Ancient movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant ancient movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out exciting, serious, stylized, intense, suspenseful and epic films and TV shows about / with ancient, escapades, adventure, danger, dialogue, fantasy world, rivalry, good versus evil, mentor and heroes plots mostly in Adventure, Fantasy and Action genres shot in USA, UK, New Zealand and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as ancient: National Treasure (2004), 300 (2006), Troy (2004), Legend of the Seeker (2008), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Angels & Demons (2009), The Meg (2018), Merlin (2008), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995).

List of ancient movies

National Treasure (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Modern treasure hunters, led by archaeologist Ben Gates, search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary War. The chest's whereabouts may lie ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, intellectual, scenic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, riddles and clues, adventure, adventurer, journey, map, tombs and skeletons, archaeologist, expedition, artifact, ancient ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century, 1830s, 1770s ...
Place: usa, jerusalem, pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey ...
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 7.7
 685K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band ...
Style: epic, exciting, harsh, scenic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, battles, courage, ancient, master warrior, war, military, human spirit, heroic mission, against the odds, soldier, gory ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 7.2
 446K
Troy (2004)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Malta, UK
Duration: 163 min.
Story: In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was ...
Style: epic, exciting, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: warrior, betrayal, tragic hero, courage, forbidden love, war, ancient, mythology, army, heroic, heroes, conquering ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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Legend of the Seeker (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The adventures of woodsman Richard Cypher, who discovers that he was born to fulfill a prophecy of becoming a guardian hero to oppressed people. With the help of a mysterious woman named Kahlan and a wise old wizard named Zedd, he must stop a ...
Style: exciting, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, wizards and magicians, adventure, save the world, ancient, magical, imaginary, witch, escapades, chosen one, loss of parent ...
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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Malta, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: When the curator of the Louvre is found murdered in the famed museum's hallowed halls, Harvard professor, Robert Langdon and cryptographer, Sophie Neve must untangle a deadly web of deceit involving the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, serious, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: holy grail, christianity, adventure, investigation, ancient mystery, riddles and clues, uncover truth, secret, artifact, ancient, mystery, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 1st century
Place: holy land, europe, france, jerusalem, paris france ...
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 201 min.
Story: Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor from Sauron's forces. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam bring the ring closer to the heart of Mordor, the dark ...
Style: exciting, epic, captivating, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, friendship, adventure, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, battles, warrior, ancient, save the world, journey, sword and sorcery, destiny ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, archaeologist, artifact, adventurer, ancient, rivalry, villain, escapades, good versus evil, tombs and skeletons, treasure ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: egypt, nepal, himalaya, cairo egypt, washington d.c. ...
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 6.7
 250K
Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful ...
Style: exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: riddles and clues, investigation, conspiracy, religions or cults, danger, mystery, ancient, scientist, secret society, search, mastermind, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, harvard university, geneva switzerland, italy
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 5.7
 100K
The Meg (2018)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A deep sea submersible pilot revisits his past fears in the Mariana Trench, and accidentally unleashes the seventy foot ancestor of the Great White Shark believed to be extinct.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, dark, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shark, ocean, ancient, danger, survival, swimming, deadly, diver, historian, blood, navy, predator ...
Time: contemporary, prehistory, 2010s
Place: usa, california, shanghai china, china, thailand
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 7.9
 65K
Merlin (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The unlikely friendship between Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, and Prince Arthur, heir to the crown of Camelot.
Style: humorous, stylized, captivating, exciting, epic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: legends and myths, supernatural ability, adventure, knight, magical, imaginary kingdom, wizards and magicians, royal family, supernatural, heroes, king, dragon ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Xena: Warrior Princess is an American–New Zealand supernatural fantasy adventure series that aired in syndication from September 4, 1995 until June 18, 2001. The series was created in 1995 by writer-director-producer Robert Tapert under his ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, captivating, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: legends and myths, feminism, friendship, adventure, good versus evil, female warrior, ancient, sword fight, danger, lesbian subtext, greek mythology, tough girl ...
Time: ancient history
Place: greece, europe, india, egypt, china ...
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 6.2
 154K
Beowulf (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 6th-century Scandinavian warrior, Beowulf embarks on a mission to slay the manlike ogre Grendel, a descendant of Cain.
Style: epic, exciting, suspenseful, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, sin, dragon, heroic mission, mythology, legends and myths, folk hero, curse, weakness, vengeance, ancient, good versus evil ...
