Swords, Sandals, Fantasy & Historical Epics

A collection of Live by the sword, die by it! movies & tv series
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1.
Ben-Hur (1959)
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
2.
Spartacus (1960)
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The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
3.
Troy (2004)
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An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
 
4.
Gladiator (2000)
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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 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
5.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
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Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
 
6.
Clash of the Titans (2010)
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Perseus demigod, son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth. (106 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
7.
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. (99 mins.)
 
8.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
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A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time. (116 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
9.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
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When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war. (88 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
10.
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
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Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch. (113 mins.)
Director: Sam Wanamaker
 
11.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
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Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic... (105 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
 
12.
The Scorpion King (2002)
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A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown. (92 mins.)
Director: Chuck Russell
 
13.
Cleopatra (1963)
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Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (192 mins.)
 
14.
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
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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. (101 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
15.
The Robe (1953)
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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. (135 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
16.
Samson and Delilah (1949)
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When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. (131 mins.)
 
17.
Hannibal (1959)
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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. (100 mins.)
 
18.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
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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. (188 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
19.
Barabbas (1961)
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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. (137 mins.)
 
20.
Hercules (2005 Mini-Series)
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A chronicle of the life of the Greek hero who after killing his three sons must perform five labors to repent. (240 mins.)
 
21.
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
22.
The 300 Spartans (1962)
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A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army. (114 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
23.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
24.
Immortals (2011)
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Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity. (110 mins.)
 
25.
Beowulf (2007)
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The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
26.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
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Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
27.
Season of the Witch (2011)
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14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague. (95 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
 
28.
Masada (1981 Mini-Series)
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After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada. (394 mins.)
 
29.
Helen of Troy (2003 Mini-Series)
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The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war. (175 mins.)
 
30.
The Odyssey (1997 TV Series)
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This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with Maltese and Turkish locations... (176 mins.)
 
31.
Centurion (2010)
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A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack. (97 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
 
32.
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
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A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy. (129 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
33.
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
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Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess. (103 mins.)
 
34.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
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A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy. (113 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
 
35.
Red Sonja (1985)
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A vengeful woman sets out to retrieve a magic orb from an evil queen whom she vows vengeance upon after the evil queen slain her family and her loyal warriors raped her. (89 mins.)
 
36.
King Arthur (2004)
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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. (126 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
37.
First Knight (1995)
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Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. (134 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zucker
 
38.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
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A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors. (158 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
39.
Quo Vadis (1951)
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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. (171 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
40.
The Three Musketeers (1993)
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The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
41.
Alexander the Great (1956)
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The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 - 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great. (141 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
42.
The Last Legion (2007)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Doug Lefler
 
43.
The Eagle (2011)
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In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem. (114 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
44.
Cleopatra (1999 Mini-Series)
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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. (177 mins.)
Director: Franc Roddam
 
45.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
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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. (90 mins.)
 
46.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010 TV Series)
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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. (55 mins.)
 
47.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011 Mini-Series)
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Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed... (55 mins.)
 
48.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
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Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros; A forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years. (56 mins.)
 
49.
Jason and the Argonauts (2000 Mini-Series)
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One of the most legendary adventures in all mythology is brought to life in Jason and the Argonauts... (180 mins.)
Director: Nick Willing
 
50.
Alexander (2004)
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Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. (175 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
51.
The Vikings (1958)
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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess. (116 mins.)
 
52.
The 13th Warrior (1999)
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A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land. (102 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
53.
Ironclad (2011)
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In 13th-century England, a small group of Knights Templar fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John. (121 mins.)
 
54.
Ivanhoe (1952)
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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
55.
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
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King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
56.
The Egyptian (1954)
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In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend... (139 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz