Top 12 Breathtaking Movies Like 'Troy'
What Movies Are Like Troy?
Troy delivers adrenaline rushes as easy as Achilles moves with his sword and shield. You watch him play an invincible god, a force to be reckoned with as he single-handedly decimates armies. It mixes mythology with the legend and presents an indigestible cocktail.
Troy is a kingdom with impenetrable walls. The young prince brings home a high profile married woman and Troy ends up defending itself against the whole of Greece. It's a high voltage drama with war, lust, betrayal, valor, religion, perspective, and everything in between. From the war sequences, the magnificent medieval setting, Achilles' prowess in battle to the duel between Hector and Achilles, everything is riddled with the hunger for power, glory or safety.
Above everything else, Troy is a drama mixed with history and mythology. Here's a look at 12 films similar to Troy that will hook you instantly.
Films Similar To Troy
- Kingdom of Heaven
- Lord of The Rings
- The Hobbit
- The Last Samurai
- Clash of The Titans
- Wrath of The Titans
1. Kingdom of Heaven
God wills it! But what does he really will? Destruction in the name of religion? Or in the name of territorial supremacy? Perhaps not.
Ridley Scott's directorial is a historical epic that deals with the difficult questions of religious crusades, the meaning of life, and the motivations of war. This is a must watch on this list. It's set in the 12th century with a gloomy and dusty ambiance, but that's only a feel for its real and tragic setting.
Jerusalem is the Kingdom of Heaven, and so it's believed by the Christians and the Muslims. And in the name of whose holiness matters more, it's attacked, destroyed, re-attacked. But beyond the confines of war, religious superiority and power, it's a story of forgiveness, virtue and genuine faith. It might be the closest film like Troy on this list.
Yet it stands apart. It’s meaningful and level-headed, just like the kings (Baldwin & Saladin) of the respective faiths in the film, for whom the people and their lives matter more than a blind display of power.
Braveheart is the story of a Scottish warrior leading his men to freedom against the Englishmen, mixing entertainment with legend well enough to serve us a film hot on myth and emotions.
William Wallace (Mel Gibson) is Braveheart who overcomes gritty obstacles, outfoxes the plans of King Edward Longshanks at each tipsy turn of strategy & violence. He is etched forever in the hearts and minds of the Scottish men with his echoing cry of 'Freedom!'
Mel Gibson is the captain of the ship here, working as a producer, director, and actor, engaging us with a simple yet compelling narrative of the fictional/real icon called Braveheart. If you’re looking for historical accuracy, this pic might disappoint you a little. Suspend your disbelief for a few hours, and enjoy an epic saga unfold.
Gladiator is often mentioned as one of the best among the period dramas in the recent past (say 20 years). Its name brings to mind the Colosseum from Rome where the infamous Gladiator wars took place.
It’s Ridley Scott’s second entry in this list (he sure knows how to direct historical epics.) The story revolves around Maximus (Russell Crowe), the trusted General of the Roman emperor, Marcus. He is thrown into a life of slavery and gladiator-hood when Marcus's corrupt son kills his father to seize the throne.
Gladiator fights are the highlight of the film where famous battles are reenacted. Maximus becomes a crowd favorite, leading a troop of African Gladiators to defeat a huge army. The movie shines in the unflinching depiction of slavery and the hopelessness of its subjects.
This 1960 historical classic, based on Howard Fast's novel of the same name, is the tale of a revolt against slavery led by a subject called Spartacus (Kirk Douglas). The Roman empire is at its pinnacle, and probably decadence as the revolt goes on. It's a tale of love, freedom, and corruption.
It was restored in 1991 where some of the edited footage from its 1967 re-release was brought back along with some censored scenes in the original release. "I like both oysters and snails," was a highlight among the restored scenes, referring towards tasteful sexuality.
Peter Ustinov won an Academy Award for the best supporting actor for his upstaging portrayal of the Roman employer of Gladiators, Batiatus. The film turned out to be a huge hit, and in 2017, was chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
5. Lord of The Rings (LOTR)
Lord of The Rings a 3-part series, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous LOTR trilogy. The story keeps coming closer to the unknown evil that the world faces. Long battles are fought to protect territories as a fellowship comes forward to destroy the Ring that started it all. There are large armies, embattled kingdoms, a Middle Earth realm, and an evil rising from the ruins of Mordor.
