Showdown

Keeping the Faith

Best religious characters in film

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Which rebel hearts do you think of in the little hours? Which sister’s act do you love the most? Who is your man for all seasons? This Showdown is a roundup of your ten best badass priests, naughty novitiates, saints with secrets, racy rabbis, mysterious ministers, vicious vicars, magical monks, Nazi-busting nuns. Whether you’re Team Brian or Team Benedetta, break the seventh seal and throw the spotlight on religious characters who go well beyond the job description to keep the keys of the kingdom. (No deities, gods or kami—we want earth-bound characters, real or fictional.)

Most mentioned

  • First Reformed
  • The Exorcist
  • Silence
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Life of Brian
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Sister Act
  • Doubt
  • The Prince of Egypt
  • The Devils
  • Calvary
  • Black Narcissus
  • Ida
  • Dogma
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Winter Light
  • The Two Popes

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The_Ghoul 10 films

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Paul Dilger 10 films

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jamie_1 112 films

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John Quinn 11 films

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G a y a n 20 films

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neon__noodle 7 films

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Stefan 10 films

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Undead_Nihilist 10 films

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ElizCorey 10 films

Chris Coke

Chris Coke 10 films

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Beznickowy 10 films

Rysio

Rysio 10 films

Bruce

Bruce 4 films

Daba Cooper

Daba Cooper 10 films

Kabir Omerovic

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Jeff Estrada

Jeff Estrada 15 films

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srdas 7 films

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Sam 9 films

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AllBeef16 10 films

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Irphen 10 films

satch_dog

satch_dog 12 films

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Whalen 10 films

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Will Tyer 7 films

Andrew Franklin

Andrew Franklin 10 films

openroad

openroad 10 films

TB14

TB14 10 films

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Matthias_S 10 films

Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas 6 films

John Chadwick

John Chadwick 10 films

Kyle

Kyle 6 films

Wynand Olivier

Wynand Olivier 10 films

ElNapalmo

ElNapalmo 10 films

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Superdorkmark 10 films

Haukay

Haukay 10 films

Kendoval

Kendoval 10 films

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Kent Graham 10 films

robby

robby 10 films

Kenneth_C

Kenneth_C 10 films

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Jack 10 films

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ewmasters 54 films

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Seth Montpelier 10 films

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Tom!! 🚀 11 films

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elvisisking 10 films

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Jeff Staib 10 films

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Vinny Thornburg 10 films

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therowdypi 10 films

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Calum 10 films

Luke Robertson

Luke Robertson 9 films

Robert

Robert 9 films

Benno Debals

Benno Debals 6 films

Josh

Josh 10 films

opi512

opi512 7 films

RichLV

RichLV 17 films

ericdornoff

ericdornoff 11 films

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Dr. Schlock 10 films

David

David 6 films

Niall Hassett

Niall Hassett 10 films

Sindre Haram

Sindre Haram 10 films

sequielo

sequielo 8 films

Erwan Ticheler

Erwan Ticheler 10 films

bas2804

bas2804 11 films