* AdaptationDisplacement: 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, ironically enough, the ''Bible'' itself as the best-selling book in America until ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' was published over fifty years later.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: '''Music/MiklosRozsa''' for the win. '''Big''' Fucking Movie gets '''Big''' Fucking [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaqlY8_4T90 Score.]]
* EarWorm: The music playing during the "Ramming speed!" scene.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: For the 1959 film, Andre Morell as Sextus, Richard Hale as Gaspar, Duncan Lamont as Marius and Laurence Payne as Joseph.
** 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 AnimatedAdaptation 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.
* NightmareFuel: The sea battle definitely brings WarIsHell 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.
* TearJerker: 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.
* ToughActToFollow: 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.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: 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.