Movies about Rome and the Roman Empire

Movies about Rome and the Roman Empire
List of the best movies about Rome and the Roman Empire, selected by visitors to our site: The Last Legion, Gladiator, Centurion, Spartacus, Pompeii, Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar, The Eagle, Ben-Hur, Titus, Quo Vadis.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 5.4
Genreaction, adventure, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Slovakia, Tunisia, Italy, Bulgaria
Duration01:42
CharactersSoldier, Emperors
PlotAdventure, Travel
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleHeavy

As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

Duration02:35
CharactersGladiators, Heroes, Soldier, Warriors, Emperors
PlotLove, War, Adventure, Revenge, Slavery
PlaceSparta, Spain, Mansions, Roman Empire
StyleInteresting, Popular, Exciting, Oscars, Fascinating

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.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration01:37
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Adventure, Sword Battles
PlaceEngland, Roman Empire
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:17
CharactersGladiators, Slaves
PlotWar, Adventure, Slavery, Intrigue, Uprising
PlaceSparta, Roman Empire
StyleExciting, Tense, Epic

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.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom
Duration01:45
CharactersHorses, Heroes, Gladiators, Slaves
PlotDisasters, Adventure, Slavery, Volcanoes, Feats
PlaceItaly, Roman Empire
StyleExciting, Epic, Serious, 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.

Markimdb: 6
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration01:49
CharactersHeroes, Family, Friends, Partners
PlotAdventure
PlaceVillage, France, Roman Empire
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.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersHorses, Heroes, Gladiators, Military, Slaves
PlotAdventure, Slavery, Revolution, Feats
PlaceEngland, Scotland, Roman Empire
StyleExciting, Tense, Epic, Depressive, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama, adventure, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
CharactersJews, Friends
PlotSurvival, Revenge, Slavery, Death, Religious
PlaceItaly, Deserts, Roman Empire
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Tense, Epic, Serious

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

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy, USA
Duration02:42
CharactersKings, Cannibals, Emperors
PlotWar, Revenge
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Smart, Serious

Titus Andronicus returns from the wars and sees his sons and daughters taken from him, one by one. Shakespeare's goriest and earliest tragedy.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama
CountryPoland, USA
Duration02:14
CharactersGladiators
PlotAdventure
StyleSoulful, Fascinating

Ancient Rome, during the time of Emperor Nero. Vinicius, a young patrician, falls in love with the beautiful Lygia, the daughter of a Barbarian commander who was killed in battle, and wants her for his concubine. For Lygia, a Christian, being a pagan's concubine is a severe sin and disgrace. However, when Vinicius is wounded, Lygia cares for him, and starts to reciprocate his feelings. Vinicius, in return, becomes interested in Christian learning and asks Apostle Peter to teach him. In the meantime, Emperor Nero accuses Christians of having started a great fire in Rome. He encourages the imprisonment, torture and murder of his Christian subjects.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, Lithuania
Duration02:57
PlotWedding, Death, Betrayal

Attila was an American TV miniseries set during the waning days of the Western Roman Empire, in particular during the invasions of the Huns in Europe.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, biography, history
CountrySpain, Malta, Bulgaria
Duration02:06
PlotOn real events, Fate
PlaceEgypt, Roman Empire
StyleSoulful, Philosophical, Epic, Touching

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.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, history
CountryItaly, Belgium
Duration01:42
CharactersKings, Wolves, Brothers, Warriors, Deer
PlotTravel, Friendship, Flooding, Religious, Mythology
PlaceItaly
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Romulus and Remus, two shepherds and loyal brothers, end up taking part to a journey that will lead one of them to be the founder of the greatest nation ever seen. However, the fate of the chosen one will pass from killing his own brother.

Markimdb: 4.8
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryGermany, Austria
Duration01:37
CharactersGladiators, Warriors
PlotRevenge, Fight
PlaceSparta
StyleAction

Germanus, a brave gladiator, witnesses the brutal murder of his brother, committed by another fighter. Since then, he will become his worst enemy, with whom he will fight in several fights, each more bitter. One day, Germanus discovers that his sister, also gladiator, maintains a passionate affair with the man who killed the brother of both, without her knowing anything about the crime

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryLuxembourg, United Kingdom, USA
Duration04:03
PlotOn real events
PlaceEgypt, Africa, Tomb, Roman Empire
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genreaction, drama, documentary, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:20
CharactersWarriors, Barbarians
PlotHostage, Hunger, Uprising
PlaceItaly, Germany, USA, Roman Empire
StyleFascinating, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, adventure, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersHorses, Soldier, Archers
PlotWar, Investigation, Revolution, Earthquake, Chase
PlaceShips, Deserts, Beach, Roman Empire
StyleUnexpected ending, Atmospheric

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.

