Cults and religion

by moniquette333 | created - 07 Feb 2013 | updated - 07 Sep 2018 | Public

Movies about religion and religious cults.

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1. The Rapture (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

Director: Michael Tolkin | Stars: Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, Darwyn Carson, Patrick Bauchau

Votes: 4,612 | Gross: $1.28M

2. Sound of My Voice (2011)

R | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future.

Director: Zal Batmanglij | Stars: Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling, Davenia McFadden

Votes: 19,619 | Gross: $0.41M

3. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 173,475

4. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

75 Metascore

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 46,274 | Gross: $2.98M

5. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 134,075 | Gross: $16.38M

6. Dream House (2011)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

35 Metascore

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Elias Koteas

Votes: 60,231 | Gross: $21.28M

7. The Village (2004)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 230,023 | Gross: $114.20M

8. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 96,124

9. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989– )

165 min | Drama

Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to ... See full summary »

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Elizabeth Spriggs, Freda Dowie, Peter Gordon

Votes: 872

10. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 852,248 | Gross: $125.62M

11. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

Director: Robin Hardy | Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland

Votes: 60,677 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Holy Smoke (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Comedy

57 Metascore

Ruth's been brainwashed by a guru in Delhi, India. Her parents in Sydney hire a specialist in reversing this. Ruth is tricked to return to Australia and is isolated in an outback cabin with the specialist. It gets messy.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton, Sophie Lee

Votes: 13,338 | Gross: $1.76M

13. Ticket to Heaven (1981)

PG | 108 min | Drama

David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Nick Mancuso, Saul Rubinek, Meg Foster, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 682

14. Jesus Camp (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady | Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer, Ted Haggard

Votes: 25,427 | Gross: $0.90M

15. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

R | 114 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Eileen Walsh, Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff

Votes: 24,860 | Gross: $4.89M

16. Savage Messiah (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Azzopardi | Stars: Polly Walker, Luc Picard, Isabelle Blais, Louis Ferreira

Votes: 928

17. Worlds Apart (2008)

116 min | Drama

The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Rosalinde Mynster, Pilou Asbæk, Jens Jørn Spottag, Sarah Boberg

Votes: 2,596

18. Doubt (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis

Votes: 114,842 | Gross: $33.42M

19. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 63,526 | Gross: $2.22M

20. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 43,361 | Gross: $14.57M

21. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 33,544 | Gross: $1.33M

22. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 376,447 | Gross: $217.54M

23. Stigmata (1999)

R | 103 min | Horror

28 Metascore

When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce, Nia Long

Votes: 61,320 | Gross: $50.05M

24. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 218,805 | Gross: $140.54M

25. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 99,394 | Gross: $4.27M

26. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 61,611 | Gross: $14.28M

27. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 298,513 | Gross: $1.20M

28. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 209,181 | Gross: $52.77M

29. Red State (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Horror

50 Metascore

Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman, Michael Angarano

Votes: 59,690 | Gross: $1.10M

30. Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

R | 129 min | Action, Biography, Crime

43 Metascore

Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker

Votes: 60,494 | Gross: $0.54M

31. September Dawn (2007)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Romance

25 Metascore

A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Terence Stamp

Votes: 2,798 | Gross: $1.07M

32. In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco (1993 TV Movie)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

Religious fanatics are barricaded in a building, and surrounded by police. But they're not going to surrender, they prefer to die.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Tim Daly, William O'Leary, Neal McDonough, Lewis Smith

Votes: 552

33. Jerusalem (1996)

PG-13 | 168 min | Drama

The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Maria Bonnevie, Ulf Friberg, Pernilla August, Lena Endre

Votes: 1,347

34. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack

Votes: 276,421 | Gross: $55.69M

35. Salvation Boulevard (2011)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

35 Metascore

Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

Director: George Ratliff | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 4,242 | Gross: $0.03M

36. The Beach (I) (2000)

R | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon, Virginie Ledoyen

Votes: 210,763 | Gross: $39.79M

37. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 19,501

38. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 10,280

39. Susan and God (1940)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Comedy

Susan Trexel is a wealthy socialite, who while vacationing in Europe undergoes a religious transformation. On her return to America, Susan takes on the task of spreading her new found ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Joan Crawford, Fredric March, Ruth Hussey, John Carroll

Votes: 1,003 | Gross: $0.82M

40. The Seventh Victim (1943)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 5,026

41. The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | 95 min | Horror

Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene

Votes: 6,911

42. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 10,795

43. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 69,970

44. Camino (2008)

TV-14 | 138 min | Drama

The young daughter of sectarian religious fanatics faces a deadly illness soon after falling in love for the first time.

Director: Javier Fesser | Stars: Nerea Camacho, Carme Elias, Mariano Venancio, Manuela Vellés

Votes: 4,412

45. Eye of the Devil (1967)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Workers employed at a French vineyard follow old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis owner to save his crops during dry seasons.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Sharon Tate, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,854

46. Canary (2004)

132 min | Drama

Based on the true events of the deadly gas attacks perpetrated by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult on the Tokyo subway system, CANARY tells the moving story of two children, each abandoned... See full synopsis »

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Hôshi Ishida, Mitsuki Tanimura, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miyako Koda

Votes: 291

47. Black God, White Devil (1964)

120 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama