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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 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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Spartacus 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 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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The Fall of the Roman Empire 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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Quo Vadis 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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The Robe 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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The Eagle 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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Centurion Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots Centurion is a 2010 British historical action-war film directed by Neil Marshall, loosely based on the legend of the massacre of the Ninth Legion in Caledonia in the early second century AD. The ...more

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Rome 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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Cleopatra 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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Life of Brian 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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Attila 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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Demetrius and the Gladiators 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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Agora 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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History of the World, Part I 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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Centurion 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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Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Tom Islava added Ben-Hur 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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Caligula 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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Julius Caesar 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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Barabbas 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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The Last Legion 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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Coriolanus 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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The Last Days of Pompeii 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 Way to the Forum 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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Masada is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Jim_In_Texas added Masada Peter O'Toole, Barbara Carrera, David Warner Masada is an American television miniseries that aired on ABC in April 1981. Advertised by the network as an "ABC Novel for Television," it was a fictionalized account of the ...more

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Hercules Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more

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I Claudius is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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Up Pompeii Frankie Howerd, Michael Hordern Up Pompeii is a 1971 British comedy film directed by Bob Kellett and starring Frankie Howerd and Michael Hordern. The film was shot at Elstree Film Studios, Borehamwood, England. The film is ...more

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Fellini Satyricon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Fellini Satyricon Capucine, Gordon Mitchell, Salvo Randone Fellini Satyricon, or simply Satyricon, is a 1969 Italian fantasy drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini. It is loosely based on Petronius's work, Satyricon, a series of bawdy and ...more

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Caesar and Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Caesar and Cleopatra Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore, Jean Simmons Caesar and Cleopatra is a 1945 British Technicolor film directed by Gabriel Pascal and starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. It was adapted from the play Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard ...more

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Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightmare Alexander Siddig, Kenneth Cranham, Ben Cross Hannibal – Rome's Worst Nightmare is a 2006 television film, presented as a dramatised documentary, made by the British Broadcasting Corporation. It was narrated by Kenneth Cranham. The film is ...more

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The Sign of the Cross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Roman Movies
The Sign of the Cross Charles Laughton, Claudette Colbert, Fredric March The Sign of the Cross is a pre-Code epic film released by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille from a screenplay by Waldemar Young and Sidney Buchman, and based on the ...more

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Duel of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Duel of the Titans Virna Lisi, Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott Romolo e Remo is a 1961 film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, and Virna Lisi. Tagline: "The Legendary Conflict of Mankind's Mightiest Mortals!"

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Hero of Rome is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Hero of Rome Gordon Scott, Massimo Serato, Attilio Dottesio Il Colosso di Roma is a 1964 Italian historical drama film set in Rome in 508 BC, and depicts the expulsion of the last kings of Rome and the legend of Gaius Mucius Scaevola. The film was ...more

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Druids is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Druids Max von Sydow, Christopher Lambert, Inés Sastre Druids is a French-Canadian-Belgian historical film first released on 31 August 2001, directed by Jacques Dorfmann. It stars Christopher Lambert, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Inés Sastre, Maria ...more

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Constantine and the Cross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Constantine and the Cross Christine Kaufmann, Cornel Wilde, Massimo Serato Constantine and the Cross is a 1961 historical drama film about the early career of the emperor Constantine, who first legalized and then adopted Christianity in the early 4th century. The ...more

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Caesar the Conqueror Cameron Mitchell, Raffaella Carrà, Nerio Bernardi Caesar the Conqueror is a 1962 Italian film directed by Tanio Boccia. The scenario is based on Julius Caesar's Commentarii de Bello Gallico.

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Androcles and the Lion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Androcles and the Lion Jean Simmons, Elsa Lanchester, Woody Strode Androcles and the Lion is a 1952 RKO film produced by Gabriel Pascal from the George Bernard Shaw play of the same name. It was Pascal's last film, made two years after the death of Shaw, his ...more

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The Rape of the Sabine Women Nesbitt Blaisdell, Themis Bazaka, Poppi Alkouli The Rape of the Sabine Women is an art film by Eve Sussman, which had its world premiere on 2006-11-26 at the 47th International Thessaloniki Film Festival. Eve Sussman, an artist and movie ...more

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Imperium: Nero John Simm, Liz Smith, Laura Morante Imperium: Nero is an Italian-British-Spanish TV movie, part of the Imperium series; it was made film available on DVD as of November 2005 in the U.S.A. and Canada. Produced by EOS Entertainment ...more

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Carry On Cleo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Carry On Cleo Jon Pertwee, Kenneth Williams, Sid James Carry On Cleo is a British film comedy which was released in 1964. It is the tenth in the series of Carry On films to be made, and the website ICONS.a portrait of England describes Carry On Cleo ...more

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Hannibal Bud Spencer, Terence Hill, Victor Mature Hannibal is a 1959 historical film based on the life of Hannibal, starring Victor Mature in the title role.

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Coriolanus: Hero without a Country Gordon Scott, Nerio Bernardi, Pietro Pastore Coriolano: eroe senza patria is a 1963 Italian historical drama film set in Rome in 493 BC. The plot is an adaptation of the Roman legend about the general who won great victories for the Romans ...more

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Scipio Africanus: The Defeat o... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal Isa Miranda, Fosco Giachetti, Camillo Pilotto Scipione l'africano — in English Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of Hannibal — is an Italian historical film that focuses on Publius Cornelius Scipio from the time of his election as dictator until ...more

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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Roman Movies
SamB23 added The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more

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The Column Richard Johnson, Antonella Lualdi, Franco Interlenghi The Column is a 1968 Romanian historical film directed by Mircea Drăgan. The film was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 41st Academy Awards, but was not ...more

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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Clash of the Titans Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier Clash of the Titans is an 1981 British-American fantasy adventure film involving the Greek hero Perseus, and features the final work of stop motion visual effects artist, Ray Harryhausen. It was ...more

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Roman Scandals is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Roman Movies
Roman Scandals Lucille Ball, Paulette Goddard, Gloria Stuart Roman Scandals is a 1933 black-and-white American musical film starring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold and David Manners. It was directed by Frank Tuttle. The film ...more