Period Dramas- Biblical Times

This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the Bibical times.

There is no date mentioned, and though the Roman Empire is part of the Biblical time frame, the list does not focus on the Romans.

Please note: I am not really into Biblical tales, nevertheless this list was discovered by the Period Drama List: The Romans. While undertaking this project, I found there was a number of productions, which were inpired by Bible stories.

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1.
The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
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The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer. (125 mins.)
Director: Philip Saville
 
2.
Judas (2004 TV Movie)
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Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy... (120 mins.)
 
3.
Un bambino di nome Gesù (1987 TV Movie)
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(190 mins.)
Director: Franco Rossi
 
4.
Genesis (1999)
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The biblical story of Jacob and Esau. (102 mins.)
 
5.
Jesus of Nazareth (1977 Mini-Series)
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Ressurection, JESUS OF NAZARETH brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels. (382 mins.)
 
6.
David (1997 TV Movie)
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The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us... (190 mins.)
 
7.
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
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The life of Jesus Christ. (225 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
8.
The Nativity Story (2006)
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A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. (101 mins.)
 
9.
David and Bathsheba (1951)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
10.
Jacob (1994 TV Movie)
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In the land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob... (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Hall
 
11.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
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Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
12.
Mary Magdalene (2000 TV Movie)
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When the marriage between AMOS and MARY MAGDALENE turns out to be childless, he casts her out and gets a divorce... (98 mins.)
 
13.
Moses (1995 TV Movie)
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A retelling of the bible story. Pharaoh Ramses decrees the death of all Hebrew children, but Moses, placed in a basket in the Nile by his mother... (188 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
14.
Noah's Ark (1999 Mini-Series)
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In the Biblical story from Genesis, God floods the world as Noah rescues his family and the animals in a gigantic ark. (178 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
 
15.
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
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The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross. (164 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
16.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
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The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
 
17.
Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999 TV Movie)
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A believable telling of the life of Mary, the chosen by God, mother of Christ. The story follows Mary before conception... (88 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
18.
The Silver Chalice (1954)
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A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself... (142 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
 
19.
The 3 Kings (2000)
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The Three Wise Men encounter danger and intrigue in their quest to reach the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.
Director: Shaun Mosley
 
20.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
21.
Jeremiah (1998 TV Movie)
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The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears... (90 mins.)
Director: Harry Winer
“ Trivia: Patrick Dempsey has the lead role in this production ” - eliza_gaskell
 
22.
King David (1985)
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This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David. (114 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
23.
In the Beginning (2000 Mini-Series)
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Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal. (189 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
24.
Joseph (1995 TV Movie)
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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. (185 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
25.
King of Kings (1961)
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The life of Jesus Christ. (168 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
26.
Peter and Paul (1981 TV Movie)
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Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts. (198 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
27.
Sign of the Pagan (1954)
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With the Roman Empire divided, Attila the Hun hopes to conquer. In his way are a brave centurion, a beautiful princess...and Christianity. (92 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
28.
The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)
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The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King. (72 mins.)
 
29.
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac. (174 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
30.
Abraham (1993 Mini-Series)
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The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to... (175 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
31.
Esther (1999 TV Movie)
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Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians... (90 mins.)
Director: Raffaele Mertes
 
32.
Solomon (1997 TV Movie)
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David, now an old man, is still king of Israel. Among his sons, the ambitious Adonijah and the clever Solomon... (180 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
33.
The Story of Ruth (1960)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
34.
Imperium: Saint Peter (2005 TV Movie)
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Saint Peter, a reluctant but passionate leader, from the crucifixion of Jesus to his own. The film's...
Director: Giulio Base
 
35.
The Book of Ruth (2004 TV Movie)
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The tensions that arise when a newlywed has her new husband move into the home of her oppressive mother. (120 mins.)
Director: Bill Eagles
 
36.
The Story of David (1976 TV Movie)
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He was the chosen king who loved God and committed the acts of sin. (191 mins.)
 
37.
One Night with the King (2006)
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The young Jewish girl, Hadassah, goes on to become the Biblical Esther, the Queen of Persia, who saves... (123 mins.)
 
38.
Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
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Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites... (154 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
39.
Jesus (1999 TV Movie)
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A movie about the life, work and death of Jesus as we know it from the Bible. (240 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
40.
Esther and the King (1960)
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When a modern-day girl faces a big challenge in her life, her mother teaches her about the power of fasting by sharing the story of a heroine from the Bible. (109 mins.)
 
41.
David and Goliath (1960)
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King Saul of the Israelites is visited in Jerusalem by the Prophet Samuel who foretells him that a war with The Philistines is inevitable and the shepherd David will become king. (113 mins.)
 
42.
Samson and Delilah (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Mara and her husband Manoa are both upstanding and religious Israelites living under the harsh and unjust rule of the Philistines... (172 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ Also see
Samson and Delilah (1914)
Samson and Delilah (1949)
Samson and Delilah (1984)
Samson and Delilah (1986) ” - eliza_gaskell
 
43.
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
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After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba. (141 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
“ also see
Solomon and Sheba (1995) ” - eliza_gaskell
 
44.
The Nativity (1978 TV Movie)
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The story of the courtship of Joseph and Mary, and of the events leading up to the first Christmas. (98 mins.)
 
45.
St. Paul (2000 TV Movie)
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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... (170 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
“ Film could of easily fall into the Roman period, if it was not for the title THE BIBLE ” - eliza_gaskell
 
46.
Keep Walking (1983)
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The assuming of responsibility by individuals, the use of science for man and not against him, the duty of truth to increase the stature of people... (171 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
47.
Masada (1981 Mini-Series)
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After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada. (394 mins.)
 
48.
Bathsheba (2005 Short Film)
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Director: Gwen McGee
 
49.
Sins of Jezebel (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The aging Ahab, king of Israel, comes under the influence of a young and beautiful but scheming pagan woman named Jezebel and... (74 mins.)
 
50.
Heroes of the Cross (1909)
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Director: Joseph Perry
 
51.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
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Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
52.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1972 TV Movie)
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(45 mins.)
Director: Peter Plummer
 
53.
The King of Kings (1927)
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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection. (155 mins.)
 
54.
Color of the Cross (2006)
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A retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, based on the idea that he was a black man whose death was a racially motivated hate crime. (108 mins.)
“ This is also listed on my Period Dramas-The Romans 509 BC-476 AD. ” - eliza_gaskell
 
55.
Color of the Cross 2: The Resurrection (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
From director Jean Claude LaMarre (Color of the Cross), comes another epic film about the ministry of Jesus Christ... (85 mins.)
 
56.
The Silver Chalice (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself... (142 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
“ This is also listed on my Period Dramas-The Romans 509 BC-476 AD. ” - eliza_gaskell