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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:freedom,  tragedy,  voyeurism,  torture,  jealousy,  betrayal,  suicide,  love
Mood:epic
Locations:italy
Characters:warrior
Story:epic battle,  roman senate,  escaped slave,  slave revolt,  rome italy,  sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  political alliance,  gladiatorial sport,  roman salute,  bearing witness,  roman bath,  spartacus,  1st century b.c.,  rhetoric,  ancient world,  peplum,  class conflict,  trident,  antiquity,  roma,  roman empire,  senate,  body paint,  homosexual subtext,  uprising,  ancient rome,  romantic rivalry,  famous score,  gladiator,  war violence,  arena,  spit in the face,  magic trick,  crucifixion,  main character dies,  political corruption,  dictator,  bathing,  senator,  fight to the death,  slave,  compassion,  blockbuster,  slavery,  egg,  spear,  pirate,  poem,  battlefield,  whipping,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  training,  drowning,  controversy,  mixed martial arts,  name in title,  bisexual,  swimming,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  one word title,  violence,  murder

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:freedom,  jealousy,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Locations:italy
Characters:warrior
Story:roman senate,  rome italy,  sword and sandal,  sword fight,  gladiatorial sport,  roman salute,  trident,  antiquity,  roma,  roman empire,  senate,  ancient rome,  famous score,  gladiator,  arena,  crucifixion,  main character dies,  senator,  fight to the death,  slave,  blockbuster,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  training,  combat,  sword,  battle,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

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. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  roman empire,  ancient rome,  gladiator,  arena,  senator,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  whipping,  severed arm,  training,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:jealousy,  betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  sword fight,  roman salute,  roman empire,  ancient rome,  arena,  crucifixion,  slave,  compassion,  slavery,  battlefield,  whipping,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  training,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

Alexander (2004) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
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:tragedy,  jealousy,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:epic battle,  sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  roman salute,  ancient world,  antiquity,  roman empire,  war violence,  arena,  main character dies,  slave,  blockbuster,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  severed arm,  training,  mixed martial arts,  bisexual,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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:torture,  jealousy,  suicide
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:epic battle,  sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  slave,  slavery,  egg,  spear,  pirate,  battlefield,  severed arm,  evil man,  drowning,  mixed martial arts,  name in title,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  pregnancy,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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:torture,  suicide,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  peplum,  famous score,  gladiator,  arena,  crucifixion,  fight to the death,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  name in title,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

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:betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Story:sword and sandal,  roman salute,  roman bath,  antiquity,  roman empire,  ancient rome,  famous score,  gladiator,  arena,  crucifixion,  slave,  blockbuster,  slavery,  spear,  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,  murder

Braveheart (1995) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
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:freedom,  torture,  betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  uprising,  famous score,  war violence,  main character dies,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  controversy,  combat,  sword,  battle,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

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
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  roman empire,  body paint,  ancient rome,  gladiator,  arena,  fight to the death,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  drowning,  combat,  sword,  battle,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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:torture,  betrayal,  suicide,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  gladiator,  arena,  fight to the death,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  whipping,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Immortals (2011)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Immortals (2011)

Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares. Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king's hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man's conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion...until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders - including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff) - one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  torture,  betrayal
Story:epic battle,  sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  trident,  uprising,  fight to the death,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  whipping,  self sacrifice,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  voice over narration,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

Ying Xiong (2002) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Action, Adventure, History

Ying Xiong (2002)

In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin's three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory.

Themes:jealousy,  betrayal,  suicide,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  main character dies,  compassion,  spear,  self sacrifice,  training,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence

Troy (2004)
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:tragedy,  betrayal
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  ancient world,  antiquity,  main character dies,  fight to the death,  slave,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  pirate,  battlefield,  evil man,  training,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  based on novel,  one word title,  violence,  murder

Glory (1989)
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:freedom,  torture
Mood:epic
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  famous score,  war violence,  main character dies,  slavery,  whipping,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence

Risen (2016) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, History

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)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:epic
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  roman bath,  roman empire,  uprising,  crucifixion,  spear,  battlefield,  combat,  sword,  battle,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder

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:love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  spear,  battlefield,  severed arm,  swimming,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

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:tragedy,  betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  dictator,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Eragon (2006)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Eragon (2006)

The Kingdom of Alagaesia is ruled by the evil King Galbatorix, a former dragon rider that betrayed his mates and his people in his quest for power. When the orphan farm boy Eragon finds a blue stone sent by Princess Arya, he sooner realizes that it is a dragon egg. When the dragon Saphira is born, Eragon meets his mentor Brom, and becomes the dragon rider foreseen in an ancient prophecy that would set his people free from the tyrant Galbatorix. Eragon meets the rebels Varden and together they fight against the evil sorcerer Durza and the army of Galbatorix in a journey for freedom. (Read More)

Themes:freedom
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  egg,  spear,  battlefield,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  character name in title,  based on novel,  one word title

Dances With Wolves (1990) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Adventure, Drama, Western

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  famous score,  war violence,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  controversy,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014)

After the Dragon leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Lake-town see a threat coming. Orcs, dwarves, elves and people prepare for war. Bilbo sees Thorin going mad and tries to help. Meanwhile, Gandalf is rescued from the Necromancer's prison and his rescuers realize who the Necromancer is.

