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Greatest Bible Movies of All Time | Best Biblical Movies Classics

Updated on October 13, 2010

There have been many great Bible movies that have been made over the years. They all have brought their own flavor and perspective to some of the most important events of the Bible.

From Abraham to the patriarchs, to Moses and David, all the way to Jesus and the Apostles, Hollywood has done a great job at making some very significant and important films based on important biblical events and figures.

Here is a list of some of the greatest Bible movies ever made. Although the subject matter is divine, not all of the movies that have been made about it have been so much. So let me filter out the movies that we are ashamed to associate with such a great book and go straight into the best.  

To keep the quality of the list up, I'm going to ignore some of the made for TV movies.  I hope that's okay.

King David - Richard Gere

King David was filmed in Craco, Italy in 1985 and was Richard Gere's tenth Hollywood film. This is one of my favorites. I remember watching it as a naïve little kid thinking it couldn't have any 'bad' scenes in it since it's a Bible movie.

Then the first scene came on and it's where Samuel goes to confront King Saul. Samuel basically rejects Saul on behalf of God. Then Saul, or one of his men (I can't remember) goes over to Samuel and sticks him hard with a sword. It was shocking to see such violence as a kid. I thought Christian Bible movies were supposed to be wholesome! And that wasn't the end of the violence in this movie.

In retrospect, I'm glad they showed it. There is a lot of violence in the Bible and it shouldn't be sugar coated for our evangelical temperaments. In fact, I believe God denied King David the privilege of building His temple because he was associated with such blood and violence.

The 1949 version of Samson and Delilah was directed and produced by the legendary filmmaker, Cecile B. DeMille
The 1949 version of Samson and Delilah was directed and produced by the legendary filmmaker, Cecile B. DeMille

Samson and Delilah - 1949

There have been many movies made about this infamous couple, but this is hands down the best one ever made. It was released in 1949 by Paramount Pictures and is still today a classic among Bible story movies.

This movie was produced and directed by legendary filmmaker, Cecil B. DeMille. It starred the glamorous Hedy Lamarr as Delilah and the rigidly handsome Victor Mature as Samson.

It was one of the highest grossing movies at the box office in 1950, bringing in over $11 million. A sum that was quite significant at the time.

This movies won two Academy Awards and was nominated for a number of other categories.  It was also nominated for a Golden Globe that year. It was a very popular movie back then and is considered to be a classic today.

Ten Commandments - 1956

The Bible movie that probably has had the most cultural impact of all time is The Ten Commandments. It was also directed by the great Cecil B. DeMille and starred Charlton Heston in the leading role of Moses. This also happened to be Cecil B. DeMille's last film before he died in 1959.

This was the first ten commandments movie, nor was it the last. But it remains to be the greatest ten commandments movie of all time. The cast also included Yul Brynner as Pharaoh Ramses II and Moses' brother. Brynner also famously played the King of Siam in the musical The King and I.

It was made into a TV min-series in 2006 and started broadcasting during holidays. This movie comes on every holiday from Easter to Christmas season. It's indeed a classic so many have enjoyed since it's release.

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      Merkebot 5 years ago

      Ten Commandments is what I watch now in this Passover!

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      lola lewis 5 years ago

      i just love the ten commandments it;s one of my favorites besides jesus of nazareth with micheal yorkolivia hussey&anne bancroftrobert powell

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      King David with Richard Gere was crap. It tried to justifiy David's adultery by dissing Uraiah, a honerable, noble man who was murdered to cover david's sin. The movie was an insult to the bible narrative.

      The Ten Commandments was awesome, the word play between E,G,Robinson and Yul Brenner as he betrayed Moses was poetic.

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      Tony 8 years ago from At the Gemba

      I still prefer "The Life of Brian"...

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      I have seen these movies and like the Ten Commandments the best. Good hub.

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      Vladimir Uhri 8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thank you for good information.

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