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Ben-hur (1959)
Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (1959)

Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Together with the new governor his old friend Messala arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions. At first they are happy to meet after a long time but their different politic views separate them. During the welcome parade a roof tile falls down from Judah's house and injures the governor. Although Messala knows they are not guilty, he sends Judah to the galleys and throws his mother and sister into prison. But Judah swears to come back and take revenge. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  blindness,  dying,  adoption,  faith,  politics,  betrayal,  religion,  revenge,  friendship,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  rooftop,  ship,  desert
Characters:jew,  bible,  christianity,  jewish,  christian,  dancer,  friend
Story:roman,  leper colony,  chariot race,  roman salute,  roman judea,  roman bath,  roman empire,  jerusalem,  family reunion,  prince,  man on the verge of tears,  water fountain,  sea battle,  sword and sandal,  rescue from drowning,  talking to a horse,  dragged by a horse,  person on fire,  childhood friend,  music score features choir,  adoptive father adopted son relationship,  loss of hand,  sistine chapel,  symphonic music score,  pontius pilate,  riding accident,  fanfare,  overture,  galley,  70mm film,  adrift,  centurion,  census,  leper,  fleet,  oar,  separation from family,  oasis,  pardon,  nativity,  1st century,  tile,  leprosy,  jesus christ,  chariot,  belch,  antiquity,  disciple,  gay subtext,  sheik,  catapult,  broken engagement,  tyranny,  rowing,  baldness,  thirst,  wrongful imprisonment,  pilgrimage,  orchestral music score,  prophet,  victory,  shepherd,  ancient rome,  carpenter,  polygamy,  famous score,  gladiator,  wrongful conviction,  paraplegic,  chained,  heir,  palm tree,  male friendship,  adopted son,  cripple,  wager,  tyrant,  amputation,  arena,  suicidal,  stretcher,  emperor,  raft,  masseuse,  governor,  amputee,  beggar,  saving a life,  crucifixion,  sermon,  camel,  dagger,  blind man,  stadium,  bet,  healing,  arab,  thunderstorm,  miracle,  mute,  resurrection,  whip,  anti semitism,  thunder,  slave,  torch,  parade,  sheep,  blockbuster,  hammer,  slavery,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  spear,  pirate,  hate,  whipping,  reunion,  gift,  hairy chest,  cross,  ring,  lightning,  tent,  massage,  prologue,  search,  false accusation,  prisoner,  widow,  name in title,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  water,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  gay interest,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  violence,  death,  blood,  kiss

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:vengeance,  blindness,  faith,  politics,  betrayal,  religion,  love,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  rooftop,  ship,  desert
Characters:jew,  christianity
Story:leper colony,  chariot race,  roman salute,  roman empire,  sea battle,  sword and sandal,  person on fire,  childhood friend,  pontius pilate,  riding accident,  adrift,  centurion,  leper,  separation from family,  oar,  1st century,  leprosy,  jesus christ,  chariot,  disciple,  sheik,  roman,  rowing,  ancient rome,  carpenter,  paraplegic,  chained,  palm tree,  male friendship,  wager,  arena,  emperor,  raft,  governor,  jerusalem,  amputee,  crucifixion,  dagger,  stadium,  bet,  miracle,  whip,  slave,  torch,  slavery,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  prince,  whipping,  reunion,  gift,  cross,  lightning,  tent,  false accusation,  prisoner,  reference to god,  water,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)
Drama

The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)

The carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for Him. But as His mission nears fulfillment, He must face the greatest temptation; the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  betrayal,  religion,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:jew,  bible,  christianity
Story:roman judea,  1st century,  jesus christ,  disciple,  roman,  prophet,  ancient rome,  carpenter,  famous score,  chained,  palm tree,  jerusalem,  camel,  healing,  miracle,  resurrection,  sheep,  cross,  prologue,  prisoner,  reference to god,  sword,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  blood,  violence

Gladiator (2000)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Gladiator (2000)

Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death. The powerful general is unable to save his family, and his loss of will allows him to get captured and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so that he will be able to look into the eyes of the man who will feel his revenge. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  vengeance,  politics,  betrayal,  revenge,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Story:gladiator,  emperor,  roman salute,  roman,  roman empire,  heir,  slavery,  sword and sandal,  person on fire,  riding accident,  chariot,  antiquity,  catapult,  victory,  ancient rome,  famous score,  tyrant,  arena,  crucifixion,  camel,  stadium,  whip,  slave,  torch,  parade,  blockbuster,  bow and arrow,  spear,  hate,  ring,  tent,  prisoner,  widow,  prayer,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  horse,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  kiss,  violence,  blood

