Peplum Paradise Part 7: Historical and Fantasy TV Dramas.by PeplumParadise | created - 29 Dec 2013 | updated - 24 Apr 2016 | Public
This is a list of historical (set pre-1800) or historical-fantasy Dramas made for television - including series and TV movies - produced Internationally from 1949 until the present day.
The list does NOT include TV Documentaries.
The list is alphabetical using the most common English titles (where applicable), so the IMDb titles may appear to be all over the place alphabetically.
This list is certainly incomplete and a work in progress, so I would welcome any suggestions of titles I may have omitted.
I have included a few additional titles at the end of the main list which bear some relevance to the subject.
I will be updating the list regularly with new and expanded reviews and any new titles that I may discover.
Latest Updates: Review: Hercules (2005) Review: Samson And Delilah (1984) Review: Cyclops (2008)
This list is a companion piece to my other lists: Peplum Paradise Part 1: Italian Historical and Fantasy films 1949-1969 http://www.imdb.com/list/9zpI-Wdt6pU/, Peplum Paradise Part 2: Italian Historical and Fantasy films from 1970 onwards http://www.imdb.com/list/ZRRuOUh_u_o/ Peplum Paradise Part 3: International Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards (http://www.imdb.com/list/R3yu3z-zETE/) Peplum Paradise Part 4: Asian Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards http://www.imdb.com/list/EzDXbxNzBXI/ Peplum Paradise Part 5: Animated Historical and Fantasy films 1949 onwards http://www.imdb.com/list/XHCOctNtVqg/ Peplum Paradise Part 6: International Historical and Fantasy films Pre-1949 (http://www.imdb.com/list/R3yu3z-zETE/)
This list includes some titles and reviews which were formerly included in my other lists.
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1. A.D. (1985– )
600 min | Drama, History
Set just after the death of Jesus Christ, this mini-series chronicles the life & adventures of Jesus's disciples, and events in Rome during the reigns of the Emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.
2. Abraham (1993– )
175 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The Old Testament story of Abraham and the trials he endures. Commanded by God to lead his family to the promised land of Canaan with the promise that if he does so, his descendants will ... See full summary »
3. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)
Approved | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A long-running series of adventures featuring Robin of Loxley - Robin Hood - and his group of Sherwood-Forest-based freedom fighters. Robin and his men protected England from the evil ... See full summary »
6. Aladdin and the Death Lamp (2012 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 120 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Aladdin and his friend Ali accidentally uncover a lamp that contains a genie instead of grant wishes genie wants to control the world.
7. Antony and Cleopatra (1984 TV Movie)
179 min | Drama, History, Romance
After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.
8. The Apocalypse (2000 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
It is 90 A.D., and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God, and ruler over heaven and Earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his ... See full summary »
Richard Harris, in his penultimate performance, plays John the Baptist in this Italian TV movie version of the biblical book of Revelations, and it must be said he does a very good job of playing an old man. The bulk of the action takes place in a remote Roman prison where John, in disguise being a do-gooder while writing his memoirs, is kept a prisoner, and where Roman Emperor Dometian (Bruce Payne) has sent Valerius (Benjamin Sadler) to spy on him. Unsurprisingly Valerius becomes a convert to the cause. The scenes in the mine and Rome are interspersed with John’s visions of heaven, all billowy white clouds and bloody lambs, and it’s here where the film really falls, using what, even for the time, are very dodgy unconvincing CGI effects. Overall it’s rather a slow watch, but bearable enough for this sort of religious nonsense – it should be noted that the Christian-orientated reviews I read seemed to find it quite satisfactory, and I’d guess they have to be the target audience. Watch out for 60’s peplum’s favourite child star Loris Loddi in a scene-stealing role as a vicious prison guard.
10. The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981 TV Movie)
96 min | Fantasy, Action, Adventure
The hero is given his mentor's bow (the Heartbow) which chooses its new owner when passed on. It fires arrows that blow up like grenades, but can only be wielded by the one chosen to wield ... See full summary »
12. Attack of the Gryphon (2007)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In a mystical land torn apart by civil war, a warrior princess must team up with a rival warrior prince to hunt down an evil sorcerer who has summoned a giant flying demon which is terrorizing their land.
