Sunday is Palm Sunday and starts Holy Week. It’s a good time to pull out your Easter movies.
10. Demetrius and the Gladiators
1954 Director: Delmer Daves Starring Victor Mature and Susan Hayward Cheesy sequel to “The Robe” but fun to watch.
9. King of Kings
1961 Director: Nicholas Ray Starring Jeffrey Hunter If you can get past Jeffrey Hunter’s blue eyes and blond hair, it’s a good movie.
8. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John
2003 Director Phillip Saville Starring Christopher Plummer and Henry Ian Cusick It follows the words in the Bible. Good, but not as good as Matthew.
7. The Greatest Story Ever Told
1965 Director: George Stevens Starring Max Von Sydow Great movie about Christ’s life.
6. Jesus of Nazareth
1977 Director: Franco Zeffirelli Starring Robert Powell Miniseries on the life of Jesus.
5. The Robe
1953 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.
4. Ben Hur
1959 Director: William Wyler Starring Charlton Heston Also one of my favorites. Who can forget Charlton Heston in the chariot race?
3. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of Matthew
1993 Director: Regardt Von Den Bergh Starring Richard Kiley, Bruce Marchiano, and Gerrit Schoonhoven This is my all time favorite portrayal of Jesus.
2. Son of God
2014 Director: Christopher Spencer Starring Dioga Morgada, Amber Rose Ravah, Sebastian Knapp Read my review of this movie at this link.
1. The Passion of the Christ
2004 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.