Over the last two decades, there have been about 200 films with a religious theme released in theaters. There were a few box office successes, but they weren’t all “Bible pictures.”
A film based on the Bible, such as The Passion of the Christ, seldom makes it into the top five.
To say these Bible films were bad is an understatement. It’s just that they didn’t have a significant following. Movies that went directly to DVD haven’t even been discussed yet!
If you’re looking for some of the best Bible films that weren’t blockbusters, here are seven of my favorites. You’ve probably never seen them before.
1. The Nativity Story (2006)
When The Passion of the Christ(2004) grossed $370 million, it startled Hollywood. Now, two years later, a live-action picture depicting Jesus’ birth has been produced. The Nativity Story, on the other hand, came in fourth place on its opening weekend and raked in $37 million at the box office. However, it ranks just 14th in the Christian film category. Even still, audiences rated it an A- CinemaScore, making it one of the best Bible films ever created. Mary and Joseph’s narrative is told from the moment they learn of the conception through the night Christ is born. Among the film’s strengths is its depiction of Mary as a young, regular girl who was obedient to God’s plan. Violent content has been rated PG.
2. The Gospel of John (2003)
Bible movies aren’t being slammed because they’re badly produced. Because they tamper with the “Bible” portion of the story, they’re doing it all wrong. Neither did the Gospel of John(2003). That’s because it employed the entire Bible as its screenplay, word-for-word. If you’re listening to Christopher Plummer narrate the Bible’s words, or watching someone else do the same, this indicates you’re either hearing or seeing the Bible’s words being said (Henry Ian Cusick plays Christ). The film, which clocks in at almost three hours, is based on the Good News Bible. Approximately 2003-2004, the Gospel of John had a limited distribution and brought in $4 million in ticket sales. The crucifixion is rated PG-13 for brutality.
3. The Star (2017)
Before the premiere of Pixar’s Cocoin 2017, another animated picture, The Star, was released. At the same time, it was competing against Coco, which had the Disney name and the advertising expenditure to make it a box-office smash, but it still managed to earn $40 million during its seven weeks in theaters. For a film with a $20 million budget, this isn’t awful. Coconuts grossed $209 million in case you were wondering.) This is the tale of Jesus’s birth from the animals’ perspective in The Startold. I enjoyed it because it was the first big Hollywood faith-based animated feature in in a decade. It was a big hit with my kids. It was given a “A” on the CinemaScore scale. Rated PG-13 for some of the film’s darker themes.
4. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
The Prince of Egypt, a 1998 film based on the narrative of Moses, was a box office smash and earned $101 million at the box office. The films were all directed by the same people. Ministers from the same group were also available to assist. DreamWorks produced both musicals, but only released Joseph on DVD. As he began having dreams about his brothers, Joseph: King of Dreamsre-tells the narrative of Joseph, from the time he was sold into slavery until the time he became an official in Pharaoh’s court and saved his family from being hungry. Joseph is voiced by Ben Affleck, while Judah is voiced by Mark Hamill. Others prefer Joseph: King of Dreams over The Prince of Egypt. It’s not rated.
5. Paul: Apostle of Christ (2018)
“Timing is everything,” they say. For Paul: Apostle of Chris to have suffered the worst timing in religious cinema history, it had to be released just a week afterI Can Only Imagine in March 2018. Movies like I Can Only Imagine have shocked Hollywood and made headlines across the country since their debut in the Top 3. Paulgot was omitted. A CinemaScore of “A-” from moviegoers is unfortunate, as this was a decent film. The film depicts an aged Paul as he reflects on his life with his best friend, Luke, in prison. Nero’s persecution of Christians continues across the region. Actors James Faulkner (Downton Abbey), Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) portray Luke and Paul, respectively, in this film. Warning: This film contains graphic violence and frightening visuals and is therefore rated PG-13.
6. The Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (2014-15)
To our knowledge, The Gospel of John, a film from three years ago, is the first to employ Scripture verbatim as its script. The Gospel of John performed the same thing in 2014, although it was a different film, The Gospel of John. Three further films based on that theme followed:The Gospel of Matthew in 2014,The Gospel of Mark in 2015, andThe Gospel of Luke in 2016. (2015). For this movie, they recruited Middle Eastern performers and actresses, which gave it a more authentic look than most Bible-based films. NIV translations were utilized in the movies, and they went straight to DVD. The King James Version of the Gospel of John(2014) is also available. Unrated.
7. Ben-Hur (2016)
As the 2016 film Ben-Hur discovered, it’s always risky to play about with a classic. When adjusted for inflation, the 1959 version of the picture earned 11 Oscars and is currently the 14th biggest grossing film of all time. The 2016 version of the film did not win any major accolades, and it performed poorly at the box office as well. That doesn’t mean that the film was poor. CNN’s reviewer was impressed. Additionally, Village Voice and RogerEbert.com reviewers agreed. My pleasure, as well. When two brothers begin to loathe one another, the story takes place during the time of Christ. Even though this isn’t a Bible story, we see Jesus on the cross multiple times. Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman feature in this A-rated film. The film contains graphic violence and frightening imagery and situations, and as such is rated PG-13.