Movies about priests

List of the best priest thriller movies selected by visitors to our site: Devil's Whisper, Most Beautiful Island, Vamps, Brimstone, Te3n, Regression, The Vatican Tapes, Way of the Wicked, Persecuted, Deliver Us from Evil
In the top there are new films of 2017, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Devil's Whisper (2017)
Mark10 (imdb: 4.2)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, Indonesia
CharactersDemons, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Death, Ghosts
StyleDisturbing, Tense

Devil's Whisper is a supernatural horror film about demonic possession but at its core it's a psychological thriller about repressed memories, childhood trauma and the cycle of abuse.

Most Beautiful Island (2017)
Mark4.2 (imdb: 5.7)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
PlotAbduction, Supernatural, Ghosts

Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman's struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

Vamps (2017)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 4.3)
Genrethriller, fantasy
CharactersVampire, Priests
PlotLove, Mystery

The story takes place in 18th century russia. empress elizabeth’s confessor, monk named Lavr, is exiled to a monastery in a haunted mountainous region, taking his secret ancient knowledge with him. Years later, the empress sends her godson Andrey to bring the monk back. Andrey travels to the ill-famed place and meets with Lavr, but before they can return to St. Petersburg they must face evil forces and creatures of the dark side.

Brimstone (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrehorror, thriller, western, detective
CountryNetherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA
CharactersPriests, Mute, Horses
PlotRevenge, Love, Obsession
PlaceWild West, Small cities

In the menacing inferno of the old American West, Liz is a genuine survivor who is hunted by a vengeful preacher for a crime she didn’t commit.

Te3n (2016)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CharactersPolice, Detectives, Priests, Surgeons, Criminals
PlaceIndia, China

A grandfather, police officer and a priest join hands to investigate and find a missing child.

Regression (2015)
Mark5 (imdb: 5.7)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySpain, Canada
CharactersDetectives, Priests
PlotInvestigation, Pursuit

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner investigates the case of young Angela, who accuses her father, John Gray, of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

The Vatican Tapes (2015)
Mark10 (imdb: 4.8)
Genrehorror, thriller
PlotObsession, Supernatural, Religious, Lost memory, Cars
StyleDepressive, Tense, Disturbing

In a highly secured vault deep within the walls of Vatican City, the Catholic Church holds thousands of old films and video footage documenting exorcisms/supposed exorcisms and other unexplained religious phenomena they feel the world is not ready to see. This is the first tape - Case 83-G - stolen from these archives and exposed to the public by an anonymous source.

Way of the Wicked (2014)
Markimdb: 3.8
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersPriests, Demons
PlotSupernatural, Rivalry, Religious, Ghosts
PlaceSmall cities

Lawrence Salva's script centers on a detective (Facinelli), on the trail of a murderer, who is led to believe that a local teenager, harboring some sort of strange supernatural power, may be involved. Slater plays the man's disbelieving boss, while Hauer plays a man-of-the-cloth who aids the cop on his mission.

Persecuted (2014)
Markimdb: 3.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersPriests, FBI
PlotPolitical, Rivalry, Abduction, Pads
StyleTense, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther's own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly, a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with or profiting from the girl's murder; a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America.

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CharactersPartners, Demons, Lions, Priests
PlotExorcism, Supernatural, Rivalry
PlaceNew York, Zoos
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Disturbing

When a frightening wave of violence sweeps through New York City, troubled cop Sarchie fails to find a rational explanation for the bizarre crimes. However, his eyes are opened to a frightening alternate reality when renegade Jesuit priest, Mendoza convinces him that demonic possession may be to blame for the gruesome murders. Together, they wage a valiant supernatural struggle to rid the city of an otherworldly evil.

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In the Name of... (2013)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama
CharactersGay, Teens, Priests
StyleAtmospheric, Soulful

The contemporary story of a priest who launches a centre for troubled youth in a small parish. He is a good priest and is well-liked by his congregation, which remains unaware of his complicated past.

The Devil Inside (2012)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.9)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersTeens, Family, Priests, Jews
PlotDamn things, Curses, Obsession, Exorcism, Supernatural, Death, Ghosts
StyleDisturbing, Action, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Tense

In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

Priest (2011)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 5.7)
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, fantasy
CharactersVampire, Monsters, Priests, Sheriffs, Nephews
PlotAdventure, Religious, Mystery, Mystery, Supernatural
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Depressive, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

In an alternate world, humanity and vampires have warred for centuries. After the last Vampire War, the veteran Warrior Priest lives in obscurity with other humans inside one of the Church's walled cities. When the Priest's niece is kidnapped by vampires, the Priest breaks his vows to hunt them down. He is accompanied by the niece's boyfriend, who is a wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess.

