HISTORY IN MOVIES 2 (From 800 B.C to the Death of Socrates)

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1. Duel of the Titans (1961)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Twin brothers revolt against tyranny in pre-Roman Italy and then come to a parting of the ways as they lead their people toward the founding of a new city.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, Virna Lisi, Franco Volpi

Votes: 504

2. Remo e Romolo (Storia di due figli di una lupa) (1976)

95 min | Comedy

Romulus and Remus are abandoned in the river Tiber and are then nursed and raised by the prostitute Lupa.

Directors: Mario Castellacci, Pier Francesco Pingitore | Stars: Enrico Montesano, Gabriella Ferri, Pippo Franco, Maurizio Arena

Votes: 43

3. Romulus and the Sabines (1961)

98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The classic story from the early days of Rome where there are no women. Romulus, the founder of Rome, finds women to be wives from Sabina where there are a lot of women. The Sabine men, of ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pottier | Stars: Roger Moore, Mylène Demongeot, Giorgia Moll, Scilla Gabel

Votes: 256

4. The Rape of the Sabines (1962)

80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Sabine tribe battles Romulus in the early days of Rome after Romans seize their women as unwilling brides.

Director: Alberto Gout | Stars: Lorena Velázquez, Lex Johnson, Tere Velázquez, Wolf Ruvinskis

Votes: 28

5. War Gods of Babylon (1962)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Noble, wise King Sardanapolo and his more soft and naive younger brother Prince Sammash get into a bitter feud over the affections of sweet and alluring innocent peasant girl Mirra. ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Amadio | Stars: Howard Duff, Jocelyn Lane, Luciano Marin, Giancarlo Sbragia

Votes: 85

6. Duel of Champions (1961)

105 min | Action, Drama, History

In the 5th century BC, rival kingdoms Rome and Alba entrust their fate to a duel to death between their respective chosen champions, the 3 Orazi brothers for Rome and the 3 Curiazi brothers for Alba.

Directors: Ferdinando Baldi, Terence Young | Stars: Alan Ladd, Franca Bettoia, Franco Fabrizi, Robert Keith

Votes: 264

7. Jeremiah (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears to Jeremiah in different human guises on several occasions, and makes it clear to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Oliver Reed, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Vincent Regan

Votes: 919

9. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Passed | 197 min | Drama, History

93 Metascore

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 13,120 | Gross: $2.18M

10. The Fall of Babylon (1919)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

In the last days of ancient Babylon, a tomboyish mountain girl fights for her king when the city is attacked.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Constance Talmadge, Tully Marshall, Alfred Paget, Carl Stockdale

Votes: 88

11. Slaves of Babylon (1953)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In ancient times, a Jew is instrumental in the crowning of a new Median-Persian king who, in return, conquers Babylon and frees all the Jewish slaves.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Conte, Linda Christian, Maurice Schwartz, Terry Kilburn

Votes: 85

14. The Book of Daniel (2013)

G | 90 min | Drama, History

In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity, including Daniel. Daniel was taken to Babylon to serve it. As Powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Zielinski | Stars: Robert Miano, Andrew Bongiorno, Lance Henriksen, Kevin McCorkle

Votes: 946

15. Prem Sanyas (1925)

97 min | Drama

This adaptation of Arnold's 1861 Orientalist epic opens with documentary shots of tourists in Bombay watching street performers. Then a white-bearded old man sitting under the bodhi tree ... See full summary »

Directors: Franz Osten, Himanshu Rai | Stars: Seeta Devi, Himanshu Rai, Sarada Ukil, Ranibala

Votes: 120

17. Siddhartha (1972)

R | 89 min | Drama, Mystery

80 Metascore

The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse.

Director: Conrad Rooks | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Romesh Sharma, Pinchoo Kapoor

Votes: 1,082

18. The Life of Buddha (2007)

105 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production, this docu-narrative film describes the life of Siddharta Gautama, the process by which he arrived at the fundamentals of Buddhism and the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kritsaman Wattananarong | Stars: Sarut Wijittranon, Supattra Thiwanon, Komgrit Triwimol, Panrapee Rapeepan

Votes: 140

19. Buddha: Rajaon ka Raja (2013– )

58 min | Biography

This series is a biography of Siddharta Gautama, the great Indian sage and founder of Buddhism.

Stars: Himanshu Soni, Meghan Jadhav, Jagat Singh, Sameer Dharmadhikari

Votes: 177

20. Confucius (1940)

96 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Director: Mu Fei | Stars: Wan'er Murong, Chong Pei, Yingcai Sima, Huaiqiu Tang

Votes: 53

21. Confucius (2010)

TV-MA | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Director: Mei Hu | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Xun Zhou, Jianbin Chen, Quan Ren

Votes: 3,445

22. Confucius (2011– )

45 min | Biography, Drama, History

A student working on a thesis explores the life of Confucius and the impact of his teachings on modern society.

