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5 of the Biggest Religious Movies of All Time

God's not dead! If you have not received this text yet, you will soon as it is making its rounds. It usually comes from someone you have not heard from in awhile. How do you respond? You could writ

God's not dead!

If you have not received this text yet, you will soon as it is making its rounds. It usually comes from someone you have not heard from in awhile. How do you respond? You could write "I didn't know he was dead?" Or, "Its good to hear from you. What is this all about?."

No matter how you respond to the unusual text from your long last friend, your curious side will get the best of you. You will go to IMDB and find out the text is result of your friend seeing a movie of the same name. Apparently, all God's not dead movie goers send the text after seeing the movie. You will do some additional research to find out that two other movies, Son of God and Noah, are also making waves (sorry, couldn't resist) in the religious sector.

Is 2014 the year for religious movies? Why has Hollywood gone religious on us? The answer to Hollywood's sudden interest might be its success at the box office. As of Easter 2014, the three movie releases, God's Not Dead, Son of God and Noah, have amassed over $180M, and they are still ranking in the box office receipts. With two additional movies on the horizon (Heaven is for Real and Left Behind), we can see that movie town is looking to do what it has always done, make a buck, but it is doing it targeting a crowd not touched too often in its past.

Religious movies have always been a risk for movie studios, who don't want to be seen as supporting one religion versus another one. There have been a few exceptions (as can be seen by our list), but the general rule has been, religious movies are too risky, because everyone will see a hidden religious message that will offend or turn people off. In a unique bit of irony, many of today's movie execs are more secular, which opens them up to follow whatever path leads to profit including the ones with a religious message, implied or otherwise.

Our list includes the top five biggest religious movies of all time in regards to gross revenue. Many of the films are produced years ago so we have adjusted for inflation. Although none of the 2014 movies made our list this time, at the rate they are pulling in cash, one of them will be on the list soon.

Be forewarned, spoilers ahead.

 

5 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)- $377M

4 The Passion of the Christ(2004) - $498M

3 The Robe (1953) - $545M

2 Ben-Hur (1959) - $818M

1 Ten Commandments (1956) - $2B

The Ten Commandments is the movie to which all religious movies are compared. It is an epic movie that followed the story of Moses and his quest to lead the Hebrews from captivity to freedom in the promised land. Shown on ABC's Easter Telecast for years, it is a movie cherished by millions around the world. Charleston Heston plays the lead in this movie before he was Ben-Hur. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor. Surprisingly, the movie only wins one Oscar for best special effects. One of the special effects is the parting of the Red Sea, which is done by flooding two "dump tanks", and then the flooding is shown in reverse in the movie. Its two billion dollars makes it the sixth highest grossing film of all time with only Gone with the Wind, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Titanic above it.

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