List of movies concerning the History and Literature of the ancient world

This list is designed to supplement a study of the ancient world (From Creation to the Fall of the Roman Empire / Attila the Hun).

To help find what you might be interested in here is a table of contents with topic and where that topic begins on this list (note that there is sometimes overlap):
Creation - 1
Biblical Patriarchs - 7
Ancient Egypt - 20
Ancient Americas - 33
Greek Mythology - 41
Greek/Roman History (B.C.) - 55
Life of Christ - 69
Early Church - 81
Declining Roman Empire- 92
Russian/Slavic Folklore - 104
Far East Folklore/History - 110
African Folklore/History - 130

I tried to find as many documentaries/dramas/docu-dramas as I could find of the ancient world for both history and culture (myths and legends), but some areas are simply very sparsely covered (like Africa).

My criteria for a movie/show to be included were that:
1) It had to fall within the historical time-frame given,
2) It had to receive at least a star rating of 6.0 from IMDb (with a couple of exceptions),
3) It had to be at least be theoretically possible to FIND the movie somewhere, such as on Netflix or Amazon.

Although not every movie (or even most) here will be from a Christian perspective, that will be a major theme. I tried to find multiple age ratings for each category, but wasn't always successful. I have not watched most of the movies listed here, so cannot guarantee their quality or appropriateness.

*Parental Discretion Advised when selecting from this list*

I would welcome any suggestions, including additional movies, comments on the movies I have here already, and any other feedback. Please see my other lists for other Historical periods or for simply a list of 'movies everyone should see'.
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1.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (48 mins.)
“ I'm starting with this show because a study of 'In the Beginning' would, in my opinion, be best assisted by appreciating the amazing Creation God gave us. So the first few suggestions focus on the natural world. Note that most of these are not made from a Christian perspective, so there is some talk of Evolution, but I believe that won't be a huge problem for most families (you can talk about it with your children if it concerns you).
Note: There is a sequel to this series called 'Life'. ” - Sherrill777
 
2.
The Life of Mammals (2002 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.
“ Probably any nature documentary will work, but this one is well done. ” - Sherrill777
 
3.
Life in the Undergrowth (2005 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates. (50 mins.)
“ The final nature documentary here is on the insect world - this has some stunning images!

You can also find documentaries on other natural phenomena such as astronomy or earth science or undersea life. ” - Sherrill777
 
4.
The Case for a Creator (2006 Documentary)
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When objectively considered, does contemporary scientific evidence point toward or away from a supernatural Creator... (57 mins.)
Director: Wayne P. Allen
“ This movie, along with the book, is an excellent introduction to apologetics and the Christian side of the Creation/Evolution debate. Note that this does not meet my usual ratings criteria, but considering the controversial nature of this topic, I felt it was appropriate to include despite the rating. ” - Sherrill777
 
5.
In the Beginning (2000 Mini-Series)
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Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal. (189 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
 
6.
Genesis: The Creation and the Flood (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An all-enveloping darkness. Suddenly, a child's voice, frightened, questioning, pierces the darkness... (91 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
“ This movie is slow and 'artistic' and has relatively low ratings, but I'm still adding it on here as an option since there aren't a lot of options for this subject/time period.

I recommend 'Answers in Genesis' web site for other Biblical films on Creation. ” - Sherrill777
 
7.
The Ark and the Aardvark (2017)
An aardvark named Gilbert lands the job of shepherding all the animals onto Noah's Ark.
Director: John Stevenson
“ Upcoming Animated movie. ” - Sherrill777
 
8.
Abraham (1993 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to... (175 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
9.
Mysteries of the Bible (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(300 mins.)
“ This was part of a longer series, so if you like this, check out the other episodes. ” - Sherrill777
 
10.
Jacob (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In the land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob... (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Hall
 
11.
Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Anthology of famous events of the Old Testament. (510 mins.)
Director: James L. Conway
“ Another TV series, so try a few episodes as desired. ” - Sherrill777
 
12.
The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This program tells the amazing story of two explorer's search for the real Mt. Sinai, They crawled into forbidden military installations... (50 mins.)
Director: Steve Greisen
“ Most of the Moses stories are further down the list (starting with the transition to Ancient Egypt), but this documentary fits better here. ” - Sherrill777
 
13.
Animated Stories from the Bible (1987 TV Series)
Episode: The Story of Ruth (1994)
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A famine has destroyed the farm of Elimelech of Bethlehem, driving him and his wife Naomi to the land of Moab...
Director: Richard Rich
“ Another series - this one animated. ” - Sherrill777
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When the singing Veggies encounter some car trouble, they're stranded at old, rundown seafood joint where nothing is quite as it seems... (82 mins.)
“ Many of the VeggieTales video re-tell famous Bible stories. ” - Sherrill777
 
16.
David (1997 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The tribes of Israel need to defeat the superior might of the Philistines: "Now appoint a king to lead us... (190 mins.)
 
17.
Kings (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David. (60 mins.)
“ This is a bit of an odd duck to add in here. But it is based on a re-telling of Biblical events, even if it is set in the modern world, so I include it. ” - Sherrill777
 
18.
Jeremiah (1998 TV Movie)
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The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears... (90 mins.)
Director: Harry Winer
 
19.
One Night with the King (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The young Jewish girl, Hadassah, goes on to become the Biblical Esther, the Queen of Persia, who saves... (123 mins.)
“ Story of Esther ” - Sherrill777
 
20.
The Exodus Revealed (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
During the Exodus, one of the most famous miracles of the Old Testament took place. More than 3000 years... (54 mins.)
Director: Lad Allen
“ There is also a movie called 'In Search of the Real Mt. Sinai' which is excellent, and may be viewed for free (I think) if you do an internet search for it. ” - Sherrill777
 
21.
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When Joseph receives a beautiful coat from his parents, his eleven brothers hate him even more and are... (75 mins.)
“ This begins the section on Ancient Egypt, although also continues Biblical Patriarchs, since there is some overlap. ” - Sherrill777
 
22.
Joseph (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic... (185 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
23.
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew, and later, his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. (99 mins.)
 
24.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
25.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
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The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (150 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
26.
Building the Great Pyramid (2002 Documentary)
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Based on the latest archaeological discoveries and combining dramatic reconstruction, location shooting and state-of-the-art CGI computer effects... (58 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Stamp
 
27.
Cleopatra (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (192 mins.)
 
28.
National Geographic: King Tut's Final Secrets (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Using X-rays and CAT scans, scientists investigate the body of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. (94 mins.)
Director: Brando Quilici
“ Also try 'National Geographic: Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife' or doing a search on Netflix or Amazon for the topics of: Pyramids, King Tut, or Egypt, if you want more documentaries on ancient Egypt. ” - Sherrill777
 
29.
Ancient Egyptians (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Each of the four separate episodes -rather independent chapters- presents some of the findings of Egyptology... (50 mins.)
 
30.
The Face of Tutankhamun (1992 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Series following the quest of archaeologist Howard Carter for the treasures of Tutankhamen's tomb. (50 mins.)
 
31.
Egypt (2005 Mini-Series)
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Dramatization of the great discoveries of ancient Egypt, from the exploration of tombs in the early 1800s, to the unraveling of the Rosetta Stone to translate the ancient language on the tombs, to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. (60 mins.)
“ Also known as 'Egypt: Rediscovering a lost world' ” - Sherrill777
 
32.
Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The grail is not the gold, nor the books of ancient wisdom, but the 3,000 year old DNA of the mummies, which may lead to a cure for malaria. (39 mins.)
Director: Keith Melton
 
33.
Engineering an Empire (2005 TV Series)
Episode: The Maya: Death Empire (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of the Maya and some of its accomplishments.
“ It is incredibly difficult to find good documentaries or drama of ancient South America. The Mayans were recently popular because of the 'end of the world' hype from 2012, so you can find several documentaries dealing that that nonsense, but much less on the civilization itself. ” - Sherrill777
 
34.
Nova (1974 TV Series)
Episode: Ghosts of Machu Picchu (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Nova examines the ruins of Machu Picchu and tries to unravel what happened there.
“ Like the other great ancient civilizations of South America, the Incas do not have a lot of film devoted to them. ” - Sherrill777
 
35.
Engineering an Empire (2005 TV Series)
Episode: The Aztecs (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the Aztecs and some of its accomplishments.
 
36.
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (78 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
“ This doesn't exactly have a lot of seriousness, but it would be a fun supplement to a study of this time and place (and does actually have some hidden culture to absorb). ” - Sherrill777
 
37.
Raven Tales (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Raven Tales is series of 26, half-hour, CGI (Computer-Generated Imaging) animated television programs...
“ You can find these Native American short fables on YouTube as I don't believe there is a DVD release of them right now. ” - Sherrill777
 
38.
Brother Bear (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a young Inuit hunter needlessly kills a bear, he is magically changed into a bear himself as punishment with a talkative cub being his only guide to changing back. (85 mins.)
“ Like other Disney movies, this doesn't have a whole lot of facts laid out, but it does show some ancient Native American culture, so it seems appropriate to include. ” - Sherrill777
 
39.
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace. (172 mins.)
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
 
40.
Kon-Tiki (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. (118 mins.)
“ This movie doesn't exactly fit here, but it's still a very interesting idea. It is one man's attempt to prove the idea that the South Pacific people could have sailed the ocean to colonize their islands. This movie deals more with the modern attempt to replicate that idea than than on the history of the people he was attempting to emulate. Also, it should be noted that modern anthropologists don't think that people traveled in this way any more, but it's still an impressive feat. ” - Sherrill777
 
41.
Troy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
“ This is the start of Greek/Roman Legends and Mythology. ” - Sherrill777
 
42.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. (118 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
“ There's also a re-make, but I liked this one better. ” - Sherrill777
 
43.
In Search of Myths and Heroes (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Michael Wood explores four of the world's most famous myths: Shangri-La, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba and King Arthur. (220 mins.)
 
44.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
45.
The Odyssey (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with Maltese and Turkish locations... (176 mins.)
 