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  faith,  politics,  religion,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  ship,  desert
Characters:jew,  bible,  christianity,  jewish,  friend
Story:sword and sandal,  person on fire,  chariot,  shepherd,  adopted son,  saving a life,  camel,  dagger,  thunder,  slave,  torch,  parade,  sheep,  slavery,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  whipping,  lightning,  tent,  search,  reference to god,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  kiss,  violence,  blood

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Pompeii (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Pompeii (2014)

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), 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. This is why Pompeii (2014) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Themes:politics,  love,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:ship
Characters:friend
Story:roman,  roman empire,  gladiator,  arena,  slave,  sword and sandal,  person on fire,  1st century,  chariot,  ancient rome,  emperor,  whip,  torch,  slavery,  bow and arrow,  spear,  whipping,  cross,  lightning,  prisoner,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  prison,  fire,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  murder,  kiss,  violence,  blood

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:blindness,  dying,  faith,  politics,  betrayal,  religion,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:rooftop
Characters:bible,  christianity
Story:dragged by a horse,  pardon,  nativity,  disciple,  crucifixion,  blind man,  torch,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  whipping,  cross,  false accusation,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  water,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  horse,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  death,  murder,  kiss,  blood

10,000 Bc (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  betrayal,  love,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:horse,  separation from family,  stretcher,  resurrection,  whip,  slave,  torch,  slavery,  bow and arrow,  spear,  whipping,  gift,  lightning,  tent,  prologue,  search,  prisoner,  reference to god,  tears,  battle,  rescue,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  death

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Spartacus (2010) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Spartacus (2010)

The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The Thracians had been persuaded by Claudius Glaber to serve as auxiliaries in the Roman legions in a campaign against the Getae, who had often plundered Thracian lands. However after Glaber reneges on the deal and switches his attentions from the Getae to attack Mithridates in Asia Minor, the Thracians feel betrayed and mutiny. Captured by Glaber, Spartacus is condemned to death as a Gladiator, whilst his wife Sura is condemned to slavery. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him. He becomes a favorite of the crowd, leading Senator Albinius to commute his death sentence to a life of slavery. Spartacus is purchased by Batiatus for gladiator training, who promises to help him find Sura if he proves himself in training. As the series develops, the story follows the betrayals and machinations of Roman life and a tale of one man's heroic quest for vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:friend
Story:roman empire,  sword and sandal,  roman,  ancient rome,  gladiator,  arena,  crucifixion,  whip,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  whipping,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  death,  violence

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  politics
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Story:camel,  riding accident,  overture,  70mm film,  oasis,  sheik,  thirst,  orchestral music score,  famous score,  jerusalem,  saving a life,  dagger,  arab,  miracle,  blockbuster,  prince,  gift,  tent,  reference to god,  tears,  water,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  food,  crying,  fire,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. This is why The Four Feathers (2002) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:christian,  dancer,  friend
Story:oasis,  broken engagement,  camel,  slave,  parade,  slavery,  whipping,  tent,  prayer,  reference to god,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  rain,  prison,  dancing,  based on novel,  death,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  murder

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Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  politics,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  desert
Characters:christianity,  dancer,  friend
Story:roman salute,  roman empire,  sword and sandal,  chariot,  antiquity,  roman,  arena,  emperor,  camel,  thunderstorm,  slave,  torch,  parade,  blockbuster,  slavery,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  gift,  ring,  lightning,  tent,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

The Ten Commandments (1956) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Adventure, Drama

The Ten Commandments (1956)

To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharaoh, Rameses I, condemning all newborn Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt, Moses' fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'. (Read More)

Themes:adoption,  religion,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:jew,  bible,  jewish
Story:adrift,  chariot,  sheik,  tyranny,  prophet,  shepherd,  famous score,  camel,  miracle,  blockbuster,  slavery,  prince,  whipping,  reference to god,  rescue,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  murder,  blood

The Legend Of Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Legend Of Hercules (2014)

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic - a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  love,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  ship,  desert
Story:sword and sandal,  chariot,  tyranny,  gladiator,  arena,  whip,  slave,  slavery,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  whipping,  lightning,  sword,  battle,  horse,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
Drama

The Passion Of The Christ (2004)

