Biblical Times

by sheyenne | created - 19 Oct 2014 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Stories from the Bible ... some embellished and sensationalized ... even borderline blasphemous

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1. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, Romance

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 6,754 | Gross: $28.80M

Find the truth from the account in the Book of Judges, chapter 16.

2. David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore

Votes: 2,032

To learn more, begin reading from 2 Samuel 11

3. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

Moses, an Egyptian Prince, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 61,672 | Gross: $93.74M

Exodus 20

4. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 13,090 | Gross: $24.29M

Life of Christians in the first century A.D.

5. Solomon and Sheba (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, History, Romance

After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 2,795 | Gross: $12.20M

First Kings Chapter 10

6. The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

Unrated | 174 min | Drama

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston

Votes: 4,665 | Gross: $34.90M

Taken from Pentateuch, first 5 books of the Bible

7. The Ten Commandments (2006)

PG-13 | 167 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

A telling of the biblical tale, where Moses returns to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery.

Stars: Dougray Scott, Linus Roache, Naveen Andrews, Mía Maestro

Votes: 1,191

Exodus 20

8. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

52 Metascore

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 9,690 | Gross: $37.63M

From the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke

9. Abraham (1993)

175 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan with the promise that if he does so, his descendants will ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrea Prodan, Gottfried John, Kevin McNally, Simona Ferraro

Votes: 1,263

Genesis 11-25

10. St. Peter (2005 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 197 min | Drama

Saint Peter, a reluctant but passionate leader, from the crucifixion of Jesus to his own. The film's first half dramatizes the New Testament's "Acts": early fear, the renewal of Pentecost, ... See full summary »

Director: Giulio Base | Stars: Omar Sharif, Daniele Pecci, Flavio Insinna, Claudia Koll

Votes: 445

Depiction of life of Peter after the death of Christ

11. Moses (1995)

180 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime

A retelling of the Bible story. Pharaoh Ramses II decrees the death of all Hebrew children, but Moses, placed in a basket in the Nile by his mother, is taken by a royal Princess and raised ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Frank Langella, Christopher Lee, Anna Galiena

Votes: 1,519

To learn more about Moses, begin reading the 2nd book of the Bible: Exodus.

12. Joseph (1995)

185 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Paul Mercurio, Martin Landau, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 2,296

About Joseph The Dreamer... read more about him in Genesis chapter 36

13. Peter and Paul (1981 TV Movie)

198 min | Biography, Drama, History

Peter the Fisherman (Robert Foxworth) and Paul of Tarsus (Sir Anthony Hopkins) assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ and their own personal conflicts.

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Foxworth, Eddie Albert, Raymond Burr

Votes: 510

Apostles of Jesus around New Testament times

14. Solomon (1997)

PG-13 | 180 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

David, now an old man, is still king of Israel. Among his sons, the ambitious Adonijah and the clever Solomon. The two young men are fierce rivals, since both are prospective heirs to the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Ben Cross, Anouk Aimée, Vivica A. Fox, Max von Sydow

Votes: 720

Solomon, son of King David, became the wisest man living on earth. Read more about him in the Bible (Book of Kings: 1 Kings 1–11; Book of Chronicles: 1 Chronicles 28–2, 2 Chronicles 1–9)

15. St. Paul (2000– )

Not Rated | 170 min | Adventure, Drama

Biblical epic from the book of Acts and Paul's epistles covering the conversion of Saul of Tarsus and his ministry to the Gentiles now known as Paul. Pursued by fellow Jew Reuben, who ... See full summary »

Stars: Johannes Brandrup, Thomas Lockyer, Barbora Bobulova, Ennio Fantastichini

Votes: 714

Paul of Tarsus

16. Jesus (1999)

TV-PG | 240 min | Biography, Drama, History

A movie about the life, work and death of Jesus as we know it from the Bible.

Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Debra Messing, Jacqueline Bisset, Gary Oldman

Votes: 2,599

Greatest revolutionary that ever lived

17. Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama

A believable telling of the life of Mary, the chosen by God, mother of Christ. The story follows Mary before conception, at the revealing of the impending birth by the angel Gabrie, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Christian Bale, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, David Threlfall

Votes: 1,166

Not much is told in the Bible about Mary that is outside the context of her son, Jesus. Read her from the gospels of the new testament.

18. King David (1985)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Israel circa 1,000 B.C. The adult life of David, who would eventually become King of Israel, is presented. The blessing of the Prophets, as the voice of God, is required before the King can... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley

Votes: 2,009 | Gross: $4.80M

Renowned king of Israel, learn more about him in the books of Samuel, 1st Kings, 1st Chronicles.

19. Esther (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians, is holding a celebratory banquet for his people in the citadel ... See full summary »

Director: Raffaele Mertes | Stars: Louise Lombard, F. Murray Abraham, Jürgen Prochnow, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 848

The Jewish Queen of a Persian King is told in it's own book in the OT.

20. The Book of Esther (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Jewish girl Esther is chosen as the new queen consort to King Xerxes of Persia. Will she be able to stop the evil Lord Haman's plot to exterminate the Jews?