The Confession (2011)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CharactersPriests, Hired assassins
TimeNew Year

On Christmas Eve, a hit-man enters a church to confess his sins to a priest. While at first the Confessor seems to be an evil, cold-blooded killing machine and the Priest the ultimate arbiter of good, as the Confessor’s journey is revealed, it becomes clear that both men are much more complicated than either could have suspected.

The Rite (2011)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Hungary, Italy
CharactersPriests, Journalists, Students
PlotSupernatural, Superpowers
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Depressive, Disturbing

Seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.

Red State (2011)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrethriller, drama
CharactersTeens, Sheriffs, Priests

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

Black Death (2010)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, detective
CountryGermany, United Kingdom
CharactersPriests, Heroes, Knights, Witch
PlotViruses, Supernatural, Adventure, Life after death, Superpowers
PlaceEngland, Village
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleGothic, Heavy, Exciting, Depressive, Disturbing

As the plague decimates medieval Europe, rumours circulate of a village immune from the plague. There is talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to raise the dead. A fearsome knight joined by a cohort of soldiers and a young monk are charged by the church to investigate. Their journey is filled with danger, but it's upon entering the village that their true horror begins.

Nude Nuns with Big Guns (2010)
Markimdb: 3.9
Genreaction, thriller, comedy
CharactersPriests, Nuns, Sisters, Lesbians
PlotRevenge, Weapon, Rivalry, Death
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

Upon taking her vows to become a nun, Sister Sarah is abused, brainwashed and drugged into submission by the corrupt clergy. On the verge of death from a lethal dose of drugs, Sister Sarah receives a message from God telling her to take vengeance on all those who did her wrong. Armed with God's will and an arsenal of big guns, she dispenses Judgment Day on her former tormentors. When the church hires the merciless motorcycle gang the "Los Muertos" to track down and kill her they soon realize that this sister is one bad mother.

The Last Exorcism (2010)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, France
PlotSupernatural, Religious, Ghosts
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Disturbing, Creepy

After years of performing “exorcisms” and taking believers’ money, Reverend Marcus travels to rural Louisiana with a film crew so he can dispel what he believes is the myth of demonic possession. The dynamic reverend is certain that this will be another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic but instead comes upon the blood-soaked farm of the Sweetzer family and a true evil he would have never thought imaginable.

Nine Dead (2010)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CharactersHired assassins, Priests
PlotDeath, Survival, Abduction
StyleHeavy, Tense, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Communication is the key to the survival for nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover how they are all connected. Who of the nine lives and who dies?

Thirst (2009)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersVampire, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Survival, Life after death
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Disturbing, Fascinating

Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), a respected priest, volunteers for an experimental procedure that may lead to a cure for a deadly virus. He gets infected and dies, but a blood transfusion of unknown origin brings him back to life as a vampire. Now, Sang-hyun is torn between faith and bloodlust, and has a newfound desire for Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), the wife of his childhood friend.

The Hills Run Red (2009)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.4)
Genrehorror, thriller
CharactersSerial killers, Priests
PlotSurvival, Obsession
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, For men, Unexpected ending

A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real, and he's thrilled to meet fans who will die gruesomely for his art.

Children of the Corn (2009)
Mark10 (imdb: 3.8)
Genrehorror, thriller
CharactersKings, Teens, Priests
PlotRivalry, Intrigue
PlaceAsia, Small cities
StyleDisturbing, Tense

Set primarily in 1975 in the fictional town of Gatlin, Nebraska this remake of the 1984 original (based on Stephen King's 1977 short story) centers around traveling couple Burt and Vicky as they fight to survive a cult of murderous children who worship an entity known as He Who Walks Behind The Rows, which had years earlier manipulated the children into killing every adult in town.

From Within (2008)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CharactersTeens, Priests
PlotRevenge, Supernatural, Rivalry, Life after death, Ghosts
PlaceSmall cities
StyleDisturbing, Unexpected ending

When the citizens of a small evangelical town systematically begin committing suicide, a young girl struggling to reconcile her Christian upbringing with her desire to experience the outside world finds her faith put to the ultimate test.

Dorothy Mills (2008)
Mark10 (imdb: 6)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryRepublic of Ireland, France
CharactersTeens, Losers, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Life after death, Mental disorders, Superpowers, Ghosts
PlaceIslands, Village, Ireland

When a gloomy, God-fearing island community is rocked by the murder of a young child, a psychologist is called in to examine Dorothy Mills, the teenager accused of the crime. Despite the villagers' resistance, the therapist soon suspects that Dorothy suffers from multiple personality disorder...

