History Of The World: Part I

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1. One Million B.C. (1940)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Tale of Prehistoric survival and love between a male and a female belonging to opposing tribes that happened to be at slightly different stages of evolution.

Directors: Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach | Stars: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., Conrad Nagel

Votes: 1,233

2. One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

Prehistoric man Tumak is banished from his savage tribe and meets pretty Loana who belongs to a gentler coastal tribe but he must fight caveman Payto to win her favors.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown

Votes: 7,273

3. Prehistoric Women (1950)

Approved | 74 min | Adventure, Fantasy

A civilization of gorgeous cavewomen abduct men for mating purposes. One of their victims is Engor, who seems to be smarter than the rest of the men. He discovers fire, battles a monstrous ... See full summary »

Director: Gregg G. Tallas | Stars: Laurette Luez, Allan Nixon, Joan Shawlee, Judy Landon

Votes: 474

4. Prehistoric Women (1967)

TV-PG | 91 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Jungle guide David Marchand is kidnapped by a tribe of natives who want to sacrifice him to their white rhino god. Just as he's about to be killed, however, he is thrown backwards in time ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Carreras | Stars: Martine Beswick, Edina Ronay, Michael Latimer, Stephanie Randall

Votes: 967

5. When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

G | 96 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for ... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Victoria Vetri, Robin Hawdon, Patrick Allen, Drewe Henley

Votes: 2,140

6. Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

GP | 92 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

In prehistoric times, two brothers fight each other for the leadership of their tribe.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Julie Ege, Tony Bonner, Robin John, Brian O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 589

7. When Women Had Tails (1970)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A bunch of 7 orphan cavemen grow up on a little island all by themselves. After a fire burns all vegetation they set out to find a new place to live. Here, one day they trap a strange ... See full summary »

Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile | Stars: Senta Berger, Giuliano Gemma, Frank Wolff, Renzo Montagnani

Votes: 493

8. Caveman (1981)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

55 Metascore

A caveman seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cavewoman.

Director: Carl Gottlieb | Stars: Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford

Votes: 6,764 | Gross: $15.97M

9. Alpha (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

Director: Albert Hughes | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk, Jens Hultén

Votes: 48,280 | Gross: $35.85M

10. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

79 Metascore

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 19,692 | Gross: $20.96M

11. The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar, Thomas G. Waites

Votes: 5,847 | Gross: $1.95M

12. 10,000 BC (2008)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

34 Metascore

In the prehistoric past, D'Leh is a mammoth hunter who bonds with the beautiful Evolet. When warriors on horseback capture Evolet and the tribesmen, D'Leh must embark on an odyssey to save his true love.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Marco Khan, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 122,208 | Gross: $94.78M

13. The Pharaohs' Woman (1960)

106 min | Adventure, History, Romance

A beautiful girl and a young physician fall in love in the midst of a family, and power struggle between rival princes of Upper and Lower Egypt. When all seems to turn to the better, a ... See full summary »

Director: Viktor Tourjansky | Stars: Linda Cristal, Pierre Brice, Armando Francioli, John Drew Barrymore

Votes: 31

3100 BC - 31st century BC, shortly after the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt

14. Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis

Votes: 3,435 | Gross: $1.50M

2589-2566 BC - Reign of Pharaoh Khufu

15. Sudan (1945)

Passed | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she ... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine

Votes: 127

2558-2532 BC - Reign of the pharaoh Khafra

16. The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008 Video)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

After witnessing his father's murder by the hand of the ruthless General Sargon, Mathayus travels to the Underworld to retrieve the enchanted Sword of Damocles from the dark deity, Astarte. Can he thwart the usurper's megalomaniac vision?

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Michael Copon, Karen David, Simon Quarterman, Tom Wu

Votes: 12,425

2270-2215 BC - Reign of Sargon of Akkad

17. The Egyptian (1954)

Approved | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

In ancient Egypt, a poor orphan becomes a genial physician and is eventually appointed at the Pharaoh's court where he witnesses palace intrigues and learns dangerous royal secrets.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Michael Wilding

Votes: 3,355

2000 BC - Set in the aftermath of the death of Pharaoh Amenemhat I, founder of the 12th dynasty of Egypt

18. Joseph (1995)

185 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Paul Mercurio, Martin Landau, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 2,203

1544 BC - Reign of Ahmose I

19. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

Moses (Charlton Heston), an Egyptian Prince, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 59,338 | Gross: $93.74M

ca. 15th-13th c. BC - Egypt, during the reign of an unnamed Pharoah, based on the story of the Exodus

20. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

52 Metascore

The defiant leader Moses rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, setting six hundred thousand slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 154,387 | Gross: $65.01M

21. The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy

King Minos sacrifices the 'required' virgins to the Minotaur. As his wife lies dying, she confesses that her daughter has a twin she has secreted to avoid giving one of the girls to the ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Amadio | Stars: Bob Mathias, Rosanna Schiaffino, Alberto Lupo, Rik Battaglia

Votes: 258

1500 BC - Legendary exploits of Theseus on Minoan Crete

22. Minotaur (2006)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Long ago in the Iron Age, a shadow loomed over a lonely village. For generations, the village youths are stolen from their families and delivered as sacrifice to a mythical beast - the ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan English | Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Van Der Water, Tony Todd, Lex Shrapnel

Votes: 4,249

1500 BC - Legendary exploits of Theseus on Minoan Crete

23. Queen of the Nile (1961)

97 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the rise and fall of the woman who eventually became known as Queen Nefertiti.

