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 stylized, epic, serious, exciting, realistic and entertaining films and TV shows about / with heroes, betrayal, adventure, mentor, rivalry, violence, dialogue, destiny, sword and catastrophe plots mostly in Adventure, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as ancient history: Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), Troy (2004), Gladiator (2000), Immortals (2011), Rome (2005), Apocalypto (2006), Clash of the Titans (2010), 300 (2006), Noah (2014), Alexander (2004).
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Gladiator (2000)
Action, Adventure, Drama
USA, UK
155 min.
 8.5
Rome (2005)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
UK, USA
90 min.
 8.8
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The Scythian (2018)
Action, Drama, Fantasy
Russia
105 min.
 6.2
The Zohar Secret (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Israel, USA, Ukraine, Russia, Spain
124 min.
 6.8

List of ancient history movies

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, rough, exciting, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, rebellion, battles, slavery, rebel, strong sexual content, warrior, master warrior, death, gory, soldier, intrigue ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 434K
Troy (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: betrayal, tragic hero, courage, forbidden love, war, ancient, warrior, master warrior, mythology, sword fight, duel, vengeance ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 1.2M
Gladiator (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, UK
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, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night
Plot: vengeance, roman empire, master warrior, emperor, slavery, revenge, warrior, tragic hero, courage, rivalry, freedom, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: rome italy, italy, dungeon, north africa, germany ...
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 6.0
 150K
Immortals (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
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, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: immortality, legends and myths, good versus evil, army, adventure, battles, fight for supremacy, greek, master warrior, mythology, vengeance, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, future
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 8.8
 135K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 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, sexual, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: roman empire, betrayal, strong sexual content, incest, rivalry, emperor, seduction, intrigue, warrior, tragic hero, dishonesty, lust ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, egypt, italy
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 263K
Apocalypto (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: epic, exciting, stylized, rough, serious ...
Plot: slavery, survival, adventure, manhunt, native, chase, on the run, tribe, solar eclipse, danger, heroes, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history, 16th century
Place: central america
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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, serious, epic, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, adventure, legends and myths, good versus evil, danger, heroic mission, supernatural ability, obsessive quest, curses spells and rituals, mythology, destiny, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 672K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA
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, serious, harsh, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, courage, master warrior, legends and myths, war, soldier, gory, battles, army, historical character, ancient, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 222K
Noah (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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, exciting, serious, biblical, suspense ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, forces of nature, human nature, belief, god or devil, chaos, god, moral dilemma, ship, adventure, redemption ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 151K
Alexander (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA, Netherlands, France, UK, Italy
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: suspense, epic, factual, breathtaking, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: homosexuality, ambition, war, rise to the top, adventure, battles, heroes, battle zone, conquering, state affairs, royal family, brutality ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, persia, macedonia, egypt ...
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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, stylized, biblical, harsh, serious ...
Plot: destiny, bible, ancient egypt, religion, miraculous event, religions or cults, christianity, uninhibited rivalry, royal family, human spirit, siblings relations, belief in god ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, holy land, middle east, israel
Is relevant ?
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: master warrior, adventure, desert, heroic mission, good versus evil, uninhibited rivalry, danger, destiny, leadership, woman in danger, sword fight, betrayal ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, africa, middle east
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 7.2
 60K
Agora (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain
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: epic, emotional, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: roman empire, master and servant, christianity, destiny, impossible love, political unrest, fall in love, love and romance, unfulfillment, power relations, unfulfilled love, religions or cults ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, spain
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 2K
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: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: roman empire, politics, dictatorship, tragic hero, julius caesar, battle, ancient rome, senate, rise and fall, conspiracy, war, civilization ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: egypt, africa, europe, middle east
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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, War
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, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, adventure, heroes, soldier, ancient, rage, swords and armor, heroic, sea battle, hand to hand combat, transformation, vengeance ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, middle east, athens greece, 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: captivating, epic, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: save the day, royal court, heroes, state affairs, destiny, queen, anti semitism, royal family, rise to the top, hopes, orphan, society ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, egypt, israel
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 12K
RRRrrrr!!! (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 37 000 years ago, two neighboring tribes lived in peace ... not fully in peace. While the tribe clean hair flowed peaceful days by keeping to herself the secret formula shampoo, Tribe Hair Sales lamented. Its leader decided to send a spy to steal ...
