Top 10 Bible Movies Hollywood Forgot About — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Bible Movies Hollywood Forgot About — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Bible Movies Hollywood Forgot About 10. The Ten Commandments (1923) Director Cecil B. Demille left his impression
on Hollywood with his successful series of Westerns and historical dramas. His best-remembered
work today is the 3-hour epic The Ten Commandments. However, it turns out this was his second
attempt at telling this story. In his early career, Cecil made a silent version of Ten
Commandments in the 1920s, when silent black and white drove the market. The Ten Commandments took an interesting twist
compared to other Bible films. Instead of focusing the film on just the Exodus, Demille
split the film into two stories. The first arc told the story of the Hebrew Exodus, from
Moses’ birth to the golden calf. The second arc told the story of two sons and would follow
them as they chose how they would act in light of the law. One son would turn to a life of
sin, while the other would become a moral man. This film was extremely successful, and
should be considered as the predecessor for what would become the genre of “sword and
sandal” films. 9. King of Kings (1927) After the success of his first Bible movie,
Cecil Demille knew he had to keep the sword and sandal films coming. He tried to approach
the studio with a proposal for a film about Noah. However, the studio declined, causing
Demille to pitch something else; a biopic of Jesus. He approached Jeanie Macpherson,
who was a close friend (and eventual mistress) of Demille’s for the screenplay. The studio
accepted, and started filming The King of Kings. This wasn’t just some project, though.
The crew saw it as a religious project, driven by God. The crew prayed every day before they
filmed that they could do their best to represent Christ as he was shown in the Gospels. The
film is considered to be fairly accurate, though 51 year old HB Warner, who played Jesus
in-film, was considered by many to be too old to play the 33-year-old Jesus. King of
Kings was a box office hit, and received a lot of positive feedback from viewers. It
was the first Bible film to be used by missionaries overseas. 8. The Green Pastures (1936) One of the first Bible films with sound was
not a real Biblical epic, but an African-American comedy. The Green Pastures was an adaptation
of Marcus Connelly’s award-winning Broadway comedy of the same name. The film interpreted
the Old Testament in a way that, as Connelly put it, would have been accessible to the
everyday Negro. This meant that God was called “The Lawd,” Heaven resembled a fish-fry,
and almost all of the characters were African-Americans. In recent years, the film has been compared
to Song of the South for its racist portrayals of African-Americans, but it drew little controversy
at the time of its release. But the fact that this peculiar little film is the starting
point of Bible films with sound is a surprise in itself. 7. Samson and Delilah (1949) Even though Cecil B. Demille had left his
mark on the sword and sandal film genre, he wasn’t finished telling Bible stories. Samson
and Delilah was a project he had wanted to make for years (though plenty of filmmakers
had done this story before). After having success with other epic religious films, Demille
was able to convince the studio executives to produce his screenplay, which was adapted
from Vladimir Jaboinsky’s novel Samson The Nazarite. While the film helped establish Biblical patterns
of beautiful sets and amazing visuals, it was quite flexible in its interpretation of
the original story of Samson. In this case, the film delineates from the Scriptures by
having Delilah insist on tempting Sampson for the Philistine leaders (as opposed to
the account in Judges, which has the Philistine leaders convincing her). However, after seeing
the blind Samson, she changes heart and offers to take Samson out of the city, which he declines.
Samson destroys the temple of Baal, and takes out the Philistines, and Delilah lives on.
The film implies that she starts worshipping the Hebrew God, and thus lives. This film rendition was another successful
box office hit. According to some sources, when Cecil B Demille met Groucho Marx at the
film’s premiere and asked for his thoughts on the film, Groucho told him; “Well, there’s
just one problem, C.B. No picture can hold my interest where the leading man’s tits
are bigger than the leading lady’s.” Demille was not impressed with the comments, though
Victor Mature, who played Samson, was amused. 6. Salome (1953) While stories like David and Goliath and Jesus
have always interested the general audience, there are some smaller tales that have tended
to garner the attention of playwrights and authors alike. One of these stories has been
the tale of Salome, Herod’s daughter, and her involvement in the beheading of John the
Baptist. Oscar Wilde himself even based a play off of her story in the 19th century. According to records, Cecil B. Demille originally
wanted to use Rita Hayworth to make his own version of the Salome story. However, executives
at Columbia Pictures stole the idea and made their version of the film, which they titled
Salome. Rita Hayworth (known for her work on Gilda
and The Lady from Shanghai) starred as the title character, so that Hayworth could provide
her dancing skills (which are integral to Salome as a character). The film’s main
dance (known as the “Dance of the Seven Veils”) was described by Hayworth as “extremely
