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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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DavidPousak added 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 Gospel of John is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies About Jesus Christ, Ranked
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 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 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 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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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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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 Bruce Marchiano, Richard Kiley, Gerrit Schoonhoven
a.k.a. The Visual Bible: Matthew, Jesus the Christ

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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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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 Kelsey Grammer, Vernon Dobtcheff, Eoin Macken

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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