10 Memorable Biblical Epics: From Intolerance to Noah

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The Bible is one of the most widely read books in the world. And that’s been true for several hundred years. Whether you believe in the text or not, it’s out there. The stories of the Bible are so ubiquitous that almost everyone knows the broad strokes of its myths and legends.

For almost as long as there have been movies, Hollywood has been mining those Biblical stories for its blockbuster films. The tales of Jesus Christ, Noah, and Moses have been particularly popular material for writers, actors and directors to dive into. It’s no coincidence that some of the earliest epic movies happened to be inspired by the Bible. Some of those Bible stories are ripe with dramatic potential and unforgettable visuals.

Although large scale Biblical epics are now rarer than they were fifty or sixty years ago, Hollywood still has an attraction to them. This year alone, there are two big blockbuster movies inspired by the Bible. Noah revisited the legend of Noah’s Ark, while director Ridley Scott’s upcoming film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, will explore the escape of the Hebrews from Egypt.

Christian Bale is playing Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings, with Joel Edgerton as his rival and adoptive brother, Ramesses II. The trailers for the movie have already teased some of the most memorable moments from that tale, including the ten plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea… all of which will be depicted with modern special effects.

Ahead of the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings on December 12, ComingSoon has assembled a list of ten of the most memorable Biblical epics in Hollywood history. Not all of these films are directly based on the Bible, but they all owe their existence to that perennial best-seller.

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