Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.



(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
375 ( 44)
16 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Director: Noam Murro
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
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.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
I Am Legend (2007)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody
Avatar (2009)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris
Spider-Man (2002)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe
Hancock (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when one person he saves helps him improve his public image.

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman
Iron Man (2008)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Men in Black (1997)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina


Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovani Cimmino ...
Pleistarchos (as Giovani Antonio Cimmino)
Greg Kramer ...
Kelly Craig ...


In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw but left with no options he pushed forward. After 3 days of battle all the Greeks were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes that the separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks, was not as heavily guarded as they thought. Written by cyberian2005

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

spartan | greece | battle | warrior | epic | See All (177) »


Spartans, tonight, we dine in hell! See more »


Action | Drama | Fantasy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

300  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,885,301 (USA) (9 March 2007)


$210,592,590 (USA) (6 July 2007)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(IMAX version)| | |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In the movie, some of the Spartan men can be seen with trimmed beards or no facial hair at all. However, in accordance with ancient Greek custom, it was completely unacceptable to shave one's beard, lest they be marked as effeminate (even though someone could shave their moustache as long as they left the beard alone). The only time a beard was shaved was as the mark of a coward or as a sign of mourning. See more »


The final test for a Spartan warrior was not the wilderness survival, though that was a part. The final test was to sneak out of the barracks, kill an unsuspecting slave, and return without being caught. The wolf story of Leonidas might actually be loosely based on Xerxes. To prove he was worthy to be King, Xerxes was locked in a room with a full grown lion, armed only with a spear. See more »


[first lines]
Dilios: When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios logos are made of stone and appear in front of a brown, cloudy sky. See more »


Spoofed in Eureka: It's Not Easy Being Green (2009) See more »


To Victory
Composed by Tyler Bates
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

"Spartan! Come back with your shield, or on it."

The key of Zack Zinder's epic style of film was to take the action event and turn it into a mythology… He wanted to get to the essence of the Spartans, and to show us the story of a handful of soldiers willing to risk all for a larger western concept of freedom and liberty…

"300" is an interpretation of a complex historical event, the collision of cultures that continues to this day… Spartan warriors and Persian soldiers were probably the most extreme cultures of that moment…

They were interesting elements of truth in Zinder's movie: The Spartans were not like the Athenians… They lived under more barbaric rules… Every Spartan was a soldier… They fight as a specialized unit ("That's the source of our strength!"). Once they get this right group of iron, brass and muscles they become almost undefeatable ("Today no Spartans die!").

If you're a Spartan citizen you're a soldier ("Spartans! What is your profession?"), you're a pure warrior struggling for justice and for what you believe is true… The Spartans remain a mystery to everybody… They were, probably, unique… Till the day of the clash, they have never met an adversary who could offer them what they call 'a beautiful death.' They only were hoping with all the massive army gathered against them, there might be one down there who's up to the task ("Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell!").

Both the Spartans and Samurai warriors were comparably fierce and passionate ("No prisoners! No mercy!")... They were raging soldiers ("Give them nothing but take from them everything!")… But at the same time they had an absolute code of honor on the essence of being a Spartan… And it's cruel, very cruel… When a boy was born, he was inspected… If he's been sick or deformed, the child is murdered… From the time he could stand, he was taught not to retreat, never to surrender… He was taught that death on the battlefield in service to Sparta was the greatest glory he could achieve in his life… At the age of seven, all the boys were taken away from their mothers and plunged into a world of violence, turning them into growing men, ultimate warriors the world has ever known…

King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) was a legendary hero, somebody special… His name was the descendant of lions… He was very powerful, very thoughtful and perhaps in the film far more human than he is even in the graphic novel... Leonidas was a practical man whose life is matched by a straight road to one gleaming moment in destiny and that day, he couldn't meekly swallow the insult of Sparta's submission to the world of Xerxes… "This is Sparta!," as he shouted to Xerxes' emissary, affirming that there is no softness, no place for weakness, and only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans…

What I loved about Leonidas was his needs, in his moment of indecision, of a back-up, maybe a second opinion, some assurance of his wife Queen Gorgo… So we see him, both times, looking to his wife…

Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) was a great character not only in the film but in history… She was sexy and beautiful and above all tough and aggressive… There was intensity, elegance and ability in her… Also a kind of femininity in her nobility... There's only one moment when she loses it at the end and it was not a breakdown…

We know lot of Queen Gorgo thanks to Herodotus, the father of the history, who chooses to write about her which clearly demonstrate she was significant… Spartan women were special anyway, they were incredibly beautiful and Sparta was the land of beautiful women… They were beautiful because they were physically fit, because they were allowed to exercise… They were not repressed and were considered incredibly potent… Gorgo could speak among men because as she affirmed it before the Persian emissary: "Only Spartan women give birth to real men!"

Gorgo's one love scene with Leonidas and the dialogue beforehand, was powerful: "It is not a question of what a Spartan citizen SHOULD do nor a husband, nor a king. Instead ask yourself, my dearest love, what should a free man do?"

Brutally violent and completely faithful to Miller's work, Zinder's "300" is inspiring, brave, and bloody artistic film…

94 of 169 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
August padrighbf
Why are the Persians black in this movie?? IAmSaba
300 underacheived pioneerpete9
Did Anyone Else Not Like This Movie? fishboy9530
Blu-Ray maddmaxxh5
its just an eye stationtosche
Discuss 300 (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page