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Movies set in Ancient Rome, c. 100 BC - AD 200

List updated on August 22, 2008, by Jouni Filip Maho.

Thanks to IMDB and ALLMOVIE, as well as forum members at H-Film and the Deep Purple Fan Forum.


82-49 BC -- reign of SULLA, CATULLUS, POMPEY, CRASSUS, CAESAR, SCIPIO

Spartacus (Chiosso, 1914)
-- feat. ...
Spartaco (Freda, 1953)
-- feat. Massimo Girotti
Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960)
-- feat. Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, John Gavin
Caesar, the Conqueror / Giulio Cesare, il conquistatore delle Gallie (Boccia, 1962)
-- feat. Cameron Mitchell
Il figlio di Spartacus (Corbucci, 1963)
-- feat. Steve Reeves
I dieci gladiatori (Parolini, 1963)
-- feat. Dan Vadis
The spread of the eagle (TV series, 1963)
-- feat. Robert Hardy, Peter Cushing
Gli invincibili dieci gladiatori (Nostro, 1964)
-- feat. Dan Vadis
La vendetta di Spartacus (Lupo, 1965)
-- feat. Roger Browne
Il trionfo dei dieci gladiatori (Nostro, 1965)
-- feat. Dan Vadis
Rome (TV series, 2005)
-- feat. Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Max Pirkis, James Purefroy


49-44 BC -- reign of JULIUS CAESAR

Julius Caesar (Blackton/Ranous, 1908)
-- feat. Charles Kent
Julius Caesar (Benson, 1911)
-- feat. Guy Rathbone, Frank R. Benson
Cleopatra (Gaskill, 1912)
-- feat. Helen Gardner, Charles Sindelar, Mr Paul
Julius Caesar (Ramsey, 1913)
-- feat. ...
Caius Julius Caesar (Guazzoni, 1914)
-- feat. Amleto Novelli
Cleopatra (Edwards, 1917)
-- feat. Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Henri de Vries
Julius Caesar (Cooper, 1926)
-- feat. Basil Gill, Malcolm Keen
Cleopatra (Neill, 1928)
-- feat. Dorothy Revier
Cleopatra (DeMille, 1934)
-- feat. Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon
Julius Caesar (Bower, 1938)
-- feat. Ernest Milton
Caesar & Cleopatra (Pascal, 1945)
-- feat. Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains
Julius Caesar (Simpson, 1949)
-- feat. George Bliss, Raymond McDonell
Julius Caesar (Bradley, 1950)
-- feat. Harold Tasker, Charlton Heston
Julius Caesar (Brett, 1951)
-- feat. Walter Hudd, Anthony Hawtrey, Patrick Barr
Androcles and the lion (Erskine, 1952)
-- feat. Alan Young, Jean Simmons
Julius Caesar (Mankiewicz, 1953)
-- feat. Louis Calhern
Julius Caesar (Burge, 1959)
-- feat. Robert Perceval, Eric Porter
Julius Caesar (Eyre, 1960)
-- feat. Michael Goodliffe, William Shatner
La schiava di Roma (Grieco/Prosperi, 1960)
-- feat. Guy Madison, Rossana Podesta
Cleopatra (Mankiewicz, 1963)
-- feat. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
The spread of the eagle (TV series, 1963)
-- feat. Robert Hardy, Peter Cushing
Carry on Cleo (Thomas, 1964)
-- feat. Sid James, Kenneth Williams
Cleopatra (Auder, 1970)
-- feat. Viva, Gerard Malanga
Julius Caesar (Burge, 1970)
-- feat. John Gielgud, Charlton Heston, Richard Chamberlain
The notorious Cleopatra (Perry, 1970)
-- feat. Sonora, John Rocco
Roma rivuole Cesare (Jancso, 1974)
-- feat. Hiram Keller
Julius Caesar (Wise, 1979)
-- feat. Charles Gray, David Collings, Elizabeth Spriggs
History of the world, part 1 (Brooks, 1981)
-- feat. Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeleine Kahn
Julius Caesar (Phillips, 1984)
-- feat. Janet Baker, Valerie Masterson
Cleopatra (Roddam, 1999)
-- feat. Leonor Varela, Billy Zane, Timothy Dalton, Rupert Graves
Astérix & Obélix contre César (Zidi, 1999)
-- feat. Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Gottfried John
Astérix & Obélix: mission Cléopâtre (Chabat, 2002)
-- feat. Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Monica Bellucci
Julius Caesar (Edel, 2003)
-- feat. Jeremy Sisto, Valerie Golino, Christopher Walken
Gladiatress (Grant, 2004)
-- feat. Sally Phillips, Doon Mackichan, Fiona Allen
Rome (TV series, 2005)
-- feat. Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Max Pirkis, James Purefroy


