Movies and TV

A wealth of movies is waiting for teachers to use them in their classrooms. We aim to provide useful overviews, written by archaeologists and other experts, which illustrate when and how movies and TV shows adhere to or veer from genuine archaeological, historical, and mythological evidence. Background information on archaeological and historical sources will be included along with tips for teachers who would like to show excerpts, scenes, and whole movies to their students. For a survey and history of movies about antiquity, see Jon Solomon's The Ancient World in Cinema (2001, Revised and Expanded Edition, New Haven: Yale University Press).

Movie titles with an asterisk next to them already have reviews or other information provided here.

  • 10,000 B.C. (2008, Warner Bros.) *
  • The Awakening (1980, Warner Studios)
  • The Bible (1966, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Barabbas (1962, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment)
  • Ben Hur (1959, Warner Studios)
  • The Buccaneer (1958, Paramount Pictures)
  • The Body (2001, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment)
  • Carry on Behind (1975, Jef Films Int.)
  • Captain from Castile (1948, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Citizen Kane (1941, Warner Home Video)
  • Clan of the Cave Bear (1986, Warner Studios)
  • Clash of the Titans (1981, Warner Home Video)
  • Cleopatra (1963, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment)
  • The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb (1980, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment)
  • David and Bathsheba (1951, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Fall of the Roman Empire (1964, Best Film and Video 2)
  • Fool’s Gold (2008, Warner Bros.)*
  • Gladiator (2000, Universal Studios) *
  • Glory (1989, Columbia Tristar Studios)
  • Gone With the Wind (1939, Warner Studios)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1940, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (1969, MGM and Universal Studios)
  • Hannibal (Victor Mature, 1960, Vci/Ffi)
  • Helen of Troy (1956, Warner Studios)
  • Hercules (1997, Disney)
  • History of the World, Part 1 (1981, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Paramount Home Videos); Temple of Doom (1984, Paramount Home Videos); Last Crusade (1989, Paramount Home Videos) *
  • Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008, Paramount Pictures)*
  • Ivanhoe (1952, Warner Home Video)
  • Jason and the Argonauts (1963, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment)
  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1962, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
  • Julius Caesar (1970, Commonwealth United Entertainment)
  • Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995, Tapestry Films)
  • King Arthur (2004, Buena Vista Home Video)
  • King of Kings (1961, MGM and Universal Studios)
  • Land of the Pharaohs (1955, Warner Home Video)
  • Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (2001, Paramount Pictures) *
  • Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (2003, Paramount Pictures) *
  • Last Emperor (1987, Columbia Tristar Video)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962, Columbia Tristar Video)
  • Monty Python and the Life of Brian (1979, Anchor Bay Entertainment)
  • Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail (1975, Columbia Tristar Studios)
  • Mulan (1998, Disney)
  • The Mummy (1932, Universal Pictures)
  • The Mummy (1999, Universal Studios)
  • The Mummy Returns (2001, Universal Studios) *
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008, Universal Pictures) *
  • National Treasure (2004, Walt Disney Pictures)
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007, Walt Disney Pictures) *
  • The Odyssey (1997, Hallmark Home Entertainment)
  • One Million B.C. (1940, Nostalgia Merchants)
  • One Million Years B.C. (1966, Fox Home Entertainment)
  • Passion of the Christ (2004, Fox Home Entertainment) *
  • Prince Valiant (1954, Fox Home Entertainment)
  • Quest for Fire (1982, Fox Home Entertainment)
  • Quo Vadis (1951, Warner Studios)
  • Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994, Xenon Studios)
  • The Robe (1953, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • The Road to El Dorado (2000, DreamWorks SKG)
  • Roots (1977, Warner Studios)
  • Samson and Delilah (1949, Paramount Studios)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982, Image Entertainment)
  • Scaramouche (1952, Warner Home Video)
  • Schindler's List (1993, Universal Studios)
  • Secret of the Andes (2001, Mti Home Video)
  • The Shanghai Gesture (1942, Image Entertainment)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah (1963, Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Spartacus (1960, Universal Studios)
  • Sphinx (1981, Warner Studios)
  • The Sword in the Stone (1963, Walt Disney Productions)
  • The Ten Commandments (1956, Paramount Studios)
  • Tombstone (1993, Hollywood Pictures)
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, Warner Home Video)
  • Troy (2004, Warner Home Video) *
  • Valley of the Kings (1954, Warner Studios)
  • The Wind and the Lion (1975, Warner Studios)

TV Series/Mini-series

  • Cleopatra (1999, Babelsberg/Hallmark)
  • I, Claudius (1976, BBC)
  • John Adams (2008, HBO)
  • Rome (2005, HD Vision/BBC/HBO)

Would you like to recommend a movie? Please email the title of the movie to education@aia.bu.edu.

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