Empire’s 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
491. Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)
Ben-Hur is an 11 Academy Award winning epic historical drama film set in ancient Rome. Only one other film has won as many awards and that was Titanic.
Worth the watch?
I would be very surprised if you haven’t seen this film at some point in your life. It is a very good film with a lot of memorable moments. In terms of films involving Jesus Christ, this film is definitely the top of my list.
Worth a second watch?
Man, I haven’t seen this film in years. Because Kirk Douglas lost the role of Judah Ben-Hur to Charlton Heston, he was inspired to do Spartacus with Stanley Kubrick, which came out the following year. I like Spartacus much more than Ben-Hur and many would say it overshadows the latter film in this sentence. As a result, I wouldn’t find myself watching Ben-Hur a second time. I know that’s a cheap excuse to avoid watching a film again, but I don’t care.