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Absolution

PR6069 .H258 A632 2008 DVD
95 minutes; released 1978.
A priest in a Catholic boys' school becomes the victim of psychological manipulation at the hands of one of his students. Starring Richard Burton and Billy Connolly.

The Agony and the Ecstasy

PS3537 .T669 A72 2005 DVD
139 minutes; released 1965.
Pope Julius II and the artist Michelangelo disagree with each other about the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Based on the novel by Irving Stone. Starring Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison.

Amen

PT 2668 .O3 S82 2002 DVD
130 minutes; released 2002.
A German chemist and a Jesuit priest try to expose the use of gas to kill prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. Adapted from the stage drama The Representative. In English or French. Directed by Costa-Gavras.

Anchoress

PN1997 .A53 2000 DVD
108 minutes; released 1993.
In fourteenth-century England, a peasant girl is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary that the local priest suggests she be walled up in the church as an anchoress. But when the priest has the girl's mother tried as a witch, she digs herself out of her cell, a crime for which the punishment is death. Directed by Chris Newby.

Andrei Rublev

ND699 .R8 A65 1998 DVD
185 minutes; released 1969.
A fifteenth-century Russian monk perseveres in painting icons despite the civil disruptions and cruel turmoil of his times. In Russian with English subtitles. Included on the Vatican's list of Some Important Films.

Angels with Dirty Faces

PN1997 .A553 2005 DVD
78 minutes; released 1938.
Two childhood friends, one a charismatic ghetto tough, the other a parish priest, confront each other to see who will have lasting influence on a group of young hoodlums.

Anthony, Warrior of God

BX4700 .A6 A58 2008 DVD
100 minutes; released 2006.
A reformed criminal recounts the story of Saint Anthony who challenged the money lenders that enslaved the people of Padua. Starring Jordi Molla. In Italian with optional English subtitles.

Assassinio nella Cattedrale

ML50 .P645 A7 2008 DVD
84 minutes
Ildebrando Pizzetti's opera about the murder of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Assisi Underground

D810 .J4 A7 1984 VHS
115 minutes; released 1985.
Italian clergy and laity struggle to save several hundred Jews from Nazi execution following the German occupation of Italy in the Second World War.

Ballykissangel

PN1992.77 .B355 pt. 1-6 DVD
released 1996-2001.
A young priest serving in the small Irish village of Ballykissangel discovers the town poses many more challenges than he expected.

Becket

PQ2601 .N67 B422 2007 DVD
150 minutes; released 1964.
The lifelong friendship of King Henry II and Thomas Becket is tested when Becket is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. Based on the play by Jean Anouilh. Starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole.

The Bells of St. Mary's

PN1997 .B455 2003 DVD
126 minutes; released 1945.
Easy-going Father O'Malley and iron-willed Sister Benedict find themselves in a subtle battle of wits over how the children should be educated at St. Mary's Parochial School. Starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.

Black Robe

PN1997 .B592 1992 DVD
101 minutes; released 1991.
A French Jesuit priest is sent to the Canadian wilderness in the seventeenth century. Based on the novel by Brian Moore. Starring Lothaire Bluteau. Directed by Bruce Beresford.

Bless Me Father

PN1992.77 .B547 2005 DVD
21 (25 minute) episodes; released 1978-1981.
A television series about a young light-hearted priest sent to a suburban London parish in the early 1950s as assistant to a seasoned veteran pastor.

The Boys of St. Vincent

PN1997 .B698 1994 VHS
92 minutes; released 1993.
A dramatization of the true story about sexual and physical abuse of boys at an orphanage in Newfoundland run by the Christian Brothers.

Boys Town

PN1997 .B699 2005 DVD
200 minutes; released 1938.
Father Edward Flanagan runs a home for troubled boys. Also features the movie's sequel, Men of Boys Town.

The Cardinal

PS3535 .O27 C322 2005 DVD
176 minutes; released 1963.
A priest must deal with interfaith marriage, abortion, racism and war. Starring Tom Tryon and John Huston.

Confession

PN1997.2 .C664 2005 DVD
90 minutes; released 2005.
A student at a Catholic high school confesses to a priest that he has committed a murder, but then frames the priest who is bound to the silence of the confessional.

The Conflict

PR9313 .O59 C32 1999 DVD
80 minutes; released 1973.
In the early 1970s a priest is sent from Rome to reform a traditional monastery in Ireland.

Cottolengo

BX4700 .C783 C6 2000z DVD
115 minutes
The inspiring life of Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, who cared for orphans, the sick, the poor, and the needy in nineteenth-century Turin. In Italian with English subtitles.

