Period Dramas-The Romans 509 BC-476 AD

by eliza_gaskell | created - 27 Feb 2011 | updated - 08 Jul 2012 | Public

This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the 509 BC-476 AD .

The history of the Romans is divided into 3 periods: Ancient Roman 753 BC – 509 BC , Roman republic 509 BC – 27 BC and the Roman Empire 27 BC – AD 1453. However the list main focus is the period of Republic (ruled by autocratic government), the reign of the Roman Empire, (coined during the rise of Emporor Augustus)and the Fall of the Roman Empire.

Please note: Biblical themes are not listed. This is to ensure the list is focused on the Romans period. Since there is a large number of Italian made productions, I have limited the number listed; as not many, outside Italy, would of seen them.

For those who are serious about Period Dramas and deem a movie/mini series worthy to be listed, add your comments.

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1. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 12,824

A MUST have in any Period Drama collection. Buy it, steal it, whatever it takes, I recommend this superb BBC masterpiece for anyone to watch! Forget Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" (2000), this mini series make it look like a baby trying to walk and the villian Commodus a mere AMATUER!!! I, Claudius has it all:intrigue, madness, greed, seduction, murder, incest, vengence, hatred, lust, evil, scheming, malice and the list goes on. This is human nature in its purest form of sadism. Forget about history books, this is way better. One of the best, if not THE BEST, Roman drama series of it's time starring Derek Jacobi (one of my favourite British actors) and a perfect cast of talented English actors. ***WARNING*** This was made in the 70's and does not have the budget of contemporary productions. Keep an open mind when watching this mini-series and judge for yourself I rarely give a 10/10...this is a 15/10

2. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,110,388 | Gross: $187.71M

Thankfully a decent gladiator/roman movie to suit contemporary audiences. Besides the odd goofs (i.e. first part of movie, after opening battle scene, Maximus spends some quiet time with his horse, very visably you notice a pair of blue jeans, probably a crew member, backway), not a bad movie. Loved Joaquin Phoenix character, but wished he was more of a bastard.

3. Empire (2005– )

TV-14 | 360 min | Action, Drama, History

6.5
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Epic four-hour series about the rise of Octavius who succeeds Julius Caesar and tangles with Marc Anthony for control of the Roman empire and finally went on to become the emperor Augustus.

Stars: Santiago Cabrera, Vincent Regan, Emily Blunt, James Frain

Votes: 1,460

4. Spartacus (2004 TV Movie)

174 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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After he is bought by the owner of a Roman gladiator school and trained as an gladiator A slave leads a rebellion of slaves and gladiators into revolt against Rome.

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Goran Visnjic, Alan Bates, Angus Macfadyen, Rhona Mitra

Votes: 5,004

Having seen both versions of Spartacus, the 1960 version with Kirk Douglas and the 2004 mini series, it was quiet difficult to chose which one to use. The script writer's historical imprefections aside, Kirk Douglas immortalized this character, although Sparactus was romaticized by Hollywood machine at the time. While Goran Visnjic version, was more truer to historical events, I felt something was lacking; and no fault of the actors, who tried to make this production feasiable.

5. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 24,402 | Gross: $57.78M

I've seen both versions of Cleopatra. The mini series 1999 and the movie version 1963; I've yet to see the 1934 with Claudette Colbert. To this date no-one I've seen has ever challenged Elizabeth Taylor as the perfect casting of the Queen of the Nile. Parts of it were inaccurate to history, but who cares? Great movie anyway you look at it. Very expensive and almost sent 20th Century Fox bankrupt to this date many critics regard it as a Flop.

6. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

8.8
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 129,941

Yes, it's a TV series, but I argue there isn't many decent production to date that is set in the Roman times. I really like this series and as such have placed it in this list

7. Centurion (2010)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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62 Metascore

A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is devastated in a guerrilla attack.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Andreas Wisniewski

Votes: 70,393 | Gross: $0.12M

Set: during the Reign of Hadrian This was a surprise. I thought I was seeing part Gladiator/part Braveheart. But this movie is based on the legendary 9th legend marched into Pict territory, in Britain, and was never heard of again...it gets weirder...its a true event that actually happened. Plenty of blood and gore, fighting and a vengeful mute girl. The standout for me, was the cinematography...breathtaking

8. Caesar (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 240 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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Twenty-year-old Julius Caeser flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla, but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris, Christopher Walken, Valeria Golino

Votes: 2,296

Also see Julius Ceasar (1984)

9. The Cleopatras (1983– )

50 min | Drama

7.0
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An eight-part series depicting the lives of a series of queens of ancient Egypt.

Stars: Michelle Newell, Graham Crowden, Helen Sparks, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 60

10. Imperium: Nerone (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 192 min | Biography, Drama, War

5.9
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A six-episode mini-series covering five centuries of the Roman Empire.

Director: Paul Marcus | Stars: Hans Matheson, Laura Morante, Rike Schmid, Matthias Habich

Votes: 547

For those who are interested in history, don't watch his TV Movie. It is a poor attempt to make veiwers more sympathic to Nero. For thoses who are just interested in less strenuous veiwing, this is for you. Its a depliction of Nero's life when he was young, to emporer and eventurally to his death. ***SPOILER*** the way Nero took his own life, by the lake, was a bit far fetched. And the girl he loved and lost years ago, just "happened" to see him bleeding by the waterside"

11. Quo Vadis? (1985)

R | 360 min | Drama

6.7
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Drama about love and intrigues in ancient Rome during the times of Nero.

Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Frederic Forrest, Cristina Raines, Barbara De Rossi

Votes: 233

Set:during the Reign of Nero

12. Imperium: Augustus (2003 TV Movie)

R | 178 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.5
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Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Vittoria Belvedere, Benjamin Sadler

Votes: 1,157

An interesting bio epic on the life of Octavius who eventaully changed the course of History, and later became Caesar Augustus. Peter O'Toole brilliantly plays the dying emporer who recalls his past.

13. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 11,144 | Gross: $24.29M

Set:during the Reign of Nero Why is there another Quo Vadis listed? The reason is you need to really see the two Quo Vadis in order to see which one you prefer. The 1951 version with Robert Taylor or the Polish mini series 1985. I confess, I rather liked this version, but each to there own.

14. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 183,285 | Gross: $74.70M

Fabulous cast, about two friends who suddenly became enemies. Visually it's sublime, acting is superb and the sets are magnificent. Top notch drama that only Hollywood can produce ***SPOILER***the end was a too Disney like, where the Leper mother and sister disease was suddenly cured, by the blood of Christ, which "happens" to flow from his wounded body on the cross, to a stream to where the Ben Hur's mother, sister & wife to be "happen" to seek shelter from the storm.

15. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Directors: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 29,624 | Gross: $23.44M

also see: Caligola (1996 TV movie) Caligola (1975 TV movie) Caligola (1966 TV movie) ***PLEASE NOTE-THIS IS NEARLY PORNOGRAPHIC***If you can get past that, you might find a passable story. Having stated this, surprisingly there are a number of well known actors/actress in this production.

16. The Caesars (1968– )

60 min | Drama

8.3
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After years of civil war following the assassination of Julius Caesar, his adopted son Octavian manages to unite the various factions and assume control of the Roman Empire. Taking the name... See full summary »

Stars: Freddie Jones, André Morell, Barrie Ingham, William Corderoy

Votes: 81

I have looked everywhere for this one...sadly the DVD is not in my region code.

