Ten Movies to Watch If You Love Troy

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Troy is a unique drama about swords and sandals with Brad Pitt playing Achilles. But what other historical drama movies are its fans going to love?

Troy is still one of the most expensive films in cinema today. Partly this is due to Brad Pitt’s amazing performance as Achilles.

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Partly, Troy was possible due to Gladiator’s success. This made it possible to make films that were Roman- or Ancient Greek-oriented, like 300.

10 Centurion (2010)

Centurion was a commercial disaster, but it received enough critical praise. Later, he would play Magneto in the X-Men Series.

This story is loosely based on real events. It tells the story of how the Roman Empire’s Ninth Legion disappeared in Caledonia in the second century after failing to conquer Britain.

9Cleopatra (1963)

Cleopatra is known for her production disaster history, which included huge budget overruns and changes in cast members, as well as other personnel changes. It is, however, one of the best antiquity-themed movies ever made.

The film’s title, “The Queen of Egypt Cleopatra”, tells the story of Cleopatra the young Egyptian queen. Elizabeth Taylor plays the role. Rex Harrison and Richard Burton play Julius Caesar, while Mark Antony is one of his generals.

8Quo Vadis (1951)

Quo vadis Latin Translation of “Where are you going?” ” – An epic historical drama, adapted from the 1896 book. Future stars of Italy were Sophia Loren, Bud Spencer and Sergio Leone. Sergio Leone was an uncredited assistant director.

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The Roman commander Marcus Vinicius is captured by a Christian hostage. He begins to question Nero’s authority.

7 Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Ridley Scott directs Kingdom of Heaven. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, and was directed by Ridley Scott.

It is set in 12th century France during the Crusades. The film tells the story of a French blacksmith who assists the Kingdom to Jerusalem in its defense against the Ayyubid Muslim Sultan Saladin.

6300 (2006)

Like many Zack Snyder films 300, it is an adaptation of the comic series with similar name. It was directed by Zack Snyder and Frank Miller by Lynn Varley.

The movie, like the comics is a fictionalized version of Battle of Thermopylae. This battle was part the Persian Wars. Xerxes I led the Achaemenid empire. King Leonidas I, Sparta, led the other side.

5The Last Samurai 2003/4

The Last Samurai was rated one of Tom Cruise’s most beloved films. The film was praised by critics for its writing, acting and costumes.

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This film was inspired by Japan’s westernisation efforts and the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion. The story is about a captain from the United States who happens upon Japan’s 19th-century Meiji restoration.

4 The Ten Commandments (1956).

Many records have been set by The Ten Commandments. It is the biggest film ever made and one of the most profitable and highest-grossing films of all time.

It is based both on the Book of Exodus and three other books. It tells the Biblical story about Moses.

3 Spartacus (1960)

Spartacus was a well-known film by Stanley Kubrick. Trumbo was previously on the blacklist. John F. Kennedy would view the film and help end the blacklisting.

It is based upon the 1951 novel of the same name (also blacklisted at the time). It tells Spartacus’ story. He was a Thracian gladiator and the leader of a slave rebellion.

2Ben-Hur (1959)

Ben Hur is still a significant cinematic creation. It won a record number of Academy Awards. It has the longest composed score ever for a film, is very influential and features one of the most iconic action sequences in film history. It was also the second-highest-grossing film ever made, just after Gone with the Wind.

It is based on Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ. It is the story of Ben Hur, who was betrayed and forced to slave labor by his Roman friend. However, he returns to freedom and seeks revenge.

1Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator stars Russell Crowe in the lead role, and Joaquin Phoenix plays the supporting roles. This film is perhaps the most significant about Ancient Rome.

It’s similar to Spartacus but it focuses on a gladiator who challenges the system. Maximus becomes a slave to exact revenge and is turned into a gladiator.

 

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