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1. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 208,350

2. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,232,581 | Gross: $187.71M

3. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.3
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80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 700,768

4. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 31,648 | Gross: $23.44M

5. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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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.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 143,437

6. Hail, Caesar! (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.3
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72 Metascore

A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio's stars in line.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 113,222 | Gross: $30.08M

7. Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi, Kevin Smith

Votes: 38,697

8. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 114,885 | Gross: $30.00M

9. Quo Vadis (1951)

Not Rated | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Fierce Roman commander Marcus Vinicius becomes infatuated with beautiful Christian hostage Lygia and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 12,430 | Gross: $24.29M

10. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

7.1
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47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 202,826 | Gross: $370.78M

11. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 26,904 | Gross: $57.78M

12. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

8.1
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77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 339,602 | Gross: $20.05M

13. King Arthur (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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46 Metascore

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 153,079 | Gross: $51.88M

14. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 204,071 | Gross: $74.70M

15. The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.9
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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford

Votes: 162,179

16. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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In the time before the arrival of Spartacus, the House of Batiatus faces many challenges from competitors, and within its own household.

Stars: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare

Votes: 117,243

17. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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39 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 101,539 | Gross: $23.22M

18. Plebs (2013– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

8.0
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PLEBS follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs, and climb the social ladder in the big city - a city that happens to be Ancient Rome.

Stars: Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Tom Basden, Karl Theobald

Votes: 5,772

19. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | 164 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco

Votes: 47,103 | Gross: $7.63M

20. Centurion (2010)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, History

6.4
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62 Metascore

A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is devastated in a guerrilla attack.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Andreas Wisniewski

Votes: 74,684 | Gross: $0.12M

21. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 38,574 | Gross: $26.38M

22. History of the World: Part I (1981)

R | 92 min | Comedy, History

6.9
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47 Metascore

Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn

Votes: 43,249 | Gross: $31.67M

23. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 106 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.4
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64 Metascore

Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life told in an anachronistic manner.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Votes: 23,482 | Gross: $24.48M

24. The Eagle (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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55 Metascore

In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, István Göz

Votes: 62,115 | Gross: $19.49M

25. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.8
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 14,534

26. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 17,965

27. Dragon Blade (2015)

R | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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41 Metascore

When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to protect his country and his new friends.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Si Won Choi

Votes: 16,979 | Gross: $0.07M

28. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

6.9
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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford

Votes: 7,859

29. Attila (2001)

Unrated | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.7
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A romanced story of Attila the Hun, from when he lost his parents in childhood until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect ... See full summary »

Stars: Pauline Lynch, Steven Berkoff, Andrew Pleavin, Tommy Flanagan

Votes: 9,703

30. Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.6
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Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.

Director: Alain Chabat | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 45,403 | Gross: $3.12M

31. The Arena (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Adventure

5.3
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In ancient Rome audiences have grown tired of viewing gladiators fight to the death. Something new is needed--women. (Josiah Howard, "Blaxploitation cinema: The Essential Reference Guide.")

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Margaret Markov, Pam Grier, Lucretia Love, Paul Muller

Votes: 1,057

32. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 260 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 8,060 | Gross: $15.47M

33. The Last Legion (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, War

5.4
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37 Metascore

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.

Director: Doug Lefler | Stars: Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Peter Mullan

Votes: 32,892 | Gross: $5.93M

34. Titus (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.1
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57 Metascore

Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi

Votes: 18,982 | Gross: $1.92M

35. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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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.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason

Votes: 7,547 | Gross: $4.75M

36. Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.2
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Astérix and Obélix compete at the Olympics in order to help their friend Lovesix marry Princess Irina. Brutus also tries to win the game with his own team and get rid of his father Julius Caesar.

Directors: Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alain Delon

Votes: 25,487 | Gross: $1.00M

37. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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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.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 9,578

38. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

6.7
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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.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 8,414 | Gross: $36.00M

39. Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (2014)

85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony.

Directors: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier | Stars: Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch, Laurent Lafitte, Alexandre Astier

Votes: 10,227 | Gross: $1.66M

40. Cleopatra (1999– )

Not Rated | 177 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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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.

Stars: Nadim Sawalha, Owen Teale, Philip Quast, Daragh O'Malley

Votes: 3,606

41. Roar (1997– )

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.4
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A young Irish chieftain fights against Roman encroachment.

Stars: Heath Ledger, Lisa Zane, Sebastian Roché, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 1,054

42. Fellini Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

6.9
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 13,698

43. The Sign of the Cross (1932)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, History

6.8
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A Roman soldier becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman and his loyalty to Emperor Nero.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Elissa Landi, Charles Laughton

Votes: 1,822

44. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, History

6.6
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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.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget

Votes: 3,103 | Gross: $26.00M

45. King of Kings (1961)

PG-13 | 168 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Ron Randell

Votes: 6,344 | Gross: $14.48M

46. Barbarians Rising (2016– )

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

7.8
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Rome. The greatest empire the world has ever known. This docudrama tells the story of Rome through the eyes of the empire's many adversaries who battled to see its destruction.

Stars: Michael Ealy, Barry Strauss, Richard Riddell, Julian Kostov

Votes: 1,614

47. Carry On Cleo (1964)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

6.7
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Two Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave and cunning fighter. One of their first encounters... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey

Votes: 3,680

48. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

7.4
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61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,825 | Gross: $14.36M

49. Being Human (1994)

PG-13 | 122 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5
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33 Metascore

One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Robin Williams, John Turturro, Kelly Hunter, Maudie Johnson

Votes: 3,645 | Gross: $1.52M

50. Eliminators (1986)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.7
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A former pilot rebels against his creator, teaming up with the scientist responsible for android technology, her pet robot Spot, a rough-and-tumble riverboat guide, and a martial arts warrior.

Director: Peter Manoogian | Stars: Andrew Prine, Denise Crosby, Patrick Reynolds, Conan Lee

Votes: 1,705 | Gross: $4.60M



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