Highest-Rated Movies about 'Monk', Sort by Popularity

Andrei Rublev (1969), Of Gods and Men (2010), Before the Rain (1994), The Burmese Harp (1956), Haxan (1922), Into Great Silence (2005), Seven Samurai (1954), Saint of 9/11 (2006) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Monk movies.

#2. Of Gods and Men (2010)

Storyline: An order of Trappist monks whose members include Christian (Lambert Wilson) and Luc (Michael Lonsdale) live among the Muslim population in a quiet corner of Algeria. As the country is plunged into civil war in the mid-1990s, the men of God must decide whether to stay among the impoverished residents who have been their neighbors, or flee the encroaching fundamentalist terrorists. The situation that unfolds, based on actual events, has tragic consequences.

Plot Keywords: monk, doctor, terrorist, muslim, catholic, powerful, tense ...

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#3. Before the Rain (1994)

Storyline: This acclaimed Macedonian drama presents intersecting romantic storylines set both in that country and abroad. A young monk named Kiril (Grégoire Colin) becomes involved with Zamira (Labina Mitevska), an Albanian girl accused of murder, while far away in London, Aleksander (Rade Serbedzija), a weary photojournalist, meets with his married lover, Anne (Katrin Cartlidge). When Aleksander returns to his Macedonian village, his life crosses paths with characters from earlier in the film.

Plot Keywords: monk, fugitive, girl, photojournalist, lover, emotional, passionate ...

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#5. Haxan (1922)

Storyline: A hybrid of documentary and fiction, this silent film explores the history of witchcraft, demonology and satanism. It shows representations of evil in a variety of ancient and medieval artworks, offers vignettes illustrating a number of superstitious practices and presents a narrative about the persecution of a woman accused of witchcraft. The film ends by suggesting that the modern science of psychology offers important insight into the beliefs and practices of the past.

Plot Keywords: satan, witch, monk, mentally impaired person, doctor, gory, offbeat ...

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#7. Seven Samurai (1954)

Storyline: A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.

Plot Keywords: samurai, villager, bandit, monk, farmer, tense, intricate ...

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#8. Saint of 9/11 (2006)

Storyline: One of the most famous photographs of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is the image of the Rev. Mychal Judge's body being carried from the rubble of the World Trade Center. Filmmaker Glenn Holsten pays tribute to Judge, the unorthodox chaplain of the New York City Fire Department, focusing on his life and good works.

Plot Keywords: reverend, judge, chaplain, monk, homosexual, friend, inspiring ...

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#9. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

Storyline: In the midst of the Korean wilderness, a Buddhist master patiently raises a young boy to grow up in wisdom and compassion, through experience and endless exercises. Once the pupil discovers his sexual lust, he seems lost to contemplative life and follows his first love, but soon fails to adapt to the modern world, gets in jail for a crime of passion and returns to the master in search of spiritual redemption and reconciliation with karma, at a high price of physical catharsis...

Plot Keywords: monk, woman, mentor, boy, emotional, engaging, moving ...

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#10. Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country (2008)

Storyline: Thousands of citizens of Myanmar take to the streets in several cities to protest the Asian nation's repressive regime. The protests take on a new degree of seriousness when dozens of monks launch their own marches down city streets. This documentary from Anders Ostergaard focuses on the work of videographers and citizen journalists who defy the government's crackdown on the media -- a brave bunch who manage to transmit footage of the uprising to the outside world.

Plot Keywords: political activist, young man, monk, cameraman, police officer, fascinating, inspiring ...

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#11. Rasputin (1996)

Storyline: In the early 20th Century, Russian Czar Nicholas II (Ian McKellen) and his wife, Czarina Alexandra (Greta Scacchi), bring crazed monk Rasputin (Alan Rickman) into their royal court, believing he can heal their gravely ill son. But despite claiming a special connection with God, Rasputin also exhibits volatile and nefarious behavior, which threatens to corrupt the royal family from within. Meanwhile, the political situation outside the palace walls becomes increasingly tumultuous.

Plot Keywords: monk, czar nicholas ii, doctor, prince, prime minister, dark, melodramatic ...

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#12. Samsara (2001)

Storyline: A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's struggle to keep her enlightened love and life in the world. But their destiny turns, twists and comes to a surprise ending...—Monsoon Films

Plot Keywords: monk, mentor, wife, servant, melodramatic, intricate, profound ...

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#13. The Name of the Rose (1986)

Storyline: 1327. After a mysterious death in a Benedictine Abbey, the monks are convinced that the apocalypse is coming. With the Abbey to play host to a council on the Franciscan's Order's belief that the Church should rid itself of wealth, William von Baskerville, a respected Franciscan friar, is asked to assist in determining the cause of the untimely death. Alas, more deaths occur as the investigation draws closer to uncovering the secret the Abbey wants hidden, and there is finally no stopping the Holy Inquisition from taking an active hand in the process. William and his young novice must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused and avoid the wrath of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui.

Plot Keywords: monk, apprentice, peasant, hunchback, handler, dark, suspenseful ...

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#14. The Secret of Kells (2009)

Storyline: Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from the isle of Iona carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

Plot Keywords: young boy, uncle, monk, fairy, cat, suspenseful, dreamy ...

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#15. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Storyline: An artist, Ku, lives with his mother near an abandoned fort, reputed to be haunted. One night, investigating strange noises, he meets the beautiful Yang who is living there. She is being pursued by agents of an Imperial noble who have murdered her family. Ku finds himself caught up in her struggle to survive, and many fierce battles take place before all is resolved. Action adventure with a lyrical feel, this is a kung fu film with a strong spiritual element.—Richard Hills <[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: artist, mother, princess, monk, general, rival, thrilling ...

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