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Noah‘s Upon Us: 7 Other Movies Based on the Bible

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Noah, starring Russell Crowe, is due out in theaters Mar. 28. But it’s far from the first movie set in biblical times — from Charlton Heston’s unforgettable portrayal of Moses in The Ten Commandments to famed director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Exodus, here’s a look at other films that tell the stories of the Old and New Testaments.

Bible Movie THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Charlton Heston 1956
The Ten Commandments (1956) Charlton Heston played a Moses for the ages in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic retelling of Exodus, the sixth highest grossing film ever made Everett
Bible Movie Film Still THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, Max Von Sydow,1965
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Max von Sydow played Jesus (and Heston was John the Baptist) in a flop that ended an era of big Bible filmsEverett
Bible Movie The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 Willem Dafoe Martin Scorsese Film Still
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Martin Scorsese’s film starring Willem Dafoe was a critical success, but protests doomed ticket salesEverett
The Passion of the Christ 2004 Mel Gibson Film Still Jim Caviezel
The Passion of the Christ (2004) Mel Gibson’s $500 million smash with Jim Caviezel demonstrated the potential of faith-based films Everett
Bible Movie Film Still EVAN ALMIGHTY Steve Carell 2007
Evan Almighty (2007) Despite the film’s being a comedy, Steve Carell’s modern-day Noah had a charming sense of heart and faith that appealed to all audiencesEverett
Bible Movie Son of God Jesus Diego Morgado
Son of God (2014) Adapted from the History Channel miniseries The Bible, the theatrical film release has already raked in $50 millionCasey Crafford—20th Century Fox
Bible Movie Christian Bale in Exodus 2014
Exodus (late 2014) Avowed non-Christian Ridley Scott is currently in the desert filming with star Christian Bale; they may want to call Scorsese for adviceKerry Brown—20th Century Fox

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