Ancient and Mythical Greeceby minalex | created - 28 Jul 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
The best films set in ancient or mythical Greece. Also, modern versions of Greek mythology or classic literature. These films are from all over the world: USA (33), Greece (31), Italy (9), France (6), United Kingdom (6), Germany (5), Denmark (2), Spain (2), Canada, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, India and Turkey.
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3. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909)
12 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
In ancient Athens, four young lovers escape into the woods. Meanwhile, tradesmen rehearse a play. All of them suffer from the shenanigans of mischievous fairies.
4. Elektra (1910)
Agamemmon returns to Argos from the Siege of Troy, bringing, as a prisoner and trophy of war and victory, Cassandra, the beautiful daughter of King Priam of Troy. Clytemnestra, the wife of ... See full summary »
5. The Fall of Troy (1911)
10 min | Short, War
One of the first epics on the History of Movies, it tells the story of the Fall of Troy: Paris seduces Helen, queen of Sparta, and takes her to Troy, city state of his father, King Priam. ... See full summary »
6. Dante's Inferno (1911)
68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.
8. The Centaurs (1921)
Not Rated | 3 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy
A female centaur (a creature half-human and half-horse) enters a clearing in the woods, and picks some flowers. She is soon met by a male centaur, and the two then romance each other. They then seek parental consent for their union.
Director: Winsor McCay
11. Pandora's Box (1929)
Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.
Votes: 8,319 | Gross: $0.01M
13. Dafnis kai Hloi (1931)
68 min | Drama, Romance
In Lesvos, shepherd Lamonas someday finds an abandoned baby boy suckling a goat and adopts it, and names him Daphnis. Around the same time, another shepherd, Dryantas, finds too an ... See full summary »
14. The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)
Approved | 8 min | Family, Comedy, Animation
As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able... See full summary »
From Aesop's fable
15. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »
16. The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)
Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
A Walt Disney Silly Symphony telling of the classic fable about a foot race between speedy Max Hare, aka The Blue Streak, and and Slow But Sure Toby Tortoise.
From Aesop's fable
18. The Golden Touch (1935)
10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Greedy King Midas is granted his wish that everything he touches turns to gold. However, he realizes this may be a curse, when he sits down to eat and the food turns to gold as well.
20. Pygmalion (1938)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A Victorian dialect expert makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl to speak proper English and pass as a lady in high society.
21. Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938)
Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Sport
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.
Opening sequence on Ancient Olympics
22. Fantasia (1940)
G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.
Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney
Votes: 78,463 | Gross: $76.41M
23. The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
73 min | Comedy, Musical
The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the story concerns the efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who,... See full summary »
24. Tortoise Beats Hare (1941)
Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short
An upset Bugs challenges the slick Cecil Turtle to a race.
A parody of Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare"
28. Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943)
Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short
Bugs challenges Cecil Turtle to race, only this time he's wearing an aerodynamic suit like Cecil's. Unfortunately, the gambling ring has bet everything on the rabbit, and Bugs now looks like a tortoise.
And another parody of Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare"
29. Willoughby's Magic Hat (1943)
7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Delilah knits the hair from Samson into a hat. The hat gives its wearer super strength: Hercules, Samson, and in the modern day, the nebbishy Willoughby Wren. Willoughby decides he needs to... See full summary »
Director: Bob Wickersham
31. Popeye Meets Hercules (1948)
7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short
The first Olympics, starring Hercules (looking, but not quite sounding, like a really pumped-up Bluto), who challenges anyone to do the same feats as him. Popeye takes that challenge, of ... See full summary »
33. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
Approved | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A seductive woman falls in love with a mysterious ship's captain.
An odd mix of the myth of Pandora and the legend of the Flying Dutchman
34. Mød mig paa Cassiopeia (1951)
101 min | Romance, Comedy, Musical
A stage writer desperate for inspiration acquires a muse straight out of Greek mythology. She bedazzles everyone she meets, but will the play be done in time, and will earthly life win the muse over?
35. Ulysses (1954)
Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History
A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.
36. Alexander the Great (1956)
Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
38. Oedipus Rex (1957)
Approved | 87 min | Drama
The land ruled by King Oedipus is plagued by ill-fortune and the people are promised relief by the gods if the slayer of the former king is apprehended and punished. This does not bode well... See full summary »
39. Desire Under the Elms (1958)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into ... See full summary »
41. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
76 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common ... See full summary »
42. The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Approved | 119 min | Drama, Romance
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.
43. Antigoni (1961)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
Antigone defies her uncle's decree that her traitorous brother should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife; however, her actions have tragic consequences.
A faithful adaptation of Sophocles' play
44. Electra (I) (1962)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
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.
A faithful adaptation of Euripides' play
45. Phaedra (1962)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
The powerful Greek shipowner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos'greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »
46. Contempt (1963)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama
Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.
Votes: 23,110 | Gross: $0.04M
47. Young Aphrodites (1963)
88 min | Drama, Romance
During a merciless drought, the brute nature of man and the delicate essence of the woman will yield under the omnipotence of the carnal instinct.
48. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Votes: 75,427 | Gross: $72.00M
A musical version of Pygmalion
49. Oedipus Rex (1967)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama
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, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »
Based on the myth of Oedipus this is not Sophocles play
50. To prosopo tis Medousas (1967)
90 min | Drama