Films & Television

There have been many films about Jeanne d’Arc starting as early as 1899 by pioneer film inventor George Melies and including the silent film “The Passion of Jeanne d’Arc” (1928) by the great Danish film director Carl Theodor Dreyer, and the Ingrid Bergman 1948 film “Joan of Arc”. “Saint Joan” (1957) followed, and then “Procès de Jeanne d’Arc” (1962), Luc Besson’s “The Messenger” (1999), and a 1999 TV movie.

Jeanne has been played by action star Milla Jovovich (1999), Leelee Sobieski (1999), and Ingrid Bergman (1948). Bergman was 33 years old when she played the 17 year old maid. Jovovich was 24 and Leelee Sobieski was only 17. Seberg was 19.


George Melie. The Passion of Jeanne d’Arc 1899


1898Jeanne d’ArcFranceshort film directed by Georges Hatot
1899Jeanne d’ArcFranceshort film directed by George Méliès starring Jeanne d’Alcy
1908Jeanne d’ArcFrancedirected by Albert Capellani, starring Léontine Massart
1908Giovanna d’ArcoItalydirected by Mario Caserini starring Maria Gasperini, based on Schiller’s play
1913Giovanna d’ArcoItalydirected by Ubaldo Maria Del Colle starring Maria Jacobini
1917Joan the WomanUSAdirected by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Geraldine Farrar, with a framework set in the trenches of World War I
1927Saint JoanUSADirected by Widgey R. Newman, starring Sybil Thorndike. Based on a scene from Shaw’s play.
1928The Passion of Joan of ArcFranceDirected by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti. Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of the silent era, it was initially banned in Britain.
1929The Marvelous Life of Joan of ArcFrancedirected by Marco de Gastines, starring Simone Genevois
1935Das Mädchen JohannaGermanydirected by Gustav Ucicky, starring Angela Salloker
1944De Jeanne d’Arc à Philippe PétainFrancedocumentary narrated by Sacha Guitry
1948Joan of ArcUSAdirected by Victor Fleming, starring Ingrid Bergman, based on the Maxwell Anderson play Joan of Lorraine
1952Joan of Arc (Hallmark)USAAn episode of the Hallmark Hall of Fame
1954Giovanna d’Arco al rogoItalydirected by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman, based on the oratorio by Paul Claudel and Arthur Honegger
1954DestiniesFrancea film in sketches directed by Jean Delannoy, starring Michèle Morgan
1956JehanneFranceshort film directed by Robert Enrico
1957Saint JoanUSAdirected by Otto Preminger, starring Jean Seberg, based on the George Bernard Shaw play
1957The Story of MankindUSAdirected by Irwin Allen, featuring Hedy Lamarr in one sequence as Joan of Arc. The film is based on a book by Hendrik Willem van Loon.
1957The LarkUSAlive TV production in English of L’Alouette, starring Julie Harris, who also played the role on Broadway
1958Saint JoanUKTV adaptation of Shaw’s play, starring Siobhan McKenna
1960Jeanne D’Arc auf dem ScheiterhaufenGermanymovie for television starring Margot Trooger, another version of the Honegger oratorio
1961Jeanne au VitrailFranceshort film directed by Claude Antoine
1962Procès de Jeanne d’ArcFrancedirected by Robert Bresson, starring Florence Delay
1962Histoire de JeanneFranceshort film directed by Francis Lacassin
1966Fall Jeanne d’Arc, DerGermanyTV movie directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Kathrin Schmid
1967Saint JoanUnited StatesNBC television adaptation of Shaw’s play, starring Geneviève Bujold
1968St. JoanUKanother television adaptation of Shaw’s play, starring Janet Suzman
1970Nachalo – The DébutUSSRdirected by Gleb Panfilov, starring Inna Churikova, satiric comedy
1983Joan of ArcUKdirected by Gina Newson with commentary by Marina Warner
1989Bill & Ted’s Excellent AdventureUSAJane Wiedlin portrayed Joan of Arc, one of many historic figures transported to
late-1980s Southern California in this time travel comedy. Memorable
lines include “Who was Joan of Arc?” “Noah’s wife?” and “Welcome aboard,
Miss of Arc!”
1989Giovanna d’ArcoItalyVerdi’s opera directed by Werner Herzog starring Susan Dunn, based on Schiller’s play
1989Johanna D’Arc of MongoliaWest Germany, FranceSprawling epic directed by Ulrike Ottinger, entered into the 39th Berlin International Film Festival
1990Jeanne d’Ark – visjon gjennom eldNorwaytelevision movie written by Juni Dahr and John Morrow
1993Jeanne d’Arc au bûcherJapanTV movie of the Honegger-Claudel oratorio (in French), starring Marthe Keller
1994Jeanne la PucelleFrancedirected by Jacques Rivette, starring Sandrine Bonnaire
1999The Messenger: The Story of Joan of ArcFrancedirected by Luc Besson, starring Milla Jovovich
1999Joan of ArcCanadatelevision mini-series starring Leelee Sobieski
1999Wired AngelUSAexperimental feature directed by Sam Wells, music by Joe Renzetti
2004Jeanne d’ArcFrancetelevision production in ballet directed by Laurent Preyale
2011JeanneGermanyexperimental feature directed by Shahram Varza, premiere São Paulo International Film Festival 2011
2011Jeanne captiveFrancedirected by Philippe Ramos, starring Clémence Poés. Made with a tiny budget
2017Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc)Francemusical film directed by Bruno Dumont.


1972–1978MaudeThe theme song includes the line ‘Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her/she was a sister who really cooked.’ 
1979M*A*S*Hin “Are You Now, Margaret?”, Hawkeye references Joan of Arc
1995–1998Wishboneepisode “Bone of Arc” is based on Mark Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc 
1998Histeria!episode “Great Heroes of France”, voiced by Laraine Newman 
1999-2002MentorsA Canadian science fiction fantasy series that follows the adventures of 15-year-old boy genius Oliver Cates who uses his computer to bring famous historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, and Joan of Arc from the past into the present for 36 hours.
1999Buffy the Vampire Slayerepisode “Fear, Itself”, in this Halloween-themed episode, Willow chose to dress up like Joan of Arc, because she was also (almost) burned at the stake in an earlier episode “Gingerbread”.
2001Witchbladein “Parallax”, Sara learns Joan of Arc wielded the Witchblade 
2002The Simpsons“Tales from the Public Domain” features Lisa as Joan of Arc
2002–2003Clone HighJoan of Arc was a character 
2003–2005Joan of Arcadiaa girl speaks with God and uses His influence to do good 
2004Wonderfallsseries theme inspired by Joan of Arc 
2006–2007Heroesfeatures a character named St. Joan
2011Deadliest Warriorepisode “Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror  
2013Horrible Histories (TV series)Series 5 features a song about Joan of Arc