YMMV / Ben-Hur

  • Adaptation Displacement: Everybody knows about the 1959 movie, few have read, or even heard about the book, nor are they aware of the previous film adaptations.
    • True for modern audiences and readers. Although to be fair, it is the best-selling novel of the nineteenth century, and it was second only to the Bible as the best-selling book in America until Gone with the Wind was published over fifty years later.
  • Awesome Music: Miklós Rózsa for the win. Big Fucking Movie gets Big Fucking Score.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • For the 1959 film Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur (A rare occasion where the lead is one of these), Andre Morell as Sextus, Richard Hale as Gaspar, Duncan Lamont as Marius and Laurence Payne as Joseph.
    • For the 2003 film Charlton Heston once again as Judah and Duncan Fraser as Messala.
  • Ho Yay:
    • There seemes to be a little something between Messala and his henchman Drusus. Watch Drusus when Messala gets trampled in the race.
    • As impossible as it may seem, an Animated Adaptation that was made between the two Heston films took it a step further by Messala at one point referring to Drusus as "My Drusus."
    • The guys in the bathhouse when Ilderim arrives to make book on the upcoming race.
  • Tear Jerker: Many, though the scene where Judah learns the true fate of his mother and sister is probably the strongest.
    • In the 2016 version, Judah breaking down in Esther's arms as Jesus dies, sobbing about losing his brother.
  • Tough Act to Follow: After the 1959 adaptation became one of the all-time cinema masterpieces, it was a bit eyebrow raising to hear about a 2016 version. That one ended up becoming one of the biggest busts of 2016.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Even today the sea battle sequence is spectacular (even if the bright blue water breaks suspension of disbelief somewhat), to say nothing of the chariot race.