films 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago  

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Pre-modern war movies feature epic battles and hand-to-hand combat to create some of the bloodiest wars ever caught on film. The top ancient war movies feature classic heroes motivating the masses to fight against oppression. This is a list of historical war movies featuring everything from The Last of the Mohicans to 300 to The Last Samurai.

What historical war films will you find on this list? You might vote Braveheart to the top of the pack. Directed by and starring Mel Gibson, this hit film's unforgettable battle scenes helped it to take home five Academy Awards. Gladiator is another fantastic ancient war movie about one man's quest for justice. Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus featured Kirk Douglas in the title role of a slave rising up against his Roman masters. Other good movies featured on this roundup of the best pre-modern war films include Willow, First Knight, and Kingdom of Heaven.

Do you have a favorite historical war film? Give the best movies a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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Kingdom of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Kingdom of Heaven Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton

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300 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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The 13th Warrior is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
The 13th Warrior Omar Sharif, Antonio Banderas, Tony Curran

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Master and Commander: The Far ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan

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King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
King Arthur Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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Centurion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Centurion Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots

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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Apocalypto Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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Beowulf & Grendel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Beowulf & Grendel Gerard Butler, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Sarah Polley

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A Knight's Tale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
A Knight's Tale Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon

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Willow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Willow Val Kilmer, Kevin Pollak, Warwick Davis

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The Messenger: The Story of Jo... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich

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Rob Roy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Rob Roy Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

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Alexander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Alexander Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Colin Farrell

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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Robin Hood Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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The Eagle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
The Eagle Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong

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Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Beowulf Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich

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Season of the Witch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Season of the Witch Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman

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Pathfinder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Pathfinder Moon Bloodgood, Karl Urban, Clancy Brown

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Henry V is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Henry V Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench

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Immortals is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Immortals Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, John Hurt

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The Last Legion is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
The Last Legion Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth

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First Knight is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
First Knight Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 25+ Fantastic Pre-Modern War Movies That Take Place a Long Time Ago
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Gemma Arterton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley