* AdaptationDisplacement: Oh, everyone knows it's an extremely loose adaptation of [[Literature/TheBible the book of Exodus]], but did you know that this movie is also an extremely loose adaptation of three different novels, the writings of Philo and Josephus, and Literature/TheQuran?
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Not quite as harsh, but "Sephora" for Tzipporah and "Yochabel" for Yocheved are very odd translations.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The soundtrack, but especially the freeing of the slaves.
* EvilIsSexy: Rameses and to a certain extent Baka. (Well, after all, ''Vincent Price.'')
* HilariousInHindsight: CharltonHeston and Vincent Price play enemies in this film - both men would later play the lead role in cinematic adaptations of ''I Am Legend'', Price in ''The Last Man On Earth'' and Heston in ''The Omega Man''.
* HollywoodHomely: The "plain" Sephora, played by [[http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/De%20Carlo,%20Yvonne/Annex/Annex%20-%20De%20Carlo,%20Yvonne_02.jpg Yvonne De Carlo]].
* JerkassWoobie: Nefretiri becomes bitchier and bitchier as the movie goes on, but it's easy to understand and sympathize given the conditions, especially when her son dies.
* MemeticMutation: "Where is your God now?"
* MoralEventHorizon: When Rameses orders the death of the firstborn of Israel.
* {{Narm}}: Any time Nefretiri says Moses. "Moooses, Moooses..."
** A good chunk of the movie swings between this and NarmCharm, at least by today's standards. Back when the film was made, this kind of acting was probably the norm.
*** Actually kind of old-fashioned for 1956, as more films were being made with naturalistic acting. However, [=DeMille=] was a Victorian born and bred, and conceived this picture as a series of theatrical set pieces, called ''tableaux''. You can almost see the curtain fall at the close of each scene. And so the actors spoke that way too.
* NightmareFuel: The Angel of Death, assuming the form of an ominous fog.
* TearJerker: In the scene where Moses decides to live as a Hebrew, you can see a man chopping straw. He looks so hopeless.
** When the firstborns are slaughtered. Especially the scene where we see an Egyptian cleaning his blade while [[HeroicBSOD the mother just stares blankly]].
** The movie ends with Moses leaving his family and the Hebrews for a greater destiny. Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Rameses is genuinely heartbroken over the death of his son. Even though Rameses was an evil bastard you can't help feeling a little sorry for him.
*** He even prays to an ominous-looking death god who is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seker actually a good guy]].
** Nefretiri is too, given her frantic, StepfordSmiler denial--"He will ''not'' die!"--and the way she collapses when he's gone.
** The death of Simon, an elderly slave. He dies thinking he never got to meet the deliverer. Little does he know he's talking to him.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The parting of the Red Sea, accomplished by ''digging out two parking lots'' and creating an artificial waterfall on either side. Over fifty years later, it's ''still'' the greatest scene ever photographed.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical:
** The movie is about godly people seeking freedom from a pagan dictator. In the introduction (theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray releases only), De Mille discusses the central theme of the film as about whether men are free individuals or the property of the state. Remember [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar the era this film was produced in]], and consider its possible hidden meanings.
** One of the film's themes is that people should be ruled over by set laws rather than the unrestricted whims of a dictator. Thus, the Ten Commandments are framed in quasi-Enlightenment terms as a proto-version of the Magna Carta or the U.S. Bill of Rights.
* TheWoobie: Lilia. Almost becomes a sex slave to Baka, separated from Joshua and forced to give in to Dathan to save Joshua, and nearly becomes a human sacrifice. The lyrics to her {{Leitmotif}} are "Death cometh to me to set me free".

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