Each Episode deals with a Caesar: 1. "Augustus" 2. "Germanicus" 3. "Tiberius" 4. "Sejanus" 5. "Caligula" 6. "Claudius"

17. Attila (2001)

Unrated | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.7
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A romanced story of Attila the Hun, from when he lost his parents in childhood until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect ... See full summary »

Stars: Pauline Lynch, Steven Berkoff, Andrew Pleavin, Tommy Flanagan

Votes: 9,110

18. Hannibal (2006 TV Movie)

89 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.9
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It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by... See full summary »

Director: Edward Bazalgette | Stars: Alexander Siddig, Emilio Doorgasingh, Bashar Rahal, Mido Hamada

Votes: 1,342

pity there isn't a image. Still does deplict the will of Hannibal for his people to be free of Rome. This man came within an inch of Rome, having conquered the Alps. Nice acting, fine scenery.

19. Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire (2008– )

60 min | History, War

7.9
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A thirteen hour series which focuses on the Germanic, Britannic and other barbarian tribal wars with Rome which ultimately led to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This series is ... See full summary »

Stars: Leif Anders, Paul Bicknell, Andre de Nesnera, Rome Knight

Votes: 496

20. Scipione l'africano (1937)

83 min | Drama, History, War

5.4
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A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Annibale Ninchi, Camillo Pilotto, Fosco Giachetti, Francesca Braggiotti

Votes: 196

21. Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.6
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Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 192,446

TV series, but deserves to be mentioned.

22. The Gaul (2001)

R | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

2.7
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An entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man.

Director: Jacques Dorfmann | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow, Inés Sastre

Votes: 4,696

23. The Final Inquiry (2006)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.3
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In 35 A.D., a Roman tribune is sent to Palestine to investigate the death and possible resurrection of a certain Jesus from Nasareth.

Director: Giulio Base | Stars: Daniele Liotti, Dolph Lundgren, Mónica Cruz, Hristo Shopov

Votes: 1,056

24. Dacii (1966)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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The Dacian kingdom lies at the eastern border of the Roman Empire.Only the river Danube separates the two mortal enemies.The Dacian king Decebalus knows that soon the vastly superior Roman legions will cross the river and attack Dacia.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Pierre Brice, Marie-José Nat, Georges Marchal, Amza Pellea

Votes: 1,517

25. The Eagle (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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55 Metascore

In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, István Göz

Votes: 58,235 | Gross: $19.49M

waiting to see this one.

26. Il magnifico gladiatore (1964)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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Hercules, a war prisoner by Rome, proves his valor in the arena, becomes a gladiator trainer, conquers the women's hearts and the men's envy, and saves Rome from a political plot to a usurper to occupy the throne.

Director: Alfonso Brescia | Stars: Mark Forest, Marilù Tolo, Paolo Gozlino, Jolanda Modio

Votes: 55

27. Ring of the Nibelungs (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 184 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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The legend of Siegfried and Brunhild, loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas and the pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs outlined in the Nibelungensaga.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Benno Fürmann, Kristanna Loken, Alicia Witt, Julian Sands

Votes: 8,639

28. Roar (1997– )

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.6
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A young Irish chieftain fights against Roman encroachment.

Stars: Heath Ledger, Lisa Zane, Sebastian Roché, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 990

TV series, deserves to be mentioned. The costumes, were a bit over the top and modernised, and I got fustrated with this series, because the rebels always seemed to come out on top

29. Constantine and the Cross (1961)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.9
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Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days as Tribune to his accession as Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome.

Director: Lionello De Felice | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee, Massimo Serato, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 322

30. Sebastiane (1976)

X | 86 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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Reassigned to a lowly outpost, a Roman guard's Christian beliefs clash with his gay commander's desire for closeness. Being tortured becomes pleasurable.