A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would rather to see set free--Jesus, or Barrabas. The crowd chooses to have Barrabas set free. Thus, Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally flagellated. Bloody and unrecognizable, he is brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the thirsty crowd--assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough. The crowd, however, is not satisfied. Thus, Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes. Whipped and weakened, Jesus is presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha. There, more corporal cruelty takes place as Jesus is nailed to the cross--suffering, he hangs there, left to die. Initially, in his dazed suffering, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God his father. He then beseeches God. At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  betrayal,  religion
Mood:epic
Characters:bible,  christianity,  christian
Story:pontius pilate,  roman judea,  roman empire,  jerusalem,  cross,  1st century,  jesus christ,  disciple,  roman,  ancient rome,  carpenter,  governor,  crucifixion,  thunderstorm,  miracle,  resurrection,  whip,  anti semitism,  blockbuster,  whipping,  false accusation,  prisoner,  death,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  blood,  violence

Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure

Hercules (2014)

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. This is why Hercules (2014) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Themes:faith,  betrayal,  love,  revenge
Story:sword and sandal,  person on fire,  chariot,  tyranny,  chained,  dagger,  mute,  whip,  torch,  bow and arrow,  spear,  pirate,  prince,  lightning,  tent,  prisoner,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows Farmer ('Jason Statham' (qv)), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana ('Claire Forlani' (qv)), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick ('Ron Perlman (I)' (qv)), he travels to Stonebridge where his wife and son are. Before he arrives, the Krugs, controlled by the wizard Gallian ('Ray Liotta' (qv)), kill his son and capture his wife. Farmer, with the help of Bastian ('Will Sanderson' (qv)), his brother-in-law, and Norrick sets out to find and rescue his wife. The King's nephew Fallow ('Matthew Lillard' (qv)) is conspiring with the wizard Gallian to take over the kingdom led by King Konreid ('Burt Reynolds'). (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  dying,  adoption,  love,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:friend
Story:sword and sandal,  catapult,  heir,  dagger,  thunder,  slave,  bow and arrow,  spear,  lightning,  prisoner,  tears,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  violence,  kiss,  murder,  blood

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Agora (2009)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Agora (2009)

Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  betrayal,  religion,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:ship
Characters:bible,  christianity,  jewish,  christian
Story:roman empire,  person on fire,  antiquity,  sermon,  dagger,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  cross,  sword,  crying,  fire,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  violence

Solomon Kane (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Solomon Kane (2009)

Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  betrayal,  religion,  revenge
Locations:cave,  ship
Characters:bible
Story:person on fire,  crucifixion,  dagger,  healing,  slave,  torch,  slavery,  pirate,  prince,  tent,  prologue,  prayer,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  violence,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  death

Centurion (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Centurion (2010)

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.

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Locations:cave
Story:roman,  roman empire,  sword and sandal,  centurion,  ancient rome,  emperor,  governor,  mute,  torch,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  spear,  lightning,  tent,  prologue,  false accusation,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  murder,  blood,  violence

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:cave,  ship
Story:catapult,  tyranny,  heir,  tyrant,  slave,  torch,  blockbuster,  slavery,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prisoner,  water,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  rain,  prison,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Action, Adventure, History

The 13th Warrior (1999)

In AD 922, Arab courtier Ahmad Ibn Fadlan accompanies a party of Vikings to the barbaric North. Ibn Fadlan is appalled by the Vikings customs-- their wanton sexuality, their disregard for cleanliness, their cold-blooded human sacrifices. And then he learns the horrifying truth: he has been enlisted to combat a terror that slaughters the Vikings and devours their flesh. (Read More)

Themes:religion,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:cave
Story:arab,  sword and sandal,  prophet,  heir,  camel,  dagger,  torch,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  tent,  reference to god,  sword,  battle,  horse,  rain,  voice over narration,  fire,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

The Eagle (2011)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

The Eagle (2011)

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. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Locations:cave
Story:slave,  roman empire,  person on fire,  centurion,  chariot,  roman,  ancient rome,  gladiator,  arena,  dagger,  torch,  slavery,  bow and arrow,  spear,  ring,  sword,  battle,  horse,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

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Spartacus (1960)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Spartacus (1960)

