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1. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History

7.2
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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: 459,694 | Gross: $133.38M

2. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 31,729 | Gross: $23.44M

3. Spartacus (1960)

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

7.9
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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: 115,309 | Gross: $30.00M

4. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander, 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: 156,049 | Gross: $34.30M

5. The Viking Queen (1967)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure

5.1
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To honour her father's dying wish, Queen Salina shares the rule of Icena with Justinian, a fair and just Roman. This displeases the bloodthirsty Druids on one side and the more hard-line ... See full summary »

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Don Murray, Carita, Donald Houston, Andrew Keir

Votes: 752

6. Agora (2009)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.2
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55 Metascore

A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 62,399 | Gross: $0.62M

7. Conan the Barbarian (2011)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.2
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36 Metascore

A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang

Votes: 91,589 | Gross: $21.30M

8. The Prodigal (1955)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

5.3
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A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after he is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Lana Turner, Edmund Purdom, Louis Calhern, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 530

9. David and Goliath (1960)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Family

4.9
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King Saul of the Israelites is visited in Jerusalem by the Prophet Samuel who foretells him that a war with The Philistines is inevitable and the shepherd David will become king.

Directors: Ferdinando Baldi, Richard Pottier, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Ivica Pajer, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Massimo Serato

Votes: 553

10. Erik the Conqueror (1961)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.2
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Two estranged brothers confront each other as rivals when war breaks out between Britain and the Vikings for control of England.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler, George Ardisson

Votes: 628

11. David and Goliath (2015)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.2
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This epic movie follows young shepherd David taking on the mighty warrior Goliath against all odds. Filmed in North Africa and London.

Director: Timothy A. Chey | Stars: Miles Sloman, Jerry Sokolosky, Paul Hughes, Joseph Emms

Votes: 1,744 | Gross: $0.32M

12. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.1
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Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 2,825

13. Are All Men Pedophiles? (2013)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, History

6.5
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What is the difference between us and pedophiles?

Director: Jan-Willem Breure | Stars: Jan-Willem Breure, Dick Swaab, Corine de Ruiter, Savannah van Zweeden

Votes: 2,443

14. Unearthed (I) (2016– )

Documentary, History, Mystery

7.5
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Exploration of great archaeological discoveries, fascinating ancient civilizations, forgotten architectural marvels and tantalizing historical mysteries.

Stars: Steven Kearney, Jo Buckberry, Memo De Anda, Edith Hall

Votes: 125

15. The Avenger (1962)

95 min | Adventure, Drama

5.2
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Aeneas leads escapees from the Trojan war to new land in Italy, and must deal with new threats to his people.

Director: Giorgio Venturini | Stars: Steve Reeves, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Carla Marlier, Mario Ferrari

Votes: 330

16. The Empire Strikes Back Uncut: Director's Cut (2014 Video)

128 min | Sci-Fi

6.6
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The Empire Strikes Back Uncut is the follow-up to Star Wars Uncut, a 2010 fan-made mash-up of the entire original 1977 film by George Lucas. "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut project launched ... See full summary »

Director: Casey Pugh | Stars: Matt Aberle, Nick Allen, Sarah Allen, Laura Balestreri

Votes: 34

17. Young Aphrodites (1963)

88 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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200 BC. During a merciless drought, the brute nature of man and the delicate essence of woman become inextricably intertwined, as the omnipotence of the carnal instinct demands the total surrender of the flesh.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Eleni Prokopiou, Takis Emmanuel, Kleopatra Rota, Vangelis Ioannidis

Votes: 654

18. Cleopatra's Daughter (1960)

109 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

4.8
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Cleopatra, after the civil war that followed the assassination of Caesar, met with Marc Antony in Assyria where they planned the defense of Egypt against the Romans. Before leaving, ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Cerchio | Stars: Debra Paget, Ettore Manni, Erno Crisa, Corrado Pani

Votes: 159

19. The Great Commanders: Alexander the Great - The Battle of Issus (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, War

8.4
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Details the battle of Issus and demonstrates Alexander the Great's might in military thinking, planning, ordering, commanding and fighting against an ardent and intelligent foe. This is, ... See full summary »

Votes: 18

20. Motherland (2010)

123 min | Documentary

8.0
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Motherland is the most powerful documentary on Africa. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent... See full summary »

Director: Owen Alik Shahadah | Stars: Molefi Kete Asante, Amiri Baraka, Harry Belafonte, Tony Browder

Votes: 63

21. Lost Civilizations (1995– )

40 min | Documentary

7.9
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From the bloodletting of Maya kings and a pharaoh's last journey to the secret pleasures of a Roman empress.

Stars: Sam Waterston, Hans-Peter Bögel, Richard Neave, James Wright

Votes: 70

22. Barbarians (2004– )

TV-PG | 184 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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This 4 part series documents the history of the Vikings, Goths, Mongols, and Huns.

Stars: Clancy Brown, Thomas Burns, Peter Heather, Michael Kulikowski

Votes: 78

23. Ancient Voices (1998– )

50 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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Learn about 11 different historical mysteries that so many are fascinated by. Learn the difference between Myth and what really happened.

