William Wyler

Ben-Hur the 1959 historical drama set in ancient Rome stars Charlton Heston in the title role of a rebellious Jew who takes on the Roman empire during the time of Christ. With the largest sets ever built for a movie, the film was the most expensive at that time. The chariot race which has never been recreated has no match even in this digital age. Apart from this the forts under construction, the battle ships, the rowing on the galleys and the battle at sea were picturised in a grand manner. The film won a record 11 Oscars which was equalled many years later by the Titanic. The film’s grandeur enthrals to this day.