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Top 5 biblical films

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"The Ten Commandments" (1956)

The classic Charlton Heston epic grossed $65 million in theaters. In today's dollars, that equals nearly $1.1 billion, making it the sixth-highest-grossing movie ever. (Unadjusted domestic gross: $65 million; adjusted: $1.09 billion)

"Ben-Hur" (1959)

Another New Testament Heston epic, "Ben-Hur" won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, and was a big commercial success for MGM. Going by inflation-adjusted numbers, it's the 13th-highest-grossing film ever. (Unadjusted domestic gross: $74 million; adjusted: $818 million)

"The Passion of the Christ" (2004)

The Mel Gibson-directed film, starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus, benefited from the endorsement of religious leaders, though it was questioned for accuracy, perceived anti-Semitism and extreme violence. (Unadjusted domestic gross: $371 million)

"The Nativity Story" (2006)

Keisha Castle-Hughes (of 2002's "Whale Rider") played Mary, mother of Jesus, in this film from New Line Cinema. The $35-million picture earned less-than-rapturous reviews and had a modest box-office pull. (Unadjusted domestic gross: $37.6 million)

"Courageous" (2011)

More in the category of Christian-themed pictures than Bible epics, "Courageous" was directed by Alex Kendrick of 2008's "Fireproof," which posted similar box-office numbers. "Courageous" follows four police officers struggling with their faith and family roles amid tragedy. (Unadjusted domestic gross: $34.5 million)

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