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The Best Roman Movies 

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List Rules 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
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roman Movies
William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

Released: 1907

Directed by: Sidney Olcott, Frank Oakes Rose, H. Temple

Ben Hur is a 15-minute-long 1907 silent film, the first film version of Lew Wallace's novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, one of the best-selling books at that time.

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Centurion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots

Released: 2010

Directed by: Neil Marshall

Centurion is a 2010 British historical action film directed by Neil Marshall, loosely based on the legend of the Ninth Legion in Caledonia in the early second century AD. The film stars Michael ...more

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The Eagle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong

Released: 2011

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

The Eagle is a 2011 historical adventure film set in Roman Britain directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. Adapted by Jeremy Brock from ...more

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The Fall of the Roman Em... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1964

Directed by: Anthony Mann

The Fall of the Roman Empire is a 1964 epic film starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Mel Ferrer and Omar Sharif. It was directed by Anthony Mann ...more

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau

Released: 1963

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

Released: 2005

Directed by: Michael Apted

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Quo Vadis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr

Released: 1951

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

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Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roman Movies
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

Released: 1979

Directed by: Terry Jones

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Caligula is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 1979

Directed by: Tinto Brass

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The Robe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature

Released: 1953

Directed by: Henry Koster

The Robe is a 1942 historical novel about the Crucifixion of Jesus written by Lloyd C. Douglas. The book was one of the best-selling titles of the 1940s. It entered the New York Times Best ...more

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Conqueror of Corinth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roman Movies
John Drew Barrymore, Gordon Mitchell, Jacques Sernas

Released: 2010

Directed by: Neil Marshall

Il conquistatore di Corinto is a French/Italian international co-production 1961 historical drama film set in 146 BC in Greece. Against the back-drop of the Battle of Corinth, this movie is ...more
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Agora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella

Released: 2009

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg

Released: 1970

Directed by: Stuart Burge

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Tom Islava added Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

Released: 1959

Directed by: William Wyler

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Attila is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler, Tim Curry

Released: 2001

Directed by: Dick Lowry

Attila the Hun, fabled leader of a band of nomadic warriors who fearlessly took on the might of the Roman Empire, has his life story brought to the screen in this two-part miniseries. Attila ...more

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The Last Legion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth

Released: 2007

Directed by: Doug Lefler

The Last Legion is a 2007 film directed by Doug Lefler. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and others, it is based on a 2003 Italian novel of the same name written by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It ...more

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History of the World, Pa... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner

Released: 1981

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Barabbas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance

Released: 1961

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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A Funny Thing Happened o... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Lester

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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Released: 1976

Directed by: Josef von Sternberg

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Demetrius and the Gladia... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1954

Directed by: Delmer Daves

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The Last Days of Pompeii... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Basil Rathbone, nm0129894, John Wood

Released: 1935

Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

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Up Pompeii is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Frankie Howerd, Michael Hordern

Released: 1971

Directed by: Bob Kellett

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