The Greatest Movies About Jesus Christ, Ranked

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Movie featuring Jesus Christ as a character.

A list of the best-ever films featuring Jesus of Nazareth as a main character, ordered by the Ranker community. Vote up your picks for the essential movies about Jesus to see which ones reach the top of the list. (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, from new to old, and are a great way to learn more about Jesus's life. There are even some good movies based on Jesus are cartoon movies. The Passion of the Christ is probably one of the most famous movies about the death of Christ.

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 Hollywood Jesus Christ movies? Take a look at this list and vote up the ones you like most. Then be sure to check back for the latest and recent movies about Jesus as they are released.


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  • Jesus of Nazareth
    James Earl Jones, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
  • The Passion of the Christ
    Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Mel Gibson
  • Ben-Hur
    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • The Gospel of John
    Christopher Plummer, Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Philip Saville
  • King of Kings
    Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan
    • Released: 1961
    • Directed by: Nicholas Ray
  • Son of God
    Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Christopher Spencer, Tony Mitchell, Crispin Reece
    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 »
  • The Robe
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
    Max von Sydow, Charlton Heston, Carroll Baker
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: George Stevens
  • The Nativity Story
    Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
  • The King of Kings
    H.B. Warner, Jacqueline Logan, Ernest Torrence
    • Released: 1927
    • Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
  • The Gospel According to St. Matthew
    Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Jesus
    Richard Kiley, Yosef Shiloach, Alexander Scourby
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: John Krish, John Heyman, Peter Sykes
  • Risen
    Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
  • Risen
    John Noble, Érik Morales, Shane Richie
    • Released: 2010
  • God's Not Dead
    Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Harold Cronk
  • The Miracle Maker
    Ralph Fiennes, Michael Bryant, Julie Christie
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Derek W. Hayes, Stanislav Sokolov
  • Heaven Is for Real
    Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Margo Martindale
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Randall Wallace
  • The Encounter
    Steve Borden, Brianna Brown, Jaci Velasquez
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: David A. R. White
    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.
  • Mary Magdalene
    Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Garth Davis
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
    Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Son of Man
    Pauline Malefane, Zorro Sidloyi, James Anthony
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Mark Dornford-May
  • Mary, Mother of Jesus
    Pernilla August, Christian Bale, David Threlfall
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Kevin Connor
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
    Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Godspell
    Victor Garber, David Haskell, Jerry Sroka
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: David Greene
  • The Young Messiah
    Chaka Khan, Roger Daltrey, Aidan Quinn
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: William Cosel