Ancient history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant ancient history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, epic, exciting, stylized, realistic and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with betrayal, battles, violence, sword fight, heroes, adventure, rivalry, battle, sword and murder plots mostly in Drama, Action and History genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
ancient history
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ancient history movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as ancient history: Troy (2004), Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), Agora (2009), Ben-Hur (2016), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), One Night with the King (2006), Clash of the Titans (2010), Gladiator (2000), Alexander (2004), The Assassins (2012).

List of ancient history movies

 7.2
 475K
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, serious, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: warrior, mythology, sword fight, army, betrayal, courage, tragic hero, conquering, forbidden love, heroes, heroic, ancient ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe, paris france
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Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Spartacus is an American television series inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BCE led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic departing from Capua.
Style: epic, sexy, exciting, rough, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, rebellion, gladiator, battles, ancient rome, slavery, warrior, sword fight, sword and sandal, gory, death, strong sexual content ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
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 7.2
 64K
Agora (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Malta, Bulgaria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.
Style: emotional, touching, stylized, sincere, epic ...
Plot: roman empire, master and servant, political unrest, christianity, religions or cults, destiny, impossible love, love and romance, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, power relations, fall in love ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, rome italy, spain
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 5.7
 40K
Ben-Hur (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
Style: epic, exciting, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, betrayal, ancient rome, vengeance, false accusation, resistance fighter, dishonesty, confined, moral dilemma, male friendship, friendship between men, sibling rivalry ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: rome italy, italy, greece, palestine, jerusalem ...
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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield--on the sea--as Greek general ...
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, transformation, rage, soldier, invasion, master warrior, swords and armor, sea battle, vengeance, king, tough heroes, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, middle east, greece, athens greece
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One Night with the King (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: This amazing biblical drama chronicles the brave and historic legend of Hadassah, a Jewish orphan with exceptional beauty who rises to become Queen Esther of Persia and saves Persian Jews from genocide. By revealing her heritage to the king, Esther ...
Style: biblical, captivating, based on the bible, serious, epic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: save the day, old testament, battlefield, queen, destiny, royal court, rise to the top, royal family, betrayal, anti semitism, battles, female protagonist ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, egypt, israel, iran
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Clash of the Titans (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades, vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, entertaining, epic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mythology, good versus evil, legends and myths, adventure, superhuman powers, curses spells and rituals, danger, monster, greek mythology, heroic mission, obsessive quest, sword fight ...
Time: ancient history
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 8.5
 1.3M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Malta, Morocco
Duration: 155 min.
Story: In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus ascends to ...
Style: epic, captivating, breathtaking, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: roman empire, vengeance, warrior, gladiator, freedom, pride and honor, courage, slavery, heroes, master warrior, revenge, tragic hero ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: rome italy, spain, germany, north africa, italy
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 5.6
 159K
Alexander (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Morocco, Thailand
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.
Style: epic, suspense, serious, factual, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conquering, adventure, ambition, heroes, war, battles, rise to the top, ruler, state affairs, royal family, gory, military ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: persia, greece, ancient greece, macedonia, egypt ...
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The Assassins (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the year 198 BC, Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat), Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty, ventured to the east and defeated China's greatest warrior Lu Bu, terrifying every ambitious warlord across the country. Several years later, after taking the Han ...
Style: exciting, serious, epic, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: adventure, political conspiracy, rivalry, assassination attempt, head of state, assassin, battles, military, hidden identity, family relations, love and romance, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
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 6.0
 158K
Immortals (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, epic, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, immortality, army, mythology, adventure, legends and myths, god, greek, fight for supremacy, battles, imaginary, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, future
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 8.7
 149K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, sexual, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, emperor, incest, historical character, betrayal, warrior, intrigue, slavery, ancient rome, power struggle, rivalry, political conspiracy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1st century
Place: rome italy, europe, egypt, italy
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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 331 min.
Story: Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed through the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus ...
Style: exciting, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: strong sexual content, roman empire, gladiator, master warrior, arena, pride and honor, slave, betrayal, heroes, leader, ambition, social climbing ...
Time: ancient history
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 7.8
 282K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate ...
Style: exciting, intense, suspenseful, serious, harsh ...
Plot: survival, tribe, slavery, chase, adventure, manhunt, solar eclipse, native, sacrifice, prophecy, warrior, death ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america, mexico
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 6.6
 3K
Caesar (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
Style: serious, stylized, captivating, epic, realistic
Plot: roman empire, dictatorship, politics, julius caesar, tragic hero, ambition, war hero, emperor, head of state, rivalry, treason, rise and fall ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: egypt, rome italy, europe, africa, middle east
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King of Kings (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.
