The Greatest Stories of The Bible

BibleStoriesEaster will be here in just two weeks, which means it’s time once again for The Greatest Stories of The Bible, a festival of movies shown on UPtv. Starting tonight (April 7) and continuing through Easter (Sunday, April 20), UPtv will air 21 classic stories from the New and Old Testaments.

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These iconic movies are based on stories from the Bible. While there’s no guarantee these films are biblically accurate in every detail, they can offer a fresh perspective on a familiar story. They can also be valuable conversation starters. What if you invited friends and neighbors over for ‘movie night’ then, after the movie, shared your testimony and invited them to your church’s Easter service?

Highlights of this special two-week movie celebration include Jesus, starring Jeremy Sisto, Debra Messing and Gary Oldman and The Greatest Story Ever Told, starring Max Von Sydow, Charlton Heston and John Wayne.

The centerpiece of UP’s two-week Easter celebration will be the commercial television premiere of The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson’s blockbuster retelling of Jesus’ final hours will be telecast with limited commercial interruption on Palm Sunday, April 13, 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.

Do you have a favorite movie based on a Bible story? What makes it special? Is there a certain scene that sticks in your mind, does it bring back memories of watching it together with a loved one, or did it impact your spiritual walk in some way? We’d love to know! Tell us about it.


  1. 5 months ago
    Maria Pflegl says

    Although many movies made about
    bible stories include non scriptural elements…and this bothers me…I also appreciate the visual effects Hollywood brings to the screen. Who can forget the iconic ‘parting of the red sea’ from “Ten Commandments” or the opening scenes of Jesus movie…where Adam is stripped of his garden and left in a desert…or the ultimate sacrifice, pain and utter humiliation of Jesus in ‘ Passion of the Christ’
    These are effective and powerful semiotics that use the technical elements Hollywood is known for in order to bring Glory to God. Discernment is required, and wisdom when showing these however, and a discussion during or after is wise…and it offers opportunity for discipleship.
    Yet, we can and should use all available means to capture the hearts and minds of the people as this world winds down. In spite of the errors and omissions… I say kudos to those who use their art to promote the kingdom…

  2. I love the greatest stories of the Bible. I use these to teach my grandchildren and open their eyes to what miracles God can perfume. These are great conversation starters and very thought provoking. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Bible stories are ones that I love to read. I would have to say that there are many great bible stories but my favorite is the story of how God created us!

  4. 5 months ago
    K.C. says

    My personal favorite Bible movie is “The Miracle Maker”. Yes, it’s “Claymation”, but the Jesus portrayed in it is so warm, human and relatable, without denying his Divinity. The scene when Jesus is helping Peter pull in the fish, laughing joyously, makes my spirit soar. I watch it repeatedly, and have shared it with my daughters, who also love it, as does my husband.

    My LEAST favorite is “Jesus”, the miniseries. Jeremy Sisto’s blow-dry-do Jesus was whiny and petulant, and it rubbed me raw as I sat through the entire thing. I can’t bring myself to re-view that one. It almost makes a mockery of my Savior.

  5. 5 months ago
    Heather Boreham says

    Yes, The Story of Ruth. As a widow of nearly 6 years, it reminded me how God cares for the ‘alien, fatherless & widow.’ It focused well on Naomi who probably never married again but continued to be under El Shaddai’s care.

  6. 5 months ago
    CJ says

    I’m very leery of any Bible story by Hollywood, because they take too much artistic license and frequently go outside of scripture; therefore, I don’t have a “favorite movie based on a Bible story,” at least not one made by Hollywood, which is the case with anything by Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, and The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson.