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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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  • Tracing the life of Christ, from the wedding of Mary and Joseph through the Resurrection.
  • In this version of Christ's crucifixion, based on the New Testament, Judas expedites the downfall of Jesus (Jim Caviezel) by handing him over to the Roman Empire's handpicked officials. To the horror ...more
  • Ben-Hur
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    Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes ...more
  • In this reenactment of the life of Jesus Christ, when word spreads throughout Judea that the son of God is to be born in Bethlehem, King Herod demands that all infants be killed. Mary (Siobhan ...more
  • 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 »
  • From his birth in Bethlehem to his death and eventual resurrection, the life of Jesus Christ (Max von Sydow) is given the all-star treatment in this epic retelling. Major aspects of Christ's life are ...more
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini's Biblical drama follows the life of Jesus Christ (Enrique Irazoqui) as depicted in the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. Much of the dialogue in the Italian film hews ...more
  • Risen
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    Risen is a 2016 American biblical drama film directed by Kevin Reynolds. In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune (Joseph Fiennes) in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ who rose from the dead.
  • 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 the ...more
  • The Robe
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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 Seller ...more
  • Betrothed to much-older Joseph (Oscar Isaac), Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) must remain a maiden for one year, but she subsequently receives a visit from the angel Gabriel, who tells her of her ...more
  • After driving the sin out of Mary Magdalene (Jacqueline Logan) and raising Lazarus (Kenneth Thomson) from the dead, Jesus (H.B. Warner) enters into Jerusalem, where Judas (Joseph Schildkraut) ...more
  • After he refuses to disavow his faith, a devout Christian student (Shane Harper) must prove the existence of God or else his college philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) will fail him.
  • Jesus
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    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
  • Risen
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    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.
  • Adapted from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Broadway rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar" recounts the last days of Jesus Christ (Ted Neeley) from the perspective of Judas Iscariot (Carl ...more
  • Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) -- despite his ...more
  • In this retelling of the life of Christ, his experiences are recreated using claymation. Starting with his birth in Nazareth, Jesus (Ralph Fiennes) goes on to meet and inspire his apostles, perform ...more
  • Mary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film directed by Garth Davis. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living, defies her ...more
  • This Biblical story of Jesus Christ is told through the eyes of the Virgin Mary (Pernilla August). Raised in Nazareth, Mary is betrothed to Joseph (David Threlfall) when the angel Gabriel appears to ...more
  • Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by ...more
  • Small-town businessman, pastor and volunteer firefighter Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) and his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly), are struggling to make ends meet during a tough year. After their young son, ...more
  • Mary of Nazareth is a film directed by Jean Delannoy released on March 29, 1995.
  • 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.
  • 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 married ...more