Monastery movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant monastery movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric and stylized films and TV shows about / with monastery, monk, medieval, religion, religions or cults, murder, friendship, society, danger and female nudity plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in Germany, France, UK and other countries.
monastery movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as monastery: The Name of the Rose (1986), The Monk (2011), Novitiate (2017), Mystery!: Cadfael (1994), The Name of the Rose (2019), Of Gods and Men (2010), Requiem (2001), Arn: The Knight Templar (2007), Meteora (2012), Narcissus and Goldmund (2020).

List of monastery movies

The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: 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: psychological, intellectual, suspenseful, gloomy, clever ...
Plot: investigation, monastery, uncover truth, clergy, monk, medieval, murder, religion, murder mystery, riddles and clues, twists and turns, abbey ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: canada, europe, france, south of france, italy
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The Monk (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A well respected monk, Capucino Ambrosio compromises himself with his carnal lust for a pupil, a woman disguised as a monk (Matilda), she tempts the monk to transgress and he is soon found desiring another, the innocent Antonia. Matilda uses magic ...
Style: gothic, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: monastery, nun, murder, femme fatale, seduction, temptation, downfall, confession, lust, life is a bitch, religions or cults, female nudity ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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Novitiate (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In the early 1960s, during the Vatican II era, a young woman training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, sexuality and the changing church.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, controversial ...
Plot: nun, lesbian, catholic church, monastery, catholicism, altar boy, lesbian love, mother daughter relationship, flagellation, coming of age, lgbt, catholic ...
Time: year 1964, year 1954, 60s
Place: vatican, tennessee
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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, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: investigation, monk, monastery, priest, clergy, medieval, murder, riddles and clues, murder investigation, male protagonist, royalty, amateur sleuth ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe
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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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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, religion, clergy, muslim, christian, islam, courage, idealism, hostage, evacuation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: algeria, france, palestine
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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: tense, captivating, enigmatic
Plot: monk, monastery, revenge, prisoner, murder, escaped prisoner, isolation, suspense, hostage situation, crucifix, jail cell, massacre ...
Place: france
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Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Sweden, UK, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Morocco
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.
Style: stylized, exciting, captivating, scenic, epic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: medieval, knight, crusader, knights templar, monastery, war, sword fight, adaptation, religion, heroes, crusade, forbidden love ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe, middle east, jerusalem ...
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Meteora (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Greece, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In a monastery set on the top of sandstone pillars young monk Theodoros and nun Urania find themselves physically drawn to one and other after devoting their lives to the strict rituals and practises of the monasteries. Below them the eternal cycle ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: monastery, religions or cults, forbidden love, love affair, society, love, religion, temptation, very little dialogue, nun, sex scene, sin ...
Time: middle ages
Place: greece, europe
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Narcissus and Goldmund (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the dark middle ages young unruly Goldmund is sent to a monastery by his father to atone for the sins of his mother, who abandoned them. It is there that he meets Narcissus, a brilliant, scholarly novice, who is introverted and aloof. A unique ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating
Plot: monastery, gay, monk, friendship, friends, lgbt, male female relationship, lifestyle, faith, gay interest, boyhood, medieval ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany
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Red Cherry (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows two orphaned friends as they struggle to survive during World War II.
Style: serious, bleak, touching, saga, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, monastery, orphan, school, tattoo, chinese, life is a bitch, war, military, youth, society, innocence lost ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: russia, moscow russia, ussr
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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, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: martial arts, shaolin monk, shaolin, monk, wu shu, monastery, conquering, kung fu, martial artist, shaolin kung fu, dictatorship, refugee ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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In Memory of Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Investigates the life a young man who has decided to enter a Jesuit monastery in Venice, but is then overcome by agonizing doubts before his ordination.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: monastery, lifestyle, introspection, teaching the ways of the world, starting over, clergy, hopes, society, religions or cults, obedience, christianity, self doubt ...
Time: 21st century
Place: italy, venice, europe
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Metamorphosis (2007)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany, Hungary, Austria, UK, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the Seventeenth Century, while Hungary is fighting the Turks, the population of a small village in...
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, bleak, psychotronic
Plot: vampire, monastery, priest, metamorphosis, legends and myths, mysterious character, countess, dangerous attraction, writers, stranger, supernatural, mountain ...
Time: 17th century, 21st century
Place: europe, hungary
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Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 145 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, captivating ...
Audience: adult
Plot: buddhism, self discovery, monk, human nature, monastery, buddhist monk, culture clash, zen, buddha, social differences, lifestyle, humanity ...
Place: tibet, asia, india, himalaya
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World Without End (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, Germany, UK
Duration: 374 min.
TV show
Story: The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.