Directors: Paul Humfress, Derek Jarman | Stars: Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James, Neil Kennedy, Richard Warwick

Votes: 2,098

31. Titus (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.2
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57 Metascore

Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi

Votes: 18,264 | Gross: $1.92M

32. The Apocalypse (2000 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

6.4
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It is 90 A.D., and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God, and ruler over heaven and Earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his ... See full summary »

Director: Raffaele Mertes | Stars: Richard Harris, Vittoria Belvedere, Benjamin Sadler, Christian Kohlund

Votes: 710

33. The Centurion (1961)

77 min | Drama

4.9
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Protests break out in Corinth against Roman domination, injuring Caius Vinicius, a Roman centurion. He's rescued by Hebe -- daughter of the anti-Roman governor, Critolaus -- who's being ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Costa | Stars: Jacques Sernas, John Drew Barrymore, Geneviève Grad, Gianna Maria Canale

Votes: 95

34. Antony and Cleopatra (1984 TV Movie)

179 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.4
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After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.

Director: Lawrence Carra | Stars: James Avery, Sharon Barr, Michael Billington, Earl Boen

Votes: 83

also see: Anthony & Cleopatra (1972) Anthony & Cleopatra (1974)

35. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director: Gabriel Pascal | Stars: Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

Votes: 2,073

I've only seen clips of this movie, which is not REALLY watching it. Would like to though as it stars Vivien Leigh as the Cleopatra

36. Messalina (1960)

84 min | Drama

5.9
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Scheming Messalina marries Roman Emperor Claudius but goes too far with a gladiator.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi | Stars: Belinda Lee, Spiros Focás, Carlo Giustini, Giancarlo Sbragia

Votes: 101

37. Warrior Queen (2003)

83 min | Action, Drama, History

5.4
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Boudica, the Warrior Queen on Britain, leads her tribe into rebellion against the Roman Empire and the mad Emperor of Rome Nero.

Director: Bill Anderson | Stars: Alex Kingston, Steven Waddington, Emily Blunt, Leanne Rowe

Votes: 1,012

Set:during the Reign of Nero

38. The Rape of the Sabine Women (2006)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

6.2
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Director: Eve Sussman | Stars: Nina Adamopoulou, Petros Aivazis, Poppi Alkouli, Marina Anagnostopoulou

Votes: 20

39. Duel of Champions (1961)

105 min | Action, Drama, History

5.1
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A duel takes place in order to put an end to the long and bloody war between the Romans and the Albans. Three valiant brothers are chosen for each side. The Romans choose three brothers: ... See full summary »

Directors: Ferdinando Baldi, Terence Young | Stars: Alan Ladd, Franca Bettoia, Franco Fabrizi, Robert Keith

Votes: 230

aka The Rape of the SabineWomen

40. A.D. (1985– )

600 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Colleen Dewhurst, Ava Gardner, David Hedison

Votes: 343

41. Pompeii: The Last Day (2003 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, History

7.2
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A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

Director: Peter Nicholson | Stars: Alisdair Simpson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Carter, Jonathan Firth

Votes: 839

Part Documentary/part drama. Not a bad recreation of events, very visual though and at the same time, depressing as you know what's going to happen; especially when people huddle together waiting for the unenviable to happen, and there's no escape.

42. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

6.8
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In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 7,383 | Gross: $36.00M

43. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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In 1st century Rome, Christian slave Demetrius is sent to fight in the gladiatorial arena and Emperor Caligula seeks Jesus' robe for its supposedly magical powers.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget

Votes: 2,605 | Gross: $26.00M

44. King Arthur (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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46 Metascore

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 146,071 | Gross: $51.88M

WHY on Earth is this listed here? Because the Clive Owen's character "Arthur" is Roman and so is Ioan Gruffudd. This movie is set in the time when the Roman's have invaded England. Didn't really like this production because it borders on disbelief. 2 reasons mainly (1) the thought into costume is credible. Kiera Knightly spends most of her time prouncing around in skimmy clothing, were is is clearly evident to the audience, the surrounding environment is wet, damp and freezing cold. (2) The storyline begs to be taken seriously...this movie for me is in the category don't waste my brain cells.