In 73 BCE, a Thracian slave leads a revolt at a gladiatorial school run by Lentulus Batiatus. The uprising soon spreads across the Italian Peninsula involving thousand of slaves. The plan is to acquire sufficient funds to acquire ships from Silesian pirates who could then transport them to other lands from Brandisium in the south. The Roman Senator Gracchus schemes to have Marcus Publius Glabrus, Commander of the garrison of Rome, lead an army against the slaves who are living on Vesuvius. When Glabrus is defeated his mentor, Senator and General Marcus Licinius Crassus is greatly embarrassed and leads his own army against the slaves. Spartacus and the thousands of freed slaves successfully make their way to Brandisium only to find that the Silesians have abandoned them. They then turn north and must face the might of Rome. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Story:slave,  roman,  roman salute,  roman bath,  roman empire,  sword and sandal,  antiquity,  ancient rome,  famous score,  gladiator,  arena,  crucifixion,  blockbuster,  slavery,  spear,  pirate,  whipping,  cross,  name in title,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  murder

The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  religion,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:bible,  christianity
Story:dagger,  healing,  thunder,  torch,  spear,  whipping,  cross,  ring,  lightning,  search,  tears,  sword,  battle,  horse,  rain,  prison,  crying,  fire,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  death,  blood,  murder

Dragonheart (1996)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Dragonheart (1996)

The young, sickly King Einon was wounded in a battle. In order for him to survive, he is healed by Draco, a dragon. Some years later, Bowen, a dragon slayer, encounters Draco. The two team up to form a traveling duo that perform an act, but the act is only known by themselves. Bowen supposedly "slays" Draco and then collects a reward from the town or village that he protects by killing the dragon who had been "terrorizing" them. From there, Bowen and Draco must save the entire kingdom from the rule of the now evil King Einon, who is part of Draco and Draco a part of him. This is why Dragonheart (1996) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:christianity
Story:person on fire,  famous score,  tyrant,  blind man,  healing,  resurrection,  torch,  sheep,  slavery,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  rain,  fire,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder

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Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  desert
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:raft,  camel,  whip,  thunder,  spear,  reunion,  hairy chest,  cross,  lightning,  tent,  prologue,  false accusation,  widow,  arrest,  rescue,  horse,  rain,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  kiss,  blood,  death,  murder

Gods Of Egypt (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  faith,  betrayal,  love,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  ship,  desert
Story:sword and sandal,  chariot,  heir,  dagger,  resurrection,  slave,  torch,  slavery,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  spear,  lightning,  prologue,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  voice over narration,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  violence

Kingdom Of Heaven (2005) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)

It is the time of the Crusades during the Middle Ages - the world shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the East. A blacksmith named Balian has lost his family and nearly his faith. The religious wars raging in the far-off Holy Land seem remote to him, yet he is pulled into that immense drama. Amid the pageantry and intrigues of medieval Jerusalem he falls in love, grows into a leader, and ultimately uses all his courage and skill to defend the city against staggering odds. Destiny comes seeking Balian in the form of a great knight, Godfrey of Ibelin, a Crusader briefly home to France from fighting in the East. Revealing himself as Balian's father, Godfrey shows him the true meaning of knighthood and takes him on a journey across continents to the fabled Holy City. In Jerusalem at that moment--between the Second and Third Crusades--a fragile peace prevails, through the efforts of its enlightened Christian king, Baldwin IV, aided by his advisor Tiberias, and the military restraint of the legendary Muslim leader Saladin Ayubi . But Baldwin's days are numbered, and strains of fanaticism, greed, and jealousy among the Crusaders threaten to shatter the truce. King Baldwin's vision of peace--a kingdom of heaven--is shared by a handful of knights, including Godfrey of Ibelin, who swear to uphold it with their lives and honor. As Godfrey passes his sword to his son, he also passes on that sacred oath: to protect the helpless, safeguard the peace, and work toward harmony between religions and cultures, so that a kingdom of heaven can flourish on earth. Balian takes the sword and steps into history. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  religion,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:christianity,  christian
Story:jerusalem,  sword and sandal,  sword,  person on fire,  leper,  leprosy,  catapult,  heir,  camel,  arab,  bow and arrow,  spear,  cross,  prayer,  battle,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Adventure, Fantasy

Conan The Barbarian (1982)

