List of films about Martin Luther

The life of church reformer and theologian Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546) has inspired a number of adaptations of the events of the Reformation for both television and film. Some of these have been large-budget, major studio productions, while others have been produced by local Lutheran church bodies.


Date Title Luther portrayed by Notes
1928 Luther Eugen Klöpfer Released by Cobb Studios

Filmed in Berlin, Germany
Theodor Loos played Melanthon

1953 Martin Luther Niall MacGinnis directed by Irving Pichel

Academy Award nominations for black & white cinematography and art/set direction
Re-released in 2002 on DVD in 4 languages.

1973 Luther Stacy Keach A film adaptation of the John Osborne play Luther, written by Edward Anhalt and released by Cinévision Ltée.

Other actors included Patrick Magee, Hugh Griffith and Judi Dench.

1981 Where Luther Walked N/A A documentary about the life of Martin Luther, narrated by the scholar Roland Bainton
1983 Martin Luther, Heretic Jonathan Pryce A BBC production.
2002 Here I Stand: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther Wink Martindale A biography of the Reformer, released direct to video by Lathika International Film & Entertainment Inc.
2003 Luther Joseph Fiennes Released by Eikon Film and partially funded by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Other actors included Alfred Molina, Jonathan Firth, and Peter Ustinov
2017 Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer[1] N/A Released by Stephen McCaskell Films.


Date Title Luther portrayed by Description
1964 Martin Luther Terry Norris An Australian adaptation of the John Osborne play Luther for television
1965 Play of the Month Alec McCowen A BBC adaptation of the John Osborne play Luther.
1983 Martin Luther Lambert Hamel A German-language television documentary, directed by Rainer Wolffhardt and released by Eikon Film.
2001 Opening the Door to Luther N/A A PBS travelogue, hosted by Rick Steves and sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
2002 Martin Luther Timothy West Part of the PBS Empires series. Narrated by Liam Neeson


Date Title Luther portrayed by Notes
2017 Martin Luther Andreas Robichaux Produced by Puritan Productions

Staged in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas