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1. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 31,669 | Gross: $26.38M

2. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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39 Metascore

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 92,347 | Gross: $23.22M

3. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 344,549 | Gross: $217.54M

4. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 188,893 | Gross: $370.78M

5. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 178,015 | Gross: $74.70M

6. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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75 Metascore

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 296,095 | Gross: $20.05M

7. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 42,725 | Gross: $7.63M

8. Risen (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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51 Metascore

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of an executed Jew rumored to have risen from the dead.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 19,018 | Gross: $36.87M

9. History of the World: Part I (1981)

R | 92 min | Comedy

6.9
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Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 39,293 | Gross: $31.67M

10. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 14,687

11. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 108 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.3
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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.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Votes: 20,944 | Gross: $24.48M

12. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 225 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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The life of Jesus Christ.

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

Votes: 7,016 | Gross: $15.47M

13. Son of God (2014)

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

5.7
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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: 16,492 | Gross: $59.70M

14. Quo Vadis (1951)

Approved | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 10,801 | Gross: $24.29M

15. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

6.8
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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: 8,635 | Gross: $37.63M

16. The Gathering (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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Amnesiac Cassie Grant has a premonition that someone or something wants the family that's helping her recover dead. She investigates the secrets of the town they live in and uncovers darkness, both human and supernatural.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane, Kerry Fox

Votes: 6,986

17. Ben Hur (2010– )

180 min | Action, Drama

6.5
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A young Jewish prince seeks revenge after an old friend wrongly imprisons him and his family.

Stars: Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily VanCamp, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 1,628

18. The Sign of the Cross (1932)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History

6.9
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A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton

Votes: 1,623

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

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

7.7
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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: 2,328 | Gross: $4.07M

20. Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | 137 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado

Votes: 4,388

21. Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama

5.7
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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, at the revealing of the impending birth by the angel Gabrie, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, David Threlfall

Votes: 1,079

22. Masada (1981)

394 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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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.

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss, Barbara Carrera, Alan Feinstein

Votes: 1,761

23. The Jesus Film (1979)

G | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.1
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Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New Testament,here is the life of Jesus from the miraculous virgin birth to the calling of ... See full summary »

Directors: John Krish, Peter Sykes | Stars: Brian Deacon, Rivka Neuman, Alexander Scourby, Niko Nitai

Votes: 1,691

24. The Viking Queen (1967)

91 min | Adventure

5.0
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To honour her father's dying wish, Queen Salina shares the rule of Icena with Justinian, a fair and just Roman. This displeases the bloodthirsty Druids on one side and the more hard-line ... See full summary »

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston, Andrew Keir

Votes: 667

25. The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993)

258 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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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: 674

26. A.D. (1985– )

600 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Colleen Dewhurst, Ava Gardner, David Hedison

Votes: 337

27. Ben Hur (2003 Video)

Unrated | 80 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.1
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr. | Stars: Charlton Heston, Duncan Fraser, Scott McNeil, Gerard Plunkett

Votes: 736

28. Peter and Paul (1981 TV Movie)

198 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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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.

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

Votes: 445

29. The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000)

Unrated | 67 min | Drama

7.8
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Although in America, Helam witnesses the star heralding the birth of Christ, and 33 years later he faithfully awaits the promised coming of The Messiah despite persecution for this belief. ... See full summary »

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Rick Macy, Jeremy Hoop, Arianna Marsden, Joy Gardner

Votes: 543

30. The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 72 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Martin Sheen, Alan Arkin, Eileen Brennan, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 393

31. The Final Inquiry (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.3
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In 35 A.D., a Roman tribune is sent to Palestine to investigate the death and possible resurrection of a certain Jesus from Nasareth.

Director: Giulio Base | Stars: Daniele Liotti, Dolph Lundgren, Mónica Cruz, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 1,044

32. The Visual Bible: Acts (1994 Video)

193 min | History

7.0
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The accounts of the New Testament Book of Acts, dramatized and narrated, as recalled by old Dr. Luke.

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

Votes: 243

33. The God Who Wasn't There (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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Did Jesus exist? This film starts with that question, then goes on to examine Christianity as a whole.

Director: Brian Flemming | Stars: Sam Harris, Robert M. Price, Richard Carrier, Earl Doherty

Votes: 4,692

34. Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)

88 min | Drama, History

6.9
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Three days before his execution, the elderly Apostle Peter tells his jailer about his time with Jesus.

Director: Gabriel Sabloff | Stars: Robert Loggia, Bruce Marchiano, Laurence Fuller, Ryan Alosio

Votes: 519

35. The Affairs of Messalina (1951)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama, History

5.4
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A story, set in Rome of 44 A.D., concerning the amorous and political intrigues of the evil Empress Messalina, the wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius, and her eventual hounding to death.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: María Félix, Georges Marchal, Memo Benassi, Delia Scala

Votes: 58

36. St. John in Exile (1986)

92 min | Drama

7.6
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One of Jesus disciples, John has been punished in exile to the island of Patmos. He is all alone and has time to reflect and tell us about his life, faith and troubles. This is a one man ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis | Star: Dean Jones

Votes: 155

37. Color of the Cross (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

3.3
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34 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Claude La Marre | Stars: Jean-Claude La Marre, Johann John Jean, Adam Green, Jesse Holland

Votes: 282 | Gross: $0.08M

38. The Passover Plot (1976)

PG | 108 min | Drama

5.0
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Dramatization of the controversial best-seller that posits an alternate version of the birth of Christianity. In this version, Jesus planned for His crucifixion by taking a drug that would ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus | Stars: Harry Andrews, Hugh Griffith, Zalman King, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 56

39. The Inquiry (1987)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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A Roman agent is sent to Palestine to investigate rumors of the resurrection of an executed criminal.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Phyllis Logan, Angelo Infanti

Votes: 259

40. Ben Hur (1907)

15 min | Short, Drama

5.3
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The scene opens with an assembly of citizens who are harangued by one of their number, whose words have great weight with the crowd, and their attitude of approval shows that Roman misrule ... See full summary »

Directors: Sidney Olcott, Frank Oakes Rose | Stars: William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

Votes: 486

41. The Legend of the Three Trees (2001 TV Movie)

22 min | Animation, Family

7.3
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A story of three trees and God's plan for each of them.

Star: Hal Holbrook

Votes: 32

42. Yamato Takeru (1994)

105 min | Adventure, Fantasy

6.3
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After killing his brother, Prince Yamato is banished from his father's kingdom until he can bring his dangerous powers under control. On his journey, he meets and joins with the magical ... See full summary »

Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Masahiro Takashima, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Hiroshi Fujioka, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 160

43. El mártir del Calvario (1952)

113 min | Drama, History

6.6
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Mexican drama that follows the teachings to disciples and events in the life of Jesus Christ, previous and during his passion, then rising from the dead on the third day.

Director: Miguel Morayta | Stars: Enrique Rambal, Manolo Fábregas, Consuelo Frank, Alicia Palacios

Votes: 82

44. Road to Emmaus (2010 TV Short)

Not Rated | 30 min | Short, Drama

7.9
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Mourning the death of Jesus, two first-century travelers were joined by a mysterious stranger. Over the next few hours, the stranger revealed many mysteries that lay hidden in the ancient ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Boettcher | Stars: Kristie Cooper, Darren Elliot Fulsher, Guy Holling, Michael Landers

Votes: 48

45. Anno 79: La distruzione di Ercolano (1962)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama, History

4.6
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Intrigue at the Roman Emperor's court prior to its destruction by Vesuvius.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Susan Paget, Brad Harris, Mara Lane, Jacques Berthier

Votes: 58

46. The Power of the Resurrection (1958)

60 min | Drama

5.7
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A young man, Facing torture and possibly death for his Christian beliefs, confesses his fears to Peter, who awaits a similar fate. Peter tells him of fear he felt in following Jesus' arrest... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Richard Kiley, Jon Shepodd, Jan Arvan, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 54

47. Histoire de Judas (2015)

99 min | Drama

5.5
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The last days of Jesus into Jerusalem, from the perspective of an unexpected Judas, presented as the closest of his disciples.

Director: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche | Stars: Nabil Djedouani, Mohamed Aroussi, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Marie Loustalot

Votes: 102

48. Barabbas (1953)

123 min | Drama

7.1
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The story about the thief who didn't get crucified because Jesus was choosen to take his place.

Director: Alf Sjöberg | Stars: Ulf Palme, Inge Wærn, Olof Widgren, Erik Strandmark

Votes: 56

49. The Emissary: A Biblical Epic (1997)

Not Rated | 51 min

6.7
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This drama follows Saul the angry zealot to Paul the servant of Christ who will pay any price to bring his message to the world.

Director: Robert Marcarelli | Stars: Garry Cooper, Leon Lissek, Kermit Christman, Grant Parsons

Votes: 53

50. The Great Commandment (1939)

78 min | Drama

6.5
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The Great Commandment is a Christian film directed by Irving Pichel, which portrays the conversion to Christianity of a young Zealot, Joel, and the Roman soldier Longinus through the ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: John Beal, Maurice Moscovitch, Albert Dekker, Marjorie Cooley

Votes: 61