Listed are the best bible quotes in movies. I get tingles when I listen to these scenes and I’m not even a big follower of religion. I have read parts of the bible but I’ve only ever really attended church for funerals and weddings. There is something comforting and empowering by these bible verses and references so have a read and I’m sure you’ll feel the same.
My 11 Best Bible Quotes in Movies
Saving Private Ryan
WWII epic about with the most graphic portrayal of the D-Day landing at Normandy. A platoon must venture into enemy territory to retrieve and evacuate a soldier whose 3 brother’s deaths has given him a ticket home.
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Giovanni Ribisi and Barry Pepper.
This film needs no introduction nor explanation so let’s talk about the bible references made during the film. Amongst the platoon is the American sniper Private Daniel Jackson played by Barry Pepper. His religious reckonings throughout the film, I think make him more menacing than he already is as the deadly marksman.
Jackson explains in the film that is father is a preacher and during the platoon’s many encounters, you hear him quoting the bible in his heavy Southern accent. I always seem to remember these lines, especially when I’m about to fly (it freaks me out!)
“But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!”
Jackon’s near first words of the film while fighting at Normandy. Psalm 22:19
“O my God, I trust in You;
Let me not be ashamed;
Let not my enemies triumph over me.”
Said by Jackson looking through his scope searching for an enemy sniper that has just shot one of his friends. Psalm 25:1-2
“Blessed be the Lord my Strength,
Which teacheth my hands to war,
And my finger to fight –
My goodness, and my fortress;
My high tower, and my deliverer;
My shield, and he in who I trust;
Who subdueth my people under me.”
At the end of the film while Jackson is in the tower. Psalm 144:1-2
Several story lines that interweave include a boxer trying to win one big score, two hitman, wanting to leav the life, the other dealing with his boss’ wife, adding to the mix are a couple who hold up a cafe in an amateur way.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring John Travolta, Ving Rhames, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Samuel L. Jackson
The most famous and well known bible verse there is came from the movie pulp fiction. Except that it is not actually in the bible. Ezekiel Chapter 25 Verse 17 as quoted by Jules only partially exists and even then some liberties have been take.
“I will execute great vengeance on them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them.”
This is what is actually written in Ezekiel 25:17 and it does bare some resemblance to what is said in the movie by Samuel L. Jackson.
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil me. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you!”
I would have liked it to be in the bible but either way it doesn’t matter. It is still one of the best quotes from any movie ever.
Book of Eli
In a post apocalyptic world, a lone man named Eli walks west across what is left of the United States. He encounters a war lord who is after one thing, a book, which he believes will give him even more power. This book he has been unable to attain until he meets Eli, who carries a book, the bible.
Directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. Starring Gary Oldman, Ray Stevenson, Mila Kunis and Denzel Washington.
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
Quoted as he is surrounded by armed men and prepares to be attacked in the bar, he mercilessly wins. Genesis 3:17-19
“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousnes
For his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For you are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
Eli reads some of this passage to Solara one night. Psalm 23.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form, and void; and the darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
The God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”
Near the end dictating the bible to the settlement’s headman, and in turn, gives the world a copy of the bible. Genesis 1:1-3
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
This is quoted in the epilogue where Eli says one last prayer. 2 Timothy 4:7
A sensational WWII film about a five man tank crew in the last days of the fighting in Germany.
Directed by David Ayer. Starring Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, Jason Issacs, Xavier Samuel and Shia LaBeouf
“Who shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
As the men talk just before their tank’s last battle, Shia LaBeouf’s character Boyd “Bible” Swan lets his friends know his thoughts. Isaiah 6:8
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Brad Pitt’s character Wardaddy partially cites John 2:15.
A gripping prison movie about a wrongly convicted man who spends twenty years locked up in Shawshank prison from the 40’s to the 60’s. However, during his time in prison he inspires his fellow prison friends to keep believing in hope.
Directed by Frank Darabont. Starring Morgan Freeman, William Sadler, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore and Tim Robbins.
“Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowning of the rooster, or in the morning-
“lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.
