Movies about Rome and the Roman Empire

List of the best movies about Rome and the Roman Empire, selected by visitors to our site: Barabbas, Once Upon a Time in Bethlehem, Paul, Apostle of Christ, Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion, Mary Magdalene, Barbarians Rising, Ben-Hur, Risen, Killing Jesus, Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Barabbas (2019)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6.2)
Genredrama, crime, biography, history
PlaceRoman Empire

The unique view on the well-known story of Christ's death and resurrection, which we see with the eyes of brigand Barabbas who got away from death on the cross.

Once Upon a Time in Bethlehem (2019)
Markimdb: 5.2
PlaceRoman Empire
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, Fascinating

A thief and a priest end up magically transported in the year 0's Palestine, where they'll have to make sure that the Nativity will follow its course.

Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.6)
Genredrama, adventure, history
PlaceRoman Empire

Risking his life, Luke ventures to Rome to visit Paul -- the apostle who's bound in chains and held captive in Nero's darkest and bleakest prison cell. Haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds, Paul wonders if he's been forgotten as he awaits his grisly execution. Before Paul's death, Luke resolves to write another book that details the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantasy, cartoon
CharactersWarriors, Friends, Partners, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Travel
PlaceCourt, Village, Roman Empire
StyleFor children, Fascinating

Following a fall during mistletoe picking, Druid Getafix decides that it is time to secure the future of the village. Accompanied by Asterix and Obelix, he undertakes to travel the Gallic world in search of a talented young druid to transmit the Secret of the Magic Potion.

Mary Magdalene (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 5.9)
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Australia
CharactersStrong women, Horses
PlotReligious, Love, Death, Betrayal, Uprising
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleDeep Meaning, Soulful, Fascinating

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.

Barbarians Rising (2016)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, drama, documentary, history
PlaceUSA, Roman Empire, Italy, Germany

Told from the perspective of the rebel leaders, the series chronicles a wave of rebellions against absolute power by those the Roman Empire called “barbarians” – tribes they viewed as beyond the fringe of civilization that lived a brutish and violent existence. But these also were men and women who launched epic struggles that shaped the world to come with a centuries-long fight to defeat the sprawling empire.

Ben-Hur (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 5.7)
Genreaction, drama, adventure, history
PlotDeath, Slavery, Betrayal, Adoption, Revenge, False accusations, Survival, Justice
PlaceRoman Empire, Deserts, Italy
StyleExciting, Tense, Fascinating, For men

A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.

Risen (2016)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, drama, adventure, detective
CharactersSoldier, Horses, Archers
PlotWar, Investigation, Revolution, Earthquake, Chase
PlaceDeserts, Beach, Ships, Roman Empire
StyleUnexpected ending

Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Killing Jesus (2015)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genredrama, biography, history
PlotReligious, Uprising
PlaceRoman Empire

Jesus of Nazareth’s life and ministry were subject to seismic social and political events that led to his execution and changed the world forever.

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods (2014)
Mark3 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, cartoon
CountryFrance, Belgium
CharactersFamily, Heroes, Dogs, Friends, Partners, Architects
PlotAdventure, Rivalry
PlaceVillage, Roman Empire, France

In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony.

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Pompeii (2014)
Mark8 (imdb: 5.5)
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryCanada, Germany
CharactersGladiators, Heroes, Horses
PlotDisasters, Volcanoes, Adventure, Slavery
PlaceRoman Empire, Italy
StyleExciting, Disturbing

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 torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia (2012)
Mark2 (imdb: 5.3)
Genrecomedy, adventure, family
CountryFrance, Hungary, Italy, Spain
CharactersHeroes, Friends, Family, Partners
PlotAdventure, Uprising
PlaceRoman Empire, England, France

Asterix crosses the channel to help second-cousin Anticlimax face down Julius Caesar and invading Romans.

