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Best Movies About the Ancient World

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300 Report Abuse
Story about ancient Sparta and the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) .
318 points - added 5 years ago by redmark - 14 comments
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It didn't show the Battle parallel to it.
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This is the first movie i saw with a lot of action, I LOVE IT!!
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To be fair to 300, it did inspire LOADS of people to read up about Spartans. It was meant to be the Battle of Thermopylae, THROUGH the eyes of the Spartans, not through history. It was an inspiring film, that publicised a crucial moment in history.
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Don't know why everyone is banging on about historical inaccuracies, pretty sure the the Director wasn't going for accuracy (see goat headed Persian). You clearly didn't get the film, and if you're looking for historical accuracy, or even a depiction of reality- watch a documentary!! Not a film made for entertainment purposes :)
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Drivel unless you have a comic book mind, repetitive and dull..very inaccurate full of one dimensional characters and stereotypes.
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Inaccurate and cliched, but what can you expect from a comic book adaptation. Good fare for teen or young males.
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I don't know what everybody is bitching about. 300 is one of the BEST movie I've ever seen
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i thought this movie was brilliant but very inaccurate.
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I have no idea why this is number 1... There are much better movies than this.
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one of the worst movie i saw is 300
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Just for them kids who are like wow this is just awesome. If you look it at the way sure, but in no way is it better then Gladiator, even though I liked 300 better.
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so what...
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doesn't tell the story even remotely correctly.
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i just saw this movie It is one of my favorite movies ever
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Gladiator Report Abuse
Ancient Rome on the conquering path
296 points - added 5 years ago by redmark - 9 comments
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During the reign of Marcus Aurelius, one of his best generals was called Marcus Valerius Maximianus who was victorious against the marcomanni. Perhaps his name was shortened by the legionaries. That part about his killing Commodus was not true though.
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despite some serious errors, great to watch
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Except it is a complete travesty as far as historical accuracy is concerned. I couldn't take it seriously after the first scene where Maximus is riding with STIRRUPS. This is basic historical knowledge and the fact they couldn't be bothered with a proper roman saddle (which you can simply buy if you want) and the fairly trivial effort to learn to ride with a Roman saddle (they are more intuitive for the rider than stirrups) tells you a lot about their faith in accuracy.
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shud be on first...tbh
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Totally off base, but gives the flavor of the times to some degree. Magnificent, but brief performances by Richard Harris and Oliver Redd - both gone now.
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how is this the best when the protagonist is completely fictional, maximus didn't exist, so he couldn't have killed commodus,
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not completely accurate my friend, the gladitorial games went on in a different manner then that shown in the film
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Excellent & accurate.a portrayal of.a.time-,,piece as Hollywood gets.
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I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! It has a great plot, and a great score (Soundtrack).
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TROY Report Abuse
An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.
219 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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You know they at least read one line from the Iliad. The comment Achilles made to Hector about there not being pacts between lions and men is from the book; not exactly, but close.
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A very modern interpretation of an ancient epic. A lot of the Greek mythology was completely overlooked, and the gods are not depicted as nearly as magestic and powerful as they were depicted by Homer. I think that's were it loses a lot of it's flavor. I also didn't like the fact that many modern frases are used in dialogue, which no one would ever be say in ancient Greece.
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I THINK IT 'S VERY NICE MOVIE
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not even CLOSE to telling the right story, but it was cool.
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Agora Report Abuse
Based on the life of Hypatia - a female mathmatician and astronomer - during the religous struggles of 4th century Egypt. Great movie!!
194 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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One of the amazing ancient movies I've watched so far. Shows the horror which mankind had to go through in the name of religion.
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Undoubtedly one of the best movies every mad about the ancient world with very little accurate material to go on. What a cast. Rachel is superb.
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brave heart Report Abuse
fantastic film
175 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 9 comments
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'accurate in the fact that english were (are) as horrible as they are portrayed' That is a terrible comment! Would love to see Hollywood actually use historical fact. Ok film, not the best.