Markimdb: 2.7
Genredrama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryFrance, Belgium, Canada
Duration02:04
CharactersHeroes
PlotAdventure, Fate
PlaceRoman Empire

In the year 60 B.C. a group of Druids, including the arch-druid Guttuart (Max von Sydow), witness the passing of a comet and interpret it as the sign of the coming of a king for their country Gaul, which has not had a king for a long time. Guttuart goes to Gergovia, the capital of the Arvenes tribe, to attend a meeting of Gallic tribal chieftains. The young boy Vercingetorix, along with his friend the young girl Eponia, sneak into a large cavern where Celtill, Vercingetorix's father and chieftain of the Arvenes, hosts the meeting of chieftains with the intention of proclaiming himself king of all Gauls. When Celtill shows off the crown once worn by the old kings of Gaul, an arrow from two Roman spies (dressed as Gauls) hits Celtill in the back.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersPriests
PlotDeath, Religious, Hatred, False accusations
PlaceCourt, USA, Roman Empire
StyleHeavy, Epic, Depressive, Serious

"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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantasy, drama, history
CountryItaly, France
Duration02:09
CharactersGay, Pirates, Slaves, Soldier, Poets
PlotSlavery, Earthquake, Love triangle
PlaceShips, Caves, Italy
StyleBy books, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy, Serious

An adaptation of Petronius' satire about the decadent life in ancient Rome. "If you like the Fellini version, you should definitely see this one, too. It's every bit as good and in some ways better."

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, adventure, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:32
CharactersHeroes, Jews, Gladiators, Friends
PlotAdventure, Revenge, Slavery, Friendship, Political
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryItaly
Duration03:22
PlotMoney

Once upon a time in post-war Rome: 13-year old Aurora, a gifted pianist, is the daughter of Valerio, a brilliant conductor. After Aurora's mother died, Valerio hired Irene, a single mother of two girls, to run the household. To Aurora's regret he decides to marry Irene. One day, Aurora happens to meet the boys next door, Freddy and Sebastian, the sons of a wealthy Italo-Austrian family. Freddy is an easy-going chap, though sometimes a little bit arrogant. His brother Sebastian is kind and shy, with a great ability to listen to and understand people, which makes him win Aurora's heart.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:25
CharactersInvestigators
PlotAdventure, Travel, Friendship, Pursuit, Religious
PlaceRoman Empire
StylePsychological problems, Action, To cry, Fascinating, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genrefantastic, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:17
CharactersKillers, Criminals
PlotMental disorders, Experiments, Freedom
PlacePrison
StyleUnexpected ending, Dystopian, By books, Atmospheric, Depressive

Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the mercy of the state and its brainwashing experiment designed to take violence off the streets.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:08
CharactersHeroes, Military
PlotWar, On real events, Adventure, Political, Rivalry
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA
Duration02:09
CharactersHorses, Strong women
PlotLove, Death, Religious, Betrayal, Freedom
PlaceTomb, Roman Empire
TimeNight
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Deep Meaning

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryFrance, Belgium, United Kingdom
Duration01:22
CharactersDogs, Crocodiles, Heroes, Family, Gladiators
PlotRacing, Adventure, Rivalry
PlaceVillage, France, Roman Empire
StyleExciting

Asterix and Obelix depart on an adventure to complete twelve impossible tasks to prove to Caesar that they are as strong as the Gods. You'll roar with laughter as they outwit, outrun, and generally outrage the very people who are trying to prove them "only human".

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, musical, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersFamily
PlotDancing, Music, Religious, Betrayal, Fate
PlaceDeserts, Israel
StyleExciting, Fancy

Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus. The film was directed by Norman Jewison. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two 1974 Golden Globe Award for their portrayals of Jesus and Judas, respectively.

Genreadventure, cartoon
CountryRussia
CharactersBrownies
StyleFor children

Not many people know that every house is inhabited by finns. They are furry creatures that appear in human world to take care of a house and keep the hearth. Finnick is a young Finn, who doesn't seem to care about his responsibility of making a home out of the house. He is just making pranks on «his people» and that is the reason why none of the families wanted to stay long in his house. Everything changes when a new family comes to his house, where Finnick's tricks do not work at all, and he meets 13-year old Christine and inexplicable events begin to happen in the city. Finnick and Christine, who are so different, will have to team up and work together to solve the mystery of the events and save the city.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersHeroes, Gladiators
PlotLove, Passion, Fight, Slavery, Death
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleSoulful, Epic, Serious

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.





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