Time: middle ages, ancient world
Place: denmark, europe
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 9.5
 1.4M
Game of Thrones (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, sexual, epic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: intrigue, dragon, incest, betrayal, political intrigue, palaces castles and temples, politics, royal family, adventure, king, killings, political unrest ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Young hobbit Frodo Baggins, after inheriting a mysterious ring from his uncle Bilbo, must leave his home in order to keep it from falling into the hands of its evil creator. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, captivating, epic, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, imaginary kingdom, friendship, fantasy world, imaginary, journey, sword and sorcery, save the world, heroic mission, medieval, mythology ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: mine, new zealand
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 7.0
 363K
The Mummy (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell and his companion, Beni stumble upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle in 1923, 3,000 years after Imhotep has suffered a fate worse than death – his body will remain undead for ...
Style: exciting, scary, semi serious, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, mummy, adventurer, deadly creature, adventure, supernatural, tomb, curses spells and rituals, sandstorm, chase, ancient, opposites attract ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, north africa, cairo egypt
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 7.4
 71K
The Strain (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, scary, bleak, macabre ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: infected, survival, save the world, vampire, scientist, plague, chaos and mayhem, deadly virus, fate of humanity, supernatural, immortality, heroic mission ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 5.9
 65K
The Ruins (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: jungle, survival, ancient mystery, gory, friendship, mercy killing, self sacrifice, tourist, ruins, chase, vacation, ancient ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
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Night at the Museum (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chaos reigns at the natural history museum when night watchman Larry Daley accidentally stirs up an ancient curse, awakening Attila the Hun, an army of gladiators, a Tyrannosaurus rex and other exhibits. Larry tries desperately to keep the museum ...
Style: humorous, not serious, funny, entertaining, biting ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: magical, museum, security guard, objects come to life, chaos, adventure, curses spells and rituals, new job, family, dinosaur, disorder, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, rome italy, egypt
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Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Style: exciting, touching, fairy tale, colourful, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, fairy, legends and myths, belief, holiday, protector, dreams, imaginary, heroes, save the world, heroic mission ...
Place: saint petersburg
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 77K
Stargate SG-1 (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film, when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. SG-1 is an ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, captivating
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ancient mystery, space travel, space and aliens, time travel, parallel world, master villain, military, save the world, cult, wormhole, changing the past or future, alien planet ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s ...
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 8.8
 14K
I, Claudius (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 650 min.
Story: Tracing the lives of several Roman emperors, this is an epic of ruthless ambition, shocking debauchery and murderous intrigue set in one of history's most fascinating eras. Bearing witness to the saga is Claudius, whose stutter and limp have ...
Style: epic, clever, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: roman empire, political intrigue, emperor, betrayal, intrigue, ambition, ancient, power struggle, head of state, ancient rome, murder, manipulation ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, europe
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, fantasy world, friendship, save the world, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, heroic mission, pride and honor, army, attack, magical ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, captivating, tense, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: treasure hunt, archaeologist, holy grail, map, adventurer, artifact, escape, father son relationship, diary, nazi, courage, underwater ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s, year 1938
Place: germany, israel, mine, middle east, utah ...
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House of Anubis (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 15 min.
Story: House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and Belgium. The series was created by Hans Bourlon and Gert ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, light
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: boarding school life, school, friends, teenage life, young heroes, disappearance, investigation, riddles and clues, youth, amateur detective, boarding school, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
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The Roman Story (2015)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Slovenia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Why when people in leading positions get into conflict, there only "ordinary people" get hurt? Two personal bodyguards of governor of a small Roman province asks themselves just that. In movie we will witness the funny stories, which are ...
Plot: ancient, barbarian, roman, battle
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.
Style: captivating, exciting, epic, scenic, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, adventurer, courage, fantasy world, adventure, treasure hunt, imaginary, journey, mythology, dragon, invisibility ...
Time: 2010s, prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: new zealand
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines ...
Style: stylized, exciting, semi serious, surprise ending, fairy tale ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, anti heroes, supernatural ability, good versus evil, evil, adventure, princess, prince, heaven and hell, auction, violence, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s
Place: northern ireland
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The Man from Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, talky, surprise ending ...
Plot: immortality, professor, hidden identity, christianity, philosophy, society, god or devil, legends and myths, science, religion, psychology, memory ...
Time: middle ages, prehistoric, contemporary, 21st century, prehistory ...
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, master warrior, curses spells and rituals, princess, heroic mission, danger, in the woods, demon, wolf, feral child, heroes, friendship ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 334K
Brave (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently ...
Style: humorous, light, fairy tale, touching, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: royal family, family, princess, curses spells and rituals, magical, witch, rebellious daughter, bear, queen, archery, kingdom, bravery ...
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
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