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accurate in the fact that english were (are) as horrible as they are portrayed, but inaccurate in the fact that Robert the Bruce's role in Scotlands history was minimized
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The most inaccurate movie ever made glorifying the wrong people. It is total Hollywood style tripe, but it set new precedent for battle scenes, etc. So forget the inaccuracies and if you are a teenager you will love it.
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Totally inaccurate in almost every aspect as far as history and character. Has a great plot however, which can draw in the viewer.
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not ancient it is medieval....
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great film with great spirit
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I've watched this approximately 8 times. It moves me each & every time. Love it. 10/10.
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it should be on 1st no.....
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one of the best of all the time ......... and perhaps best of gibson
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KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Report Abuse
a war movie based on christian crusades involving the holy city of jerusalem. depicts the king salah ud din of west asia
102 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 5 comments
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there's 3 or four versions of this movie, the short version is butcherd, awful and doesnt make sense. The longer versions (iv'e seen 2 of these) are very good though if you're not in a patient mood dont bother as they're very long. Thery're not historically accurate but a good story in themselves.
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Not the ancient world....
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Amazing movie, one of the best historical epics I have ever seen. Unlike movies like 300, they did make one side of the battle the 'evil bad guys.'
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true, the muslim army had a sultan not a king. but you're wrong about balien running. after the defeat of the kingdoms army at Hattin, balien and a small number of soldiers remained in Jerusalem. the muslim army laid seige to Jerusalem, and it lasted from sept 20th oct 2nd of 1187. Balien then surrendered the city to saladin. Actually, saladin never allowed the cities people to leave for free. a ransom had to be paid for each that left. those that couldn't pay ended up being sold as slaves.
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Not the king but sultan of the Muslims, n it's completely inaccurate and kind of "lord of the ring"Ish with his non stop blabbering about honor wen the person the main charecter is portraying actually ran from the city b4 Saladin army came...
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Mongol Report Abuse
Recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer Mongolia
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good movie but was very inaccurate
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Spartacus Report Abuse
Depicition of life in ancient Rome for gladiators
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Apocalypto Report Abuse
Depiction of the ancient Maya Civilization in Central America 200 and 900 AD
73 points - added 5 years ago by redmark - 2 comments
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Might not be the best graphics or the most epic wars but this is definetly the best ancient history movie i saw.
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200 and 900 AD? That can't be right? I mean, it has a scene depicting Spanish ships landing in the closing stages. This therefore places the movie at around the early 16th Century. Awesome movie, though. I really liked it.
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The 13th Warrior Report Abuse
A great movie about a Middle Eastern poet that is banished from a Kingdom, and journeys to a new homeland, but along the way meets a band of Norsemen. He is chosen by an old woman to join the vikings on a mission to defeat an evil enemy.
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This is an often overlooked movie that borrows heavily from Michael Michael Crichton's "Eaters of the Dead". Good fun with some interesting connections to the world of the Viking.
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The best move ever made
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Atilla the Hun Report Abuse
TV miniseries, but ended up being a moive. About Attila the Hun, during the times around the end of the Roman Empire (~400 AD). Epic battle scenes, scenes of life in general in Rome and other places, love scenes, etc. Quite a few historical inaccuracies, but very intriguing.
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The Last Samurai Report Abuse
This movie should be ranked because: It has a great plot It has a great battle It is very "epic" It has great graphics
61 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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i like this movie not only becuase of war.. it tells about how people are love their country and fight till dead..
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The Ten Commandments Report Abuse
The stiring movie about the journey, trails and tribulations of Moses
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Alexander Report Abuse
About Alexander the Great 356 to 323 BCE
51 points - added 5 years ago by redmark - 2 comments
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absolute massacre of Alexanders life and legacy, there should be law that forbides americans to deal with any serious matter in movies
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Well Alexander is the name that every Marshal dreams of no one can match him.. Man of Might lets call him the "Alexander the greatest" form now on
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Red Cliff Report Abuse
Fantastic. Historical. One of the epic war that happend on China
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Ben Hur: A Tale of Christ Report Abuse
A story about the time of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity.
