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NOTES:  
1 … The listed movies linked here are free on the YouTube website.
You don’t need to navigate to YouTube and search for the movie.  
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3 … Those titles noted as (
Netflix) are not on YouTube, but are available on Netflix.  To view these films you need your own Netflix account.
4 … Not all of these movies are family-friendly.  Readers are advised to preview all films to determine if they’re appropriate for your children.  
Where identified by the Source Lists, movies known to have adult content are identified with an asterisk (
*).
5 … The film descriptions and commentary are based upon
Wikipedia reviews.  The movie posters are also from Wikipedia.
6 … The films linked on this Page have been identified from the following sources:
  -  
Vatican Best Films List
  -  National Catholic Register, Top 100 Pro-Catholic Movies
  -  The Christian Review, Top 100 Catholic Movies, Rated 1-100
  -  Church Pop, 12 Movies Discussed on The Catholic Talk Show (7/15/2019)
7 … The films are listed in alphabetical order.  
The year of the films release and the running time are noted on each.
8 ...  New films may be added/linked.  Check back frequently, and ...
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Apostle Peter and the Last Supper         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqX1PODvD2g
(2012 - 92 minutes) The film portrays the elderly Simon Peter recounting his time with Jesus and his fellow Apostles during his
final imprisonmentin Rome at the Mamertine Prison

Becket  *                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqnfrfOs7fw
(1964 – 148 minutes)  The film stars Richard Burton as Thomas Becket and Peter O'Toole as King Henry II.  A classic film about the
disintegrating relationship between King Henry II and St. Thomas Becket due to the latter’s commitment to the Catholic Church.  
Becket received 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and two Best Actor nominations.

The Bells of St. Mary’s                        www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sQKSSTi64E
(1945 – 126 minutes)  An American drama film, produced and directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.  
The film is about a priest and a nun who, despite their good-natured rivalry, try to save their school from being shut down.  
The character Father O'Malley had been previously portrayed by Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way.

Constantine and the Cross                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ3rvoXwkqw
(1961 – 120 minutes)  Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days  as Tribune to his accession as
Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome.
Cornel Wilde as Constantine

For Greater Glory  (Netflix)
(2012 – 145 minutes)  An epic historical drama film based on the events of the Cristero War.  It  depicts the anti-Catholic provisions
of the 1917 Constitution of Mexico. Civil war erupts when newly elected Mexican president Plutarco Elías Calles begins a violent
crackdown against thecountry's Catholic faithful.  Rebels, or Cristeros ("soldiers for Christ"), organize and fight for their faith.
Their battle cry is "¡Viva Cristo Rey!" ("Long live Christ the King").  In 1929 agreements were made to restore religious freedoms.
Pope Benedict XVI beatified José Luis Sánchez in 2005 along with 12 other martyrs of the religious persecution..  
It stars Andy García, Eva Longoria, Oscar Isaac, Rubén Blades, and Peter O'Toole.

God’s Not Dead  (Netflix)
(2014 – 114 minutes)  Based on Rice Broocks' book God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty, the film
follows a Christian college student whose faith is challenged by atheist philosophy professor, who declares God a pre-scientific
fiction. It received mostly negative reviews. The film presents the evangelical false narrative of supposed persecution of Christians
in the United States, specifically the trope of colleges as "atheist factories". The movie was criticized for using straw man arguments
and common stereotypes of atheists instead of any actual debate.

God’s Not Dead: Light in Darkness  (
Netflix)
(2018 – 105 minutes)  The film follows the trilogy's Christian persecution theme and is loosely based on the story of five pastors
in Texas who were issued subpoenas for sermons due to potential violation of the Johnson Amendment.

The Gospel of Luke
(Netflix)
(2015 – 205 minutes, made for TV)

The Gospel of John                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYrvOsc-rCU
(2003 - 180 minutes)  An epic film that recounts the life of Jesus according to the Gospel of John.[2] The motion picture is a
word-for-word adaptation of the American Bible Society's Good News Bible. This three-hour, epic, feature film follows
John's Gospel precisely, without additions to the story from the other Gospels or omissions of the Gospel's complex passages.

