Peplum, mythology and biblical films I have seenby Alberto-7 | created - 27 Aug 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Peplum, mythology and biblical films all on the same list.
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1. Hercules (1958)
G | 107 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.
Votes: 1,642 | Gross: $10.90M
The granddaddy of all Pepla with Steve Reeves defining the role of Hercules. Some amazing action and enough fantasy to satisfy everyone. Sylva Koscina is also exquisite as Iole. Probably the best Peplum of all time. Do not miss this one.
2. Hercules Unchained (1959)
G | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy
While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.
Votes: 1,777 | Gross: $5.45M
Good sequel to Hercules with a solid story and another great performance by Steve Reeves. Solid action throughout. The only problem is that it lacks the fantasy element so present in the first film. Sylva Koscina once again is excellent as Iole.
3. Vengeance of Hercules (1960)
87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.
Terrific peplum that has everything you would expect from this type of film: Hercules, a 3 headed fire breathing dog, a centaur, several love stories, a revenge plot, a tyrant, a slave queen, etc. Mark Forest is a fantastic Hercules, almost as good as Steve Reeves. The story moves along at a great clip and the acting is quite good for this type of film. I saw the European version(The Vengeance of Hercules) where the hero is Hercules and he is in conflict with his son Illo who loves an enslaved princess whose father, a king, was killed by the evil tyrant. In the American dub, the hero is changed to Goliath (apparently for copyright reasons) except in this version Illo is his brother which makes no sense to me. In any case, a great peplum, which unfortunately has the cheesiest monsters you have ever seen in these films(the bear is laughably inept and the man-bat hilarious). A great escape otherwise.
4. The Loves of Hercules (1960)
Not Rated | 98 min | Fantasy, Adventure
Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen.
Terrible film. Mickey Hargitay looks good but can't act if his life depended on it. Jayne Mansfield is just as bad in the acting department. There is plenty of action and the story is ok. The best part is the Amazon queen turning her lovers into living trees!! The least said about Herc's battle with a bull, the better. The three-headed Hydra is also not very convincing. If you have to see this film, just skip to the part with the living trees.
5. Atlas Against the Cyclops (1961)
Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Strongman Maciste must battle the one-eyed Cyclops monster that is ravaging the land of Sadok, while at the same time fending off the advances of the evil Queen Capys, who wants to do a little ravaging of her own.
This is also a Maciste film whose title has been changed to Atlas (Throughout the film the main character is referred to as Maciste). The story is ok and the Cyclops is quite creepy but the film drags on without ever coming to life. Gordon Mitchell is much older than most strongmen but he is ok. The baby in the film is played by Fabio!!!! Don't bother with this one.
6. Hercules Conquers Atlantis (1961)
Unrated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.
Reg Park plays Hercules this time as a lazy hero who isn't interested in doing much but the film is very good and has some great fantasy sequences. The monster Herc fights is a little cheesy but the rest of the film is solid.
7. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
Not Rated | 91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.
Hercules goes to Hell!! Great, atmospheric entry in the Italian strongman series has a nuanced performance by Reg Park as our hero(not in the same league as Steve Reeves but still good). The sequence where the dead rise from their graves to attack Hercules in Hell is stunning and worth the price of admission on its own.
8. The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)
Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Three goofy druggists travel back to Ancient Greece on a milquetoast inventor's time machine.
Votes: 871 | Gross: $4.36M
Typical Stooges nonsense. Samson Burke as Hercules is the villain (the only time this has ever happened). Nothing to see here unless you love the Stooges.
9. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
G | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.
Terrific fantasy entry with some amazing Ray Harryhausen special effects and a story that goes all out. Casting Nigel Green(not a strongman) as Hercules is inspired and he puts in a great performance. There are so many wonderful moments in this film that it is impossible to list them all: Highlights include the battle with the bronze giant Talos; the battle with the skeletons brought to life and the battle with the Hydra. My favourite sequence is when Triton comes out of the sea to hold back the clashing rocks so that the Argo can get through safely. Not to be missed.
