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Ben-hur (1959)
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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 sep…arate 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)

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

Ben-hur (2016)
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Ben-hur (2016)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
vengeance blindness faith politics betrayal religion murder revenge death love 
Locations:
sea battle cave rooftop ship water desert 
Characters:
childhood friend jew christianity reference to god brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
leper colony chariot race roman salute roman empire sword and sandal person on fire pontius pilate riding accident adrift centurion leper oar separation from family 1st century leprosy β€¦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 arrest sword battle horse voice over narration fire title spoken by character dancing character name in title bare chested male based on novel blood violence  (See All)

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Gladiator (2000)
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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)

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

Risen (2016)
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Risen (2016)

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 Yahshua in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of… a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
blindness faith betrayal religion murder 
Locations:
ship desert 
Characters:
jew bible christianity 
Story:
roman judea roman bath roman empire sword and sandal pontius pilate 1st century jesus christ disciple roman jerusalem crucifixion miracle resurrection torch bow and arrow β€¦spear sword battle horse fire title spoken by character bare chested male  (See All)

Pompeii (2014) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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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. (Read More)

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

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Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
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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)

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

The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)
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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 nor…mal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name. (Read More)

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

Spartacus (1960)
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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 lan…ds 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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
betrayal murder love 
Story:
roman salute roman bath roman empire sword and sandal antiquity roman ancient rome famous score gladiator arena crucifixion slave blockbuster slavery spear β€¦pirate whipping name in title sword battle voice over narration title spoken by character character name in title bare chested male based on novel violence  (See All)

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10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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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 forc…ed 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)

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

Andrei Rublev (1966)
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Andrei 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.

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

Alexander (2004)
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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 m…ade 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)

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

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
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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 s…uperior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

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

The Passion Of The Christ (2004) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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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 pub…licly 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. Whip… (Read More)

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

The Four Feathers (2002)
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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. (Read More)

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

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The 13th Warrior (1999)
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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)

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

The Ten Commandments (1956)
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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 th…e 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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
adoption religion murder love 
Locations:
desert 
Characters:
jew bible reference to god jewish 
Story:
adrift chariot sheik prophet shepherd famous score camel miracle blockbuster slavery prince whipping rescue voice over narration title spoken by character β€¦based on novel blood  (See All)

The Eagle (2011) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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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 slav…e 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:
roman empire person on fire centurion chariot ancient rome gladiator arena dagger slave torch slavery bow and arrow spear ring sword β€¦battle horse title spoken by character bare chested male based on novel blood  (See All)

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The Legend Of Hercules (2014)
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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, Pr…incess 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)

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

Centurion (2010)
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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 murder revenge 
Locations:
cave 
Story:
roman empire sword and sandal centurion roman ancient rome emperor governor mute torch assassination attempt bow and arrow spear lightning tent prologue β€¦false accusation sword battle horse voice over narration fire title spoken by character bare chested male violence blood  (See All)

Gods Of Egypt (2016)
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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)

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

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Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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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 count…ry'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)

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

Solomon Kane (2009)
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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 murder revenge death 
Locations:
cave ship 
Characters:
bible brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
person on fire crucifixion dagger healing slave torch slavery prince tent prologue prayer sword battle rescue horse β€¦fire title spoken by character character name in title bare chested male blood violence  (See All)

Hercules (2014)
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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 god…s 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. (Read More)

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

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

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

Agora (2009) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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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 slave…ry. 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)

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

Hidalgo (2004)
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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, a…nd 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. (Read More)

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

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Conan The Barbarian (1982)
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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 tr…ained 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)

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

Kingdom Of Heaven (2005)
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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 dram…a. 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 betwe… (Read More)

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

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)

Set in the mystical lands of Persia, a rogue prince and a mysterious princess race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time -- a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Themes:
betrayal murder 
Locations:
desert 
Story:
sword and sandal oasis sheik adopted son dagger assassination attempt bow and arrow prince gift false accusation sword battle horse title spoken by character kiss β€¦violence  (See All)

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The Fountain (2006)
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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)

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

Troy (2004)
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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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
vengeance betrayal revenge 
Locations:
ship 
Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Story:
sword and sandal person on fire fleet chariot antiquity dagger slave blockbuster hammer bow and arrow spear prince gift tent sword β€¦battle title spoken by character kiss blood  (See All)