intensive” and impossible to get correct. Like many of the adaptations of Salome’s
story, this version rewrote Salome out to be a likable, even lovable character. In this
version, Salome never asks for John’s head, but her mother does. Salome rejects her mother,
leaving the palace with her romantic interest, and go to see Jesus speak on a hill, where
it is implied that Salome and Claudius become Christians. Salome was considered quite risque at the
time of the film’s release, and the Dance of the Seven Veils is considered by many to
be a highlight of Hayworth’s dancing career. 5. The Prodigal (1955) The story of the Prodigal Son is a standard
tale among most Christians; it’s a parable that takes up less than two pages of the Bible,
yet is considered one of the best illustrations of God’s Love. But how can such a bland concept be turned
into a film? This is what director Richard Thorpe and writers Maurice Zimm and Joe Brimm
Jr. attempted with The Prodigal. They took the general plot narrative of “The Prodigal
Son” and made it into a pre-Christ narrative, when the Israelites still struggled against
Baal worshippers for political and religious control. In the story, Micah, is our “prodigal
son.” He had a good life, lived in a rich family, and had a nice Jewish girl chosen
for him. However, he quickly falls in love with a priestess of Baal. In order to marry,
Micah must reject his father and faith. But this still cannot win over the priestess,
who, as a priestess of Baal, must love all worshippers of Baal. Micah ends up as a slave.
After repenting, Micah reconciles his faith, escapes the temple of Baal, and humbly returns
to his father, only to be wholly accepted by him. While the film has all of the elements required
for a success, the film was not able to turn a profit, and was panned by critics and viewers
alike. In fact, Lana Turner, who played the priestess in-film, called The Prodigal a “costume
stinker.” 4. The Bible… In the Beginning (1966) There were plenty of films that tried to tell
the smaller stories of the Bible, but none had ever attempted to film the entire Bible;
at least until 1971. This was the year Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis wanted to make
a series of films that would span the entirety of the Bible. In the Beginning was the first
test to determine if the project would hold up. Laurentiis pulled out the stops for this project.
He hired director John Huston (director of The Maltese Falcon, Red Badge of Courage,
and The African Queen) and had Hollywood veterans Michael Parks, Richard Harris, and Peter O’Toole
play Adam, Cain, and Noah. And the film worked. The film ended up being one of the five highest
grossing films of 1966, and is considered one of the most profitable Bible movies pre-Passion
of the Christ. Yet, for some reason, Laurentiis did not create a sequel to this film. 3. Noah’s Ark (1999) This isn’t technically a film, but a Hallmark-based
miniseries that was produced by Robert Halmi Sr. (who had adapted other literary stories
into mini-series as well). The film starred Jon Voight as Noah and F. Murray Abraham as
Lot. You may have thought you knew Noah’s story.
This film will make you rethink that. This Noah’s Ark rewrites Noah out to be a citizen
of Sodom and friend to Lot (yes, as in Abraham and Lot’s Sodom). Halmi Sr. also had Lot
survive the flood by building his own boat, so that he can raid the Ark in the mini-series’
final act. Then we have Ham, Shem, and Japheth constantly trying to have sex with their wives
on the ark, even though Noah forbade it. The mini-series was a dud, and failed to attract
a strong following. Film critic Peter Chattaway called it the “first post-modern Bible movie.”
However, the mini-series’ reception inspired Halmi Sr. to make the sequel “In the Beginning,”
which focused on the larger question of theology. 2. Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus (1973) Johnny Cash is known for his great contribution
to country music, and for how his faith shifted that. But few know about his Gospel film,
called Gospel Road. In 1973, Cash produced his very own movie, which featured a series
of songs and skits that Cash and a few other songwriters (John Denver, Larry Gatlin, and
Kris Kristofferson) wrote about Jesus’ life and death. It just wasn’t financially successful.
The film came out the same weekend as Charlotte’s Web, and Cash fans just weren’t that invested
in this artistic project. 1. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003) Every adaptation of the Gospels tended to
take some liberties with the characters. They often added subplots, developed notable minor
characters, or changed the flow of story for the sake of good pacing. But screenwriter
John Goldsmith didn’t want this. He wanted to make a Bible film that came directly from
the text. To complete this, he worked with Vancouver-based Visual Bible International
to produce a a verbatim performance of the Gospel of John. Goldsmith did his best to
add visuals, transitions, and all of the necessities a film needs to flow well. And for the most
part, he succeeds. Less than ten lines of dialogue were added to the film for the sake
of pacing. The project was solid as a Scriptural adaptation. However, its three hour length
and slow pacing caused critics to write it off. Gospel of John would have received a huge
box office on any normal year because of the faith-based audience. However, it was released
the same year as Passion of the Christ,which meant theaters overlooked the project.

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  1. you're gonna get A LOT of this. But Cecil B DeMile is pronounced De-Mill (as in something you grind flour in) not De-Mile (as in a unit of distance). Can't change it now i know, but it's VERY grating. and unfortunate as the man's made a lot of the movies in this top 10. your channel rocks btw! xX  

  2. you have ruined the quote "i am ready for my close up Mr Demill" but great video!!

    there are many who claim to have read the stories and then go on to describe scenes from demilles movies. being a lover of old stories both in books and the silver screen i just chuckle at them.

  3. I love your channel, but your pronunciation of names and words (Sa-lo-may, Houston, De-Mill etc.) is a bit annoying….

  4. the gospel of John 2003 is the only movie that I respect and love why? Because its the only one that is true to the bible.The author of the bible which is GOD states and declares! Revelation 22:17-21 King James Version (KJV)

    17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

    18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

    21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
    A solemn message you try to change and obscure  the holy words of GOD you neither fear or respect him one day soon you misleading system will fall and be no more!

  5. If you're going to make videos that are supposedly informative, and you're going to try to make money off of those videos, do you think you could also be arsed to do ten minutes of research to make a real job of it?  I saw in another one of your videos where you butchered several more names, your response that you didn't want to lose hits and therefore revenue by resubmitting a video with corrections.  That's pretty mercenary.  How about your integrity?  Your professionalism?  Not spreading misinformation?  Do any of those things grab you?  

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  7. The narrator really needs to learn how to pronounce some of these names: De MILE? It's De Mill .. like a saw mill! The he pronounced Salome (Sah lo may) as (So Low mee)

    It started getting irritating. He's done this in other videos too.

  8. I think your videos are quite good…yet they're also depressing. I am not one of those people who enjoys complaining — honest! But must you mispronounce the name of EVERY person who became famous before you were born?

    Seriously, Is this going to be a problem afflicting everyone else of your generation? Is it actually possible to reach adulthood in an English-speaking country without once hearing the names "De Mille" and "Yul Brynner"? Have things really changed THAT much? If so…man, do I feel old!

    Mark Twain died before I was born, yet I always knew better than to pronounce his real name as "Sam CLEEmons." James Joyce died before I was born, but I never called him "James Joyke." And I never referred to George III as "George Eye Eye Eye."

    Maybe you should make a game of it. Try to come up with ways to mispronounce such names as Groucho Marx, John Lennon, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Lee Harvey Oswald, Doris Day, Andy Warhol… Call it "The Top Ten Ways to Mispronounce the Names of Famous People Whose Names Are Really Easy to Get Right."

  9. Another thing. The "Samson and Delilah" writer was Vladimir JaboTinsky, with a T, and he was a very important figure in his own right. He formed the Irgun (widely considered at the time to be a terrorist organzation) and helped to inspire the formation of the Likud party. Once you know about his background, the film by "De Mile" seems rather ugly, since the Philistines are clearly meant to function as crude metaphorical stand-ins for the Palestinians.

    Also, it's LANA Turner, not Lara. Although never a good actress, she was quite famous and she became embroiled in one of the all-time great Hollywood scandals. You honestly have never heard of her before…?

    John Huston was a fine director from an important Hollywood family. I can't believe that you have never heard his name pronounced aloud. Do you know how to say the name of the city in Texas? Same thing.

    "The Gospel of John" got good reviews, and deservedly so. It's the only really first-rate film in this list.

  10. It's pronounced de mill, not de mile, you ignoramous. Sol oh may, with the accent on the first syllable. It's like you grew up in a vacuum and have never heard these names pronounced. smh

    You're also a liberal dimwit. 

  11. Okay, as much as I love your videos, your pronunciations are HORRIBLE. If it were every once in a while, it'd be one thing… but it seems to be on nearly EVERY video.

  12. Thanks for reminding me.  Have a copy of the 1923 Ten Commandments, and really need to watch it – especially since it's apparently not the same as the '56 cut.

  13. The absurd mispronunciations went beyond the pale in this one. Everyone knows how to pronounce Huston, If only from Terrance Stamp's mangling in Superman and the oft misquoted "Huston, we've had a problem" from Apollo 13. BTW; Most of the talkies on this list were regularly played on broadcast US TV well into the 1980's.

  14. Lel, 8:01 was a different telling of Noah that shocked people. You haven't seen our Noah, which stars Giant Weeping Angels, Azor Ahai, and Russell Crowe.

  15. If you ever come to a crossroad regarding whether to watch either "Noah" or "Exodus: Gods and Kings" I suggest you don't even consider watching "Noah".

    P.S. I'm atheist but biblical films are just too good (w/ the exception of "Noah").

  16. It's pretty pathetic, and a serious case of greed, when one places commercials in a commercial video just for monetary gain!!! You just lost a subscriber.

  17. Please don't mention anymore Americans, until you learn to pronounce their names correctly.. It's difficult to listen to and understand your message..

  18. I enjoy these videos but am always intrigued as to why so many common names etc are mispronounced, is there a reason for this? I accept that some names are difficult to pronounce (after all I am Welsh and most non-welsh speakers find Welsh names difficult to pronounce correctly) especially if you are unfamiliar with them but Cecil B deMille or Sodom….

  19. 7:29 Actually, it was #1! Sequels were not made because it was too expensive and it took 5 years to make(see IMDB's trivia page for the movie.)

  20. Okay, you're doing this on purpose, aren't you? If you can pronounce 'Cecil' correctly you absolutely HAVE to be able to pronounce 'DeMille' and 'Salome' and 'Lana' and 'Huston' and 'Sodom' as well. Great way to generate comments, tho.

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