23. Jim Caviezel as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Notable Jewish Moment: He heals the ear of the guy who's arresting him. Doctors, right?
Classic Quote: "Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do."
Is Mel Gibson an anti-Semite? That infamous DUI report aside, if you count making a movie in which a nice Jewish boy gets the shit beaten out of him for two hours straight, then, yeah, probably. Did you forget that the main character of this movie was, in fact, Jewish? He definitely is. And he gets his ass kicked for it, a lot. Like: a lot.
In fact, Jesus gets his ass kicked for being Jewish more and longer and more brutally than any other Jew in the history of cinema. For that alone, he merits inclusion on this list. Caviezel also got struck by lightning while filming, and hasn't been in anything all that big, since, but that's another thing entirely. The fact is, there are a lot of Jewish characters that are easy to forget. Jim Caviezel's Jesus, for better or worse, most definitely isn't one of them.