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The Best Roman Movies

Updated November 23, 2020 16.5k votes 6.9k voters 1.1m views57 items

List RulesMovies 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? You'll quickly find that this list goes beyond just the top 10 Roman empire movies to really see which one is the best ever made.

Ancient Rome was an amazing time in world history and these classic Roman war movies capture it. 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.

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. Be sure to check back for new and upcoming Roman movies as they are released and added to the list.

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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

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    Centurion

    Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson
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    William S. Hart, Herman Rottger
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    Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland

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    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif

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    Cleopatra

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

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    George Harrison, John Cleese

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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

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    I, Claudius

    Derek Jacobi, John Hurt
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    Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren

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    Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac

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    Caligula

    Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole

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    Julius Caesar

    Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee

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    Richard Burton, Jean Simmons

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    History of the World, Part I

    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles

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    The Last Legion

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley

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    Barabbas

    Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine

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    Attila

    Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler

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    Masada

    Peter O'Toole, Barbara Carrera

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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

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    Demetrius and the Gladiators

    Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar
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    The Last Days of Pompeii

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