Exodus: Gods And Kings opens on Thursday: 5 other movie epics of biblical proportions

Early word on Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings appears to be mixed. -- PHOTO: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Early word on Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings appears to be mixed. -- PHOTO: 20TH CENTURY FOX

Early word on Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings appears to be mixed. It has parted the sea of critics as neatly as Moses parted the Red Sea when he led the Hebrews to freedom from the Egyptians.

Exodus: Gods And Kings opens in Singapore on Dec 11. Here are some other biblical, and biblically themed, epics to check out as well.

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1. Noah (2014)

Russell Crowe is the titular hero in Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan, 2010) take on the story of Noah's Ark from the book of Genesis. This is the biblical tale as action flick.

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2. The Passion Of The Christ (2004)

With its dialogue entirely in Aramaic and Latin and depiction of extreme violence, Mel Gibson's passion project did not seem to be targeted for the masses. It turned out to be a major hit and earned over US$600 million (S$750 million) worldwide.

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3. Bruce Almighty (2003)

The biblical epic gets a makeover in this comedy starring Jim Carrey as a down-on-his-luck reporter, Bruce Nolan, who gets to play God for one week. There was a sequel, Evan Almighty, released in 2007.

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4. Ben-Hur (1959)

The fastest and highest grossing film of 1959 was also a critical hit as it swept 11 Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and Best Actor for Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur. Also known as the movie with the most famous chariot-racing scene in cinematic history.

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5. The Ten Commandments (1956)

The granddaddy of the religious epic was produced and directed by the legendary Cecil B DeMille and starred Charlton Heston as Moses. It was filmed on location in Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula and at US$13 million, it was the most expensive movie ever made at the time of its release.