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The Best Roman Movies

Updated May 12, 2021 16.6k 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 and check out the best TV shows set in Ancient Rome.

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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Centurion

    Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko

    Released2010

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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    Rome

    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson

    Released2005

    Directed byMichael Apted

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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

    Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland

    Released2011

    Directed byKevin Macdonald

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    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif

    Released1964

    Directed byAnthony Mann

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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

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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    Life of Brian

    George Harrison, John Cleese

    Released1979

    Directed byTerry Jones

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    Quo Vadis

    Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren

    Released1951

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

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    I, Claudius

    Derek Jacobi, John Hurt

    Released1976

    Directed byJosef von Sternberg

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    Agora

    Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac

    Released2009

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    Caligula

    Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole

    Released1979

    Directed byTinto Brass

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    Julius Caesar

    Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee

    Released1970

    Directed byStuart Burge

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    The Robe

    Richard Burton, Jean Simmons

    Released1953

    Directed byHenry Koster

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    Barabbas

    Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1961

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    The Last Legion

    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley

    Released2007

    Directed byDoug Lefler

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    History of the World, Part I

    Mel Brooks, Orson Welles

    Released1981

    Directed byMel Brooks

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    Attila

    Isla Fisher, Gerard Butler

    Released2001

    Directed byDick Lowry

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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

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    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Lester

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    Masada

    Peter O'Toole, Barbara Carrera

    Released1981

    Directed byBoris Sagal

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    Demetrius and the Gladiators

    Anne Bancroft, Julie Newmar

    Released1954

    Directed byDelmer Daves

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    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Basil Rathbone, nm0129894

    Released1935

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack