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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 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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1,211 343
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis 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 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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker Roma is 1989 short documentary film, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, created as a part of the series “12 Directors for 12 Cities”.

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Centurion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots 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) 6 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong 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 Empire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer 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) 8 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau 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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Quo Vadis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Deborah Kerr Quo Vadis is a 1951 American epic film made by MGM in Technicolor. It was directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Sam Zimbalist, from a screenplay by John Lee Mahin, S. N. Behrman and Sonya ...more

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312 195
The Robe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature 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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377 218
Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roman Movies
George Harrison, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as Life of Brian, is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group Monty Python, and directed by Jones. It tells the story of Brian ...more

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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Tom Islava added Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh ...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 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 Agora is a 2009 Spanish English-language historical drama film directed by Alejandro Amenábar and written by Amenábar and Mateo Gil. The biopic stars Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, a ...more

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Attila is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler, Tim Curry 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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History of the World, Part I is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Mel Brooks, Orson Welles, Hugh Hefner History of the World, Part I is a 1981 comedy film written, produced, and directed by Mel Brooks. Brooks also stars in the film, playing five roles: Moses, Comicus the stand-up philosopher, ...more

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Demetrius and the Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar, Ernest Borgnine Demetrius and the Gladiators is a fictional 1954 sword-and-sandal drama film and a sequel to The Robe. The picture was made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Frank ...more

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257 154
Caligula is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, Malcolm McDowell Caligula is a biographical film focusing on the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole and John Gielgud. It is the ...more

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189 82
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg Julius Caesar is a 1970 British independent film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, directed by Stuart Burge from a screenplay by Robert Furnival. The film stars Charlton Heston, Jason ...more

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157 79
Barabbas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Palance Barabbas is a 1961 religious epic film expanding on the career of Barabbas, from the Christian Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark and other gospels. The film stars Anthony Quinn as ...more

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245 142
The Last Legion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth 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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110 109
Coriolanus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Jessica Chastain, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes Coriolanus is a 2011 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes in his directorial debut.

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roman Movies
artsyldyrae added I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips

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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 The Last Days of Pompeii is a 1935 drama film directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman ...more