The Northman to Gladiator: 10 of the Best Historical Epics of All Time

The Northman to Gladiator: 10 of the Best Historical Epics of All Time ...

The unique aspect of the cinematic arts is how film can give us a completely-formed view into a different time. By decorating a set and putting on some costumes, the audience can be transported hundreds or thousands of years into the past.

From silent films like Napoleon and Joan of Arc to contemporary films such as Braveheart and The Northman, the historical epic is a key component of the film. Many of these are examples of some of the most engaging scenes ever discovered on the silver screen.

''''The Northman'''' (2022)

The Northman, an indie filmmaker known for his distinct visual style, has gotten a studio to give him $90 million without sacrificing any aspect of what he''s known for. The Northman is a weird, dark, intense Viking revenge film that just screams Eggers.

The film based on Amleth''s ancient Viking tale, which inspired Shakespeare''s Hamlet. When King Aurvandill War-Raven (Ethan Hawke) is murdered by his brother, Connolly, who also takes his wife Gudrun (Nicole Kidman) as his queen, Amleth returns to Fjolnir''s life after Fjolnir''s reign ended and Amleth was long thought dead, Amleth enters the throne

''''The Last Duel'''' (2021)

Ridley Scott''s The Last Duel, based on the same name, tells an epic tale of Medieval France that looks very relevant in the 2020s. When Marguerite (Jodie Comer) accuses Jacques Le Gris of rape, her self-righteous husband Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon,) challenges Le Gris to a duel to the death to legally determine whether she is telling the truth or not.

What makes this underrated gem truly special is its structure. The film is arranged in three sections, demonstrating the events in question from each character''s point of view. The differences highlight the way that each of the characters sees the world. It''s a one-of-a-kind historical epic that does not get the love it upon its release.

''''Spartacus'''' (1960)

Stanley Kubrick''s Spartacus, a legendary film, was written by famous, blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and features a top-tier cast including Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton. Then, chances are, you''ll see the film. It is a dynasty in cinema history, where the cast of Kubrick, who was a star of all time, and includes a talented actor, with Kirk Douglas, who plays Spartacus.

As Roman senators maneuver against Spartacus in order to maintain their control, the film, set in 73 B.C., follows Thracian slave Spartacus. It''s a well-crafted story with a good balance of action and complex political intrigue.

''''Braveheart'''' (1995)

William Wallace (Mel Gibson), a legendary Scottish warrior who fought for Scotland''s freedom against King Edward I of England, is told by Braveheart. Wallace''s speech enraging the troops will live forever in cinematic history as one of the all-time great monologues.

Mel Gibson''s reputation has been ruined by his aggressive outbursts and offensive behavior. That being said, Gibson has surpassed the director of the film, which has also received the best director award, and has surpassed the desire for his work. The film is also known as a cultural juggernaut due to widespread acclaim from critics and audiences.

''''Ben-Hur'''' (1959)

Ben-Hur is a fun classic in Hollywood cinema, where the chariot scenes are some of the most memorable action sequences of all time. Charlton Heston''s performance as Judah Ben-Hur is one of the finest of his entire career.

Historical film adaptations are incredibly difficult to make. They require a precise understanding of historical context, high production value, and hard work. Ben-Hur was eliminated each of these constraints even under the constraints of making a blockbuster in the 1950s. In 2016, Hollywood attempted to remake Ben-Hur, but modern action films merely don''t match up to the original''s craftsmanship.

''''Dances With Wolves'''' (1990)

Kevin Costner understands what makes cinema such a magical art form as he presented at this year''s Oscars. He also understands the complexity of the American frontier, which makes him so compelling on Yellowstone, the most-watched show on cable. These two elements are combined into Costner''s masterpiece.

Lieutenant John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) is filmed and reunited with a Native American tribe who take him in as one of their own, trying to flee their land. It''s a story that attempts to correct some of America''s Westward expansion and show it for what it was.

''''Les Miserables'''' (2012)

There aren''t many historical scenes that double as musicals, but without a doubt, Les Miserables is the best one. This story, which was set during a turbulent time in 19th Century France, is one of the most powerful and emotional musicals ever made.

Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) as he departs from the viscous Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe), who is being hunted down for breaking his parole. Simultaneously, Fantine (Anne Hathaway), a poor woman who seeks to prostitution to help her child, sings about their love and passion at a time when it would be difficult to give up hope.

''''Seven Samurai'''' (1954)

Seven Samurai is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and it has become popular in other films, including The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, and Star Wars. However, critics have cited the film as a significant influence on their careers.

The plot focuses on a small village that recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves against bandits. Although the plot may be quite straightforward, it is emotional, and when the battle finally happens, it''s nothing short of epic. Seven Samurai is incontestably the most famous samurai film of all time.

''''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'''' (2000)

It''s rare for a non-English film to achieve similar success in the United States as Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon. Ang Lee''s multi-colour Chinese novel of the same name raised $128 million in the United States, revealing a sense of joy and adventure.

The film has premiered in China in 19th century and traces Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat), who gives Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) the legendary Green Destiny sword to her to deliver to Governor Yu (Fazeng Li). However, when it gets stolen from her, a game of cat and mouse becomes a form of romance and redemption.

''''Gladiator'''' (2000)

The legendary tale of Maximus (Russell Crowe) captivated audiences around the world, became a box office hit and won the coveted Best Picture Oscar at the 2001 Academy Awards.

When Emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) has his family murdered and then enslaved, Maximus embarks on a difficult quest for revenge. The plot is fantastic in the truest sense of the word, with scenes at the Colosseum showing the enormous scope and scope in a way we''ve never seen before. This film is truly fun for the children.

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