Petersen was highly praised for its portrayal of the Trojan War, and Greek mythology, which captured our imaginations. If Troy was a hit and you’re looking for other movies that are similar to it, we have you covered.
Troy loosely draws inspiration from Homer’s epic poem Iliad. This is a crucial literary work in the long tale about Ancient Greece. It stars Brad Pitt playing Achilles, Eric Bana playing Hector, Diane Kruger portraying Helen, Brian Cox as Agamemnon and Sean Bean as Odysseus.
The story follows Achilles, the great warrior who fights for King Agamemnon, Mycenae, and uses his legendary invincibility as a means to secure an alliance between all Greek Kingdoms.
Troy, one of these Kingdoms, is currently negotiating a peace deal with Princes Hector, Paris and Menelaus, King of Sparta. It is not possible to reach an agreement, as it was discovered that Paris has an affair with Menelaus’ wife Helen. Hector, Paris and Paris have returned from Troy.
Menelaus’ rage causes war on his brother Agamemnon who has always longed to take power in Troy. It could not withstand the city’s invulnerable defences.
Achilles is torn between joining forces and going to Troy, or staying home. He knows that if he goes into Troy, he will be killed. He will not only make history, but he will also be immortalised and enjoy everlasting glory. His decision will have a ripple effect, which will determine the fate of Troy and all of Greece over the centuries.
Although Troy received mixed reviews from critics, the movie was a success at the Box Office. It made $133.4 million in the USA and Canada, and $364 million elsewhere in territories. This brought the worldwide total to $497.4 millions. This was not surprising considering that Troy, which cost Warner Bros. $175million to make, was one of the most costly movies ever made. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Costume Design and Brad Pitt won a Teen Choice Award for Best Actor in Drama/Action Adventure.
These eight movies are similar to Troy, if Troy was your favourite movie.
1. The Trojan Women
This 1971 drama tells the story of Troy and the suffering of its victims, specifically the women who were left behind.
Michael Cacoyannis, based on Euripides original play, tells the story of Hecuba (played in Katharine Hepburn), Hector’s mother and Queen of Troy, Hector’s wife, Andromache, Hector’s daughter, Cassandra, Genevieve Bujold, and Helen of Troy (Irene Papas).
Troy and the Trojan Women don’t have the same storyline. They were created 43 years apart and are not in the right order. The storylines of the different works of Greek mythology that they’re based upon only loosely. Despite the fact that the 1971 classic is a much smaller production budget than the “prequel”, the story from the women’s perspective makes for a fascinating watch.
Katharine Hepburn won the award for Best Actress at both the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards (Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards) and the National Board of Review.
Zack Snyder, the director of 200, brought us the perfect movie for it two years later with the historical fantasy 300.
300 is a retelling of a battle between 300 Spartan soldiers, led by King Leonidas and God-King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), who invade an army of over 300,000 Persian soldiers. It also features Leonidas’ wife Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) on her quest for mobilising the rest of Sparta in order to follow her husband to war.
300 is a retelling of The Battle of Thermopylae. It tells the story of King Leonidas and his heroic fight against an unstoppable foe. However, it does take a lot of creativity by including many fantastical creatures. Although it isn’t as real as Troy, it tells the same story about the heroic warriors who fought in the legendary wars of Ancient Greece.
300, which cost between $60 million and $65 million, was a huge success at the Box Office. It brought in $456.1 million ($70.9 million its first weekend) – a record. Snyder received the Award for Best Director, and 300 was also awarded Best Action/Adventure/Thriller at the 2008 Saturn Awards.
Oliver Stone’s historical epic Alexander is the film adaptation Alexander the Great of Robin Lane Fox. It tells the story of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell), King in Ancient Macedonia.
Alexander was also made in 2004 and involves the same drama around loyalty, legacy, politics, war, and of course war. Alexander, a young prince rises to the throne following the assassination his father King Philip (Val Kilmer). He must accept Queen Olympias (Angela Jolie), his manipulative mother and her sinister plots to consolidate and expand his power, as well as his quest to conquer the entire world.
