Movies like The Greatest Story Ever Told

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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 199 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic, biblical, 70mm film, based on the bible, intense, suspense ...
Plot: desert, betrayal, temptation, tragic hero, leadership, jesus christ, redemption, human spirit, miraculous event, religions or cults, heroes, hopes, society, christian, christianity, captivity, injustice, righting the wronged, dishonesty, state affairs, unfulfillment, religion, life is a bitch, chosen one, death sentence ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, jerusalem, dungeon, egypt

Most similar movies to The Greatest Story Ever Told

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, epic, realistic and captivating films with plots about society, hopes, betrayal, religion, religions or cults, heroes and christianity mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Greatest Story Ever Told: King of Kings (1961), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Peter and Paul (1981), Barabbas (1961), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
King of Kings (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.
Style: epic, serious, sincere, captivating, biblical ...
Plot: betrayal, redemption, tragic hero, jesus christ, leadership, miraculous event, political unrest, religions or cults, injustice, politics, dishonesty, christian ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: middle east, holy land, jerusalem, dungeon, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 382 min.
Story: Passion, beauty, and brilliant storytelling are all on display in this six-hour-plus epic from Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell is superb in the title role, and with the overwhelming success of this TV movie throughout the world, ...
Style: epic, serious, captivating, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: christianity, roman empire, betrayal, last supper, apostle, resurrection, ancient rome, christian, jesus christ, idealism, religions or cults, rabbi ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: leadership, obsessive quest, christian, religions or cults, hopes, society, state affairs, anti heroes, clergy, redemption, injustice, against the odds ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Barabbas (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where ...
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, clergy, tragic hero, betrayal, leadership, human spirit, miraculous event, royal family, religions or cults, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 1st century
Place: europe, holy land, middle east, mine, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A word for word depiction of the life of Jesus Christ from the Good News Translation Bible as recorded in the Gospel of John.
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, based on the bible
Plot: christian, jesus christ, clergy, god, last supper, bible, supernatural ability, tragic hero, betrayal, leadership, redemption, legends and myths ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: epic, sincere, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: pope, infidelity, clergy, battle zone, politics, tragic hero, human spirit, tragic love, ambition, artist, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1960s, 1500s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: betrayal, faith, gender bending, clergy, tragic hero, leadership, human spirit, miraculous event, idealism, redemption, royal family, christianity ...
Time: 1960s
Place: southern italy, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
One Night with the King (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: This amazing biblical drama chronicles the brave and historic legend of Hadassah, a Jewish orphan with exceptional beauty who rises to become Queen Esther of Persia and saves Persian Jews from genocide. By revealing her heritage to the king, Esther ...
Style: captivating, biblical, epic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: save the day, royal court, queen, anti semitism, heroes, state affairs, destiny, rise to the top, royal family, hopes, orphan, society ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, egypt, israel, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: bleak, epic, rough, biblical, factual ...
Plot: betrayal, christianity, suffering, torture, clergy, religion, religions or cults, sacrifice, redemption, last supper, mission, bible ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Jesus Film (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: This classic film portrays 3½ years of Jesus' ministry as told in the Gospel of Luke from the Good News and King James translations of the Bible. Producer John Heyman created a film so true-to-life, you will feel like you are in first-century ...
Style: biblical, epic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: loincloth, christianity, tragic hero, religions or cults, christian, dishonesty, heroes, hopes, rivalry, society, state affairs, blind ambition ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being ...
Style: epic, surreal, tense, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: temptation, desert, christianity, betrayal, roman, blasphemy, jesus christ, cross, prophecy, redemption, sin, immortality ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 30s
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.0
 429
Judas (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but eventually decides to join the band, as well. He and Jesus ...
Style: serious, touching, psychological, biblical
Plot: betrayal, clergy, religions or cults, injustice, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch, supernatural ability, tragic hero, leadership, friendship, destiny ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Jesus (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Netherlands, UK
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The film is notable for presenting a more human Jesus, compared to more solemn portrayals in earlier films; here Jesus laughs and cries like anyone else. Among other things, he weeps at Joseph’s funeral, throws stones in Lake Galilee when meeting ...
Style: serious, emotional, epic, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: judaism, jesus christ, jewish, christianity, bible, resurrection, religions or cults, society, last supper, synagogue, clergy, leadership ...
