Truly Catholic Films

by imajvmb | created - 15 Nov 2017 | updated - 05 Feb 2018 | Public

Forget the List from the National Catholic Register which gave us 100 films that barely made the "Catholic" quota never mind the "impurity" standards that Catholic's are supposed to adhere to... Here are a ton of REAL Catholic films that will make you be proud of your Faith!

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1. For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)

R | 145 min | Drama, History, War

35 Metascore

A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government.

Director: Dean Wright | Stars: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Santiago Cabrera

Votes: 4,347 | Gross: $5.67M

In late 1920s Mexico, retired Gen. Gorostieta and his wife watch their country degenerate into violent civil war when the government enacts a series of anti-clerical laws. Gorostieta is at first hesitant to join the rebels, known as Cristeros, until he begins to see the cost of religious persecution on his countrymen. Though the odds are against him, the general nevertheless transforms a ragtag band of rebels into a formidable fighting force. - Based on real events -

2. There Be Dragons (2011)

PG-13 | 122 min | Biography, Drama, War

33 Metascore

Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 4,431 | Gross: $1.07M

An investigative journalist unearths secrets about his father's ties to the controversial founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaria Escriva.

3. Under the Roman Sky (2010 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography

Papacy of Pius XII focusing on years during World War Two.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Alessandra Mastronardi, Marco Foschi, Miguel Herz-Kestranek, Ettore Bassi

Votes: 261

Based on Vatican documents and personal testimonies used by advocates for the cause for the canonization of Venerable Pope Pius XII, this epic film stars acclaimed actor James Cromwell in a powerful movie about the great, often hidden struggle waged by the Pope and many others with him to save the Jews from the Nazis during WWII. After the Nazi's take over Rome in 1943, Hitler's plan to kidnap the Pope is revealed as the Nazis make an all-out attempt to silence the one authority figure in Italy standing strong against them. Everything comes together with great intensity in this dramatic story that retraces history from the documents and the testimonies of witnesses that was not fully known til now. - (Ignatius Press)

4. The Assisi Underground (1985)

PG | 115 min | Drama, History, War

This film sheds light on the role of the Catholic Church and the people of Assisi in rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943.

Director: Alexander Ramati | Stars: Ben Cross, James Mason, Irene Papas, Maximilian Schell

Votes: 290

An Italian bishop puts a young priest in charge of hiding Jews in a Nazi-occupied city.

5. The Detective (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch, Cecil Parker

Votes: 1,163

When amateur detective Father Brown is put in charge of shipping an extremely valuable religious artifact -- a crucifix -- from London to Rome, a master thief and master of disguise named Flambeau outwits the young priest and steals the cross for himself. Now Father Brown must track down Flambeau, try to reclaim the crucifix and also convince Flambeau not only to abandon his criminal career but also to save his immortal soul.

6. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 29,257 | Gross: $28.35M

When the highly respected British statesman Sir Thomas More refuses to pressure the Pope into annulling the marriage of King Henry VIII and his Spanish-born wife, More's clashes with the monarch increase in intensity. A devout Catholic, More stands by his religious principles and moves to leave the royal court. Unfortunately, the King and his loyalists aren't appeased by this, and press forward with grave charges of treason, further testing More's resolve.

7. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 205,311 | Gross: $370.78M

8. The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | 156 min | Biography, Drama

A young peasant girl saw a divine miracle. The phenomenon became widely known and changed the lives of many.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, Vincent Price

Votes: 5,732

Based on the popular novel by Franz Werfel, this drama focuses on Bernadette Soubirous, a young French woman who experiences vivid visions of the Virgin Mary. While many dismiss her claims, certain people, including the priest Dominique Peyramale, slowly begin to believe her. Eventually, Bernadette is deemed a saint, and becomes a nun at a convent, where she must deal with jealousy from others who resent her revered status.

9. Bernadette (1988)

PG | 119 min | Drama

In 1857, an unemployed miller moves his family into grim lodgings; his wife takes in laundry. In February of 1858, at the Massabielle grotto, their 14-year old asthmatic, illiterate ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Sydney Penny, Jean-Marc Bory, Jean-Marie Bernicat, Philippe Brigaud

Votes: 179 | Gross: $0.01M

10. La passion de Bernadette (1990)

106 min | Biography, Drama, History

Bernadette knows she's been chosen to be the Bride of the Lord.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Sydney Penny, Emmanuelle Riva, Catherine de Seynes, Malka Ribowska

Votes: 73

11. The Scarlet and the Black (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, History, War

Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied P.O.W.s and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud, Raf Vallone

Votes: 2,475

Based on a true story, the movie portrays the Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome.

