Film The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made  

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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The Gospel According to Saint Matthew

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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

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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

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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

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Risen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
1517351197496 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

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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

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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

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1517351197496 added Son of God is a 2010 documentary film directed by Khavn dela Cruz and Michael Noer.

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Joseph is listed (or ranked) 24 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.

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Rita Hayworth, Charles Laughton, Stewart Granger Salome is a Biblical epic film made in Technicolor by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by William Dieterle and produced by Buddy Adler from a screenplay by Harry Kleiner and Jesse Lasky Jr. ...more

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Donald Pleasence, Jeff Chandler, Richard O'Sullivan A Story of David is a 1961 British-Israeli drama film directed by Bob McNaught and starring Jeff Chandler, Basil Sydney and Peter Arne. It depicts the life of the Biblical King David and his ...more

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Jon Voight, Emily Mortimer, James Coburn Noah's Ark is a 1999 miniseries directed by John Irvin and starring Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, F. Murray Abraham, Mark Bazeley, Jonathan Cake, Alexis Denisof, Emily Mortimer, Sydney Tamiia ...more

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Gina Lollobrigida, Yul Brynner, George Sanders 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

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Saul and David

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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

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David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is a film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial 1953 novel of the same ...more

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Krystyna Janda, Grażyna Szapołowska, Miroslaw Baka The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ...more

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1517351197496 added Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley Exodus: Gods and Kings is a 2014 biblically-inspired epic fantasy film directed by Ridley Scott. It was written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine and Steven Zaillian. The film stars ...more

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Mary Magdalene is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
Latisha Post added Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor Mary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film directed by Garth Davis. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living, defies her ...more

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Richard Gere, Gina Bellman, Alice Krige King David is an American 1985 drama film about the second king of Israel, David. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and starred Richard Gere in the title role.

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The Passover Plot Donald Pleasence, Dan Hedaya, Harry Andrews The Passover Plot is a 1976 drama film adapted from the controversial 1965 book of the same name by Hugh J. Schonfield. It was directed by Michael Campus and stars Zalman King as Yeshua, Harry ...more

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George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by Jones. It tells the story of Brian ...more

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Joan Collins, Donny Osmond, Christopher Biggins Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a 1999 musical film directed by David Mallet.

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Barry Dennen, Yvonne Elliman, Carl Anderson Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973 British musical film directed by Canadian film director Norman Jewison. A film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera of the same name, the ...more

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Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe Noah is a 2014 American biblically inspired epic directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and inspired by the story of Noah's Ark from the Book of Genesis. The film ...more