Charlton Heston (in an Oscar-winning performance) plays Judah Ben-Hur, a proud Jew who runs afoul of his boyhood friend Messala (Stephen Boyd). Condemned to life as a galley slave, Judah swears vengeance, escapes, then crosses paths with a gentle prophet named Jesus. The winner of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director (William Wyler), Ben-Hur's climactic chariot race still thrills.

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