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The Best Roman Movies

Updated October 16, 2020 17.4k votes 6.7k voters 1.1m views54 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. 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. Be sure to check back for new and upcoming Roman movies as they are released and added to the list.

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  • 1
    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Centurion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Centurion

    Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko

    Released2010

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    Rome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Released2005

    Directed byMichael Apted

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    Ben Hur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Ben Hur

    William S. Hart, Herman Rottger

    Released1907

    Directed bySidney Olcott, Frank Oakes Rose, H. Temple

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    The Eagle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    The Eagle

    Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland

    Released2011

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

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    Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Cleopatra

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1963

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

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    Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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  • 9
    Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

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    The Fall of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif

    Released1964

    Directed byAnthony Mann

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    I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    I, Claudius

    Derek Jacobi, John Hurt

    Released1976

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg

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    Quo Vadis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Quo Vadis

    Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren

    Released1951

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

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    Centurion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Centurion

    John Drew Barrymore, Gordon Mitchell

    Released2010

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    Caligula is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Caligula

    Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole

    Released1979

    Directed byTinto Brass

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    Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Julius Caesar

    Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee

    Released1970

    Directed byStuart Burge

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    Agora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Agora

    Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac

    Released2009

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    The Robe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    The Robe

    Richard Burton, Jean Simmons

    Released1953

    Directed byHenry Koster

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    Barabbas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Barabbas

    Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1961

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    History of the World, Part I is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    History of the World, Part I

    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles

    Released1981

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    The Last Legion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    The Last Legion

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley

    Released2007

    Directed byDoug Lefler

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  • 21
    Attila is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Attila

    Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler

    Released2001

    Directed byDick Lowry

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    A Funny Thing Happened on the  is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Lester

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    Masada is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Masada

    Peter O'Toole, Barbara Carrera

    Released1981

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    Demetrius and the Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roman Movies
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    Demetrius and the Gladiators

    Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar

    Released1954

    Directed byDelmer Daves

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