Ben-Hur | 1959

Directed by: William Wyler

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Main Plot

After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend in 1st-century Jerusalem, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.


  • Charlton Heston's character, Judah Ben-Hur, seeks revenge against his childhood friend turned Roman commander, ultimately finding redemption.
  • Jack Hawkins' character, Quintus Arrius, plays a pivotal role as Ben-Hur's mentor and later becomes his ally.
  • Stephen Boyd's character, Messala, is the childhood friend turned enemy of the protagonist, Ben-Hur, and becomes his rival in the chariot race.


In the ending of Ben-Hur, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince turned slave, survives his grueling journey of revenge against Messala, his Roman friend turned enemy. After witnessing Jesus' crucifixion, Ben-Hur experiences a transformative encounter with the Messiah, leading him to embrace forgiveness and compassion. He reunites with his family, including his sister Tirzah and his mother Miriam, and finds solace in a new life filled with love and redemption.

William Wyler