Stars: David Bryan Jackson, Charles Foster, Mark Hamill

Votes: 23

24. Legend of The Han Empire

55 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Pre-production

After founding the HAN dynasty after Qin dynasty, he has adopted a series of fresh and practical policies that have pursued filial piety domestically, requisite the Confucian scholars and ... See full summary »

25. Sphinx - Geheimnisse der Geschichte (1994– )

43 min | Documentary

6.9
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This German format is not a series properly speaking, as it has no permanent cast or script continuity, but presents each time a 45 minutes documentary, usually in part presented as a ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas Reiter, Gert Heidenreich, Maximilian Schell, Constantin Dinulescu

Votes: 19

26. Kylie - Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour 2011 (2011 TV Special)

120 min | Music, Musical

8.4
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Kylie Minogue performs songs from her album Aphrodite and classic hits in her Les Folie Tour, recorded in London on the 11th and 12th of April 2011.

Directors: William Baker, Marcus Viner | Stars: Kylie Minogue, Khasan Brailsford, Shannon Holtzapffel

Votes: 166

27. Solsticio (2014)

65 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

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An attempt to perform "Tartessos", Miguel Romero Esteo's most celebrated play, will lead Martin and Ariana to discover the magic of tradition and ancient rites in their ordinary lives. But ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Martín Novel | Stars: Ángel Velasco, Macarena de Rueda, Eduardo Velasco, Juan Carlos Montilla

28. Spring in Autumn (2018– )

1 min | Short

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The official films of National Poetry Day 2018, 'Spring in Autumn' explores the oppressed and marginalised voices in the world today, using words written thousands of years ago.

Stars: Yasmine Alice, Yasmin Cogan de Abreu, Sophia Eleni, Celestina Banjo

30. Der Schatz des Priamos (1981 TV Movie)

185 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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Director: Karl Fruchtmann | Stars: Tilo Prückner, Olga Karlatos, Angela Schmid, Stathis Logothetis

Votes: 6

31. Moments in Time (1977)

9 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Director: Ron Saunders | Stars: Steve Curtis, Len Ashby, Michael Goldblatt, Jeffrey Gregory

32. Das goldene Grab des Wüstenkönigs (1991 TV Short)

44 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Peter Kersten | Star: Hans Jürgen Jenson

33. Wie ein Sechser im Lotto (1997 TV Short)

29 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Willy Brunner, Gerhard Wisnewski | Stars: Rainer Buck, Anna Maria Dewitz, Ernst Essig, Hubert Lanz

34. Von Rom zum Rhein - Die Römer (1988– )

30 min | Documentary

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Stars: Marcus Junkelmann, Helmut Woestmann

36. Schauplätze der Weltkulturen: Stonehenge und die Megalithkulturen (1996 TV Movie)

53 min | Documentary

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Director: Meinhard Prill | Stars: Christopher Chippindale, George Eogan, Gustav Reichl

Votes: 5

37. Die sieben Weltwunder des Altertums (1981– )

14 min | Documentary

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38. Der erste chinesische Kaiser (1996 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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Stars: Joachim Höppner, Jia Yao Li, Axel Wostry, Han Zaifengu

40. Sphinx - Geheimnisse der Geschichte (1994– )
Episode: Ewigkeit aus Menschenhand - Die 7 Weltwunder (1997)

44 min | Documentary

5.2
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Director: Günther Klein | Star: Gert Heidenreich

Votes: 5

41. National Geographic Specials (1965– )
Episode: In the Shadow of Vesuvius (1987)

Documentary, History

7.6
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Documentary explores the history surrounding the destruction of Pompeii and its inhabitants in 79 A.D. by the volcano Vesuvius.

Stars: Robert Foxworth, Sara C. Bisel

Votes: 7

43. Justice League (2001–2004)
Episode: Maid of Honor: Part II (2003)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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The Justice League works to thwart Vandal Savage's plan to blackmail the nations of the world with an orbiting railgun.

Director: Dan Riba | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, Phil LaMarr, Carl Lumbly

Votes: 353

44. Digging for the Truth (2005– )
Episode: Quest for King Solomon's Gold (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

6.0
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Of all the rulers mentioned in the Bible, King Solomon was purportedly the wisest...and the richest! The reason? His access to vast quantities of gold. According to the Bible, the source of... See full summary »

Director: Brian Leckey | Stars: Josh Bernstein, Daniel Kazawsarane, Edward Matenga, Teclehaimanot Gebre Selassie

Votes: 6

45. Up Pompeii! (1969–1970)
Episode: Secret Agents Jamus Bondus (1970)

Comedy

7.7
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Ludicrus Sextus explains that plans for a new weapon have been stolen, an agent is killed before he can utter the name of the traitor, and Lurcio persuades Ammonia to make the most of her womanly wiles.

Stars: Frankie Howerd, Wallas Eaton, Elizabeth Larner, George Baker

Votes: 9



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