Alexander’s eight-year campaign through Asia is brought to life with the support of his most trusted and loyal advisors, Hephaestion and Cassander (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). This production was not well received by audiences and critics alike.
It was criticised for historical inaccuracies. It earned $167.3 million at Box Office, on a budget of $155 million. It was also nominated for the wrong awards including Worst Picture and Worst Actor (Colin Farrell), Worst Actress and Worst Director(Oliver Stone), Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screenplay at Golden Raspberry Awards. This film received the most nominations in 2005.
The film has seen many changes over the years, including a Director’s Cut by Stone in 2005. This cut reduced the length of the film from 175 to 167 minutes. Stone added 17 minutes to the original movie and shortened it to 167 minutes. The Final Unrated Cut, which ran for 214 minutes, was released in 2007.
2014 also saw the release of the fourth cut, which has a running time of 206 minutes. These re-edited films received far better reviews and would make for better viewing if someone is looking for something comparable to Troy.
Although Gladiator doesn’t take place in Ancient Greece but in Ancient Rome it has similar themes and settings that make it a worthy addition to this list.
Ridley Scott’s 2000 historical drama Gladiator takes us back in time to 180 when Maximus Decimus Meridius, the Spanish Roman General (Russell Crowe), returns from a campaign against Germanic Tribes. After his service in the Roman Army, he plans to return to Hispaniola to see his family.
Maximus is told by Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris), that he plans to name him his successor, and not his son, Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix, who he believes is ineligible to lead. Commodus refuses to accept the decision and kills his father. He then proclaims himself to be emperor. Maximus is sentenced to death for refusing to swear loyalty to Commodus.
Commodus also suffers from the pain of his sister Lucilla (Connie Nielsen), Maximus’ ex-love. He relies on Lucilla’s proclivity toward politics to keep his power. He enlists her support to reopen the Colosseum in order to please those who have not accepted him to be their new Emperor.
Maximus escapes execution, but is captured and sold to Proximo (Oliver Reed), where he must fight in combat arenas as a Gladiator. Maximus excels in this role. Maximus is able to fight before the new Emperor with the help of his friends Juba (DjimonHounsou), a Numidian and Hagen (Ralf Moller).
Gladiator received high praises from critics. The film grossed $460.5 million at Box Office, despite having a budget of $103 millions. It received 119 nominations in 36 different ceremonies and won 48, most notably the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Russel Crowe), Best Costume Design and Best Sound.
Scott was also nominated as Best Director. Phoenix was nominated to be Best Actor in Supporting Role. Gladiator received nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
Ulysses, like Troy, is a retelling of one Homer’s epic poems, this time Odyssey. The 1954 movie tells the story of Ulysses, King Of Ithaca and his return from a decade of warfare.
Starring Silvana Magno as Penelope/Circe, Kirk Douglas as Ulysses and Anthony Quinn playing Antinoos, Ulysses’ storyline is set after the end of the Trojan Wars. It could be considered a “sequel” to Troy.
Penelope is made to feel uncomfortable by several suitors after Ulysses’ failure to return from the Trojan Wars. After completing her tapestry which will portray Ulysses’ brave actions, Penelope agrees to marry one of her suitors. She believes her husband will return.
Ulysses and his soldiers conquer Troy using the Trojan Horse. Ulysses still suffers from the wrath of Cassandra when he destroys Neptune’s Trojan temple. Ulysses’ return to home is interrupted when his boat gets lost on a Phaeacian Island. This is where the adventure begins.
Ulysses was made at a cost of $800,000. However, it only earned $500,000 at the Box Office.
Mel Gibson’s 1995 story of William Wallace and King Edward “Longshanks I of England in the First Scottish War of Independence falls under the category of epic historical fiction. It touches on the same themes of war, tyranny and glory as we find in Troy.
