Movies like ‘Gladiator’ are rare; not just because they are difficult to make but also due to the fact that there are often a minefield of things that can go wrong. While in films with typical storylines, filmmakers only have to worry about characters and plot, in historical films the production and costume design is as important as story. ‘Gladiator’ itself is not a perfect film, but it pulls off a grand story in spectacular fashion. Over the years, the film has held its own and still enjoys worldwide following. So, if you happen to like the film, here is the list of great movies similar to ‘Gladiator’ that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Gladiator on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. 300 (2006)
Zac Snyder, or as I like to call him, “The King of SloMos and Dark Palettes” burst into the mainstream with this visually stunning masterpiece which combined history and fantasy, the scales tipping heavily towards the latter. The film is based on a graphic novel based on the battle of Thermopylae, one of the greatest last stands in history. With epic battle scenes and mindless action sequences, ‘300’ is more violent than ‘Troy’ but an apt companion piece.
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7. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
This 1992 historical drama is set in 1757 during the French and Indian War. Apart from the well-orchestrated battle scenes, the film features a tremendously brilliant, fierce physical performance from Danial-Day Lewis. As Hawkeye the hero of the James Fenimore Cooper novel, he is terrific as a pioneer hero fighting the men over taking the land he loves so dearly. Michael Mann’s superb film was elevated by the performance.