Place: palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The film portrays Saint Peter reflecting on his time with Jesus and his fellow Apostles during his final imprisonment in Rome. In particular, Peter attempts to convert one of his jailers, Martinian, by relating the life, teachings, and sacrifice of ...
Style: captivating, epic, serious, uplifting, realistic
Plot: apostle, last supper, prison, religions or cults, hopes, jesus christ, society, clergy, redemption, miraculous event, heroes, rise to the top ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Nativity Story (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, realistic, biblical ...
Plot: christianity, pregnancy, bible, sacrifice, christian, temptation, angel, oppression, prophecy, priest, miraculous event, religions or cults ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, palestine, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus. The film was directed by Norman Jewison. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two 1974 Golden Globe Award for ...
Style: biblical, lyrical, stylized, emotional, talky ...
Plot: betrayal, destiny, christianity, religion, hopes, jesus, singing, rock and roll, music, storytelling, atheism, dancing ...
Time: 1st century, ancient history
Place: middle east, israel, holy land, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
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Son of God (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
Style: epic, serious, stylized, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: resurrection, jesus christ, torture, chosen one, tragic hero, miraculous event, belief, bible, religions or cults, clergy, idealism, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.0
 26K
Cleopatra (1963)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who's determined to hold on ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: femme fatale, roman empire, julius caesar, cleopatra, ancient rome, betrayal, assassination, romance, ruler, tombs and skeletons, rise and fall, historical figure ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1930s, 18th century
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Friends of Jesus - Thomas (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Jesus is taken off the cross at Golgotha, THOMAS arrives there. Like most of the other disciples, he had worriedly taken refuge with friends in Jerusalem after Jesus's arrest. After Jesus's burial, the disciples decide to leave ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: tragic hero, redemption, legends and myths, miraculous event, religions or cults, heroes, hopes, society, clergy, leadership, destiny, reincarnation ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: catholicism, clergy, church, politics, theology, idealism, hypocrisy, bribery, sin, obsessive quest, rebellion, social decay ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, rome italy, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 174 min.
Story: Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, biblical, 70mm film ...
Plot: bible, noah's ark, adam and eve, flood, christian, redemption, supernatural ability, good versus evil, legends and myths, miraculous event, religions or cults, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.8
 878
Jeremiah (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 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 him that he has been selected to announce God's ...
Style: epic, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: false accusation, heroic mission, bible, prophet, religions or cults, heroes, village, society, life is a bitch, dishonesty, escapades, oracle ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 4K
Cromwell (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, military, revolution, parliament, tyranny, king, intrigue, rise and fall, rise to the top, political unrest, war ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
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 37K
Ben-Hur (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, roman empire, vengeance, confined, false accusation, dishonesty, moral dilemma, male friendship, resistance fighter, sibling rivalry, justice, mentor ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, greece, jerusalem, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 12K
El Cid (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: war, tragic hero, knight, convent, betrayal, adventure, vengeance, siege, treason, honor, historical figure, heroic mission ...
Time: middle ages
Place: spain, europe, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 3K
Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: human nature, human spirit, politics, battles, historical figure, redemption, hopes, society, state affairs, leadership, social differences, political unrest ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, china, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.0
 13K
Becket (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas ...
Style: epic, clever, talky, realistic, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, bishop, friendship, archbishop, politics, intrigue, church, rise and fall, religions or cults, dishonesty, rivalry, society ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: leadership, self discovery, miraculous event, social decay, adventure, religions or cults, heroes, society, rescue, chaos and mayhem, state affairs, chaos ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Spain, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Adaptation of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, a historical drama that attempts to bring an epic visual style to the Bard's original stage play. The story concerns Marc Antony's attempts to rule Rome while maintaining a ...
Style: epic, serious, captivating, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: tragic love, femme fatale, rise and fall, cleopatra, shakespeare, destructive relationship, romance, love affair, royal family, love and romance, state affairs, unfulfillment ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Killing Jesus (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Jesus of Nazareth’s life and ministry were subject to seismic social and political events that led to his execution and changed the world forever.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: roman empire, rise and fall, idealism, jesus christ, fighting the system, hopes, rebellion, society, unfulfillment, religion
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%