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Actor Jim Caviezel and director Mel Gibson on the set of the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ
Actor Jim Caviezel and director Mel Gibson on the set of the 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ." (Photo: Newmarket/Everett Collection)

Jesus in the Movies — 6 Biblical and Not So Biblical Movies About Jesus’ Life

Given that Jesus Christ is the central figure of the Christianity, it would make sense to have a lot of Jesus movies. It is only natural to have biblical films about him that serve to enlighten and remind Christians of the central message of the gospel.

When it comes to biblical movies about Jesus, the Christian film industry has done an excellent job. Many actors have given good representation to the biblical interpretation of Jesus. Some of these Jesus movies, both biblical and non-biblical, can be downloaded or streamed for free on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Vudu, or Pure Flix.

A look at Jesus in the Movies

The Passion of the Christ

“The Passion of the Christ” is a 2004 epic biblical drama co-written, directed, and produced by Mel Gibson. Jim Caviezel stars in the lead role, portraying Jesus of Nazareth. “The Passion of the Christ” depicts the last twelve hours of Christ’s earthly life. Caution: the crucifixion of Christ in Jerusalem is depicted in vivid detail in the film.

Watch The Passion of the Christ on Prime Video (free).

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Another epic film from 2004, “The Greatest Story Ever Told” recounts the events surrounding Jesus’ life and ministry. The film takes viewers on a journey that starts with the birth of Christ and continues through the execution of newborn boys in Egypt, his baptism, crucifixion, and resurrection.

Watch “The Greatest Story Ever Told” on Prime Video or Vudu.



In “Risen,” the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ are explored through the eyes of Roman Tribune, Clavius. “Risen” is a beautifully written and properly depicted biblical film. It was directed and co-written by Kevin Reynolds.

Watch “Risen” on Prime Video or Vudu.


The Nativity Story

“The Nativity Story” is one of the top films that tell the story of Jesus’ birth. The subject of the film is Mary and Joseph’s conception and the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.

Watch “The Nativity Story” on Prime Video or Vudu.


King of Kings

“King of Kings” tells the story of Jesus’ life from birth to crucifixion. The majority of the pivotal New Testament events are discussed in the film, including his baptism and the miracles he performed.

Watch “King of Kings” on Prime Video or Vudu.

40: The Temptation of Christ

In “40: The Temptation of Christ,” filmmakers focus on the spiritual battle Jesus faced after his baptism by his cousin John. After being in the wilderness for 40 days to fast and pray in preparation for his ministry, Satan shows up to tempt and convince Jesus to abandon his mission to save the world. “Jesus is also haunted by thoughts of what the future holds and nightmares of the inevitable agony he will endure on the cross,” according to Gravitas Ventures, the studio behind “40.”

Watch “40: The Temptation of Christ” on Prime Video (free).

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