Style: epic, biblical, serious, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: redemption, betrayal, injustice, political unrest, tragic hero, heroic mission, state affairs, christianity, dishonesty, temptation, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem, egypt, israel ...
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 5.0
 440
Judas (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Judas meets Jesus and at first doesn't know what to make of him or whether or not to trust him. A cynical city boy, Judas makes fun of the country bumpkin disciples who follow Jesus but eventually decides to join the band, as well. He and Jesus ...
Style: touching, serious, biblical, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: betrayal, religions or cults, clergy, dishonesty, ambition, friendship, life is a bitch, injustice, tragic hero, christianity, main character dies, death of protagonist ...
Time: ancient history
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Wrath of the Titans (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages ...
Style: epic, exciting, stylized, serious, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mythology, greek mythology, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, battles, legends and myths, immortality, rescue, destiny, rivalry, chaos ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, greece, europe
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 6.2
 2K
The Scythian (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Russia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: These are times when one civilization is replacing another. A new era is about to begin in Central Eurasia. Scythians, the proud warriors, are all but gone. The few of their descendants have become ruthless mercenary assassins, the “waves of ...
Style: exciting, bloody, stylized, epic, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, heroic, tough heroes, rivalry, battles, massacre, legend, vengeance, violence, culture clash, danger, murder ...
Time: ancient history
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 6.2
 64K
The Eagle (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, serious, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, slavery, gladiator, ancient rome, legends and myths, soldier, honor, master and servant, wilderness, heroes, danger, slave ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: england, scotland, scottish highlands, europe, britain ...
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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Style: epic, biblical, stylized, harsh, touching ...
Plot: ancient egypt, bible, religion, god, old testament, christianity, family relations, prophet, destiny, miraculous event, religions or cults, jewish ...
Time: ancient history, quarry
Place: holy land, egypt, middle east, israel
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The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his ...
Style: epic, exciting, serious, stylized, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gladiator, mythology, superhuman powers, legends and myths, good versus evil, adventure, greek mythology, imaginary, destiny, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, master warrior ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, greece, europe, egypt
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The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Drawn from the same events that later inspired Gladiator, the film charts the power-hungry greed and father-son betrayal that led to Rome's collapse at the bloody hands of the Barbarians.
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, stylized, serious ...
Plot: roman empire, betrayal, tragic hero, battles, ancient rome, political unrest, war, rivalry, politics, downfall, leadership, adventure ...
Time: ancient history
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
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The Scorpion King (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In ancient Egypt, peasant Mathayus is hired to exact revenge on the powerful Memnon and the sorceress Cassandra, who are ready to overtake Balthazar's village. Amid betrayals, thieves, abductions and more, Mathayus strives to bring justice to ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, tense, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: ancient egypt, master warrior, adventure, sword fight, desert, good versus evil, heroic mission, uninhibited rivalry, danger, woman in danger, leadership, destiny ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, middle east, africa
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 6.3
 1K
Augustus (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, epic, realistic ...
Plot: roman empire, politics, emperor, assassination, intrigue, betrayal, ancient rome, ambition, leadership, tragic hero, romance, dishonesty ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: rome italy, europe, macedonia, spain, italy ...
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 6.7
 10K
Attila (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Lithuania
Duration: 177 min.
Story: A romanced story of Attila the Hun, since his childhood, when he lost his parents until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect to the great Roman strategist Flavius Aetius, his loves ...
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, battles, barbarian, sword and sandal, king, battlefield, death, village, heroic mission, heroes, leadership, adventure ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages
Place: rome italy, europe
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 238K
Noah (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.
Style: captivating, biblical, exciting, epic, suspense ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, angel, forces of nature, christianity, god, adventure, human nature, god or devil, end of the world, belief, chaos ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
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 5.5
 104K
Pompeii (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: Canada, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 79 A.D., Milo, a slave turned gladiator, finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a ...
Style: epic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: roman empire, gladiator, adventure, natural disaster, forces of nature, chaos, arena, save the lady, catastrophe, danger, volcanic eruption, slavery ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 70s
Place: italy, britain, london, rome italy
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Warrior Queen (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Romania
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The Celtic queen who shook the Roman Empire. Boudica is one of history’s first and fiercest women warriors. Sickened by ceaseless war, the king of the Iceni accepts a treaty with the Romans in exchange for his tribe’s continued independence. But ...
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, realistic, rough ...
Plot: female warrior, roman empire, battles, conquering, leadership, mother son incest, wartime life, heroes, heroic mission, war, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: england
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 5.3
 2K
King David (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David.
Style: epic, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: rivalry, war, religions or cults, adventure, heroes, state affairs, royal family, dishonesty, tragic hero, bible, historical event, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: ancient history
Place: israel, middle east
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