10. Give Us Barabbas
Director: George Scaefer
Starring James Daly and Kim Hunter
This is the best movie about Barabbas ever made.
9. Demetrius and the Gladiators
Director: Delmer Daves
Starring Victor Mature and Susan Hayward
Cheesy sequel to “The Robe” but fun to watch.
8. King of Kings
Director: Nicholas Ray
Starring Jeffrey Hunter
If you can get past Jeffrey Hunter’s blue eyes and blond hair, it’s a good movie.
7. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John
Director Phillip Saville
Starring Christopher Plummer and Henry Ian Cusick
It follows the words in the Bible. Good, but not as good as Matthew.
6. The Greatest Story Ever Told
Director: George Stevens
Starring Max Von Sydow
Great movie about Christ’s life.
5. Jesus of Nazareth
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring Robert Powell
Miniseries on the life of Jesus.
4. The Robe
Director: Henry Koster
Starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons
This movie takes some liberties with the story, but it’s a great movie to watch and doesn’t change the essence. It’s also a touching love story. The line I remember most was when Richard Burton with his wide eyes glaring said. “Were you there?” It gave me the creeps.
3. Ben Hur
Director: William Wyler
Starring Charlton Heston
Also one of my favorites. Who can forget Charlton Heston in the chariot race?
2. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of Matthew
Director: Regardt Von Den Bergh
Starring Richard Kiley, Bruce Marchiano, and Gerrit Schoonhoven
This is my all time favorite portrayal of Jesus.
1. The Passion of the Christ
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring James Caviezel
When I watch this movie, I feel like I’m watching the real event. It chokes me up every time.