Braveheart stars Mel Gibson as William Wallace. It depicts his struggle for freedom against the English. Murron MacClannough (Catherine McCormack), married his wife in secret. He didn’t want to share her with English Lords who are entitled by Longshanks, Patrick McGoohan, to place newly married brides on their wedding night.
Later, Wallace saves his wife from being sexually assaulted and executed Murron. This invokes Wallace’s vengeance which leads to rebellion among his brothers, Argyle, Malcolm (Sean Lawlor), John, Sandy Nelson, Hamish (Brendan Gleeson), and the Scottish nobility, such as Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen). It also tells the story of Princess Isabella (Sophie Marceau), who must navigate the difficulties of marrying Prince Edward Longshanks.
Wallace’s rebellion gains momentum and he makes history by winning remarkable underdog battles in battles that are reminiscent of the action we saw in Troy.
Braveheart was made at a cost of between $65 million and $70 million and grossed $213.2 million at the Box Office. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
7. The Last Samurai
This 2003 epic historical drama starring Tom Cruise is set in 19th Century Japan during the Meiji Restoration. The Last Samurai has battle scenes similar to Troy, except with muskets. It also gives us a Far Eastern twist on the themes honour, glory and war.
Retired Army Captain Nathan Algren (a veteran of the American Indian Wars) accepts an offer from Colonel Bagley, Tony Goldwyn, to train the Imperial Japanese Army for modern warfare. To prevent rebellion by samurai soldiers who disagree with the Emperor, the army is being modernised.
Algren is ambushed by samurai soldiers and taken into custody. He then forms an unlikely friendship with Lord Moritsgu Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), who was once Emperor Meiji’s most trusted teacher. This makes it clear why he has become dissatisfied with Japan’s Western reformation.
The Last Samurai earned $456.8 Million at the Box Office. This is a great return on a $140 million budget. It was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Mixing. There were also three Golden Globes (Best Performance by an Actor In a Motion Picture – Drama), Best Performance By an Actor In a Supporting Role within a Motion Picture and Best Original Score – Motion Picture).
8. Kingdom of Heaven
This epic historical action film, which Ridley Scott directed and was released in 2005, stars Orlando Bloom.
It is the story of Balian de Ibelin (Bloom), a blacksmith who travelled to Jerusalem during the Crusades in the 12th Century. There, the Kingdom mobilizes to defend itself against Saladin the Ayyubid Muslim Sult that seeks to reclaim it from Christian occupiers.
After a fight between Belian’s father, Godfrey (Liam Neeson), Templar Knight Guy de Lusignan, (Marton Csokas – a potential successor of Jerusalem’s throne – Godfrey, who has been left with an arrow wound and is now dying, knights his son, and charges him to protect the King and King of Jerusalem. Belian meets Tiberias (Jeremy Irons), King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), and Princess Sibylla. Guy tries to break the truce among Muslims and Christians. Belian does everything he can to avoid war and suffering.
Kingdom of Heaven was produced with a budget of $130million and grossed $218.1 million at Box Office. It was also nominated for 15 awards and won five of them.
9. Lord of The Rings
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers ((2002) and The Return of the King (2003) might venture a little further into the Fantasy genre than Troy. The epic plotline, battle scenes, and tale of conquest closely resemble Troy.
The quality of the films has been reflected in 17 Academy Awards (four for The Fellowship of the Ring and two for The Two Towers and eleven for The Return of the King). This is a testament to the excellence of the trilogy, from the sets and acting to the screenplay, special effects and soundtracks to just about everything.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was shot on a combined budget of $981 millions. It earned more than $1.8 Billion in the United States Box Offices and $5.8 Billion worldwide.
Starring Sam Astin (Elijah Wood), Sam Astin (Sam Astin), Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom, Lord of the Rings Follows several characters in a fantasy region called Middle Earth. Frodo Baggins (Wood), and his gang set out to find Mordor to defeat the one ring that would rule them all. This will end the shadow of darkening that is threatening all of Middle Earth thousands of years after the destruction of Sauron the dark lord.
Stanley Kubrick directed Spartacus (1960), which tells the story of a slave revolting against the Roman Republic. The movie stars Kirk Douglas as Spartacus and Laurence Olivier plays Crassus. Jean Simmons plays Varinia. It is based upon Howard Fast’s book.
The battle scenes, drama, references to Roman-Greco polytheistic cultures and mythology are all very similar to that which makes Troy feel authentic. Even though it has a lower production value in terms of special effects, Spartacus surpasses the limitations of time to create an epic storyline that Troy fans will love.
Spartacus made $60 million at the Box Office on a budget of $12million. It also won four Academy Awards and was nominated for two more.
11. Clash of the Titans
Louis Leterrier directs Clash of the Titans (2010), which stars Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson. It is the story of Perseus, a demigod who was born to Zeus (Neeson), and sets out to defeat the creatures of the underworld led by Hades (“Fiennes”) to end their rule over the heavens above.
The film won four major awards and was nominated for 14 other film festivals. It earned $493.2 million at Box Office on a $125 million budget.
Tarsem Singh’s Immortals (2011) dives into Greek Mythology. The film stars John Hurt and Henry Cavill.
It tells the story about Theseus (Cavill), who was chosen by Zeus to fight King Hyperion (Rourke), and save Greece.
The film did not win any major awards, and it received mixed reviews. It earned $226.9 Million at the Box Office, despite having a $75 million budget.
13. The Last of the Mohicans
Michael Mann directed this 1992 classic. It was based on James Fenimore Cooper’s novel . The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis playing Hawkeye/Nathaniel Poe as the white adopted son, Chingachgook, (Russell Means). Hawkeye’s adopted brother, Uncas (Eric Schweig), is there to protect Uncas (Madeleine Stowe), and Alice (Johdi May Munro) during the French and Indian War.
The film received positive reviews and won an Academy Award for Best Sound. It grossed $143 million at Box Office, despite having a $40 million budget.
14. Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia was David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece. It won seven academy awards. It also set Box Offices on fire, earning $70 million with its $15 million budget. Like Troy it is a historical drama/action movie, which set the tone for movies like Troy, which have tried to duplicate its incredible success.
The story follows that of TE Lawrence (Peter O’Toole), an English officer who managed to unify the warring tribes of Arabia against Turks during World War I. Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quinn and Alec Guinness star in the film.
15. The Last King
Based in Norway, the Last King (2016) tells the story of Birkebeiner loyalists who protect King Haakon Sverreson’s infant son, Haakon. This is after the Baglers have taken power in the Scandinavian nation. The film stars Jacob Oftebro and Krisofer Hivju as well as Torklet Dommersnes Sellal and Ane Ulimen Overli. It was directed by Nils Gauup and won the Best Music and Best Production Design awards at the Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival 2017.
While technically based on a comic and falls within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2011) tells of the story of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), an arrogant god who is banished from Asgard by Odin (Anthony Hopkins). He will live among humans on Earth where he will be able to meet Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and become a hero.
Kenneth Branagh’s $150 million budget was worth it. He made a $449.3million return at the Box Office. This led to a huge collection of Avengersfilms, which would eventually make billions.
The 2007 3D-animated fantasy action film Beowulf is another film that is grounded in fantasy mythology. It was based on an Old English epic poem with the same title. Robert Zemeckis directed the movie, which stars Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins. Also, Robin Wright, John Malkovich (with Crispin Glover), Alison Lohman, Alison Lohman and Alison Lohman are featured in it.
The film tells the story about Beowulf, a legendary fighter and warrior who travelled to Denmark in 507 to fight countless battles and resist various temptations. It failed to earn $196.4 million from the Box Office’s $150 million budget. It received mixed reviews and did not win any significant awards.
The fight scenes, sets and costumes look very similar to Troy‘s. In fact, the character Beowulf does indeed look like Achilles. It is interesting to see how mythology and fantasy intersect in both films.
18. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Smith (2006) gives you another glimpse at Brad Pitt’s John Smith. He is a spy who discovers that Jane (Jolie) is also a spy hired to kill him.
Doug Liman directed the movie. It shows Pitt as a more funny actor, but Pitt is filled with all the same hubris and fighting skills that Achilles had in Troy.
Mrs. Smith would earn $487.3 million at Box Office based on a budget of $110 million.
19. Wonder Woman
Patty Jenkins directed this blockbuster, Wonder Woman. It tells the story about Diana (Gal Gadot), a DC Comics superhero, an Amazonian warrior and crown princess of Themyscira. She is also the daughter of Queen Hippolytas and Zeus. She flees her home to fulfil her destiny, and put an end to World War I.
It was a huge success in the Box Offices. The film made $822.3 million with a budget between $120 million and $150 million. The film was well-received by critics, but it did not win any notable awards.
20. Helen of Troy (Miniseries).
This miniseries from 2003, which was nominated to a Primetime Emmy for its story of the beautiful Spartan wife Menelaus, and her kidnapping at the hands Paris of Troy, is now available.
Starring Sienna Guillory and Matthew Marsden, John Rhys-Davies John Rhys-Davies Emilia Fox, Rufus Sewell and Stellan Skarsgard, this two-part epic directed John Kent Harrison is a great reprisal of 1956’s Helen of Troy, but it makes for better viewing thanks to its superior product quality.
21. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Based on Rick Riordan’s novel of the name, Percy Jackson : Sea of Monsters (2013) tells Percy Jackson’s story as the demigod child of the Greek God Poseidon. With his friends, he embarks on a journey to search for the Golden Fleece in order to stop evil ancient forces rising.
Also in the film are Nathan Fillion and Alex Daddario as well as Jake Abel, Jake Abel, Jake Abel, Jake Abel, Jake Abel, Nathan Fillion, Nathan Fillion, Nathan Fillion, and Nathan Fillion. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters made over $200 million at Box Office, but didn’t win any major awards.
Sea of Monsters is a story that’s reminiscent of Troy. It draws inspiration from Greek mythology and weaves in fantastical action scenes to keep you on your edge.
Another film starring Troy’s Eric Bana, Munich (2005), was directed by Steven Spielberg, telling the story of the Israeli government’sOperation Wrath of God, a secret retaliation to the Munich massacre During the 1972 Summer Olympics, the PLO carried out the following:
The movie stars Bana as Avner, Kaufman (based upon Yuval Aviv), Daniel Craig playing Steve, a South African driver and Geoffrey Rush playing Ephraim. It grossed $131 million at Box Office, with a budget of $70 million. The movie received five Academy Award nominations and was well-received from critics.
23. The Perfect Storm
The Perfect Storm(2000) is another film by Troydirector Wolfgang Petersen. George Clooney stars as Frank Tyne Jr., an avid angler who returns to the water after a difficult season. The Perfect Storm has action scenes and suspenseful moments that are reminiscent of Petersen’s style, although in a different setting. John C. Reilly, Diane Lane and Mark Wahlberg are some of the other stars.
The film made a huge box office hit and brought in $328.7 millions on its $120million budget. It was also nominated for two Academy Awards.
24. O Brother, Where Art Thou!
The title of Oh Brother, Where Art Thou! appears to be a comedy movie. The comedy film (2000) seems to be a standard comedy movie, which would have no connection to Troy. The movie is actually based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. The film tells the story of Ulysses Everett McGill, Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson). They escape from a chain gang to retrieve a treasure Everett had buried before it was flooded to create a lake.
It earned $72 million at Box Office on a $26 million budget. The film was also nominated for two Academy Awards.
Wolfgang Petersen also directed Poseidon (2006). This film tells the story about an ocean liner which is swept away by a tsunami and the survivors. It was based on Paul Gallico’s novel The Poseidon Adventure. Poseidon, which stars Emmy Rossum and Kurt Russell, was nominated for an Academy Award. Its worldwide gross of $181 million was achieved with a $160 million budget.
Petersen’s creative use of visual effects to create Poseidon is similar to the work he did for Troy. However, critics were not impressed by its script quality.