Style: tense, realistic, epic, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: society, queen, medieval, monastery, witch, plague, love and romance, lovers apart, state affairs, village, monk, betrayal ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages, 50s
Place: england, europe
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Vision (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: nun, gender, healing power, visionary, seer, medieval, prodigy, convent, catholic church, human nature, monastery, hopes ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: germany, europe, rome italy
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Hollow (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old monastery in a small, remote village in Suffolk, England has been haunted by a local legend for centuries. Left in ruin and shrouded by the mystery of a dark spirit that wills young couples to suicide, the place has been avoided for years, ...
Style: scary, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, spooky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, supernatural, legends and myths, friendship, monastery, village, ghost, brutality, travel, bus, suspense, urban legend ...
Time: 21st century
Place: england, europe
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The Devil's Doorway (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for 'fallen women', only to uncover something much more horrific.
Style: scary, bleak, suspenseful, slasher, controversial ...
Plot: found footage, demon, women, nun, priest, devil, obsession, suspense, monastery, supernatural, religion, sexual repression ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland
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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, epic, sad, feminist film ...
Plot: clergy, pope, monk, monastery, healing power, cross dressing, medieval, ambition, hidden identity, rise to the top, religion, idealism ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: vatican, germany, rome italy, italy, europe
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Xiaolin Chronicles (2013)
Genre: Animation, Short, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Xiaolin Chronicles is a Canadian animated/CG television series and the revival and sequel series to Xiaolin Showdown. The series premiered on August 26, 2013, with three back-to-back episodes serving as a preview. The full series premiered on ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, feel good, stylized
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: martial arts, heroes, heroic mission, good versus evil, monastery, rivalry, battles, shaolin monk, kung fu, escapades, shaolin kung fu, master warrior ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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The Miracle of Marcelino (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Mexico
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Marcelino Pan Y Vino (English: "Marcelino Bread And Wine") is a 1955 Spanish film. It was a success, and other countries have produced versions of it. The 1955 film was written by José María Sánchez Silva, who based it on his novel, and ...
Style: captivating, sincere, light, touching, serious ...
Plot: monastery, orphan, clergy, village, religions or cults, little boy, society, family relations, friendship, children, religion, catholic ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: mexico, latin america
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Eulogy for a Vampire (2009)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A handsome young drifter is found unconscious near a remote monastery, where he joins forces with a vengeful spirit as he seduces and converts each of the monks to join his league of the undead.
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, disturbing, queer cinema
Plot: gay, vampire, murder, monastery, surrealism, evil spirit, suspense, violence, seduction, transformation, lgbtq, catholic church ...
Place: usa
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Hidden 3D (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy, Canada
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Brian's mother dies and is surprised when he inherit's The Sanctuary, her controversial experimental treatment center for addictions. When he and his friends are shown around the dilapidated building by a mysterious employee, it is clear ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, psychological, slasher ...
Plot: monastery, mysterious character, experiment gone awry, secret place, murder, deadly creature, supernatural, mutant, life is a bitch, revenge, inheritance, friends ...
Time: 21st century
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The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Belgium, France
Duration: 75 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, fairy tale, anime, light, surreal ...
Audience: kids, family outing, date night, pre-teens
Plot: good versus evil, magic, legends and myths, childhood, forest, monastery, celtic, heroic mission, self discovery, medieval, fairy, children ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: ireland, europe
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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: spiritual, christian film, surprise ending, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: monk, belief in god, monastery, human spirit, clergy, resistance, evil force, obsession, faith, street vendor, temptation, showdown ...
Time: 20th century
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
Style: atmospheric, epic, stylized, breathtaking, colourful ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, adult
Plot: martial arts, sword fight, fight, kung fu, master warrior, female martial artist, sword, tough girl, warrior, monastery, heroine, unspoken love ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 17th century
Place: china, beijing china, hong kong, india, tokyo ...
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The Shaolin Temple (1982)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor who killed his father. ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, master warrior, heroes, fight, vengeance, coming of age, monastery, renegade, obsessive quest, tough heroes, monk ...
Time: 7th century
Place: china, asia
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Mongolian Ping Pong (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bilike has never seen a ping-pong ball before. He and his family live without electricity and running water in a solitary tent home among the vast steppe grasslands. The magnificent landscape here has changed little since the days of Genghis Kahn. ...
Style: touching, humorous, captivating, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: journey, friends, on the road, children, escapades, monastery, youth, friendship, secret, boy, game, chinese ...
Time: 21st century
Place: china, asia, mongolia
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The Headsman (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Central Europe, early 16th century: two childhood friends, Martin & Georg, find themselves on rival sides of a religious war with both of them struggling to do the right thing.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, epic, realistic ...
Plot: executioner, inquisition, rivalry, friendship, clergy, hopes, military, escapades, state affairs, society, homecoming, medieval ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe
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