45. The Tragedy of Coriolanus (1984 TV Movie)

145 min | Drama, History

7.4
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Paul Jesson, Ray Roberts, Leon Lissek, Jon Rumney

Votes: 89

46. Coriolanus (1979 Video)

Drama, History

6.7
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director: Wilford Leach | Stars: Frank Adu, Bimbo, Thomas Martell Brimm, Christine Campbell

Votes: 72

set when Rome was still a Republic

47. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason

Votes: 6,894 | Gross: $4.75M

48. The Last Legion (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, War

5.4
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37 Metascore

As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

Director: Doug Lefler | Stars: Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Peter Mullan

Votes: 31,409 | Gross: $5.93M

49. Jupiter's Darling (1955)

95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.9
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Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Esther Williams, Howard Keel, Marge Champion, Gower Champion

Votes: 412

50. Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | 137 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado

Votes: 4,527

Set:during the Reign of Nero

51. The Sign of the Cross (1932)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History

6.9
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A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton

Votes: 1,658

Set:during the Reign of Nero

52. Hannibal (1959)

103 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

5.3
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During the Second Punic War in 218 BC, Carthaginian general Hannibal attacks the Roman Republic by crossing the Pyrenees and the Alps with his vast army.

Directors: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Victor Mature, Gabriele Ferzetti, Rita Gam, Milly Vitale

Votes: 535

53. Fellini - Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

7.0
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 12,758

Set:during the Reign of Nero

54. The Spread of the Eagle (1963– )

50 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.8
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Add a Plot

Stars: Terry Wale, Hugh Dickson, Roger Croucher, Bernard Lloyd

Votes: 10

sorry no image. I've only just heard about this one, and I was very peeved to learn I cannot get it in my country, because it is not available in my DVD or blue ray region code..damn it. Possible cannot be found anywhere. If anyone out there happens to come across a link to download it on line, please let me know.

55. The Eagle of the Ninth (1977– )

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Drama set in 117 AD dealing with the search for the Roman army's Ninth legion gold Eagle standard.

Stars: Anthony Higgins, Christian Rodska, Peter Whitbread, Gillian Bailey

Votes: 35

Set: during the Reign of Hadrian

56. Fabiola (1949)

96 min | Drama, History

6.7
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In ancient Rome a love story blossoms between Fabiola, daughter of a senator, and Rhual, a gallic gladiator. When Fabiola's father is killed, the Romans blame the Christians and the ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Michèle Morgan, Henri Vidal, Michel Simon, Louis Salou

Votes: 144

sorry no image

57. Serpent of the Nile (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Adventure, Biography, History

4.8
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In 44 BC, after the assassination of the leader of Rome Julius Caesar, Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and one of the highest ranking Roman generals and Caesar's possible successor Mark Anthony begin a tragic love affair.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Raymond Burr, Jean Byron

Votes: 123

58. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 8,765

I have decided to place this production on it's own, as it is based on the play by William Shakespeare. For some strange reason, it occurred to me that the adaptation of Shakespeare's play should not be in the same category as a fictional account by an unknown screenwriter. Also see: Julius Caesar (1970)

59. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

8.0
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A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 6,490 | Gross: $12.45M

60. Brennus, Enemy of Rome (1963)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.2
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This film features a colossal clash between a mass of invaders and the faithful Roman soldiers who must fight to defend the Roman Empire.

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Tony Kendall, Ursula Davis, Massimo Serato

Votes: 44

set when Rome was still a Republic

61. Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006– )

59 min | Drama, History

8.1
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A doc-drama covering the rise and the fall of the Roman world including the founding by Julius Caesar and the building of Rome by Nero.

Stars: Lyall B. Watson, James D'Arcy, Sean Pertwee, Michael Sheen

Votes: 1,398

62. Julius Caesar (1979 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 161 min | Drama, History

7.2
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The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Richard Pasco, Charles Gray, Keith Michell, David Collings

Votes: 174

63. Burebista (1980)

142 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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The life of Dacian war-leader Burebista who ruled between 80-44 B.C.and founded a strong Dacian Kingdom despite considerable pressure from the neighboring Celtic warlords and the Greek cities of the Black Sea coast.

