Sacramento Area Catholic Media Index Page
By Richard Bruce BA, MA, and PhC in Economics

Religious Movies in the Sacramento Public Library System

There are many Christian movies in the Sacramento library system, which includes both Sacramento and several surrounding communities. This is a list of them. You might want to use it as a check list for you and your family. Perhaps you can watch about one a month so that you can periodically give your faith a charge.

Old Testament

  • The Ten Commandments - The 1950s Cecil B. DeMille
  • One Night With the King - Story of Ester

The New Testament - Jesus

  • The Passion of the Christ - Disturbing
  • The Nativity Story
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told - Old Movie
  • Son of God - Movie based on a TV series

Apostles and the Early Church

  • Ben Hur - Lots of Oscars
  • Ben Hur - Recent Remake

The Saints

  • Becket - Nominated Oscar for Best Actor and Picture
  • The Song of Bernadette - Won Several Oscars, Best Actress
  • A Man for All Seasons - Won Best Picture Oscar

Real Stories Sisters, Priests, Laity

  • The Mission - Won Cannes 1986: Best film, Palme d'Or.
  • Dead Man Walking - Death Row Inmate and Nun
  • Boys Town - Won Actor Oscar, Nominated Best Picture Oscar

Catholic Drama

  • Bella - A pro life movie
  • Lilies of the Field - nominated for Oscar Best Picture, Won Best Actor
  • Going My Way - Oscar for Best Picture, stars Bing Crosby

Orthodox, Protestants etc.

  • Andrei Rublev - Icon Painter - Considered One of Best Films Ever
  • Chariots of Fire - Won 1981 Best Picture Oscar
  • Amazing Grace - The story of religious fight to outlaw slavery
  • Tender Mercies - Best Picture Oscar Nomination
  • Babette's Feast - Oscar Best Foreign Language Film
  • Shadowlands - biography of C.S. Lewis
  • The Inn of the Sixth Happiness - Inspiring

For Children

  • The Miracle Maker - Perhaps Best Children's Film
  • The Prince of Egypt - Spielberg
  • Joseph King of Dreams - More Spielberg
  • Veggie Tales - There are a lot of them
  • Animated Children's Bible Videos


  • Jesus Christ Superstar - The Famous Rock Opera
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Godspell - Gospel of Matthew as a Musical Review
  • Sister Act
  • The Sound of Music - Won Oscar Best Picture
  • Joyful Noise - Fictional Gospel Movie Contest

When you are watching movies it is good to check what movies the Catholic Church approves of you can find it here. I suggest that you simply go to Goggle put in the title of the movie and the words Catholic Bishops. This will usually provide a link to the movie reviews linked to above and Google is easier to navigate than the web site of the American bishops. For a second opinion check with the Bishops down under. Australian Catholic Bishops also have reviews. I suggest that you put the title into Google and the words Australian Catholic bishops to find the review.

I am trying to get the parishes that are served by the Sacramento Public Library to put notices about this page in their bulletins, and on their web sites and bulletin boards. Perhaps you could suggest this to your pastor. Also mention this page to your fellow parishioners and all Christians who are served by the Sacramento Public Library system. Note that communities outside the city of Sacramento, and even Sacramento County are part of the Sacramento Library system, for example, Woodland, which is the county seat of Yolo is part of the Sacramento system.

Sacramento Area Catholic Media Index Page

Contact information is here.

Last updated May 30, 2015

Sacramento Area Catholic Media Resources


Sacramento Public Library system catalog Religious works are in the 200s in both the adult's and children's sections. But other religious books can be found in fiction, biography, and elsewhere.

The University of California at Davis library catalog The Main UCD library, Shield's, has about 50 thousand books on religion that anyone can read on site.

Graduate Theological Union library catalog Perhaps the largest theological library in America.


Catholic Radio in the Sacramento Area

Immaculate Heart Radio, AM 1620