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A list of the best-ever films featuring Jesus of Nazareth as a main character, ordered by the Ranker community. Vote for your picks for the essential movies about Jesus. (See here for a complete list of all movies featuring Jesus Christ as a character.) These are the best Jesus Christ movies of all time and are a great way to learn more about Jesus' life.

Films about Jesus range from serious dramas and recreations aiming for realism and accuracy to outrageous comedies that take Bible stories as a starting point for satire. In many of these films, the traditional Jesus story is tweaked or reworked from a modern perspective (as in Jean-Luc Godard's Hail Mary). Which movies are the most essential cinematic depictions of Jesus, however, remains up to you. Vote on the best Jesus movies and use this Jesus Christ movies list to learn about films you didn't know about and share your knowledge with others.

What are the best Jesus Christ movies? Take a look at this list and pick the best one out.

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Jesus of Nazareth 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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The Passion of the Christ 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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Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh ...more

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The Greatest Story Ever Told 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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The King of Kings Joseph Schildkraut, H.B. Warner, Ernest Torrence The King of Kings is a 1927 American silent epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It depicts the last weeks of Jesus before his crucifixion and stars H. B. Warner in the lead ...more

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The Robe 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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The Nativity Story 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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Jesus Richard Kiley, Yosef Shiloach, Alexander Scourby Jesus is a 1979 film that depicts the life of Jesus Christ. It primarily uses the Gospel of Luke as the basis for the story. It was co-directed by Peter Sykes, John Heyman and John Krish. It was ...more

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Monty Python's Life of Brian Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle Monty Python's Life of Brian is an album released by Monty Python in conjunction with the 1979 film Monty Python's Life of Brian. It mostly contains scenes from the movie with only brief linking ...more

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Jesus Christ Superstar 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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The Gospel According to St. Matthew Giorgio Agamben, Alfonso Gatto, Enrique Irazoqui 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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DavidPousak added King of Kings 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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The Last Temptation of Christ David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American-Canadian epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Paul Schrader with uncredited rewrites from Scorsese and Jay Cocks, the film is ...more

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The Gospel of John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies About Jesus Christ, Ranked
The Gospel of John 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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amsmaia added Son of God Roma Downey, Nonso Anozie, Langley Kirkwood Christopher SpencerWriters:Christopher Spencer Colin Swash See more »
Genre:Drama See more »Tagline:Their Empire. His Kingdom.Plot:The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. |Full synopsis »
Son of God is a 2014 American epic biblical drama film based on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's ten-hour miniseries The Bible. The film will feature selections of the miniseries as well as ...more

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The Encounter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies About Jesus Christ, Ranked
BillHuninghake added The Encounter Steve Borden, Brianna Brown, Jaci Velasquez I've seen numerous movies on Jesus but this by far beats them all. Very moving and everyone that I've had watch the movie has loved it. You will be very pleased with this movie. The Encounter, is a Christian film released in 2010. It follows 5 strangers living in California: Nick, a former NFL player and owner of a chain of burger restaurants; Hank and Catherine, a ...more

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Danny Marks added Risen John Noble, Érik Morales, Shane Richie Risen is a 2010 Welsh sports drama film directed by Neil Jones and starring Stuart Brennan, Shane Richie, John Noble and Erik Morales. It is a biopic of the Welsh boxer Howard Winstone.

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Son of Man Pauline Malefane, Zorro Sidloyi, James Anthony Son of Man is a 2006 movie directed by South African director Mark Dornford-May. It was the first South African movie to make its debut at Sundance Film Festival.

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The Miracle Maker Ralph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Julie Christie The Miracle Maker is a stop motion-animated film about the life of Jesus Christ, through the eyes of Tamar; the terminally ill daughter of a priest in Capernaum. Hand-drawn animated cartoons are ...more

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The Gospel According to Matthe... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies About Jesus Christ, Ranked
looksharp added The Gospel According to Matthew Bruce Marchiano, Richard Kiley, Gerrit Schoonhoven a.k.a. The Visual Bible: Matthew, Jesus the Christ

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Mary, Mother of Jesus Christian Bale, Geraldine Chaplin, Pernilla August Mary, Mother of Jesus is a 1999 American Biblical drama television film that retells the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, his mother. It stars Swedish actresses Pernilla August and ...more

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Godspell Victor Garber, Lynne Thigpen, John-Michael Tebelak Godspell is the 1973 film adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical Godspell created by John-Michael Tebelak with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Directed by David Greene with stars Victor ...more

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KeithMcilwain added Son of Man Colin Blakely as Jesus; Brian Blessed as Peter This is a teleplay written by Dennis Potter and broadcast on the BBC in April 1969 as part of the series "The Wednesday Play". The film focuses on the humanity of a Jesus plagued by self-doubt but sincere in his message of love for one's brother.