The Crime of Padre Amaro

PQ9261 .E3 C752 2003 DVD
119 minutes; released 2002.
A young priest is assigned to a parish where he becomes involved in corrupt politics and an illicit relationship with a woman. In English or Spanish, with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles.

Damien

BX4705 .D25 D34 1987z DVD
90 minutes; released 1978.
Aldyth Morris' one-man play about Blessed Damien de Veuster, the priest who worked with lepers in Hawaii. Starring Terence Knapp.

The Detective

PN1997 .D4549 1988 VHS
91 minutes; released 1954.
Father Brown is an eccentric priest who spends his spare time working as an amateur private-eye to capture and reform criminals. Based on a short story by G.K. Chesterton. Starring Alec Guiness.

Diary of a City Priest

PS3563 .C388364 D52 2003 DVD
78 minutes; released 2001.
A priest is assigned to an inner-city parish where he is faced with gangs, poverty, drugs and an often felt feeling of hopelessness. Based on the book by John P. McNamee.

The Diary of a Country Priest = Le Journal d'un Curé de Campagne

PQ2603 .E587 J72 2004 DVD
115 minutes; released 1951.
A priest ministers in a small French village where he is not fully appreciated by his parishioners. Based on a novel by Georges Bernanos. In French with optional English subtitles.

Dominion

PS3552 .L392 E9624 2006 DVD
116 minutes; released 2005.
A prequel to The Exorcist in which a priest archaeologist rediscovers his faith through a battle with a demon.

Don Bosco

BX4700 .B75 D67 1993 DVD
113 minutes; released 1988.
A dramatization of the life of the nineteenth-century Italian priest, St. John Bosco, who worked to rescue the homeless children of Turin and founded the Salesian religious order.

Don Camillo, and The Return of Don Camillo

PQ4817 .U193 D6 2008
106 minutes; released 1952.
A Catholic priest clashes with the Communist mayor in an Italian town in the 1950s. Based on the short stories of Giovanni Guareschi. In English only.

Don Matteo

PN1992.7 .D65 2004 DVD
12 50-minute episodes; released 2004.
An Italian parish priest with extraordinary intuition and a deep understanding of the human soul solves crimes. Starring Terrence Hill. In Italian with English subtitles.

Doubt

PS3569 .H3337 D6822 2009 DVD
103 minutes; released 2008.
In the early 1960s a charismatic priest tries tries to make changes in a parish school run by a disciplinarian nun who suspects the priest of engaging in an immoral relationship with a student.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

PN1997.2 .E967 2005 DVD
122 minutes; released 2005.
A priest is put on trial for negligent homicide after the death of a young girl believed to be possessed by a demon.

The Exorcist

PS3552 .L392 E9621 2006 DVD
122 minutes; released 1973. 132 minutes; released 2000.
Two versions of the classic movie about two very different priests who help an adolescent girl suffering from demonic possession.

The Exorcist, The Beginning

PS3552 .L392 E9624 2006 DVD
113 minutes; released 2004.
A prequel to The Exorcist in which a priest archaeologist rediscovers his faith through a battle with a demon.

Exorcist II, The Heretic

PS3552 .L392 E9622 2002 DVD
117 minutes; released 1977.
A priest investigates the death of an exorcist, and helps an adolescent girl suffering from demonic possession.

Exorcist III

PS3552 .L392 E9623 2006 DVD
110 minutes; released 1990.
A priest helps a police lieutenant investigating a series of bizarre religious murders.

Father Brown

PR4453 .C4 A622 2007 DVD
7 (52 minute) episodes; released 1974.
A television series based on G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown mystery short stories. Starring Kenneth More and Dennis Burgess.

The Father Kino Story

BX4705 .K499 F38 2005 DVD
116 minutes; released 1977.
A feature-length movie dramatization of the life of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, a Jesuit missionary who worked in California. Starring Richard Egan and Ricardo Montalban.

Father Ted

PN1992.77 .F384 2004 DVD
25 (25 minute) episodes; released 1995-1998.
A television comedy series about three priests working in a parish on a tiny island off the Irish coast.

Going My Way

PN1997 .G6393 1999 DVD
127 minutes; released 1944.
A young priest is assigned to a tough city parish with an old cantankerous pastor.

Guilty of Treason

BX4705 .M5565 G8 2005 DVD
86 minutes; released 1950.
A dramatization of the court trial of the Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty for treason against the Communist government.

