film The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made  

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What are the best sword and sandal movies of all time? This list of great sword and sandal films runs the gamut, featuring mythic figures like Hercules, Goliath, Samson, and Ursus, as well as classic movies like Spartacus and The Ten Commandments, along with modern swashbuckling adventures like Gladiator, Troy, The Scorpion King, and both versions of Clash of the Titans!

Whether the sword is mightier than the pen or the other way around, we want to know which movies you think are the best in the genre (also known as the peplum genre after the Greek word for "tunic").

Vote below for your favorite sword and sandal epics and if you see any titles missing, feel free to add them so that other movie fans and Rankers can vote on your additions!

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Ben Hur William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

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Troy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Troy Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne

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300 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Clash of the Titans Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Conan the Barbarian Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow

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Jason and the Argonauts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Jason and the Argonauts Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

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Wrath of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Wrath of the Titans Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Cleopatra Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau

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Alexander is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Alexander Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Colin Farrell

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Centurion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Centurion Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots

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The Fall of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The Fall of the Roman Empire Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer

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Seven Samurai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno

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Conan the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Conan the Destroyer Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain, André the Giant

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The 300 Spartans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The 300 Spartans Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Donald Houston

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Julius Caesar Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr, John Gielgud

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Sanjuro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Sanjuro Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Hercules Luciana Paluzzi, Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves

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Red Sonja is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Red Sonja Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brigitte Nielsen, Ernie Reyes

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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Clash of the Titans Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

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Goliath and the Barbarians is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Goliath and the Barbarians Steve Reeves, Bruce Cabot, Arturo Dominici

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Yojimbo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Ulysses Fionnula Flanagan, Milo O'Shea, Maurice Roeves

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Immortals is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Immortals Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, John Hurt

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Pompeii is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Pompeii Kiefer Sutherland, Emily Browning, Jessica Lucas - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Conan the Barbarian Morgan Freeman, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols

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The Robe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley

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300: Rise of an Empire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
300: Rise of an Empire Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro

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Hercules Unchained is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Hercules Unchained Sylva Koscina, Steve Reeves, Primo Carnera - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Scorpion King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The Scorpion King Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Cabiria is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Cabiria Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Dante Testa - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Last Days of Pompeii is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The Last Days of Pompeii Basil Rathbone, nm0129894, John Wood - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The Fury of Achilles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The Fury of Achilles Gordon Mitchell, Jacques Bergerac, Piero Lulli

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Rome Against Rome is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Rome Against Rome John Drew Barrymore, Andrea Checchi, Ettore Manni

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History of the World, Part I is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
History of the World, Part I Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner

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Pathfinder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Pathfinder Moon Bloodgood, Karl Urban, Clancy Brown

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The Last Legion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The Last Legion Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Ursus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made

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Samson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Samson Roman Polanski, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Władysław Kowalski

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13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
13 Assassins Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki

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The Arena is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
The Arena Pam Grier, Paul Muller, Rosalba Neri

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sword and Sandal Films Ever Made
Hercules Rachael Taylor, Leelee Sobieski, Sean Astin