* 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 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.
* 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..."
* 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.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The parting of the Red Sea. Over fifty years later, it ''still'' holds up very well.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The movie is about godly people seeking freedom from an atheist 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 [[ColdWar the era this film was produced in]], and consider its possible hidden meanings.
* 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".