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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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2,122 423
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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1,256 355
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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889 364
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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470 239
The Fall of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 4 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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442 211
Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 5 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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389 228
Quo Vadis is listed (or ranked) 6 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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793 173
Rome is listed (or ranked) 7 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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325 205
The Robe is listed (or ranked) 8 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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872 311
The Eagle is listed (or ranked) 9 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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736 209
Centurion is listed (or ranked) 10 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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394 229
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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227 31
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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198 128
History of the World, Part I is listed (or ranked) 13 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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296 152
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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295 94
Conqueror of Corinth is listed (or ranked) 15 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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216 128
Attila is listed (or ranked) 16 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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182 123
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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271 158
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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197 85
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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165 82
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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252 148
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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113 117
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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116 86
A Funny Thing Happened on the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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95 11
I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roman Movies
artsyldyrae added Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips
I, Claudius is an unfinished 1937 film of the book I, Claudius. The abandoned project was being produced by Alexander Korda, directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Charles Laughton, Emlyn ...more
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99 80
The Last Days of Pompeii is listed (or ranked) 25 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.