From the decade that witnessed 'Lord of the Rings - Return of the King' scoop up all its 11 academy award nominations, enjoyed our comprehensive selection of all Oscar Best Picture Nominees 2000 - 2009.
Whether he's playing a desperate alcoholic in need of acceptance, a haughty Roman emperor, or a folk legend Joaquin Phoenix carries with him undeniable stage-presence and a subtle command of emotional expression. That and he has an awesome name.
While his leading roles in historical epics don't display a religious degree of respect for historical accuracy (because what Roman wouldn't pay to see their emperoror fight a gladiator to the death), the strength of Crowe's rugged charisma is undeniable.
Ancient war and action movies, in the vein of 'Gladiator' and '300': ancient heroes duking it out against mythological monsters, Persians, and wooly mammoths. Check out our 'Great Medieval Action' list for similar themes set at a later date.
A collection of movies from Braveheart to today, based on wars before the First World War. Not all stick to the historical facts - as if we knew them anyway - but all are guaranteed to have you hunting for cheap broadswords online.