Peplum, mythology and biblical films I have seen

by Alberto-7 | created - 27 Aug 2015 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Peplum, mythology and biblical films all on the same list.

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1. 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: 1,651 | Gross: $10.90M

The granddaddy of all Pepla with Steve Reeves defining the role of Hercules. Some amazing action and enough fantasy to satisfy everyone. Sylva Koscina is also exquisite as Iole. Probably the best Peplum of all time. Do not miss this one.

2. Hercules Unchained (1959)

G | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy

While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.

Directors: Pietro Francisci, Mario Bava | Stars: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Gabriele Antonini, Patrizia Della Rovere

Votes: 1,785 | Gross: $5.45M

Good sequel to Hercules with a solid story and another great performance by Steve Reeves. Solid action throughout. The only problem is that it lacks the fantasy element so present in the first film. Sylva Koscina once again is excellent as Iole.

3. Vengeance of Hercules (1960)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi | Stars: Mark Forest, Broderick Crawford, Gaby André, Renato Terra

Votes: 389

Terrific peplum that has everything you would expect from this type of film: Hercules, a 3 headed fire breathing dog, a centaur, several love stories, a revenge plot, a tyrant, a slave queen, etc. Mark Forest is a fantastic Hercules, almost as good as Steve Reeves. The story moves along at a great clip and the acting is quite good for this type of film. I saw the European version(The Vengeance of Hercules) where the hero is Hercules and he is in conflict with his son Illo who loves an enslaved princess whose father, a king, was killed by the evil tyrant. In the American dub, the hero is changed to Goliath (apparently for copyright reasons) except in this version Illo is his brother which makes no sense to me. In any case, a great peplum, which unfortunately has the cheesiest monsters you have ever seen in these films(the bear is laughably inept and the man-bat hilarious). A great escape otherwise.

4. The Loves of Hercules (1960)

Not Rated | 98 min | Fantasy, Adventure

Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen.

Director: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia | Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay, Massimo Serato, Tina Gloriani

Votes: 905

Terrible film. Mickey Hargitay looks good but can't act if his life depended on it. Jayne Mansfield is just as bad in the acting department. There is plenty of action and the story is ok. The best part is the Amazon queen turning her lovers into living trees!! The least said about Herc's battle with a bull, the better. The three-headed Hydra is also not very convincing. If you have to see this film, just skip to the part with the living trees.

5. Atlas Against the Cyclops (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Strongman Maciste must battle the one-eyed Cyclops monster that is ravaging the land of Sadok, while at the same time fending off the advances of the evil Queen Capys, who wants to do a little ravaging of her own.

Director: Antonio Leonviola | Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Chelo Alonso, Vira Silenti, Dante DiPaolo

Votes: 225

This is also a Maciste film whose title has been changed to Atlas (Throughout the film the main character is referred to as Maciste). The story is ok and the Cyclops is quite creepy but the film drags on without ever coming to life. Gordon Mitchell is much older than most strongmen but he is ok. The baby in the film is played by Fabio!!!! Don't bother with this one.

6. Hercules Conquers Atlantis (1961)

Unrated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi | Stars: Reg Park, Fay Spain, Ettore Manni, Luciano Marin

Votes: 1,148

Reg Park plays Hercules this time as a lazy hero who isn't interested in doing much but the film is very good and has some great fantasy sequences. The monster Herc fights is a little cheesy but the rest of the film is solid.

7. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Not Rated | 91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo, George Ardisson

Votes: 1,485

Hercules goes to Hell!! Great, atmospheric entry in the Italian strongman series has a nuanced performance by Reg Park as our hero(not in the same league as Steve Reeves but still good). The sequence where the dead rise from their graves to attack Hercules in Hell is stunning and worth the price of admission on its own.

8. The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Three goofy druggists travel back to Ancient Greece on a milquetoast inventor's time machine.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Joe DeRita, Vicki Trickett

Votes: 873 | Gross: $4.36M

Typical Stooges nonsense. Samson Burke as Hercules is the villain (the only time this has ever happened). Nothing to see here unless you love the Stooges.

9. 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: 21,569

Terrific fantasy entry with some amazing Ray Harryhausen special effects and a story that goes all out. Casting Nigel Green(not a strongman) as Hercules is inspired and he puts in a great performance. There are so many wonderful moments in this film that it is impossible to list them all: Highlights include the battle with the bronze giant Talos; the battle with the skeletons brought to life and the battle with the Hydra. My favourite sequence is when Triton comes out of the sea to hold back the clashing rocks so that the Argo can get through safely. Not to be missed.

10. The Mighty Hercules (I) (1963–1966)

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The adventures of the heroic demigod of Greek mythology.

