What are the best movies set in the ancient world?

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    #1The Ten Commandments

    The Ten Commandments

    The Ten Commandments is an epic religious drama movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Released in 1956, the film was based on the Prince of Egypt and the Book of Exodus. It starred Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, and Anne Baxter.

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    Alice Bradley
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "I so loved this movie. I don't really treat this movie as a religious movie. Remove the religious side of the film, The 10 Commandments is really just an epic tale by itself. And as an epic tale, it was glorious. It follows the basic premise of good vs evil. But with the God on the protagonists' side, there is no way evil could prevail. I just love this movie and all it represents."
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    #2Troy

    Troy

    Troy is an epic historical war movie directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Released in 2004, the film is loosely based on Homer's Iliad focusing on the Trojan War. It starred Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, and Diane Kruger.

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    Rose Reynolds
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "Who wouldn't like this movie? Epic war movie with a bit of everything. Brad Pitt looked every bit of the demigod Achilles while Eric Bana was wonderful as Hector. The storyline itself is an adequate retelling of the Trojan War. While there are inconsistencies, you can forgive them since this movie is one for the ages and the entertainment value is skyhigh. "
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    #3300

    300

    300 is an epic historical war movie directed by Zack Snyder. Released in 2006, the film was based on the comic series with the same title by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. It starred Gerard Butler, Lena Heady, and Dominic West.

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    Marcela Vera
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "Call this movie anything you want. This is how I want movies about the Spartans to be made. Action-packed, technically-sound, good actors. Not just some mindless hacking of bodies with blood sprawling all over. Also, Gerard Butler is the best option to play Leonidas and no one else comes close. What surprised me was that Lena Heady who played Cersei Lannister was in this film and played a major role and I didn't even notice!"
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    #4Gladiator

    Gladiator

    Gladiator is a historical film directed by Ridley Scott. The film was released in 2000 and features Russell Crowe as the Roman General Maximus and Joaquin Phoenix as Emperor Commodus. Its runtime is 155 minutes - 171 minutes extended.

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    Angel Sarin
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "Oh yes, we were entertained, thank you very much! If you don't know what I mean, you've probably been living under a rock or something. Gladiator is absolutely one of my favorite films Russel Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix were great in this film that it is difficult to see them in another role."
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    #5Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur

    Ben-Hur is an action, adventure and drama movie directed by Timur Bekmambetov. It was first released Agust 19, 2016, by MGM studios and was rated PG-13 by the board. It starred Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, and Rodrigo Santoro.

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    Lori Oliver
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "What is it with men and high-speed races? Even ones with horse-drawn carriages? Well, I really don't get it. That said, I really liked how this film was created. Great storyline and plot that stayed true its source. It might be a bit more mellow-dramatic than most of us thought but the scenes were shot to perfection. Also, it drowns out the thought that Morgan Freeman was really a part of that old medieval Robin Hood movie. This I like regardless of the races. LOL!"
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    #6The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc

    The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc

    The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc is an epic historical movie directed by Luc Besson. Released in 1999, the film was based on the story of St. Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc). It starred Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, and Faye Dunaway.

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    Megan Turner
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "Joan of Arc is my childhood hero so any movie about her is already a bonus. That said, I enjoyed watching The Messenger. Mila Jovovich is a powerful actor in her own right and she portrayed Joan of Arc the way I thought she would be portrayed."
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    #7Excalibur

    Excalibur

    The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table receives its most impressive screen treatment in Excalibur, The film was released on April 10, 1981, and it features Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, and more. 

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    Ajay Patil
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "Excalibur, in my opinion, is the best movie about King Arthur. No fancy CGI can replace the acting and the storyline."
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    #8King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is an action film adaptation of the infamous Arthurian legends, directed by Guy Ritchie. It was first released on May 8, 2017, by Warner Home VideoWarner Bros with an MPAA rating of PG-13. It starred Charlie Hunnam and Astrid Berges-Frisbey.

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    Jasmine He
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "This movie is worth watching if only for the cinematic sense. The CGI was great. Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur, in all honesty, felt like he just coasted and collected his paycheck. The fight scenes were great. The plot is interesting. But really, a film is only as bad as its actors. Overall, it is a movie you can watch if you have time to kill."

Summary

Best What are the best movies set in the ancient world
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Ten CommandmentsMovies 20 Paid
2TroyMovies 13 Paid
3300Movies 11 Paid
4GladiatorMovies 10 Paid
5Ben-HurMovies 9 Paid
6The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of ArcMovies 7 Paid
7ExcaliburMovies 5 Paid
8King Arthur: Legend of the SwordMovies 1 Paid
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