The Best Roman Movies Films
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The Best Roman Movies

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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    the people's #1 Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    most listed William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

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    ranked low on reranks Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris

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    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr

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    George Harrison, John Cleese, Eric Idle

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    Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler, Tim Curry

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau

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    Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Michael Lonsdale

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    ranked low on reranks Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Julie Newmar

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    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner

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    ranked low on reranks Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes

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    ranked low on reranks Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ernest Borgnine, Sharon Tate, Jack Palance

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    Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell

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    ranked low on reranks John Drew Barrymore, Gordon Mitchell, Jacques Sernas

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    Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg

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    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley

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    Basil Rathbone, Louis Calhern, John Wood

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    Danny DeVito, Charlton Heston, James Woods

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    Frankie Howerd, Michael Hordern

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    Gordon Scott, Massimo Serato, Attilio Dottesio

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    Virna Lisi, Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott

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    Cameron Mitchell, Nerio Bernardi, Raffaella Carrà

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    Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore, Jean Simmons

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    Nesbitt Blaisdell, Themis Bazaka, Poppi Alkouli

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    Gordon Scott, Nerio Bernardi, Pietro Pastore

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    Alexander Siddig, Kenneth Cranham, Ben Cross

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    Richard Johnson, Antonella Lualdi, Florin Piersic

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    Jon Pertwee, Kenneth Williams, Sid James

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    John Simm, Liz Smith, Ian Richardson

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    Cornel Wilde, Christine Kaufmann, Massimo Serato

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    Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March

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    Max von Sydow, Inés Sastre, Klaus Maria Brandauer

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    Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard, Gloria Stuart

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    Robert Medley, Richard Warwick, Pamela Rooke

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    George Sanders, Esther Williams, Howard Keel

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    Isa Miranda, Fosco Giachetti, Camillo Pilotto

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    Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, Victor Mature

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    Jean Simmons, Woody Strode, Elsa Lanchester

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