Director: David A.R. White | Stars: Jen Lilley, Linda Bisesti, John Clement, Kass Connors

Votes: 953

The lowly queen that saved the lives of many.

21. Esther and the King (1960)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington on Dynasty (1981), Dame Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The setting... See full summary »

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava | Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 595

An unusual subject in favor of a king.

22. One Night with the King (2006)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

38 Metascore

In Biblical times, a girl disguises her Jewish origins when the Persian king comes looking for a new bride among his subjects.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif

Votes: 6,605 | Gross: $13.40M

Story of Esther in the OT.

23. The Story of Ruth (1960)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, History, Romance

Inspired by the scriptural tale. Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 965

Moabite ancestor of a king

24. Samson and Delilah (1996)

172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Mara and her husband Manoa are both upstanding and religious Israelites living under the harsh and unjust rule of the Philistines. Much to their regret, they have not been able to have ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Hurley, Eric Thal, Michael Gambon

Votes: 878

Story about one of the Judges

25. Jeremiah (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears to Jeremiah in different human guises on several occasions, and makes it clear to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Oliver Reed, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Vincent Regan

Votes: 969

Jeremiah, the weeping prophet

26. Jacob (1994 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Matthew Modine, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sean Bean, Joss Ackland

Votes: 845

The son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham

27. Year One (2009)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

34 Metascore

After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, Oliver Platt

Votes: 89,927 | Gross: $43.34M

A comedy that rides on the prevalence of Biblical accounts but in no way close, if at all blasphemous.

28. The Book of Daniel (2013)

G | 90 min | Drama, History

In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity, including Daniel. Daniel was taken to Babylon to serve it. As Powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Zielinski | Stars: Robert Miano, Andrew Bongiorno, Lance Henriksen, Kevin McCorkle

Votes: 986

Jew exiled in Babylon

29. Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)

88 min | Drama, History

Three days before his execution, the elderly Apostle Peter tells his jailer about his time with Jesus.

Director: Gabriel Sabloff | Stars: Robert Loggia, Bruce Marchiano, Laurence Fuller, Ryan Alosio

Votes: 629

New Testament

30. Noah (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson

Votes: 238,080 | Gross: $101.20M

This film is an the interpretation of the filmmakers and contains many inconsistencies with the biblical accounts. This website notes some of them http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/43454-seven-of-the-worst-mistakes-in-the-movie-noah

31. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 8,978 | Gross: $36.00M

Around the time of Jesus Christ

32. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1st century Rome, Christian slave Demetrius is sent to fight in the gladiatorial arena and Emperor Caligula seeks Jesus' robe for its supposedly magical powers.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget

Votes: 3,299 | Gross: $26.00M

Sequel to the robe

33. Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado

Votes: 5,506 | Gross: $6.32M

The thief hanging next to Jesus

34. Barabbas (2012 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

Billy Zane stars as Barabbas--the man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Based on the Nobel Prize in Literature winning novel by Par Lagerkvist, Barabbas is a... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Billy Zane, Cristiana Capotondi, Filippo Nigro, Anna Valle

Votes: 408

Luke 23:41-43 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[a]” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

35. King of Kings (1961)

PG-13 | 168 min | Biography, Drama, History

The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Ron Randell

Votes: 6,790 | Gross: $14.48M

Life dramatization of the story of Jesus Christ from his birth and ministry to his crucifixion and resurrection.

36. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 354,905 | Gross: $20.05M

Parody of King of Kings

37. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 260 min | Biography, Drama, History

An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 8,812 | Gross: $15.47M

Guess who's story it is

38. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 210,982 | Gross: $370.78M

The ministry of Jesus

39. Son of God (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

37 Metascore

The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

Director: Christopher Spencer | Stars: Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller

Votes: 18,101 | Gross: $59.70M

Continuation of the "The Bible" TV series, this time going to the gospels of NT

40. The Bible (2013)

TV-14 | 440 min | Action, Drama, War

A religious dramatic miniseries about God's creation and physical landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Stars: Keith David, Robert Powell, Jake Canuso, Diogo Morgado

Votes: 10,451

TV series of Old Testament books accounts

41. In the Beginning (2000)

189 min | Adventure, Drama

Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's (Martin Landau's) devotion and Joseph's (Eddie Cibrian's) betrayal.

Stars: Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Campbell, Eddie Cibrian

Votes: 755

From Genesis

42. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

90 Metascore

After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 212,396 | Gross: $74.70M

Jews around the time of Christ

43. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

52 Metascore

The defiant leader Moses rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, setting six hundred thousand slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 156,315 | Gross: $65.01M

Dramatization of the story of Moses

44. Noah's Ark (1999– )

Unrated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In the Biblical story from Genesis, God floods the world as Noah rescues his family and the animals in a gigantic ark.

Stars: Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen, F. Murray Abraham, Carol Kane

Votes: 1,890

45. Noah's Ark (1928)

Passed | 135 min | Drama, War

The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: Dolores Costello, George O'Brien, Noah Beery, Louise Fazenda

Votes: 649 | Gross: $1.37M

46. Wholly Moses! (1980)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy