The first movie I saw starring Moses was 1956’s The Ten Commandments. The last one I saw was 2014’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. In-between was the perfect version—not only for a Bible story but for movies in general—and that was The Prince of Egypt. Being raised in a deeply pious home, I wasn’t even allowed to go to theaters growing up, but my mom took me to see it when it premiered in 1998 and it’s been one of my favorite movies ever since. It has action, adventure, drama, romance, and comedy, not to mention bringing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey together for “When You Believe,” one of many bangers on one of the best and most underrated soundtracks of all time.
And Danny Glover played Jethro! Let’s focus on that instead of the list of 90% white actors (Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Stewart, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Helen Mirren, and more) who played people of color. Fun fact: That wasn’t Danny Glover singing “Through Heaven’s Eyes” as Moses and Tzipporah fell in love, either; it was another Black actor, Brian Stokes Mitchell, because Danny Glover can’t sing like that. —Jordan Calhoun
Where to stream: Peacock