Ben-Hur vs. Spartacus

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on 11/24/2009

Chariot race!

on 9/29/2010

You truly are the King of Kings!!!

on 12/22/2011

Such a fitting match up

on 1/26/2012

No doubt.

on 1/26/2012

Spartacus wins!

on 7/26/2012

For me, both films are good but flawed. Ben-Hur contains some of the best action scenes I've ever seen on film. The chariot race belongs in my top 10 favorite scenes of all time. Unfortunately, I found the film to be way too religious. Being not a religious person, I didn't really like the last half hour of the film. Despite that, it's definitely a good film with good acting and beautiful cinematography. Spartacus isn't as religious as Ben-Hur, which is a plus for me. The cinematography is beautiful to look at and the acting is solid, especially Laurence Olivier. The action scenes are also pretty good, but not as good as those in Ben-Hur. The film does contain quite a few slow moments, unfortunately. For me, Ben-Hur is the better movie. This is mostly because of the better action sequences. I also found the pacing better in Ben-Hur.

on 7/27/2012

Spartacus is the more engrossing movie in my opinion. At almost four hours...Ben-Hur is simply too long to consistently hold greatness.

on 7/27/2012

Agree, such a fitting match-up. Enjoy both so much but Ben-hur takes it.

on 8/31/2012

Ben Hur has Jesus H Christ! But Spartacus Kirk. Difficult, difficult.

on 5/14/2014

ben hur

on 5/28/2014

Ben-Hur

on 8/22/2015

Both great. Ben-Hur wins.

on 5/16/2019

Spartacus is good but the poor man's Ben-Hur.

on 7/28/2019

I wish Kubrick had the freedom back then to make his version of a Biblical epic. As is, Spartacus is good, but is an obvious poor man's cash-in of Ben-Hur.

on 7/31/2019

Great great films. We need more big budget modern films that are faith based.

on 10/11/2019

Spartacus..... isn't faith based. That's part of what made it so groundbreaking at the time. There's the narration at the beginning to mollify Catholic censor boards at the time and that's about it.

on 10/13/2019

Ben-Hur but both are exceptional.

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on 10/13/2019

Kubrick loss here.