A village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom ('James Earl Jones' (qv)) and his evil warriors, when Thulsa Doom and his warriors kills his parents, a young boy named Conan ('Jorge Sanz (I)' (qv)) is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Conan sets out on a quest as he vows to avenge his parents and solve the riddle of steel. Joined by a archer named Subotai ('Gerry Lopez (I)' (qv)), a beautiful thief who falls in love with Conan, Valeria (sandahl Bergman') and a Chinese wizard ('Mako (I)' (qv)), Conan and his companions sets out to rescue Princess Yasmina ('Valerie Quennessen' (qv)), daughter of King Osric ('Max von Sydow (I)' (qv)), from the Snake Cult, and get his revenge on Thulsa Doom and avenge his parents. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  revenge,  love,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Story:slave,  sword and sandal,  person on fire,  symphonic music score,  orchestral music score,  famous score,  gladiator,  arena,  crucifixion,  camel,  slavery,  bow and arrow,  spear,  name in title,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  voice over narration,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  desert
Story:oasis,  chained,  mute,  whip,  torch,  blockbuster,  hammer,  bow and arrow,  spear,  whipping,  prisoner,  water,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  food,  rain,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  death,  murder

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey," the movie deals with the picaresque adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill and his companions Delmar and Pete in 1930s Mississipi. Sprung from a chain gang and trying to reach Everett's home to recover the buried loot of a bank heist they are confronted by a series of strange characters--among them sirens, a cyclops, bank robber George "Baby Face" Nelson (very annoyed by that nickname), a campaigning governor and his opponent, a KKK lynch mob, and a blind prophet who warns the trio that "the treasure you seek shall not be the treasure you find." (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  faith,  betrayal,  religion,  friendship
Story:pardon,  prophet,  famous score,  chained,  governor,  blind man,  whip,  thunder,  torch,  whipping,  ring,  lightning,  search,  prayer,  water,  rescue,  crying,  fire,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood

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Troy (2004) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Drama, History, Romance

Troy (2004)

As the Greeks fall, they decided to head back home. King Priam decides to have one last battle with the Greeks to leave Troy for good. It was a night battle so the Greeks didn't knew, raining them down with flaming arrows and lighting huge balls of dry branches and rolling them down at the beach. It was a battle that Achilles wasn't in, but his cousin Patroclus pretended to be him by wearing his armor, his sword, his helmet, and his moves. Hector finally had a battle with Achilles not knowing it wasn't him. Patroclus was fast but Hector was faster, causing him to cut Patroclus's neck and finishing him with a sword to the heart. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  betrayal,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:ship
Story:sword and sandal,  battle,  person on fire,  fleet,  chariot,  antiquity,  dagger,  slave,  blockbuster,  hammer,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  gift,  tent,  sword,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  kiss

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  revenge
Locations:cave
Story:pardon,  camel,  thunderstorm,  whip,  thunder,  slave,  whipping,  cross,  lightning,  tent,  search,  prisoner,  prayer,  tears,  arrest,  horse,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  blood,  death,  murder

Robin Hood (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Robin Hood (2010)

Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  politics,  revenge
Mood:epic
Locations:ship
Story:dragged by a horse,  person on fire,  dagger,  blind man,  torch,  bow and arrow,  ring,  sword,  battle,  horse,  rain,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  violence

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Hidalgo (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Sport, Western

Hidalgo (2004)

Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy sheik invited an American, Frank T. Hopkins, and his horse to enter the race for the first time. During the course of his career, Hopkins was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the U.S. cavalry--and had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik puts his claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world's greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders--some of whom are determined to prevent a foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse attempt the impossible. This is why Hidalgo (2004) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Locations:desert,  ship
Story:sheik,  horse,  dragged by a horse,  oasis,  thirst,  chained,  palm tree,  camel,  arab,  slave,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prince,  tent,  prayer,  fire,  reference to god,  water,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:friend
Story:childhood friend,  music score features choir,  symphonic music score,  orchestral music score,  famous score,  governor,  whip,  slave,  slavery,  hate,  whipping,  tent,  sword,  battle,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  blood

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:friendship
Locations:rooftop
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:battle,  victory,  thunder,  sheep,  hammer,  hairy chest,  cross,  tent,  prisoner,  widow,  prayer,  tears,  water,  sword,  horse,  food,  crying,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

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Caligola (1979)
Drama, History

Caligola (1979)

The rise and fall of the notorious Roman Emperor Caligula, showing the violent methods that he employs to gain the throne, and the subsequent insanity of his reign - he gives his horse political office and humiliates and executes anyone who even slightly displeases him. He also sleeps with his sister, organises elaborate orgies and embarks on a fruitless invasion of Britain before meeting an appropriate end. There are various versions of the film, ranging from the heavily truncated 90-minute version to the legendary 160-minute hardcore version which leaves nothing to the imagination (though the hardcore scenes were inserted later and do not involve the main cast members). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  politics
Mood:epic
Story:roman empire,  emperor,  roman,  ancient rome,  thunderstorm,  whip,  sheep,  hate,  whipping,  ring,  water,  sword,  horse,  crying,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  death,  blood,  murder