Stars: Jimmy Tapp, Gerry Bascombe, Jack Mercer, Helene Nickerson

Votes: 257

Terrific fun animated series. The budgets were obviously minuscule but the stories were always fun. I am probably a bit too nostalgic about this show but I don't care. It was an important part of my childhood TV viewing. Great theme song and music.

11. Hercules, Samson & Ulysses (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Two strongmen set out to hunt down a murderous sea monster. Their ship is wrecked and they end up in the Holy Land where Hercules is assumed to be Samson who is a wanted man. The two team up to survive.

Director: Pietro Francisci | Stars: Kirk Morris, Iloosh Khoshabe, Liana Orfei, Diletta D'Andrea

Votes: 418

Great mix of Greek mythology and the bible. The two strongmen unite to defeat a common enemy. Kirk Morris is good as Herc but not in the same league as Steve Reeves. The story is probably the best one of the bunch (apart from the original Hercules) and the action is non-stop. The final battle is furious and well mounted. Richard Lloyd is ok as Samson but it is Liana Orfei that steals the show as Delilah. The beautiful Diletta d'Andrea also holds her own as Leria, the wife of Hercules. Many of the cast from the two Steve Reeves`films appear in this one.

12. Hercules the Invincible (1964)

Unrated | 85 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules battles to save the population from a giant dragon.

Director: Alvaro Mancori | Stars: Dan Vadis, Spela Rozin, Carla Calò, Ken Clark

Votes: 319

Below average Hercules film. Dan Vadis as Hercules (or Argoles, depending on which dub you get) is fine as the strongman but the story is poor and he is saddled with a comical sidekick that just slows the story down. The fight with the dragon is lifted from the original Steve Reeves Hercules movie. The rest is the usual fights, stunts and evil tyrants. Don't bother unless you are a huge fan of peplum.

13. Hercules Against the Moon Men (1964)

Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules is summoned to oppose the evil Queen Samara, who has allied herself with aliens and is sacrificing her own people in a bid to awaken a moon goddess.

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Sergio Ciani, Jany Clair, Anna Maria Polani, Nando Tamberlani

Votes: 1,600

This is actually a Maciste film that was changed to Hercules for US distribution. The story is quite poor and Alan Steel not very convincing as Maciste/Hercules. Skip this one.

14. Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The 12th century... Failing to overrun Cracow, Genghis Khan kidnaps the beautiful heir to the throne. But Hercules saves her and defeats Khan's throne. In HD.

Director: Domenico Paolella | Stars: Mark Forest, José Greci, Ken Clark, Gloria Milland

Votes: 145

I enjoyed this one. Mark Forest makes a heroic Hercules (in the English dubbed version. In the original he is Maciste, another legendary strongman) who fights the Mongols(and Gengis Khan) who are trying to invade Poland. Along the way, he fights a cheesy looking giant snake (and it is ginormous !!) and a crocodile (in Poland?). The action sequences are quite good and the final battle is very well put together with hundreds of extras as the soldiers of both armies. This one is worth a look.

15. Hercules Against Rome (1964)

87 min | Adventure, History

Hercules comes from Greece to Ravenna, Italy, because a friend from childhood days has sent for him: Hercules should help the Roman Emperor who is in danger because of an intrigue lead by ... See full summary »

Director: Piero Pierotti | Stars: Sergio Ciani, Wandisa Guida, Livio Lorenzon, Daniele Vargas

Votes: 63

Straightforward Hercules entry that does not skimp on the action sequences (the final battle is very well done). Unfortunately, there are no fantasy elements in the film which diminishes the story somewhat. Alan Steel is an energetic Hercules. Not bad overall but could have used a giant monster or a sorcerer to liven things up.

16. Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules defends a people against a race of giant warriors.

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Dan Vadis, Marilù Tolo, Pierre Cressoy, Piero Lulli

Votes: 110

Not bad entry in the Hercules series has a bit of everything including a sorceress, an army of bronze giants, a tyrant and comic relief. Dan Vadis is quite athletic as Hercules not afraid to get his hands dirty. Unfortunately, this Hercules is easily duped by the villain and causes the death of a "good" man which forces Zeus to strip him of his strength. Not to worry, he asks forgiveness and his strength is restored. The fight sequences in this film are mostly well done but the first time Herc fights the bronze giants it is shot like a Three Stooges sequence. The film starts off very slowly but picks up steam midway through and the ending is very clever. Overall OK but not as good as the Steve Reeves or Reg Park films.

17. Hercules, Prisoner of Evil (1964)

90 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules battles an evil sorceress who turns men into werewolves.

Directors: Antonio Margheriti, Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Reg Park, Mireille Granelli, Ettore Manni, Furio Meniconi

Votes: 171

Terrible film which stars Reg Park as Ursus (despite what the English dubbing will have you believe). Hercules/Ursus fights a monster or is the monster, I can't quite figure it out (and I don't really care). The bottom of the barrel.

18. Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon (1964)

Unrated | 86 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules fights to free the people of Babylon from an evil sorceress.

Director: Domenico Paolella | Stars: Peter Lupus, Helga Liné, Mario Petri, Livio Lorenzon

Votes: 417

Ho-hum Hercules entry notable for the presence of Peter Lupus(billed under the name Rock Stevens) of Mission Impossible fame as Hercules. The story is nothing we haven't seen before but has enough action to satisfy fans. Sets and location shooting are fine. Best part is the finale where Hercules destroys the city of Babylon singlehandedly. By the way, Herc's weapon of choice in this film is a giant club making him appear more as a caveman than the son of Zeus. A good way to pass a rainy afternoon but not much else.

19. Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965 TV Movie)

47 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The mighty Hercules battles a sea monster to save the legendary city of Troy.

Director: Albert Band | Stars: Gordon Scott, Paul Stevens, Mart Hulswit, Diana Hyland

Votes: 218

Gordon Scott makes an amazing Hercules in this TV pilot that was never made into a series. The story is pretty good and Herc gets to fight a pretty amazing monster. Too bad it never led to a TV series.

20. Odissea (1968– )

GP | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Itaka.

Stars: Bekim Fehmiu, Leonard Steckel, Constantin Andrieu, Irene Papas

Votes: 542

Terrific, epic mini series that tells most of the story of the Odyssey. Bekim Fehmiu is great as the hero Ulysses. Irene Papas, appropriately tragic as his wife Penelope waiting so long for his return to Ithaca. I first saw this Italian-French-German-Yugoslav mini series when I was a kid and was impressed even back then, even though I could not appreciate it as I do now.There are some great moments including the terrifying, eerie confrontation with Polifemo, the cyclops (played by Canadian strongman Samson Burke)and the adventures on the island with Circe the witch who turns Ulysses' companions into pigs. Barbara Bach, in one of her first roles, plays Nausicaa, who finds Ulysses shipwrecked on her island and invites him to meet her parents, the King and Queen to tell his story. Most of the episodes are well made with Croatian and Montenegro landscapes filling in for ancient Greece and the other mysterious islands of the story. I found the end to be too long but that is a minor quibble. A terrific experience for all of you who love Greek mythology. Not to be missed.

21. Hercules (1983)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Brad Harris, Sybil Danning, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 3,245 | Gross: $10.68M

Lou Ferrigno is good as Herc but this film is just awful. Special effects are atrocious and the story stinks. Forget about it.

22. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, History, Romance

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 6,413 | Gross: $28.80M

Classic telling of the biblical story. Victor Mature is actually good as Samson.

23. David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore

Votes: 1,906

The epic battle between David and Goliath is shown as a flashback at the very end of the movie.

24. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, 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: 58,437 | Gross: $93.74M

Another terrific film with some amazing performances and terrific special effects. The splitting of the Red Sea is eye-popping. Do not miss this.

25. Solomon and Sheba (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, History, Romance

After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 2,677 | Gross: $12.20M

Pretty cheesy and over the top but the final battle is quite spectacular.

26. A Story of David: The Hunted (1960)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

King Saul of Israel is jealous of the fame and adoration of David, who long ago slew Goliath and brought victory to Saul's armies. Now Saul, egged on by his Edomite counselor Doeg, attempts... See full summary »

Director: Bob McNaught | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Basil Sydney, Peter Arne, David Knight

Votes: 90

I don't remember much from this movie but I do remember being disappointed that we never see the battle between David and Goliath.

27. Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

G | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 1,354

Stewart Granger is great as Lot in this somewhat overlong version of the biblical story. The sequence where Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt is worth the price of admission.

28. David and Goliath (1960)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Family

King Saul of the Israelites is visited in Jerusalem by the Prophet Samuel who foretells him that a war with The Philistines is inevitable and the shepherd David will become king.

Directors: Ferdinando Baldi, Richard Pottier, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Ivica Pajer, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Massimo Serato

Votes: 553

Ok version of the biblical story. Orson Welles in his "take the money and run" period overacts ridiculously as King Saul. Ivo Payer as David is a too old and muscular in the role. The battle between David and Goliath is well done but the actor who plays Goliath wears a ridiculously padded suit. If you have to see it, just skip to the epic battle.

29. The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

Unrated | 174 min | Drama

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston

Votes: 4,423 | Gross: $34.90M

This has some good moments especially the story of Noah.

30. King David (1985)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Israel circa 1,000 B.C. The adult life of David, who would eventually become King of Israel, is presented. The blessing of the Prophets, as the voice of God, is required before the King can... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley

Votes: 1,934 | Gross: $4.80M

I loved this film, especially the performance by Edward Woodward as King Saul. The battle between David and Goliath is probably the best one ever committed to celluloid. Richard Gere as the adult David is ok but the film makes up for his performance with a great script and solid action. Amazing film.