ATTACK OF THE GRYPHON
Rival warrior prince and princess Jonathan LaPaglia and Amber Benson are forced to team up to defeat a dodgy giant CGI dog-eagle (or gryphon if you must, though it looks more like a four legged chicken) which has been summoned by evil sorcerer Armand (Larry Drake), which makes it sound like a far more exciting plot than it actually is. Armand and his “witches” could have livened up proceedings had they been given more screen time, but as it is it’s way too slow, serious and cheap. The gryphon, around which the film revolves, is really so bad it makes Ray Harryhausen’s creations look realistic, but then again the performances and script are no better. The Romanian locations are attractive, but that’s really the only recommendation I could come up with.
13. Attila (2001)
Unrated | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A romanced story of Attila the Hun, from when he lost his parents in childhood until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect ... See full summary »
ATTILA THE HUN
This has the look and feel of an expensive TV mini-series, which of course it originally was, but don’t let that and the epic length put you off. It’s intelligently scripted, well acted and steadily paced. In the title role you have a youthful and surprisingly effective Gerard Butler a good few years before he saved Sparta in 300. The supporting cast all prove to be uniformly good value for money too, quite unusual for one of these type of productions. Obviously overlong, but it never feels like there’s much in the way of filler, so if you’ve got the time give it a go, it’s certainly as effective as either of the 50’s versions (see Attila and Sign Of The Pagan).
15. Le banquet (1989 TV Movie)
78 min | Drama
At house of Agathon get together many intellectuals and philosophers, including Socrates, to discuss the theme of love and sex: each of them intervenes to support its argument dialogical rules, within the context symposial.
16. Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus (1996 TV Movie)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Before he died, Dar's father gave a mysterious amulet to Tal, Dar's younger brother who is now king. Dar, while wandering with his animal companions, chances to meet and rescue a family who... See full summary »
BEASTMASTER III: THE EYE OF BRAXUS
17. Beauty and the Beast (1976 TV Movie)
74 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful girl agrees to marry a hideous, deformed beast and live in his castle in order to save her father's life.
18. Ben Hur (2010– )
180 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young Jewish prince seeks revenge after an old friend wrongly imprisons him and his family.
Surprisingly effective made-for-TV adaptation of the familiar story (originally broadcast as a two part mini series), which concentrates on the human and historical aspects of the story and less on the preachy religious angle favoured by the cinematic versions, and is more accessible as a result. It has something of the feeling of the series ‘Rome’, though with less sex and violence. Joseph Morgan is an effective choice in the title role, turning in a likeable and believable performance. It’s still overlong, though there’s very little difference between this and the 1959 version, but the naturalistic acting and settings make it bearable. Only the ending is a bit of a rushed affair, like they’d finished the story but felt obliged to include the final miracle so tacked it on.
19. Beyond Sherwood Forest (2009 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
England 1174: King Richard is away fighting the Crusade, his brother Prince John has been left in charge. In order to further international diplomatic relations with Austria, the beautiful ... See full summary »
20. The Bible (2013– )
TV-14 | 440 min | Documentary, Action, Drama
A religious historical dramatic miniseries about God's creation and physical landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
23. Black Arrow (1985 TV Movie)
90 min | Adventure, History
In 15th century England, a civil war called Wars of the Roses is being fought between two rival houses who want the throne. Fresh from battle, a knight finds his family dead. He joins the outlaws led by the Black Arrow to seek justice.
25. Blackbeard (2006– )
170 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the Golden Age of Piracy, at the dawn of the 18th century, Blackbeard stood out among the lawless rogues as the most fearsome and notorious seafarer of them all. He killed for the ... See full summary »
Enjoyable TV movie with a basis in reality but woven into an effective back story in the best pirate tradition which should keep fans of Pirates Of The Caribbean entertained until the next installment comes along. Angus Macfadyen is perfectly cast in the title role, displaying just the right mix of lunacy, authority and intimidation. Also surprisingly good is Richard Chamberlain as the corrupt governor of New Providence who is secretly in league with the pirates. The rest of the cast, including unknown factor Mark Umbers as the do-gooder British officer sent to bring the pirates to justice, are all effective, and Thailand makes a surprisingly good double for the Bahamas.