The Honor of Israel Gow

PR4453 .C4 A6233 DVD
60 minutes; released 2009.
G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown attempts to get to the bottom of a strange case in a mysterious Scottish castle.

The Hoodlum Priest

PN1997 .H66 2002 DVD
101 minutes; released 1961.
Based on the true story of Father Charles Dismas Clark, a Jesuit priest who dedicated his life to working with former convicts in St. Louis. Starring Don Murray and Keir Dullea.

I Confess

PN1997 .I15 2004 DVD
95 minutes; released 1953.
A priest hears a murderer's confession and then is himself accused of the murder. Based on a play by Paul Bourde. Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, and Karl Malden. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Ignatius Loyola: The Story of a Pilgrim

BX4700 .L7 I338 2002 VHS
90 minutes; released 2002.
A one-man dramatization of the life of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. Starring Michael Bellafiore.

John of the Cross

BX4700 .J7 J57 1997 DVD
60 minutes; released 1997.
A dramatization of the life of the Spanish priest who worked with St. Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelite Order.

Joshua

PS3557 .I77 J62 2002
90 minutes; released 2002.
Two priests react in different ways to a man who moves to a small American town where his selfless love for others bewilders people.

The Keys of the Kingdom

PR6005 .R68 K4 2006 DVD
137 minutes; released 1944.
A young priest is sent to China where he encounters hostility, isolation, disease, poverty and a variety of other setbacks. Starring Gregory Peck.

The Life of Charles de Foucauld

BX4705 .F65 L55 1996 VHS
90 minutes; released 1996.
A dramatization of the life of the young French army officer who became a hermit and was martyred in the Sahara Desert.

Maximilian, Saint of Auschwitz

BX4700 .K55 M33 1995 DVD
76 minutes; released 1995.
Leonardo Defilippis' one-man dramatization of the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest who was martyred by the Nazis.

The Miracle of Marcelino = Marcelino pan y vino

PQ6635 .A518 M372 2004 DVD
90 minutes; released 1955.
A little boy is left on the doorstep of a monastery as a baby and is raised by the monks. Directed by Ladislao Vajda.

Miracle of Marcellino

PQ6635 .A518 M3725 2004 DVD
98 minutes; released 1991.
Colour re-make of the 1955 original (above), but usually not considered to be on the same level.

The Mission

PN1997 .M589 2003 DVD
125 minutes; released 1986.
Jesuit missionaries in the jungles of late eighteenth century Brazil try to protect the indigenous people from slave-traders. Starring Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons. Directed by Roland Joff. Included on the Vatican's list of Some Important Films.

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

BX4705 .D25 M64 2000 DVD
113 minutes; released 1999.
A dramatization of the life of Blessed Damien de Veuster, the priest who worked with lepers in Hawaii.

Monsieur Vincent

BX4700 .V6 M657 2008 DVD
112 minutes; released 1947.
A dramatization of the life of St. Vincent de Paul, the seventeenth century priest who devoted himself to the poor, sick and abandoned. Included on the Vatican's list of Some Important Films.

Monsignor Renard

D743.23 .M667 2006 DVD
232 minutes.
The faith of a priest is tested as he is drawn towards the French Resistance during World War II. Starring John Thaw.

The Name of the Rose

PQ 4685 .C6 N62 2004 DVD
131 minutes; released 1986.
A Franciscan monk investigates a series of murders in a fourteenth century Benedictine monastery. Based on the book by Umberto Eco. Starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Nazarin

PQ6555 .N382 2004 DVD
92 minutes; released 1959.
A simple priest tries to live a pure and honest life according to the Christian virtues, but is shown distrust and hatred by those around him. Spanish audio-track with English subtitles. Included on the Vatican's list of Some Important Films.

The Night of the Prophet

BX4705 .P49 N53 2006 DVD
90 minutes; released 1995.
A dramatization of the life of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, an Italian priest who received the stigmata.

The Ninth Day = Der neunte Tag

D805.5 .D33 N48 2005 DVD
93 minutes; released 2004.
A priest imprisoned by the Nazis at Dachau is temporarily released in order to convince his bishop to stop his passive resistance.

Oh Brother

PN1992.77 .O3 2006 DVD
240 minutes, 8 episodes each 30 minutes; released 2004.
A television series about the priests of Mountacres Priory who are challenged by the well-meaning but accident-prone Brother Dominic.

Paul the Emissary

BS2506.3 .P38 2004 DVD
54 minutes; released 1998.
A dramatization of the life of St. Paul the Apostle.

