YMMV / Ben-Hur

  • Adaptation Displacement: Everybody knows about the 1959 movie, few have read, or even heard about the novel, nor are they aware of the previous film adaptations. Although to be fair, it was the best-selling novel of the nineteenth century, and it was second only to, ironically enough, the The Bible itself 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.
  • Ear Worm: The music playing during the "Ramming speed!" scene.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: For the 1959 film, Andre Morell as Sextus, Richard Hale as Gaspar, Duncan Lamont as Marius and Laurence Payne as Joseph.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The sea battle definitely brings War Is Hell to mind; in the 2016 version Judah and the other galley slaves are trapped belowdecks, unable to do anything except row forward and back while their ship rams another, oil from burst barrels pours down, and the drummer catches fire. Then, just as he's able to rally the slaves to get them unstuck from the ship they're on, a Greek ship with a Roman prisoner strapped to its ram smashes into them, tearing the boat in two and filling it with water. The boat being torn in two is even worse because the slaves on Judah's side of the ship are pulled into the water by the chains strapped to their ankles, and Judah's lucky to escape drowning.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The scene where Judah learns the true fate of his mother and sister.
    • 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 new version in 2016. 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.