Director: Gheorghe Vitanidis | Stars: George Constantin, Ion Dichiseanu, Emanoil Petrut, Alexandru Repan

Votes: 274

A Romanian film set in the time of Julius Caesar

64. Columna (1968)

133 min | Drama, History

8.0
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The Roman Emperor Trajan has just murdered all the local men of Dacia and holds a military stronghold in what will later become Rumania. He places a Roman centurion in his place to occupy ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mircea Dragan | Stars: Richard Johnson, Antonella Lualdi, Ilarion Ciobanu, Amedeo Nazzari

Votes: 493

Set: during the Reign of Trajan

65. Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag (1972 TV Movie)

98 min | Drama

6.8
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The trial of Yeshua Ha-Notsri is led by prosecutor Pontius Pilate who believes in the innocence of the accused but is forced to sentence him to death. This biblical story is set in present-day Germany.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Wojciech Pszoniak, Jan Kreczmar, Daniel Olbrychski, Andrzej Lapicki

Votes: 114

English translation-Pilate and Others. A West German TV production which is, based on the story-within-a-story about Pilate & Jesus in Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita. This could be by technically a Biblical drama, but because I have not actually seen it, I have placed it here instead by default

66. Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (1984 TV Movie)

82 min | Drama, Musical

8.5
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Sebastian, Chief Archer in the Roman Army, converts to Christianity. A favorite of Emperor Augustus, Sebastian's devotion to Christ eventually drives him to reject the Emperor's love, ... See full summary »

Director: Petr Weigl | Stars: Michael Biehn, Nicholas Clay, Franco Citti, Urs Althaus

Votes: 76

Set: during the Reign of Augustus English translantion-The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian

67. Scipione detto anche l'africano (1971)

114 min | Comedy, History

6.5
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Years after the Second Punic War, Scipio Africanus finds himself generally unliked, despite his defeat of Hannibal Barca. He and his brother, Scipio Asiaticus, are accused by Marcus Porcius... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Magni | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Silvana Mangano, Vittorio Gassman, Ruggero Mastroianni

Votes: 152

68. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed through the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare

Votes: 105,721

69. Pendragon: Sword of His Father (2008)

122 min | Adventure, Fantasy

4.2
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Set in 411 AD, Pendragon tells the story of young Artos who is raised to believe that God has a purpose for each day. When his family is killed and he is taken into slavery by the Saxons, ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Burns | Stars: Aaron Burns, Marilyn Mooney, Chad Burns, Cary Annen

Votes: 278

70. Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (2007)

109 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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A romantic drama centered around a young shepherd and shepherdess and the ramifications of their forbidden affair.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Andy Gillet, Stéphanie Crayencour, Cécile Cassel, Véronique Reymond

Votes: 1,246

71. The Silver Chalice (1954)

Approved | 142 min | Drama, Romance

4.6
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A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver, and sculpt around its rim, the faces of the disciples and Jesus. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, Jack Palance, Paul Newman

Votes: 1,171

72. Color of the Cross (2006)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama

3.2
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34 Metascore

A retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, based on the idea that he was a black man whose death was a racially motivated hate crime.

Director: Jean-Claude La Marre | Stars: Jean-Claude La Marre, Johann John Jean, Adam Green, Jesse Holland

Votes: 284 | Gross: $0.08M

73. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

7.0
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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford

Votes: 7,269

74. Caesar the Conqueror (1962)

103 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

4.9
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Julius Caesar leads the Roman army to battle against rebels in Gaul.

