Don't Mess with the Missionary Men (and Women)by yrnej | created - 27 Dec 2016 | updated - 30 Dec 2016 | Public
Martin Scorsese's new film Silence (2016) follows two Jesuit priests in Japan in the seventeenth century. They are just the latest in a long line of cinematic missionaries. Which of those missionaries might tempt you to convert?
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1. The African Queen (1951)
PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
In WWI Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.
Votes: 68,238 | Gross: $0.54M
Katharine Hepburn as Rose Sayer Robert Morley as Rev. Samuel Sayer
2. At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991)
R | 189 min | Drama, Romance
Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,964 | Gross: $1.34M
John Lithgow as Leslie Huben Daryl Hannah as Andy Huben Aidan Quinn as Martin Quarrier Kathy Bates as Hazel Quarrier
3. 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.
Deborah Kerr as Sister Clodagh Flora Robson as Sister Philippa Jenny Laird as Sister Honey Judith Furse as Sister Briony Kathleen Byron as Sister Ruth
4. Black Robe (1991)
R | 101 min | Drama, History, War
In the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary nicknamed Black Robe by the natives and his small party of companions try reaching the Huron tribe in Canada all while facing mistrust, Iroquois warring parties and harsh winter conditions.
Votes: 6,053 | Gross: $8.21M
Lothaire Bluteau as Laforgue
5. Chariots of Fire (1981)
PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.
Votes: 51,042 | Gross: $58.97M
Ian Charleson as Eric Liddell Cheryl Campbell as Jennie Liddell
6. The Cross and the Switchblade (1970)
GP | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Crusading minister gets involved in the lives of members of a New York City street gang.
Pat Boone as David Wilkerson
7. End of the Spear (2005)
PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
Two people come to the end of a spear in order to realize that the divisions between them are not real.
Votes: 4,767 | Gross: $11.97M
Chad Allen as Nate Saint Sean McGowan as Jim Elliot Stephen Caudill as Ed McCully Matt Lutz as Pete Fleming Patrick Zeller as Roger Youderian
8. God's Army (2000)
PG | 108 min | Drama
Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a ... See full summary »
Votes: 996 | Gross: $2.64M
Matthew A. Brown as Elder Allen Richard Dutcher as Elder Dalton Desean Terry as Elder Banks Michael Buster as Elder Kinegar
9. Guys and Dolls (1955)
Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.
Votes: 14,580 | Gross: $13.00M
Jean Simmons as Sarah Brown
10. Hawaii (1966)
Approved | 189 min | Drama
An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.
Votes: 2,520 | Gross: $34.56M
Julie Andrews as Jerusha Bromley Max von Sydow as Rev. Abner Hale
11. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, War
During World War II, an American marine and an Irish nun form an unlikely friendship after being stranded on a South Pacific island. They find comfort in one another as the two hope for a rescue.
Deborah Kerr as Sister Angela
12. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Approved | 158 min | Biography, Drama, War
All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to ... See full summary »
Ingrid Bergman as Gladys Aylward
13. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
Approved | 137 min | Drama
A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »
Gregory Peck as Father Francis Chisholm
14. The Mission (1986)
PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Votes: 52,961 | Gross: $17.22M
Jeremy Irons as Father Gabriel
15. The Missionary (1982)
R | 90 min | Comedy
In 1905, after ten years of missionary work in Africa, the Reverend Charles Fortescue (Michael Palin) is recalled to England, where his Bishop gives him his new assignment, to minister to ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,952 | Gross: $7.24M
Michael Palin as The Reverend Charles Fortescue
16. Molokai (1999)
PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of the nineteenth century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.
David Wenham as Father Damien
17. Nazarin (1959)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama
A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.
Francisco Rabal as Padre Nazario
18. The Nun's Story (1959)
Not Rated | 149 min | Drama
After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.
Votes: 8,799 | Gross: $12.80M
Audrey Hepburn as Sister Luke (Gabrielle van der Mal)
19. The Other Side of Heaven (2001)
PG | 113 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
John Groberg, a farm kid from Idaho Falls, crosses an ocean to become a missionary in the remote and exotic Tongan islands during the 1950s.
Votes: 3,922 | Gross: $4.72M
Christopher Gorham as John Groberg
20. Shanghai Surprise (1986)
PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Shanghai, 1938: A missionary woman hires a fortune hunter to help her find 1100 lbs. opium lost, as wounded need the morphine. Adventure and romance follows.
Votes: 4,796 | Gross: $2.32M
Madonna as Gloria Tatlock
21. Turn the Other Cheek (1974)
PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Two missionaries (Bud Spencer and Terence Hill) come into conflict with the authorities when they turn their missionary into a parrot farm. The Bishop of Maracaibo calls them his 'black ... See full summary »
Terence Hill as Father/Padre J. Bud Spencer as Father/Padre Pedro