The Gospel of John
(Netflix)        
(2014 – 161minutes)

The Gospel of Matthew
(Netflix)
(2014 – 190 minutes)

The Gospel of Mark
 (Netflix)
(2015 – 123 minutes)

Jesus of Nazareth                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruLjkt-5Kao&list=PL4NZ0wPzJdpoKWhTQLmY-HmM7eROg4wSO
(1977- 374 minutes)  television miniseries)  A British-Italian production, directed by Franco Zeffirelli which dramatizes the
birth, life, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It stars Robert Powell as Jesus, and features an all-star cast of
famous American and European actors,  including eight who had won or would go on to win Academy Awards:
Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, James Earl Jones,
and Peter Ustinov.

A Man for All Seasons        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io8pDyalMps
(1988 – 149 minutes)  This 1988 television movie about St. Thomas More is directed by and starring Charlton Heston.
It is based on the play of the same name by Robert  Bolt, which was previously adapted in the Academy Award winning
1966 film A Man for All Seasons. It was the first  made-for-television film produced on behalf of the TNT
(Turner Network Television) television network. The film stars Heston as More, Vanessa Redgrave as his wife
Alice More, Sir John Gielgud as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Martin Chamberlain as King Henry VIII.  It depicts the final
years of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England who refused to sign a letter asking
Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII of England's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and refused to take an
Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII Supreme Head of the Church of England.

The Mission  *                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWJ0swVJdgw&list=PLZs0gQed9tMRecNFyq_K_FYR1yCGiuVS3&index=2
(1986 – 125 minutes)  A British period drama film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th-century
South America.  Written by Robert Bolt and directed by Roland Joffé, the film stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons,
Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi, and Liam Neeson.
In April 2007, it was elected number one on the Church Times' Top 50 Religious Films list.[5] Furthermore, it is one
of fifteen films listed in the  category "Religion" on the Vatican film list.

Padre Pio: Miracle Man        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKM909nHz4A
(2000 – 206 minutes )  An Italian television movie based on the book Padre Pio: Man of Hope by Renzo Allegri and it
depicts real life events of Roman Catholic friar and later Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

Passion of Christ  *                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4k1uExAOa4
(2004 – 127 minutes)  An American biblical drama film produced, co-written and directed by Mel Gibson and starring
Jim Caviezel as Jesus of Nazareth, Maia Morgenstern as the Virgin Mary, and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene.
It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It also draws on pious
accounts such as the Friday of Sorrows along with other devotional writings,  such as the reputed Marian apparitions attributed
to Anne Catherine Emmerich.  The film primarily covers the final 12 hours before Jesus' death, consisting of the Passion, hence
the title of the film. It begins with the Agony in the Garden in the Garden of Olives (or Gethsemane), the betrayal of
Judas Iscariot, the brutal Scourging at the Pillar, the suffering of Mary as prophesied by Simeon, the crucifixion and death of
Christ, and ends with a brief depiction of His resurrection.

The Scarlet and the Black        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwZbFtM_AAc
(1983 – 143 minutes)  Directed by Jerry London: Gregory Peck plays a priest in the Vatican during
World War II who shelters escaped Allied airmen and Jews. Sir John Gielgud is Pius XII. This film serves as a good
antidote to all the abuse heaped on that pope and the World War II Vatican.

The Song of Bernadette        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLKFAKIfn-w
(1943 – 155 minutes)  Considered one of Hollywood's most Catholic films, a fact attributed to wartime suffering and austerity.  
Portrays the story of Bernadette Soubirous, who reportedly experienced eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary from
February to July 1858 and was later canonized in 1933.  Starring Jennifer Jones.

The following movies are available on
YouTube subscription and may not be free.
As mentioned above, if you so desire, you can go to
www.YoutTube.com, search for the
desired title and subscribe for viewing.
:
   -  Augustine: The Decline of the Roman Empire
   -  Ben Hur
   -  Demetrius and the Gladiators
   -  Going My Way
   -  The Gospel According to St. Matthew
   -  The Greatest Story Ever Told
   -  King of Kings
   -  Monsieur Vincent
   -  Paul, Apostle of Christ
   -  Silence
   -  Ten Commandments
   -  The Robe
   -  There Be Dragons
   -  Saint Peter
   -  The Shoes of the Fisherman
   -  Silence
   -  The Trouble with Angels

As of April 3, 2020
there are 12 free YouTube movies
and 7 movies accessable via
your Netflix subscription.