monk, pilgrimage, journey, relic, knight, viking, religion, penance, warrior, fight, heroic mission, traveler ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, future
Place: ireland, france
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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: unusual plot structure, meditative, compassionate, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: enlightenment, buddhist, self discovery, buddha, reincarnation, monk, religion, teachers and students, parents and children, buddhism, religions or cults, human nature ...
Place: tibet, seattle, himalaya, nepal, india ...
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Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
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, captivating, stylized, semi serious, adult animation ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: supernatural ability, peril, chosen one, friendship, heroic mission, friends, magical, save the day, martial arts, adventure, honor, young heroes ...
Time: 2000s
Place: asia
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The Monk and the Demon (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: Russia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Fantastic story of the first half of the XIX century about a monk named Ivan who must fight the dark forces in his monastery.
Style: christian film, spiritual, surprise ending, macabre, captivating ...
Plot: belief in god, monk, temptation, monastery, human spirit, religious faith, resistance, obsession, clergy, evil force, prison, faith ...
Time: 20th century
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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: captivating, disturbing, tense, enigmatic, entertaining
Plot: murder mystery, inquisition, abbey, medieval, monk, monastery, serial killer, burned at the stake, murder, religious fanatic, fight, priest ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: italy
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The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Italy
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, absurd, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, monk, satire, nudity (full frontal - brief), greed, mistaken identity, visceral, s&m, estrangement, social decay, courtroom, incest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, spain, paris france, europe
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The Omen (1976)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
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, psychological, scary, macabre, bleak ...
Plot: devil, prophecy, priest, supernatural, good versus evil, antichrist, evil child, religion, monk, murder, hospital, boy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: london, england, rome italy, europe, jerusalem ...
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Francesco (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to ...
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, factual, realistic ...
Plot: saint, religion, historical event, monk, clergy, hopes, religions or cults, male nudity, starting over, society, medieval, christian ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 12th century
Place: italy, vatican, europe
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Pope Joan (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, 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: captivating, serious, realistic, epic, feminist film
Plot: clergy, monk, monastery, impossible love, cross dressing, healing power, pope, woman dressed as man, ambition, medieval, hidden identity, rise to the top ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: vatican, germany, rome italy, europe, italy
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A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Cast into a violent and bloody world of murder, Hereward, a novice monk, must deliver the Holy Gospel of Lindisfarne - a book of great beauty and power - to the safety of the Iona monastery, while being pursued by a Viking death squad hell- bent on ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: viking, monk, master warrior, heroic mission, adventure, heroes, escapades, chase, monastery, christianity, medieval, gospel ...
Time: middle ages, 8th century
Place: europe
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Horror Express (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 88 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: gothic, scary, macabre, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, train, creature, supernatural, murder, zombie, anthropologist, monk, alien, death, expedition, evil alien ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, prehistory
Place: siberia, china, russia, asia, england ...
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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, parody, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monty python, holy grail, knight, king arthur, adventure, satire, legends and myths, surrealism, medieval, arthurian legend, sword fight, monk ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century
Place: england, europe, xian, scotland yard
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Vuelve (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, 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.
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: mother son relationship, mother son incest, suicide, mother, monk, boy, son murders father, death, ghost, electric shock, masturbation, death of mother ...
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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, entertaining, suspenseful, stylized, tense ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: superhero, adventure, good versus evil, immortality, vigilante, monk, alter ego, secret identity, transformation, mad scientist, invisibility, undercover ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, asia, tibet
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Travelers and Magicians (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, Bhutan, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young government official, named Dondup, who is smitten with America (he even has a denim gho) dreams of escaping there while stuck in a beautiful but isolated village. He hopes to connect in the U.S. with a visa out of the country. He misses the ...
Style: road movie, serious, captivating, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, magic, road trip, illusion, self discovery, adventure, friendship, introspection, on the road, culture clash, clergy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, serious, emotional, epic
Audience: teens
Plot: monk, battles, time travel, adventure, heroic mission, self discovery, dragon, rivalry, escapades, destiny, uninhibited rivalry, legends and myths ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
Place: japan, asia
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The Monkey King 2 (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to ...
Style: suspense, exciting, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: dragon, monkey king, monk, demon, witch, dishonesty, deity, heroes, adventure, heroic mission, medieval, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ancient china, china
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