A classic silent film from 1928, by Creator/CarlTheodorDreyer. Generally considered one of the greatest films ever made (to the point of being named the ninth greatest film of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound Critics' Poll), as well as considered to have one of the greatest filmed performances ever, given by Maria Falconetti[[note]] Interestingly, her prior work was in light stage comedies, and she never made another film[[/note]].

[[UsefulNotes/PatronSaints Joan]] [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc of Arc]] is put on trial by the English. They attempt to get her to back down from her claims of holy visions. She refuses, and is eventually [[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]. The film's plotline is highly conventional, being adapted straight from the actual records of Joan of Arc's trial, and essentially serving as a highly condensed version of the real event. The film's real strengths come in the form of Dreyer's excellent direction, Falconetti's performance, and the fact that [[TearJerker you'll barely be able to see either of those things though all of your tears]].

Famously, this film survives only due to [[FreakierThanFiction one single copy which was found in a closet in a Norwegian insane asylum]]. How strange is that?

You can find it on Website/YouTube, but if you can, shell out the cash for the DVD or seek it out on cable. The current version is only 82 minutes, but be sure to mark out two full hours on your PDA; odds are [[HeroicBSOD you'll need some quiet time after]].

!!This film provides examples of:

* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Joan is very pretty in a innocent sort of way, while her tormentors are often downright repulsive.
* BeingGoodSucks: Boy, does it ever.
* BigBad: The Bishop of Beauvais, HangingJudge of Joan's trial.
* BookDumb: Joan can't read and needs help signing her "confession". She's also uneducated in theological minutia, which, in both real life and the film, is what leads to her conviction.
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Joan pleads for her body to be buried on consecrated ground. In real life, her ashes were thrown in a river.
* BurnTheWitch!: Joan's ultimate fate.
* BreakTheCutie: The ultimate example.
* CorruptChurch: The Bishop of Beauvais. Averted by several of the Priests, who try to help her.
* DisturbedDoves: Joan watches the birds fly off from the church roof as she is being burned.
* DutchAngle: Used by Dreyer several times in the film, usually to give the judges a more sinister apperance.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Joan's attitude towards being burned.
* {{Fainting}}: Joan faints when shown the brutal torture instruments intended to extract her confession.
* FragileFlower: Joan herself.
* FamousLastWords: Joan cries out "Jesus!" when a monk holds a crucifix in her view as she is being burned.
* ForegoneConclusion: Just about anyone who at least has a passing familiarity with Joan of Arc's life will know exactly how it'll end for her.
* FromBadToWorse: Joan's situation.
* GoodCopBadCop: In this case, good monk/bad monk, used in her interrogation.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Joan has shiny, beatific GrayEyes throughout the entire film.
* GoodIsImpotent: Joan is powerless to prevent her fate throughout the film.
* TheHeroDies: Joan is burned at the stake.
* HornedHairdo: One of the judges squeezes his hair into two points.
* IDieFree: Joan's death.
* KangarooCourt: Joan's trial.
* KillTheCutie: Joan's death.
* TheLateMiddleAges
* LimaSyndrome: Not enough to save Joan's life though.
* LockedInTheDungeon: Joan's imprisonment.
* JeanneDArchetype: Joan of Arc is the UrExample, but this film, by itself, [[SubvertedTrope does not show the trope.]] Instead, it's more like a {{Deconstruction}} PlayedForDrama -- after breaking the laws of man in the name of God, the brilliant and brave visionary girl is captured by the enemy, nearly broken by interrogation, and finally, brutally executed.
* MessianicArchetype: The movie is ''[[PassionPlay The Passion of Joan of Arc]]'' for a reason. Many scenes in the film echo Literature/TheBible, from questioning by [[CorruptChurch religious authorities]] to the English soldiers dressing Joan in a "thorny crown."
* MissionFromGod: What Joan believes herself to be on.
* NotSoStoic: Even one of the guards weeps to see Joan burned.
* PublicExecution: Which quickly leads to full-scale rioting.
* PrayerPose: Joan, upon receiving communion.
* SecurityCling: Not quite a cling, but Joan tries to hold the hand of a priest while suffering a fever. He pulls it away.
* ShamedByAMob: The people witnessing Joan's execution weep in sympathy, and a riot breaks out when one shouts "You have burned a saint!"
* ShownTheirWork: The dialogue is all the actual court records of what Joan of Arc is known to have said at her trial. She's amazing.
* SingleTear: One of the monks cries a single tear when Joan recants her confession, as he knows it will lead to her death. Joan herself sheds Single Tears on multiple occasions.
* SpitefulSpit: One of the church officials spits on Joan during her trial.
* TearsOfFear: Nearly constant on part of Joan during the movie.
* TearsOfRemorse: Joan, after signing her confession, which she then recants.
* TraumaticHaircut: Joan's hair is cropped to stubble on-camera. It counts as a real-life example too, as Falconetti apparently begged Dreyer not to have to do it.
* VillainRespect: By the end, it is clear that some of the clergy are rather impressed with her courage and are feeling at least some sympathy for her.
* WaifProphet: Joan herself.
* WallSlump: Joan slumps when she's being burned.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Joan herself, who wears men's clothes. She is grilled about it.
* TheXOfY
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: It's not stated in the dialogue -- it's all in Joan's face when the priest asks her who taught her how to say her prayers, and she answers, "My mother."