August 26, 2010

MRQE Rewind: Best Sandals and Swords Movies

Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? Well we do and we've compiled a list of the best guys to ever don a sandal and sword. Some of the greatest stars of all time went back in time to prove themselves as men above men, to rise from poverty into greatest and to defy an empire!

Take a look at our greatest gladiators fight for the top spot on our list and prove themselves heroes immortal. And for the entire list on MRQE, click here!

5. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
MRQE Metric: 73

The first great Arnold film comes in at 5 on our list this week. Oliver Stone wrote the script with director John Milius about everyone's favorite barbarian. Arnold actually had to tone down his workout for the role since his arm and chest muscles were so big that he couldn't properly wield the sword. Yet his muscles were big enough to catapult him to stardom and later to a Governor's seat in California. There's a new movie in the works with newcomer Jason Momoa taking on the title role. Whether of not Jason has political motivations though are unknown.

4. Hercules (1997)
MRQE Metric: 73

Who put the glad in gladiator: Hercules! Disney brings Greek Mythology to life in Hercules, an action filled animated movie that featured the voices of Tate Donovan, Danny DeVito and James Woods. Woods has frequently said that the role has been one of his favorite and has subsequently agreed to take on the role, whether it is through television series or video games. Overall, the greek hero muscled his way into Disney success and to a prequel entitled "Hercules: Zero to Hero."

3. Gladiator (2000)
MRQE Metric: 73

Ridley Scott's explosive Gladiator charges to 3 on our list. Gladiator took home the Best Picture honor in 2000 (Scott lost to Traffic's Steven Soderbergh for Best Director). Russell Crowe also took home the Oscar for Best Actor and Gladiator proved itself to be a hero of the genre. Easily one of the most manly films of all time, with its huge Oscar success, Gladiator proves worthy of a thumbs up by all.

2. Spartacus (1960)
MRQE Metric: 75

Kirk Douglas IS Spartacus in this epic Stanley Kubrick classic film. While Kirk Douglas wanted the film to parallel the story of the Jewish people, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was more interested in making the film a comment on modern-day politics and the Cold War. John Wayne, a leader of Hollywood's right-wing element, even publicly condemned the film as "Marxist propaganda." Yet, with all that controversy, the phrase: "I am Spartacus" was recently voted as number 64 of the 100 Greatest Movie Lines by Premiere Magazine and the film is ranked 5th with the American Film Institute's list of greatest epics.

1. Ben-Hur (1959)
MRQE Metric: 85

Though Kirk Douglas, mad at director William Wyler's choice of Charlton Heston for the title role, wanted Spartacus to be the best Gladiator movie in retailation, nothing could top Ben-Hur. Known as one of the greatest films of all time, Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars, a record at the time only matched by Titanic, and cemented Charlton Heston's role as the greatest gladiator. With CGI taking a forefront in movies today, a film with the scale of Ben-Hur will probably never be recreated but should always be cherished.


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