Entertainment Weekly has a list of 12 memorable cinematic portrayals of Jesus. After centuries of telling the story of Jesus in paintings, sculpture, and theater, the 20th century provided an opportunity to show him on screen and this list includes some of the most inspiring and some of the most provocative. The actors include Christian Bale in the made-for TV Mary, Mother of Jesus, Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ, Victor Garber in Godspell, Jeffrey Hunter in the respectful King of Kings, and even Will Ferrell in the awful “Superstar.”
The Entertainment Weekly list does not include my favorites, the Italian The Gospel According to St. Matthew and The Gospel of John, both starring little-known actors, which may be an advantage because familiarity with other roles is not a distraction. Though they are different in tone and approach, both films are sincere and inspiring and both are worth seeing.