- Awards: 5 Academy Awards & 2 Golden Globe Awards
While not exactly historically accurate, the story revolves around the Roman General Marcus Decimus Meridius. Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius is killed by his son Commodus, allowing him to take over the Empire. This goes against the wishes of Aurelius who told Meridius he wants him to be in charge and give Rome back to the people. Commodus realizes the threat Meridius is, and betrays him. He kills Marcus’ family and puts Meridius into slavery, where he eventually becomes a Gladiator. Marcus then sets out to avenge his family and the former emperor. This is most certainly one of the best classic movies of the era.