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Favorite Historical Epic Films

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Ben-Hur (1959)


Director: William Wyler
Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Martha Scott, Sam Jaffe, Finlay Currie, Hugh Griffith and Haya Harareet


When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
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People who added this item 599 Average listal rating (382 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Centurion (2010)


Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko and Andreas Wisniewski


Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.
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People who added this item 521 Average listal rating (288 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Cleopatra (1963)


Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian and Darryl F. Zanuck
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison and Pamela Brown


Historical epic about the triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.
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The Eagle (2011)


Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong


In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem.
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El Cid (1961)


Director: Anthony Mann
Starring: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, John Fraser and Geneviève Page


Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.
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Director: Anthony Mann
Starring: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Mel Ferrer and Omar Sharif


Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power and the shattering effects of that power's loss. Here is the tale of the plight of a people living on the brink of a political abyss.
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Gladiator (2000)


Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, David Schofield, John Schrapnel, David Hemmings, Spencer Treat Clark, Tomas Arana and Ralf Moeller


Roman General Maximus's success in battle earns the favour of an elderly Emperor Marcus Aurelius at the expense of the Emperor's son, Commodus. In a fit of jealous rage Commodus slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, his family dead, Maximus must fight as a Gladiator to gain his freedom and his revenge.
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Ironclad (2011)


Director: Jonathan English
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Jason Flemyng, Brian Cox, James Purefoy, Kate Mara, Charles Dance, Derek Jacobi, Mackenzie Crook, Jamie Foreman, Rhys Parry Jones and Guy Siner


It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta: a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.
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Pharaoh (1966)


Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Starring: Jerzy Zelnik, Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz, Barbara Brylska and Krystyna Mikolajewska


Young Pharaoh Ramses XIII clashes with Egypt's clergy over influence on the affairs of the state and its coffers.
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Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo and John Derek


The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
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Troy (2004)


Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Peter O'Toole, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Sean Bean, Rose Byrne, Saffron Burrows, Julian Glover, Mark Lewis Jones, Trevor Eve, John Schrapnel, Garrett Hedlund, Vincent Regan, Nigel Terry and James Cosmo


In the year 1250 B.C., during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash: Sparta and Troy.

Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnom to help him get her back.
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Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Dec 21 20:26
I love Gladiator ! First time I saw this movie in the cinema when I was in high school. Great role Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix best role I've ever seen!
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Dec 22 12:53
Yes, I agree Villiana that 'Gladiator' is a great film - right from the opening battle scene which was actually filmed not far from where I live! Have you ever seen the Polish film 'Pharaoh'? - very good too. Thanks for your vote. :)
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Dec 22 15:00
You're welcome. No, I haven't seen 'Pharaoh'. Maybe soon.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 18 12:32
I love Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 18 13:02
Me too. Charlton Heston was born in the wrong era! Thanks for your vote. :)
Posted: 6 months, 2 weeks ago at May 9 6:04
I'll have to give "Centurion" a look. :)
Posted: 6 months, 2 weeks ago at May 9 8:09
I loved it!

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