Lists: Adventure, Drama, Historical, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1950s, Epic, AFI 100 (2007)

Brief Synopsis: "Ben-Hur is a 1959 epic film directed by William Wyler, the third film version of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It premiered at Loew's State Theatre in New York City on November 18, 1959. The film went on to win a record of eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, a feat equaled only by Titanic in 1998 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2004. It was also the last film to win the Oscar for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, until nearly 44 years later when Mystic River achieved the same feat.The movie revolves around a Jewish prince who is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend and how he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge."

Overall Ranking: 932 (Rank from 1959: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 60%
Regular 20%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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James Patrick90
Annwyn S90
Rob from GuysFilmQuest86
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less70(full review)
David Baruffi61

People Involved

  • Charlton Heston (Judah Ben-Hur)
  • Jack Hawkins (Quintus Arrius)
  • Haya Harareet (Esther)
  • Stephen Boyd (Messala)
  • Hugh Griffith (Scheich Ildirim)
  • Martha Scott (Miriam)
  • Cathy ODonnell (Tirzah)
  • Frank Thring (Pontius Pilatus)
  • Sam Jaffe (Simonides)
  • Ady Berber (Malluch)
  • Finlay Currie (Balthasar)
  • George Relph (Tiberius Caesar)
  • André Morell (Sextus)
  • William Wyler (Director)