It’s safe to say that Cleopatra is one of Egypt’s best-known monarchs. A variety of legends have been told about Queen Elizabeth I, including historical accounts and creative interpretations of her relationships with Caesar and Anthony. Through this essay, we’ll look at Cleopatra in film rather than literature, as that’s where she first appeared in modern art.
We’ve compiled a selection of the best and most popular Cleopatra films for your viewing pleasure. The films will be sorted from least to most popular, with the best and most well-known at the top of the list. We’ve chosen a more varied selection, encompassing both live-action and animated films from various eras in cinema history.
10. Cléopâtre (1899)
Burning the queen’s mummy at the tomb of Cleopatra results in the Egyptian woman’s ghost rising to life.
9. Scooby-Doo! in Where’s My Mummy? (2005)
During Velma’s six-month restoration of the Great Sphinx of Giza with Prince Omar, Mystery Inc. has arrived in Egypt as a pleasant surprise. Queen Cleopatra’s burial site has been found in the Sphinx.
While traveling, the group encounters a number of people, including an Egyptian nomad, “Fear Facers” host Rock Rivers, and Dr. Amelia von Butch, a Lara Croft doppelganger. Although Dr. von Butch and her colleagues defy Velma and Omar’s wishes, they use cutting-edge technology to break open the tomb.
Omar claims that if the tomb is opened, a curse will be released, turning everybody who enters the tomb stone. When Velma, Omar, and Rock Rivers enter the tomb and their petrified bodies are discovered shortly after, no one believes it.
Dr. von Butch and the rest of Mystery Inc. decide to enter the tomb anyhow. Inadvertently, she sets the team up for failure. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy find a hidden city while Fred and Daphne try to find Dr. von Butch.
8. Cleopatra (1970)
Director: Osamu Tezuka, Eiichi YamamotoWriters: Osamu Tezuka, Shigemi SatoyoshiRelease Date: September15,1970Country: JapanDuration: 112 minutes
Starring: Chinatsu Nakayama (Cleopatra), Hajime Hana (Julius Caesar), Osami Nabe (Marcus Antonius), Jitsuko Yoshimura (Mary / Libya)
A long time in the future, humanity has begun to spread its influence to other planets. However, any attempt to do so will be met with hostility from the inhabitants of the Pasateli system, who, in addition to refusing any form of peaceful contact, appear intent on implementing a mysterious secret plan to harm Earth, renamed Project Cleopatra.
Clockwork time-travelers Ionius (a slave), Luba (a leopard), and Lybia (an Egyptian princess) are dispatched back in time to investigate the origin and purpose of the phenomenon. They take on the forms of the three characters.
We’ll be leaving in 48 BCE, according to the calendar. Even though Julius Caesar is officially welcomed in Egypt, his presence is widely perceived as an attempt to expand the Roman Empire’s sphere of influence to include Egypt’s Nile delta.
7. Serpent of the Nile (1953)
Since Cleopatra was accompanied by Julius Caesar when he visited Egypt, Lucilius feels that she is a lady who can inspire men to help her achieve what she wants.
She wants to marry Marc Antoine to become queen of Rome and have her son, born from her relationship with Caesar, govern the Roman Empire in her name, he believes in this case. Lucilius soon learns that Cleopatra is wooing Antony with lavish feasts and performances while the rest of Egypt languishes in abject poverty.
Cleopatra tries in vain to charm Lucilius when she expresses her anxieties to him. It is eventually revealed to Antoine that Cleopatra convinced him that the people’s discontent stemmed from her younger half-sister.
6. Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre (2002)
Worried about his limited time, Numerobis travels to Gaul to enlist the aid of an old friend and legendary Gallic druid Panoramix, who holds the key to a powerful magic elixir, as well as of Asterix and Obelix, two of his most trusted allies.
If Numerobis does not finish building the palace on time, he will be sacrificed to the crocodiles. The three Gauls accompany him to Alexandria, where they will have to prevent the schemes of Amonbofis and the Romans.
5. Due notti con Cleopatra (1954)
Director: Mario MattoliWriters: Ruggero Maccari, Ettore ScolaRelease Date: 1954Country: ItalyDuration: 78 minutes
Starring: Sophia Loren (Cleopatra / Nisca), Alberto Sordi (Cesarino), Ettore Manni (Marcantonio)
Cleopatra, the wife of Emperor Marc Antony, spends her nights with one of his bodyguards, who is poisoned the next day so that he cannot tell anybody what happened the night before. It’s not the first time Cesarino has found his way inside the queen’s private quarters.
4. Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968)
Director: René Goscinny, Albert UderzoWriters: Eddie Lateste, Jos Marissen, Pierre TcherniaRelease Date: December 19, 1968Country: France, BelgiumDuration: 72 minutes
Starring: Roger Carel (Astérix), Jacques Morel (Obelix), Jean Parédès (Julius Caesar), Micheline Dax (Cleopatra)
It is a bet between Cleopatra and Julius Caesar that the Egyptians will construct a palace in record speed to prove their superiority to him.
Asterix and Obelix, together with the druid Panoramix, arrive in Egypt to aid the architect Numerobis in the construction of the palace after Panoramix administers a potion to the architect’s workmen, causing their strength to be increased by three times.
3. Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Director: Gabriel PascalWriters: George Bernard ShawRelease Date: December 11, 1945Country: United KingdomDuration: 128 minutes
Starring: Vivien Leigh (Cleopatra), Claude Rains (Caesar), Stewart Granger (Apollodorus)
After the killing of Pompey, Julius Caesar travelled to Egypt to punish King Ptolemy XIII and place Queen Cleopatra on the throne, with whom he had a love affair and a son, the successor of Cleopatra herself, who will be dubbed Ptolemy XV more often known as Caesar.
Cleopatra will be unable to leave her castle without Caesar due to the Egyptians’ uprising.
2. Cleopatra (1934)
Director: Cecil B. DeMilleWriters: Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence, Bartlett CormackRelease Date: August 16, 1934Country: United StatesDuration: 100 minutes
Starring: Claudette Colbert (Cleopatra), Warren William (Julius Caesar), Henry Wilcoxon (Marc Antony), Joseph Schildkraut (King Herod), C. Aubrey Smith (Enobarbus)
Cleopatra’s love life is the subject of this film, which begins with her relationship with Julius Caesar and later with Marc Antoine, Caesar’s general. When Julius Caesar’s grandnephew Octavian conquered Egypt, she committed suicide.
1. Cleopatra (1963)
Director: Joseph L. MankiewiczWriters: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, Sidney BuchmanRelease Date: June12,1963Country: United StatesDuration: 251 minutes
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor (Cleopatra), Richard Burton (Mark Antony), Rex Harrison (Julius Caesar), Martin Landau (Rufio), Roddy McDowall (Octavian), Francesca Annis (Eiras)
It opens with Julius Caesar defeating Pompey’s troops in the Battle of Pharsalia. They escaped to Egypt, where they sought assistance from the youthful Ptolemaic king Ptolemy XIII Theos and his sister Cleopatra VII.
While the Egyptians chose to kill Pompey, they presented Caesar with the head of their opponent as a token of their goodwill upon his arrival in Egypt. As a matter of fact, Caesar is appalled by this heinous murder of an honorable adversary.