“And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”
Andy’s favorite passage. Mark 13:35-37
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
The warden’s favorite passage. John 8:12
A conversation takes place between the prisoner protagonist Andy and the prison warden. The warden although corrupt believes in the bible. They each quote to each the respective favorite verses.
A comedy about two middle-aged man who arrive uninvited at weddings but have done their homework superbly enough to fit in and be the center of the party; only to sleep with women. On one such wedding they both fall for a pair of sisters.
Directed by David Dobkin. Starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell and Isla Fisher.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease, whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”
Isla Fisher’s character Gloria is about to give a speech and Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s characters make a wager on which verse she’ll recite. Probably not the most inspirational bible quote in movies as such, but for you it might be if you’re hopeless romantic.
By the way, Owen Wilson’s character John guesses it correctly. 1 Corinthians 13:4–8.
Man on Fire
A newly hired, alcoholic bodyguard with a guilty conscience is assigned to protect the daughter of a wealthy Mexican businessman in Mexico City. After her kidnapping and eventual murder, he embarks on a bloody mission to capture those responsible.
Directed by Tony Scott. Starring Christopher Walken, Mickey Rourke, Marc Antony, Radha Mitchell, Dakota Fanning, and Denzel Washington.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Denzel Washington’s character Creasy finishes of the verse to a comment made by the school head sister where Dakota Fanning’s character Pita attends. Romans 12:21
The second installment of X-Men trilogy and my personal favorite. This time round Wolverine discovers more from his past while his team thwart an attempt to kill the human race.
Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Hugh Jackman, Brian Cox, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle, Berry, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn and Alan Cumming.
“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive everyone our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation.
But deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”
Nightcrawler begins the Lords Prayer as he is about to teleport through a wall. Matthew 6:9-13
The Boondock Saints
Two Irish brothers living in Boston take it upon themselves to become the city’s vigilantes and start eradicating the mafia.
Directed by Troy Duffy. Starring Willem Dafoe, Billy Connolly, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Norman Reedus.
“If I whet My glittering sword, And My hand takes hold on judgement, I will render vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me.”
Quoted by Il Duce in a voiceover. Deuteronomy 32:41
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.”
Again quoted by Il Duce. Genesis 9:6
The best quote in this movie doesn’t come from the bible, but you kind of wish you do because it is so awesome. The two brothers and father say it at the end of the film before they execute a mafia boss. It is known as the Shepherds Prayer.
“And shepherds we shall be,
For Thee, my Lord, for Thee.
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls shall it ever be.
In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti.”
Also tattooed on each brothers hand is a different Latin word for each. Aequitas meaning Justice, Equity and Veritas meaning Truth.
The film based on a true story about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter who was falsely imprisoned for a triple murder for 20 years before finally being set free.
Directed by Norman Jewison. Starring Liev Schreiber, Clancy Brown, John Hannah, and Denzel Washinton.
“Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with cloth. Jesus sand to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
John 11 : 43 – 44.
“So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.”
While they’re talking near the end. Rubin talks to his friend Lesra, who helped him getting out of jail, about their names. He quotes that Lesra, short for Lazarus, means “He who has risen from the dead” and Reuben means “Behold a son”. Together “Behold a son who has risen from the dead”, an analogy to their relationship to a son he never had.
A Bridge Too Far
A great war story about the failed allied operation known as “Market Garden” that took place during WWII that was meant to end the war much sooner than it did.
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Starring Sean Connery, James Caan, Anthony Hopkins, Dirk Bogarde, Gene Hackman, Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine and Robert Redford.
“Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
As Robert Redford’s character Major Julian Cook are crossing a river in tiny boats and under fire, he repeatedly says “Hail Mary, full of grace” from the Hail Mary; which is derived from the Gospel according to Luke.
“And having come in, the said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.”
You can find much inspiration and motivation in the bible. However, there is nothing more inspiring or moving than watching these references being used in action. With you, the viewer, watching them being played out in situations that they were intended to be used for with a divine purpose.
I love them and if I’ve missed any of your favorite bible quotes in movies, please post them for everybody’s benefit.
Thanks a bunch MCM’s Rohan.