Themes:betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:epic battle,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  drowning,  combat,  sword,  battle,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

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:torture,  betrayal
Characters:warrior
Story:rome italy,  sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  roma,  roman empire,  ancient rome,  fight to the death,  spear,  self sacrifice,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War, Action

Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan (2007)

The movie is an epic story of a young Genghis Khan and how events in his early life lead him to become a legendary conqueror. The 9-year-old Temujin is taken on a trip by his father to select a girl as his future wife. He meets Borte, who says she would like to be chosen, which he does. He promises to return after five years to marry her. Temujin's father is poisoned on the trip, and dies. As a boy Temujin passes through starvation, humiliations and even slavery, but later with the help of Borte he overcomes all of his childhood hardships to become one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:epic
Story:epic battle,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  sword,  battle,  father son relationship,  one word title,  murder

Yip Man (2008) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Themes:betrayal
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  war violence,  fight to the death,  compassion,  blockbuster,  self sacrifice,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

The Patriot (2000)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Patriot (2000)

It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family, and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation. (Read More)

Themes:freedom,  tragedy,  suicide
Mood:epic
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  war violence,  fight to the death,  slave,  battlefield,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  pregnancy,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

Henry V (1989)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Henry V (1989)

King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young king must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.

Themes:tragedy
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  sword fight,  war violence,  spear,  battlefield,  combat,  sword,  battle,  character name in title,  violence

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. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  jealousy
Mood:epic
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  romantic rivalry,  war violence,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  combat,  sword,  battle,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  violence,  murder

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  betrayal,  love
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  fight to the death,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  training,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  love
Characters:warrior
Story:epic battle,  sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  spear,  pirate,  battlefield,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  training,  combat,  sword,  battle,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

The Scorpion King (2002)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Scorpion King (2002)

In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fufill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  antiquity,  spit in the face,  spear,  battlefield,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  character name in title,  violence

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:epic battle,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  fight to the death,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  training,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Thor (2011) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Thor (2011)

The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  suicide,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  blockbuster,  spear,  self sacrifice,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:jealousy,  betrayal
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  slave,  blockbuster,  slavery,  spear,  battlefield,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  training,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Princess Mononoke (1997)
Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Action

Princess Mononoke (1997)

While protecting his village from rampaging boar-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he's embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  famous score,  compassion,  blockbuster,  severed arm,  combat,  sword,  hero,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  violence

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:betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Story:sword fight,  ancient world,  antiquity,  roman empire,  bathing,  slave,  slavery,  whipping,  self sacrifice,  sword,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  murder

Dracula Untold (2014) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, War

Dracula Untold (2014)

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  betrayal,  suicide,  love
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  spear,  battlefield,  severed arm,  self sacrifice,  evil man,  combat,  sword,  battle,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)

The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja, in his battle against the Vampire army and his struggle for Lycan freedom. (Read More)

Themes:freedom
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  slave,  slavery,  battlefield,  whipping,  combat,  sword,  battle,  pregnancy,  martial arts,  violence

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

Themes:betrayal,  love
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  main character dies,  bathing,  spear,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

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. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  torture,  betrayal,  suicide
Mood:epic
Story:epic battle,  main character dies,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  whipping,  self sacrifice,  combat,  battle,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
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:betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:slave revolt,  hand to hand combat,  uprising,  slave,  slavery,  spear,  whipping,  self sacrifice,  combat,  battle,  voice over narration,  father son relationship,  murder

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  spear,  whipping,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  based on novel,  violence,  murder

Avatar (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:epic battle,  hand to hand combat,  fight to the death,  blockbuster,  spear,  battlefield,  self sacrifice,  training,  swimming,  battle,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  one word title,  murder,  violence

House Of Flying Daggers (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

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:tragedy,  torture,  jealousy,  betrayal
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  romantic rivalry,  bathing,  spear,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  violence,  murder

The Three Musketeers (1993) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance

The Three Musketeers (1993)

The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan, to stop the Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot: to form an alliance with enemy England by way of the mysterious Milady. Rochefort, the Cardinal's right-hand man, announces the official disbanding of the King's Musketeers. Three, however, refuse to throw down their swords - Athos the fighter and drinker, Porthos the pirate and lover, and Aramis the priest and poet. Arriving in Paris to join the Musketeers, D'Artagnan uncovers the Cardinal's plans, and the four set out on a mission to protect King and Country. (Read More)

Themes:torture,  betrayal,  suicide,  love
Characters:warrior
Story:sword fight,  pirate,  whipping,  training,  drowning,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder,  violence

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  betrayal,  suicide
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  fight to the death,  pirate,  whipping,  evil man,  training,  drowning,  sword,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  murder

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:betrayal,  love
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  fight to the death,  spear,  battlefield,  training,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  voice over narration,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  murder,  violence

King Arthur (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

King Arthur (2004)

Based on a more realistic portrayal of "Arthur" than has ever been presented onscreen. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  sword fight,  roman empire,  ancient rome,  spear,  battlefield,  combat,  sword,  battle,  character name in title,  violence

Seven Samurai (1954) is one of the best movies like Spartacus (1960)
Adventure, Drama, Action

Seven Samurai (1954)

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village. (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  spear,  battlefield,  training,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence

In The Name Of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
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:tragedy,  torture,  love
Mood:epic
Characters:warrior
Story:sword and sandal,  hand to hand combat,  sword fight,  slave,  spear,  battlefield,  mixed martial arts,  combat,  sword,  battle,  hero,  pregnancy,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence

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