46.
Hercules (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it. (93 mins.)
 
47.
Oedipus Rex (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity... (104 mins.)
“ There are other versions of this (frankly disturbing) legend. ” - Sherrill777
 
48.
“ This is an opera. ” - Sherrill777
 
49.
Pygmalion (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Shaw's play in which a Victorian dialect expert bets that he can teach a lower-class girl to speak proper English and thus be taken for a lady. (96 mins.)
 
50.
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ A more recent version of 'Pygmalion'. ” - Sherrill777
 
51.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
52.
Orpheus (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
53.
Electra (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge. (110 mins.)
 
54.
Iphigenia (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
To appease offended gods before going to war, a commander must sacrifice his favorite daughter to them but does so under the pretext of marrying her off. (127 mins.)
 
55.
The True Story of Alexander the Great (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(150 mins.)
Director: Jim Lindsay
“ This begins the start of the Greek/Roman History. ” - Sherrill777
 
56.
Beyond the Movie: Alexander the Great (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This documentary looks at the life and military conquests of Alexander the Great. It looks at Alexander's relationship with his father Philip II... (52 mins.)
“ This was created because of the movie 'Alexander', so will refer to that, but due to the low ratings of that movie, it is not included on this list. ” - Sherrill777
 
57.
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (59 mins.)
 
58.
Pompeii (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. (105 mins.)
 
59.
Spartacus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
60.
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed... (55 mins.)
 
61.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
62.
Julius Caesar (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (120 mins.)
 
63.
The Caesars (1968 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
64.
Empire (2005 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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. (360 mins.)
 
65.
Socrates (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(120 mins.)
“ Any Biography of this Greek Philosopher would do. You can also look for Aristotle and Plato. ” - Sherrill777
 
66.
Imperium: Augustus (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa. (200 mins.)
Director: Roger Young
 
67.
I, Claudius (1976 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. (669 mins.)
 
68.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
 
69.
The Nativity Story (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. (101 mins.)
“ This begins the movies on the Life of Christ. As with other Biblical stories / time periods, there are several cartoon series out there with individual episodes depicting this topic, but I just picked several of the best films. ” - Sherrill777
 
70.
The Star of Bethlehem (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(63 mins.)
Director: Stephen Vidano
 
71.
The Nativity (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Explores the troubled times of turn of the millennium Judea, bringing legend to vibrant life, but rooting the action in a world we can all recognise & understand. (120 mins.)
Director: Coky Giedroyc
 
72.
The Miracle Maker (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of Jesus Christ. (90 mins.)
“ Claymation 'animation'. Great for young children! ” - Sherrill777
 
73.
King of Kings (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The life of Jesus Christ. (168 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
74.
The Gospel According to Matthew (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Matthew 15:1 - 28:20 - The year is about 62 A.D., and the aging apostle Matthew recalls the remarkable events he witnessed as a young man... (258 mins.)
 
75.
Cuentos de Borges (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
 
76.
The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer. (125 mins.)
Director: Philip Saville
 
77.
The Jesus Film (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New... (117 mins.)
 
78.
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The life of Jesus Christ. (225 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
79.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
80.
St. John in Exile (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
One of Jesus disciples, John has been punished in exile to te island of Patmos. He is all alone and has time to reflect and tell us about his life... (92 mins.)
Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Dean Jones
“ Although John was in exile during the church age, his story mostly revolves around the life of Christ, so this movie bridges the gap between the two categories. ” - Sherrill777
 
81.
The Visual Bible: Acts (1994 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The accounts of the New Testament Book of Acts, dramatized and narrated, as recalled by old Dr. Luke. (193 mins.)
“ This movie begins the set that talks about the situation with the early Church. ” - Sherrill777
 
82.
Peter and Paul (1981 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts. (198 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
83.
Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
84.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of the rise of Christianity. (60 mins.)
“ This series has a second part and, while it starts here in the 'ancient world', it continues until well beyond it. ” - Sherrill777
 
85.
Masada (1981 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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.)
“ I believe this deals more with the Jewish people than with the Christian church, but this still seems like a good place to add this. ” - Sherrill777
 
86.
The Robe (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
87.
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
88.
The Inquiry (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Roman agent is sent to Palestine to investigate rumors of the resurrection of an executed criminal. (107 mins.)
Director: Damiano Damiani
 
89.
Barabbas (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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.)
 
90.
Quo Vadis (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
91.
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero. (108 mins.)
 
92.
Roar (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young Irish chieftain fights against Roman encroachment (60 mins.)
“ This film marks the beginning of the 'Declining Roman Empire'. ” - Sherrill777
 
93.
Pompeii: The Last Day (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. (120 mins.)
Director: Peter Nicholson
 
94.
Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Tilman Remme
 
95.
Modern Marvels (1993 TV Series)
Episode: The Colosseum (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology... (60 mins.)
“ There is also an episode of Modern Marvels depicting the Aqueducts which would be appropriate to see here too. ” - Sherrill777
 
96.
Classical Destinations (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
(338 mins.)
Director: Peter Beveridge
“ This might have episodes that describe various cities of the ancient Roman Empire and beyond. ” - Sherrill777
 
97.
Centurion (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
 
98.
The Eagle (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
99.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
100.
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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