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The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made 

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Updated April 19, 2019 3.7k votes 943 voters 43.3k views 39 items

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

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!

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

Released: 1956

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

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

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Charlton Heston

Released: 2003

Directed by: William R. Kowalchuk Jr.

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
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Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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

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John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1977

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

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

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Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer

Released: 1998

Directed by: Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

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

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Released: 1953

Directed by: Henry Koster

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

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John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1965

Directed by: George Stevens, Jean Negulesco, David Lean

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

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Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds, Alexander Siddig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

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
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Angela Lansbury, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders

Released: 1949

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

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
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Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

Released: 1961

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

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
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Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Dan Castellaneta

Released: 2000

Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez

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

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Risen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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Released: 2016

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

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
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Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner, Richard Harris

Released: 1966

Directed by: John Huston

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
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Christopher Plummer, Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash

Released: 2003

Directed by: Philip Saville

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
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Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, John Noble

Released: 2006

Directed by: Michael O. Sajbel

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

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Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr

Released: 1951

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

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

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Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Viveca Lindfors

Released: 1960

Directed by: Henry Koster

The Story of Ruth is a 1960 film directed by Henry Koster.
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Barabbas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance

Released: 1961

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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

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Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey

Released: 1951

Directed by: Henry King

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
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Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea

Released: 1960

Directed by: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava

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
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Giorgio Agamben, Alfonso Gatto, Enrique Irazoqui

Released: 1964

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

The Gospel According to St. Matthew is a 1964 Italian biographical drama film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the ...more

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Robert Miano, Jen Lilley, Thaao Penghlis

Released: 2013

Directed by: David A. R. White

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
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Joseph is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Roger Young

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.
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Stanley Baker, Stewart Granger, Anouk Aimée

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

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
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Solomon and Sheba is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
Gina Lollobrigida, Yul Brynner, George Sanders

Released: 1959

Directed by: King Vidor

Solomon and Sheba is a 1959 American epic historical romance film directed by King Vidor, shot in Technirama, and distributed by United Artists. It stars Yul Brynner as Solomon and Gina ...more