Favorite Bible Based Film

by TheMovieSmith | created - 29 Jan 2016 | updated - 18 Mar 2016 | Public

Which of the films listed below that are based on stories in the the Bible (Old and New Testament) is your favorite?

Note: Excludes films of Biblical fiction like Ben-Hur and Barrabas.

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1. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

Moses, an Egyptian prince, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 59,157 | Gross: $93.74M

2. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 204,863 | Gross: $370.78M

3. One Night with the King (2006)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

38 Metascore

In Biblical times, a girl disguises her Jewish origins when the Persian king comes looking for a new bride among his subjects.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif

Votes: 6,515 | Gross: $13.40M

4. The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

Unrated | 174 min | Drama

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston

Votes: 4,489 | Gross: $34.90M

5. The Story of Ruth (1960)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, History, Romance

Inspired by the scriptural tale. Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 923

6. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, Romance

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 6,510 | Gross: $28.80M

7. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

52 Metascore

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 9,581 | Gross: $37.63M

8. David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore

Votes: 1,937

9. The Book of Daniel (2013)

G | 90 min | Drama, History

In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity, including Daniel. Daniel was taken to Babylon to serve it. As Powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Zielinski | Stars: Robert Miano, Andrew Bongiorno, Lance Henriksen, Kevin McCorkle

Votes: 957

10. Peter and Paul (1981 TV Movie)

198 min | Biography, Drama, History

Peter the Fisherman (Robert Foxworth) and Paul of Tarsus (Sir Anthony Hopkins) assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ and their own personal conflicts.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Foxworth, Eddie Albert, Raymond Burr

Votes: 501

11. Jacob (1994 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Matthew Modine, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sean Bean, Joss Ackland

Votes: 783

12. Joseph (1995)

185 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Paul Mercurio, Martin Landau, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 2,190

13. Moses (1995)

180 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime

A retelling of the Bible story. Pharaoh Ramses II decrees the death of all Hebrew children, but Moses, placed in a basket in the Nile by his mother, is taken by a royal Princess and raised ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Frank Langella, Christopher Lee, Anna Galiena

Votes: 1,427

14. Samson and Delilah (1996)

172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Mara and her husband Manoa are both upstanding and religious Israelites living under the harsh and unjust rule of the Philistines. Much to their regret, they have not been able to have ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley, Eric Thal, Michael Gambon

Votes: 859

15. Solomon (1997)

PG-13 | 180 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

David, now an old man, is still king of Israel. Among his sons, the ambitious Adonijah and the clever Solomon. The two young men are fierce rivals, since both are prospective heirs to the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Ben Cross, Anouk Aimée, Vivica A. Fox, Max von Sydow

Votes: 690

16. Esther (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians, is holding a celebratory banquet for his people in the citadel ... See full summary »

Director: Raffaele Mertes | Stars: Louise Lombard, F. Murray Abraham, Jürgen Prochnow, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 821

17. Jeremiah (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears to Jeremiah in different human guises on several occasions, and makes it clear to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Oliver Reed, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Vincent Regan

Votes: 938

18. Jesus (1999)

TV-PG | 240 min | Biography, Drama, History

A movie about the life, work and death of Jesus as we know it from the Bible.

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Debra Messing, Jacqueline Bisset, Gary Oldman

Votes: 2,542

19. The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993)

TV-G | 258 min | Biography, Drama, History

Matthew 15:1 - 28:20 - The year is about 62 A.D., and the aging apostle Matthew recalls the remarkable events he witnessed as a young man. As his story unfolds, the centuries melt away and ... See full summary »

Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Richard Kiley, Bruce Marchiano, Gerrit Schoonhoven, Dawid Minnaar

Votes: 780

20. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

PG-13 | 180 min | Biography, Drama, History

52 Metascore

The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Christopher Plummer, Stuart Bunce

Votes: 2,794 | Gross: $4.07M

21. The Visual Bible: Acts (1994 Video)

193 min | History

A visual interpretation of the Book of Acts of the Apostle from the Bible.

Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Dean Jones, Henry O. Arnold, Jennifer O'Neill, Francesco Quinn

Votes: 348

22. St. Paul (2000– )

Not Rated | 170 min | Adventure, Drama

Biblical epic from the book of Acts and Paul's epistles covering the conversion of Saul of Tarsus and his ministry to the Gentiles now known as Paul. Pursued by fellow Jew Reuben, who ... See full summary »

Stars: Johannes Brandrup, Thomas Lockyer, Barbora Bobulova, Ennio Fantastichini

Votes: 694

23. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 260 min | Biography, Drama, History

An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 8,246 | Gross: $15.47M

24. King of Kings (1961)

PG-13 | 168 min | Biography, Drama, History

The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Ron Randell

Votes: 6,480 | Gross: $14.48M

25. Moses the Lawgiver (1974– )

PG | 360 min | Drama

A biopic of Moses, who led the Jewish people out of Egypt, ex. by parting the Red Sea and afterwards delivered the Ten Commandments from God.

Stars: Irene Papas, Aharon Ipalé, Joseph Shiloach, Marina Berti

Votes: 437

26. Son of God (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller

Votes: 17,818 | Gross: $59.70M



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