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1. Britannia (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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In 43 AD, the Roman Army returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia.

Stars: Mackenzie Crook, David Morrissey, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Eleanor Worthington-Cox

Votes: 9,702

2. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Adult, Drama, History

5.4
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 31,879 | Gross: $23.44M

3. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 203,785 | Gross: $370.78M

4. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 379,244 | Gross: $217.54M

5. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 47,674 | Gross: $7.63M

6. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When 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: 205,688 | Gross: $74.70M

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

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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77 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 342,747 | Gross: $20.05M

8. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 38,917 | Gross: $26.38M

9. History of the World: Part I (1981)

R | 92 min | Comedy, History

6.9
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47 Metascore

Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 43,503 | Gross: $31.67M

10. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.7
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 14,667

11. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 106 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.4
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64 Metascore

Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life told in an anachronistic manner.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Votes: 23,604 | Gross: $24.48M

12. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 18,143

13. Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.6
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52 Metascore

The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ's most influential apostle.

Director: Andrew Hyatt | Stars: Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 6,098 | Gross: $17.56M

14. Risen (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, History

6.3
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51 Metascore

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 23,274 | Gross: $36.87M

15. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 260 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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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: 8,113 | Gross: $15.47M

16. The Bible (2013)

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

7.5
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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: 10,098

17. Warrior Queen (2003)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama, History

5.2
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Boudica, the Warrior Queen on Britain, leads her tribe into rebellion against the Roman Empire and the mad Emperor of Rome Nero.

Director: Bill Anderson | Stars: Alex Kingston, Steven Waddington, Emily Blunt, Leanne Rowe

Votes: 1,094

18. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

6.8
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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: 9,421 | Gross: $37.63M

19. Son of God (2014)

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

5.7
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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: 17,754 | Gross: $59.70M

20. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.8
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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 6,884 | Gross: $12.45M

21. The Dovekeepers (2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.5
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Based in Alice Hoffman's historical novel about the Siege of Masada, the miniseries focuses on four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

Stars: Maia Laura Attard, André Agius, Jonas Armstrong, Diego Boneta

Votes: 788

22. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

6.7
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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: 8,490 | Gross: $36.00M

23. Ben Hur (2010)

180 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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A young Jewish prince seeks revenge after an old friend wrongly imprisons him and his family.

Stars: Joseph Morgan, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily VanCamp, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 1,841

24. The Sign of the Cross (1932)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History

6.8
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A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton

Votes: 1,838

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

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama

5.5
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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: 1,149

26. Masada (1981)

394 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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After the destruction of the Second Temple, nine hundred Jewish zealots hold out against a five thousand man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss, Barbara Carrera, Alan Feinstein

Votes: 1,938

27. The Viking Queen (1967)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure

5.1
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To honour her father's dying wish, Queen Salina shares the rule of Icena with Justinian, a fair and just Roman. This displeases the bloodthirsty Druids on one side and the more hard-line ... See full summary »

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston, Andrew Keir

Votes: 769

28. The Gathering (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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Amnesiac Cassie Grant has a premonition that someone or something wants the family that's helping her recover dead. She investigates the secrets of the town they live in and uncovers darkness, both human and supernatural.

Director: Brian Gilbert | Stars: Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd, Stephen Dillane, Kerry Fox

Votes: 7,380

29. The King of Kings (1927)

Not Rated | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 1,772 | Gross: $1.77M

30. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, History

6.6
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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: 3,133 | Gross: $26.00M

31. Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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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: 5,231

32. Caligula (1996)

R | 51 min | Drama

4.8
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The young emperor's decision to force the senators of Rome to live under a regime as cruel, moronic, meaningless and random as he believes life itself to be. His decision is prompted by the death of his sister, with whom he was in love.

Director: Sándor Cs. Nagy | Stars: Szabolcs Hajdu, Károly Safranek, Éva Rózsáné Zsolnay, Yvette Bozsik

Votes: 74

33. The Kingdom of the Winds (2008–2009)

TV-14 | Drama, Fantasy, History

7.7
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Story of of king Daemusin, third ruler of Goguryeo and grandson of king Jumong.