31. In the Beginning (2000)

189 min | Adventure, Drama

Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal.

Stars: Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset, Billy Campbell, Eddie Cibrian

Votes: 736

Terrific film on several stories from Genesis and Exodus with a great performance by Martin Landau as Abraham.

32. 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: 152,686 | Gross: $65.01M

Christian Bale is good as Moses and the film is quite good but what were they thinking having God portrayed as a little boy?

33. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 341,358 | Gross: $20.05M

This amazing satire of biblical times is dead on. The Monty Python troupe are at their best here with Graham Chapman putting in a great performance as Brian. Do not miss this.

34. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

Not Rated | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Charles Brabin, Christy Cabanne, J.J. Cohn, Rex Ingram | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Betty Bronson

Votes: 6,879 | Gross: $12.45M

Terrific silent version of the classic story. Both the chariot race and ship battle are simply amazing. A must see, especially if you have seen the 1959 version.

35. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 204,969 | Gross: $74.70M

One of the greatest films of all time and a chariot race that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Wow!!

36. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 10,764 | Gross: $6.98M

Another Ray Harryhausen spectacular with Cyclops, dragons and other assorted beasts. The best Sinbad movie ever made, bar none.

37. Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Walter Burke

Votes: 2,002

I'm only including this one on the list because the Kraken appears at the end. That and the giants who terrorize everyone. A good film in the same tradition of the 7th Voyage of Sinbad (with the same lead actor).

38. Captain Sindbad (1963)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The peaceful kingdom of Baristan has an evil ruler named El-Carim. He plans to capture his rival, Sindbad, who will soon return from sea in order to marry Princess Jana. The Princess ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Guy Williams, Heidi Brühl, Pedro Armendáriz, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 779

Made in Germany Sindbad film (notice the extra d in his name) is ok but lacks the terrific special effects of the Ray Harryhausen films. Guy Williams is quite good as the hero and the story is ok. A good film to see on a rainy day.

39. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Sinbad and the vizier of Marabia, followed by evil magician Koura, seek the three golden tablets that can gain them access to the ancient temple of the Oracle of All Knowledge.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer

Votes: 7,575

Another great Ray Harryhausen spectacular that includes more fantasy elements than you can imagine. The fight between the Griffin and the one-eyed centaur is amazing. For children of all ages.

40. Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

G | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Director: Sam Wanamaker | Stars: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting

Votes: 6,266 | Gross: $16.79M

Long, boring entry in the series is saved by terrific locations in Jordan , Malta and Spain and the presence of the absolutely gorgeous Jane Seymour. Sinbad does very little in this film.

41. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

59 Metascore

Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

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

Votes: 38,249 | Gross: $41.09M

Fantastic Greek mythology film that features Ray Harryhausen's terrific special effects. The absolute best parts include the Kraken coming out of the sea and the tense battle with Medusa. A jolly good time for all.

42. 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: 460,183 | Gross: $133.38M

Overlong film version of the Iliad. The film has a lot going for it but a lot of negatives too. The result is an unsatisfying Hollywood action film. The positives: Eric Bana's performance as hector; Peter O'Toole's performance; The epic battle scenes; the wonderful Maltese and Mexican locations. The negatives: Brad Pitt's one-note performance; Achilles is portrayed as a superhero who can almost fly; Some of the dialogue is insipid; Way, way, way too violent. Overall, this is not as good as I expected. Average at best. A better actor to portray Achilles would have helped this greatly.

43. Hercules Returns (1993)

82 min | Comedy

When Brad quits his job at a large cinema chain, to open his own picture theatre, his ex-boss sabotages the opening night by switching the Italian film with a non-subtitled version. Brad ... See full summary »

Director: David Parker | Stars: David Argue, Michael Carman, Mary Coustas, Bruce Spence

Votes: 1,297

Hilarious Australian comedy about a guy who reopens an old cinema and shows an old Hercules film. Unfortunately, they received the Italian version with no subtitles, so he gets his friends to help him dub it live! The film they are dubbing is Samson and the Mighty Challenge (1964) which features 4 musclemen for the price of one. Very, very funny.

44. Giants of Rome (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, War

An elite group of soldiers led by the courageous Claudius Marcellus are handpicked by Julius Caesar to embark on a desperate and dangerous suicide mission to destroy the Druids' secret weapon.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Richard Harrison, Wandisa Guida, Ettore Manni, Philippe Hersent

Votes: 198

Nothing special peplum which is incredibly violent and pretty stupid. It is very weird to see the Romans as the "good" guys(what were the filmmakers thinking?). Don't bother with this one.

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