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great movie
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The Conquest 1453 Report Abuse
The story is based on the events surrounding Istanbul's conquest by the Ottoman Turks during the reign of Sultan Mehmed II.
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King Arthur Report Abuse
Based on the arthurian legends of ancient Britain.
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A rollocking good movie, another that is a good story in its self with a good historical feel, though the history is off in the realm of legends. Good cast, good performances evan if no one could possibly love Keira Knightly as much as Keira Knightly.
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Cleopatra Report Abuse
Story of the life of Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt
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The Mummy Report Abuse
Life, death and rebirth according to the principles of ancient Eqypt
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The First Emperor of China Report Abuse
The story of first emperor Qin Shi Huang who unified China in 221 BCE
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Clash of the Titans Report Abuse
Depiction of greek mythology
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total crap
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stopped watching after 30 minutes. cool plot and everything but the movie needed to be written and directed by other people
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Dull and tedious
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one of the great movie of all time. its 3d effects made the movie an incridible and appeal every one to watch it. plot of the movie is also very strong
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awful film.
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Did the story wrong, but it was a cool movie.
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300 spartans Report Abuse
A fantastic warrior movie must watch all................
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The original was very entertaining
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Centurion Report Abuse
Best Ancient Movie
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10,000 B.C. Report Abuse
Exactly as the title sounds. About life during very ancient times.
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The Fall of the Roman Empire Report Abuse
The story of the transition from Marcus Aurelius to Commodus in ancient Rome
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hannibal Report Abuse
Hannibal: It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by oath to avenge the wrongs inflicted on his home and, in pursuit of revenge, he will stop at nothing. Hannibal explores the man behind the myth, revealing what drove the 26-year-old to mastermind one of the most audacious military moves in history. With 40,000 soldiers and 37 elephants, he marched 1,500 miles to challenge his enemies on their own soil. It was an act so daring that few people believed it possible. Hannibal combines drama, the latest historical research and state-of-the-art CGI to bring this spectacular story to life.
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The Eagle Report Abuse
A brave little movie about the search for the lost (Roman) eagle of the 9th above Hadrians wall in Scotland.
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Quest For Fire Report Abuse
An exceptional film about three quite probable Neanderthal fellows sent by their tribe to retrieve the wonderous element of warmth amid a primordial backdrop of treacherous obstacles; the land itself, cannibalistic tribes, envious peers,lions and tigers and bears, oh my! And oh yes, the mysterious girl saved by the three who seems to posess the knowledge of how to "create" fire by friction. The tribe that possesses fire, rules life!
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Iron Clad Report Abuse
A medieval magnificent 7. It tells the story of a motley bunch of warriors under several months of brutal seige from king john's (the king who pissed off Robin Hood) viking army.
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read history and Richard was no saint
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Black Orpheus Report Abuse
A retelling of the myth of the poet Orpheus and his beloved Eurydike, who died of a snakebite after their wedding, and went to the Underworld but was allowed to return to life by Hades and Persephone only Orpheus failed to keep to Hades' instructions and lost Persephone forever. This story is set in contemporary Rio de Janiero during the Mardi Gras celebration. Background is as intense as the storyline.
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Quo Vadis Report Abuse
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Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Report Abuse
Tales from the ancient Middle East
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Stargate the Movie Report Abuse
A mix of Ancient Egypt, the modern world and the extra-terrestrial world
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The Time Machine Report Abuse
Based on a classic sci-fi novel, an inventor travles through time and ancient worlds in an attempt to change the course of hi spersonal history (0 to 800,000 years in 1.2 seconds).
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both versions are ACE
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The Royal Hunt of the Sun Report Abuse
Francisco Pizarro and his explorers venture across the Andes Mountains to Peru in search of gold
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Kung Fu Panda Report Abuse
Animated blockbuster hit set in ancient China that highlights Chinese culture, mythology and architecture using a kung fu fighting panda bear.
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