26. Borgia (2011– )
52 min | Biography, Drama, History
It was the age of Da Vinci and Michelangelo, of enlightened creativity and unparalleled intellectual achievement. But it was also the age of Machievelli, of rampant lawlessness, incessant ... See full summary »
27. The Borgias (2011–2013)
TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History
In 15th century, pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war and marriage alliances.
30. The Caesars (1968– )
60 min | Drama
After years of civil war following the assassination of Julius Caesar, his adopted son Octavian manages to unite the various factions and assume control of the Roman Empire. Taking the name... See full summary »
32. Catherine the Great (1996 TV Movie)
100 min | Biography, Drama, History
Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great.
33. Charlemagne (1993– )
90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Young Charlemagns is placed on the Frankish throne in the middle of the 8th Century A.D. Despite having many powerful enemies he slowly unites the nations of Western Europe and rebuilds civilization on the ruins of the Roman Empire.
34. Un bambino di nome Gesù (1987 TV Movie)
190 min | Drama, History
A CHILD CALLED JESUS
35. City of Vice (2008– )
Crime, Drama, History
Welcome to eighteenth century London - a world filled with prostitutes, pimps, gamblers and villains. In a time before the invention of modern policing procedures, Henry Fielding (Star Wars... See full summary »
36. Cleopatra (1999– )
Not Rated | 177 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Princess Cleopatra becomes Egypt's Queen and has an out-of-wedlock son with the son-less Roman ruler Julius Ceasar. Through two romances, she strives to protect Egypt from the Romans, and make her son the heir to Ceaser's Roman Empire.
38. The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A young officer, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.
Perfectly serviceable TV movie version of Dumas’ tale which received a cinematic release in a number of European territories. Richard Chamberlain turns in a likeable performance as Edmond Dantes, the man wrongly imprisoned who escapes after 15 years and comes back to take revenge on the men who put him there. His victims include Tony Curtis and Louis Jourdan, both of whom in their day would have been playing the lead in this sort of thing, but by the mid-seventies were talent for hire. Likeable, but unexceptional.
39. Ring of the Nibelungs (2004 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 184 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The legend of Siegfried and Brunhild, loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas and the pre-Christian Germanic heroic motifs outlined in the Nibelungensaga.
40. Cyclops (2008 TV Movie)
94 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The corrupt Emperor Tiberius forces his bravest general, Marcus, to subdue the monstrous Cyclops that has been decimating the countryside. Once the Cyclops is brought to the dungeons, ... See full summary »
Well this was a pleasant surprise, a made-for-TV B-movie bearing the name of producer Roger Corman, shot in Bulgaria and starring Eric Roberts as corrupt Roman Emperor Tiberius, which is against the odds actually rather fun. There is a CGI Cyclops on the rampage terrorising ancient Rome, which culminates in the captured beast having a stand-off with gladiators in the arena. The script is fast paced, the performances adequate and the sets better than you would expect. Unknowns Kevin Stapleton as Marcus and Mike Straub as Gordian are likeable heroes to cheer for, while Valizar Binev as slave dealer Cletus is a great villain who gets killed off way too early. I initially didn’t think I was going to like the Cyclops, who looks more like Grendel’s muscular cousin in a nappy than any one-eyed giant we’re familiar with, but as the film went on he grew on me and is really quite an effective creation with his own personality. There is plenty of comic-book gore if you like that sort of thing, though anyone hoping for the nudity of the Spartacus series will be disappointed. This is a fun little entertainment in the classic peplum style, by no means a classic, but a lot more enjoyable than you would expect.
43. Dark Relic (2010 TV Movie)
88 min | Fantasy, Horror
The Holy Land, 1099AD. The end of the first Crusade. When the conflict began, Christian knight Sir Gregory lead over a hundred men, but now less than ten remain. They include his squire ... See full summary »
45. The Devil's Whore (2008)
55 min | Drama, History, Romance
Set between the years 1642 and 1660, "The Devil's Whore" charts the progress of the English Civil War through the eyes of a 17 year old girl, the fictional Angelica Fanshawe.
46. Don Quixote (2000 TV Movie)
120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels, who loses his sanity and believing to be a knight named Don Quixote de La Mancha, ... See full summary »
47. Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012 TV Movie)
R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two thousand years ago, Nhagruul the Foul, a sorcerer who reveled in corrupting the innocent and the spread of despair, neared the end of his mortal days and was dismayed. Consumed by ... See full summary »
49. Earthsea (2004– )
90 min | Fantasy, Drama, Adventure
A reckless youth is destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known. When the young wizard Ged discovers that he possesses infinite magical powers... See full summary »
50. Elizabeth R (1971– )
85 min | Biography, Drama
When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.
51. Elizabeth the Queen (1968 TV Movie)
90 min | Biography, Drama
In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth the 1st is the ruler of Great Britain. Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essexaster is her lover, best friend and worst enemy.
52. Empire (2005– )
TV-14 | 360 min | Action, Drama, History
Epic four-hour series about the rise of Octavius who succeeds Julius Caesar and tangles with Marc Anthony for control of the Roman empire and finally went on to become the emperor Augustus.
53. Wu Mei Niang chuan qi (2014–2015)
45 min | Biography, Drama
The life of Wu Zetian, the one and only empress of China.
THE EMPRESS OF CHINA
54. Zhi zun hong yan (2003– )
1,300 min | Action, Drama, History
A retelling of the life of the first Empress of China.
EMPRESS WU ZETIAN OF CHINA
56. Esther (1999 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History
Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), King of the Persians, whose empire now extends from India to Egypt after the defeat of the Babylonians, is holding a celebratory banquet for his people in the citadel ... See full summary »
57. La Femme Musketeer (2004)
163 min | Action, Adventure
D'Artagnan's daughter Valentine and the three sons of her father's three legendary musketeer comrades must team up to rescue King Louis XIV's fiancée who's been kidnapped.
LA FEMME MUSKETEER
59. Floris (1969)
30 min | Action, Adventure, History
A dutch tv series that is about an exiled knigth and his Indian friend. Together they try to get his birth right papers back from an evil lord. During their quest they get help from a noble man who offers them a place in his castle.
60. Il quarto re (1997 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama, Fantasy
Alazar, a simple farmer who is also a beekeeper, meets the Three Wise Men Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar, who have set off to celebrate the arrival on earth of the Messiah. Alazar's magic ... See full summary »
61. La freccia nera (1968– )
Very successful italian version of Robert Louis Stevenson's historical romance "The black arrow", produced by public TV and directed by Anton Giulio Majano, considered "italian tele-romance... See full summary »
62. The Fugitive of Joseon (2013– )
Drama, History, Thriller
Set during the reign of King Injong, the protagonist is a royal physician desperate to cure his ailing daughter. He becomes a fugitive when he gets entangled in an assassination plot to ... See full summary »
63. Game of Thrones (2011– )
TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
64. Pompei, ieri, oggi, domani (2007– )
180 min | Drama
Epic drama of forbidden love in Pompeii at the city's height of glory, up to the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. We follow nobles, slaves, gladiators and the secret gatherings of early Christians. Mostly in English.
GLADIATOR OF POMPEII
This was originally a three-hour mini-series in Italy, but was released in other territories on DVD as one long epic. The tension is effectively created through slowly building rumbles and the various character story arcs are quite plausible involving the usual downtrodden slaves and Christians as the heroes. The final destruction is satisfactory and suitably lengthy, taking up most of the final hour, unlike most films on the subject that save the mayhem for the final five minutes. The film is bookended by two ten minute segments set at the modern Pompeii site, which are totally superfluous and are better skipped. This clearly had a reasonable budget, yet while the sets, costumes and (for the most part) effects look good, and the script and performances are efficient, there is something about the production that I couldn’t quite put my finger on that betrays the project’s television origins and leaves one feeling slightly unsatisfied. It was confusingly marketed in the UK as a Spartacus: Blood And Sand clone, but the two series have little in common visually, this one keeping things refreshingly real with very little CGI until the final eruption, and the sex and blood quotients here are far lower. It did hold my interest for the full length (aside from the previously mentioned bookends) and the screenplay is not as far fetched or irrelevant as those of most movie versions, so worthy of a look if you have a casual interest.