Wizards, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs ( disfigured monstrous creatures) and Hobbits engage in a war that will decide the fate of Mordor. LOTR creates a whole new world and delves deep into our imaginations - a world where magic plays a big hand.
6. The Hobbit (series)
The Hobbit series is a prequel to the Lord of The Rings series. The journey chronicles Bilbo Baggins' charms to win back the kingdom of Dwarves from a huge threat. Bilbo is the uncle of Frodo Baggins (pivotal in LOTR).
This series also carries three films, each one more intense and Middle-Earthy than the previous. The tone and setting along with its music give The Hobbit a pleasant and warm cover for all its viewers. Meanwhile, the unknown threat of the LOTR makes definitive and alarming appearances in the saga.
It’s a captivating journey all the way through. Bilbo's adventures should keep you hooked at least for a good couple of hours.
A band of 300 soldiers (Spartans) goes on an unachievable mission of destroying an army that boasts gigantic numbers and arsenal. Seldom do we come upon such heroism and intensity on screen.
Though this Zack Snyder directed pic can often be hilariously over-the-top with its action sequences, it still manages to retain a stamp of authenticity throughout the run, thanks to an engrossing story.
This movie isn't for everyone. History buffs, for instance, will have a hard time stomaching its fictional setting. However, anyone who loves gore and patriotic/quote-worthy dialogues will enjoy every bit of 300.
8. The Last Samurai
A conflict between culture and modernism, The Last Samurai brings to the fore the question of war and its motives. A US army captain, Nathan Algren, haunted by his wartime experiences, is sent to train a Japanese army to defeat the rebellion against the emperor of Japan. What ensues is a journey of transformation and purpose.
Despite a war-ridden theme, It's serene and beautiful. The Samurai culture finds an attractive place in the film's setting and costumes. Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe shine in their roles of, Algren and Katsumoto, two people who carry the whole pic upon their shoulders.
Its climax is talked about for sidestepping on its core, which reverberates with a strong soul of history and culture.
9. Clash of the Titans (COTT)
Perseus is a demi-god, the son of Zeus. Unlike Achilles, Perseus is more human and grounded with no ambitious notions of glory and immortality. He is forced into a destiny of war and conflict where he must win if he wants to avenge his family's death.
COTT is fast-paced and thrilling. The journey of Perseus permeates with nail-biting battles and an interesting screenplay. Mythology and Gods come into play at various fronts and you're left reeling as the adventures keep coming, one after another.
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, Bahubali is a period tale of warriors and kingdoms. This South Indian production has crossed all the cultural barriers to become an international phenomenon, and the highest grosser ever in India.
It's a two-film series where the kingdom of Mahishmati traces the trials of its hero, Bahubali, through time and generations. The story doesn't quite hold up as the narrative keeps falling into the pit of cliches and predictable arcs. Yet in its moments, the tale stuns as a spectacle.
Some conflicts and characters in the film draw inspiration from another Indian epic, Mahabharata. Though it comes into its own in the second half as skirmishes are traded for expansive battles. If you’re looking for some movies like Troy, Bahubali should be right up your alley.
Immortals is a film filled with Greek mythology. Theseus (Henry Cavill) is at the center of the fighting. The son of a mortal woman and an immortal God, Theseus is trained by Zeus himself (in disguise) to prepare him for his destiny - saving the Athenians.
Theseus must fight King Hyperion (a mortal) who is hell bound to release the Titans (defeated and imprisoned by Gods) with the help of the almighty Epirus Bow. Immortals glitters in all frames but fails to carry itself as a decent story. The stunning visuals and fights, however, shore up this below-par adventure.
12. Wrath of the Titans
We celebrated when Titans clashed. Now they are angry and back for more. Wrath is a sequel to Clash.
A Titan called Kronos, who is held captive within the walls of Tartarus, is on the brink of a revival. The quiet and simple demigod, Perseus must return to save the world from the monsters and save his father Zeus.
This is a lackluster continuation of a tightly packed Clash of the Titans. It doesn't have a properly paced narrative and the 3D weighs you down with all the smoke, debris, and giant creatures. Troy fans, however, will have plenty to feast their eyes upon.
That's about it, for now. I did my best to collate a list of movies like Troy. It’s entirely possible that I might have missed out on a few good entries. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments section.