Style: stylized, humorous, witty, absurd, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, human nature, rivalry, crimes, parents and children, murder, caveman, friendship, seduction, self mutilation, tribe, volleyball ...
Time: ancient history, prehistoric times
Is relevant ?
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 55 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: epic, sexy, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, master warrior, strong sexual content, heroes, gladiator, arena, sex, slave, ancient rome, betrayal, adventure, warrior ...
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, serious, stylized, comic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: adventure, immortality, heroic mission, legends and myths, greek mythology, good versus evil, mythology, superhuman powers, rescue, destiny, danger, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe, dungeon
Is relevant ?
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A rogue prince reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time – gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor ...
Style: exciting, epic, stylized, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: heroes, betrayal, rivalry, fall in love, time travel, danger, adventure, destiny, on the run, prince, horse, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: persia, asia, egypt, middle east
Is relevant ?
 8.9
 13K
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, betrayal, intrigue, emperor, ancient, power struggle, head of state, ambition, leadership, incest, ancient rome ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, europe
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 39K
The Message (1976)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, UK
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.
Style: epic, serious, captivating, exciting, rough
Plot: religions or cults, muslim, desert, leadership, adventure, society, war, arab, islam, exile, fighting the system, hopes ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages
Place: middle east
Is relevant ?
Ronal the Barbarian (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Denmark
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ronal is a young barbarian with low self-esteem, the polar opposite of all the muscular barbarians in his village. He's a real wuss. However, as fate would have it, responsibility for the tribe's survival falls on Ronal's scrawny ...
Style: humorous, exciting, not serious, feel good, light
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, goofy hero, good versus evil, daring rescue, friendship, imaginary, barbarian, heroes, heroic mission, danger, youth, friends ...
Time: ancient history
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 5.5
 97K
Pompeii (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
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, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: roman empire, forces of nature, slavery, save the lady, race against time, adventure, natural disaster, danger, horse, ruler, slave, arena ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 70s
Place: italy, britain, dungeon
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 12K
The Odyssey (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: UK, Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with exotic Maltese and Turkish locations, state-of-the-art special effects, and many bronzed muscles gleaming with sweat--chronicles the voyage home of a Trojan hero, ...
Style: epic, exciting, scenic, breathtaking, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: mythology, adventure, good versus evil, heroic mission, legends and myths, getting home, battles, deadly creature, rescue, friendship, courage, destiny ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, mediterranean sea, greece
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 209K
Mulan (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li ...
Style: captivating, humorous, feel good, touching, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, friendship, dragon, human spirit, princess, hidden identity, emperor, impersonating, danger, boot camp, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Set in 50 B.C., Asterix and Obelix are living in a small but well-protected village in Gaul, where a magic potion concocted by Druids turns the townsfolk into mighty soldiers. When Roman troops carve a path through Gaul to reach the English Channel, ...
Style: exciting, comic, entertaining, funny, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: superhuman powers, roman empire, julius caesar, adventure, goofy hero, village, odd couple, resistance, partners, family, daring rescue, fighting the system ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, france
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The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the ...
Style: stylized, exciting, epic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: slavery, adventure, family, leadership, heroes, hopes, folk hero, heroic mission, family relations, king, freedom, prince ...
Time: ancient history
Place: egypt, north africa
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 162K
Hero (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
Style: serious, epic, atmospheric, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: master warrior, ruler, sword fight, martial arts, adventure, swords and armor, tragic hero, patriot, reward, duel, execution, suicide ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china, hong kong
Is relevant ?
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: bleak, epic, rough, biblical, factual ...
Plot: betrayal, christianity, suffering, torture, religions or cults, clergy, bible, sacrifice, redemption, last supper, mission, religion ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
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