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The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made

Updated April 19, 2019 4.1k votes 1.0k voters 47.4k views39 items

List RulesVote 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 Commandments1
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B....  more

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  • Ben Hur2
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    Ben Hur

    William Wyler, Charlton Heston

    Released2003

    Directed byWilliam R. Kowalchuk Jr.

    Ben Hur is a 2003 animated film based on the novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew...  more
  • The Passion of the Christ3
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

    The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson...  more

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  • Jesus of Nazareth4
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    Jesus of Nazareth

    John Duttine, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1977

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Jesus of Nazareth is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries directed by Franco...  more

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  • The Prince of Egypt5
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    The Prince of Egypt

    Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1998

    Directed byBrenda Chapman, Simon Wells, Steve Hickner

    The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 American animated epic musical biblical film and the first...  more

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  • The Greatest Story Ever Told6
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    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    John Wayne, Charlton Heston

    Released1965

    Directed byGeorge Stevens, Jean Negulesco, David Lean

    The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George...  more

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  • Risen7
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    Risen

    Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton

    Released2016

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    Risen is a 2016 American biblical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds. In 33 AD, a Roman...  more
  • The Robe8
    The Robe is a 1942 historical novel about the Crucifixion of Jesus written by Lloyd C....  more

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  • King of Kings9
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    King of Kings

    Orson Welles, Rip Torn

    Released1961

    Directed byNicholas Ray

    King of Kings is a 1961 American biblical epic film made by Samuel Bronston Productions and...  more

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  • Samson and Delilah10
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    Samson and Delilah

    Angela Lansbury, Hedy Lamarr

    Released1949

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    Samson and Delilah is a 1949 American romantic religious epic film produced and directed by...  more
  • The Nativity Story11
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    The Nativity Story

    Oscar Isaac, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2006

    Directed byCatherine Hardwicke

    The Nativity Story is a 2006 epic biblical drama film based on the nativity of Jesus starring...  more
  • Joseph: King of Dreams12
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    Joseph: King of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill

    Released2000

    Directed byRob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez

    Joseph: King of Dreams is a 2000 American animated biblical musical family film and the only...  more

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  • The Gospel of John13
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    The Gospel of John

    Christopher Plummer, Henry Ian Cusick

    Released2003

    Directed byPhilip Saville

    The Gospel of John is a 2003 film that is the story of Jesus' life as recounted by the Gospel...  more
  • The Bible: In the Beginning...14
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    The Bible: In the Beginning...

    Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Bible: In the Beginning... is a 1966 American-Italian religious epic film produced by Dino...  more
  • Saul and David15
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    Saul and David

  • David and Bathsheba16
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    David and Bathsheba

    Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward

    Released1951

    Directed byHenry King

    David and Bathsheba is a 1951 historical Technicolor epic film about King David made by 20th...  more
  • One Night with the King17
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    One Night with the King

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael O. Sajbel

    One Night with the King is a historical epic film that was released in 2006 in the United...  more

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  • The Story of Ruth18
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    The Story of Ruth

    Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon

    Released1960

    Directed byHenry Koster

    The Story of Ruth is a 1960 film directed by Henry Koster....  more
  • Joseph19
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    Joseph

    Monica Bellucci, Ben Kingsley

    Released1995

    Directed byRoger Young

    The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his...  more
  • Esther and the King20
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    Esther and the King

    Joan Collins, Richard Egan

    Released1960

    Directed byRaoul Walsh, Mario Bava

    Ester e il re is a 1960 Italian / American international co-production religious epic film...  more
  • The Decalogue21
    39
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    The Decalogue

    Krystyna Janda, Grażyna Szapołowska

    Released1988

    Directed byKrzysztof Kieślowski

    The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and...  more
  • Barabbas22
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    Barabbas

    Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1961

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Barabbas is a 1961 religious epic film expanding on the career of Barabbas, from the Christian...  more
  • Sodom and Gomorrah23
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    Sodom and Gomorrah

    Stanley Baker, Stewart Granger

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Sodom and Gomorrah — known in the USA as The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah — is a 1962 epic...  more
  • The Book of Esther24
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    The Book of Esther

    Robert Miano, Jen Lilley

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid A. R. White

    The Book of Esther is a 2013 American biblical-drama film, directed by David A. R. White,...  more
  • Solomon and Sheba25
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    Solomon and Sheba

    Gina Lollobrigida, Yul Brynner

    Released1959

    Directed byKing Vidor

    Solomon and Sheba is a 1959 American epic historical romance film directed by King Vidor, shot...  more