With the evolution of cinema, the figure of Jesus Christ depicted in film has changed dramatically. In the most popular Hollywood movies of the 50s and 60s, Jesus was usually depicted as the kindest man on Earth: someone who would never get angry, would always -- metaphorically speaking -- turn the other cheek when slapped, and did not have the slightest problem with being God's son. Even more: No one questioned it. Films like "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "King Of Kings," and "Jesus Of Nazareth" show a very similar Christ, even physically: blue-eyed, white skinned, and perfectly trimmed. Even Latin America agreed with this portrayal as evidenced in 1952's "El Mártir Del Calvario," a film that still shows every Holy Friday at 3 p.m.

In 1964, Pier Paolo Passolini made in Italy a more down-to-earth version of Christ's story, as told by St. Matthew: Jesus as a very humble man -- after all he was the son of a carpenter -- who is kind, but he is also the first rebel recorded in the New Testament. A man who questions everything and acts with the power that God vested in him. Many believe Passolini's work is the closest to the scriptures, but the movie was heavily eclipsed when he openly declared himself an atheist, communist and gay, and later became the most vilified filmmaker alive due to filming The Marquis De Sade's "The 120 Days Of Sodom."

In the 1970s, with the hippie movement, Jesus' depiction became more controversial. Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" showed openly how Mary Magdalene was in love with him ("I don't know how to love him"), while Judas was an afroamerican (!), and everyone danced "Fame"-like numbers while the son of God was dying on the cross. Certainly, this shouldn't be the first introduction to the son of God. Latin America did the same with "Cristo 70," where a regular Joe in the 70s decides to reenact the passion of Christ as penance. Some have dismissed these movies as mere hearsay.

In the late 80s, things became more serious as high-browed director Martin Scorsese decided to dust off Nikos Kazantzaki's 1953 novel, which caused riots, death threats and scary reactions around the world. The novel didn't cause any problem, but why did taking it to the big screen caused so much drama? Scorsese was known for his love of violence, and taking a not so popular fiction story into mainstream media wasn't met with enthusiasm. The "last temptation" that the title refers to shows Jesus married to Mary Magdalene and having children after he acknowledges he wasn't the son of God. But what the audience and protestors didn't know is that this temptation is just a vision, and Jesus Christ suddenly open his eyes while being crucified and says "It's all accomplished."

Oddly enough, "The Last Temptation Of Christ" is the movie about Jesus that is closer to the Gospels. And time has done justice to it. Except for that "last temptation," Jesus is shown as a human who doesn't understand why he is the son of God. How will people believe him and learn how to act with humility knowing he can make the blind see and the impaired walk? Jesus must have been a complex man, an extremely intelligent man who defied everything, and that's what Scorsese shows constantly in the film.

It's a bit disturbing to explain the huge success that Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of The Christ" had in the box office. The movie doesn't depict Jesus Christ. It concentrates on a whipping to raw flesh, a crown made of thorns that perforated his skull and the bloodiest killing in the history of the world. A mere gore fest -- some even call it torture porn -- this is the most shallow movie about Jesus Christ. Who was he? Mel Gibson doesn't care as long as there's blood even in the camera lenses.

In this century, asides from Gibson's blood-bath, "The Nativity Story" and "Son Of God" show a return to the Golden Era of Hollywood, where Jesus Christ was depicted as a peaceful man with perfect hair, colored-eyes and white skin. Who was Jesus Christ? Ten Movies are not enough to explain. Still this is our selection of fims that have tried to capture him, even if not that succesfully.