YMMV / Ben Hur

  • Adaptation Displacement: Everybody knows about the movie, few have read, or even heard about the book.
  • Awesome Music: Miklós Rózsa for the win. Big Fucking Movie gets Big Fucking Score.
  • Ending Fatigue: You'd think the story would end with Judah winning the chariot race.
  • 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.
  • 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.