44-27 BC -- reign of OCTAVIAN, MARC ANTONY, and LEPIDUS

Antony & Cleopatra (Blackton/Kent, 1908)
-- feat. Florence Lawrence, Maurice Costello
Cleopatre (Andreani/Zecca, 1910)
-- feat. Madeleine Roch
Cleopatra (Gaskill, 1912)
-- feat. Helen Gardner, Charles Sindelar, Mr Paul
Marcantonio e Cleopatra (Guazzoni, 1913)
-- feat. Amleto Novelli, Gianna Terribili-Gonzales
Cleopatra (Edwards, 1917)
-- feat. Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Henri de Vries
Antony & Cleopatra (Foy, 1924)
-- feat. Ethel Teare
Cleopatra (Neill, 1928)
-- feat. Dorothy Revier
Cleopatra (DeMille, 1934)
-- feat. Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon
Due notti con Cleopatra (Mattoli, 1953)
-- feat. Sophia Loren, Ettore Manni
Le legioni di Cleopatra (Cottafavi, 1960)
-- feat. Linda Cristal, Georges Marchal
Cleopatra (Mankiewicz, 1963)
-- feat. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
Il figlio di Cleopatra (Baldi, 1964)
-- feat. Mark Damon, Scilla Gabel
Antonio e Cleopatra (Cottafavi, 1965)
-- feat. Valeria Valeri, Enrico Maria Salerno
Cleopatra (Auder, 1970)
-- feat. Viva, Gerard Malanga
The notorious Cleopatra (Perry, 1970)
-- feat. Sonora, John Rocco
Antony & Cleopatra (Heston, 1972)
-- feat. Charlton Heston, Hildegarde Neil
Antony & Cleopatra (Scoffield, 1974)
-- feat. Richard Johnsn, Janet Suzman, Patrick Stewart
Antony & Cleopatra (Miller, 1981)
-- feat. Colin Blakely, Jane Lapotaire
Antony & Cleopatra (Carra, 1983)
-- feat. Timothy Dalton, Lynn Redgrave
Cleopatra (Roddam, 1999)
-- feat. Leonor Varela, Billy Zane, Timothy Dalton, Rupert Graves
Empire (Gray/Manners/Yaitanes, 2005)
-- feat. Santiago Cabrera
Rome (TV series, 2005)
-- feat. Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Max Pirkis, James Purefroy


27BC-AD14 -- reign of OCTAVIAN = AUGUSTUS

Herman der Scherusker: die Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald (Baldi, 1967)
-- feat. Cameron Mitchell
The Caesars (Bennett, 1968)
-- feat. Roland Culver, Andre Morell, Ralph Bates, Freddie Jones
I, Claudius (Wise, 1976)
-- feat. Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt
Die Hermannsschlacht (Deckert/Kiesel, 1996)
-- feat. Stefan Mischer, Hartmut Neuber, Peter Weis
Imperium: Augustus (Young, 2003)
-- feat. Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling


14-37 -- reign of TIBERIUS

Ben Hur (Olcott, 1907)
-- feat. Hermann Rottger, William S. Hart
Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ (Niblo, 1925)
-- feat. Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman
King of kings (DeMille, 1927)
-- feat. H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Jacqueline Logan
I, Claudius (Sternberg, 1937)
-- unfinished epic feat. Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon
Caesar's friend (Dixon/Morrah, 1939)
-- feat. D.A. Clarke-Smith, Mary O'Farrell
The robe (Koster, 1953)
-- feat. Ernest Thesiger, Jay Robinson
Salome (Dieterle, 1953)
-- feat. Rita Hayworth, Charles Laughton
Barabbas (Sjöberg, 1953)
-- feat. Ulf Palme, Georg Ålin
Day of triumph (Coyle/Pichel, 1954)
-- feat. Robert Wilson, Joanne Dru, Lee J. Cobb
Ben Hur (Wyler, 1959)
-- feat. Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins
I baccanali di Tiberio (Simonelli, 1960)
-- feat. Tino Buazzelli
Barabbas (Fleischer, 1962)
-- feat. Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, George Kennedy
King of Kings (Ray, 1961)
-- feat. Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hutfield
Ponzio Pilato (Callegari/Rapper, 1962)
-- feat. Jean Marais, Basil Rathbone
Il vangelo secondo Matteo (Pasolini, 1964)
-- feat. Enrique Irazoqui
The greatest story ever told (Stevens, 1965)
-- feat. Max von Sydow, Carroll Baker
All'ombra delle aquile (Baldi, 1966)
-- feat. Cameron Mitchell
The Caesars (Bennett, 1968)
-- feat. Roland Culver, Andre Morell, Ralph Bates, Freddie Jones
Jesus Christ Superstar (Jewison, 1973)
-- feat. Carl Anderson, Ted Neeley, Yvnne Elliman
I, Claudius (Wise, 1976)
-- feat. Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt
Caligola (Brass, 1979)
-- feat. Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Peter O'Toole
Life of Brian (Monty Python, 1979)
-- feat. Monty Python
Le calde notti di Galigola (Onorati, 1984)
-- feat. Carlo Colombo, Gastone Pescucci
A.D. (TV series, 1985)
-- feat. Anthony Andrews, Ava Gardner, James Mason
The last temptation of Christ (Scorcese, 1988)
-- feat. Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel
The passion of the Christ (Gibson, 2004)
-- feat. James Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern


37-41 -- reign of CALIGULA

I, Claudius (Sternberg, 1937)
-- unfinished epic feat. Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon
Demetrius and the Gladiators (Daves, 1954)
-- feat. Jay Robinson, Barry Jones
The Caesars (Bennett, 1968)
-- feat. Roland Culver, Andre Morell, Ralph Bates, Freddie Jones
I, Claudius (Wise, 1976)
-- feat. Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt
Caligola (Brass, 1979)
-- feat. Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Peter O'Toole
Caligula et Messalina (Mattei/Passalia, 1982)
-- feat. Gino Turini, Betty Roland
Caligola: la storia mai raccontata (Amato, 1982)
-- feat. David Brandon
Roma: l'antica chiave dei sensi (Onorati, 1984)
-- feat. Robert Gligorov
Le calde notti di Galigola (Onorati, 1984)
-- feat. Carlo Colombo, Gastone Pescucci
A.D. (TV series, 1985)
-- feat. Anthony Andrews, Ava Gardner, James Mason
Caligula (Nagy, 1996)
-- feat. Szabolcs Hajdu


41-54 -- reign of CLAUDIUS

Messalina (Andreani, 1910)
-- feat. Stacia Napierkowska, Madeleine Roch
Messalina (Guazzoni, 1922)
-- feat. Calisto Bertramo, Gildo Bocci, Gianna Terribli-Gonzales
Messalina (Barros, 1930)
-- feat. Vicenzo Caiaffa, Remo Cesarini, Greta Walkyria
I, Claudius (Sternberg, 1937)
-- unfinished epic feat. Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon
Messalina (Gallone, 1951)
-- feat. Maria Felix
Messalina venere imperatrice (Cottafavi, 1960)
-- feat. Belinda Lee
L'ultima gladiatore (Lenzi, 1964)
-- feat. Richard Harrison, Lisa Gastoni
The Caesars (Bennett, 1968)
-- feat. Roland Culver, Andre Morell, Ralph Bates, Freddie Jones
I, Claudius (Wise, 1976)
-- feat. Derek Jacobi, Sian Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt
Messalina! Messalina! (Corbucci, 1977)
-- feat. Anneka di Lorenzo, Vittorio Caprioli
A.D. (TV series, 1985)
-- feat. Anthony Andrews, Ava Gardner, James Mason