Stars: Winston Chao, Fa Gao, Issei Ishida, Lai-Kit Kwan

Votes: 6

23. Amrapali (1966)

119 min | Musical, Fantasy

A victory over neighboring state Vaishai has always eluded Magadh Samrat Ajaatshatru despite being winning and taking control over all neighboring states. He attacks Vaishali only get ... See full summary »

Director: Lekh Tandon | Stars: Vyjayanthimala, Sunil Dutt, Prem Nath, Bipin Gupta

Votes: 154

24. Hero of Rome (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A story of justice and tyranny with the fate of Rome in the balance.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Gordon Scott, Gabriella Pallotta, Massimo Serato, Gabriele Antonini

Votes: 153

25. Thunder of Battle (1964)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Coriolanus leads the plebians in a revolt against Roman oppression.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Gordon Scott, Alberto Lupo, Lilla Brignone, Philippe Hersent

Votes: 90

26. Coriolanus (2011)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War

79 Metascore

A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Lubna Azabal

Votes: 29,957 | Gross: $0.76M

27. The Giant of Marathon (1959)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army.

Directors: Jacques Tourneur, Bruno Vailati, Mario Bava | Stars: Steve Reeves, Mylène Demongeot, Sergio Fantoni, Alberto Lupo

Votes: 731

29. Esther and the King (1960)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington on Dynasty (1981), Dame Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The setting... See full summary »

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava | Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 556

30. The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther (1979 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Aired as a one-hour special on ABC-TV, this drama told the Old Testament story of a young queen who had to defend both herself and her people after a power-mad advisor convinces her husband... See full summary »

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Tony Musante, Harris Yulin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 23

31. Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978– )
Episode: The Story of Esther (1979)

50 min | Drama, Family, History

Follow a new queen as she saves her people from destruction in 'The Story of Esther'

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: Victoria Principal, Noah Beery Jr., Michael Ansara, Eddie Mekka

Votes: 6

32. Esther (1986)

97 min | Drama

Ahasverus, king of Persia and Media, puts aside Vashti and makes Esther his queen, choosing her among maidens in a kingdom stretching from India to Ethiopia. Esther, using information from ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Simone Benyamini, Mohammad Bakri, Juliano Mer-Khamis, Zare Vartanian

Votes: 63

33. Esther (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians, is holding a celebratory banquet for his people in the citadel ... See full summary »

Director: Raffaele Mertes | Stars: Louise Lombard, F. Murray Abraham, Jürgen Prochnow, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 793

34. One Night with the King (2006)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

38 Metascore

In Biblical times, a girl disguises her Jewish origins when the Persian king comes looking for a new bride among his subjects.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif

Votes: 6,497 | Gross: $13.40M

35. The Book of Esther (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Jewish girl Esther is chosen as the new queen consort to King Xerxes of Persia. Will she be able to stop the evil Lord Haman's plot to exterminate the Jews?

Director: David A.R. White | Stars: Jen Lilley, Linda Bisesti, John Clement, Kass Connors

Votes: 936

36. Les perses (1961 TV Movie)

68 min | Drama, History

Movie adaptation of Aeschylus' oldest known tragedy: Persai. The play deals with the aftermath of the Persian defeat in the battle of Salamis (480 BC), which makes it the only Greek tragedy that deals with a real historical event.

Director: Jean Prat | Stars: René Arrieu, Claude Martin, Maria Meriko, François Chaumette

Votes: 26

37. The 300 Spartans (1962)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A small Army of Greeks spearheaded by three hundred Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian Army.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe

Votes: 6,330

38. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 703,012 | Gross: $210.61M

39. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

R | 102 min | Action

48 Metascore

Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Director: Noam Murro | Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson

Votes: 268,040 | Gross: $106.58M

40. Barefoot in Athens (1966 TV Movie)

76 min | Drama

The last few days in the life of Socrates, including his trial.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Geraldine Page, Anthony Quayle, Eric Berry

Votes: 43

41. Socrates (1971 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, History

A false accusation leads the philosopher Socrates to trial and condemnation in 4th century BC Athens.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Jean Sylvère, Anne Caprile, Giuseppe Mannajuolo, Ricardo Palacios

Votes: 615

43. The Death of Socrates (2010)

84 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is the story of the first martyr of free speech. Socrates is on trial for his life. He will be put to death. 2,500 years later we remember his words.

Directors: Natasa Prosenc Stearns, Matias Basso, Jonathan Beckhardt, Jessiline Berry, Nancy Buchanan, John Church, Stev Elam, Stephen Gill, Terrance Grace, Jasna Hribernik, Andrew David Irvine, Nancy Kiang, Ruby Kobayashi, Kadet Kuhne, Zmago Lenardic, Angelo Libri, Paolo Marescotti, Denis O'Brien, Walter Romeo, Marco Romero, Wallace Zane, Wilson Stiner | Stars: Ray Abruzzo, Jayne Anderson, Kilin Aska, Massimo Ajmone Basso

Votes: 24

44. Plato's Symposium (2013)

95 min | Drama

The smartest men in Athens hold a contest to see who can give the best speech about love.

Director: Natasa Prosenc Stearns | Stars: Caroline Bielskis, Jessica Borne, Kevin Carter, Mark Cirillo

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