Director: Tanio Boccia | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Rik Battaglia, Dominique Wilms, Ivica Pajer

Votes: 159

75. Due notti con Cleopatra (1954)

78 min | Comedy

4.8
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Sophia Loren plays a dual role, as both the sultry Queen of the Nile with a "man-a-night" appetite and a beautiful slave girl who takes her place and is wooed by a bodyguard who thinks she's the real monarch.

Director: Mario Mattoli | Stars: Sophia Loren, Alberto Sordi, Paul Muller, Nando Bruno

Votes: 206

76. Cleopatra (1999– )

Not Rated | 177 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Princess Cleopatra becomes Egypt's Queen and has an out-of-wedlock son with the son-less Roman ruler Julius Ceasar. Through two romances, she strives to protect Egypt from the Romans, and make her son the heir to Ceaser's Roman Empire.

Stars: Leonor Varela, Nadim Sawalha, Owen Teale, Philip Quast

Votes: 3,416

77. The Viking Queen (1967)

91 min | Adventure

5.0
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To honour her father's dying wish, Queen Salina shares the rule of Icena with Justinian, a fair and just Roman. This displeases the bloodthirsty Druids on one side and the more hard-line ... See full summary »

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston, Andrew Keir

Votes: 679

78. Il ritorno del gladiatore più forte del mondo (1971)

93 min | Adventure

5.0
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Tullius Valerius -- a Proconsul of Rome, circa 310 A.D. -- fears that a provincial governor named Gaius Appius Quintillianus has been secretly working with those Germanic barbarians seeking... See full summary »

Director: Bitto Albertini | Stars: Brad Harris, Massimo Serato, Raf Baldassarre, Michel Lemoine

Votes: 36

79. The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure, Drama

6.5
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In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity.

Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper | Stars: Preston Foster, Basil Rathbone, Alan Hale, John Wood

Votes: 765

80. The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi | Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Stefani, Antonio Grisanti

Votes: 415

81. The Arena (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure

5.5
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Two thousand years ago, the people of Rome are so blasée, so used to violence, that entertaining them becomes a political problem. Someone suggests, after a hectic girl fight in a kitchen ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Margaret Markov, Pam Grier, Lucretia Love, Paul Muller

Votes: 804

82. The Rape of the Sabine Women (1962)

80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.6
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The Sabine tribe battles Romulus in the early days of Rome after Romans seize their women as unwilling brides.

Director: Alberto Gout | Stars: Lorena Velázquez, Lex Johnson, Tere Velázquez, Wolf Ruvinskis

Votes: 25

hmmm a mexican film set in roman times...hmmm stranger things have happened

83. Caesar and Cleopatra (2009)

130 min | Comedy

7.6
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Shaw's legendary wit turns political drama into sparkling comedy when veteran strategist Julius Caesar becomes mentor to the enchanting teenage queen of Roman-occupied Egypt. Their first ... See full summary »

Director: Des McAnuff | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Nikki M. James, Diane D'Aquila, Peter Donaldson

Votes: 70

84. The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines (2011)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure

3.8
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The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines (released in Malaysia as "Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa") is an adventure feature film set against the backdrop of ancient Malay, Roman and Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Yusry Abd Halim | Stars: Stephen Rahman Hughes, Gavin Stenhouse, Jing Lusi, Rahim Razali

Votes: 917

This movie was HUGEand the 2nd largest budgeted film in Malayasia. I wish I can comment positively on this film...I have issued with this film: 1) Costume: very little thought put into the design of the Roman cosutmes 2) Dialogue: poor and non existent 3) Acting: Amateurish. Let's face it no Oscar will be awarded to any actors in this film 4) Broken English: this film is very ambitious to aim for the wider market, but the broken English let it down. Very irritating

***TRIVIA*** According ot Wikipedia this is the first Malaysian language feature to be released on the Blu-ray format

85. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.

Director: Alain Chabat | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 41,623 | Gross: $3.12M

86. Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.9
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The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Michel Galabru

Votes: 33,912 | Gross: $1.64M

Yes...it is set in the Ancient Rome