Greco-Roman films and TV series I have watched: from best to worst

by guisreis | created - 03 May 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
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1. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 114,414 | Gross: $30.00M

2. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 338,390 | Gross: $20.05M

3. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,227,580 | Gross: $187.71M

The film is great but it is quite untrue to history (presenting a fake narrative for the death of Marcus Aurelius and a false endtime for the Marcomannic Wars).

4. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 202,429 | Gross: $370.78M

5. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 142,897

6. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 456,508 | Gross: $133.38M

7. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

39 Metascore

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 101,250 | Gross: $23.22M

8. Empire (2005)

TV-14 | 360 min | Action, Drama, History

Epic four-hour series about the rise of Octavius who succeeds Julius Caesar and tangles with Marc Anthony for control of the Roman empire and finally went on to become the emperor Augustus.

Stars: Santiago Cabrera, Vincent Regan, Emily Blunt, James Frain

Votes: 1,522

9. The Odyssey (1997)

PG-13 | 176 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The warrior King Odysseus leaves his idyllic life in the kingdom of Ithaca to fight in the Trojan War. After winning the war, he now must endure a lengthy, ten-year journey to return, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 12,779

10. Ulysses (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History

A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 3,104

11. Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods.

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi, Kevin Smith

Votes: 38,558

12. Wonder Woman (2017)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis

Votes: 496,824 | Gross: $412.56M

13. Hercules (1997)

G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

74 Metascore

The son of Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Josh Keaton

Votes: 185,580 | Gross: $99.05M

A nice movie that has many funny gags about different myths and that is innovative in the way it presentes its songs, using women in a vase as gospel singers narrating the story somewhat in Greek theatre style. The problem is that - as almost every film on Greek mythology, and this one does it a lot - is quite untrue to the myths. Hercules story is mixed with the one from lots of other heroes - such as Belerophon, Theseus and Ulysses. Besides that, Hercules is shown as a beloved son of Hera, Hades is shown as evil (and as Hercules nemesis instead of Hera) while other Olympian gods are portrayed as generous. Hercules is also shown as a more recente hero than other famous ones, while perhaps only Perseus came before him among the greatest heroes. than The satyr Philotectes is a very charming character, although not really related to the mythical Philotectes.

14. Three Ages (1923)

Not Rated | 63 min | Comedy

The misadventures of Buster in three separate historical periods.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Margaret Leahy, Wallace Beery, Joe Roberts

Votes: 3,695

https://archive.org/details/thethreeagesbusterkeaton#

15. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 26,786 | Gross: $57.78M

16. 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: 696,955 | Gross: $210.61M

17. Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)

Not Rated | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Inhabitants of the last unconquered village in Gaul (ancient France) use a magical potion to hold their independence from Roman invaders.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Michel Galabru

Votes: 36,658 | Gross: $1.64M

18. Time Bandits (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 54,037 | Gross: $42.37M

19. Hercules (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

47 Metascore

Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 138,163 | Gross: $72.69M

20. The Centaurs (1921)

Not Rated | 3 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A female centaur (a creature half-human and half-horse) enters a clearing in the woods, and picks some flowers. She is soon met by a male centaur, and the two then romance each other. They then seek parental consent for their union.

Director: Winsor McCay

Votes: 327

Just a fragment still exists. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Winsor_McCay_-_The_Centaurs_(c._1921).webm

21. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Biography, Drama

39 Metascore

Alexander (Colin Farrell), the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 155,441 | Gross: $34.30M

22. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

59 Metascore

Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith

Votes: 37,959 | Gross: $41.09M

23. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

47 Metascore

A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan, Brandon T. Jackson

Votes: 166,557 | Gross: $88.76M

24. Chi-Raq (2015)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett

Votes: 8,213 | Gross: $2.65M

Not what foi expect for a film to be in this list. It is an adaptation of an ancient Greek comedy to violent Chicago. Altough neither in Greece nor in ancient times, the film has many references to ancient Greek theatre (the colors, the narrator, groups of similar characters, the dialogs with rhymes). However, unfortunately, despite the interesting idea, the outcome is poor.

25. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

R | 102 min | Action, Fantasy

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: 265,376 | Gross: $106.58M

26. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War

The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason

Votes: 7,518 | Gross: $4.75M

Very untrue to history, with some boring and cold melodrama. At least the presentation of the local kings to Marcus Autelius and the biga race were nice à scenes.

27. Clash of the Titans (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

39 Metascore

Perseus demigod, son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 258,399 | Gross: $163.21M

28. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

39 Metascore

In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters, to find the mythical Golden Fleece, all the while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.

Director: Thor Freudenthal | Stars: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Nathan Fillion

Votes: 103,268 | Gross: $68.56M

29. Troy: Fall of a City (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Retells the story of the 10 year siege of Troy, which occurred in the 12 or 13th century BC.

Stars: Louis Hunter, Christiaan Schoombie, Bella Dayne, Chloe Pirrie

Votes: 10,341

No actor look like what I expected from the characters, acting is not good either, cliché scenes were recurrent. I only watched the 1st episode, it was enough.

30. Electra (I) (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Irene Papas, Giannis Fertis, Aleka Katselli, Theano Ioannidou

Votes: 1,133

31. Hercules Reborn (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure

When a young man's bride is kidnapped by an evil king, he turns to Hercules for help. The fallen hero has been living in exile, banished for killing his family, but the young man's courage ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Lyon | Stars: John Hennigan, Christian Oliver, Marcus Shirock, James Duval

Votes: 4,163

32. Immortals (2011)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a mortal man chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff

Votes: 153,877 | Gross: $83.50M

33. The Legend of Hercules (2014)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

22 Metascore

The origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee

Votes: 50,662 | Gross: $18.85M

CGI that seems videogame, horrible acting, bad costumes and hairstyles, bad soap opera cheeseness, bizarre deviations on mythology (Hera proposed that Zeus had Hercules in the movie! Hercules's brother gets the Nemeian lion's skin after the blond and unbearded hero kills it not as part of the 12 works but because it was in the path when they were riding). There is no relation with the legend of the steongest of Greek Mythology heroes.

34. Cleópatra (2007)

116 min | Drama, Romance

The great battles are the backdrop for the unfolding of the Egyptian Queen's personal life. Cleopatra's strategy is to seduce the Roman general Julius Caesar and Mark Antony to protect their civilization.

Director: Júlio Bressane | Stars: Alessandra Negrini, Miguel Falabella, Bruno Garcia, Taumaturgo Ferreira

Votes: 188



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