21 Grams (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

21 Grams (2003)

This is the story of three well-meaning but flawed people: Paul Rivers, an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English emigre; Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married homemaker with two young daughters, with hiding a secret past; and Jack Jordan, an ex-convict who has found in his Christian faith the strength to live a law-abiding life and raise a family. They will be brought together by a terrible accident that will change their lives. By the final frame, none of them will be the same as they will have learnt harsh truths about love, faith, courage, desire and guilt, and how chance can change our worlds irretrievably, forever. (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  dying,  faith,  betrayal,  religion,  love,  revenge
Locations:desert
Characters:bible,  christian
Story:saving a life,  cross,  prisoner,  widow,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  food,  rain,  prison,  crying,  voice over narration,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  death

Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004)

During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. A police officer called Leo sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers". Leo arrests Mei, only to have Jin breaking her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem... This is why Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  betrayal,  love,  revenge
Characters:dancer
Story:emperor,  dagger,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prisoner,  tears,  water,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  prison,  crying,  fire,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death,  kiss

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Gone With The Wind (1939)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Gone With The Wind (1939)

Scarlett is a woman who can deal with a nation at war, Atlanta burning, the Union Army carrying off everything from her beloved Tara, the carpetbaggers who arrive after the war. Scarlett is beautiful. She has vitality. But Ashley, the man she has wanted for so long, is going to marry his placid cousin, Melanie. Mammy warns Scarlett to behave herself at the party at Twelve Oaks. There is a new man there that day, the day the Civil War begins. Rhett Butler. Scarlett does not know he is in the room when she pleads with Ashley to choose her instead of Melanie. (Read More)

Themes:politics,  love,  friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:christian,  dancer
Story:overture,  orchestral music score,  famous score,  amputation,  stretcher,  whip,  slave,  blockbuster,  slavery,  reunion,  cross,  lightning,  prisoner,  widow,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  food,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  kiss,  death,  blood

Braveheart (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. (Read More)

Themes:politics,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge,  love
Mood:epic
Story:sword and sandal,  childhood friend,  leprosy,  tyranny,  famous score,  blockbuster,  assassination attempt,  spear,  prologue,  prayer,  sword,  battle,  horse,  prison,  voice over narration,  fire,  bare chested male,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

Conan The Barbarian (2011)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Conan The Barbarian (2011)

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Themes:vengeance,  revenge
Mood:epic
Story:sword and sandal,  person on fire,  catapult,  chained,  dagger,  resurrection,  slave,  slavery,  assassination attempt,  bow and arrow,  spear,  pirate,  name in title,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  prison,  fire,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  murder,  death

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Pan (2015) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:faith,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:cave,  ship
Story:slave,  torch,  slavery,  spear,  pirate,  prologue,  search,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  voice over narration,  fire,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  murder

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)
Drama, Romance

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene ('Carey Mulligan' (qv)), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak ('Matthias Schoenaerts' (qv)), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy ('Tom Sturridge' (qv)), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood ('Michael Sheen (I)' (qv)), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. This is why Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959). (Read More)

Themes:politics,  love,  friendship
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:sheep,  shepherd,  wager,  thunderstorm,  thunder,  lightning,  prologue,  widow,  tears,  sword,  horse,  food,  rain,  crying,  voice over narration,  fire,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  kiss,  death,  murder,  violence

Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (1972)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (1972)

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction? (Read More)

Mood:epic
Characters:bible,  christian
Story:search,  emperor,  raft,  slave,  slavery,  bow and arrow,  spear,  prayer,  reference to god,  horse,  food,  rain,  fire,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  murder,  death

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The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:dancer,  friend
Story:catapult,  beggar,  dagger,  resurrection,  torch,  bow and arrow,  cross,  prologue,  prisoner,  arrest,  sword,  battle,  rescue,  horse,  food,  rain,  prison,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  murder,  kiss,  blood,  death,  violence

Seraphim Falls (2006) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Themes:vengeance,  religion,  revenge
Locations:desert
Characters:christian
Story:thirst,  torch,  tent,  prologue,  search,  prayer,  reference to god,  tears,  water,  horse,  food,  rain,  crying,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Themes:betrayal,  religion
Characters:jew,  christianity,  jewish,  dancer
Story:cross,  false accusation,  prayer,  arrest,  battle,  horse,  food,  prison,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  death

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