54-68 -- reign of NERO

Nero, or, the fall of Rome (Maggi, 1909)
-- feat. Alberto Capozzi, Lydia de Roberti
Quo vadis? (Guazzoni, 1912)
-- feat. Amleto Novelli, Gustavo Serena
Nerone e Agrippina (Caserini, 1913)
-- feat. Vittorio Rossi Pianelli, Maria Caserini
Nero (Edwards, 1922)
-- feat. Jacques Gretillat, Sandro Salvini, Violet Mersereau
Quo vadis? (Annunzio/Jacoby, 1925)
-- feat. Alfons Fryland, Andrea Habay, Rina de Liguoro
Boadicae (Hill, 1928)
-- feat. Phyllis Neilson-Terry
Sign of the cross (DeMille, 1932)
-- feat. Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert
Nerone e Messalina (Zeglio, 1949)
-- feat. Gino Cervi
Quo vadis (LeRoy, 1951)
-- feat. Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov
L'incendio di Roma (Malatesta, 1963)
-- feat. Lang Jeffries
Il gladiatore che sfidò l'impero (Paolella, 1965)
-- feat. Peter Lupus, Massimo Serato
The Romans (ep. of Dr Who, TV series, 1965)
-- feat. William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien
Fellini Satyricon (Fellini, 1969)
-- feat. Martin Potter, Hiram Keller
Poppea, una prostituta al servizio dell'impero (Brescia, 1972)
-- feat. Femi Benussi
Nerone (Castellacci/Pingitore, 1977)
-- feat. Pippo Franco, Maria Grazia Buccella
Warrior Queen (Custance/Green, 1978)
-- feat. Sian Phillips, Nigel Hawthorne
Peter and Paul (Day, 1981)
-- feat. Anthony Hopkins, Robert Foxworth
A.D. (TV series, 1985)
-- feat. Anthony Andrews, Ava Gardner, James Mason
Quo vadis? (Kawaleroqicz, 2001)
-- feat. Pawel Delag, Magdalena Mielcarz
Boudica (Anderson, 2003)
-- feat. Alex Kingston
Imperium: Nerone (Marcus, 2004)
-- feat. Hans Matheson, Laura Morante


68-69 -- reign of GALBA, OTHO, then VITELLUS

(none)


69-79 -- reign of VESPASIAN

Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (Ambrosio/Maggi, 1908)
-- feat. Lydia de Roberti, Luigi Maggi
Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (Caserini/Rodolfi, 1913)
-- feat. F.N. Pouget, E.T. Fior, Ubaldo Stefani
Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeii (Gallone/Palermi, 1926)
-- feat. V. Varconi, Rina de Liguoro, Maria Corda
The last days of Pompeii (Shoedsack, 1935)
-- feat. Preston Foster, Alan Hale, Basil Rathbone
Gli ultimi giorni di Pompeo (Mattoli, 1937)
-- feat. Enrico Viarisio
Los ultimos dias de Pompeyo (Portas, 1940)
-- feat. Luis G. Barreiro, Antonio Bravo
Les derniers jours de Pompei (Herbier/Moffa, 1950)
-- feat. Michele Presle, Georges Marchal
Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (Bonnard, 1959)
-- feat. Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann
Up Pompeii (Kellett, 1971)
-- feat. Frankie Howerd
The arena (Carver, 1974)
-- feat. Pam Grier, Margaret Markov
Warrior Queen / Pompeii (Vincent, 1987)
-- feat. Sybil Danning, Donald Pleasence
Age of treason (Brescia, 1993)
-- feat. Bryan Brown, Matthias Hues
The dog of Pompeii (Thomas, 1999)
-- feat. Andrew Volkert, Allie Garcia