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

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

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Caligula (1979) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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Caligula (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 siste…r, 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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
dying politics betrayal death murder 
Locations:
water 
Characters:
brother sister relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
roman empire sword and sandal 1st century roman ancient rome emperor thunderstorm whip sheep hate whipping ring sword horse crying β€¦dancing character name in title blood violence  (See All)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
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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 
Locations:
water 
Characters:
father daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
pardon prophet famous score chained governor blind man whip thunder torch whipping ring lightning search prayer rescue β€¦crying fire dancing based on novel blood  (See All)

Braveheart (1995)
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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. O…nce 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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
prison politics betrayal love death friendship murder revenge 
Characters:
childhood friend 
Story:
sword and sandal leprosy tyranny famous score blockbuster assassination attempt spear prologue prayer sword battle horse voice over narration fire bare chested male β€¦blood violence  (See All)

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The Prince Of Egypt (1998)
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The Prince Of Egypt (1998)

This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ultimately set them at odds, as one becom…es the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth, and the other the chosen leader of his people! Their final confrontation will forever change their lives and the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
adoption religion 
Locations:
desert 
Characters:
jew bible jewish 
Story:
chariot race sword and sandal chariot prophet shepherd tyrant miracle slavery prince sword blood 

Conan The Barbarian (2011) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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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.

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
vengeance murder revenge death 
Characters:
father daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
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 β€¦rescue horse fire character name in title bare chested male blood violence  (See All)

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
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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. (Read More)

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

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Empire Of The Sun (1987)
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Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese… airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
dying prison betrayal death murder friendship 
Locations:
ship water 
Characters:
reference to god friend husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
music score features choir symphonic music score fleet separation from family orchestral music score stadium pirate hate prisoner tears sword battle food crying based on novel β€¦kiss blood  (See All)

Ladyhawke (1985)
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Ladyhawke (1985)

Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for two years, ever since he escaped with the Lady Isabeau who the Bishop has lusted after. Navarre and Isabeau have… a curse that the Bishop has placed on them that causes Navarre to be a wolf during the night and Isabeau to be a hawk during the day. Navarre insists that Philipe help him re-enter the city to help him kill the heavily guarded Bishop. (Read More)

Themes:
prison murder death love 
Mood:
rain 
Locations:
water 
Characters:
dancer 
Story:
talking to a horse sheep bow and arrow spear reunion cross prisoner prayer tears sword battle rescue horse food crying β€¦title spoken by character dancing kiss violence blood  (See All)

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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, requir…ing genuine courage. (Read More)

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

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Munich (2005)
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Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife… is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
vengeance dying prison politics betrayal religion revenge death murder love 
Mood:
rain 
Characters:
jew reference to god jewish dancer mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
separation from family jerusalem arab thunder assassination attempt hate reunion search prisoner prayer tears arrest food crying title spoken by character β€¦dancing bare chested male blood violence  (See All)

Stardust (2007)
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Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a ma…iden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
dying betrayal love death murder 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
music score features choir thunder slave pirate prince cross lightning prologue sword rescue horse food voice over narration fire title spoken by character β€¦dancing based on novel violence kiss  (See All)

Enemy Mine (1985)
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Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexp…ected way. (Read More)

Themes:
betrayal death friendship murder revenge 
Locations:
cave water desert 
Characters:
friend 
Story:
orchestral music score chained adopted son slave torch slavery spear lightning tent false accusation battle rescue food voice over narration fire β€¦bare chested male blood violence  (See All)

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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 "slay…s" 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. (Read More)

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

Gone With The Wind (1939)
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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 cous…in, 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)

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

House Of Flying Daggers (2004)
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House Of Flying Daggers (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... (Read More)

Themes:
blindness prison betrayal revenge murder death 
Locations:
water 
Characters:
dancer husband wife relationship 
Story:
emperor dagger bow and arrow spear prisoner tears arrest sword battle rescue horse crying fire dancing kiss β€¦blood violence  (See All)

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Glory (1989)
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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.

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

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972) is one of the best movies like Ben-hur (1959)
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Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (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 wil…l his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction? (Read More)

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

Robin Hood (2010)
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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)

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

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