Stars: Yun-a Oh, Il-guk Song, Jeong-won Choi, Tae-seong Jang

Votes: 479

34. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

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

7.7
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52 Metascore

The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Christopher Plummer, Stuart Bunce

Votes: 2,638 | Gross: $4.07M

35. Imperium: Augustus (2003 TV Movie)

R | 178 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.3
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Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Vittoria Belvedere, Benjamin Sadler

Votes: 1,208

36. The Jesus Film (1979)

G | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.1
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Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New Testament,here is the life of Jesus from the miraculous virgin birth to the calling of ... See full summary »

Directors: John Krish, Peter Sykes | Stars: Brian Deacon, Rivka Neuman, Alexander Scourby, Niko Nitai

Votes: 1,978

37. The Final Inquiry (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.2
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In 35 A.D., a Roman tribune is sent to Palestine to investigate the death and possible resurrection of a certain Jesus from Nasareth.

Director: Giulio Base | Stars: Daniele Liotti, Dolph Lundgren, Mónica Cruz, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 1,134

38. Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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This is a short film based on the 1979 film of the same name. The film is stylized with the actors wearing modernized robes and Roman jewelry and females playing male characters and vice-versa.

Director: Francesco Vezzoli | Stars: Francesco Vezzoli, Gore Vidal, Adriana Asti, Karen Black

Votes: 823

39. The Gospel According to Matthew (1993)

TV-G | 258 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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Matthew 15:1 - 28:20 - The year is about 62 A.D., and the aging apostle Matthew recalls the remarkable events he witnessed as a young man. As his story unfolds, the centuries melt away and ... See full summary »

Director: Regardt van den Bergh | Stars: Richard Kiley, Bruce Marchiano, Gerrit Schoonhoven, Dawid Minnaar

Votes: 768

40. The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd (2000)

Unrated | 67 min | Drama

8.0
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Although in America, Helam witnesses the star heralding the birth of Christ, and 33 years later he faithfully awaits the promised coming of The Messiah despite persecution for this belief. ... See full summary »

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Rick Macy, Jeremy Hoop, Arianna Marsden, Joy Gardner

Votes: 685

41. A.D. (1985– )

600 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Colleen Dewhurst, Ava Gardner, David Hedison

Votes: 370

42. The Fourth Wise Man (1985 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 72 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Martin Sheen, Alan Arkin, Eileen Brennan, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 449

43. Peter and Paul (1981 TV Movie)

198 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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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: 500

44. Nero (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 192 min | Biography, Drama, War

5.7
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A six-episode mini-series covering five centuries of the Roman Empire.

Director: Paul Marcus | Stars: Hans Matheson, Laura Morante, Rike Schmid, Matthias Habich

Votes: 584

45. I, Claudius (1937)

Drama

The life and times of the Roman emperor Claudius (10 B.C.-A.D. 54).

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Emlyn Williams, Flora Robson

46. The Passover Plot (1976)

PG | 108 min | Drama

4.7
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Dramatization of the controversial best-seller that posits an alternate version of the birth of Christianity. In this version, Jesus planned for His crucifixion by taking a drug that would ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Campus | Stars: Harry Andrews, Hugh Griffith, Zalman King, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 78

47. Animated Stories from the New Testament (1987– )

30 min | Animation

6.1
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The series is an educational non-sectarian collection of stories from the New Testament Bible, intended to encourage positive values and character traits in young people.

Stars: Ivan Crosland, John Nicolaysen, John Runnels, Ray Porter

Votes: 32

48. Ben Hur (2003 Video)

Unrated | 80 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.0
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William R. Kowalchuk Jr. | Stars: Charlton Heston, Duncan Fraser, Scott McNeil, Gerard Plunkett

Votes: 812

49. Caligula's Slaves (1984)

84 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

2.7
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Young, sadistic and uncharacteristically introspective Caligula falls for a black slave girl who serves as exotic dancer at his court. However, she's secretly working for his cousin who plans to overthrow him. Will love conquer all?

Director: Lorenzo Onorati | Stars: Robert Gligorov, Sandra Venturini, Aldo Ralli, Francesco Romei

Votes: 160

50. Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)

88 min | Drama, History

6.8
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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: 599



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