Director: Fernando Cerchio | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Edmund Purdom, Amedeo Nazzari

Votes: 248

ca. 1370-1330 BC Egypt; loosely based on Nefertiti

24. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

59 Metascore

Perseus (Harry Hamlin) must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker).

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith

Votes: 38,751 | Gross: $41.09M

ca. 1300? BC - based on the Greek legends of Perseus.

25. Clash of the Titans (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

39 Metascore

Perseus demigod, son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 262,505 | Gross: $163.21M

ca. 1300? BC - based on the Greek legends of Perseus.

26. Wrath of the Titans (2012)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

37 Metascore

Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 176,343 | Gross: $83.67M

ca. 1300? BC - based on the Greek legends of Perseus.

27. Immortals (2011)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff

Votes: 156,224 | Gross: $83.50M

ca. 1300? BC - based on the Greek legends of Theseus.

28. Hercules (1958)

G | 107 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The muscular Hercules performs his Labors, sails with the Argonauts, and romances the fair Iole.

Director: Pietro Francisci | Stars: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Fabrizio Mioni, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 1,685 | Gross: $10.90M

ca. 2000? BC - based on the Greek legends of Cadmus and the Titans.

29. Hercules (2005– )

Not Rated | 240 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A chronicle of the life of the Greek hero who after killing his three sons must perform five labors to repent.

Stars: Paul Telfer, Elizabeth Perkins, Sean Astin, Leeanna Walsman

Votes: 1,866

mid-13th century BC

30. Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

G | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 22,150

mid-13th century BC - the late Bronze Age voyage from Greece to Colchis and back

31. Jason and the Argonauts (2000– )

180 min | Adventure, Fantasy

One of the most legendary adventures in all mythology is brought to life in Jason and the Argonauts, an epic saga of good and evil. As a mere boy Jason, the heir to the kingdom of Ancient ... See full summary »

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Olivia Williams, Angus Macfadyen, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 4,674

mid-13th century BC - the late Bronze Age voyage from Greece to Colchis and back

32. Medea (1969)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy

After his quest to retrieve the fabled Golden Fleece, Jason returns to Greece with the powerful sorceress, Medea. However, when the king banishes her, it's only human that Medea plots her furious revenge. Can they escape her wrath?

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Maria Callas, Massimo Girotti, Laurent Terzieff, Giuseppe Gentile

Votes: 3,984

mid-13th century BC - the immediate aftermath of the voyage of Argo

33. Iphigenia (1977)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

To appease offended gods before going to war, a commander must sacrifice his favorite daughter to them but does so under the pretext of marrying her off.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Irene Papas, Kostas Kazakos, Kostas Karras, Tatiana Papamoschou

Votes: 1,439

ca. 1200 BC - Greece immediately before the soldiers set sail to attack Troy

34. Helen of Troy (2003– )

175 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.

Stars: Emilia Fox, James Callis, Daniel Lapaine, Nigel Whitmey

Votes: 6,047

ca. 1200 BC - western Anatolia during the Trojan War

35. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History

56 Metascore

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 467,050 | Gross: $133.38M

ca. 1200 BC - western Anatolia during the Trojan War

36. Fury of Achilles (1962)

118 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the tenth year of the Trojan War, tensions between Achilles and Agamemnon divide the Greek camp while giving hope to the Trojans.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Jacques Bergerac, Cristina Gaioni, Ennio Girolami

Votes: 213

ca. 1200 BC - western Anatolia in the 9th year of the Trojan War

37. The Trojan Horse (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A retelling of the events leading to the use of the Trojan Horse, to bring down the great city of Troy.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Steve Reeves, Juliette Mayniel, John Drew Barrymore, Edy Vessel

Votes: 399

ca. 1200 BC - western Anatolia in the 10th and final year of the Trojan War

38. The Trojan Women (1971)

GP | 105 min | Drama

The women of Troy face enslavement after the fall of their city.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas

Votes: 1,133

ca. 1200 BC - the immediate aftermath of the Trojan War

39. The Avenger (1962)

95 min | Adventure, Drama

Aeneas leads escapees from the Trojan war to new land in Italy, and must deal with new threats to his people.

Director: Giorgio Venturini | Stars: Steve Reeves, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Carla Marlier, Mario Ferrari

Votes: 336

early 12th century BC - Aeneas struggles to establish a new home-land in Italy for his fellow survivors of the Trojan War

40. Electra (I) (1962)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Irene Papas, Giannis Fertis, Aleka Katselli, Theano Ioannidou

Votes: 1,174

early 12th century BC - the daughter of the Greek king Agamemnon seeks revenge for her father's murder

41. Ulysses (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy, History

A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 3,241

early 12th century BC - the ten year struggle of Odysseus to return home to Ithaca in Greece after the Trojan War

42. The Odyssey (1997)

PG-13 | 176 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy