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The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made

Updated April 19, 2019 3.9k votes 980 voters 45.1k 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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  • 1
    The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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    Ben Hur

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Jesus of Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Prince of Egypt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Greatest Story Ever Told is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Risen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Nativity Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Robe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
    The Robe is a 1942 historical novel about the Crucifixion of Jesus written by Lloyd C.... more on Wikipedia

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    Joseph: King of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    King of Kings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Samson and Delilah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Saul and David is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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    Saul and David

  • 14
    The Gospel of John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Bible: In the Beginning... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    One Night with the King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Story of Ruth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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.
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    David and Bathsheba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Joseph is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Esther and the King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 21
    The Book of Esther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Sodom and Gomorrah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Barabbas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    A Story of David is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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    A Story of David

    Donald Pleasence, Jeff Chandler

    Released1961

    Directed byBob McNaught

    A Story of David is a 1961 British-Israeli drama film directed by Bob McNaught and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    The Gospel According to Saint  is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Biblical Movies Ever Made
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    The Gospel According to Saint Matthew

    Giorgio Agamben, Alfonso Gatto

    Released1964

    Directed byPier Paolo Pasolini

    The Gospel According to St. Matthew is a 1964 Italian biographical drama film directed by Pier... more on Wikipedia

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