by Tamera Lynn Kraft
Sunday is Palm Sunday and starts Holy Week. It’s a good time to pull out your Easter movies.
10. The Robe
Director: Henry Koster
Starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons
This movie takes some liberties with the story, like the Romans crucifying Jesus without the Jews having anything to do with it and the disciples rescuing another Christian and having a good old fashion sword fight. Sometimes the discrepancies are laughable. That being said, it’s a great movie to watch and doesn’t change the essence of the Gospel. 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.
9. Ben Hur
Director: William Wyler Starring Charlton Heston
Who can forget Charlton Heston in the chariot race?
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
Director: George Stevens Starring Max Von Sydow
Great movie about Christ’s life if you can get past the music every time Jesus appears.
6. Jesus of Nazareth
1977 Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring Robert Powell
This miniseries on the life of Jesus impacted me greatly even though Jesus looked a bit too Heavenly and his eyes were the wrong color.
5. 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 the person of Jesus.
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Starring Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth
This is a unique telling of the story of the resurrection of Christ through the eyes of a Roman soldier who is an unbeliever and sent to find Christ’s body.
3. Son of God
2014 Director: Christopher Spencer
Starring Dioga Morgada, Amber Rose Ravah, Sebastian Knapp
Read my review of this movie at this link.
2. Ben Hur
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro
This is an awesome movie. I was surprised that it was so much better than the original even without Charlton Heston My favorite kind of Easter story is one where Jesus is not the main character, but the main character is forever changed because of His encounter with Jesus. This checks all those boxes.
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. From the first moment of the film, I felt the anointing.