We are giving you Top Ten Ancient War Movies as everyone loves a good tale of battle and blood, which is clearly evidenced by the long listed movies based on them. Here in this list, movie critics of moviesEra has uncovered top ten war movies based on ancient times. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions in the comment section below.
This is an epic film to chronicle the life of fourth-century BC, ruler Alexander the Great. It is one of the good ancient war movies. The storyline is based on the life of Alexander the Great, King of Macedon, one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare who conquers Asia Minor, Egypt, Persia and part of Ancient India. The movie stars Colin Farrel, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer and Anthony Hopkins on main characters. The film didn’t get much of success in the box office, however, its still a great movie for ancient war movie fans.
9. The Scorpion King(2002):
A great action movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as The Scorpion king, the desert warrior and skilled assassin. This movie follows the story of Mathayus the Scorpion King who was featured in The Mummy Returns.
In the notorious city of Gomorrah, when the evil army start destroying all the nomadic peoples of the desert, the desert warrior rises against it, finds the enemy’s key sorcerer, takes her to the desert and prepares for the final confrontation. A great war movie with well written script and stunning visual effects.
8. King Arthur(2004):
This immensely thrilling adventure epic tells the heroic true story behind one of history’s greatest legends, King Arthur. With known historical facts of that era, director Antoine Fuqua ambitiously attempt to tell the tale of Arthur and his bond of brotherhood with Lancelot and the loyalty of the Knights of the Round Table as they fight for freedom and those they love. Also starring beautiful Keira Knightley as a warrior, this spectacular movie fuses historical grandeur with edge-of-your-seat action.
7. Clash of Titans (2010):
This movie is the fantasy action remake of the film of same name released on 1981. The story is very loosely based on the Greek myth of Perseus. Perseus, born of god but raised as man couldn’t save his family from Hades, a cruel god of the underworld. So, he sets on a journey with a small group of army to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on Earth.
Battling with frightening witches and fearsome beasts, they will only survive if the son of Zeus can accept his power as a god and create his own destiny defying his fate. This is also one of the great movies based on Greek Mythology and the sequel also has just been released.
It is a 3D fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Frieda Pinto and Mickey Route. The film follows the story of a mortal man Theseus chosen by Zeus to the ruthless King Hyperion and his murderous Heraklion army to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity. Theseus vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids and he assembles a small followers and embraces his destiny in the final desperate battle for the future of mankind. With all those spectacular 3D effects and high-class cinematography, this movie takes the whole ancient war movies genre to a new height.
5. Kingdom of Heaven (2005):
The visionary director of Black Hawk Dawn and Gladiator, Ridley Scott, comes with this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the Crusades of the 12th century. Orlando Bloom stars as a village blacksmith who goes to aid the city of Jerusalem in its defense against the Kurdish Muslim leader Saladin, who is battling to reclaim the city from the christians leading to the Battle of Hattin. A nice movie based on ancient battle and historical events.
4. Troy (2004):
This epic war movie was directed by Wolfgang Peterson and loosely based on Homer’s Iliad. The movie stars Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger and Sean Bean on main characters. This Iliad based movie follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.
Troy gets huge success on the box office as Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles, Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger play the legendary lovers who brings the world into war and Eric Bana portrays the prince who dares to confront Achilles. It is one of the great movies I’ve ever seen based on Greek mythology and ancient wars.
3. Ben Hur (1959):
This movie is an epic master piece and record breaking winner of 11 Oscars and was directed by master-mind William Wyler. Also the movie is selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute.
In this film Charlton Heston stars as a rebellious Israelite Jew who takes on the Roman empire during the time of Christ. The film also contains a nine-minute chariot race which has become one of the most famous sequences in cinema. Its a great classic movie for action movie lovers.
Yet another Ridley Scott movie of this list. Filled with larger-than-life characters, gorgeous scenery, impressive set design, and epic storytelling, Gladiator is not just to entertain, but to enthrall. It draws audience in and immerses them in a reality that is not their own. This is film making on a grand scale.
Set in 180 AD this film is about one such person, Maximus, a General from Spain who fought and bled for Rome with much passion but is now a slave as a reward for his patriotism. So he comes back to Rome as a Gladiator in seek of revenge with a corrupt emperor’s son. The action in this movie is very good, with Crowe doing an excellent job. I strongly recommend checking this movie out on the big screen, for the dazzling epic that it is.
1. 300 (2007):
Adapted from the 1998 comic series of the same name , this movie is a fictionalized retelling of the story of Battle of Thermopylae. The slavish devotion of director Zack Snyder to the source material of the story pays off with visually stunning and innovative movie. Anesthetically speaking, 300 is a remarkable piece of art.
The story revolves around the Battle of thermophylae in which 300 Spartans led by the fierce King Leonidas made a heroic stand against the overwhelming Persian army commanded by Xerxes. This is one of the greatest action movie in the history of cinema. There’s plenty of blood and body parts being chopped off and some of the best choreographed fight scenes on film, but it’s all stylized. Besides dismemberments and killings, there are few passionate moments (not to mention a smoking hot sex scene). In other words, there’s a little something for action film freaks as well as those more into drama and romance. For those who love ancient war movies, this is the best movie so far.