79-81 -- reign of TITUS

Massada (Sagal, 1981)
-- feat. Peter O'Toole, Richard Strauss


81-96 -- reign of DOMITIAN

Oro peri Cesari (Ciuffini/Toth, 1963)
-- feat. Jeffrey Hunter, Mylene Demongeot
La rivolta dei pretoriani (Brescia, 1964)
-- feat. Richard Harrison, Piero Lulli, Paola Pitti


96-98 -- reign of NERVA

(none)


98-117 -- reign of TRAJAN

Columna lui Trajan (Dragan, 1968)
-- feat. Amedeo Nazzari


117-138 -- reign of HADRIAN

Memoirs of Hadrian (Boorman, 2010?)
-- feat. Daniel Craig(?)


138-161 -- reign of ANTONINUS PIUS (AURELIUS)

(none)


161-180 -- reign of MARCUS AURELIUS, and briefly LUCIUS VERUS

The fall of the Roman Empire (Mann, 1964)
-- feat. Christopher Plummer, Alec Guinness, Stephen Boyd


180-193 -- reign of COMMODUS (AURELIUS)

Ursus, il gladiatore ribelle (Paolella, 1963)
-- feat. Dan Vadis, Sergio Ciani
The fall of the Roman Empire (Mann, 1964)
-- feat. Christopher Plummer, Alec Guinness, Stephen Boyd
Gladiator (Scott, 2000)
-- feat. Richard Harris, Joaquin Phoenix


LATER PERIODS

Fabiola (Guazzoni, 1918)
-- feat. Elena Sangro
Roman scandals (Tuttle, 1933)
-- feat. Eddie Cantor
Fabiola (Blasetti, 1949)
-- feat. Michele Morgan, Henry Vidal
Sign of the pagan (Sirk, 1954)
-- feat. Jack Palance
Teodora, imperatrice di Bisanzio (Freda, 1954)
-- feat. Gianna Maria Canale, Georges Marchal
Nel segno di Roma / Sheba and the gladiator (Brignone, 1958)
-- feat. Anita Ekberg, Georges Marchal
Brenno il nemico di Roma (Gentilomo, 1963)
-- feat. Gordon Mitchell
La vendetta dei gladiatori (Capuano, 1964)
-- feat. Mickey Hargitay
Dacii (Nicolaescu, 1966)
-- feat. Amza Pellea, Pierre Brice
Kampf um Rom I (Siodmak, 1968)
-- feat. Orson Welles, Laurence Harvey
Kampf um Rom II: der Verrat (Siodmak, 1969)
-- feat. Orson Welles, Laurence Harvey
Sebastiane (Humfress/Jarman, 1976)
-- feat. Leonardo Treviglio, Barney James
Titus Andronicus (Howell, 1985)
-- feat. Trevor Peacock, Eileen Atkins
Titus Andronicus: the movie (Richey, 1997)
-- feat. ...
Titus (Taymor, 1999)
-- feat. Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange
Titus Andronicus (Dunne, 1999)
-- feat. Robert Reece, Candy K. Sweet
Titus Andronicus (Griffin, 2000)
-- feat. Nigel Gore, Zoya Pierson


UNDATED

When Rome ruled (Fitzmaurice, 1914)
-- feat. Clifford Bruce
La rivolta dei gladiatori (Cottafavi, 1958)
-- feat. Rafael Luis Calvo, Gianna Maria Canale
Solo contro Roma / Vengeance of the gladiator (Ricci, 1962)
-- feat. Rossana Podesta
Il gladiatore invincibile (Martino/Momplet, 1962)
-- feat. Richard Harrison
Il gladiatore di Roma (Costa, 1962)
-- feat. Gordon Scott
La rivolta dei barbari (Malatesta, 1964)
-- feat. Roland Carey, Maria Grazia Spina
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum (Lester, 1966)
-- feat. Zero Mostel, Buster Keaton
Les yeux ne veulent pas en tout temps se fermer (Huillet/Straub, 1970)
-- feat. ...
Gladiator eroticvs: the lesbian warriors (Bacchus, 2001)
-- feat. Darian Caine, Erin Brown

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