Bible movies are about as old as Hollywood itself. From black and white silent films all the way to present day, the Bible remains a popular source of material for movie producers to mine every few years. Their results of success are mixed. Some become cemented classics, while others drift into a well-deserved obscurity. Unsurprisingly, they’re also lightning rods for criticism and controversy, some drawing crowds and others getting banned outright. So, out of all the biblical films, which have elevated to the top? Here are 25 Epic Bible Movies Worth Watching.
Life of Brian
Who doesn’t love Monty Python? Well, it turns out everyone when they make fun of the Bible. While it’s not exactly based on any particular Bible story, The Life of Brian satires the Gospels and the ministry of Jesus. It’s quite possibly one of the most controversial and infamous Bible movies of all time.
Another classic by director Henry Koster, The Robe is about the crucifixion of Christ and how the Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio won Christ’s robe in a bet before crucifying him. Riddled with guilt, Gallio goes to Palestine to learn about the man he killed.
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
While not as epic of a movie as the other films on this list, one could argue that at the time there was a lack of good quality children’s entertainment on the market. In fact, any Veggie Tales movie was amazingly state of the art when they first came out. Fun for kids of all ages, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is a loose retelling of the story of prophet Jonah in the Bible. About a group of vegetables suffering car trouble, “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything” tell Bob the Tomato and his friends the story of the messenger Jonah.
Directed and written by Kevin Reynolds, Risen is centered around Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. A Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked with finding out what happened to Jesus after he disappeared from his tomb to help prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Greatest Story Ever Told is a classic, big-budget flop that cost $20 million to make and included a whole host of big-name stars including John Wayne and Charlton Heston. While the general public didn’t go see the movie, The Academy still nominated it for several awards. The story itself follows the life of Christ from birth to death to resurrection.