Most Popular Ancient War Movies of All Time

Top 10 Best Ancient War MoviesHollywood has always shown its inclination towards making movies based on ancient war. People are very interested to dig up in history and that is the reason why such movies make good collections at the box office. Big production houses produce such movies since there is hell lot of a budget involved.

The human history has remained to be very interesting. The events that occurred in old times appeal to everyone and as a result Hollywood movie makers get subjects to make the films on.

Top 10 Best Ancient War Movies of All Time


This movie was directed by Ridley Scott and it featured actors like Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix in the leading roles. The backdrop of the film is set around 180 AD.

The story of the movie is fictional but the set design and cinematography of the film make the old times come alive. It talks about a Spanish General Maximus who is betrayed by the Roman Emperor’s son.

The credibility of the movie was such that it received a couple of academy awards too. For his performance, Russell Crowe won the award for the best actor and the performance of Joaquin Phoenix in the movie was also appreciated.


It was made in the year 2004. It portrays the life of 4th century BC. Alexander the Great is the main character in the film.

Alexander the Great is known to be the greatest leader of the world history and Collin Farrell did the right justice to his role as Alexander.

The movie also features Angelina Jolie and it was a blockbuster at the box office.

The Scorpion King

The movie garnered huge publicity majorly because “The Rock- Dwayne Johnson” featured in it.

It follows the story of Mathayus, a character that appeared in “The Mummy Returns” too. It has been portrayed as one of the best ancient war movies of all time.

Scorpion King not only broke records at the box office but also garnered a positive response from the critics.

King Arthur

Released in the year 2004, “King Arthur” talks about story of a great ruler, King Arthur. It is based on a true story with collected facts from the history.

Director Antonie Fuqua conducted a thorough research before making the film. He has starred Keira Knightley in the female lead.

This movie sends the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions and drama. It is a must watch for being one of the best ancient war movies of all time.

Clash of Titans

Released in the year 2010, it is one of the most popular ancient war movies in the history of Hollywood.

The story talks about the life of Perseus. Perseus is born as a God but raised as a man. It is a story about revenge and takes place with a lot of sword fights and acrobats.

The Greek mythology has been explained during the film and this is why it is so special.


Released in the year 2011, it is a fantasy movie that has been directed by Tarsem Singh. It features actors like Henry Cavill, Frieda Pinto and Mickey Route in the leading roles.

The story covers the life of Theseus. It is also a story of revenge of mother’s death. What follows the plot is a deadly battle and war moves. It is highly regarded modern movies of all time.

Kingdom of Heaven

The movie has been directed by the likes of same director who roped films like Black Hawk Dawn and Gladiator. Ridley Scott had returned with his fervor back with the movie, “Kingdom of Heaven”.

It featured Orlando Bloom in the leading role and the movie plot talks about securing the city of Jerusalem from Kurdish Muslim leader Saladin.  It is one of the most popular and best ancient war movies of all  time.


Released  in the year 2004, Troy features Brad Pitt in the lead role. It has been directed by Wolfgang Peterson and based on Homer’s lliad. It also features Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger in the supporting roles.

Troy gained huge popularity all around the world and broke many box office records. The credibility of Brad Pitt soared higher with this movie. It is based on ancient war world and is much appreciated by the critics.

Ben Hur

It was released in the year 1959 and won as many as 11 Oscar awards.

The movie is considered in the  list of top 100 American movies of all time.

There was limited technology in those times to make a war movie but the work done by the technical team of the film is sensational.


It is one of the best ancient war movies of all time. It has been adapted purely from the comic series in the same name released in the year 1998.

The Director Zack Snyder has not left any loophole in the film. It covers the Battle of Thermophylae.