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Documentary The Best Documentaries About Religion  

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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 Jesus Camp is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing about a charismatic Christian summer camp, where children spend their summers being taught that they have ...more

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Religulous Bill Maher, José Luis de Jesús Religulous is a 2008 American documentary film written by and starring comedian Bill Maher and directed by Larry Charles. The title of the film is a portmanteau derived from the words religious ...more

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Deliver Us from Evil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Religion
Deliver Us from Evil Deliver Us from Evil is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Amy J. Berg which explores the life of Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped ...more

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Through the Wormhole: Did We Invent God?

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated Darren Aronofsky, Matt Stone, Atom Egoyan This Film is Not Yet Rated is a 2006 American documentary film about the Motion Picture Association of America's rating system and its effect on American culture, directed by Kirby Dick and ...more

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Grizzly Man Grizzly Man is a 2005 documentary film by German director Werner Herzog. It chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. The film includes some of Treadwell's own footage ...more

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Samsara Christy Chung, Shawn Ku, Neelesha Barthel Samsara is a 2001 independent Indian/Italian/French/German film which tells the story of a Buddhist monk's quest to find Enlightenment. The film stars Shawn Ku as the monk Tashi, and Christy ...more

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Evolution Vs. God

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Dawkins On Religion

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Biography: Jesus: His Life

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The American Experience: John Brown's Holy War

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My Brother the Islamist Tree surgeon-turned-filmmaker Robb Leech is an ordinary white middle-class boy from the Dorset seaside town of Weymouth. So too is his stepbrother Rich, but a little over a year ago Rich became ...more

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Rasputin: The Devil in the Fle... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Religion
Rasputin: The Devil in the Flesh Brian Cox The Life and Death of Grigori Efimovich Rasputin.

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Drunken Glory

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Deconversion, Belief, and the Power of Silence

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What the Bible Got Wrong: a Flat Earth

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Varanasi, India: Beyond

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Rastamentary

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Baraka Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative documentary film directed by Ron Fricke. The film is often compared to Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio for which Fricke was ...more

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Biography: King David

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Caesar's Messiah

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Mysteries of Mary Magdalene

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The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today is a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Jay Rosenstein.

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God Loves Uganda God Loves Uganda is a documentary film produced and directed by Roger Ross Williams, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It explores connections between evangelicalism in North ...more

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The Yogis of Tibet

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Did Jesus Die on Cross is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About Religion
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Jesus of Siberia

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In God We Trust?

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The Devil's Bible is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Religion
The Devil's Bible

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Bloodline Bloodline is a 2008 documentary film by Bruce Burgess, a filmmaker with an interest in paranormal claims, focused on the "Jesus bloodline" hypothesis and other elements of the book The ...more

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In God We Teach Matthew LaClair, David Paszkiewicz

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Unstoppable

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Me and the Mosque In many Canadian mosques, women are put behind barriers to pray and sometimes are not even expected to enter. This documentary covers the historical role and the current state of Canadian ...more

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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is a 2013 Russian-British documentary film by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin. The film follows the court cases on the Russian feminist/anti-Putinist punk-rock ...more

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What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?

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Brainwashed by the Westboro Baptist Church

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The Missing Years of Jesus

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The Road to Armageddon: a Free Spiritual Guide

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The First Jesus

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There Are No Gods

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The Overnighters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Documentaries About Religion
Westing1992 added The Overnighters The Overnighters is a 2014 drama documentary film written and directed by Jesse Moss.

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The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers 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 ...more

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Biography: Solomon and Sheba

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The Lost Gospels

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Bob Dutko: Why He Fails

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Giants of the Bible

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Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds Patrick Sweeney

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Top Ten (Failed) Proofs for God's Existence