Film The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made  

Ranker Film
2.8k votes 696 voters 33.4k views 40 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite movies based on stories from the Bible.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, Ranker may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

What are the best biblical movies? This list includes great biblical movies such as Noah, Ben Hur, and The 10 Commandments. The Bible contains some of the most classic, uplifting, instructive, and epic stories of all time. What better way to watch a story unfold at that caliber than on the big screen?
 

Regardless of whether or not you're a religious person, the Bible, undoubtedly, has some great stories in it. These biblical movies do the best at retelling these epic tales, bringing the adventure and hardship of these characters to life. Vote up your favorite biblical movies depending on which movie you think has the best writing, acting, and directing. Don't see something on this list that should be here? Feel free to add it, and let the adventure begin!

1
201 51
Ranker Video
Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story ...more

2
144 35
Ranker Video
Charlton Heston Ben Hur is a 2003 animated film based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace. It is the fourth film adaptation of the novel. Charlton Heston's production company, Agamemnon ...more

3
121 30
Ranker Video
John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale, Donald Pleasence Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco Zeffirelli and co-written by Zeffirelli, Anthony Burgess, and Suso Cecchi d'Amico which dramatises the birth, ...more

4
118 31
Ranker Video
Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of ...more

5
170 58
Ranker Video
Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more

6
61 21
Ranker Video
Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig The Nativity Story is a 2006 epic biblical drama film based on the nativity of Jesus starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Filming began on May 1, 2006, in Matera, Italy, and ...more

7
64 25
Ranker Video
Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan King of Kings is a 1961 American biblical epic film made by Samuel Bronston Productions and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Nicholas Ray, the film is a dramatization of the story ...more

8
71 31
Ranker Video
The Robe is a 1942 historical novel about the Crucifixion of Jesus written by Lloyd C. Douglas. The book was one of the best-selling titles of the 1940s. It entered the New York Times Best ...more

9
66 30
Ranker Video
John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. ...more

10
49 21
Ranker Video
Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Dan Castellaneta Joseph: King of Dreams is a 2000 American animated biblical musical family film and the only direct-to-video release from DreamWorks Animation. The film is an adaptation of the story of Joseph ...more

11
45 19
Ranker Video
Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner, Richard Harris The Bible: In the Beginning... is a 1966 American-Italian religious epic film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Huston. It recounts the first 22 chapters of the biblical Book ...more

12
63 34
Ranker Video
Angela Lansbury, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders Samson and Delilah is a 1949 American romantic religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and released by Paramount Pictures. It depicts the biblical story of Samson, a ...more

13
39 18
Ranker Video
Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Viveca Lindfors The Story of Ruth is a 1960 film directed by Henry Koster.

14
40 19
Ranker Video
Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr Quo Vadis is a 1951 American epic film made by MGM in Technicolor. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sam Zimbalist, from a screenplay by John Lee Mahin, S. N. Behrman and Sonya ...more

15
34 16
Ranker Video
Christopher Plummer, Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash The Gospel of John is a 2003 film that is the story of Jesus' life as recounted by the Gospel of John. It is a motion picture that has been adapted for the screen on a word-for-word basis from ...more

16
39 21
Ranker Video
Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, John Noble One Night with the King is a historical epic film that was released in 2006 in the United States. Based on the novel Hadassah: One Night with the King by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen, One ...more

17
23 8
Risen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
braedynsmith added Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth Risen is a 2016 American biblical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds. In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune (Joseph Fiennes) in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ who rose from the

18
35 19
Ranker Video
The Gospel According to Saint Matthew

19
26 12
Ranker Video
Robert Miano, Jen Lilley, Thaao Penghlis The Book of Esther is a 2013 American biblical-drama film, directed by David A. R. White, starring Jen Lilley as Esther. The film portrays a Jewish girl, Esther, who is chosen as the new queen ...more

20
37 22
Ranker Video
Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance Barabbas is a 1961 religious epic film expanding on the career of Barabbas, from the Christian Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark and other gospels. The film stars Anthony Quinn as ...more

21
25 14
Ranker Video
Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea Ester e il re is a 1960 Italian / American international co-production religious epic film directed, written, and produced by Raoul Walsh. It was made in Cinemascope and DeLuxe Color, and ...more

22
9 2
Joseph is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
sierraautumngirl added Monica Bellucci, Ben Kingsley, Martin Landau The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.

23
9 2
Ranker Video
braedynsmith added Son of God is a 2010 documentary film directed by Khavn dela Cruz and Michael Noer.

24
22 15
Ranker Video
Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey David and Bathsheba is a 1951 historical Technicolor epic film about King David made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Henry King, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, from a screenplay by Philip ...more

25
27 21
Ranker Video
Stanley Baker, Stewart Granger, Anouk Aimée Sodom and Gomorrah — known in the USA as The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah — is a 1962 epic film which is loosely based on the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah. The film was a ...more