Check out this list of the best ancient Greek epic films, which bring to life the legends of a bygone era.
Ancient mythology and history are woven into the fabric of Greek life. Despite the fact that these tales of mythical monsters, courageous heroes, and perilous missions have been passed down for millennia, their attraction remains strong today.
This list focuses on ancient Greece and how its mythologies and histories have been depicted in movies. From Walt Disney to Zack Snyder and Franc Miller to Stanley Kubrick, these classics bring to life some great tales from long past.
1. Hercules (1997)
If you’re a fan of superheroes, star sports, “The One” themes or ancient mythology, Hercules was a fun and engaging film, even if it tried to be all things to all kids.
He is kidnapped and become a mortal so that he might grow up on Earth. In the years that follow, he sets out to become a true hero and win his rightful seat on Olympus. He’s also planning the demise of his demonic uncle, Hades, and only one man can stand in his way.
2. Alexander (2004)
It all begins in 283 BC with Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell), King of Macedonia and the general who led the conquest of Persia. From the time he was a child to the time he died, Alexander never wavered in his resolve.
Throughout his 20s and 30s, he was unbeaten in war and his life had a profound effect on many individuals and civilizations. A fascinating and stormy existence is depicted in the film, which combines historical evidence with innovative thoughts and some unconfirmed legends and rumors from the depths of history.
3. Troy (2004)
Actor Brad Pitt portrays Achilles, a mythical Greek warrior and son of the goddess Thetis and the mortal king Peleus, who is destined to die in battle and attain immortal fame, but who is determined to live his life in the service of his people.
To conquer Troy, Agamemnon and his Myrmidon troops form part of the expedition. Agamemnon’s commitment to Achilles will be challenged by his love for Briseis, a Trojan noblewoman, and his own ego in this picture where worlds meet.
4. Agora (2009)
Weisz plays Hypatia, a Greek philosopher, mathematician, and major member of the Neoplatonic school who teaches at Alexandria’s Platonic Academy in the 4th century AD. She rejects the overtures of numerous men who fall in love with her since she is so enamored with science.
Civil upheaval in the city and deadly conflicts between Pagans and Christians have put her right in the middle of these times that will shape history for generations to come.
5. 300 (2006)
In this picture directed by Zack Snyder and based on Frank Miller’s brutal comic novel of the same name, Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his 300 men face combat against the Persian invaders and their King, Xerxes.
At home in Sparta, treason and conspiracy theories are rife as Leonidas prepares to lead his courageous troops into a fight they may as well have already lost in the face of the massive Persian army. Swordsmanship, unison, and harshness are all conveyed in the movie, while the noir and grisly style push it into a whole other level.
6. Spartacus (1960)
Kubrick’s narrative of suffering, servitude, and rebellion stars Douglas and Olivier, two of Hollywood’s most venerable performers. After Spartacus is sentenced to death for insubordination, Lentulus Batiatus buys him and sees a potential gladiator in him, and spares him.
Scapegoat Spartacus falls in love with Varini and launches a rebellion against Rome and its prefectures, releasing people and seeking to get them all back home, where they were born and raised. Spartacus’s rebellion is short-lived, but he leaves behind a son: a free boy who will one day relate his father’s story.
7. Iphigenia (1977)
As part of a “Greek Tragedy” trilogy helmed by Michael Cacoyannis, this movie is The Trojan Women, followed by Electra. In an attempt to rescue his brother’s bride from Troy, Argos’ King Agamemnon assembled a massive Greek expeditionary force off the coast of Aulis. However, strong winds keep the ships grounded for an extended period of time.
They slaughter and consume sheep belonging to the temple of Artemis, which Agamemnon allows the men to do. The sacred deer of Artemis is accidentally slaughtered in the resulting chaos. When Calchas, the temple’s high priest, hears about the blasphemy, Artemis is incensed and says that the Greeks must sacrifice Agamemnon’s little daughter Iphigenia in order for her to calm the winds and allow them sail.
8. The Trojan Women (1971)
Famous movie stars Actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Katharine Hepburn star in this film based on Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy of the same name.
This movie is about the women of Troy after they are snatched from their homes, each with their own personal traumas and anxieties, all of them collectively frightened about their future and the fate of Troy, which is surrounded by death and destruction. Cacoyannis’ “Greek Tragedy” trilogy continued with this performance.
9. Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
With a group of brave adventurers, Jason leads the search for the famous Golden Fleece, which is rumored to be worth a million gold coins. Jason has been prophesied to reclaim Thessaly’s kingdom because he is the genuine heir, which he does not realize.
In order to find the Golden Fleece after he saves Pelias’s life, Pelias rushes Jason to Colchis, where he finds the Fleece. It is with Hera’s protection that Jason sets off with a team of Greek heroes (including Hercules) in search of the fabled Golden Fleece, which they hope would lead to the return of the gods.
10. Ulysses (1954)
An epic tale of Ulysses (Kirk Douglas), the king of Ithaca and a general in the Greek army at the time of the Trojan War, is told by Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in this Italian sword-and-sandals epic (following the Odyssey quite faithfully).
The temple of Poseidon was desecrated during the sack of Troy, and he punished them by putting many impediments in their way. Ulysses wakes up on the island of Phaeacia with no memory of his past life and immediately falls in love with the beautiful princess Nausicaa. But when his memory is jolted, he must find the strength to return to his wife and kid whom he hasn’t seen in over 20 years.