The Best Roman Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must take place during Roman times.

This is a list of the best Roman movies. These are films that take place in ancient Rome. If you believe we've missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. What's the best Roman movie of all time?

Ancient Rome was an amazing time in world history. It was a peak in western civilization. When the Roman Empire fell, the western world plummeted into a Dark Age that lasted for over 600 years. With its western, yet unfamiliar customs, Roman society is a gold mine for filmmakers and storytellers in general. For more movies to watch right now check out our Netflix lists featuring the best horror movies on Netflix, best comedies on Netflix and best anime shows

What's the best movie about Rome? This list included both films that take place during the Roman Republic as well as the Roman Empire. These eras, of course, have given us such icons and gladiators and their arenas, the Roman Legion, Roman emperors, and of course, the many Roman myths and legends. Suffice to say, you don't have to be a history nut to love the movies on this list that are set in Rome.
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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

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    The Fall of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer

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    Quo Vadis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr

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    The Eagle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong

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    The Robe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    Centurion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots

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    Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Agora is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella

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    Attila is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler, Tim Curry

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    Demetrius and the Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar, Ernest Borgnine

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    Centurion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    John Drew Barrymore, Gordon Mitchell, Jacques Sernas

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    History of the World, Part I is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner

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    Caligula is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell

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    Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg

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    Barabbas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance

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    Coriolanus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes

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    The Last Legion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth

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    The Last Days of Pompeii is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Basil Rathbone, nm0129894, John Wood

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    A Funny Thing Happened on the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Hercules is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

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    Capucine, Gordon Mitchell, Salvo Randone

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    Up Pompeii is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Frankie Howerd, Michael Hordern

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    The Dacians is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Roman Movies


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    Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightm... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Alexander Siddig, Kenneth Cranham, Ben Cross

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    Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore, Jean Simmons

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Virna Lisi, Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott

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    Gordon Scott, Massimo Serato, Attilio Dottesio

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    The Rape of the Sabine Women is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Nesbitt Blaisdell, Themis Bazaka, Poppi Alkouli

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    Caesar the Conqueror is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Cameron Mitchell, Raffaella Carrà, Nerio Bernardi

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    Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March

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    Imperium: Nero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    John Simm, Liz Smith, Laura Morante

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    Max von Sydow, Christopher Lambert, Inés Sastre

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    Christine Kaufmann, Cornel Wilde, Massimo Serato

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    Jon Pertwee, Kenneth Williams, Sid James

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    Coriolanus: Hero without a Cou... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Gordon Scott, Nerio Bernardi, Pietro Pastore

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    The Column is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Richard Johnson, Antonella Lualdi, Franco Interlenghi

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    Isa Miranda, Fosco Giachetti, Camillo Pilotto

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Roman Movies


    Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, Victor Mature

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    Jean Simmons, Elsa Lanchester, Woody Strode

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    Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard, Gloria Stuart

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    Duel of Champions is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Roman Movies


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    Siege of Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Roman Movies


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    Sebastiane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Roman Movies

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    Robert Medley, Richard Warwick, Pamela Rooke

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    George Sanders, Esther Williams, Howard Keel

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