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The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked 

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Updated December 12, 2019 1.1k votes 320 voters 12.7k views 24 items

Religion is a very serious topic. Perhaps that's why it's so rife with opportunities for humor. The best religious comedy movies put unique spins on what it means to have a relationship with a god or a church, exposing the funnier side of spirituality. This is a list of the top comedy movies about religion including everything from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey to The Meaning of Life to Bruce Almighty.

What films will you find on this list of the best funny movies about religion? In Life of Brian, the men of Monty Python told the hilarious tale of a young Jewish man who is continually mistaken for Jesus Christ. The movie sparked controversy across the globe, causing filmmakers to brag, “So funny, it was banned in Norway!” Kevin Smith's Dogma is another funny, smart film about religion. Famed comedian – and devout atheist – Ricky Gervais poked fun at the Ten Commandments, heaven, and other religious traditions in his 2009 movie The Invention of Lying. Other funny films featured on this list include This Is The End, Defending Your Life, and Religulous.

Which of these comedies about religion do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best films a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Monty Python's Life of B... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle

Released: 1979

Directed by: Terry Jones

Monty Python's Life of Brian is an album released by Monty Python in conjunction with the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian. It mostly contains scenes from the movie with only brief linking ...more

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Monty Python's The Meani... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1983

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, also known as The Meaning of Life, is a 1983 British musical sketch comedy film written and performed by the Monty Python troupe, and directed by one of its ...more

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Dogma is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock

Released: 1999

Directed by: Kevin Smith

Dogma is a 1999 American comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith. The existence of humanity lies in the hands of an abortion clinic worker (Ben Affleck) whose special heritage sets him ...more

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Religulous is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Bill Maher, José Luis de Jesús

Released: 2008

Directed by: Larry Charles

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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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more

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The Invention of Lying ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, Edward Norton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson

The Invention of Lying is a 2009 fantasy romantic comedy film that was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson. This film is the directorial debut of Gervais and Robinson. The ...more
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Bruce Almighty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Jennifer Aniston, Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

Bruce Almighty is a 2003 American religious comedy-drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, written by Steve Koren, Mark O'Keefe and Steve Oedekerk and stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, a ...more

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This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Rogen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

This Is the End is a 2013 American disaster comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and an adaptation of their 2007 short film Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse. After a series of ...more

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Oh, God! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
John Denver, Teri Garr, Carl Reiner

Released: 1977

Directed by: Carl Reiner

Oh, God! is a 1977 comedy film starring George Burns and John Denver. Based on a novel by Avery Corman, the film was directed by Carl Reiner from a screenplay written by Larry Gelbart. The story ...more

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Bill & Ted's Bogus J... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Pam Grier

Released: 1991

Directed by: Peter Hewitt

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is a 1991 American science fiction and fantasy comedy film, and the directing debut of Peter Hewitt. It is the second film in the Bill & Ted franchise, and a ...more

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Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel

Released: 1992

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

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Saved! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brian Dannelly

Saved! is a 2004 American teen comedy-drama film involving elements of religious satire. It was directed by Brian Dannelly and written by Dannelly and Michael Urban. It stars Jena Malone, Mandy ...more

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The Gods Must Be Crazy ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
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Released: 1980

Directed by: Jamie Uys

The Gods Must Be Crazy is a 1980 South African comedy film written and directed by Jamie Uys. Financed only from local sources, it is the most commercially successful release in the history of ...more

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Surviving Confession is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Sarah Schreiber, Jessica Lynn Parsons, Ken Gamble

Released: 2019

Directed by: Matthew Tibbenham

Surviving Confession is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Matthew Tibbenham. A priest who is losing his faith has his world changed when a quirky teenage girl shows up for
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Defending Your Life is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

Released: 1991

Directed by: Albert Brooks

Defending Your Life is a 1991 romantic comedy-fantasy film about a man who arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to ...more

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Wholly Moses! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Shawn Turner added Richard Pryor, Dudley Moore, John Ritter

Released: 1980

Directed by: Gary Weis

Wholly Moses! is a 1980 Biblical spoof similar to that of Monty Python's Life of Brian. Dudley Moore, between performances in 10 and Arthur, plays Old Testament-era idol maker Herschel, whose ...more
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The Two Popes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 2019

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

The Two Popes is a 2019 film International drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) struggle to find common ground to ...more

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Heaven Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Released: 1978

Directed by: Buck Henry, Warren Beatty

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Keeping the Faith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Edward Norton

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Leap of Faith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Liam Neeson, Steve Martin, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 1992

Directed by: Richard Pearce

Leap of Faith is a 1992 American dramedy film, directed by Richard Pearce and starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson and Lukas Haas. The film is about Jonas ...more
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Evan Almighty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell, Jon Stewart

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tom Shadyac

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Heart and Souls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue, Kyra Sedgwick

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ron Underwood

Heart and Souls is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Ron Underwood and starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Thomas Riley, a businessman recruited by the souls of four deceased people - ...more
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The Fighting Temptations... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Beyoncé Knowles, Mickey Rooney, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

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Manna from Heaven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Movies About Religion, Ranked
Manna from Heaven Cloris Leachman, Shirley Jones, Wendie Malick

Released: 2002

Directed by: Maria Burton

Manna from Heaven is a 2002 film written by Gabrielle B. Burton and co-directed by her daughters Gabrielle C. Burton and Maria Burton. The film won awards at four film festivals. It was actor ...more