67. Grendel (2007 TV Movie)
82 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
King Higlack of the Gauths entrusts prince Finn and a fire ball weapon to his champion, slayer Beowulf. They lead twelve men on a mission to help king Hrothgar of the Danes, whose once ... See full summary »
70. Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 205 min | Drama, History
Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.
71. Hamlet (I) (1970 TV Movie)
Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.
72. Hannibal (2006 TV Movie)
89 min | Action, Biography, Drama
It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by... See full summary »
HANNIBAL: ROME’S WORST NIGHTMARE
73. A Hazard of Hearts (1987 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama, Romance
When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena. In a final game, ... See full summary »
It’s fair to say that the opening credits “produced by Lord Grade” and “based on a novel by Barbara Cartland”, added to the fact that this is a made-for-TV production, filled me with dread. I was pleasantly surprised to find an entertaining period melodrama, of the kind they rarely make nowadays. Serena Staverley (Helena Bonham-Carter) is won in a bet, and is forced to go and live in a house presided over by despicable Lady Harriet Vulcan (Diana Rigg), where she becomes embroiled in the family’s numerous intrigues. A top-notch cast of British thespians raise this attractive production well above the average.
76. Hellhounds (2009 TV Movie)
83 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
A Greek warrior must travel to the Underworld and battle killer hellhounds in order to rescue his murdered bride from the clutches of Hades.
77. Hercules (2005– )
Not Rated | 240 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A chronicle of the life of the Greek hero who after killing his three sons must perform five labors to repent.
Given what at first glance appears to be a B-grade TV movie cast and the under-the-radar status of this 4-hour TV mini-series shot in New Zealand, I had low-to-middling expectations for this, and I’m pleased to report that I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a true “origin” story where we even get to see a shadowy Zeus (or is it?) “rape” nasty Alcmene (Elizabeth Perkins), then watch Hercules grow from a boy (Jamie Croft) to a man (Paul Telfer). Telfer is likeable in the title role, maybe not as “built” as some others who have played the role, but oozing dumb charm – he reminded me of a more-buff Paul Mercurio (from Strictly Ballroom) - and here the character is played more as a victim of the conniving plots of those around him, while his tasks and the motives behind them are more fully explained than in other versions of the tale. The supporting players prove to be well chosen too, including Leelee Sobieski as gold-painted nymph Deianeira, Timothy Dalton as King Amphitryon and Sean Astin as comic-relief sidekick Linus. A central theme here is conflicting religions, a subject just as pertinent today as it was 2000 years ago, here between followers of Zeus and Hera, who both remain unseen, but omnipresent. The CGI comes in for a lot of flack in the reviews on IMDb, and yes, a lot of it is pretty rough, but then this is a moderately budgeted TV movie we’re talking about, not some mega-bucks blockbuster, so viewers should adjust their expectations accordingly. This manages to be visually inventive on a limited budget, and mixes mythological beasts like centaurs, harpies, satyrs, the hydra and, erm, hermaphrodites among it’s human protagonists. It has been noted that the story may vary on a number of points from what is the “accepted” version, yet, being based on an ancient myth of which there are several differing historical tellings, the story is pretty open to artistic interpretation anyway, and the fresh spin works in the film’s favour. For me this may well be the best telling of the legend to date, and yes, that includes the Steve Reeves movies.
79. Sui Tang yingxiong (2012– )
Action, Drama, History
HEROES IN SUI AND TANG DYNASTIES
80. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A disfigured man is feared and tormented by the townspeople of Notre Dame, but he has a sensitive nature of which few are aware.
82. Imperium: Augustus (2003 TV Movie)
R | 178 min | Drama, History, Romance
Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.