12. Monsieur Vincent (1947)

Not Rated | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

St. Vincent de Paul struggles to bring about peace and harmony among the peasant and the nobles in the midst of the Black Death in Europe, carrying on his charitable work in the face of all obstacles.

Director: Maurice Cloche | Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Aimé Clariond, Jean Debucourt, Lise Delamare

Votes: 659

Born into poverty and sold into slavery, Vincent de Paul survives to become a respected clergyman and a confidante of the nobility. But when the Black Plague descends upon France, Vincent leaves his comfortable post to become a simple parish priest. Single-minded in his devotion to the wretched poor, he rallies the landed class to create charitable organizations, and in the process revolutionizes treatment of the needy the world over.

13. The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Gilbert Roland, Angela Clarke, Frank Silvera, Jay Novello

Votes: 946

14. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 8,618 | Gross: $36.00M

In this biblical epic, a drunk and disillusioned Roman, Marcellus Gallio, wins Jesus' robe in a dice game after the crucifixion. Marcellus has never been a man of faith like his slave, Demetrius, but when Demetrius escapes with the robe, Marcellus experiences disturbing visions and feels guilty for his actions. Convinced that destroying the robe will cure him, Marcellus sets out to find Demetrius -- and discovers his Christian faith along the way.

15. Karol: A Man Who Became Pope (2005 TV Movie)

186 min | Biography, Drama

The life of the pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58.

Director: Giacomo Battiato | Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken Duken, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 2,274

Epic film that follows Karol Wojtyla's life until the moment he is elected Pope.

The continuing story of Karol Wojtyla until his death.

17. Don Bosco (2004 TV Movie)

PG | 146 min | Drama

The life of Saint Don Bosco.

Director: Lodovico Gasparini | Stars: Flavio Insinna, Lina Sastri, Charles Dance, Daniel Tschirley

Votes: 238

18. A Time for Miracles (1980 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama

A true story about Elizabeth Bayley Seton, the first American to ever be canonized as a saint by the Pope. She took up Catholicism after the death of her rich husband, fought bigotry, and opened free Catholic schools and orphanages.

Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Rossano Brazzi, John Forsythe

Votes: 78

The life and work of educator Elizabeth Ann Seton, who died in 1821, the first U.S.-born saint.

19. Joseph Desa (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

In 17th century Italy, a simple and clumsy young man joins a Franciscan order, pursues full priesthood and performs a miracle that eventually ensures his sainthood.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Ricardo Montalban, Lea Padovani, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 308

In 17th century Italy, a simple and clumsy young man joins a Franciscan order, pursues full priesthood and performs a miracle that eventually ensures his sainthood.

20. Francis of Assisi (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 13th century Italy, Francis Bernardone, the son of an Assisi merchant, renounces a promising army career in favor of a monastic life and starts his own religious order, sanctioned by the Pope.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 729

21. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

Approved | 137 min | Drama

A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Rose Stradner

Votes: 2,262

Fictional story: Orphaned as a child, Francis Chisholm grows up to join the priesthood. He decides to become a missionary in China, and arrives to find the previous church burned down. Undaunted, he presses on, but doesn't initially fare well with the local populace. It's not until the child of a Mandarin falls ill that Chisholm proves his worth. Over time, he collaborates with a trio of nuns, endures several wars and, at the end of his life, returns to Scotland.

22. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 12,768 | Gross: $24.29M

23. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 208,271 | Gross: $74.70M

Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. Heston finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.

24. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 39,509 | Gross: $26.41M

Judah Ben-Hur loses everything after his adopted brother Messala, now an officer in the Roman army, returns to Jerusalem and accuses the young prince of treason. Stripped of his title and separated from his wife and family, Ben-Hur must endure years of slavery on a galley at sea. When fate brings the estranged brothers to an epic and deadly chariot race, Ben-Hur finally gets the chance to exact vengeance on the man who destroyed his life.