Peter and Paul

Peter and Paul

BS2510 .P48 2002z DVD
194 minutes; released 1981.
A televison mini-series dramatization of events from the lives of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Robert Foxworth.

The Prisoner

PR6003 .O458 P7 2004 DVD
91 minutes; released 1955.
A cardinal imprisoned in a Communist country is subjected to relentless interrogation by a psychologist. Starring Alec Guinness. Directed by Peter Glenville.

The Reluctant Saint

BX4700 .J59 R44 2009 DVD
104 minutes; released 1962.
A dramatization of the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, patron saint of those studying for examinations. Starring Maximilian Schell and Ricardo Montalban.

Requiem

PN1997.2 .R475 2007 DVD
89 minutes; released 2007.
Two German priests try to help a female university student who believes that she is possessed by demons.
In German with English subtitles.

Romero

BX4705 .R669 R64 2000 DVD
105 minutes; released 1989.
A dramatization of the life of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated in 1980. Starring Raul Julia. Directed by John Duigan.

Saint Anthony

BX4700 .A6 S26 2003 DVD
95 minutes; released 2002.
A dramatization of the life of Saint Anthony, the young Portugese nobleman who became a Franciscan monk and preached across Africa and Europe. Starring Daniele Liotti. In Italian with optional English subtitles.

St. John in Exile

PN1997 .S7 2002 DVD
92 minutes; released 1996.
A one-man dramatization in which the 86 year old Apostle John reflects on his encounter with Jesus Christ. Starring Dean Jones.

St. Patrick: The Irish Legend

BX4700 .P3 S77 2000 DVD
90 minutes; released 2000.
A dramatization of the life of the Irish missionary. Starring Patrick Bergin and Malcolm McDowell.

Sanctuary of Fear

PN1997 .S263 1987 VHS
98 minutes; released 1979.
A priest helps an aspiring actress who is plagued by a string of mysterious incidents. Based on the Father Brown character created by G. K. Chesterton.

The Scarlet and the Black

D802 .S332 2003 DVD
156 minutes; released 1983.
An Irish priest working in the Vatican aids escaped POWs and other refugees in Nazi occupied Rome during the Second World War. Based on the true-life story of Monsignor Hugh O'Flagherty. Starring Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer and Sir John Gielgud. Directed by Jerry London.

Seven Cities of Gold

F864 .S44 S4 1988 VHS
103 minutes; released 1955.
An historical drama about Spanish rule in California in 1769, and the efforts of Father Junipero Serra to establish missions and encourage peaceful relations with the Indians.

Shoes of the Fisherman

Shoes of the Fisherman

PR9619.3 .W4 S4 2005 DVD
162 minutes; released 1968.
A feature-length movie about a fictional Russian pope who attempts to avert a conflict between Communist Russia and Communist China by declaring that the Church's wealth should alleviate the world's starving people and challenges other institutions to do the same. Starring Anthony Quinn.

The Small Miracle

PS3513 .A413 S52 1997 DVD
74 minutes; released 1973.
An old priest helps a young boy in Assisi who wants to take his dying donkey to be cured at the tomb of St. Francis, but is refused. Starring Vittorio De Sica and Marco Della Carva. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

The Third Miracle

PN1997 .T464 2000 DVD
118 minutes; released 1999.
A priest who has lost his faith must investigate the possible sanctity of a dead woman. Based on the novel by Richard Vetere. Starring Ed Harris, Anne Heche and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.

The Thorn Birds

PR9619.3 .M32 T522 2003 DVD
477 minutes; released 1983.
The story of a priest torn between his love for God and his love for a beautiful girl, spanning five decades of ambition, fear, longing and revenge, and set against the vast horizons of the Australian outback.

The Thorn Birds, the Missing Years

PR9619.3 .M32 T523 2005 DVD
179 minutes; released 1996.
A priest returns to Australia where he finds the woman he loves embroiled in a bitter child custody battle with her husband.

To Kill A Priest

PN1997 .T5917 1990 VHS
117 minutes; released 1989.
A dramatization of the life of Father Jerzy Popielusko, the Polish priest who was murdered by the Communist authorities on account of his support of the Solidarity union.

True Confessions

PN1997 .T784 2007 DVD
108 minutes; released 1981.
Two brothers, a policeman and a priest, find their worlds colliding amidst a flurry of political finger-pointing and public outcries over a scandalous, headline-making murder. Starring Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall.

Twist of Faith

BX1912.9 .T85 2006 DVD
87 minutes; released 2004.
A man confronts the trauma of past sexual abuse by a priest, only to find his decision shatters his relationship with his family and his faith.