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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

… without regard to the quality of any combat portrayed, if any.

1. King of Kings
2. Passion of the Christ
3. The Greatest Story Ever Told
4. Ben Hur
5. The Robe
6. Barrabas
7. Life of Brian
8. ?

Calico Bill30 Dec 2018 4:04 p.m. PST

Conan the destroyer.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 4:26 p.m. PST

Ben Hur (with Charleston Heston)
The Scorpion King

OneHuaiTicket30 Dec 2018 4:49 p.m. PST

The Christian Bale Exodus movie was very enjoyable, and beautiful to look at!

rvandusen30 Dec 2018 5:09 p.m. PST

Kubrick's Spartacus

The 300 Spartans – 1962

Jason and the Argonauts.

The Steve Reeves Hercules films. Especially for Sylva Koscina

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 5:29 p.m. PST

Wow, I guess I have a different definition in my mind. To me, Sword and Sandal movies are the old Steve Reeves movies, Hercules etc., Jason and the Argonauts and Helen of Troy. The movies Flashman14 mentions all have a religious bent to them.

nsolomon9930 Dec 2018 6:46 p.m. PST

Alexander would have to be on the list surely. Maybe not the best but up there in the top 10.

Winston Smith30 Dec 2018 7:07 p.m. PST

Ben Hur

microgeorge30 Dec 2018 7:19 p.m. PST

2. Ben Hur
3. Gladiator

Mike drop!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 7:20 p.m. PST

I am with Microgeorge on this

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 7:42 p.m. PST

Atlantis-the George Pal version.

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Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 7:43 p.m. PST

The best ever was Masada with Peter O'Toole.

Honorable Mentions
The 300 – 2006
Attila – 2001
Life of Brian
The Eagle
The Last Legion
Conan the Barbarian

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 8:14 p.m. PST

Orig 300 Spartans
The Eagle
The Last Legion
I'm a real sucker for sword & sandal movies.
BTW I also like all the "religious" movies mentioned in opening comment.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 8:17 p.m. PST


USAFpilot30 Dec 2018 8:33 p.m. PST

So what is a "sword and sandal" movie? It helps to have a definition. Found this after a quick google search.

The peplum film (pepla plural), also known as sword-and-sandal, is a genre of largely Italian-made historical or Biblical epics (costume dramas) that dominated the Italian film industry from 1958 to 1965, eventually being replaced in 1965 by Eurospy films and Spaghetti Westerns.

Shardik30 Dec 2018 9:11 p.m. PST

I just googled Sylva Koscina. My goodness!

Roderick Robertson Fezian30 Dec 2018 9:27 p.m. PST

Hercules and the Amazons

Glengarry530 Dec 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

Life of Brian! The most athentic!

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 11:51 p.m. PST

Anything with Victor Mature

Martin Rapier31 Dec 2018 1:59 a.m. PST

Ben Hur
Jason and the Argonauts

langobard Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 2:06 a.m. PST

Jason and the Argonauts
Orig Ben Hur
300 Spartans (1962)

Karellian Knight31 Dec 2018 5:48 a.m. PST


jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 6:18 a.m. PST

Jason and the Argonauts/ 300 Spartans 1962/Gladiator

Old Wolfman31 Dec 2018 8:12 a.m. PST

"My Son,The Hero" parodied many of these. MST3K riffed on several as well(Hercules And The Captive Women,Colossus And the Headhunters,etc.) Incidentally,TCM is going to be showing several of these movies in January.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 11:47 a.m. PST

Ben Hur
The 300 Spartans (1962 with Richard Egan)

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 12:08 p.m. PST

1962 300 Spartans
Ben Hur

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 2:48 p.m. PST

"Demetrius And The Gladiators" (the sequel to "The Robe"), and "The Egyptian."

At the very least, both rate "Honorable Mentions" in any such listing!


evilgong Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 3:42 p.m. PST

Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest movie ever made.

David F Brown

Huscarle01 Jan 2019 4:24 a.m. PST

I'm with the TVAG, Demetrius & the Gladiators (1954) & The Egyptian, plus the 300 Spartans (1962). Honourable mentions for Quo Vadis (1951) and The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 10:21 a.m. PST

Clash of the Titans (1981).


P.S. There was also a 1925 silent film of Ben-Hur.

rmaker01 Jan 2019 12:51 p.m. PST

The Thief of Baghdad starring Douglas Fairbanks
Sinbad the Sailor starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

14Bore02 Jan 2019 3:16 p.m. PST

Ben Hur

Cloudy07 Jan 2019 1:34 p.m. PST

Cleopatra (1963). Always my favorite. :-)

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse08 Jan 2019 7:38 a.m. PST

Carry on Cleo.

Old Wolfman08 Jan 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

Meet The Spartans,another funny one.

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