85. Ivanhoe (1982 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 142 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Ivanhoe, a worthy and noble knight, the champion of justice returns to England after the holy wars. He finds England under the reign of Prince John and his henchmen and finds himself being ... See full summary »
87. Jabberwock (2011 TV Movie)
R | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A courageous but impetuous knight Alec returns to his home village after call from his older brother Francis to care for their ailing father. The brothers' reunion is short-lived as a ... See full summary »
Well, just to be clear, if it’s an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s 1871 poem you’re after then you’ll probably be disappointed, despite the cast’s best attempts to persuade you otherwise, including insinuations that said poem is actually a medieval rhyme. On the other hand, if the movie had been called Dragon Hunt then you would have got exactly what you were expecting. A dragon’s egg is struck by lightning, and in seconds flat it has grown to a full sized beastie and is having man for breakfast and terrorising a small village. It is to the filmmakers credit that with a limited budget courtesy of the SyFy channel, Bulgarian locations and a no name cast they craft a film that is far more fun than many bigger budget efforts on a similar theme. The dragon is surprisingly well created and even comes with a little bit of a likeable personality of it’s own, and it’s CGI creation is certainly better than you’d expect from such a production. The plot is kept simple and straightforward with enough character development to keep you involved, so while no masterpiece the film is certainly a lot better than you would expect given it’s credentials.
88. Jacob (1994 TV Movie)
91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless ... See full summary »
89. Jason and the Argonauts (2000– )
180 min | Adventure, Fantasy
One of the most legendary adventures in all mythology is brought to life in Jason and the Argonauts, an epic saga of good and evil. As a mere boy Jason, the heir to the kingdom of Ancient ... See full summary »
Featuring an all-star cast of C and D list names who are obviously here for an easy pay day, this has simple sets, attractive countryside and haircuts from hell. Pretty but clunky Jason (Jason London) sports a mullet like Andrew Ridgely, while King Pelias (Dennis Hopper) and his courtiers obviously fell victim to an attack of curling tongs gone wild in the creation of their golden ringlets. This sticks more faithfully to the legend than the Harryhausen version, but it’s let down by a mumbo-jumboey script. The ultra-cheap effect of having Gods as disembodied heads surrounded by clouds must have saved a fortune in sets. Hercules (Brian Thompson) has a hot body, but a face like a vegetable strainer and is very nelly. The view between Poseidon’s scaly legs as seen from the Argo as it sailed underneath must have been pretty disturbing for those onboard, but thankfully it’s obscured by clouds from where we stand. The CGI flying monkeys are cheap and cheerful, the metal fire-breathing bull is clunky, the dinosaur-thingy is not worth waiting for, Medea (Jolene Blalock) does a good but dull Angelina Jolie impression and the golden fleece frankly looks just plain silly – though I guess it’s hard to imagine a golden fleece looking otherwise really. So, against the odds, this manages to be initially entertaining, but it’s arse-numbing length soon negates that.
91. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History
Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
93. Joseph (1995 TV Movie)
185 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.
94. Journey to Promethea (2010 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 84 min | Fantasy
This fantasy movie tells the story of a far away land, where a ruthless and tyrannical king rules over the citizens with an iron fist. But there is a prophecy in ancient folklore that tells... See full summary »
Enjoyably daft low budget sword and sorcery silliness. Everything happens because a prophecy fortells it at the beginning, so there’s no really big surprise when a young boy raises an army (of seven if you count the yellow dwarf!) to overthrow the unjust king (marquee name Billy Zane clearly slumming it and knowing it). Light fun if you’re in the right mood, but probably pretty pants if you’re not, it’s the sort of film you thought they really don’t make anymore.
95. Julius Caesar (1979 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 161 min | Drama, History
The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.
96. Caesar (2002 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 240 min | Biography, Drama, History
Twenty-year-old Julius Caeser flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla, but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
97. King Arthur, the Young Warlord (1975)
PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama
This is the inspiring, epic journey of a noble warrior's quest to prove his worth, his might, and his destined fate to become the next ruler of Britain.
99. The Lady and the Highwayman (1989 TV Movie)
90 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Swashbuckling tale of romance, betrayal, jealousy, banditry, murder and court intrigue set in the 1660s, during the Restoration to the English throne of King Charles II.
100. The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)
310 min | Action, Drama, History
This costume series portrays aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of ... See full summary »