The Best Documentaries About Religion

There are a number of documentaries out there that detail different world religions and the impact that religion in general has on the world, such as the spiritual and scientific aspects of prayer, the impact that culture has on religion within a region, and controversies surrounding various types of religions. What are the Best Documentaries about Religion? The documentaries on this list cover any aspect imaginable when it comes to the topic of religion: from Christianity to Buddhism, and everything in between. Many of these can be very informational, providing a historical approach and even scientific ones.
 
This list discusses the best documentary films discussing religion, including: This Film is Not Yet Rated, Zeitgeist, Baraka, God Loves Uganda, Jesus Camp, Deliver Us From Evil, The Yogis of Tibet, and Evolution vs. God. Vote up those you recommend, and please add any that we missed.
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  • Jesus Camp
    1
    Mike Papantonio, Ted Haggard, Becky Fischer
    22 votes
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
    Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady visit an evangelical Christian summer camp called Kids on Fire, where children take part in programs designed to strengthen and intensify their beliefs. The ...more

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  • Deliver Us from Evil
    2
    Nancy Sloan, Roger Mahony, John Manly
    10 votes
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Amy Berg
    Filmmaker Amy Berg documents the case of convicted pedophile Oliver Grady who, as a priest in northern California, molested the children of his parishioners, apparently with the knowledge of his ...more

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  • zeitgeist
    3

    zeitgeist

    46 votes
  • Religulous
    4
    Bill Maher, Francis Collins, Jeremiah Cummings
    37 votes
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Larry Charles
    Commentator-comic Bill Maher plays devil's advocate with religion as he talks to believers about their faith. Traveling around the world, Maher examines the tenets of Christianity, Judaism and Islam ...more

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  • The 'Hidden Faith of Our Founding Fathers' is perhaps the first and only documentary to go where no film has ever gone before: into the hidden faith of America's founding fathers. Many founders were ...more
  • Samsara
    6
    Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha BaVora
    9 votes
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Pan Nalin
    After undergoing 36 months of continuous meditation, Buddhist monk Tashi (Shawn Ku) arrives at a prominent monastery and promptly has a troubling revelation -- he wants to experience sex. When Tashi ...more