The Omen (2006)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, detective
CharactersPriests, Demons
PlotSupernatural, Death, Superpowers, Fate
PlaceHospitals, USA, England, London

A diplomatic couple adopts the son of the devil without knowing it. A remake of the classic horror film of the same name from 1976.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime
CharactersParents, Police, Doctors, Family, Priests, Lawyers, Judge
PlotExorcism, Religious, Investigation, Supernatural, Death, Mental disorders, On real events
PlaceHospitals, Court, College
StyleTense, Disturbing

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true.

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CharactersArchaeologists, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Obsession, Superpowers
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin focuses his energies on helping with an archaeological dig in the northern part of Kenya. There, the crew uncovers a church that predates Christian missions into the area, but the discovery also causes strange events to start occurring -- including physical changes to a young, disabled boy, whom Merrin grows to suspect has been possessed by a demon.

Keeping Mum (2005)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, comedy, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSerial killers, Teachers, Priests
PlaceEngland, Village, Small cities
StyleFancy, Light

A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.

Blessed (2004)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 4.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryRomania, United Kingdom
CharactersTwins, Priests, Clowns, Writers
PlaceParty, Hospitals
StyleAction, Disturbing

Heather Graham and James Purefoy play a couple who desperately want to have a baby. Unfortunately, she has been diagnosed as infertile, and the couple can't afford the medical treatments that might allow her to conceive. Good fortune appears to be smiling on the couple when they are given an opportunity to receive free treatments at a mysterious fertility clinic.

Bad Education (2004)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, detective
CharactersGay, Teachers, Actors, Priests
PlotFirst love, Blackmail
StyleFascinating, Makes me think

Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through the next few decades, their reunion marking life and death.

The Ninth Day (2004)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, military
CountryGermany, Luxembourg, Czech Republic
CharactersSoldier, Heroes, Dogs, Priests
PlotSurvival, Dancing, On real events
TimeWorld War II

A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.

Salem's Lot (2004)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersVampire, Zombie, Writers, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Rivalry, Fate, Superpowers, Ghosts
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Disturbing

A dark terror has come to the picture-perfect town of Jerusalem's Lot, and it's up to a writer with a haunted past to uncover the horror that has taken over the town.

Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CharactersArchaeologists, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Rivalry, Superpowers
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

Having lived through traumatizing events during WWII, Father Lankester Merrin takes a sabbatical from the Church to conduct archaeological excavations in British-administered East Africa. Merrin unearths an ancient Byzantine church believed have been built and then immediately buried to keep down evil from the crypt below. The natives are convinced that uncovering the church has unleashed a demon, and begin to violently clash with the British military troops. As the village rapidly disintegrates into chaos and war, Merrin must face-off with the demon which has taken possession of somebody close to him.

Lost Souls (2000)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CharactersVampire, Serial killers, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Apocalypse, Superpowers, Conspiracies
StyleGothic, Atmospheric, Tense, Disturbing

A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan intends to become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. The writings of a possessed mental patient lead them to Peter Kelson, a writer who studies serial killers. They think it's his body Satan will occupy. The youngest in the group, a teacher named Maya Larkin, goes to Peter to investigate further and to convince him to believe in the possibility of Evil incarnate. Other signs come to him as he and Maya them take a journey full of strange occurrences, self-discovery, and an ultimate showdown

Vampires (1998)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrehorror, action, thriller
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersVampire, Priests
PlotSupernatural, Revenge, Apocalypse, Death, Chase
StyleDisturbing, Heavy, Gothic

The church enlists a team of vampire-hunters to hunt down and destroy a group of vampires searching for an ancient relic that will allow them to exist in sunlight.

The Name of the Rose (1986)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.7)
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryItaly, West Germany, France
CharactersPriests, Serial killers
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleDisturbing, Smart, Gloomy

14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's authority and fight the shadowy conspiracy of monastery monks using only his intelligence – which is considerable.

The Exorcist III (1990)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CharactersSerial killers, Priests
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing

Set fifteen years after the original film, The Exorcist III centers around the philosophical Lieutenant William F. Kinderman who is investigating a baffling series of murders around Georgetown that all contain the hallmarks of The Gemini, a deceased serial killer. It eventually leads him to a catatonic patient in a psychiatric hospital who has recently started to speak, claiming he is the The Gemini and detailing the murders, but bears a striking resemblance to Father Damien Karras.

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, detective
CharactersScientists, Zombie, Amazons, Spiders, Priests
PlotSupernatural, On real events
StyleDisturbing, Atmospheric, Action, Exciting

A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.