Roman Era Movies
Alexander (2004) Rating: R
Starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins.
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. 175 minutes.
Ben-Hur* (1959) Rating: NR
Starring Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd.
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. 212 minutes.
Cleopatra (1963) Rating: NR
Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. 192 minutes.
Gladiator* (2000) Rating: R
Starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. 155 minutes.
King Arthur (2004) Rating: PG-13
Starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightly.
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. 126 minutes.
Quo Vadis* (1951) Rating: NR
Starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr.
Returning to Rome after 3 years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia and falls in love with her. She is a Christian and doesn’t want to have anything to do with a warrior. Though she grew up Roman, the adopted daughter of a retired general, Lygia is technically a hostage of Rome. Marcus gets Emperor Nero to give her to him for services rendered. Lygia resents this, but somehow falls in love with Marcus anyway. Meanwhile Nero’s atrocities get more outrageous. When he burns Rome and blames the Christians, Marcus goes off to save Lygia and her family. Nero captures them and all the Christians, and throws them to the lions. 171 minutes.
Spartacus (1960) Rating: NR
Starring Kirk Douglas and Jean Simmons.
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire. 184 minutes.