25. Joan of Arc (1948)

Approved | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, José Ferrer, Francis L. Sullivan, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 2,579

During the Hundred Years' War, peasant girl Joan of Arc hears voices instructing her to save France from the English. Convinced that these unsummoned murmurings are divine messages from God, Joan consults the uncrowned Charles VII who, startled by the accuracy of her clairvoyance, assembles an army and installs her as its leader and spiritual guide. Her victorious forces reclaim much of their homeland from the English, but she herself falls into enemy hands.

A cinematic treasure has been found in the 1949 French Film, Le Sorcier du Ciel. Digitally remastered, The Wizard of Heaven tells the compelling and remarkable story of St. John Marie Baptist Vianney, the humble pastor of Ars, France, who battled with the devil himself, not only for the Faith of his Parish, but even for that of his country. Starting with the Saint’s arrival at Ars, this film brings to life the hardships, indifference, ridicule and opposition he encountered, as well as the zeal with which he strove to overcome them. Moreover, The Wizard of Heaven captures an excellent portrayal of the incredible, ardent love for souls that consumed the heart of this noble priest and compelled him to the very heights of sanctity. Rightfully has the Church confided her priests to the care and guidance of the Curé of Ars, whose conquest of souls merited the following rebuke -

27. Padre Pio (2000 TV Movie)

202 min | Biography, Drama

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Carlei | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Jürgen Prochnow, Lorenza Indovina, Pierfrancesco Favino

Votes: 672

28. Mother Teresa (2003 TV Movie)

110 min | Biography, Drama

Mother Teresa's life is portrayed from the beginning of her ministry to her death. She seeks to serve the poor by creating a new "congregation" in the Church, establishing refuges for the ... See full summary »

Director: Fabrizio Costa | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Sebastiano Somma, Ingrid Rubio, Michael Mendl

Votes: 593

29. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

Approved | 158 min | Biography, Drama, War

All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Robert Donat, Curd Jürgens, Michael David

Votes: 4,324

Gladys Aylward, a British maid, believes that she is destined to go to China. She is rejected as a missionary, but she eventually finds her way to the town of Yang Cheng and happily runs an inn there. Her peaceful existence, however, is interrupted by Japan's invasion of China. Aided by Lin Nan, a half-Chinese/half-Dutch military officer, Gladys must lead a group of orphans to safety by embarking on a dangerous mountain journey.

30. A Time to Remember (1988)

G | 77 min | Drama, Music

It is small town America in the 1950's. Twelve year-old Angelo Villano has one dream: to someday sing like his idol, Mario Lanza. His grandmother, Mama Theresa encourages him; and his ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Travers | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Morgana King, Raymond Serra, Ruben Gomez

Votes: 129

A heartrending story of a man who defies all odds and achieves his childhood dream—to sing like his idol Mario Lanza. We see the young Angelo greatly influenced by his parish priest who recognizes the boy's singing potential. Angelo is torn between his passion to sing and his loyalty to his widowed father who wants him to be an ironworker like himself. Also stars Morgana King.

31. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 192,348 | Gross: $163.21M

32. The Trapp Family (1956)

106 min | Family, Romance, Comedy

A novice nun, Maria, is sent to care for the unruly children of a weathy Baron. The Baron and Maria fall in love, Maria leaves the convent and they marry. Under Maria's guidance the family ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner | Stars: Ruth Leuwerik, Hans Holt, Maria Holst, Josef Meinrad

Votes: 256

33. The Trapp Family in America (1958)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The von Trapp family are struggling to survive in America, where their performances of European church music are not popular with the audiences. Only when they start performing more upbeat ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Liebeneiner | Stars: Ruth Leuwerik, Hans Holt, Josef Meinrad, Adrienne Gessner

Votes: 121

34. Marcellino (1991)

92 min | Drama

In the 15th century, in a poor Italian village, the monks of a modest convent take up an abandoned baby. Unfortunately, for all their efforts, they prove unable to trace his parents. So ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Didier Bénureau, Sergio Bini Bustric, Alberto Cracco, Fernando Fernán Gómez

Votes: 173

35. The Miracle of Marcelino (1955)

G | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure - and indeed... See full summary »

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Rafael Rivelles, Antonio Vico, Juan Calvo, José Marco Davó

Votes: 1,954

36. Sant'Antonio di Padova (2002 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama

Depiction of the life of St. Anthony, beginning with his initial calling to the priesthood as a young Portugese nobleman, and following him as he becomes a Franciscan monk and preaches across Africa and Europe.