10. The Mighty Hercules (I) (1963–1966)
30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The adventures of the heroic demigod of Greek mythology.
Terrific fun animated series. The budgets were obviously minuscule but the stories were always fun. I am probably a bit too nostalgic about this show but I don't care. It was an important part of my childhood TV viewing. Great theme song and music.
11. Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963)
Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Two strongmen set out to hunt down a murderous sea monster. Their ship is wrecked and they end up in the Holy Land where Hercules is assumed to be Samson who is a wanted man. The two team up to survive.
Great mix of Greek mythology and the bible. The two strongmen unite to defeat a common enemy. Kirk Morris is good as Herc but not in the same league as Steve Reeves. The story is probably the best one of the bunch (apart from the original Hercules) and the action is non-stop. The final battle is furious and well mounted. Richard Lloyd is ok as Samson but it is Liana Orfei that steals the show as Delilah. The beautiful Diletta d'Andrea also holds her own as Leria, the wife of Hercules. Many of the cast from the two Steve Reeves`films appear in this one.
12. Hercules the Invincible (1964)
Unrated | 85 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Hercules battles to save the population from a giant dragon.
Below average Hercules film. Dan Vadis as Hercules (or Argoles, depending on which dub you get) is fine as the strongman but the story is poor and he is saddled with a comical sidekick that just slows the story down. The fight with the dragon is lifted from the original Steve Reeves Hercules movie. The rest is the usual fights, stunts and evil tyrants. Don't bother unless you are a huge fan of peplum.
13. Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)
Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Hercules is summoned to oppose the evil Queen Samara, who has allied herself with aliens and is sacrificing her own people in a bid to awaken a moon goddess.
This is actually a Maciste film that was changed to Hercules for US distribution. The story is quite poor and Alan Steel not very convincing as Maciste/Hercules. Skip this one.
14. Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The 12th century... Failing to overrun Cracow, Genghis Khan kidnaps the beautiful heir to the throne. But Hercules saves her and defeats Khan's throne. In HD.
I enjoyed this one. Mark Forest makes a heroic Hercules (in the English dubbed version. In the original he is Maciste, another legendary strongman) who fights the Mongols(and Gengis Khan) who are trying to invade Poland. Along the way, he fights a cheesy looking giant snake (and it is ginormous !!) and a crocodile (in Poland?). The action sequences are quite good and the final battle is very well put together with hundreds of extras as the soldiers of both armies. This one is worth a look.
15. Hercules Against Rome (1964)
87 min | Adventure, History
Hercules comes from Greece to Ravenna, Italy, because a friend from childhood days has sent for him: Hercules should help the Roman Emperor who is in danger because of an intrigue lead by ... See full summary »
Straightforward Hercules entry that does not skimp on the action sequences (the final battle is very well done). Unfortunately, there are no fantasy elements in the film which diminishes the story somewhat. Alan Steel is an energetic Hercules. Not bad overall but could have used a giant monster or a sorcerer to liven things up.
16. Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors (1964)
Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Hercules defends a people against a race of giant warriors.
Not bad entry in the Hercules series has a bit of everything including a sorceress, an army of bronze giants, a tyrant and comic relief. Dan Vadis is quite athletic as Hercules not afraid to get his hands dirty. Unfortunately, this Hercules is easily duped by the villain and causes the death of a "good" man which forces Zeus to strip him of his strength. Not to worry, he asks forgiveness and his strength is restored. The fight sequences in this film are mostly well done but the first time Herc fights the bronze giants it is shot like a Three Stooges sequence. The film starts off very slowly but picks up steam midway through and the ending is very clever. Overall OK but not as good as the Steve Reeves or Reg Park films.
17. Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (1964)
90 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Hercules battles an evil sorceress who turns men into werewolves.
Terrible film which stars Reg Park as Ursus (despite what the English dubbing will have you believe). Hercules/Ursus fights a monster or is the monster, I can't quite figure it out (and I don't really care). The bottom of the barrel.
18. Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon (1964)
Unrated | 86 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Hercules fights to free the people of Babylon from an evil sorceress.
