10 Movies Like Troy That You Must Watch

Movies like Troy are not made every day. Such movies are huge undertakings requiring massive budgets and months of preparation. And even after that, there is no guarantee that the film will be successful. Historical dramas like Troy require special attention to not just the plot but also the whole set up. Therefore, technical aspects that go behind making of a film like production and costume design should be spot on. Otherwise, audiences may not buy the story at all.

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Over last few decades several historical movies like Troy have been made. But how many have been as good as Troy. Let’s find out. Here is the list of 10 movies like Troy that you must watch.

 

10. Alexander (2004)

There is no question about the fact that ‘Alexander’ is a flawed movie. But if you ignore the flaws, there is a lot to like in the film, starting with its epic and wonderfully choreographed battle scenes. Colin Farrell does a good job as Alexander the Great. Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie do not look their part, but you hardly care. It is escapist entertainment at its best.

 

9. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Directed by Ridley Scott, the story of film is set during the Crusades of the 12th century. A French village blacksmith goes to aid the Kingdom of Jerusalem in its defence against the Ayyubi Muslim sultan Salahuddin, who is battling to claim the city from the Christians leading to the Battle of Hattin. Scott, who previously directed epic battle scenes in Gladiator, takes cue from his own experience. ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ may not have been as successful as ‘Gladiator’ but still it is a very respectable effort. And if you are looking for movies like Troy, this is a perfect choice.

 

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.

 

7. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

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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.

 

6. The Last Samurai (2003)

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Tom Cruise plays United States Captain, whose personal and emotional conflicts bring him into contact with samurai warriors in the wake of the Meiji Restoration in 19th Century Japan. Captured by the samurai he becomes their friend and ally, and marries himself to their ways, finding peace as a warrior for the first time in his life. Watching the evolution of this character is thrilling to see, and Cruise is perfect throughout this powerful film. The film’s plot was inspired by the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion led by Saigō Takamori, and the westernization of Japan by foreign powers, though in the film the United States is portrayed as the primary force behind the push for westernization.

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