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Jesus is a pretty big guy in the Western world - known as one of the head honchos in a common religion, a nice chap of good moral fibre, or at least a keen facial-hair enthusiast. Whoever you believe this historical figure to be, you will most likely know of him and the main 'plot points' of his story (immaculate conception through self-sacrifice) and recognise that christian or not, filmmakers have often used these personal traits and events in their work. The films in this collection all incorporate (obviously and less so) this character and/or story arc, and show an interesting range of uses for them in a culture saturated with this particular religion. Pictured: 'The Buddy Christ' - Kevin Smith brings Jesus to the kids in "Dogma".

Agnes of God (1985)

6.6/10
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly, Anne Pitoniak

The childlike novice of an extremely sheltered convent is discovered one night with the bloodied body of a baby she claims not to recognise. Psychiatr... Read more

At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991)

6.8/10
Director: Hector Babenco
Starring: Tom Berenger, Aidan Quinn, Kathy Bates, John Lithgow, Tom Waits

This stunning adaptation of Peter Matthiessen's acclaimed novel tells the story of the collision of cultures in the South American rain forests, as an... Read more

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

7.1/10
Director: Abel Ferrara
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Frankie Thorn, Paul Hipp, Victor Argo

About a morally bankrupt cop (Harvey Keitel) who starts to pull himself out of the abyss when he investigates the rape of a nun who refuses to press c... Read more

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

8.1/10
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Starring: Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, Paul Newman, Harry Dean Stanton

A taut honest drama greatly aided by Stuart Rosenberg's direction and a marvellously controlled and artful performance by Paul Newman as a gutsy priso... Read more

Cool Hand Luke ( Blu-ray ) (1967)

8.1/10
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Starring: Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Jo Van Fleet, Paul Newman, Ro...

A taut honest drama greatly aided by Stuart Rosenberg's direction and a marvellously controlled and artful performance by Paul Newman as a gutsy priso... Read more

Crimes of Passion (1984)

6.4/10
Director: Ken Russell
Starring: Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin

A highly charged erotic thriller from Ken Russell that features some of the hottest love scenes ever for a Hollywood film. Kathleen Turner is an enigm... Read more

Dogma (1999)

7.3/10
Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort

Wayward angels Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, exiled in Wisconsin for millenia, discover that a New Jersey church holds the theological key to their gett... Read more

Dogville (2003)

8/10
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, B...

From director Lars von Trier ("Dancer in the Dark") comes this riveting drama focusing on mysterious fugitive Nicole Kidman as she hides from gangster... Read more

Donnie Darko (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary...

Dark and disturbing, destined-for-cult status tale stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a gifted but troubled 80s high school student whose adolescent horrors tak... Read more

Donnie Darko ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more