Ho-hum Hercules entry notable for the presence of Peter Lupus(billed under the name Rock Stevens) of Mission Impossible fame as Hercules. The story is nothing we haven't seen before but has enough action to satisfy fans. Sets and location shooting are fine. Best part is the finale where Hercules destroys the city of Babylon singlehandedly. By the way, Herc's weapon of choice in this film is a giant club making him appear more as a caveman than the son of Zeus. A good way to pass a rainy afternoon but not much else.
19. Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965 TV Movie)
47 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The mighty Hercules battles a sea monster to save the legendary city of Troy.
Gordon Scott makes an amazing Hercules in this TV pilot that was never made into a series. The story is pretty good and Herc gets to fight a pretty amazing monster. Too bad it never led to a TV series.
20. Odissea (1968– )
GP | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Itaka.
Terrific, epic mini series that tells most of the story of the Odyssey. Bekim Fehmiu is great as the hero Ulysses. Irene Papas, appropriately tragic as his wife Penelope waiting so long for his return to Ithaca. I first saw this Italian-French-German-Yugoslav mini series when I was a kid and was impressed even back then, even though I could not appreciate it as I do now.There are some great moments including the terrifying, eerie confrontation with Polifemo, the cyclops (played by Canadian strongman Samson Burke)and the adventures on the island with Circe the witch who turns Ulysses' companions into pigs. Barbara Bach, in one of her first roles, plays Nausicaa, who finds Ulysses shipwrecked on her island and invites him to meet her parents, the King and Queen to tell his story. Most of the episodes are well made with Croatian and Montenegro landscapes filling in for ancient Greece and the other mysterious islands of the story. I found the end to be too long but that is a minor quibble. A terrific experience for all of you who love Greek mythology. Not to be missed.
21. Hercules (1983)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.
Votes: 3,235 | Gross: $10.68M
Lou Ferrigno is good as Herc but this film is just awful. Special effects are atrocious and the story stinks. Forget about it.
22. Samson and Delilah (1949)
Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, Romance
When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.
Votes: 6,370 | Gross: $28.80M
Classic telling of the biblical story. Victor Mature is actually good as Samson.
23. David and Bathsheba (1951)
Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance
After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.
The epic battle between David and Goliath is shown as a flashback at the very end of the movie.
24. The Ten Commandments (1956)
G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
Votes: 58,226 | Gross: $93.74M
Another terrific film with some amazing performances and terrific special effects. The splitting of the Red Sea is eye-popping. Do not miss this.
25. Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, History, Romance
After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba.
Votes: 2,662 | Gross: $12.20M
Pretty cheesy and over the top but the final battle is quite spectacular.
26. A Story of David: The Hunted (1960)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama
King Saul of Israel is jealous of the fame and adoration of David, who long ago slew Goliath and brought victory to Saul's armies. Now Saul, egged on by his Edomite counselor Doeg, attempts... See full summary »
I don't remember much from this movie but I do remember being disappointed that we never see the battle between David and Goliath.
27. Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
G | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.
Stewart Granger is great as Lot in this somewhat overlong version of the biblical story. The sequence where Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt is worth the price of admission.
28. David and Goliath (1960)
Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Family
King Saul of the Israelites is visited in Jerusalem by the Prophet Samuel who foretells him that a war with The Philistines is inevitable and the shepherd David will become king.
Ok version of the biblical story. Orson Welles in his "take the money and run" period overacts ridiculously as King Saul. Ivo Payer as David is a too old and muscular in the role. The battle between David and Goliath is well done but the actor who plays Goliath wears a ridiculously padded suit. If you have to see it, just skip to the epic battle.
29. The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
Unrated | 174 min | Drama
Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.
Votes: 4,401 | Gross: $34.90M
This has some good moments especially the story of Noah.
30. King David (1985)
PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David.
Votes: 1,928 | Gross: $4.80M
I loved this film, especially the performance by Edward Woodward as King Saul. The battle between David and Goliath is probably the best one ever committed to celluloid. Richard Gere as the adult David is ok but the film makes up for his performance with a great script and solid action. Amazing film.