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Danny Marks added Killing Jesus Kelsey Grammer, Vernon Dobtcheff, Eoin Macken

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The Seventh Sign Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, John Heard The Seventh Sign is a 1988 apocalyptic drama film written by Clifford and Ellen Green and directed by Carl Schultz. The title and plot reference the seven seals described in the Book of ...more

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jesusknight added The Perfect Stranger Jefferson Moore, Tom Luce, Pamela Brumley The Perfect Stranger is a 2005 Independent Christian film based on the novel Dinner With a Perfect Stranger by David Gregory. It was featured at the 2005 Western Film and Video Festival, and was ...more

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Pontius Pilate Basil Rathbone, Jeanne Crain, Jean Marais Pontius Pilate is an Italian drama film from 1962, directed by Gian Paolo Callegari and Irving Rapper, written by Oreste Biancoli, starring Jean Marais and Jeanne Crain. The film was known under ...more

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From the Manger to the Cross J. P. McGowan, Gene Gauntier, Robert G. Vignola From the Manger to the Cross or Jesus of Nazareth is a 1912 American motion picture that was filmed on location in Palestine. It tells the story of Jesus' life. Directed by Sidney Olcott who ...more

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The Messiah Ahmad Soleimani Nia Mesih, more commonly and officially referred to as The Messiah, but also referred to as 'Jesus', "Good Tidings of the Savior" in Persian, 'Jesus, the Spirit of God', 'Messia' is a 2007 ...more

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Jesus of Montreal Roy Dupuis, Lothaire Bluteau, Robert Lepage Jesus of Montreal is a 1989 Canadian film directed by Denys Arcand.

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The Book of Life PJ Harvey, William S. Burroughs, Georgia Hubley The Book of Life is a 1998 film by Hal Hartley. In the film, Jesus returns to earth on the eve of the new millennium planning to bring about the apocalypse, but finds himself surprisingly ...more

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The Holy Mountain Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker, Frida Richard The Holy Mountain is a 1926 German mountain film directed by Arnold Fanck and starring Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker and Frida Richard. It was the future filmmaker Riefenstahl's first screen ...more

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Intolerance Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, Erich von Stroheim Intolerance is a 1916 epic silent film directed by D. W. Griffith and considered one of the great masterpieces of the Silent Era. The three-and-a-half hour epic intercuts four parallel ...more

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Hail Mary Juliette Binoche, Myriem Roussel, Thierry Rode Hail Mary is a 1985 French film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The film is a modern retelling of the story of a virgin birth. It was entered into the 35th Berlin International Film ...more

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Hamlet 2 Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Shue, David Arquette Hamlet 2 is a 2008 American comedy film directed by Andrew Fleming, written by Fleming and Pam Brady, and starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler, and David Arquette. It was ...more

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Color of the Cross Ananda Lewis, Elya Baskin, Debbi Morgan Color of the Cross is a 2006 religious film written by, directed by, and starring Jean-Claude La Marre. The film is one of the few depictions of Christ as a black man, and portrays Jesus' ...more

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Scorpio Rising Bruce Byron, Johnny Sapienza, John Palone Scorpio Rising is a 1963 experimental short film by Kenneth Anger, starring Bruce Byron as Scorpio. Themes central to the film include the occult, biker subculture, homosexuality, Catholicism, ...more

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Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter Ian Driscoll, Phil Caracas, Josh Grace Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is a 2001 cult film from Odessa Filmworks which deals with Jesus' modern-day struggle to protect the lesbians of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from vampires with the help ...more

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alfredmandhajs added The Life of David Gale Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles Randolph. To date, it is Parker's last film as a director. The film is an international ...more