20 Movies With Biblical Themes

List Of 20 Movies With Biblical Themes:

#1 Noah (2014)

‘Noah’ presents the biblical story of Noah’s Ark from the Book of Genesis. It grossed more $362 million worldwide.

The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson,  Jennifer Connelly, and Russell Crowe.

#2 Samson (2018)

‘Samson’ is inspired by the story of Samson in the Book of Judges and it chronicles a Hebrew who must respond properly to the call of God.

The film stars Lindsay Wagner, Rutger Hauer, Caitlin Leahy, Billy Zane, Jackson Rathbone, and  Taylor James.

#3 Risen (2016)

”Risen” is a biblical drama film that details a Roman soldier’s search for Yeshua’s body following his resurrection. 

It stars Cliff Curtis, Peter Firth, Tom Felton, and Joseph Fiennes. 

The film was written by Kevin Reynolds and Paul Aiello, and directed by Reynolds. It grossed over $46 million worldwide.

#4 The Book of Esther (2013)

‘The Book of Esther’ is loosely based on the biblical tale of the Book of Esther, and portrays a Jewish girl who is chosen as the new queen consort to King Xerxes I of Persia.

The film was directed by David A. R. White.

#5 The Passion of the Christ (2004)

‘The Passion of the Christ’ is a biblical drama film that chronicles the Passion of Jesus largely according to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The film was produced, co-written, and directed by Mel Gibson.

#6 Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’ chronicles the story of Paul, who was known as a persecutor of Christians prior to his conversion to Christianity. 

The film stars Jim Caviezel as Saint Luke and James Faulkner as Saint Paul. It was directed and written by Andrew Hyatt.

#7 Mary Magdalene (2018)

Some of the stars in ”Mary Magdalene” are Tahar Rahim, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joaquin Phoenix, and Rooney Mara.

The film was directed by Garth Davis and written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett. It is a biblical drama film about Mary Magdalene.

#8 Jacob (1994)

‘Jacob’ is based on the novel Giacobbe by Francesco Maria Nappi. The film stars Juliet Aubrey, Joss Ackland, Sean Bean, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Matthew Modine.

#9 The Gospel of John (2003)

‘The Gospel of John’ recounts the life of Jesus according to the Gospel of John, without additions to the story from the other Gospels.

#10 Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is inspired by the biblical episode of The Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt led by Moses.

It stars Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Joel Edgerton, and Christian Bale. The film is written by Steven Zaillian, Jeffrey Caine, Bill Collage, and Adam Cooper.

#11 The Inquiry (2006)

‘The Inquiry’ is about a fictional Roman tribune named Titus Valerius Taurus who is sent to Judaea to investigate the possibility of the divinity of the recently crucified Jesus.

The film stars Dolph Lundgren and Daniele Liotti.

#12 The Ten Commandments (1956)

‘The Ten Commandments’ is an epic religious drama film that dramatizes the biblical story of the life of Moses.

It stars Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, Judith Anderson, Yul Brynner, Martha Scott, Anne Baxter, Nina Foch, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, and Edward G. Robinson.

The film is produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille.

#13 Ben-Hur (2016)

‘Ben-Hur’ follows a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother. It stars Rodrigo Santoro, Haluk Bilginer, Nazanin Boniadi, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Huston.

The film is the third version of Ben-Hur released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 

#14 Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ is based on the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah. The music score was composed by Miklós Rózsa, the screenplay was written by Hugo Butler and Giorgio Prosperi, and directed by Robert Aldrich.

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#15 Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)

‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’ is a 1999 American made-for-television biblical drama film that retells the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, his mother. This movie emphasizes Mary’s importance in Jesus’ life.

It was produced by American Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The film stars Christian Bale as Jesus, David Threlfall as Joseph, Melinda Kinnaman and Pernilla August as Mary.

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#16 Peter and Paul (1981)

‘Peter and Paul’ is a TV miniseries that details much of the Book of Acts in its Biblical re-telling of chapters 8 through 28.

The television miniseries was directed by Robert Day. It stars Jon Finch as Luke, David Gwillim as Mark, Robert Foxworth as Peter the Fisherman, and Anthony Hopkins as Paul of Tarsus.

#17 Abraham (1993)

‘Abraham’ is based on the life of the Biblical patriarch Abraham. The film stars Vittorio Gassman, Maximilian Schell, Barbara Hershey, and Richard Harris.

The film was shot in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

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#18 Salome (1953)

‘Salome’ is a biblical film in which starred Basil Sydney, Alan Badel, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson, Charles Laughton, Stewart Granger, and Rita Hayworth as Salome.

The music score was by George Duning.

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#19 Son of God (2014)

‘Son of God’ is an adaptation of the ten-hour miniseries The Bible. It was directed by Christopher Spencer.

The film grossed over $70 million worldwide.

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#20 Barabbas (1961)

‘Barabbas’ chronicles the career of Barabbas. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer.

It stars Jack Palance, Vittorio Gassman, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Andrews, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado, Silvana Mangano, and Anthony Quinn as Barabbas.

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