31. In the Beginning (2000)
189 min | Adventure, Drama
Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.
Terrific film on several stories from Genesis and Exodus with a great performance by Martin Landau as Abraham.
32. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
The defiant leader Moses rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, setting six hundred thousand slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Votes: 152,259 | Gross: $65.01M
Christian Bale is good as Moses and the film is quite good but what were they thinking having God portrayed as a little boy?
33. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
Votes: 339,641 | Gross: $20.05M
This amazing satire of biblical times is dead on. The Monty Python troupe are at their best here with Graham Chapman putting in a great performance as Brian. Do not miss this.
34. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.
Votes: 6,867 | Gross: $12.45M
Terrific silent version of the classic story. Both the chariot race and ship battle are simply amazing. A must see, especially if you have seen the 1959 version.
35. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 204,096 | Gross: $74.70M
One of the greatest films of all time and a chariot race that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Wow!!
36. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 10,702 | Gross: $6.98M
Another Ray Harryhausen spectacular with Cyclops, dragons and other assorted beasts. The best Sinbad movie ever made, bar none.
37. Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.
I'm only including this one on the list because the Kraken appears at the end. That and the giants who terrorize everyone. A good film in the same tradition of the 7th Voyage of Sinbad (with the same lead actor).
38. Captain Sindbad (1963)
Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Family
The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess ... See full summary »
Made in Germany Sindbad film (notice the extra d in his name) is ok but lacks the terrific special effects of the Ray Harryhausen films. Guy Williams is quite good as the hero and the story is ok. A good film to see on a rainy day.
39. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Sinbad and the vizier of Marabia, followed by evil magician Koura, seek the three golden tablets that can gain them access to the ancient temple of the Oracle of All Knowledge.
Another great Ray Harryhausen spectacular that includes more fantasy elements than you can imagine. The fight between the Griffin and the one-eyed centaur is amazing. For children of all ages.
40. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
G | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.
Votes: 6,229 | Gross: $16.79M
Long, boring entry in the series is saved by terrific locations in Jordan , Malta and Spain and the presence of the absolutely gorgeous Jane Seymour. Sinbad does very little in this film.
41. Clash of the Titans (1981)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.
Votes: 38,149 | Gross: $41.09M
Fantastic Greek mythology film that features Ray Harryhausen's terrific special effects. The absolute best parts include the Kraken coming out of the sea and the tense battle with Medusa. A jolly good time for all.
42. Troy (2004)
R | 163 min | Drama, History
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.
Votes: 458,141 | Gross: $133.38M
Overlong film version of the Iliad. The film has a lot going for it but a lot of negatives too. The result is an unsatisfying Hollywood action film. The positives: Eric Bana's performance as hector; Peter O'Toole's performance; The epic battle scenes; the wonderful Maltese and Mexican locations. The negatives: Brad Pitt's one-note performance; Achilles is portrayed as a superhero who can almost fly; Some of the dialogue is insipid; Way, way, way too violent. Overall, this is not as good as I expected. Average at best. A better actor to portray Achilles would have helped this greatly.
43. Hercules Returns (1993)
82 min | Comedy
When Brad quits his job at a large cinema chain, to open his own picture theatre, his ex-boss sabotages the opening night by switching the Italian film with a non-subtitled version. Brad ... See full summary »
Hilarious Australian comedy about a guy who reopens an old cinema and shows an old Hercules film. Unfortunately, they received the Italian version with no subtitles, so he gets his friends to help him dub it live! The film they are dubbing is Samson and the Mighty Challenge (1964) which features 4 musclemen for the price of one. Very, very funny.
44. Giants of Rome (1964)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, War
An elite group of soldiers led by the courageous Claudius Marcellus are handpicked by Julius Caesar to embark on a desperate and dangerous suicide mission to destroy the Druids' secret weapon.
Nothing special peplum which is incredibly violent and pretty stupid. It is very weird to see the Romans as the "good" guys(what were the filmmakers thinking?). Don't bother with this one.