Gladiators of Rome (2012)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 5.2)
Genrecomedy, adventure, cartoon
CharactersGladiators, Teens, Heroes, Friends, Family, Wizards
PlaceRoman Empire

It is the age of Imperial Rome.Young Timo is an orphan of Pompeii's terrible eruption, adopted be general Chirone and raised in the famous Gladiator's Academy in Rome. Is this the beginning of a new legend? The legend of a great hero? Not so much! Timo is not exactly gladiator material! He just wants to hang out with his friends, Ciccius and Mauritius, and avoid his stepfather's bizarre training sessions at all costs! However, when Timo meets the lovely Lucilla, he decides to change his life and bring out the valour inside himself - valour that has never shown itself before. Through spells, crazy raids in the woods and terrible trainings of a very personal lady trainer, Timo has to transform himself into the greatest gladiator of all time. And as they say, if "fortune favours the bold" in Rome ... hard times are awaiting Timo!

The Eagle (2011)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.2)
Genredrama, history
CharactersGladiators, Heroes, Soldier, Horses
PlotAdventure, Revolution, Slavery
PlaceRoman Empire, England, Scotland
StyleExciting, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing, For men

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 of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.

Centurion (2010)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 6.4)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
CharactersSoldier, Military
PlotAdventure, Survival, War
PlaceRoman Empire, England
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, For men

Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.

Agora (2009)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredrama, adventure, history
PlotFate, On real events
PlaceRoman Empire, Egypt
StyleTouching, Soulful, Philosophical

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.

King Arthur (2004)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
CharactersKings, Knights, Military, Horses, Wizards
PlotRevenge, Adventure, War, Freedom
PlaceRoman Empire, Scotland
TimeMiddle Ages

The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, Lucius Artorius Castus is the historical person behind the legend.

The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Mark9.8 (imdb: 7.2)
PlotReligious, Death, False accusations
PlaceUSA, Court, Roman Empire
StyleHeavy, Depressive

"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, especially on the part of the jewish community. The films languages are Arabic, Latin and Hebrew and its actors are laymen which was controversially received as well.

Colosseum - Rome's Arena of Death (2003)
Mark3.2 (imdb: 7.1)
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotOn real events
PlaceRoman Empire

Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death aka Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story is a 2003 BBC Television docudrama which tells the true story of Verus a gladiator who fought at the Colosseum in Rome.

Gladiator (2000)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 8.5)
Genreaction, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersGladiators, Warriors, Soldier, Heroes, Emperors
PlotRevenge, Power, Love, War, Betrayal, Intrigue, Adventure, Rivalry, Freedom, Slavery
PlaceRoman Empire, Spain, Mansions
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Fascinating, Interesting

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 the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences.

Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar (1999)
Mark10 (imdb: 6)
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family
CountryFrance, Italy, Germany
CharactersPartners, Heroes, Friends, Family
PlaceRoman Empire, Village, France
StyleExciting, By comics

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, Caesar and his aide de camp Detritus discover the secret elixir and capture the Druid leader who knows its formula, and Asterix and Obelix are sent off to rescue them.

Cleopatra (1963)
Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Luxembourg
PlotOn real events
PlaceEgypt, Roman Empire, Tomb
StyleExciting, Fascinating

Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who's determined to hold on to the throne and seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison). When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony (Richard Burton), who vows to take power -- but Caesar's successor (Roddy McDowall) has other plans.

Spartacus (1960)
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, adventure, military, biography, history
PlotAdventure, War, Intrigue, Freedom, Slavery, Uprising
PlaceSparta, Roman Empire
StyleExciting, Tense

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Ben-Hur (1959)
Genredrama, adventure, military, history
CharactersHeroes, Friends, Jews, Gladiators
PlotRevenge, Adventure, Rivalry, Political, False accusations, Slavery
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleAction, Exciting, Fascinating

Judah Ben-Hur, a Palestinian Jew, is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. He finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.

Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
Mark1 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, drama, history
CharactersGladiators, Heroes
PlotRivalry, Death, Love, Intrigue, Slavery, Fight
PlaceRoman Empire

The story picks up at the point where "The Robe" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to prevent this, and catches the eye of Messalina, wife to Caligula's uncle Claudius. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith.

History of the World: Part I (1981)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, musical
CharactersHeroes, Emperors
PlotRevolution, Political, Chess
PlaceRoman Empire, France
Time18th century, Future, 16th century

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Mark1 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, military, history
CharactersHeroes, Military
PlotWar, Political, Adventure, Rivalry, On real events
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleFascinating, Exciting

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.

Julius Caesar (1953)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, history
PlotPolitical, Betrayal, Conspiracies
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleAction, Fascinating, Smart

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.