Director: Umberto Marino | Stars: Daniele Liotti, Enrico Brignano, José Sancho, Peppino Mazzotta

Votes: 124

37. Popieluszko. Wolnosc jest w nas (2009)

180 min | Biography, Drama, History

Story of life of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the priest called "The Solidarity Chaplain", murdered by communist secret police.

Director: Rafal Wieczynski | Stars: Adam Woronowicz, Artur Balczynski, Stanislaw Banasiuk, Adam Biedrzycki

Votes: 500

The stirring, powerful true story of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, the courageous young priest martyr who became the chaplain and spiritual leader of the large trade union in Poland, Solidarity, in the 1980s. At 37 yrs. old, Fr. Popieluszko was brutally murdered by Communist agents for his outspoken defense of his people, and proclaiming the teachings of the Church on human rights and the dignity of the human person.

38. St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (2000 TV Movie)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A young Christian boy attends a druid worship that is attacked by invading Irish tribes. Taken captive, he is taken back to Ireland to become a slave. Enduring many hardships, he finds ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hughes | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Luke Griffin, Alan Bates, Susannah York

Votes: 253

39. Ignatius of Loyola (2016)

118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

'If you could hear the voice of God, would you want to keep it secret?' A historical drama based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. This is the story of ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Dy, Cathy Azanza | Stars: Andreas Muñoz, Javier Godino, Julio Perillán, Pepe Ocio

Votes: 359 | Gross: $0.11M

41. Bakhita (2009 TV Movie)

Biography

Bakhita is captured as a slave as a child, a Viennian man sees her. Many years later the man has returned to do business and recognizes her. After saving her, he takes her back to his home.... See full summary »

Director: Giacomo Campiotti | Stars: Teresa Acerbis, Ettore Bassi, Federica Bau, Sonia Bergamasco

Votes: 194

In 1948 Aurora Marin arrives with her family at the convent of the Canossian Sisters of Schio, Italy, where Sister Bakhita has just died. Aurora was hoping to see her before she died. She gathers her children around the picture of Bakhita and tells them of the incredible life of the woman that had raised her as her nanny.

Born in a village in Sudan, kidnapped by slavers, often beaten and abused, and later sold to Federico Marin, a Venetian merchant, Bakhita then came to Italy and became the nanny servant of Federico's daughter, Aurora, who had lost her mother at birth. She is treated as an outcast by the peasants and the other servants due to her black skin and African background, but Bakhita is kind and generous to others. Bakhita gradually comes closer to God with the help of the kind village priest, and embraces the Catholic faith.

She requests to join the order of Canossian sisters, but Marin doesn't want to give her up as his servant, treating her almost as his property. This leads to a moving court case that raised an uproar which impacts Bakhita's freedom and ultimate decision to become a nun. Pope John Paul II declared her a saint in the year 2000. Directed by Giacamo Campiotti (St. Giuseppe Moscati, Doctor Zhivago) and stars Fatou Kine Boye, Stefania Rocca, Fabio Sartor, Ettore Bassi, and Francesco Salvi. Includes a 16 page collector's booklet by Daria Sockey.

WARNING - Some upper female nudity

42. Maria Goretti (2003 TV Movie)

Drama

The life of the virgin and martyr Santa Maria Goretti.

Director: Giulio Base | Stars: Massimo Bonetti, Luisa Ranieri, Flavio Insinna, Martina Pinto

Votes: 102

43. Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (2004)

PG | 96 min | Biography, Drama

27 Metascore

The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith, trials, and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story ... See full summary »

Director: Leonardo Defilippis | Stars: Lindsay Younce, Leonardo Defilippis, Patti Defillipis, Melissa Sumpter

Votes: 451 | Gross: $0.10M

44. Rita da Cascia (2004 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

The story of St. Rita of Cascia and her virtue.

Director: Giorgio Capitani | Stars: Vittoria Belvedere, Martin Crewes, Simone Ascani, Enzo Marino Bellanich

Votes: 157