Ben-Hur (1959)




Critic Consensus: Uneven, but in terms of epic scope and grand spectacle, Ben-Hur still ranks among Hollywood's finest examples of pure entertainment.

Movie Info

Record-breaking winner of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Score, this epic masterpiece stars Charlton Heston ("The Ten Commandments," "Touch of Evil") in the title role of a rebellious Israelite Jew who takes on the Roman Empire during the time of Christ. Featuring one of the most famous action sequences of all time -- the breathtaking chariot race. Directed by Oscar-winner William Wyler ("Mrs. Miniver," "The Best Years of Our Lives"). Recently selected … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lew Wallace, Karl Tunberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005


as Quintus Arrius

as Messala

as Esther

as Miriam

as Simonedes

as Balthazar

as Pontius Pilate

as Tiberius

as Flavia

as Sheik Ilderim

as Sextus

as Malluch

as Marcello

as Spintho

as Marius

as Aide to Tiberius

as Quaestor

as Gratus

as Chief of Rowers

as Rower No. 42

as Rower No. 43

as Rower No. 28

as Hortator

as Blind Man

as Starter at Race

as Centurion

as Officer

as Man in Nazareth

as Soldier

as Man in Nazareth

as Raimondo

as Cavalry Officer

as Galley Officer

as Galley Officer

as Roman at Bath

as Pilate's Servant

as The Corinthian

as The Byzantine

as Egyptian

as Sportsman

as Rower No. 42

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Critic Reviews for Ben-Hur

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (7)

The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Entire new frontiers in boredom were opened up by this MGM whopper from 1959.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The movie could be trying to say that for some people religion is an escape from their sexuality, but it seems unlikely.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Wyler and his money-free producers have smartly and effectively laid stress on the powerful and meaningful personal conflicts that are strong in this old heroic tale.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's worth sitting through four hours of Charlton Heston's hammy pregnant pauses of strained dialogue and toothy grimaces just to savor the legendary larger-than-life marathon where single rider chariots...

Full Review… | July 25, 2015

Although it is a spectacle film, the story of how a man takes on the tyranny of the Romans, with all sorts of horrible consequences to himself and his family, is powerful and gripping.

Full Review… | January 1, 2015
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Ben-Hur


A sword and sandal epic intended to begger your measly little life...which it almost manages to do, dadgumit! Heston represents Israel groaning under the Roman yoke, needlessly persecuted, until we get to the famous climax: the chariot race. The notoriously long film should've ended there but instead tacks on a snooze-worthy bit about Christian redemption, perhaps as justification for the previous hours of hedonistic excess. Still, old school sumptuous-ness played for the epic factor, missing by only that much.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Powerful and masterfully crafted, Ben Hur is a timeless epic that will continue to thrill and move audience members throughout the generations.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer


William Wyler's epic and unforgettable masterpiece. One of the best remakes ever! Touching. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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